Limited menu. Preparations overall were average. Wouldn’t rush to return
always reliable, well prepared tasty food in a non pretentious atmosphere
Lovely dining experience overall. I'd definitely come back again!
Riva Cuchina never ceases to be just wonderful! Even on Valentine's Day where you might expect things to be a little crazy, everything was "spot on"! The special menu of halibut was great & we had the pleasure of the owner's sister-in-law waiting on us which made our evening more special! Great food, great place!
Wonderful food, great service, and nice outdoor seating space (weather permitting). I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.
This place is always great. Will return again and again.
I've visited Riva Cucina 4 times. Each meal was delectable. My friend and I go before concerts. It's a small drive to the theater, but there's nothing that comes near the quality anywhere near the University anymore. It's an extremely quiet neighborhood and offers some outside seating in warm weather, I believe. Despite a full restaurant, it is no problem hearing one's companion. I love quiet restaurants and this hits the mark on all scores.
a favourite and underpriced local restaurant, which we enjoy on a regular basis. Highly recommended.
Excellent food at a reasonable price in an elegant setting.
Excellent food, really good for dates and business meals
Two of us dined here and chose the Restaurant Week menu. I was not impressed, sorry to say. My past experiences dining here and choosing from the regular menu have been much better.
Great food and ambiance. You were given time to savor your food between courses and were not rushed out the door after dining.
Secret Berkeley spot. We always have the scallop. Fresh and local new-Italian flavors.
Wonderful Saturday night meal!
Great food and service. Nice to find great Italian food close to home.
One of our favorite restaurants now! So happy we found Riva Cucina!
Excellent Italian food, amazing pasta and great selection of drinks and wine!
The service & ambience were good; no complaints. We ordered the fritto misto of shrimp, squid & green beans. The beans were flaccid & unappetizing; the dish was unseasoned and bland, with an unappealing dipping sauce. We had the pasta Bolognese, the pasta w/salsiccia, & the butternut squash ravioli. The ravioli were undercooked; the Bolognese pasta slightly over cooked. The ravioli were tasty. The salsiccia was dry and a little tough. I found my Bolognese to be lackluster. We were comped a piece of chocolate cake for my friend’s birthday & it was absolutely delicious. They were very nice to provide that. I won’t be returning unless I only want dessert.
We had a group dinner for 6 and all enjoyed the offerings of the menu. The Burata is still as good as I remember it. The pork belly/pork loin entree was fantastic. Charging for bread with olive oil was a bit much but you really don't want to fill up on this form of carbs. Actually was glad I only had one slice.
I've been going to Riva Cucina for years and will tell you that this amazing restaurant is a GEM.
The food is amazing, the ambiance incredible and the service is stellar.
Massimiliano puts out some of the most authentic Italian flavors in the Bay Area.