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About Riva Cucina
Our Emilia-Romagna inspired menu offers a selection of organic foods from nearby farms and waters, as well as a few of our favorite products from Italy. We’ve created a place for people to gather and relax with good food and good company. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us or simply stop by and say hello. We’d love to have you!
Berkeley, CA 94710
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday, Wed. & Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; CLOSED on Sundays.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have ample parking available at night both on the street and in the lot behind our building.
Private Party Facilities:
We have a private dining space that holds up to 22 people. The entire restaurant is also available for private events of parties up to 60.
Private Party Contact:
Jennifer Boldrini: (510) 841-7482
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Riva Cucina Ratings and Reviews
i LIKE THE HOMEMADE PASTA VERY MUCH. i HAVE BEEN GOING HERE REGULARLY SINCE IT FIST OPENED SOME YEARS AGO. THE ONE PROBLEM IS HAVE IS THAT THE PASTA OFFERINGS ON THE MENU DO NOT CHANGE FREQUENTLY. SINCE I GO TO RIVA CUCINA ABOUT EVERY 3 MONTHS, AND ALWAYS WANT PASTA, THIS IS A DRAWBACK
Came here as party of six to celebrate a birthday. The location is somewhat out-of-the-way, but easy to get to. Parking is easy at night as there's not much open then. Atmosphere is nice, well decorated, but slightly dark and noisy. All six of us thought the food was okay, but not great. Portions are generally small, but prices seem consistent with that. Waitress brought free slice of cake for the birthday boy. Desserts were excellent. The best thing about the restaurant.
We go to Riva Cucina often, usually on Wednesday nights when we can bring our own wine with no corkage fee which leave more $$ to order more of the terrific food. It's easy to get a same day reservation and occasionally we've gone without one and still been seated. The staff is super friendly without being bothersome, just helpful and they always seem happy to be there and happy to see us again. Good salads, wonderful pasta choices, a couple of fish options, and my favorite is the scallop baked in the shell. And the other diners always look like interesting people. It's a bit out of the way so people intentionally choose to go there, like us, because it's such a great dining experience.
This place has a great menu, the food lives up to expectations that the menu builds, often surpasses them even! The kids' menu has several options for kids who are more adventurous and also offers something for the more picky eaters. The food is fresh and the chocolate cake is to die for! The staff are wonderful and friendly and were exceedingly nice cleaning up and checking in on us after my son got sick.
We arrived just as dinner seating was starting on Tuesday evening and had a table in the center of the restaurant. We enjoyed conversation without having to shout at each other. Our meals came promptly and the server was attentive and friendly. The food was really good - we both had pasta dishes. After the main course, we both chose a dessert - always good at this restaurant. By the time we left, around 7 pm, the restaurant was about half full and the noise level was still very reasonable for conversation.
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