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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!

800 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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.

Cross Street:
7th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 841-7482

Website:
http://www.rivacucina.com/

Parking Details:
We have ample parking available at night both on the street and in the lot behind our building.

Executive Chef:
Massimiliano Boldrini

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

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for a Date (23)
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Special Occasion (22)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (16)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (9)
Healthy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Business Meals (6)
Seasonal (6)
Organic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent Italian food, amazing pasta and great selection of drinks and wine!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Only one of four enjoyed her main course. The lamb shank was tasteless, everything brown. The gnocchi were tough and the duck sauce tasted like the shards of the lamb. Endive salad was delicious. Excellent wine. Dessert - nonna - was delicious and made in Italy. It was clear we were disappointed with food not eaten; waiter gave us one piece of cake as a token.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great Semi-Secret.
I almost don't want people to know about this place, but it really really deserves a larger following. Highly recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Lovely room and ambiance!The New Year’s Eve menu was wonderfully crafted. There was a variety of great sounding salads which in hindsight wish we had ordered instead of the lobster bisque. As far as bisques go, it was executed well but the taste was bland. Tha pasta was excellent and reminded us of pasta dishes we had in Italy. The star of the dinner was the lamb shank! Simple preparation, few ingredients with amazing results! A definite winner! Worth mentioning was also the interesting selection of side dishes, including my favorite lentils! I strongly recommend Riva Cusina and look forward to my next visit !

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoyed a delicious halibut dinner on New Year's Eve with porcini mushrooms and sauteed spinach accompanied by a nice Napa chard. Maine lobster bisque and desserts were also delicious. Soft background music added to the comfortable ambience. Staff members were attentive and provided good service. A very enjoyable New Year's dining experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had another wonderful experience at Riva Cucina. Servers are excellent and the food is exquiste.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Met some friends here for dinner. We wanted to try a new place and found this gem. Great service, food and ambiance all for a price that didn't break the bank. A good find in an out of the way Berkeley area and I'll definitely be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We always enjoy frito misto & the sausage pasta. Their new dish of baby back ribs is delish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

It’s nice that in this quiet industrial neighborhood of Berkeley there’s this quaint Italian place. But it disappointed for the following reasons: really spotty service and feeling that you’re neglected. Refills of water that was not cold. While apps were good, esp fritto misto, why is bread being charged for? Handmade pasta is supposed to mean something except if you’re ordering what should be al dente tagliatelle. It looked like it was dried out and the under seasoned sauce didn’t help much. Short ribs were fine but polenta also needed a lot of salt. Dessert of lemon cake underwhelmed and panna cotta was serviceable. But the biggest problem really was the clamoring awful noise. Bad acoustics to blame I think.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food is always delicious. The service is attentive and accommodating. There are light options: Great soups, salads, vegetable side dishes. The entrees tend to be rich, with deep flavor. Good wines.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

What a nice find this restaurant was! Lovely atmosphere off the beaten path with easy street parking and friendly service. We had several vegetarians in our group and were thrilled to find the delicious soup was vegan! Our fresh pasta and brussel sprouts were also highlights. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

excellent food, nice atmosphere, attentive service.
Overall a very good experience and value.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Riva Cuchina has maintained it's excellent food & service after 10 years in business. Everything is as good as when they first opened!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

All around wonderful food, service and ambiance
Highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

I came here for a birthday party and really enjoyed every bit of my dining experience. The waitress was friendly, helpful, and checked up on us frequently. The food was excellent and the surprise chocolate cake they gave for the birthday girl was very delicious - moist and not overly sweet. Would definitely come back again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We love this restaurant. We have been coming here since the restaurant first opened. Quality has never waivered. The hand made gnocchi is incredible as are the various pastas. They carry a Syrah, 8 Arms, that is just lush.
When friends ask, we tell them to try here for dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our third visit to this restaurant, which we’ve always enjoyed. Our appetizer of beet salad was smothered in a farro and lettuce shredded concoction which was barely seasoned leaving the whole dish, including the beets, which should have been the star of the dish, tasteless. The salmon was good and predictable, cooked perfectly. The branzini was salty. It arrived with “roasted potatoes” and an arugula salad with fennel. The potatoes were rock hard and cut very small, making them impossible to eat. When I told the waitress, she explained that they ARE roasted, but then they are “reheated” in a pan before serving. WT? Cooled en masse and then reheated? No wonder. They were like dry road gravel. She offered me polenta instead, which arrived after we had finished eating. We had mentioned in our reservation that we were dining for a birthday dinner, and after dinner, no dessert or coffee menu was offered. Instead, a piece of chocolate cake with a candle was brought, which would have been a nice touch, except we were not offered coffee or anything with it. I don’t recall whether tablecloths were used in the past but I did notice this time that they aren’t used (this was a Saturday night) and the ambiance suffered because of it. At the usual interval when the wait staff would scrape the crumbs from the table, (oh wait, they don’t serve bread! No crumbs) the waitress appeared with a wet rag to wipe the bare wooden varnished table. This happened at two courses. In addition, the lighting was dull, relying on a single miniscule votive in a two inch holder to illuminate our table. Overall, we were disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Romantic place - delicious seafood risotto - they close kitchen at 9:00 weeknights

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Bomb dinner. Love the staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good food! Endive salad was excellent. Loved the split of breadcrumb sausage. Osso bucco was quite tasty but the light was so dim that it was hard to tell the meat from the fatty bits. The dark room with velvet theater curtain has a nice feel, but a few more lumens on the table please!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful food and atmosphere for a modest price. Osso buco is oh so...yum haha

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always a hit with us. A neighborhood special, and secret gem.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I loved the theater curtains. The decor was old world integrated with new world. Gnocchi was delicious. There were plenty of vegetarian options on the menu. Service was efficient and not overbearing. I very much enjoyed this restaurant as a single diner.

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good quality food. Fresh and tasty. First time here and everyone enjoyed their meal. I would return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very nice locale, though at night feels a bit out of the way with ample parking. Food is very good and average portion. Ambience is good, low key. Would return when there's an opportunity. Enjoy.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The only drawback is the noise level. Really too loud for my partner and I to talk comfortably.
But our waitress, Bethany, was just awesome!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

All the food was simply delicious......what more can I say....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We invited two friend and everybody had a good time and a very nice dinner.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Incredible food, ambiance, service and the chef owners put their heart and soul into the restaurant everyday -- it shows.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Organic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our go to restaurant in Berkeley. The food is outstanding and the service is on point. A must experience

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As usual, the pasta dishes were the best. Both the "primi" and the dessert were a bit rough around the edges. All the best ingredients and intentions are there, but some fine tuning is needed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Perhaps my favorite Berkeley restaurant. Reasonably priced, and everything I have ever had here has been tasty. Limited but good selection of wines by the glass. Always friendly service. I've probably eaten here 6 times and have loved everything!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Riva Cuchina always amazes me with their consistency of great food and excellent service. We have been coming to this restaurant for at least 15 years, if not more & each experience is a wonderful as the last! Great wait staff!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Legit authentic Italian food. No Alfredo sauce, no chicken or meatballs on pasta.
Normal people portions, nice cozy ambiance and friendly service!
This restaurant is a real gem and I can't wait to be back for more.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Riva Cucina is the best Italian restaurant in Berkeley. The food is unique and well crafted. The service is efficient and friendly without being intrusive.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Kids loved the food. Normal sized portions, appetizers were stellar.

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