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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
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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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