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Riva Cucina

4.6
861 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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.
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Phone number
(510) 841-7482
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Massimiliano Boldrini
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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.
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Private party contact
Jennifer Boldrini: (510) 841-7482
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
We have ample parking available at night both on the street and in the lot behind our building.
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Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 861 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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vipGreatTheatreOption (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Limited menu. Preparations overall were average. Wouldn’t rush to return

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vipfishface (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

always reliable, well prepared tasty food in a non pretentious atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Lovely dining experience overall. I'd definitely come back again!

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vipsunnyside1 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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DonI (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful food, great service, and nice outdoor seating space (weather permitting). I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.

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brod (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This place is always great. Will return again and again.

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Duffsgal (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

a favourite and underpriced local restaurant, which we enjoy on a regular basis. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food at a reasonable price in an elegant setting.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food, really good for dates and business meals

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PamelaE (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and ambiance. You were given time to savor your food between courses and were not rushed out the door after dining.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Secret Berkeley spot. We always have the scallop. Fresh and local new-Italian flavors.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful Saturday night meal!

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Luvgoodfood (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and service. Nice to find great Italian food close to home.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants now! So happy we found Riva Cucina!

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luv2dine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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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KGHornet (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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vipjamesm (London)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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.

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mangiona (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 9, 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.

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vipalamo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 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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MariaC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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 !

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vipLuv2eat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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vipDonz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 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.

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vip2CalGrads (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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Alfonso (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 21, 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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OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 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.

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JanB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 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!

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