Rivoli Restaurant

4.8
2900 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The garden setting; attentive service; seasonal food sourced from local markets; line-caught fish and naturally raised meats. These are the building blocks of a great restaurant. But for Rivoli we mean to provide a bit more. Our inspiration comes from the root source of the word restaurant – to restore. To dine at Rivoli is to come away with a renewed faith in good works and life.

For a generation, Rivoli has promoted the singular talents of our Chef. The frequently changing menu is inspired by the bounty of the seasons and composed with a basic love of good food. Our Mid-Century Modern décor will slow the pace of your evening. Our intuitive service will indulge you. Enjoy a little respite from your day. We hope to see you soon at Rivoli.
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San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional food and service. Menu was fresh and fun. The deviled eggs were unexpected and quite good as was the crab/avocado toast. Both the sea bass and flat iron steak were well prepared and nice accompaniments. The gateau for desert finished an excellent meal. The server was helpful, pleasant and unobtrusive.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been coming here fo 17 years, and it never disappoints. I’d say this was my best meal there in a while. The pecorino souffle and the bass with maitake and madeira cream sauce were among the best things I’ve eaten anywhere in the last year. My nitpick is that I didn’t really like any of the 3 wines I tasted. There were all a bit one-note for me. Definitely don’t get the Rousanne.

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NN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect dining experience. We love going back.

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RM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Excellent service, unique dining roomuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Appetizers and starters were amazing. Loved the artichoke soup and portabella fritters. Main courses were a bit disappointing, especially the lobster risotto. It was oozing butter and I couldn't finish eating it. The rice felt a tad undercooked and lobster was dry. I was disappointed to say the least. Overall service was friendly and prompt. Ambience is good, but was a tad noisy especially since we were sitting near the kitchen.

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SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rivoli has been our favorite neighborhood restaurant for many years, with quality to match the best of the best. there was a blip several years ago when Wendy Brucker tried to retire from the kitchen, and those days are far behind us. Since Wendy returned, the restaurant is better than ever. Roscoe is a gracious and affable host, and all of the staff are very welcoming.

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WJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are very happy with our local chef and her excellent work which has graced the community of Berkeley for many years

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IC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter's birthday on this occasion. Rivoli is a restaurant we have gone to for many decades to celebrate our special family events. The food is always wonderful, and the garden creates such a peaceful feeling, even though the dining room is always very busy and bustling. Somehow the wait staff manage to make one feel special and cared for, even though their work is like a careful choreography of dances to avoid each other and the patrons moving around. It still always feel like the table is calm and one is cared for. Even needs are often anticipated, which is such a beautiful thing, compared to many restaurants where getting help is like trying to flag down a taxi. I love this restaurant.

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PG
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rivoli was the neighborhood gem spectacular experience it always is. Delicious, imaginative, warm, and fun. Loved the library wine section on the menu. Our 1976 bottle of a Napa classic was special.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice way to spend a Friday night! Menu is small but our experience overall was great!

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LM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place to go for special events, especially for couples. Relatively quiet, comfortable, ambiance, unique and carefully prepared dishes that are a cut above. Prices not for everyone.

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RC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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WG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great time, please keep the portabella mushrooms & deviled eggs coming they are the best.
Had the lamb and stripped bass and both were outstanding.
You never can miss with the hot fudge sunday for dessert.

Keep up the good work.

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JL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cocktails food and service. Flat out excellent.

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Almost 30 years of frequenting your joint and have not had a bad experience yet. Keep it up.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food just wonderful. Cozy place. The table next to the garden was special.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating two birthdays and wanted to have a new dining experience! Rivoli was recommended by a friend - so we made reservations! Love it! The food was great and so was the service. We have already told others about the restaurant - and plan to go again soon!

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. Things arrived fast and everything tasted great.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Rivoli is memorable. The attention to detail to the customer, the food, the service is stellar.
They get it right on a high level consistently.

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f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 5 of us agreed the food was delicious, and the service was helpful, courteous, and efficient. Highly recommended.

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CH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from the moment we arrived. Service was attentive, but not too much so. Food was simple but yet delicate and delicious and wine list had a nice range of choices. It’s been a while since we’ve dined here, it’s officially back in our rotation.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always love the food at Rivolis and Monday night was no exception. Our waiter was appropriately attentive and I love the beautiful garden view. My only issue is that sometimes the noise level is too much.

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LN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quiet, small, cozy understated room. Service attentive and excellent. A restaurant for a "foodie." Good wine list. A fine experience.

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SD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous, the ambiance was warm and friendly (and not too noisy). The view from the dining room into the outdoor patio was beautiful and quite relaxing. Will definitely return.

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h
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here many times and have never been disappointed.The food,as usual and the service was outstanding.We will be back.Many thanks Ken

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n
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had not been to this restaurant in several years...not sure why. Will be back

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G
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant. Just celebrated its 25th year. We have eaten there many times and it is our favorite place

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CK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had dinner here to celebrate our son’s 20th birthday. The dining room is beautiful. Love the garden lit up. The food was excellent and the service was good.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our son and his girlfriend out for his birthday dinner. Rivoli came through again. We had cocktails, three starters, and four main dishes, and none of it let us down. My husband's salmon was divine and the young ones both had the ravioli with lamb tagine, so delicious. My own was the shrimp and lentils - heaven. The service was just right, unintrusive, but there when we needed him. I know the noise level was increasing just before we left, since we had dined on the early side, and the floor wasn't yet full by the time of our departure.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently well thought out food, very well executed and served with a smile. I have gone to Rivoli many times over its history, and have never had anything but a memorable meal. From the ever present and always available and delicious mushroom fritters to the changing entrees, there is always something for everyone in your party. Service is always very attentive. Highly recommended.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for special occasions with best friends. We arrived at 6 and weren't hurried at all.
Can't wait to go back.

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JF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. Beautiful garden view. Service was great. Food was very good, especially the trout.
However, this most recent visit, most of our dishes were so oily that it really took away from the taste (and I enjoy a good amount of oil/fat). I hope they really tone down the oil/fat in future rotating menus.

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CE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Side car cocktail was one of the best. The pot roast is back and the mushroom fritters are always delicious. I love this neighborhood Gem

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B
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary at Rivoli's. We were seated in a comfortable place and given our menus and asked what kind of water we'd like. We shared the Mushroom Fritters and they were delicious! (Confession: I order these every time I am at this restaurant!) My husband had the Ravioli with the Lamb Ragout. He said that it was delicious...and he cleaned his plate! I had the Shrimp with Lentils which was excellent! The Lentils had such an intriguing and yummy flavor. For dessert, we shared a Hot Fudge Sundae...and asked for the Espresso Ice Cream...instead of the Vanilla. Delicious!!! The service was excellent: helpful, friendly, efficient and welcoming! We highly recommend Rivoli's....especially if you want to celebrate a special day!!!

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l
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, wonderful service right from the get go. We loved most of the food, the pot roast came a bit dry. Our server was very considerate of our pace. Also did not push alcohol on us as they may do elsewhere. Fabulous salad with burrata and portobello fritters. My Gulf shrimps with lentils and green tahIini sauce surprised me in its innovation.

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n
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only problem with the restaurant is that the noise level was too high. We were only two and could hardly hear each other.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was just not that interesting, I've paid less and had more interesting of a meal. The mushroom/leek/potato soup just tasted like potato soup.

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FR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

Way too noisy !!!! Great service !!! My ravioli with "lamb reduction" was all wrong. Didn't finish it or take it home. My single oyster was perfect and.....overpriced.....as was most of the meal. Great service. Way too expensive for mediocre food. The staff was wonderful.

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DC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While early in 2019, it will be hard to beat the exceptional food and dining experience we had at Rivoli. Everything was perfect!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch restaurant, every facet done well.

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