Rivoli Restaurant

4.7
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3173 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 twenty five years, Rivoli has promoted the singular culinary talents of Berkeley native Wendy Brucker. 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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for spending New Year's Eve with Rivoli! Please note, Wendy will be offering a Prix Fixe dinner this evening for $75 for reserved tables in the Garden Room, and a credit card will be charged $50 per head for cancellations within 72 hours or for no-shows. Free sparkling wine at midnight!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3173 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, delicious food, superb accommodating service.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for my birthday dinner. Had A wonderful meal and incredible service from Chris and Blake. We will be back!

D
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant and spectacular dining experience. 2nd time coming here and the service is amazing. Everyone greets you and is warm and welcoming. Servers are very knowledgeable and helpful and there is always someone who is walking around looking if you need anything. Food is amazing, good variety in the dishes and the quality, appearance, and taste of the food is phenomenal. Will be back

N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous- only suggestion is better noise management. Young people seem to manage the mouse better, but those of us depending on hearing aids are not able to completely enjoy our otherwise wonderful experience. Would the restaurant consider a “quieter area”? Perhaps on some less-busy week nights?
Rivoli is our favorite place for a big treat!

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Rivoli is expensive for what you get in both food quality and service.

PM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food first class.

DT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Brought my family here for dinner the 2nd time . Food tasted delicious but a bit pricey. Probably will come back.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a friend from New York and--as always--suggested sharing the portobello fritters as a first course. I told him I'd never had them at any other restaurant in the world (and I get around!). He found them as good as I said they'd be.

KF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent, need I say more? What else can you say?

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a reservation here for my girlfriend’s birthday. The restaurant was very accommodating. When I made the reservation on Open Table, I made a special request to bring a dessert with a candle out for my girlfriend after dinner, and they fulfilled the request. I was very impressed with their level of service!

k
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely scrumptious, as always! I love to come here with friends-great atmosphere to linger with friends. The staff is amazing and always have great suggestions for wine pairings. I'll be back for sure!

LA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute place to have a great evening with your love ones!

BE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice but nowhere near what I expected from a one-star Michelin restaurant, based on my recent dining experiences at other one-star Michelin restaurants in California and Paris.

ML
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Portabello mushroom fritters and the deviled eggs are not to be ignored. My wife and I usually split a couple of starters with the fritters being one, each of us gets a deviled egg, and then we split one of the entries. You get to taste a lot of different and always excellent food, and the price is reasonable. Great wine list too!

SS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our "go to" places for special events, in this case my spouse's birthday. The food is always delicious and never gets boring due to their ever-changing menu. A significant wine list provides perfect match-ups with any of their dishes. It's a small, cozy restaurant and can be somewhat loud but most patrons know that and keep their voices down to normal levels.

N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What can I say but that Rivoli is one of my favorite restaurants! It's a good thing that it's not just around the corner from my house, because I would eat there every night!

ES
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, attention to detail, wine and food pairings, ambiance, the whole package! Rivoli is a top-notch dining experience- I will be back!

j
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli is consistently excellent. Our server, James, was friendly and very professional. Nice wine list. All food was delicious and beautifully presented.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday delightful

S
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! Best I have had in Berkeley. Service excellent. But the noise level made it difficult to have a conversation with our guests.

C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Rivoli was once my favorite restaurant in Berkeley. However, it has hovered between "good" and "mediocre" of late and my latest visit confirms its sorry state. The waiter and the staff are friendly but they make mistakes consistently (wrong flatwares etc.). The food arrives tepid, and somewhat shoddily prepared and presented to boot. Over-salting is a standard operating procedure in many restaurants but the kitchen went over the top. What was once a pleasant ambiance is now a noise bomb.

w
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our birthday dinner . Everything is great!

NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a regular here for decades. I have never had a bad experience here. The food is always good and the quality is consistent. My worst meal here was still very good. All the other meals have been excellent.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a perfect dining experience at Rivoli! The food, service and ambience are consistently outstanding. All of the staff are kind and friendly.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli is our favorite go-to restaurant when we want an excellent meal. The waiters ensure that the meal is prepared to your liking. It is just a pleasant experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was good, but not great. Cheesecake dessert was not worth the calories. Noise level will keep me from going back...

BW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Rivoli every time we are in the area visiting family. It never disappoints. The food is inventive and delicious, and the service is warm with just the right timing. Ask for a table by the window, where you can look out at the garden. The Portobello fritters are a must. The chocolate crème brulee was silky and decadent.

f
San Francisco
186 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Lovely, low-key space; warm welcome upon arrival; friendly, professional service. Food always a joy. This time, the goat cheese soufflé was outstanding; the Caesar Salad perfectly dressed. Steak was excellent. The crab risotto was a remarkable version of a dish which elsewhere is just pleasant; here the crab is cooked separately in a wonderful broth, then layered on top of the loose risotto. Wine list is intelligent and shows the preferences of the chef and wine director. We love coming here.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Very very loud. And inattentive service.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

料理の種類は多くないですが、1つ1つが丁寧に作られていて、とても美味しかったです。またサラダはシェアすると伝えたら、あらかじめ分けて持ってきてくれました。こういう心遣いも嬉しいです。ダウンタウンバークレーからは少し離れていますが、ソラーノアベニュー沿いはいいお店がたくさんありました。

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7
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My only critical comment is that the Gateau Basque was so over done, it should not of been served. Everything else was excellent.

D
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a lovely experience, with great staff and the food was delicious. Very happy we chose Rivoli .

ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Except for being 20 minutes late in seating us, Rivoli was excellent, as usual, in food, service and setting.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming hosts and gracious dining service. We go very often. Rivoli is our favorite.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was beyond exceptional! Such a great experience!

KS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We sat by the window and it was a chilly night and the restaurant had the air conditioning on. We had to keep asking them to turn it off. There was a live rat in the garden that took away a lot of the ambience. The food was good- thoughtfully prepared. I had the swordfish and my friend the chicken prosciutto meatballs. The Caesar sale was excellent but I forgot to ask for anchovies which I love. By the time the server checked back, my salad was eaten and I am not a fast eater. Then the sever came over too often to check on us after the restaurant has pretty much emptied out. Uneven poorly paced service is one of my pet peeves. But he was warm and friendly, very personable. Overall is was a good experience not great. The deserts were excellent.

LG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our long-time favorites. The inspired portabella fritters and amazing sundae have been on the menu almost forever, and are perennial delights! Changing menu means there's always something new and delicious to try as well.

HV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been coming to Rivoli for more than 20 years. It never disappoints. Food is consistently outstanding. It's been a few years since we've dined here and I was happy to see that the food and experience were still very good.