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.
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
Wonderful place, delicious food, superb accommodating service.
We came for my birthday dinner. Had A wonderful meal and incredible service from Chris and Blake. We will be back!
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
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!
Rivoli is expensive for what you get in both food quality and service.
The service was excellent and the food first class.
Brought my family here for dinner the 2nd time . Food tasted delicious but a bit pricey. Probably will come back.
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.
Always excellent, need I say more? What else can you say?
Excellent service, excellent food.
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!
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!
Cute place to have a great evening with your love ones!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Amazing service, attention to detail, wine and food pairings, ambiance, the whole package! Rivoli is a top-notch dining experience- I will be back!
Rivoli is consistently excellent. Our server, James, was friendly and very professional. Nice wine list. All food was delicious and beautifully presented.
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.
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.
We enjoyed our birthday dinner . Everything is great!
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.
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.
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.
Food was good, but not great. Cheesecake dessert was not worth the calories. Noise level will keep me from going back...
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.
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.
Very very loud. And inattentive service.
My only critical comment is that the Gateau Basque was so over done, it should not of been served. Everything else was excellent.
It was a lovely experience, with great staff and the food was delicious. Very happy we chose Rivoli .
Except for being 20 minutes late in seating us, Rivoli was excellent, as usual, in food, service and setting.
Welcoming hosts and gracious dining service. We go very often. Rivoli is our favorite.
The food and the service was beyond exceptional! Such a great experience!
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.
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.
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.