Rivoli Restaurant

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The garden setting; attentive service; seasonal food; 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 seven 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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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DA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful prix fix menu, tasty and well presented. Wsit staff vrry attentive

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentine's Day dining experience was typically top drawer as Rivoli seldom lets us down. We were in the first tier of seating which was good as it would be expected that some of the menu items would be gone later in the evening. Christopher B. was attuned to our needs without hovering. The meal was delightful from oyster to sundae. The best Negroni in the Bay Area. We are spoiled by this neighborhood gem of a restaurant.

RM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our Valentine's dinner and it was great. The menu selections were very interesting and our waiter Henry is just great. The Rivoli garden is in full bloom. A surprise addition, house-made gluten free bread that was delicious. All in all, just a great evening!

J
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Nice setting. Always our choice for biz/social dining.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional!

b
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Small, great service along with outstanding food. One of the best restaurants I have eaten at this year. The staff was friendly and helpful with recommendations. Wonderful experience. Thanks!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It is a very loud room when all tables are filled so it can be hard to hear people at one’s table. The food was delicious, beyond compare.

DG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The beauty of the manicured garden windows were striking and an unexpected treat. The filet was prepared perfectly but duck was underdone. Somewhat noisy. The service was spectacular and worth the cost.

E
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most outstanding restaurant in Berkeley, ideal for a special occasion. The lobster risotto was fantastic. I give this place my highest endorsement.

TI
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is a very beautiful restaurant, but the food is just OK. Nothing really extraordinary. Many better choices in Oakland.

GR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food with interesting flavor combinations. Haven’t been disappointed yet

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect in every way!

CD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli is my favorite local restaurant. The food, menu and service are consistently outstanding.

DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Everything seemed to be done without energy or imagination

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! You can have a conversation with your companions and be able to hear each other.

RB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fabulous service. Thank you!

GT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a wonderful evening, sharing a 4-top with three great friends. Excellent food and gracious, attentive service.
Two complaints.
Granted it was a Saturday evening. But we had to wait 45 minutes after the time of our reservation. The receptionists were, for what it was worth, very apologetic.
Also, there was, off and on, quite a cool temperature in the dining room. My dining companions noticed it as well. I was OK when I put on my (outdoor) coat. But, I'd rather it was consistently a comfortable temperature.

Y
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, outstanding ambiance, and stellar service made for a great anniversary dinner. The steak tartare was my favorite!

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli always offers a vegetarian entree as its first least expensive entree. It is always magnificent. Last night I enjoyed raviolis which were stunning in their delicacy and flavor. The Rivoli menu changes monthly and my wife and I intend to return a couple of times before the offerings change.

f
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What can I say, besides Rivoli is my favorite restaurant in the east bay?

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli is my favorite restaurant and has been for years. You must order the portobello fritters, their signature dish. Everything is top notch here, including the food, the service, the ambiance, the location, and the prices. Every time.

T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A very fun night. I looked forward to the quail entree, however it was not quite flavorful enough and over fried. Our waiter, Henry, is an all star.

G
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience2

A great place for gourmet foods and great service. This is our favorite restaurant

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good table with easy service over our long dinner. A special evening with our daughter and friend. Delicious vegan choices and crab and shrimp choices for me and my husband. Great cocktails and table dishes.

TD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, lovely place.

RJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Rivoli provides superb service and food. All of our dishes were excellent and we had a leisurely meal without feeling rushed or too impatient for the next course. We had several new dishes that were creative and very tasty. It was a Monday holiday and the restaurant was crowded but the noise level was bubbly and not so loud that one couldn't carry on a conversation. There are big windows looking out on a lovely garden. The restaurant has a fairly laid back ambiance and just the right level of formality in service. I wish it was a little less expensive so we could go more often but it is excellent for special occasions.

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I really like the food and the view of the garden. However, I was terribly disappointed in finding that I could not speak to my friend as she could not hear me and I could not hear her. It used to be a place where you could hear each other. Sadly, now it is not. So, not sure I can recommend this place.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dine out a lot in Berkeley and have been to all the "best" restaurants, but Rivoli remains my favorite. The food is never anything less than exceptional and the staff and ambience (gorgeous garden view) is a delight. I only wish the French waiter was still there as he made an art form of serving.

c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Too noisy so that it was very unpleasant and we could not talk to each other

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and welcoming. They know our table. We love the ambience. And one of the chefs recognized me as a preschool grandmother.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. Though we had to wait to be seated for our reservation, they more than made up for it with gracious perfect service and attentiveness. The table we waited for was perfect and we had a wonderful celebratory evening.

K
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Fabulous food, a bit expensive for the mains. Very loud dining room and very little space between tables.

CH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli never disappoints. They have progressional servers and a seasonal menu with high quality dishes. If you want pretentious go elsewhere. If you want a lovely evening with delicious food in a tranquil setting head to Rivoli.

ES
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to a lot of local restaurants, but in my humble opinion, Rivoli always remains number one. Every meal I've had there has been a memorable delight. The service is always excellent too.

o
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! The ambiance is very nice and the garden views make it a relaxing experience.

MV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, unparalleled food and service.

OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and great service. Best in Berkeley.

f
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the usual excellence all around. we'd be here once a week if we could afford it

PH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service from Henry, our server. Salmon was fantastic and Kushi oysters fresh and perfect. Would definitely come back.

HH
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always, Rivoli food is outstanding and the service was excellent and attentive. The challenge is that the small dining area and the demand for tables leads to a very noisy environment. Not certain what could be done but some attention to sound would greatly improve the overall experience. We began eating at 5 pm and by 6 pm, my partner and I could hardly hear each other and we were sitting by the window.