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.
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.
Too noisy so that it was very unpleasant and we could not talk to each other
Warm and welcoming. They know our table. We love the ambience. And one of the chefs recognized me as a preschool grandmother.
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.
Fabulous food, a bit expensive for the mains. Very loud dining room and very little space between tables.
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.
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.
Great food! The ambiance is very nice and the garden views make it a relaxing experience.
As always, unparalleled food and service.
Really enjoyed the food and great service. Best in Berkeley.
the usual excellence all around. we'd be here once a week if we could afford it
Very attentive service from Henry, our server. Salmon was fantastic and Kushi oysters fresh and perfect. Would definitely come back.
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.
Very good meal. On the whole, everything was superb. We had oysters, lobster soufflé, steak tartare, and ricotta gnocchi for appetizers. The seafood was ok. Not awesome. But the gnocchi and steak tartare were amazing. Our entrees were also good. I had the lasagna which was rich and yummy. We both had the basque gateau with ice cream which was super rich but delicious. As an aside my cocktail “the Cessna” was the highlight of the meal. Really enjoyed our server and his recommendations.
As usual, we enjoyed delicious food and faultless service.
Service was slow and at times inattentive.
Fine balance and balance of appetizer, main and dessert
All excellent ingredients, preparation, taste. Splendid service
One of the waiters, although kind, was very loud with the tables around us. I also found it difficult hearing my dinner guest. I don't ever remember it being that way before. Only commenting because the survey asks. :-)
Hostess was rude, food was mehhh, service was horrible. Our waiter was loud and not attentive. he also double charged us on a craft of wine. I caught it because our bill was different from what he charged us thinking we would not notice.
I've been there three times and every time I said maybe it was an off night! no it is just not a good restaurant.
This has been my go to place for celebratory dinners for years. The wait staff is eager to please, the environs festive, and the food consistently delicious (with one disappointment a year ago).
My favorites over time are the portobello fritters, and the Cesar salad. We had the steak..tender and juicy, cooked perfectly.
All in all one of the best eateries in Berkeley.
Warm friendly staff, delicious lasagna and Caesar salad! Perfect night out.
Noise level was our only complaint; otherwise everything was perfect.
Rivoli is the go-to fine restaurant for me so many savory comforts. We particularly appreciate their care in the preparation of vegetables; always inviting and never hammered. Portions can be a bit small, but no one leaves hungry. Desserts are a delight: the flourless chocolate budino is a favorite when available. It’s a gluten-free dish that no glutenful person would consider a compromise. We’ll be back soon. Treat yourself.
Gotta say, we all were very unimpressed. Not sure what got them the rating they have. The food was truly uninspired. The room even less so. The lofty description they wrote on there web site is not at all accurate to the experience. There are much better dining experiences to be had on Solano Avenue. Seek those out and judge to yourself.
To the house; I needed a gluten free meal. The waitress suggested the tenderloin with shaved truffles. It came with breadcrumbs on top. They didn’t make it right. They just scrapped off the topping and reserved it. No truffles, the sauce had broken. I got sick. $40 for that? Nobody in my party thought much about their meals either. Your web site describes a totally different dining experience that what you provide.
Chef and food preparation voted excellent / even magificient at times!! Oysters , scallops !!!
It's so subtle that the incredible decible level of the people in the small space eradicate any
sense of the chefs fine tuned experience.
Might as well go to Drakes where the external experience is more important to the guests it attracts. And cheaper too!
Food caters to crowd who I believe like to identity with high priced chef and don't know the difference between a burger beyond and a lobster soufflé !!
It's too bad - because Rivoli excels at a level of distinguishing fine tuned subtleties that take years and not millennials to achieve!
My two companions rate their meals ( salmon & duck ) as excellent ! I had the scallops which were done perfectly but the sauce was caustic. I stopped using it after a few bites.
Excellent food and kind wait staff. The Caesar salad was exceptional and we split it. It was a very big serving. The portobello fritter was delicious. We split day-boat scallops that were cooked to perfection. I like the bed of risotto they were on but there was another cold chopped up item that I did not like. I prefer hot food hot so the coldness was jarring and did not seem necessary.
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!