Rivoli Restaurant

4.6
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3207 Reviews
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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Thank you for joining us on Valentine's Day. Please advice Chef Brucker will only be offering a Prix Fix menu at $75 per person. Reservations cancelled up to 72 hours may be charged $25 per person. We will see you on Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 14, 2020

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OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience2

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

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
2 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.

c
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

g
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, we enjoyed delicious food and faultless service.

A
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow and at times inattentive.

q
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine balance and balance of appetizer, main and dessert
All excellent ingredients, preparation, taste. Splendid service

I
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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. :-)

MT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

d
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

r
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm friendly staff, delicious lasagna and Caesar salad! Perfect night out.

CE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noise level was our only complaint; otherwise everything was perfect.

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

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.

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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!

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

JS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, delicious food, superb accommodating service.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
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.