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Rivoli Restaurant

4.8
2616 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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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 a generation, Rivoli has promoted the singular talents of our Chef. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 526-2542
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Wendy Brucker
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Cross street
Neilson
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Easy street parking available.
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North Berkeley BART
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2616 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Recently went to Rivoli for my birthday and my expectations were met around every corner whether it was the Steak Tartare appetizer or the Dungenss Crab Risotto. Being a huge fan of their sister restaurant CORSO TRATTORIA, it was time to try Rivoli. The best way to describe my experience is a lot like the deviled eggs on their appetizer menu. A simple food enhanced by the flavors of pancetta crumbles, a sweet and a slightly spicy pepper coulis bringing all aspects of my palate into play. The ambience satisfied me in the sense that I could have a private quiet conversation with my partner or could share a few laughs with my server. Rivoli in my eyes is the complete package. Exceeding my expectations in every category. Truly one of the last gems on Solano Ave.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great staff and attention.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food with lovely presentation. The staff are warm, friendly and very pleasant. The ambiance is cozy with a beautiful green garden .

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Whenever we dine with you, it's a pleasure. Service has always been great; this time was no exception...in fact, it may have been at its very best! Food always excellent and the atmosphere always feels like it's a special occasion. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fun spot great food

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The food and service were both outstanding. There was one cocktail and one wine order and both were great. Very friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had an amazing time- great food, great wine, attentive service in a beautiful setting. The *only* thing that was wrong was my lemon pot de creme- it tasted like I could have bought it from the store. But everything else was perfect- I would highly recommend the Goat Cheese Soufflé and the Crab Risotto- I’ve craved both every day since I tasted them!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Service was excellent from the time we entered to the time we left. The restaurant is small so the tables are fairly close together. They have a wonderful view of the garden in the back which definitely helps make the dining room seem larger. The food was well prepared and well presented . Portions were adequate so value was good. They ask if we are going to share entrees so they actually split one entree for us. Again, service was excellent. The dishes were delicious and we had no complaints. We will go again.

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I know that the management is trying to attract a younger crowd, but last night showed that they have gone too far in the opposite direction. There were two men in the dining room wearing baseball hats! I said something to the manager on the way out, and he said that it was out of his hands--the owners did not want to set standards. What is next--shirtless diners? The food has also declined. First of all, there are only 4 entree choices. We started with the burrata, which was a pitifully small portion, mostly croutons, with a sickly sweet sauce. Hardly Italian. The ravioli was undistinguished and the sunchoke soup quickly became cold. The prices have escalated beyond comprehension for mediocre fare. Rivoli is back on my do not patronize list.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

As usual, our visit to Rivoli was wonderful. Excellent food, fast service!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I made this reservation based on OT reviews and this came up trumps. Just top notch all around there wasn't a bad plate in the group of 6 from the bites to desert

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fantastic dinner at Rivoli for a birthday celebration. Service was great, food was perfectly prepared and very flavorful. Shrimp dish exploded with flavor and the burrata salad was one of the best salads I have had. This is worth a trip back, probably multiple trips back.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Brilliant, as ever!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Absolutely incredible!!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Took my mother-in-law here for her 79th birthday. When we arrived, our table had "happy birthday" confetti on it. She loved it. The food was very good and the service was prompt and friendly. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Our dinner, on the occasion of my husband's 70th birthday, was really special. The food was absolutely fantastic and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Lovely, friendly staff, from Roscoe to waitstaff to chefs. Almost like home. Food is terrific, whether veggie, fish, meat, salad, dessert. Fried mushrooms dish is to die for--get it every time we visit!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always a pleasure dining here. Standards for food, beverages & service are consistently high. Roscoe & Wendy are experienced and it shows, Berkeley legends.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for Valentines Day so there was a special menu. The lobster soufflé, scallops with risotto, and dessert were all excellent. This is my favorite restaurant without a doubt. It is pretty pricey but worth it for occasional fancy dinners.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The service at Rivoli is excellent and friendly. Our meals were good but not as tasty as the last time we had dinner here. The dessert is always excellent. Rivoli is an intimate setting with an atrium that adds to the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Having not been impressed with our last visit, we haven’t been to Rivoli for the last few years. We had a fabulous meal. The rack of lamb was as good as any I can remember. My wife scallops which were fabulous. Shared the little gym salad which was very good as was the deviled egg appetizer.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Rivoli is our favorite restaurant. The food is exquisite and the service is great. Wendy is an amazing chef

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Rivoli is back! The food was brilliant — particularly the Ricotta Gnocchi and the Gateaux Basque. Service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Fantastic , inventive dishes! Excellent wine list & service!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We went there for our anniversary dinner. We were quite pleased with the service as well as the food. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the food and provided great suggestions. The exceptional dishes that we ordered were the steak tartare, ricotta gnocchi, rack of lamb, duck x 2 and the Bastille Gateau. Actually, the only item that wasn't exceptional was the deviled eggs. We are looking forward to going back again.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

For: Dates and small gatherings.
Recommend: The menu is seasonal and it was the V-Day weekend. All the dishes we had were excellent. The salmon was perfect, and the scallops were silky. (We were feeling "seafoody" today). On an interesting note the deviled egg was super smooth, and the kusshi oyster with a touch of asian pear mignonette was just right.
Service: Excellent, quick prompt and informing. James was funny, and the manager was awesome.
In My Opinion: Everything was balanced, I did not have wine this time however the dishes will come alive with some parings.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great little neighborhood gem with very attentive service, excellent cocktails and delicious food, prepared with great attention to detail.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I love Rivoli’s ambience. It’s tasteful, serene, elegant w/o any pomposity. Our server was delightful; the kitchen staff smiles in welcome as you pass through to your table. We had all the small bites, the portobello fritters, the lobster soufflé, and the asparagus lasagna. Every dish, including the bread, wine & aperitif were spot on and delicious. We couldn’t fit in any dessert!

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We've eaten at Rivoli many times but on this occasion the food was just not up to par.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Such a wonderful restaurant. Excellent food and outstanding service. Menu items change about every three weeks and never disappoints. Is more pricey then a place I would normally go but worth every penny. Great for a special occasion or a random splurge. They have a huge wall to wall picture window that looks into a garden.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Our server was outstanding, professional and friendly.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

We always have an outstanding meal at Rivoli. The staff is attentive and will always try to please their customers. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Well built place, great food and atmosphere. Nothing to complain about in terms of price point.

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2.0Dined on January 8, 2018

I was stunned by the decline in both the quality and quantity of food. My main dish of gulf shrimp was $32 and the size of a moderate appetizer. It was luke warm, the shrimp were small and somewhat overlooked and the accompanying vegetables could be consumed in 2 small bites. I hadn't been to Rivoli in a couple of years but had remembered it as a terrific restaurant. Bad night? Downward trajectory? Clearly the pricing for what you get is an outrage compared to say Oliveto, Chez Panise Cafe, etc

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

It was my moms birthday. The food was excellent and our waiter was very informative and friendly. We loved everything we got!

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Rivoli lived up to its reputation tonight. We were not disappointed by the food or the service 😊

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Ravioli was too rich, neither of us able to finish. Food presentation was average. Great seating next to the garden. Excellent wait staff, all very courteous!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Years and had one of the best meals we’ve had in years. Impeccable service, too!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Beyond excellent! A wonderful French waiter made the experience superlative!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is sensational. The rack of lamb was so tender and flavorful. The vegetables were perfectly prepared. The wait staff is attentive and aims to please in every way. This is my 2nd time at Rivoli and I’ll be back again.

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