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About Rivoli Restaurant

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.

1539 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Neilson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 526-2542

Website:
http://www.rivolirestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Easy street parking available.

Public Transit:
North Berkeley BART

Executive Chef:
Wendy Brucker

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Rivoli Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Cozy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Authentic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Scenic View (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Notable Wine List (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Our server was outstanding, professional and friendly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This may be my first review ever, I loved this place so much, ten starts if I could!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful as always , this is been my go to restaurant for years

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Overall, it was a nice meal, but the value wasn't what I hoped it would be. That said, the food was quality, the service even better, and the decor was worth a look. I think it's worth going to once if you haven't been, and then maybe for a special occasion if you need a spot.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Loved the food and ambiance was beautiful and relaxing. Staff took excellent care of my family.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

You know those restaurants when simply everything is right? Rivoli never disappoints its customers. The cuisine is always superb and our waiter that night was outstanding. We were a bit crammed on our corner table, the one downside that night. I felt claustrophobic there. Everything else was just perfect.
Staff‘s performance in front and back is extraordinary. Thank you guys!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food and service excellent. Expensive, but worth it. Parking can be problematic. A restaurant to go back to with friends.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Decent food excellent service lovely setting

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Beyond compare. Fabulous. Always consistent. Only complaint is it is a small space which can lend itself to a somewhat claustrophobic sense.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food. Unpretentious restaurant with great service. Loved it and will be back often!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This my second decade dining at Rivoli and it never seizes to impress me.. I highly recommend it

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Yet another wonderful birthday dinner spent at Rivoli - not yet had an experience eating there that I wouldn’t like to repeat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

It is always a treat to eat at reveille. The room is quiet and gracious the food exceptionally fine

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious food. Excellent service. Can't wait to go back.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a superb meal -- the dishes were exquisite.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I have dined at Rivoli for years and held it up as one of my favorites in the Bay Area. However, this meal was a disappointment. I understand the owner/chef was not in the kitchen and hope that is the root cause. I’ve had some very good meals at Rivoli!!!!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food in an intimate environment with phenomenal service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Enjoyed our meal and would return but might request a lighter hand with the salt. Loud room and tables are on top of each other. Limited menu but very creative and visually appealing plates using very fresh and flavorful ingredients

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We took friends here, moving from St. Louis to the Bay Area. The experience was delightful as it always has been at Rivoli. The food is delicious and creative (and thanks for keeping the grilled portobellos on the menu). The service is terrific.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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