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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Romantic (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Decent food excellent service lovely setting

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4, 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 23, 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 17, 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 17, 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 11, 2017

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

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 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 4, 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 23, 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 21, 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 17, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Came to Rivoli with my wife for dinner prior to a play at the Berkeley Rep Theatre- "Ain't to Proud". We were their Friday, October 13, 2017. During the meal and after the meal we both commented several times that we had made a great choice in coming to Rivoli.

Outstanding food. Creative flavorful dishes. Great presentation. Very attentive, friendly and personable staff. Overall great dining experience.

Would highly recommend. Have added to our "Go to" Restaurant List and look forward to enjoying another meal at Rivoli the next time we're near Berkeley!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I had a great time. Excellent customer service and great food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Appetizers were amazing. Pork entree was good but not as good as the appetizers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Loved the pork chop and deviled egg.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was our first time there and we were celebrating an anniversary! On the way to our table we were greated enthusiastically by the host and everyone we passed, including the wait staff, cook, etc. When we got to our table there were little Happy Anniversary decals all over our table! Our waiter was great, conversational but not overbearing. Finally, the food and wine were exceptional! Many thanks to Rivioli for helping to make our anniversary very special! I plan to go back, and recommend it to all.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good but not great.

3 diners-Friday--$365.99 Packed/noisy.
Aps: Deviled Egg-Oyster-Tartare Toast-3$ each-ordered 3 of each
Oyster small and you could not taste the mignonette sauce on it. Eggs-get real-I can buy 18 eggs for $2-Tartare Toast-good / small
Salad Course- Caesar-$14--good--Peach Salad $15- ok--Fritter-$15--overrated-just a deep fried fritter that lacked great flavor-Not worth ordering Salads are over priced as well.
So far we are in $71. without the cocktails and wine
Entrees: Bone in Pork Chop-very good-cooked just right but $32 each-I just bought two at Nugget that were just as good and just as thick for $10
Ravioli-$28-ouch-excellent but just a sheet of pasta with a great sauce.Food cost on this item is maybe $1
Desert-Hot Fudge Sundae-just ordinary-no wow facto -and Pot de Creme- good/small. Each $10
Wine: Folk Tree Cab-$48-good--no reasonably priced wines on menu.
Cocktails: 6 Martinis $88-very small in old fashioned champagne glasses--olive with seed in it--broken tooth on its' way for an uninformed guest! They don't carry Bombay Sapphire--waiter made a dumb comment that we don't spend per time googling what kind of Gin to carry!!!
Now for the bad news: Server was SZYMON.while his service was pretty good--he has no social or sales skills. Never asked us if we had any questions on menu. We asked a few questions and he gave us a very brief, ininconclusive response and basically said everything is good. Had to ask for a few things that we had to wait for a long time. I basically took over as to when to order aps, salads more drinks and wine. I did tip 15%.
Would I go back--probably not. I am not from the area but would certainly choose Wood Tavern first. The menu is too short so not a lot of options. I know they want everything to be great by having a small menu but on some of the items of items, they did not come thru.
I know good food and service and in this case I was not satisfied but I wish you continued success.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Fabulous food paired with exquisite wines chosen for us by an exceptional waiter (Szymon)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Have gone to Rivoli many times over the years, and they have never disappointed. Wonderful dining room setting with the entire back wall a glassed in view of their beautiful garden. Very romantic! And the food! Oh! Chef Wendy and her kitchen crew are consistently fabulous. Highly, highly recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Very nice for the most party. Caesar salad was not the best: romaine leaves yellow and bitter; not enough dressing, too much Parmesan. They should use only green crisp leaves of romaine, maybe use young romaine lettuce.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Always solid here. Good food with professional and friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Amazing food as always. The service is great. Wine list features very rare and well priced local gems. Our go to spot for a good dinner with friends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food at this little restaurant is delicious. The service is professional and just the right amount of "friendly ". It's easy to have a conversation as the acoustics are good. Great for a dinner for 2 or a few more. This is my go-to restaurant when I want it to be special.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Rivoli consistently provides outstanding food in an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. A true winner!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We love the ambience both of the dining room and view to the garden. Food is yummy, portions are "just enough" and beautifully plated. Small menu but sufficient choice and very creative flavor/texture mixes. Service is professional and efficient but very friendly by all, from bartender at door to hostess to wait staff and servers of all functions. For this meal, swordfish was tasty but just "slightly" more cooked than my own preference...that said, I didn't leave a single morsel on the plate!!

Rivoli remains one of our two "go-to" restaurants for special occasions. Loved the "Walk in the Woods" cocktail, just perfect for a somewhat overcast mid-August evening in Berkeley. And we'll be back!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Simply outstanding. Simply outstanding. Simply outstanding. Simply outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The service here was terrific, which is really nice to have when you are out for a special occasion. Unfortunately the food did not deliver. The "saffron paella" did not seem to contain any saffron and did not much resemble paella. It did contain some lovely fresh peas. The duck dish was far too sweet and floral, so difficult to enjoy. The salad was overdressed and dull at the same time; the portabella fritters were good. The deviled eggs tastes mostly of Dijon mustard. My husband thinks they were trying to be too "experimental". That being said, if you are not too concerned with the cuisine, the place is lovely and the people who work there are wonderful. They will do their best to make sure you have a nice dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We had a great experience! Dining room was lovely, staff was friendly, and food was absolutely delicious. Enjoyed everything very much!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Delicious as always. Excellent service. Had the corn soup, mushroom fritters, and fish. All amazing and wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Our appetizers of the sweet corn soup and fig gnocchi were over the top --we then both chose the chicken 2 ways which was great --wanted the scallops but they had already run out. we will definitely be back to this neighborhood gem!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

A wonderful, cozy place with charm and delicious food and drinks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Outstanding food. Fresh ingredients. Bursting with flavor. Creative. Excellent service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 20, 2017

This was a splurge birthday dinner. It was a week night, which I would recommend, because the restaurant was quieter. The place is expensive so be prepared. The menu is short, maybe too
short, but we found things we liked. I had the scallops that were delicious. The waiters (all men) were truly excellent and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Came to celebrate a friend's 60th and had a lovely meal. Staff was courteous and attentive. Space is a bit crowded, hence one star short of perfect. The food was delicious. Our entire party raved over their choices for flavor. My pork chop was cooked just right with outer surface grilled and crisp with inner moist & juicy. The dark chocolate cake with espresso ice cream was divine. Always a favorite spot for a special night!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The cuisine was memorable - - each entree presented with a distinctive blend of ingredients, unusual, creative, and delicious - - so right to enhance the featured meat or fish. Our party of 3 found each of our 3 selections delicious! And Rivoli was the prime restaurant to celebrate our two family birthdays.

Our table was next to the window looking out at an inviting green garden of trees and scrubs; the only downside was the high noise level of guests enjoying good food and company.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We love Rivoli. It has been one of our favorite restaurants for 20+years. It never disappoints. It is lovely for quiet conversation over great wine and food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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