Rivoli Restaurant

4.7
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3248 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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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AteThere
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their to go service is very nice and the food was excellent

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vipbhh1
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like this place a lot. I just wish the portions were a bit smaller so I didn't waste food.

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vipfps7
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

as always, food and service were wonderful, which is what i just answered! so please stop demanding (!!) thanks

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Travis
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was marvelous but the noise from all the talkers was not good for me with a hearing aid. The wine list was extensive, expensive but very good

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LindyS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent as always. We were a party of 5. I was disappointed that our waiter (who complained about the number of tables he had to serve) was grouchy and not able to fulfill some of our requests. It was my birthday and this year there were no "happy birthdays" on the table; did you decide not to do that anymore? I asked for a champagne cocktail with extra bitters. It was exactly the same color as a friend's who did not want extra bitters. Then someone took it away and I saw that it sat beside a plastic dirty-dish container for a long while until I asked again. It came back just slightly pinker and I gave up on asking for more bitters. We had wanted the "Bites" and "Appetizers" to arrive with our drinks but they came much later. The dessert that another friend and I shared came with two plates (which was good) but no knife to cut it. I managed with a fork rather than bother the waiter any further. Clearly the waiter was harried but it made my birthday occasion significantly less delightful than I've come to expect from Rivoli. The noise level has never been an issue before but it was on Sunday night (3/8/20, 7 pm reservation) . None of this will stop me returning - just saying it wasn't up to your usual standards. Lindy Sinclair

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vipRaoul5050
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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vipAndrea
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is beautiful, the wait staff are friendly and the food is delicious. Can't do any better than Rivoli!

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vipSFDon
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best neighborhood restaurant in a town full of good ones. The duck two ways and lobster risotto might be their peak dishes ever. Friendly folks, great dining.

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sasa
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent wine, great service.

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RobynR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli is our place to go on special occasions. (It's too expensive to go there all the time, or we would.) Their food and beverages are always delicious and fresh, fresh, fresh. Don't miss the mushroom fritters appetizer and don't skip dessert. Even the bread and butter is delectable. The service is exquisite--friendly and discreet.

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vipBarryC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience. Second time visitors to Berkeley. Targeting Rivoli for each visit. Too good to pass up.

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MayaA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely meal, in a lovely room that was full of lively conversation, yet not so loud that we couldn’t hear one another. The food was just delicious, perfectly sized portions prepared to flavorful perfection. The service was exemplary, honestly the best we have had in years. The staff had such professional skill, anticipating our needs and deftly providing without interrupting our eating or conversation. The smaller space doesn’t feel confining thanks to a beautiful window overlooking a gorgeous garden which makes it feel like you are dining in an atrium. We had such a perfect evening at Rivoli, we can’t wait to go back and are recommending it to everyone we know!

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Luvtodine
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a favorite restaurant, having had many wonderful meals over many years.
It can get loud but was not on this occasion.
Service provider seemed distracted a bit, running off in the midst of a conversation with us
without explanation. The portabello fritters are a must and the lobster risotto is quite wonderful.
Excellent deserts. The evening was special for us, unhurried, with lively guests and excellent food and wine.

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PatriciaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently delicious and excellent service. can get noisy at orime dining times

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DeborahR
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a very satisfied customer at Rivoli since they opened 25 (?) years ago, I found the high quality of their food hasn't changed. The ambiance is still pleasant, there are enough servers to see to everyone's needs, and the mushroom fritters are as wonderfully tasty as they were the first time my husband and I ordered them all those years ago. Rivoli was always and still is one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area.

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ChrisH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is so good we went twice in a week! They change the menu every three weeks and we do our best to drop in. This time we were so intrigued by the choices we had to go twice in this menu cycle and were not disappointed. Professional staff serves amazing food. Can’t beat it.

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MarDan
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Articoke soup, lobster risotto, wine and service excellent. One dish and dessert just ok.

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DoctorMarie
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rivoli is my favorite restaurant to go to as a special treat for special friends....for birthdays, special occasions or because I want my friends to have an extraordinary eating experience in all aspects. I've never had a bad meal at Rivoli and the staff is most gracious, warm, and professional.

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MaryW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially the lobster risotto. We especially enjoy the service by Tiffanee.

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ChrisH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli is an East Bay treasure. Professional servers orchestrate a delightful evening. Food is simple but so well executed. Love our nights at Rivoli.

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vipclubsecretary
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly excellent service with a small but excellent menu. The only detraction was the extended use of a laptop at the next table. Crab Risotto and Cannelloni were both excellent.

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vipDavidAJSilva
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful prix fix menu, tasty and well presented. Wsit staff vrry attentive

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CharlesT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentine's Day dining experience was typically top drawer as Rivoli seldom lets us down. We were in the first tier of seating which was good as it would be expected that some of the menu items would be gone later in the evening. Christopher B. was attuned to our needs without hovering. The meal was delightful from oyster to sundae. The best Negroni in the Bay Area. We are spoiled by this neighborhood gem of a restaurant.

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vipRodM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our Valentine's dinner and it was great. The menu selections were very interesting and our waiter Henry is just great. The Rivoli garden is in full bloom. A surprise addition, house-made gluten free bread that was delicious. All in all, just a great evening!

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Julkat
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Nice setting. Always our choice for biz/social dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional!

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vipbernie
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Small, great service along with outstanding food. One of the best restaurants I have eaten at this year. The staff was friendly and helpful with recommendations. Wonderful experience. Thanks!

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MMoy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It is a very loud room when all tables are filled so it can be hard to hear people at one’s table. The food was delicious, beyond compare.

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DaveGeorge7
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The beauty of the manicured garden windows were striking and an unexpected treat. The filet was prepared perfectly but duck was underdone. Somewhat noisy. The service was spectacular and worth the cost.

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Eric
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most outstanding restaurant in Berkeley, ideal for a special occasion. The lobster risotto was fantastic. I give this place my highest endorsement.

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vipThatsIt
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is a very beautiful restaurant, but the food is just OK. Nothing really extraordinary. Many better choices in Oakland.

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GaryR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food with interesting flavor combinations. Haven’t been disappointed yet

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect in every way!

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CarlaD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivoli is my favorite local restaurant. The food, menu and service are consistently outstanding.

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DoronW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Everything seemed to be done without energy or imagination

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Linda
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! You can have a conversation with your companions and be able to hear each other.

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RachelB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fabulous service. Thank you!

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GoThereandEnjoy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a wonderful evening, sharing a 4-top with three great friends. Excellent food and gracious, attentive service.
Two complaints.
Granted it was a Saturday evening. But we had to wait 45 minutes after the time of our reservation. The receptionists were, for what it was worth, very apologetic.
Also, there was, off and on, quite a cool temperature in the dining room. My dining companions noticed it as well. I was OK when I put on my (outdoor) coat. But, I'd rather it was consistently a comfortable temperature.

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Yesplease
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, outstanding ambiance, and stellar service made for a great anniversary dinner. The steak tartare was my favorite!

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Rivoli Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 526-2542.

Rivoli Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3248 OpenTable diners.

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