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Rivoli Restaurant

4.8
2599 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Payment options
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Neilson
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Parking details
Easy street parking available.
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Public transit
North Berkeley BART
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2599 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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Mill (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vippapiwolano (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipGaby (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipRachelMann (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Fantastic , inventive dishes! Excellent wine list & service!

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PHILLIPA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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EWW55 (London)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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Carolyn (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Our server was outstanding, professional and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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vipIphilipson (San Francisco)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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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Liora (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vipGRK1 (Houston)
5.0  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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Jono (Denver)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

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

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silkem (San Francisco)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Decent food excellent service lovely setting

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