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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

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food

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
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Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Authentic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Scenic View (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Vegan (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 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 9, 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 5, 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 3, 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 January 1, 2018

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 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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·Dined on December 21, 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 16, 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 12, 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 12, 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 11, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 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 10, 2017

Decent food excellent service lovely setting

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