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Trattoria Corso

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1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709 (Delaware)
Downtown Berkeley Bart is a 5 minute walk. AC Transit bus service travels the length of Shattuck Ave.
510-704-8004
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delightful surprise

Just down the street from the famous Chez Panisse, we happened upon this busy spot by accident. The only remaining seating that evening was at the small bar area, where the bartender took excellent care of us weary travelers. We enjoyed each dish (crispy trippa, branzino, and the orecchiete... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Kutskurina
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Chicago, Illinois
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Just down the street from the famous Chez Panisse, we happened upon this busy spot by accident. The only remaining seating that evening was at the small bar area, where the bartender took excellent care of us weary travelers. We enjoyed each dish (crispy trippa, branzino, and the orecchiete special) immensely. Wine selections were good, too. What a nice surprise... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

After a long work week, we love to end it here. It's small with a neighborhood feel and the food is reliably excellent. We also enjoy sitting at the counter watching the chefs do their thing.

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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

we dined at 5pm after a matinee performance at the berkeley rep theater......a 10 minute walk away. you can see everything going on in the kitchen.......many good things!..... negatives: the decor is spartan and the noise level high.....very good value priceing for high quality and good size portions. a good all-italian wine list. a definite repeat.

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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Our daughter Lorraine, who lives in New York, went online to find this restaurant as a treat for her mom's birthday, and as it happens, our anniversary. Located on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, Corso is fun, incredibly comfortable and has great food. Lorraine made a great choice, un-taste tested. We think we got the best seat in the house in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

If you around Berkeley and feel like some vero macaroni, here is the place. nice place,very good service.But you must have a reservation for the weekends. Other problem ,if you are not a "early bird"they run off the best things fast,very fast for my taste. For us was the fish and ,trippa .I had a yogurt kind of gnocchi not... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

May 12 There are many fine restos in Berkeley-Oakland, but our last time at Trattoria Corso was so memorable that we wanted to return. On the north side of Shattuck, it is bit further out of the University sphere, but still a safe area to walk in the evening. It is bigger than I remembered and is still popular with... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

the menu is very limited. My son had steak which he found to be o.k.($49), my daughter in law had bass which she found to be o.k.($49), my wife had the sausage which looked unappetizing and was over-spiced. I first had the loin of lamb which I sent back because it was chewy and tasteless, I then had the pasta... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

While polls show Americans' favorite ethnic food is Italian, I have found few decent Italian restaurants in Berkeley...many in SF but few in the East Bay. A few years ago, Corso added a new option in the North Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto area. A small intimate restaurant with a few seats at the bar and chef's counter make it a charming... More 

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Milpitas, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Went here on a Sunday evening with a reservation but was seated quickly. The food was outstanding, one of the better meals I had in along time. I had the pork cutlet, was tender and tasty. Wife had Bucatini and said it was excellent. Service was good, tables close together but standard for a restaurant in an urban setting. Highly... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Personable service, excellent food, an always perfect Bistecca. Noisy but great with just the two of us.

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Additional Information about Trattoria Corso

Address: 1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone Number: 510-704-8004
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
    (Delaware)
  • Public Transportation: Downtown Berkeley Bart is a 5 minute walk. AC Transit bus service travels the length of Shattuck Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-704-8004

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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