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Trattoria Corso

1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
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Ranked #11 of 589 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Delaware
Transit: Downtown Berkeley Bart is a 5 minute walk. AC Transit bus service travels the length of Shattuck Ave.
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85% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Berkeley, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great restaurants balance the richness of flavors with subtlety. I've dined at Corso twice within the past 6 weeks and, on both occasions, the food was too heavy handed. The Lattuga salad was sour and salty. The Yukon Gold potatoes were burdened by too much cheese. Such a shame, when all they really need is a bit of butter. And,... More

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San Francisco, California
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234 reviews 234 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Warm, clean room with great relaxed vibe. Attentive knowledgeable staff. Bartender and waitstaff delight in helping you discover surprising mixed drinks and wines. Simply delicious food...every dish. Dinned here several times and never disappointed.

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Berkeley, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This will take you back to Italy without the language issues. This is a neighborhood gem. Simple regional food, prepared with care, and a nice selection of wines that fit the food. Not a great place for vegans, but there are options and the kitchen is accommodating. The menu changes frequently, so living near by makes it a nice choice... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This was our first visit and the 2 of us were exceptionally pleased with the food and service. The mixed mustard green salad (Insalata di senape e pere) was delicately and deliciously dressed, generously portioned and loaded with large chunks of red pear. My companion greatly enjoyed the Lasagna bianco which although a "Primi" was sufficiently filling to serve as... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Must be my tenth time here. So you know it's good. Simple Tuscan fare. A crudo of ahi tuna followed by a trippa Fiorentino (tripe with tomato sauce and chili). Utterly delicious. Washed down with a simple unassuming Tuscan red.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We had a wonderdul dinner last night . The food was unusually good , the menu offerings imaginative, not just a long list of pasta diahes. We had the pork dish and it was delicious and different from what you can normally get in this country.We like vegetables so with the pork we ordered a dish of spinach and a... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This place is a bit pricey, but absolutely delicious. We enjoyed their zuppa del giorno, salsiccia, and grilled sea bass. The sea bass, especially, was excellent. The ambiance was also quite enjoyable. Cozy and intimate. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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Portland, Oregon
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92 reviews 92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Go early to enjoy the food without the noise. I don't know that I've have had a better meal this year and the service was good despite their being busy. Fish was fabulous; we shared a salad and proscuitto and figs...and a decadent dessert.

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Sacramento, California, United States
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This restaurant served wonderful Tuscan food at VERY reasonable prices, and I would love to return there. The service was excellent, every dish was delicious and obviously the chef took great care in the selection of ingredients and the preparation. From the appetizer (sweet and sour sardines) to the dessert (panna cotta with fresh peach), the tastes were amazing. BUT....... More

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Oakland, CA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Had a very mixed experience at Corso. We ordered steaks and salads, which were superb. 24-ounce T-bones which were cooked and flavored to perfection. Really among the best steaks I've ever had - which they should be, at $46 per pop. Salads not quite as noteworthy, but also excellent. But boy, was the service lousy. The initial server/waiter took about... More

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