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Rivoli Restaurant

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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707 (Neilson)
North Berkeley BART
510-526-2542
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Rivoli strives to be a hands on, moderately priced restaurant with simple...
Rivoli strives to be a hands on, moderately priced restaurant with simple and creative food, carefully selected wines and comfortable service in a warm and lively atmosphere. Rivoli’s distinction comes from the heart and soul of its owners and staff. The menu relies on what is seasonal, local and fresh, using mostly organic produce, sustainably caught fish and naturally raised meats and poultry. The wines are selected for their affinity with the food, and offer the best values from the cooler regions of California and the Old World. The dining room staff provides friendly and attentive service and the chefs and cooks are skilled artisans of their craft.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Local cuisine
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 106
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Quiet elegant restaurant with excellent food.

Very good if limited menu. Imaginative skillful chef. Quiet elegant atmosphere. Nice for birthdays and special occasions.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
CaliforniaDreamers55
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Berkeley, California
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
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161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Very good if limited menu. Imaginative skillful chef. Quiet elegant atmosphere. Nice for birthdays and special occasions.

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Berkeley, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The service is so unintrusive and comfortable. We always find something intriguing on the small menu which changes seasonally. A great place to celebrate or to enjoy the company of one's friends over a good meal. The intimate dining room is enhanced by the lush garden in back.

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Oakland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Rivoli gives you some of the best dishes in the bay area, very well prepared, California style food, excellent service and for what you get the prices are reasonable. This is a go to place for a special occasion. While there are a few seats at the entrance, most of the seating is in the single main room which has... More 

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California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We live in Berkeley, so there are a lot of fine restaurants around. Driving into the City is a big drag these days, but Berkeley has a few gems, too. Rivoli's has been around for a long time and it has stayed consistently excellent. It's small and has an intimate feel. Several of our meals there have been "life changing"... More 

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Oakland, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I took my wife to Rivoli for her birthday after reading wonderful reviews on multiple sites. We loved it! She had the soup of the day to start which she loved; I had the portabella mushroom fritters which were outstanding. We both had the seafood risotto for our main course which was excellent, well seasoned, had lots of seafood and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Some colleagues and I ate dinner here recently and really enjoyed the experience. The menu had some nice variety and we really enjoyed the appetizers and desserts. The service was excellent. It's a small restaurant and fills up, so I recommend getting a reservation.

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Albany, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Only open for dinner. The menu changes every few weeks, but they always have a few staples: pureed soup with a seasonal ingredient, mushroom fritters, a risotto, and if there's nothing on the dessert menu you like, there's always a great hot fudge sundae.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I've had an amazing experience at Rivoli. My boyfriend took me there for dinner on my birthday and I couldn't be happier with the place. The food is outstanding and the service is perfect! The waiter brought me little "happy birthday" signs and I found it very thoughtful of the restaurant! Something nice and discrete! The dinner was great and... More 

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Berkeley, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We enjoy coming here on special occasions--alternating with Chez Panisse. Thoughtfully prepared, the meal is always delicious. If they have the crab bisque when you're there, be sure to order it!

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boston, ma
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We came here because we couldn't get a table at Chez Panisse and had a fabulous meal. The salads were delicious and fresh and the duck breast was sublime! The service was also very good. A top choice!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
    (Neilson)
  • Public Transportation: North Berkeley BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-526-2542

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view

Description

Rivoli strives to be a hands on, moderately priced restaurant with simple and creative food, carefully selected wines and comfortable service in a warm and lively atmosphere. Rivoli’s distinction comes from the heart and soul of its owners and staff. The menu relies on what is seasonal, local and fresh, using mostly organic produce, sustainably caught fish and naturally raised meats and poultry. The wines are selected for their affinity with the food, and offer the best values from the cooler regions of California and the Old World. The dining room staff provides friendly and attentive service and the chefs and cooks are skilled artisans of their craft.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?