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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
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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
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Great restaurant to meet friends in East Bay

Rivoli continues to be an excellent restaurant. Very good service and delicious food with interesting combinations of ingredients.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
m0untainGIRL60
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South Lake Tahoe, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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166 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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South Lake Tahoe, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Rivoli continues to be an excellent restaurant. Very good service and delicious food with interesting combinations of ingredients.

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Berkeley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We've been here several times over the last few years. Excellent food and service every time. Cozy atmosphere. We don't bring the kids here, it is small and has a higher-end adult feel, which is ok because there are plenty of other places to bring kids. It's expensive but worth it.

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Berkeley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Surprisingly, there are very few restaurants in Berkeley where you can have outstanding, beautiful food and impeccable service. Rivoli is one of them. I actually only know two other comparable places in Berkeley. It is Corso (which I think belongs to the same owner) and Chez Panisse (I am not fun of a fixed menu because I am vegetarian.) I... More 

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Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Rivoli is one of my favorite Berkeley restaurants! The menu has a variety of amazing choices-always difficult to order because there are so many interesting combinations on the ever changing seasonal menu. The service is always impeccable,the ambiance is both elegant and casual,and the prices not outrageous......I highly recommend Rivoli for a special occasion or just for an evening you... More 

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Berkeley, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 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
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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201 reviews 201 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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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?