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Rivoli Restaurant

1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
510-526-2542
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Ranked #6 of 599 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
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
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Neilson
Transit: North Berkeley BART
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.
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English first
san francisco
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The food is delicious and the ambiance is lovely. If you like cucumbers, order the cucumber gimlet. I have never had a bad meal here, but the menu changes, so it's hard to know what to recommend.

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San Diego, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Four of us ate here this week and we all cleaned our plates. The staff was so friendly, the dining room was warm and intimate with windows looking out to the lit garden, and the food was simply delicious. We definitely would return to Rivoli if we lived in the area and I'm certain our local friends will be back.... More

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California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had not been to Rivoli for many years. What we found this time was the wine list didn't give us enough choices for our favorite, Zinfandel. The food was good but the prices certainly have risen quite a bit from our last visit. If I go back I think I would stick to the appetizers. The hot fudge sundae... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

For our final night of this trip to California we went to Rivoli. The food is excellent, probably the best we've tasted this trip. The menu is small and pricey, and the room is noisy. But we all enjoyed our meals. I particularly appreciated being able to look out on a well-lit garden.

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Berkeley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This restaurant is in my neighborhood and I eat there regularly. The menu is simple but elegant. The food is superb and the service is excellent. I recommend it highly .... Ben

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Has been here several times over the years. It is old fashioned good food. Warm and personable service. Place has in interesting combination of tradition and high energy vibe, even though most guests were older then 40. I'm happy to eat there again and again

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San Francisco, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We enjoyed our experience at the Rivoli with succulent food that had us thinking about planning for our return visit. Rivoli is understated restaurant with an casual setting, which is often the case in Berkeley, exhibiting warm positive ambiance. We recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to the Bay Area!

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Berkeley, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Good food, although the gulf shrimp was pricey at $28, and the artichoke soup was barely warm. Great service, and the waiter suggested an excellent bottle of wine. We did not have dessert because the place was getting so noisy.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We were visiting Berkeley for the weekend and the great Trip Advisor rating drew us to Rivoli. I was really surprised and disappointed at how average it was. The atmosphere was ok - it seemed like an older place and was honestly a little shabby inside, but no big deal there (could be considered "charming" though certainly not elegant). The... More

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Minneapolis
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I took my sister out to dinner to have some time just to chat. From the moment we sat down, we were delighted. We asked if we could change tables to sit in chairs vs bench seating - no problem. We were served promptly but never felt rushed. We both had the grilled scallop dish with snap beans and a... More

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Additional Information about Rivoli Restaurant

Address: 1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone Number: 510-526-2542
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
Cuisine: European

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