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Rivoli Restaurant

1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
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Ranked #3 of 606 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
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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Sao Paulo, SP
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Rivoli is close to our home, easy walking distance away, and we consider ourselves lucky to have it in the neighborhood. It is nearly always our choice for birthdays, anniversaries, out of town guests. The menu changes every 3 weeks, and the food is always seasonal and delicious. The dining room is cozy and attractive with one wall being a... More 

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Berkeley, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went over to Rivoli with some out of town friends. For starters we shared the local crab toasts (it is crab season and you must...) and everyone had the mushroom and potato soup, that just fit the damp evening so very well. One person in the group went with the butternut squash lasagna, which they just raved about, I... More 

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santa rosa,ca
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167 reviews 167 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My wife and I recently enjoyed our 30th anniversary with a great dinner at Rivoli. This restaurant which borders Alameda in Berkeley is a popular place. And with good reason. Food, service and value highlight this wonderful dining spot. I had a salmon dish atop polenta which was excellently executed. My wife had a lasagna which was extremely well prepared... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The headline says it all: the food was great, the service excellent, the atmosphere nice (although the entrance was quite crowded as people were waiting for tables) and I will definitely go again.

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Amelia Island, Florida
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142 reviews 142 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I carefully chose this serene, highly-reviewed spot as a reward for traveling cross country all day. Stepping into Rivoli from a drenching rain only heightened our relief! We received a most pleasant welcome and were seated at a very nice corner table, allowing both my wife and me to survey all the goings-on during our meal. To start with, we... More 

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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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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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