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Rivoli Restaurant

1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119
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Ranked #1 of 592 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $40
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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90% Recommend
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English first
Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I've seen the good reviews on this restaurants and thought I would give it a shot. It had a nice and cozy atmosphere. I was the first one arrived at the restaurant and got seated near the entrance/kitchen instead of near the window with nice view even though the restaurant was completely empty and there were tables available for two... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Seven of us had a wonderful meal, including the grilled yellowtail, pork roast and chicken two ways. An exceptional Zinfandal - Rafanelli - was also great. The whole atmosphere was conducive to fine dining. Service was great.

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San Francisco, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

A gift certificate to Rivoli was an amazing birthday present. We were ashamed we had never been to this small and intimate restaurant. The parking is on-street on Solano Ave., but it is not problematic. We entered into a petite bar area and then were warmly welcomed and escorted through a narrow hallway into an understated yet warm, small dining... More

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Rocklin, California, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Having had the pleasure of dining here on many occasions, I am more impressed with each visit. In my opinion, Rivoli offers the most diverse menu available in this part of Berkeley. With so many choices, all delicious, it's hard to choose just one. I ordered the Halibut which was wonderful, but diners with discerning pallets, won't be disappointed regardless... More

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Berkeley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Rivoli's has been doing it right for many years. They serve great food and pay attention to the details that make a dining experience enjoyable. Rivoli's maintains a high dining standard. Come, relax and enjoy a good meal. You're in the hands of pros!

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Berkeley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have eaten at this restaurant many times (spur of moment to anniversary) and have never been disappointed by the excellent food and service. It is by far our fav restaurant on Solano ! We prefer a table looking out over the lovely garden. The menu is diverse and accommodating (wife does not eat meat). Best Halibut ever and for... More

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Palo Alto, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We enjoyed out dinner at Rivoli Saturday night. It's a very popular restaurant, judging from it being nearly full when we arrived at 5PM. The dining room is lovely with an entire wall a window to a lovely garden of blooming camellias. Service was perfect, and our food was excellently prepared. Our appetizers (little gem salad, portobello fritters, and gnocchi)... More

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Ann Arbor MI
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is lovely inside, and the food was imaginative and pretty good, if not breathtaking. I especially liked the little gem lettuce salad. The room is quiet enough to hear your dinner partners' conversation.

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Berkeley, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Rivoli is a great place for that special dinner. The restaurant looks out on a beautiful garden. The walls and ceiling are sound-absorbing, so you can have a pleasant conversation. Service is attentive and professional. Oh, may be I should mention the food too. Yes, it is inventive, interesting and well prepared. We really enjoyed it. The mushroom appetizer is... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

The food is innovative and delicious and the staff treats everyone like a regular. The menu could rival the best restaurants anywhere, but without the stuffiness or high prices. We went for our anniversary and I'd like to go back for my birthday! It is definitely worth the trip from SF or elsewhere for a very memorable meal. (Note: the... More

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