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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 - 9:30 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: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
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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  • 140
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
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  • 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
our old standby of excellence

we always know when we go to rivolis that we are going to have a fine evening with imaginative and well prepared food in a quiet environment and with excellent service. our last visit to celebrate family birthdays was not exception and our family party in this atmosphere was delightful. we return... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
janetperlman
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we always know when we go to rivolis that we are going to have a fine evening with imaginative and well prepared food in a quiet environment and with excellent service. our last visit to celebrate family birthdays was not exception and our family party in this atmosphere was delightful. we return here for many special occasions as well a... More 

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Thank janetperlman
Berkeley, California
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the two restaurants my husband and I traditionally choose for special occasion meals. They have a few menu items that are always there. Locals would howl if they were taken away. Everything is fresh and seasonal, beautifully prepared and presented. The whole back wall in the dining area is glass and looks out on a lovely... More 

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Thank Ruth T
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178 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rivoli is absolutely one of my favorite places on Solano avenue. The ambiance is very relaxing and almost has a serene feel about it. The staff are always very knowledgeable, attentive, and polite. The wine list has an amazing selection and their menu never disappoints. Today we started with the portobello fritters which were thickly sliced, meaty portobello coated with... More 

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Thank maria c
Zurich, Switzerland
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86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

With my salary this is not the place to eat out on a normal evening. But for celebrating a special moment it was the perfect place to be. I love restaurants that treat you like a king, but your attire can still be pretty casual. We had wonderful salads, soups, fish, meat (NY style steak) and desert. The menu changes... More 

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Thank fabian_zurich
San Francisco
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We have gone here multiple times and it is always great. We love the atmosphere as well as the food with the view into the well maintained garden is so pleasant. It is our go to place for a special meal.

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Thank LuckyMe909294
San Jose, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Rivoli is a very special kind of place. The dining area is small, cozy and friendly. Looking out at the backyard had a relaxing and homey kind of feeling. I really like the look of the bar but didn't have a chance to sit there as we were escorted to our table immediately on arrival. Service started out great like... More 

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Thank AllenT411
Berkeley, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The quality of ingredients, the uniqueness of combinations, the cozy ambience, the back garden are the reason this Berkely veteran has survived so long with the discerning Berkeley crowd. There is always a range of options, including distinctive vegetarian fare, to please all members of the party. The waitstaff is professional: attentive, friendly, knowledgeable. A place we return to often!

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Thank Janice H
Fremont, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Her Birthday fell on a Friday and I made reservations for 8:30 but arrived late at 9:30 and they had a table reserved for me and ready. The appetizers were great and the main course was amazing. It ended with the tasty dessert and some pictures and a Bday song for her. She mentioned that this was a memorable Bday... More 

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Thank NickforParty
Kensington, California
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64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

We were looking for something special for our 31st anniversary and had not been back here in over a decade. The dinner and evening were ideal. Since we made reservations in advance they gave us one of the nicest tables. The wine list was very good. One of the most extensive list of half bottles is which we wanted. We... More 

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Thank Dennis B
Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

The food has been wonderful for years, with creative touches, but still basic and fulfilling. Part of the charm is an illuminated garden seen through the large windows at the rear, with occasional wildlife visits, such as a raccoon!

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?