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Rivoli Restaurant

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Rivoli Restaurant
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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707 (Neilson)
North Berkeley BART
510-526-2542
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5:00 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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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
Consistently good, and a great value

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
dutch55
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California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
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150 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
California
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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
Senior Contributor
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
167 helpful votes 167 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
110 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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California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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?