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Rivoli Restaurant

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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707 (Neilson)
North Berkeley BART
510-526-2542
Website
Today
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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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Visitor rating
  • 115
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    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
Graduation celebration

We came to Rivoli for a nieces graduation from Cal Berkeley. The restaurant was small and the food and service was wonderful! They even had Novato Vineyard juice available.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Sbiehl001
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Mesa, Arizona
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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English first
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Slow braised meatballs were raw .A mystery how this left the kitchen,management response poor to a real health hazard.

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Northern California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We are locals and came here to celebrate our son's graduation. We had to wait 15 minutes for our table, in a cramped, drafting front area, when we were all impatient to have our meal and move on to other things in the evening. You'd think when you make people wait that long past their reservation, that you'd comp a... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We came to Rivoli for a nieces graduation from Cal Berkeley. The restaurant was small and the food and service was wonderful! They even had Novato Vineyard juice available.

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Food was beautifully prepared with a wonderful mix of flavors and textures yet balanced and not trying too hard. I loved the ambiance in their softly lit room with a view of the garden-felt very private and special.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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191 restaurant reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

May 9 This dinner was a special one and well thought out in advance. We were worried that there would be no immediate parking, so we found one about 3 blocks away. Anyway, the storefronts along Solano Avenue are interesting Even though our reservations were relatively early, the dining room was absolutely packed with affluent-looking guests who knew about this... More 

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hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

What a delight! Great staff and lovely space but most of all the FOOD! The gnocchi were light like marshmallow (how I wish I could achieve that) This is a perfect neighborhood restaurant

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Berkeley, California
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31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Great, creative food, full bar and lovely ambiance....a hidden gem in North Berkeley. For years, when asked for the best place in Berkeley,......our answer was Chez Panisse...well now there is a close 2nd...on Solano Ave...it is Rivoli.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Rivoli continues to be an excellent restaurant. Very good service and delicious food with interesting combinations of ingredients.

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Berkeley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We've been here several times over the last few years. Excellent food and service every time. Cozy atmosphere. We don't bring the kids here, it is small and has a higher-end adult feel, which is ok because there are plenty of other places to bring kids. It's expensive but worth it.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Surprisingly, there are very few restaurants in Berkeley where you can have outstanding, beautiful food and impeccable service. Rivoli is one of them. I actually only know two other comparable places in Berkeley. It is Corso (which I think belongs to the same owner) and Chez Panisse (I am not fun of a fixed menu because I am vegetarian.) I... More 

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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?