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Rivoli Restaurant

1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
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Ranked #2 of 599 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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128 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Washington, Dc
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Fantastic! So fantastic I went two nights in a row while on vacation. Exquisite entrees we had: (1) grilled Gulf shrimp, Anson Mills creamy grits, summer succotash, sweet onion and red pepper cream, green tomato jam, scallions (2) grilled leg of veal, sage marinade, roast new potatoes, baby spinach, Marsala jus, fava bean pesto Appetizer: (1) grilled dayboat scallops, chanterelle... More

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Bay Area
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Went to dinner here last Saturday night and oh what a fabulous dinner it was. There were four of us and each of us had something different. Every single dish was mouth watering. The soufflé appetizer was to die for. All I can say is go eat here - it was a wonderful experience from the ambiance to the food... More

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San Francisco, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Delicious and unique food that changes every few weeks. Comfortable, quiet ambiance, somewhat spotty service that doesn't always equal the caliber of restaurant expected at this price level.

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you have read any of my other reviews, you know that I am a foodie, and that I travel on my stomach. So when I say that this is my favorite restaurant in Berkeley, you know that this is REALLY good! The chef-owner, Wendy, and her partner, Roscoe, own this restaurant and Corso Trattoria, and both of them habitually... More

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Walnut, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We celebrated a family birthday here last night, and Rivoli Restaurant excelled in every way! I ordered the Grilled Moroccan Chicken. Some may think, oh, it's just chicken, but it sounded intriguing. I ordered it and am so very glad I did. It was amazing! The chick pea fries were phenomenal, and the entire dish had the perfect blend of... More

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Southern Maine
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We arrived without reservations early on a weeknight and were seated with some hesitancy (on the part of the hostess) near the hallway. The dining room was attractively designed and I enjoyed the peacefulness of the window wall. The sommelier suggested a few wines based on our tastes, but we decided to just order by the glass. His presumption that... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The food was excellent, we had great service and were so happy to find this small restaurant. There were older couples celebrating events, people who had been there many times and were personally greeted by the staff, young families and couples. For me, a mix of ages is always a good sign in a restaurant.

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

When my foodie family came to town, I wanted to be sure to feed them well so I knew Rivoli was a must. But hey, why not go a bit overboard, as they did travel from the East Coast? So I pitted Rivoli against that famous house on Shattuck. While I find it very difficult to say anything bad about... More

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Turlock, California, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I know there are many, many great restaurants throughout the north bay area through Berkeley and surrounding communities. So why review one of them? Because this restaurant combines a farm to table philosophy with some creative cuisine, and top notch staff. The owner/chef appeared throughout the evening to check on her guests, and encouraged feedback on what was being prepared... More

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Chatham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Went for dinner with my wife and with an old friend. The 3 of us had different entrees and each of us was pleased. The food was delicious with good presentation. The service was great but non intrusive. The beautiful garden scene completed the wonderful dining experience.

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