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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 - 9:00 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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  • 40
    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
Fun, tasty local place

Ate at the bar, great food and atmosphere. We had all the small bites, shared a salad and a paella style entree. Food is inventive and well prepared. Bartender, show name escapes me, was a great guy to chat with. Owner wandered by to chat about local restaurant scene. We had a good evening.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
DuaneK
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SF Bay Area
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
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SF Bay Area
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Ate at the bar, great food and atmosphere. We had all the small bites, shared a salad and a paella style entree. Food is inventive and well prepared. Bartender, show name escapes me, was a great guy to chat with. Owner wandered by to chat about local restaurant scene. We had a good evening.

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Berkeley, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A family owned restaurant that is invariably excellent. Inventive cuisine, always tasty, excellent environment, relatively quiet. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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Oakland, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

book in advance! this restaurant attracts many from the neighborhood as well as from across the bay. why go to san fran when rivoli is on this side of the bridge?

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

So good! But we decided to try to eat there spontaneously! Needed to be there at 5:30 so we beat the crowd. This is a small, intimate place--maybe 5 tables and a bar in the front and 10-12 tables in the back--looking out at a lovely garden. Rivoli has a local reputation for fine, inventive food and it is well... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I dined at Rivoli last night as a guest of a good friend. I had eaten there frequently in past years, but for various reasons had given up this sort of fine, but rather casual, dining. I was reminded last night just why Rivoli had been a favorite in earlier years, and plan to return soon. It completely exceeded my... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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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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Additional Information about Rivoli Restaurant

Address: 1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone Number: 510-526-2542
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
Cuisine: European

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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: Scenic view, Local cuisine

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?