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Riva Cucina

800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
510-841-7482
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Ranked #13 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 7th Street
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
California's Wine Coast Country, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Hosted a retirement dinner for 9 at Riva. I preordered some appetizers and pastas. Top notch. All the pastas were perfect, the Fungi and the sausage ones most memorable. The local Petrale Sole was super fresh and done just to the point of cooked. I don't like raw insides but I don't like overdone either. Great shared meal. The wine... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Off the beaten path, it's in a historical brick building that housed the Durkee Spice Co. Oh & be amazed- there is parking!!! We took our daughter & bf there for her birthday. She & I had the lamb shank over polenta. Hubby had the gnocchi, bf had the tortellini soup & we shared some roasted Brussels sprouts. The lamb... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We had the honor of having Massi and Jennifer Prepare and Serve their WONDERFUL cuisine on a more personal experince. Jennifer ( Massi's lovely wife), is the most pleasant, lovely lady, and Massi, WOW, Amazing! Excellent Chef! I applaud you both! Never have I tasted such Delicious, Luscious, Dishes, Three days of , Breakfast, Lunch and Amazing Dinners . Wonderful... More 

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Sacramento
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69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

What a great find and am absolutely delighted my friend took me to dine here. If you're in Berkeley and want Italian go here. When you walk in the first thing you'll notice is the dim lighting, great for a romantic setting. We already had a reservation so we were seated right away. Decided to skip the appetizers and went... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lovely setting to have a relaxed dinner. Having said that, the pasta in the pasta bolognese was outstanding. The sauce was tasty but on the thin side. The osso buco was a bit dry but flavorful as was the pork loin. Beet salad with faro was delicious as was the mixed green salad. The nona cake was perfect and the... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a lovely place for authentic Italian food, and one of my favorite restaurants in Berkeley. The chef is from Bologna and takes great care with the food, which is fresh and well-presented. Pastas are house-made, and the bread and infused olive oil provided for the table are so good I could eat nothing but that and wine and... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Very classy atmosphere in an old updated industrial building. Georgia, our server, was very friendly and helpful in describing the various appetizers and other dishes. She was right on about the wonderful scallops. Everything else ordered did not disappoint and the bottle of wine ordered was reasonably priced. A private room separated from the main dining room with a velvet... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A great restaurant in a mixed-use, redeveloped neighborhood. Riva Cucina is located on the ground floor of a 1930's factory building near Berkeley's Aquatic Park and the old Heinz factory. The ambiance is very nice and the service was wonderful. The food was well plated and more than reasonably priced. We had a very tasty meal and the placed must... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Riva has become one of our favorite restaurants. We have been there for lunch as well as dinner and the food is consistently great. The porcini and ricotta ravioli sautéed with brown butter, sage, and parmesan is one of the tastiest dishes I've had. The service is excellent and the wine list is reasonably priced and well selected. It's a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

I was there on a weeknight, and when I arrived there was only one other customer, which gave me a little concern, but within 15 minutes, the place was full. While I felt the portion size was a bit small, the flavor was fantastic! Good service and a nice atmosphere made for a great evening.

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Additional Information about Riva Cucina

Address: 800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone Number: 510-841-7482
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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