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Riva Cucina

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800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 (7th Street)
510-841-7482
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outstanding

I suppose the secret about this place has been out for some time. Still, we love it so much that I'm reluctant to broadcast the news. It really does deserve the highest praise. The last two meals we had there were superb, as was the service. Note: The place can get noisy when it's full, so it may... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
janeyre
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berkeley, CA
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berkeley, CA
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I suppose the secret about this place has been out for some time. Still, we love it so much that I'm reluctant to broadcast the news. It really does deserve the highest praise. The last two meals we had there were superb, as was the service. Note: The place can get noisy when it's full, so it may not be... More 

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Thank janeyre
Berkeley, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This charming restaurant in an old former industrial building in southwest Berkeley offers unusual salads, pastas, and main dishes. The portions are generous. When I go with friends we usually share a couple of appetizers among four of us! The wine list boasts some unusual offerings, including the Octopus produced right here in Berkeley! The wait staff are all friendly,... More 

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Thank Filiz510
Oakland, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I love this place. A challenge for restaurants is consistency. I've been going to Riva Cucina for several years and their dishes are wonderful and if you order something you had before because you loved it (like their Bolognese), you get what you remembered. The restaurant is casual and comfortable. The owner chef Massimiliano is a wonderful chef and he... More 

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Thank NYY07
CA
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We enjoyed a great post-holidays staff dinner at Riva Cucina. The service is attentive,but not intrusive and the food is not fussy; professionally and cleanly plated. The menu Features local, organic products. I love their panzanella (bread salad) and can't get enough of the tagliatelle bolognese, tender and fresh pasta, lively and flavorful meat sauce. I have also been here... More 

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Thank penguinpear
Fayetteville,ar.
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Wonderful! We started with the Antipasto which was good variety. My wife had the Bolognese and I had the sautéed Alaska wild coho salmon with capers. Both cooked to perfection! They have an excellent wine list. This restaurant is a hidden gem!

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Thank 479bear
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

We eat lunch here every now and then. Great food! Good service, small portions though compare to the price. The outdoor area is really nice and relaxing. Definitely the best food in the area! Would love to come back after work hours to try the food with a glass of wine.

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Thank Marica V
Toledo, Ohio
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192 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful meal with family & a friend! Nice, but smallish wine list (no booze yet) with excellent food. Risotto was great as was the scallopini. Excellent service.

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Thank Anthony H
Berkeley, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This restaurant, tucked quietly away on a dead end street just a few blocks past Berkeley Bowl West, is a treasure! It was our first time there tonight, but it sure won't be our last. Every bite was a beautiful burst of Italian flavor. I'm not kidding you when I say this was the best meal I've had in Berkeley... More 

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1 Thank Daniel M
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231 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Setting: Somewhat hidden in the Berkeley Aquatic business park center. Industrial with high ceilings on the inside. Nice outdoor seating. Parking could be a challenge during the week in the business hours. Food: Italian - Berkeley style with focus on local and organic. Very nice set of starters with cheese, day boat scallops. As main dish different kinds of pasta... More 

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Thank Fernando B
Berkeley, California
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134 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My wife and I have been to Italy many times, and had the opportunity to live in different regions of Italy for extended periods of time. We certainly enjoy Italian food, and the often underappreciated regionality of food in Italy. My wife had been to Riva Cucina for lunch on several prior occasions. I had never been. As a result... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
    (7th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-841-7482

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?