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800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 (7th Street)
510-841-7482
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11:30 am - 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

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  • 33
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  • 4
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  • 2
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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
Nice Italian high end cuisine

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Fernando B
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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Berkeley, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Great little spot to find online! My wife and I went here this past Friday right before the Alvin Ailey ballet. It was awesome! We were the first to arrive so we received a lot of attention. The food from the appetizers down to the dessert were well prepared and delicious. The price was reasonable, too. Although, we did share... More 

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Berkeley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Tucked away in an industrial and artists loft area is an authentically Italian restaurant with cooking by an Italian chef. Having travelled in Italy on several occasions, I can say the food is very similar in the admirable simplicity and quality experienced there. The space is calm and quiet enough for easy conversation, and an outdoor table on the loading... More 

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California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This restaurant is off the beaten path, in an industrial area just north of Ashby. It is owned by a young couple - he is in the kitchen, she runs the front of the house. The restaurant can be noisy, so ask to sit in the little curtained off area on the south side of the restaurant. The food can... More 

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Our Valentines Day dinner at Riva Cucina in Berkeley, CA was beyond excellent. It is my practice to avoid going to a restaurant on holidays such as Mothers Day, New Years, and Valentines Day. Generally, I find that the menu is inadequate, the service is poor and the bill is inflated. This Valentines Day, as I was attending theater out... More 

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Berkeley, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This was our first time at Riva Cucina - don't know how we missed it after 6+ years in Berkeley - and it won't be our last. They featured a special menu for New Years Eve. I had the black cod/muscle/clam zuppa and my wife had the risotto, both of which were excellent. Our waitress helped us pick the perfect... More 

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66 reviews 66 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?