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Riva Cucina

800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
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Ranked #24 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
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Price range: $30 - $30
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
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English first
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63 reviews 63 reviews
44 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
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Paris, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Slightly outside the city centre, but it worth absolutely the 14 miles drive from Nob Hill. To me is one of the best italian restaurant outside Italy of the world. Massi, the owner/chef, is really kind and stops to say hello to each table. Prices more than reasonable: 23 EUR for a branzino (sea bass) which is enough for two.... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I stopped by the Riva Cucina and it always offered to me the perfect sensation to be like it was in Italy: perfect salads, gorgeous pasta, tasty stuffed pasta like ravioli and in fall seasons my favourited: cappellacci, made with pumpkin inside. Orgasmic. Chef Massi and all the staff are always very kind and professional, it's a must be while... More

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Oakland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Came here for dinner on a week night after reading some Yelp reviews. The foods are pretty good and prices not too expensive. Because it was a weekday, the restaurant wasn't very crowded. It's not a fine dinning restaurant, but they do have the quality like one but at a much more affordable price. Strongly recommend this place for great... More

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