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“Great little find” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Riva Cucina

Riva Cucina
800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
510-841-7482
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Ranked #12 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 7th Street
Berkeley, California, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great little find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Bay Area is filled with food choices. They say that in New York is centered around money, Washington around power, and the Bay Area around ... food! So there is lots of competition.

But even in this hothouse of food, Riva Cucina stands out. In an unprepossessing building in the Berkeley flats, convenient to the freeway, run by young people who are incessantly friendly and helpful, they consistently produce outstanding Italian dishes at a moderate price. I particularly recommend the beet salad, with thinly sliced beets all around the periphery of the plate, and the spaghetti bolognese.

In the early evening lots of families bring their kids, but later on the adults predominate, as they should.

Even lots of the locals don't know about this great little restaurant!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Merritt Island, Florida
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great food, atmosphere and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I really enjoyed everything about this restaurant and can't wait to go back! excellent Italian food.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not as good as the hype”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Our first visit to Riva Cucina was not a good one... Everything up to the entrée was satisfactory, not excellent but ok. Nice, tasty antipasto, an ok tomato salad, But the entrees were ok and awful. I had the sole, It was decent enough but the potatoes were way over cooked and the fish was a bit dry. K had the Risotto dish, it was either extremely undercooked or brown rice in disguise. Very chewy, grainy texture...couldn't eat it. On the plus, service was very good.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Very nice mediterranean/italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Nice space in a converted mill-type building. Very good, carefully crafted food. Good service, though we were there on a Sat nite. Sort of middle-of-nowhere location, off Ashby, you will never wander here by accident.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Placentia, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice upscale Italian restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Had a family dinner here post graduation ceremony...other than forgetting one of the sides we ordered, the service was really good. Pasta bolognese was delicious, and my wife's lamb entree was excellent too. Price was upscale, but worth it in our opinion, even though someone else paid the tab in this instance. If in Berkeley again, would definitely consider returning.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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