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Rivoli Restaurant

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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707 (Neilson)
+1 510-526-2542
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Montreal, Canada
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198 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I will start by the positive. The service was good and prompt. The decor was simple and elegant, just my taste. However the food quality was not there. I started by the clam, which was good. Then the portobello fritter is just fried muchroom. Seriously, they just breaded and fried them. So it was absolutely nothing special. Then the carrot... More 

Thank Alexoz02
Ross, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten at Rivoli now two days in a row. Went with friends for a guys night dinner and was so impressed I came back with my wife. Exquisite food and wonderful service at a reasonable price for fine dining.

Thank Travel2053
Albany, California
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lucky me! Rivoli is a few walkable blocks from my home, but that is not the reason I give it 5 stars. The food and the service are. It has a modest size menu, which makes selecting an entree a little easier, but I suspect this is also one of the reasons that the food is outstanding: they concentrate on... More 

Thank HereWeGo282
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

Food was amazing, service too. Recommend trying the corn soup, it is out of this world. The place does pack up regularly, so reservation recommended. Top of the list in Berkeley for me.

Thank Lucas M
Hillsborough, California
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Rivoli lived up to its TripAdvisor ratings! We were a party of 7. At the end of the night, all 7 people were raving about the food! The lobster soufflé was light, had an essence of lobster and had a wonderful sauce and multi-layered fruity salsa. The pumpkin soup was smoothe, luscious and bowl licking good. The mushroom fritters were... More 

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168 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

It's been nearly 10 years since we last visited Rivoli Restaurant. I've read the declining reviews with disappointment. Not wanting to believe this once great restaurant had lost its way we decided to give it a try along with another couple. Being a bit fussy about cocktails we were initially discouraged upon learning our favorite spirits were not offered. Throwing... More 

Thank dokepper
United States
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62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

Big bunch of us, some of whom were delayed by traffic. We loved the genuine service and superb food. The scallops were exquisite, steak was superb, desserts to die for. Spot on for our first dinner in Rivoli. We will be back whenever we're in Berkeley. Thank you for a lovely experience (and for not chasing us out every though... More 

Thank aspine67
Oakland, California
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471 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

This is California dining at its finest. Sweet unique space with a lovely menu, well-thought-out dishes, well-prepared, fairly peaceful, nice wine list, reasonable prices, really good food. The favorite place of friends of ours who live nearby, so we return and love it each time.

Thank Thomas V
San Diego, California
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302 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

We visit this restaurant each time we come to the bay area. The ambiance and service are great. However, this time the food was just okay. I had the vegetable lasagna and it was a little bland. My husband had a beef dish and it was average, nothing special. We feel it is a very charming restaurant and a great... More 

Thank SanDiegoBJ
Key Largo
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Our evening at the Rivoli at the suggestion of our dear Point Richmond friends was absolutely memorable. First of all the service was exquisite facilitated by our excellent young waiter who was not only well versed in the menu but also recommended the excellent Vourvray Chenin Blanc that we accompanied the round table of seafood entres. We began the evening... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $40
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
  • Public Transportation: North Berkeley BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-526-2542
Rivoli strives to be a hands on, moderately priced restaurant with simple and creative food, carefully selected wines and comfortable service in a warm and lively atmosphere. Rivoli’s distinction comes from the heart and soul of its owners and staff.

The menu relies on what is seasonal, local and fresh, using mostly organic produce, sustainably caught fish and naturally raised meats and poultry. The wines are selected for their affinity with the food, and offer the best values from the cooler regions of California and the Old World. The dining room staff provides friendly and attentive service and the chefs and cooks are skilled artisans of their craft.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?