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800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742 (7th Street)
510-841-7482
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Grass Valley, California
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113 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have dined here several times now and have become big fans. Firstly, we like it because of the ease of parking! It's only minutes off of the I-80 Freeway in the South part of Berkeley. However, the biggest treats come out of their kitchen! Their chef designs some of the most delicious and creative salads using in season ingredients.... More 

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Berkeley, California
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this restaurant tonight on Open Table and decided to give it a try. It is in South West Berkeley, closer to Emeryville than downtown Berkeley. The food was delicious--great vegetarian menu. We ordered several appetizers and split a main course and each dish was delicious. Fresh ingredients, interesting combinations, nicely presented. The room was lovely: exposed brick, good... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I just got back from Bologna and we've been hesitant to eat Italian food here in the US ever since. But, we decided RC would be our first stop in over two months and were we pleased. The scallops were briny and broiled to perfection with capers and some of the best olive oil you can get.... More 

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Moneta, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Met a friend here for lunch. The pasta is all fresh made and so wonderful. I had tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce. Absolutely wonderful. My friend had home-made (well restaurant made) ravioli with a great sauce. The best part was the portions were great size - some would call them small, but it was so great, all you needed was a... More 

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Shanghai, China
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60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

A favorite restaurant of some friends, we ate here on a weekday evening. Although we sat indoors, they have a small seating area outside as well. All the dishes were well made and delicious. Small selection of options but excellent variety - something for everyone - vegetarian options, seafood, beef, chicken, additional sides of vegetables. Easily found parking on the... More 

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Albany, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Terrific house made pasta, perfect portions, solid wine list, friendly service. All reasons we keep coming back to this wonderful local restaurant. We've been going for years and the quality has not relented.

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Berkeley, California
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

As a gluten free diner my choices at Italian restaurants are usually quite limited. I was so happy to learn that all the pasta sauces on the menu could be coupled with gluten free garbanzo pasta. The serving was huge and topped with fresh parmesan, a real treat for sure. My friend ordered a regular wheat pasta dish and was... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My friends and I are always on the lookout for a restaurant with great food where we can actually converse. (And park nearby.) Alas, with high restaurant turnover in the Bay Area, some of our favorites have gone out of business. We recently discovered Riva Cucina, not far from Berkeley Bowl West on Heinz Street in Berkeley, and it has... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

In a quiet area of town = easy parking, this place is worth the trip. Excellent food at reasonable prices. forget the chains and the "hot" spots. If you want a great neighborhood place this is it.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We've enjoyed lunch with a group from work, as well as just for the two of us...Good food, good service, nice wine list, Bay Area prices, but not exorbitant. Pasta is superb, as is their panna cotta.

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
    (7th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-841-7482

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