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“Disappointing”

Revival Bar+Kitchen
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Ranked #97 of 717 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $30 - $50
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Addison
Transit: Downtown Berkeley BART is just a few steps away. It's a major hub for AC transit as well.
Description: Revival Bar + Kitchen is committed to sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, thoughtfully prepared and served with pride in our revived 1901 location in downtown Berkeley, CA, mere steps from the celebrated Berkeley Reporatory Theater, Aurora Theater, and within easy access of the Downtown Berkeley Bart Station.
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Well, we just got back from the restaurant. Maybe it was the embarrassing loss that Cal experienced today from USC that created a pall in the place but it played out in a really negative way. We're visiting from Seattle and are pretty down to earth and expected a lot more than we got. The food was tasty and interesting. As always, the server was dependent on the bartender(s) to get the drinks and wine out to our table and we had our appetizers long before the drinks arrived. Really bad form. It seemed a bit more like a cluster--- and for over $300 we could have eaten in the finest of restaurants on the West Coast for the four of us. Overly hyped. Overly expensive. Perfect for privileged white folks who need to know the name of the grass-fed pig that they're eating.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

We've been there several times in the past and liked it. Recently, it was mixed, both the food and the service. The house-made charcuterie was fantastic, all of it, along with the pickled vegetables that came with it. The braised beef was dry, though.
And surprisingly the service was inattentive. Drinks took a long time to arrive, the waiter didn't seem to be paying attention, so it took a long while to order a second drink. I don't like the hoveriingly-attentive style at all, but this was at the other end of the spectrum.
Maybe it was just an off night.

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Thank jjbong
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We went in for an early dinner before a concert. Unbeknownst to us it was a Saturday for a home game for Cal Bears, consequently the restaurant was packed even at 6PM. However, the service was fine and although a little harried no more so than many other restaurants on a Saturday evening. My steak was good but not outstanding, not enough flavor though it was cooked correctly (medium rare). My wife's mixed grill contained a plethora of meats which she generally enjoyed although she wash't wild on one of them (wish i could remember which).

Overall a better than average restaurant convenient for the theater or Cal concert venues.

The bill for a beer (Trumer draft, very good), steak, mixed grill two coffees and a desert was $83.39 (including tip but excluding gratuity).

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Thank TiburonTony
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Met friends for dinner before going to a play at Berkeley Rep Theater. Had their soup and one of their salads and was quite pleased with both. It was far from basic, so if you're thinking Applebee's, think again. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food as well and we are all foodies, so that says a lot. Wine was good and reasonably priced.

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Thank TravelgalCathy
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

I have eaten at Revival twice; once with a party of three, and more recently with a party of 12. In both cases the food was excellent, the cocktails were divine, and the service was very good. The staff treated our large group nicely, accommodating our request for a particular seating arrangement, and getting us served in time to walk over to Berkeley Rep to see a show. I appreciate the farm to table food choices. Highly recommend - I am taking one point off for a hassle with my reservations. But It may have been isolated, so please try this lovely spot for yourself.

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Thank hulaori
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