Rivoli Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 1539 Solano Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94707

    Map & Directions
  • 510-526-2542

About Rivoli Restaurant

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 09:30 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM

Food

Food
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I was just there last night with my two daughters for both of their birthdays. This restaurant had come highly recommended by several people. So I was excited about trying a new place for a special occasion out of our usual stomping ground. One of my daughters was on crutches and there was no Handicapped parking anywhere close. So I dropped her off and went to park around the corner. When we went in, she was seated at the very small bar and we were informed our table for our 8:15 reservation was not yet ready.

I had brought a bottle of Champagne to celebrate and was the designated driver, so didn't want to drink anything until we were seated for dinner. My other daughter and I had to wait awhile before there was even a seat at the bar. Shortly after we did sit, they apologized for the delay, but intimated it would be soon. My daughters ordered wine and I waited thinking we would be seated soon.

Well, one hour after our reservation, the manager finally apologized and said she would get us an appetizer and asked the bartender to set us up at the bar. He asked if I would like a drink after she spoke to him. I assumed she told him to take care of it at this point. And right after he poured my wine, they were ready for us......so they moved us and all the food and glasses to our table.

It was still a bit of time before our order was taken, about 9:30 PM. We were led to believe that the appetizer and wine would be comped, but only the appetizer was. After needing to order three glasses of wine for an hour delay they could have comped those or the corkage fee. They did neither. Nor did they comp a dessert for the birthdays; at least one would have been gracious.

The food was good, but not superb. And the service was just average. While others have had a great dining experience here, we did not and all agreed we would never go back.

We still enjoyed each others company and had a good birthday celebration.

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★★☆☆☆

I was just there last night with my two daughters for both of their birthdays. This restaurant had come highly recommended by several people. So I was excited about trying a new place for a special occasion out of our usual stomping ground. One of my daughters was on crutches and there was no Handicapped parking anywhere close. So I dropped her off and went to park around the corner. When we went in, she was seated at the very small bar and we were informed our table for our 8:15 reservation was not yet ready.

I had brought a bottle of Champagne to celebrate and was the designated driver, so didn't want to drink anything until we were seated for dinner. My other daughter and I had to wait awhile before there was even a seat at the bar. Shortly after we did sit, they apologized for the delay, but intimated it would be soon. My daughters ordered wine and I waited thinking we would be seated soon.

Well, one hour after our reservation, the manager finally apologized and said she would get us an appetizer and asked the bartender to set us up at the bar. He asked if I would like a drink after she spoke to him. I assumed she told him to take care of it at this point. And right after he poured my wine, they were ready for us......so they moved us and all the food and glasses to our table.

It was still a bit of time before our order was taken, about 9:30 PM. We were led to believe that the appetizer and wine would be comped, but only the appetizer was. After needing to order three glasses of wine for an hour delay they could have comped those or the corkage fee. They did neither. Nor did they comp a dessert for the birthdays; at least one would have been gracious.

The food was good, but not superb. And the service was just average. While others have had a great dining experience here, we did not and all agreed we would never go back.

We still enjoyed each others company and had a good birthday celebration.

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This place is fantastic.

I bring my parents to Rivoli's when it's a special occasion. I think the past two times I have gone were on my dad's birthday. I called ahead to make reservations and informed them that it was my dad's b-day. They put just a sprinkle of confetti on our table. I think it made my dad feel special. :)

The decor and the ambiance is relaxed and refined. There is a huge window in place of the back wall that overlooks a garden. The window lets in a lot of natural light and the garden sets the mood for the food that they serve. While the name suggests Italian food, the menu certainly speaks to California cuisine. The service is always excellent here - knowledgeable, polite, and friendly.

Each entree is unique and has its own special blend of flavors and side dishes. You can really tell that the chef puts a lot of thought in creating each dish. I'll just paste some of the entrees here from the menu so you can see what I mean. These are dishes that my dad and my mom ordered:

grilled blue nose sea bass with grilled eggplant, summer squash and tomato gratin, roasted peppers, creamy parmesan polenta, olive , aoli and chervil butter

Moroccan plate with grilled lamb mechouia, duck b'steeya and merguez sausage with cucumber and carrot salad, saffron couscous couscous and mint yogurt

It's always fun to sample each other's food and let me tell you, everything is delicious and well prepared.

5
★★★★★

This place is fantastic.

I bring my parents to Rivoli's when it's a special occasion. I think the past two times I have gone were on my dad's birthday. I called ahead to make reservations and informed them that it was my dad's b-day. They put just a sprinkle of confetti on our table. I think it made my dad feel special. :)

The decor and the ambiance is relaxed and refined. There is a huge window in place of the back wall that overlooks a garden. The window lets in a lot of natural light and the garden sets the mood for the food that they serve. While the name suggests Italian food, the menu certainly speaks to California cuisine. The service is always excellent here - knowledgeable, polite, and friendly.

Each entree is unique and has its own special blend of flavors and side dishes. You can really tell that the chef puts a lot of thought in creating each dish. I'll just paste some of the entrees here from the menu so you can see what I mean. These are dishes that my dad and my mom ordered:

grilled blue nose sea bass with grilled eggplant, summer squash and tomato gratin, roasted peppers, creamy parmesan polenta, olive , aoli and chervil butter

Moroccan plate with grilled lamb mechouia, duck b'steeya and merguez sausage with cucumber and carrot salad, saffron couscous couscous and mint yogurt

It's always fun to sample each other's food and let me tell you, everything is delicious and well prepared.

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We have never had anything but great meals at Rivoli. Everything is interesting, imaginative, FRESH and well-prepared. We especially like the accommodating staff when we turn up without a reservation. Great for a romantic dinner for two, or a special meal for a family or group event. Best to book ahead - they are always busy. Dining room overlooks a pretty garden, but we often sit in the small bar area where we can watch all the action.

5
★★★★★

We have never had anything but great meals at Rivoli. Everything is interesting, imaginative, FRESH and well-prepared. We especially like the accommodating staff when we turn up without a reservation. Great for a romantic dinner for two, or a special meal for a family or group event. Best to book ahead - they are always busy. Dining room overlooks a pretty garden, but we often sit in the small bar area where we can watch all the action.

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This place is fantastic. They consistently provide inventive, flawlessly executed, and seasonal cuisine. Their wine list is superb and the atmosphere impeccable.

Their desserts are always awesome!

I have had many special occasions and am always ready to take out-of-town visitors here.

It's somewhat of a hidden gem as it doesn't get nearly the hype and exposure as other Berkeley restaurants. In my opinion it is generally as good or better than any game in town.

Five stars for sure.

5
★★★★★

This place is fantastic. They consistently provide inventive, flawlessly executed, and seasonal cuisine. Their wine list is superb and the atmosphere impeccable.

Their desserts are always awesome!

I have had many special occasions and am always ready to take out-of-town visitors here.

It's somewhat of a hidden gem as it doesn't get nearly the hype and exposure as other Berkeley restaurants. In my opinion it is generally as good or better than any game in town.

Five stars for sure.

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Why wait for Chez Panisse when you can visit Rivoli again and again (especially since it's much less expensive). The food here is wholesome, fresh, and organic. Their menu rotates every 3 weeks (http://www.rivolirestaurant.com/) and has appetizers and entrees for everyone, including vegetarian and fresh seafood selections. I considerate a treat to come here and eat.An added bonus is the secret garden in the bank which gives the restaurant a home like feel.Reservations are recommended.

5
★★★★★

Why wait for Chez Panisse when you can visit Rivoli again and again (especially since it's much less expensive). The food here is wholesome, fresh, and organic. Their menu rotates every 3 weeks (http://www.rivolirestaurant.com/) and has appetizers and entrees for everyone, including vegetarian and fresh seafood selections. I considerate a treat to come here and eat.An added bonus is the secret garden in the bank which gives the restaurant a home like feel.Reservations are recommended.

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I've never had a bad meal in all the years going to this fabulous little restaurant. Enter into the dining room in the back, and you feel like you're in someone's home. You look back into a yard, sometimes with cats or racoons (cute).

The Portobello mushroom fritters are simply to die for. There is always an amazing house made pasta, and the poultry is perfect.

Desserts delight.

Prices are medium (high), but so well worth it.

5
★★★★★

I've never had a bad meal in all the years going to this fabulous little restaurant. Enter into the dining room in the back, and you feel like you're in someone's home. You look back into a yard, sometimes with cats or racoons (cute).

The Portobello mushroom fritters are simply to die for. There is always an amazing house made pasta, and the poultry is perfect.

Desserts delight.

Prices are medium (high), but so well worth it.

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The unassuming exterior of this little treasure on the Berkeley/Albany border belies the enticing aromas and flavors that wait inside. For instance, the staff can't remove certain menu items like the portobello mushroom fritters with lemon…

 

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