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Rivoli Restaurant

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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119 (Neilson)
+1 510-526-2542
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 17:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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McLean, Virginia
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can see how regulars dub this a favorite. It's comfortable, casual, and offers a nice selection of pastas, meats, and seafood. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine, risotto, scallops, a fine steak, and a small bite of steak tartare (very small!) This feels like a local haunt, nothing fancy, but good food enjoyed by all.

Thank LaurieR802
Oakland, California
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190 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is our go to place in the Bay Area for special occasions. This year, my wife's birthday fell on Easter Sunday, which complicated plans. Instead of a traditional family dinner, we opted to gather at Rivoli for an early meal, assembling at 5:00 so the grandkids could get home early on a school nite. We started with some fancy... More 

Thank The Other Jim H
Berkeley, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Rivoli is a favorite spot for our birthday and anniversary dates. We have always left feeling well fed, healthy, and happy. Like most restaurants that emphasize seasonal dishes, the menu changes regularly and reflects what can be locally sourced. Whether seafood, chicken, risotto, pasta, or four-legged, you can be assured of getting a dish that is delectably seasoned and balanced.... More 

Thank NabbyA1882
Richmond, California
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Had another great meal. Hadn't come for a while, and the menu has changed. Had pecorino soufflé and portobello fritters; then dungeness crab risotto and white sea bass. All good, but the star of the show was the chocolate budino. We ordered one to share. And then promptly ordered a second one. Service was excellent. They really need to get... More 

Thank sarabseth
Fairfax, Virginia
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Outstanding food and wine in this rather small, noisy, expensive, welcoming, well-run, more-than-a-French bistro, where everyone looks happy including the servers and the owner.

Thank brpafp
Berkeley, California
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Rivoli is one of our go to's when we want a good meal in a cozy environment. My wife had the filet mignon in a wonderful reduction. I had the scallops which were cooked perfectly slightly browned but still soft. The texture was delightful. It came with a papya salad with mint sauce on the side. Yum! Service was impeccable... More 

Thank jbwheel
Chicago, Illinois
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928 reviews
698 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Nice atmosphere with very attentive service. Do make a reservation as this old favorite is still very popular. Good cooking. Great Caesar salad and fine grilled salmon. Full bar. Barolo by the glass. We plan to return.

Thank MarshBruce
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed Rivoli restaurant. The service is top notch, the food is second to none, and yes is not chip. We will go back again.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
San Rafael, California
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant and were fortunate to get in as reservations seem to be necessary even on a Monday. The food was exquisitely prepared and plated, a pleasure for sight, smell and taste. The restaurant is small, but the sound level is low and the decor is warm and welcoming. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. Over... More 

2 Thank John C
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The food was wonderful with great portion size -not too big, not too small! Very attentive wait staff, selection was very good! Definitely going back.

Thank gaelgal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119
  • 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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