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Riva Cucina

800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
+1 510-841-7482
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“pasta” (22 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
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Reviewed 23 November 2018

I recently visited Belotti for lunch with a friend, and Donato & Co for dinner with a group, and so it was high time to revisit Riva Cucina, another of my favorite local Italian restaurants. I went for a Friday lunch with a long-time friend....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Andreas G
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

We had not been to this restaurant in several years and were pleasantly surprised to find that it has gotten even better! We had two beet salads to share for the four of us. The portions were quite generous and the salad was excellent. Two...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 134JenniferH
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

Usually I am not happy to taste italian food outside my country, but this worth! Had, in a typical Italian "trattoria" ambience, pasta with home made special sauce a glass of original Italian red wine...delicious. Tasteful basic home made bread with flavored olive oil. And...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank C8646UWalbertof
Reviewed 30 October 2018

A late call on a weekend night got us an earlyish table just off the kitchen. The restaurant is down the hill from the Univeristy and more populated centers in the industrial section of Berkeley. But the leisurely drive, easy parking, inviting restaurant approach and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JoelZ195
Reviewed 18 September 2018

You will come upon this restaurant completely by surprise. We had the spinach, ricotta and parmigiana filled ravioli sautéed with a tomato cream and sage aurora; and the pappardelle paisley pasta sautéed with mixed mushrooms, thyme, garlic-infused oil and a boschetto truffled cheese. For dessert,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Houlihan2
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Fresh food daily. Changing menu to cover the selections that are available to buy so it is seasonal and fresh food.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank richard g
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Exploring different restaurants in the SF Bay Area can be a lifetime endeavor. But we are often surprised and rewarded when we explore new places. This was the case with Riva Cucina. The location is out of the way but that's a plus because parking...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ivette F
Reviewed 7 August 2018

A hidden gem I say.... worth it. Wonderful choices for everyone and wonderful service. This restaurant will not disappoint.... shrimp was my favorite!!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We returned from a trip to Emilia-Romagna a few years ago to discover this gem. You will not find a more authentic Bolagnese food experience in the USA.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank masSanFrancisco
Reviewed 2 June 2018

We were looking for some good Italian food while staying a couple of days in Berkeley. While the items we ended up choosing to eat were good, this was not an Italian restaurant. No real pasta dishes (spaghetti, linquini, fetticini, alfredo).

Date of visit: May 2018
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Fredrica P
15 February 2016|
Response from NYY07 | Reviewed this property |
There's none on their menu, but I suggest you check with them at 510.841.7482
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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: +1 510-841-7482
  • E-mail
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