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800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742 (7th Street)
+1 510-841-7482
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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Emeryville, California, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Melt in your mouth, little pillows of creamy yumminess - that's the gnocchi at Riva Cucina. And the parsley pasta dish was crisp and bursting with flavor. Riva Cucina is a hidden gem tucked off of busy 7th/Ashby. A wonderful spot for date night, girls night out, or a birthday gathering. Buon appetito!

Thank gj726
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96 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We chose this place because it was close to where we were staying, and we had just had arrived after a long flight. Glad we did, the Prosciutto Burata starter was tasty and plentiful, the Gnocchi with lamb shoulder was excellent (should've been more of it), as was the mint Panna Cotta with chocolate, which might have been my favourite.... More 

Thank Espen S
Berkeley, California
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This restaurant is not cheap, but the food is good and well-prepared. We've eaten here a few times and not been disappointed.

Thank Robb1n419
Berkeley, California
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

For our anniversary, we chose to come to Riva Cucina. There were four in our party so we were able to share as well as accommodate the vegetarians from the red meat folks. Imagine our delight when the prosecco we ordered came on the house because we noted in our Open Table reservation that it was our 37th anniversary. The... More 

Thank judeym
Danville, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This was our second visit and, unfortunately, it was not much better than the first one about 2 years ago. The dining room is nicely set up in a fairly spare, modern way and the service was very good. However, the food failed to impress, although its quality was quite adequate. The California halibut had the coarse texture of Alaskan... More 

Thank patrick1125
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134 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

We went as a party of 8 on a rainy night. The food was very good and the service was attentive. AND I LOVED my glass of wine. This was a nice, more intimate place for a group of colleagues to have dinner. A little quieter than other spots. Everyone was happy.

Thank alison n
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Everything about this restaurant is superb. The ambiance, the decor, the service, the food. We've been there twice, and each time every member of our party was blown away by the experience.

Thank Barbara M
Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is fine northern Italian cuisine prepared and served with grace and care in a funky environment. I can't wait to return.

Thank Canadiantraveler8888
Boston, Massachusetts
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288 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is an excellent little Italian restaurant. It is out of the way in what looks like an old industrial area. But its well worth the effort to find. The menu is short but filled with classics. Staff are very helpful. The room is tastefully decorated but without being luxurious. We were there with a table of 5 for dinner... More 

Thank djfowler
Oakland, California
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281 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Off the beaten track but worth finding it. Excellent when we dined there. Good wine list. Ask for a table away from the door/draft if it's cold out.

Thank GPToak

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
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

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