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Riva Cucina

800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
+1 510-841-7482
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“pasta” (19 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
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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).

Reviewed 6 May 2018

We were warmly greeted upon entering the restaurant. The ambience is very pleasant and quiet enough where you could actually carry out a conversation. We all had salads prior to our main courses. The portions were small, but adequate. The salads were fresh and the...More

Thank 2004_Retirees
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Tucked into an industrial neighborhood in Berkeley, we found this place by chance and are glad we did. The excellent Italian food and great service were a treat and the menu is varied and uses local food when possible. Nice wine list. Can be a...More

Thank janetperlman
Reviewed 27 January 2018

A friend who lives in the area suggested we meet there for lunch. Nice staff, comfortable environment, no pretentiousness. Some great wine selections available too. My wife had the Zuppa di Lenticchie, my friend and I each ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese, and for the table,...More

1  Thank greg90274
Reviewed 8 December 2017

The insalata di indivia was really good though pricey at 14 bucks. My choice of main, not great. Thin pork chop that tasted off with potatoes that had been reheated -yuk. The idea of sprinkling breadcrumbs on top of the chop is just bizarre. The...More

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 24 September 2017

My wife and I tend to go to Riva Cucina every few months. Why? The food is very good and a good value. It reminds me of the food we ate when we lived in the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy. The service is generally sound....More

1  Thank Andreas G
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

After driving 3+ hours to attend a concert that was cancelled when we arrived we were won over and our evening salvaged at this gem of a restaurant. Staff, chef, food and wine all contributed to a delightful evening. The parmesan, bread crumb pasta with...More

Thank bettyg490
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We took my in-laws to CA for my Father in Law's 91st birthday and found this gem late on our first (and very stressful) day in CA. We were looking for a place to have dinner with two tweens, two 40-somethings, and and elderly couple....More

Thank jenskis
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Five of us all enjoyed our dinner at Riva Cucina. I found that conversation was easy ... not too loud which was great. The service was very good and not rushed. I'd recommend this restaurant highly.

Thank amasland
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

Thank gj726
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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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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