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Riva Cucina

800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
+1 510-841-7482
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  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
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Reviewed 27 April 2015

Great little spot to find online! My wife and I went here this past Friday right before the Alvin Ailey ballet. It was awesome! We were the first to arrive so we received a lot of attention. The food from the appetizers down to the...More

1  Thank sharae g
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Tucked away in an industrial and artists loft area is an authentically Italian restaurant with cooking by an Italian chef. Having travelled in Italy on several occasions, I can say the food is very similar in the admirable simplicity and quality experienced there. The space...More

1  Thank pksa
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Reviewed 3 March 2015

This restaurant is off the beaten path, in an industrial area just north of Ashby. It is owned by a young couple - he is in the kitchen, she runs the front of the house. The restaurant can be noisy, so ask to sit in...More

Thank nevertooold53
Reviewed 16 February 2015

Our Valentines Day dinner at Riva Cucina in Berkeley, CA was beyond excellent. It is my practice to avoid going to a restaurant on holidays such as Mothers Day, New Years, and Valentines Day. Generally, I find that the menu is inadequate, the service is...More

Thank Jerrold B
Reviewed 1 January 2015

This was our first time at Riva Cucina - don't know how we missed it after 6+ years in Berkeley - and it won't be our last. They featured a special menu for New Years Eve. I had the black cod/muscle/clam zuppa and my wife...More

1  Thank On-the-road-again79
Reviewed 30 November 2014

Hosted a retirement dinner for 9 at Riva. I preordered some appetizers and pastas. Top notch. All the pastas were perfect, the Fungi and the sausage ones most memorable. The local Petrale Sole was super fresh and done just to the point of cooked. I...More

Thank Randy E
Reviewed 17 November 2014

Off the beaten path, it's in a historical brick building that housed the Durkee Spice Co. Oh & be amazed- there is parking!!! We took our daughter & bf there for her birthday. She & I had the lamb shank over polenta. Hubby had the...More

Thank Cindi8
Reviewed 30 September 2014

We had the honor of having Massi and Jennifer Prepare and Serve their WONDERFUL cuisine on a more personal experince. Jennifer ( Massi's lovely wife), is the most pleasant, lovely lady, and Massi, WOW, Amazing! Excellent Chef! I applaud you both! Never have I tasted...More

Thank Just M
Reviewed 30 May 2014

What a great find and am absolutely delighted my friend took me to dine here. If you're in Berkeley and want Italian go here. When you walk in the first thing you'll notice is the dim lighting, great for a romantic setting. We already had...More

Thank ash0902
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Lovely setting to have a relaxed dinner. Having said that, the pasta in the pasta bolognese was outstanding. The sauce was tasty but on the thin side. The osso buco was a bit dry but flavorful as was the pork loin. Beet salad with faro...More

Thank altababe
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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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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
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