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Riva Cucina

800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
+1 510-841-7482
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“panna cotta” (8 reviews)
“pasta” (19 reviews)
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

How did I miss this wonderful restaurant before? Everything was excellent from the service, noise level (not too noisy), food, wine. Although pasta with bolognese sauce could be pedestrian, this was exceptional. The salad with pear (winter salad) was tasty. if I still lived in...More

Thank nancyvictoria
Reviewed 31 October 2011

The restaurant has a very intimate atmosphere. The food surpassed my expectations. The pastelli, with sage, butter, cream, and sausage, was exquisite, although very rich. It just melted in my mouth. We also ordered the porchetta, which was well flavored although I would have preferred...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2011

1st, easy parking. And, as a Californian (in the East Bay), this is uber exciting. This charming, intimated Italian eatery is tucked away, in an attractive red brick bldg., in Berkeley, CA. We were seated right away, and then asked if we wanted to move...More

Thank Bobbye G
Reviewed 24 September 2011

My youngest and poorest son had recommended this restaurant (how he afforded it, I'll never know). It is located in a renovated area of Berkeley and has a beautiful, lush garden outside on the plaza with an abstract metal sculpture and waterfall (you need to...More

Thank rrandall55
Reviewed 3 January 2011

Just down the street from the former location of the Sharfenberger chocolate factory -- now gobbled up by Hershey's and moved to who knows where-- it's easy to miss Riva Cucina, nestled as it is in a beautiful courtyard garden and surrounded by old buildings....More

Thank georgekaplanimages
Reviewed 28 February 2010

Will be most-missed after our move. Had our farewell dinner there last evening—easy to see why they've succeeded so well (Bay Area's Best Italian Restaurant and recommendation in the Guide Michelin. One bite of any of Massi's wonderful pasta dishes, and you know you're either...More

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Oakland, California
Reviewed 9 May 2008

Loved the food. Beautiful space. Friendly staff. Great for kids. Added as a favorite, but this was my first visit. I will be back. Thank you Jennifer, Massi and everyone for a wonderful dinner. Not To Be Missed CAPESANTE GRATINATE $13.50 Herb and breadcrumb-crusted fresh...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2008

Charming, and great setting. Excellent Pasta Bolognese and great, but short, wine list. Lovely Panna cotta. But- lack of consistency with some of the seafood dishes. Still- I think it's a fun place for a ladies who lunch type outing. Lots of charm.

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Reviewed 5 February 2008

fun for lunch, esp on a warm day.

Thank CTrottier
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Fredrica P
15 February 2016|
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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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, 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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