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Rivoli Restaurant

1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119
+1 510-526-2542
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We live walking distance to this restaurant but I hadn't been in years. We just came with a group of 6 for a celebratory occasion. One whole wall of the main room is glass, overlooking a small garden which is a lovely ambience. The rest...More

Thank tgnorcal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we've eaten here for years; and indeed the room is very pleasant; but the food was heavy 'fatty' and unsophisticated yesterday! either it was a massive off-night (but is that acceptable at this level) or the restaurant has lost its way!

1  Thank Charlotte_34
Reviewed 22 May 2017

I can see how regulars dub this a favorite. It's comfortable, casual, and offers a nice selection of pastas, meats, and seafood. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine, risotto, scallops, a fine steak, and a small bite of steak tartare (very small!) This feels...More

Thank LaurieR802
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is our go to place in the Bay Area for special occasions. This year, my wife's birthday fell on Easter Sunday, which complicated plans. Instead of a traditional family dinner, we opted to gather at Rivoli for an early meal, assembling at 5:00 so...More

Thank The Other Jim H
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Rivoli is a favorite spot for our birthday and anniversary dates. We have always left feeling well fed, healthy, and happy. Like most restaurants that emphasize seasonal dishes, the menu changes regularly and reflects what can be locally sourced. Whether seafood, chicken, risotto, pasta, or...More

Thank NabbyA1882
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Had another great meal. Hadn't come for a while, and the menu has changed. Had pecorino soufflé and portobello fritters; then dungeness crab risotto and white sea bass. All good, but the star of the show was the chocolate budino. We ordered one to share....More

Thank sarabseth
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Outstanding food and wine in this rather small, noisy, expensive, welcoming, well-run, more-than-a-French bistro, where everyone looks happy including the servers and the owner.

Thank brpafp
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Rivoli is one of our go to's when we want a good meal in a cozy environment. My wife had the filet mignon in a wonderful reduction. I had the scallops which were cooked perfectly slightly browned but still soft. The texture was delightful. It...More

Thank jbwheel
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Nice atmosphere with very attentive service. Do make a reservation as this old favorite is still very popular. Good cooking. Great Caesar salad and fine grilled salmon. Full bar. Barolo by the glass. We plan to return.

Thank MarshBruce
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed Rivoli restaurant. The service is top notch, the food is second to none, and yes is not chip. We will go back again.

Thank vm320
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What is the parking situation?
5 November 2016|
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Response from jeanpaul70 | Reviewed this property |
Easy on street parking
Are gift cards available at Rivoli?
1 July 2016|
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Response from jrosano | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I believe so.
Ralph D
Can you do a gift certificate ($100) which we could provide as a Christmas gift?
22 December 2015|
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Response from calursus82 | Reviewed this property |
I believe you could purchase smaller denominations to equal $100
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119
  • Public Transportation: North Berkeley BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-526-2542
  • E-mail
Rivoli strives to be a hands on, moderately priced restaurant with simple and creative food, carefully selected wines and comfortable service in a warm and lively atmosphere. Rivoli’s distinction comes from the heart and soul of its owners and staff. The menu relies on what is seasonal, local and fresh, using mostly organic produce, sustainably caught fish and naturally raised meats and poultry. The wines are selected for their affinity with the food, and offer the best values from the cooler regions of California and the Old World. The dining room staff provides friendly and attentive service and the chefs and cooks are skilled artisans of their craft.
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