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Rivoli Restaurant

1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119
+1 510-526-2542
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707-2119
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cozy and warm-hearted place has been our go-to celebratory restaurant for over 20 years. This time we toasted the 40th “birthday” of our homemade 1978 Cabernet from Napa/Stags Leap district grapes; the staff decanted and served this old beauty professionally, and it matched perfectly...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Alan T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited over the holidays. The meal was intended to be special and lived up to our expectations. We had made reservations well in advance and were shown to a table promptly upon arrival. The dining room is small and overlooks a lovely garden, which...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Katherine R
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Cozy dining room with a 4 or 5 seat bar at the entrance for single diners....The menu is creative and doesn’t require a culinary dictionary to figure out ingredients. Good variety of small plates and entrees are appropriately portioned....It was all very good, but nothing...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Advntr18
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

The restaurant was very accommodating when we changed our booking from 3 to 4 to 5 people. The art work is notable. The food is nuanced and all items I tried were delicious. Servers were uncommonly friendly and helpful. We have been here 3 times...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lorgues1
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Perhaps because of a management change, Rivoli, which has always been a good restaurant, is now serving excellent food. There's a simple menu with each item well prepared. (I had salad, trout, and a piece of luscious pound cake). Very good service in what has...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank berkeleybobw
Reviewed October 22, 2018

We had a table next to the garden window which was an exquisite way to be there. The table had salads, soups and I had the pork chop which I hardly ever eat -- almost never eating meat of any kind. It was superb and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Lena T
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We have been here three times. The food is good, sometimes very good, but not great. It’s expensive. The ambiance is nice. Best if you go when it’s still light out. Lovely view out the back.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MzSandy
Reviewed September 18, 2018

Two of us were in Berkeley for a week and decided to go out for one "splurge" dinner. We chose Rivoli. We were seated right next to the windows with a beautiful view of the gardens at night. We ordered 5 different dishes and shared...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank misopiso88
Reviewed September 18, 2018

I discovered this restaurant because I couldn´t get a table in Chez Panisse for a nice dinner with a friend. It is a very cozy place, great multilingual service which actually works as an attraction to the place, beautiful inside lighting and nice garden. Wine...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank RosaJimenezMorua
Reviewed September 2, 2018

This is one of our go-to restaurant for special occasions. We ordered the exquisite duck breast with brandied cherries, grilled prawns, salmon and risotto, along with two salads which we shared. For dessert, the four of us dipped into the hot fudge sundae. Yum! Always...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank jdc8mbc
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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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