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Rivoli Restaurant

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1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707 (Neilson)
+1 510-526-2542
17:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 17:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 A TripAdvisor Member
San Rafael, California
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant and were fortunate to get in as reservations seem to be necessary even on a Monday. The food was exquisitely prepared and plated, a pleasure for sight, smell and taste. The restaurant is small, but the sound level is low and the decor is warm and welcoming. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. Over... More 

1 Thank John C
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was wonderful with great portion size -not too big, not too small! Very attentive wait staff, selection was very good! Definitely going back.

Thank gaelgal
Albany, New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been eating there for over 20 years and have always been satisfied. They often have an interesting special and we often try it \

Thank gabiandhenry
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food, nice waitstaff, very helpful answering questions abut the food and wine. Service was fast, good, didn't feel rushed. Great garden to look at while eating. Easy to talk with the person you or with. Good size portions. Only co mplint is the soup was not hot (heat) it was more lukewarm.

1 Thank Sharon K
Montreal, Canada
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200 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I will start by the positive. The service was good and prompt. The decor was simple and elegant, just my taste. However the food quality was not there. I started by the clam, which was good. Then the portobello fritter is just fried muchroom. Seriously, they just breaded and fried them. So it was absolutely nothing special. Then the carrot... More 

Thank Alexoz02
Ross, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We have eaten at Rivoli now two days in a row. Went with friends for a guys night dinner and was so impressed I came back with my wife. Exquisite food and wonderful service at a reasonable price for fine dining.

Thank Travel2053
Albany, California
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Lucky me! Rivoli is a few walkable blocks from my home, but that is not the reason I give it 5 stars. The food and the service are. It has a modest size menu, which makes selecting an entree a little easier, but I suspect this is also one of the reasons that the food is outstanding: they concentrate on... More 

Thank HereWeGo282
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Food was amazing, service too. Recommend trying the corn soup, it is out of this world. The place does pack up regularly, so reservation recommended. Top of the list in Berkeley for me.

Thank Lucas M
Hillsborough, California
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Rivoli lived up to its TripAdvisor ratings! We were a party of 7. At the end of the night, all 7 people were raving about the food! The lobster soufflé was light, had an essence of lobster and had a wonderful sauce and multi-layered fruity salsa. The pumpkin soup was smoothe, luscious and bowl licking good. The mushroom fritters were... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Gluten Free Options
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
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
  • Public Transportation: North Berkeley BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-526-2542
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?