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Review of Riva Cucina

Riva Cucina
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Ranked #25 of 741 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 7th Street
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Lovely interior space in a "industrial " location. Excellent selection of dishes including glten free pasta dishes. Great service all around. Good value compared to other upscale Berkeley restaurants. Also a wine list that is diverse and won't break the bank.

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Thank Hawley H
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The Bay Area is filled with food choices. They say that in New York is centered around money, Washington around power, and the Bay Area around ... food! So there is lots of competition.

But even in this hothouse of food, Riva Cucina stands out. In an unprepossessing building in the Berkeley flats, convenient to the freeway, run by young people who are incessantly friendly and helpful, they consistently produce outstanding Italian dishes at a moderate price. I particularly recommend the beet salad, with thinly sliced beets all around the periphery of the plate, and the spaghetti bolognese.

In the early evening lots of families bring their kids, but later on the adults predominate, as they should.

Even lots of the locals don't know about this great little restaurant!

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Thank Budd S
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

I really enjoyed everything about this restaurant and can't wait to go back! excellent Italian food.

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Thank IslandzGirl
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Our first visit to Riva Cucina was not a good one... Everything up to the entrée was satisfactory, not excellent but ok. Nice, tasty antipasto, an ok tomato salad, But the entrees were ok and awful. I had the sole, It was decent enough but the potatoes were way over cooked and the fish was a bit dry. K had the Risotto dish, it was either extremely undercooked or brown rice in disguise. Very chewy, grainy texture...couldn't eat it. On the plus, service was very good.

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Thank Kats1man
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Nice space in a converted mill-type building. Very good, carefully crafted food. Good service, though we were there on a Sat nite. Sort of middle-of-nowhere location, off Ashby, you will never wander here by accident.

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