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Riva Cucina

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800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710-2742 (7th Street)
+1 510-841-7482
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We went as a party of 8 on a rainy night. The food was very good and the service was attentive. AND I LOVED my glass of wine. This was a nice, more intimate place for a group of colleagues to have dinner. A little quieter than other spots. Everyone was happy.

Thank alison n
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Everything about this restaurant is superb. The ambiance, the decor, the service, the food. We've been there twice, and each time every member of our party was blown away by the experience.

Thank Barbara M
Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is fine northern Italian cuisine prepared and served with grace and care in a funky environment. I can't wait to return.

Thank Canadiantraveler8888
Boston, Massachusetts
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287 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is an excellent little Italian restaurant. It is out of the way in what looks like an old industrial area. But its well worth the effort to find. The menu is short but filled with classics. Staff are very helpful. The room is tastefully decorated but without being luxurious. We were there with a table of 5 for dinner... More 

Thank djfowler
Oakland, California
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255 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Off the beaten track but worth finding it. Excellent when we dined there. Good wine list. Ask for a table away from the door/draft if it's cold out.

Thank GPToak
Oakland, California
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121 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Friendly neighborhood restaurant with adequate wine list. Pastas were ok. Appetizers ranged from delicious (thinly shaved best salad) to ..are you kidding ($5.50 for 1 scallop). Desserts were yummy. Wednesday night = free corkage.

Thank Marilyn C
Berkeley, California
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290 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I first visited Riva Cucina back in April/May 2015. Although the dining experience was generally positive, it was marred by a corporate function that seemed to overwhelm the kitchen, and resulted in long delays in getting others in the main dining room served. Over the past year, I have gone back to Riva Cucina for multiple meals, including lunches and... More 

Thank Andreas G
Grass Valley, California
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We have dined here several times now and have become big fans. Firstly, we like it because of the ease of parking! It's only minutes off of the I-80 Freeway in the South part of Berkeley. However, the biggest treats come out of their kitchen! Their chef designs some of the most delicious and creative salads using in season ingredients.... More 

Thank Rudolph_Wurlitzer
Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We found this restaurant tonight on Open Table and decided to give it a try. It is in South West Berkeley, closer to Emeryville than downtown Berkeley. The food was delicious--great vegetarian menu. We ordered several appetizers and split a main course and each dish was delicious. Fresh ingredients, interesting combinations, nicely presented. The room was lovely: exposed brick, good... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

My wife and I just got back from Bologna and we've been hesitant to eat Italian food here in the US ever since. But, we decided RC would be our first stop in over two months and were we pleased. The scallops were briny and broiled to perfection with capers and some of the best olive oil you can get.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?