We just came back from a stellar meal at Rivoli, with the prices rolled back to some 18 years ago when they first opened. It was impeccable.
-Caeser salad was both generous and delicately flavorful.
-Gravlox with an unusual medley of garnishes, including a light cilantro sauce
-Tho I'm not a steak eater, I went for the grilled sirloin because the plate brought to the table next to ours looked so inviting. It was sensational.
-Marquis de chocolate drizzled with espresso sauce was a outrageously light, yet dense with flavor.
We arrived at 8:30 or so without a reservation. Got seated some 15-20 minutes later. Service was great. I hadn't been since they redecorated the main room, and I found it quite pleasant. And not as noisy as I recalled. (Or am I simply more used to it...?)
It was really fun. And I will be sure to go back more often, even after they've returned to normal prices.
1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707