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Reviewed 10 April 2022 via mobile

Raised in a foodie family, with a chef for a husband, and having eaten in great European restaurants let’s face it, it has to be good. (And yes I’m spoiled having lived 25 years in SF). Well Corso is flat out outstanding! For me they...are on par with the best restaurants of my entire life. We’ve now been half a dozen times, we’ve tried several different dishes, and they were all perfectly executed and scrumptious. I’m getting hungry just thinking about their exquisite favas salade, tagliatelle, clams, every fresh fish they do, and seriously some of the best vegetable preparations ever. Thing of it is, it doesn’t stop at the quality level of the food. The entire staff are the hardest working kindest folks ever! This is the best restaurant in Berkeley - imho in the entire East Bay.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 8 December 2021

I am pulling a star because of the noise level. Everything else was outstanding. Loved the food, great service. Not too pricey. Even had decent bread. They really need to resolve how loud it gets in there.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 6 October 2021

Very noisy when filled, only one toilet for a big restaurant, food ranged from fair to excellent. Not “more-ish” for me. Perhaps slightly overpriced.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 5 October 2021

Corso changed hands and is now Via del Corso. Many things are the same-- the interior, some of the wait staff, the positive energy. The biggest change that I noticed is that the food portion sizes are quite large. I actually liked the smaller portion...sizes served when the restaurant was Corso. Smaller portions meant I could try more items. Our table of four, gave mixed reviews to the food. My spinach salad with persimmons was very, very good as was my red pasta with shrimp. The gnocchi with a gorgonzola sauce was also delicious. The pappardelle with a duck sauce lacked flavor and the bean salad was an entree size portion and tasteless. One person thought the gem lettuce salad was overdressed.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 14 March 2020

Had a delightful meal and a delicious glass of chianti My pasta was cooked perfectly and my husbands meat dish was very savory and flavorful

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 29 February 2020

Sat at the bar to watch the chefs at work. Enjoyed a good wine and Pollo Putanesco with beautiful presentation. Friendly and responsive service.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 21 January 2020 via mobile

The first bites of my steak were too tough to chew. It was too dark in the restaurant to see and to avoid the gristle, so I took the rest of the steak home. It was very hard to find any edible bites, even under...full bright light. Most expensive ($60) and worst steak I ever had.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 17 January 2020

We had dinner before attending the theater, so we arrived when the restaurant was quite empty and quiet. We had Pollo al Burro--delicious but sitting in a bed of melted butter (if you have cholesterol issues you may want to skip this dish). The Tagliatelle...was good, portion on the small side. The side of Polenta was very good. The Panna Cotta for dessert was delicious. By the time we were to leave, the restaurant had filled up and it was very noisy; hard to talk to each other. Keep that in mind if you want to have a conversation. Good prompt service, central location.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 28 December 2019

We have eaten here several times but last night's dinner was memorable. We shared a large 45 day dry-aged prime T-Bone Porterhouse grilled rare and made Florintine style (Bistecca Alla Fiorentina). It was similar to what we had a few months ago in Venice and...it was delicious. The Caesar salad (Cicoria) was made with escarole, anchovy-lemon vinaigrette, parmigiano, and tasty croutons. The dressing was done perfectly and with just the right amount. The Polenta Al Forno was the best baked polenta I have ever had. And the Barbera wine went well with everything. We went expecting to order the lamb but after seeing the steak Fiorentina on the menu we changed our minds. Glad we did! Hope they keep this on the menu. Cheaper than going to Italy for it!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 12 November 2019

We had seen wonderful reviews and were excited to make our first meal in Berkeley here. It did not pan out as we had hoped. Our waiter extolled a particular set of dishes and we dutifully followed his advise. The food was mediocre, served some...too hot and some too cold. In short, far from the memorable experience we had been led to believe.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

I must have eaten every dish on the menu by now. That tells you I keep going back. It’s Italian food but with AMERICAN flair. Good are the pasta dishes, crisps, salads and the steak Florentine is to die for. I’m not a chuck o’...meat guy but once a year I do indulge and this is the place to go. Wine is also great selections.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 12 October 2019

This restaurant is especially good for special occasions. We shared lattuga (lettuce), sardine, calamari, grilled Branzino, salmon, potatoes, and spinach. Along with a large bottle of Pellegrino and a glass of rose, the bill totaled $190. The restaurant is noisy so when making reservations, arrive...early and ask for a table by the windows.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 23 September 2019 via mobile

We had lots of appetizers (salumi plate, zucchini fritters - too much dough not much zucchini, figs - perfecto, and tomatoes with white anchovies). Some were better than others. I had ricotta stuffed shells in a light tomato sauce and they were delicious. My husband...had whole fish that was very good. We shared a side of spinach that was terrible. Everyone else had steak and were pleased at the way it was cooked. Steaks were very expensive and a little too chewy for my taste. Not sure I would recommend. The noise level was very loud.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 25 August 2019 via mobile

Corso has a great Italian atmosphere and food of course is tasty and delicious. Lovely wine list compliments the dishes. Try seafood pasta.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 13 August 2019 via mobile

A fabulous restaurant in the heart of Berkeley. Waitstaff is friendly and very busy but apologized and attentive from there on. Bar is mostly Italian wines & aperitifs. Starters: Insalata Di Fungi is refreshing w/bite of Meyer Lemon vinaigrette, Gamberi is wonderful but prepare to...de-head the shrimp and Crostini w/Chicken Pate’ was a favorite. Entre’s: Branzino( Sea Bass)- was a real treat, Roasted Chicken Breast - wonderful, comfort food, and Spaghetti Bolognese transported us back to Rome. Dessert: Meyer Lemon Sorbet & Limoncello Gelato are so refreshing. But Affogato & the Amarena Sundae w/Cherries are rich, wonderful rewards!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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