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1556 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707-2117
+1 510-558-9000
11:00 - 22:00
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Some family members really like Cugini, and I go along, especially if someone else is paying. But I was paying this most recent time, and it was so noisy, I spent most of the evening asking “what?” because I couldn’t hear the other three people in our party. Turning my hearing aids off helped, but not that much. And the... More 

Thank hatetoflySFbayArea
Oakland, California
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43 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Solano Avenue is "true Berkeley" with many independent stores inviting a stroll after dinner, but it's away from the UC Campus and the less inviting aspects of downtown Berkeley. Cugini is worth a drive (there's ample street parking.) Excellent Italian food crisped in a wood-fired oven. The wait staff are there when you need them, but otherwise melt into the... More 

Thank David R
Vienna, Austria
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

the food was very good. the menu is a bit small but all things on there are just deliciously made. the waiters are very friendly and forthcoming. would totally come back here again.

Thank dameiliya
El Cerrito, California
1 review
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Just "discovered" Gugini, not realizing that this gem has been on Solano for 20 years! Went with family on the recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. In spite of very crowded Saturday evening, restaurant staff was attentive and efficient. Food arrived hot, perfectly prepared, within a reasonable time. Semifreddi's bread was fresh and delicious. House Cab was... More 

Thank cargregt
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Very good variety of Italian pastas, pizzas, wines and a bar that does a great Manhattan. Service efficient and pleasant. We've been many times.

Thank Andrea F
Albany, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Pizza's and pasta's are amazingly good. House salad comes out looking like it's just a plate of lettuce but then you taste it and it has an amazing amount of flavor. Friendly family run Italian restaurant with good service and an open wood fired oven in the back. Great Negronis too.

Thank badrrb
Berkeley, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2016

When we walked into the restaurant the first thing I noticed was that only two other tables were occupied. Ok, it was a Sunday night I thought. The three of us were seated at the back by the pizza oven. The second thing I noticed was the man standing at the end of the bar as silent and inscrutable as... More 

Thank Spocknium
El Cerrito, California
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203 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We went to Cugini’s on Solano in Albany for lunch. It was fairly empty, but there is a lot of competition on Solano! We had glasses of the house wines, which was maybe a bit steep at $7.50. The menu has a lot of variety, from burgers, salads, pizza to full Italian dishes. One of us got the classic Caesar,... More 

Thank divegirlelaine
Guatemala City, Guatemala
1 review
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The salad, the pizza and the hamburger were all awful, made with the poorest ingredients the only good thing was the service tho

Thank Luis C
Berkeley, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Friends said they wanted to eat Italian so we tried Cugini on Solano Ave. We had a good experience. We ordered a good Caesar salad, the large fed the 4 of us. Our friends had delicious looking and smelling Parmesan one chicken and the other eggplant. My wife had the daily special which was shrimp and vegetables over linguine and... More 

Thank swolan2015

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Restaurant Details

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Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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  • Address: 1556 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707-2117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 510-558-9000

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