Vivace
Vivace

Vivace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivacerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6506370611x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:30 pm and Sundays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm. For Saturday & Sunday lunch, please call the restaurant for private reservations. Large parties only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater small intimate dinners to large parties. Please call for details.
  • Special Events: Please contact the restaurant directly with private party room and special menu requests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alameda de Las Pulgas
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot at 1870 Ralston Avenue. Street parking also available.
A word from Vivace
Translated from the Italian language, Vivace means "lively", which is exactly the ambiance at Vivace Ristorante where culinary creations join with excellent wines to celebrate the cuisine of Northern Italy. Highly regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Peninsula, Vivace Ristorante is located in the charming city of Belmont. The warm interior is designed as to permit the viewing of the talented chefs as they prepare an array of Italian dishes with emphasis in the regions of Piemonte and Toscana. With its exceptional cuisine, elegant ambiance, high level of service, and extensive wine list (2003-2013 Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence), Vivace creates a wonderful dining experience in which the gastronomia of Northern Italy is celebrated everyday!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Vivace reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (83)special occasion (51)fit for foodies (44)good for groups (41)great for lunch (35)romantic (34)notable wine list (26)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (5)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Vivace continues to shine
    SunstormerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    On a busy Friday evening we were able to get a last-minute reservation and enjoy the usual outstanding meal. We ordered off the 'special' menu and the regular menu and the dishes were done to perfection. Our starter cocktails were perfect, the shrimp rolls were outstanding, and the beet salad a delight. We enjoyed the halibut main course with a superb wine recommendation from our attentive waiter. Desserts topped things off nicely. Definitely a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    Sam22
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I recently tried Vivache for a business Lunch and really liked the food. One on my clients had the pizza which had a beautiful thin crust, which reminded me of my last visit to Rome Italy. The service was efficient, and quick. The wait staff is friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Good food, service iffy
    HappilyDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good even though the waiter only delivered two of the four dishes we ordered correctly and the other two he brought the wrong dishes. Plus he was surly for the first half of the meal. The wines by the glass list were fairly uninspired, with limited selection of Italian reds (I think just one). But the food was very good and we plan on going back, hoping the service was just off the evening we were there. The seafood risotto with red sauce was very good, though not the least bit spicy (as mentioned on the menu).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Consistently good food
    JLFergVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A friend and I had lunch at Vivace and the food was good as always. I had the red snapper picatta. The food was light, the sauce was light, the serving portion was just the right size for the meal. My friend had the eggplant parmesan. It came baked with a light cream sauce and tasted very fresh.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vivace with friends
    MariaRDHVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Vivace is always consistently good. The bar offers a nice choice of wines by the glass and cocktails. The menu is varied with many wonderful choices. The polenta is always a hit, as are the arancini. The ahi tuna appetizer was excellent. A very good choice in the Belmont/San Carlos area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service without a smile
    4MK314
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Its a shame that I will not return to a restaurant that has very good food because our waiter had a poor attitude. Unfortunately , his dry , uninterested service was not exclusive to our table .
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  • Birthday Lunch
    Satisfied
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    They made up 2 orders of fried calamari for me although it wasn't on the lunch menu. Pizza Diavolo was outstanding, hot, fresh from the oven, great taste. One guest had a fish dish with lemon butter caper sauce. She said it was out of this world. Everyone agreed they wanted to come back to eat again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As always, food and service was great! Love their beets small plate and their butter lettuce salad with their own delicious dressing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    great food and friendly staff, love their fresh fish and pasta dishes, great for a nice relaxing lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • otdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Attentive service; freshly prepared dishes; a delightful restaurant for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The food is excellent
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I like the salad, the clams, the potatoes, the steak and the French Martini. A little bit noisy. But it looks like a great place to have private party. The booth looks comfortable, but such a pity that we do not have a chance to try.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always, food and service was great! Nice place for a relaxing lunch, love their warm beets small plate, very tasty fresh fish dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal with great company
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The snapper was wonderful, delicate and deliciously prepared. My friends enjoyed their pizza and salads as well, overall a great meal and a delightful evening. Glad they had a bottle of Reisling, we had great service and sat in a cozy booth, lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Lacking
    pcmanpeninsula
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sunday night dining it seemed that they only had 1 waitress for the whole restaurant. Overworked and inattentive
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eaterouterVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Unable to honor our reservation. We left and went to another dinner place
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • late night find
    zorroVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Vivace is -great-! I have visited several times before. The most recent dinner was a late night dinner, around 10:00 pm-ish after a concert. Food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    WeldonVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Vivace is one of my favorite restaurants. It has outstanding Italian food, great ambiance, and superb service. The owner even allows me to have his chef cook special dishes for me and my guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salmon dinner
    dave
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The Atlantic Salmon dinner for $29 grilled and served with couscous, cucumber, and a dill sauce was as good as it gets perfectly cooked. The Manhattan cocktail was slightly sweeter than usual but good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood place
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were a party of 4 and had a great time with friends at Vivace. The food was good, service good and a nice neighborhood find. The price seemed pretty high, guess due to the bar tab and while no dish was exceptional we enjoyed ourselves. We found the 2nd room very noisy and preferred the auoustics in the first room, but all in all an enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Delightful restaurant to enjoy a nice lunch, great food and great service! Love their warm beets small plate, and their butter lettuce salad and great pasta dishes as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichaelD
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We will be back. May have found our favorite Italian Restaurant in Redwood City/San Carlos. Did a great job with our 3 year old son. The website photo's look a little dark and stodgy but the restaurant has lots of natural light and is very comfortable. The New York cut was one of the better I have had. They have a special's menu that always changes so you don't get tired of the food. Excellent quality and taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite....
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Always great service, food and atmosphere. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Italian
    Luna99
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Eaten there twice. Everyone like their dishes, unique taste in each. Even the kids wanted to come back. Their osso boco is excellent. Great Italian restaurant
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit of Italia in Belmont
    nll94002
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Vivace never disappoints. The quality of food and service is very good - and just as important consistent. My veal scaloppini presentation was was as unique as it was tasty... and leave room for dessert...the Lava Cake w/Gellato was ... - OK just leave room for a pleasant experience. Three of us at the table - left pleasantly satisfied
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    Littleghost3
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I've been to this restaurant twice now with my team and both times we received such excellent service, I hope to come more frequently. The food is absolutely delicious and fairly priced. The service was incredibly polite, sadly a rarity nowadays. The ambience is great for a meal with a significant other, a group of friends or as a business meal. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivace
    cleo
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    a lovely place for a quiet and upscale lunch...not too busy during the week and they let you sit and talk ...wonderful food..been there before and would go again...and recommend to friends...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Very nice restaurant to have a nice relaxing lunch, great food. love their warm beets as an appetizer! great salads and very fresh fish dishes also love their linguini pescatore! Good service as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exigente
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great Food. Good Prices. We were lured by the table clothes on the pictures, only to find that they cover them with paper (for "ecological" purposes). Other than that, great experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't judge a book by its cover!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Excellent Italian food in a nondescript location. Delicious Arancini, nice beet salad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Love this restaurant for a nice enjoyable lunch, I always have to have their warm beets, full of flavor, very fresh fish and many other nice selections and great service as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neos
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Perfect dinner, great wine selection, and great services
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT LUNCH FIND
    JimE2
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My first visit here and I was definitely impressed. From the white tablecloths, to the knowledgeable and helpful waiter, to the great food. I had the ceasar salad and the seafood linguine, both were very good. I'll definitely be back, maybe for dinner next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    SunnyMom
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had dinner at 6:30 on a Friday night. Very noisy and crowded, tables for 2 felt squeezed in. Waiter was ok, not friendly or engaging rather just there to take the order and serve the meal. Bread set on table was dry and bland. Butter lettuce salad with Gorgonzola was good, sausage and pepperoni pizza was very average. Overall, too loud for me and food was just ok. Won't return
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  • Tikib
    tikibVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Waiter "Jimmy" very unfriendly - so many other servers were talking with their customers and friendly - this guy was as stiff as a board, never once came and asked how our food was - my chicken by the way was dry as a bone so I didn't touch it! He never asked how it was so I never had a chance to let him know. Would not return based on this poor service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 50 min wait WITH reservation!
    MELI
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    INEXCUSABLE Was told we had to wait because the manager was dining with his own party and they were busy. Only after we asked did they offer anything while we waited. Never said it would be a long wait ... Just ten more min, ten more min Not only made to wait but no one but hostess came to speak with us. This is restaurant management 101. So embarrassing to take a VIP guest there. Never go back
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  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    RS0707
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It is a decent neighborhood restaurant. Not a destination unless you lived around the place. The menu is typical of a traditional Italian restaurant. The food was fine but nothing spectacular.
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  • Expensive but good
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wild salmon was $34, thought that was a little pricey, but very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous place for a dinner party
    newgolfer2day
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Several of us met here from around the Bay area, and what a find, Vivace is. The spirit select is modest but wonderful. My favorite spirit is single malt scotch and they had a nice selection to chose from. The wait staff was very attentive and most accommodating to our dining needs. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all of my friends. And my friends that were there indicated that they will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Lobie
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    had a very nice dinner and our own little corner. our table was ready and the food was quite good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 78 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 695 reviews are from the Vivace reviews archive.
  • Close-by surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Just a block and half from the Hilton Financial District, Vivace was a terrific "find". The food choices were limited, but done excellently. Vivace is relatively small and tables are quite close together. My wife and I both had the house specials - I the Chicken Scarpiella and she the Spaghetti with homemade 3-meat meatballs...........fantastic! The tiramisu was a perfect finish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic