Vivace
Vivace

Vivace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivacerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (650) 637-0611
  • 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
119 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (90)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (51)good for groups (43)romantic (36)great for lunch (31)notable wine list (28)vibrant bar scene (19)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (10)great for brunch (8)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Vivace - My Weekend Treat
    LeeWVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Would I recommend Vivace to a friend? I do all the time. Vivace is our regular weekend night out, and sometimes we go twice in a weekend. We have friends who drive a half hour from Los Gatos to join us almost every time. The food is very good and the specials always include something that could tempt me away from the regular menu. I have never had a bad meal at Vivace, and they are always willing to tailor a dish to my tastes. Not quite gourmet, but way, way above the vast majority of restaurants. The wine list is quite extensive for a restaurant of this size and the waitstaff can always recommend something suitable to enhance your meal. The decor is comfortable, scrupulously clean and welcoming. The booths are plush and romantically lit and one dining room has a lovely fireplace. On a busy night the noise level can get a bit high, but never uncomfortably so, and it's the chatter of folks having fun, enjoying their meals and one another. The bar is excellent and cocktails are built carefully. The bartenders are always willing to mix something special to order. Often, my wife and I will drop in and take a booth for two on a weeknight for a casual drink and bar bites from the excellent bar menu. Two TVs in the bar have sporting events on, but not loud and the sound does not intrude into the main dining rooms. Most importantly, the service is -- what's higher than outstanding? -- fabulous! Friendly and attentive, the waitstaff (bus persons included) are committed to making sure their diners have a good experience. Three dining rooms make it easy to book large parties. Try it -- you'll come back often, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant - friendly
    NavioNewbie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Took the kids with us to dinner. While the restaurant is fancy - table cloths and nice serving ware, we didn't feel out of place at all. Super friendly server and food was delivered quickly. No complaints. Seemed like a lot of groups were there to celebrate special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everytime I have
    DrewFC
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everytime I go to Vivace I have a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but slow service
    Minnie
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Although the food was excellent, the service was slow and we repeatedly had to ask for water, bread and bread sauce. The staff were friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lava cake!!
    Foooooodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Love this place especially the lava cake!!! Service is amazing!! Ambiance is pleasant. I go here when I just need to know I'm going to have a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trifecta!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent menu, fabulous wine and great service! Consistently great!! Seasonal additions like the fettuccine with lamb ragu was out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinning experience
    Delicias
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This, our first time at Vivace's was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The homemade pasta was delicious... the Gorgonzola gnocchi and the lamb linguine were the highlights. Our waiter selected a wine we could all enjoy with our entree choices. It was such an excellent recommendation, we ordered a second bottle! We had great services throughout the night even though we were seated at the back of the restaurant in an ancillary room. A little disappointed that we were not seated in the main dining room but overall a great dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise in Belmont
    Retts
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by someone who lives in the town of Belmont. The online reviews gave it four stars. I believe that is accurate. The menu was varied, and the selections we made were not disappointing. The service was efficient, but not necessarily personal; I won't hold that against them. All in all, a good choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    HighStandards
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    2 of our party of 5 arrived first and given menus and wine list. Remainder arrived 5 minutes later and seated, no menus, but bread and water. Quiet back room, Sunday evening prime time. Finally got some attention when water glasses refilled ! From then on, the meal proceeded in a more timely fashion and was well prepared, specials all available
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem for sure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Such a great restaraunt. Wonderful food, atmosphere and service EVERY time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The hostess Coleen was wonderful on the phone and in person! Our server was excellent, the beet salad, halibut and hazelnut sundae were done to perfection! We love Vivace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RECOMMEND BACK ROOM
    quietdining4us
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We have been to Vivace before, on a Saturday night, and the noise level was very loud. However, going there on a Monday night was perfect. There was wine tasting in the main dining rooms and since we weren't interested, we were seated in the back room. The room was practically empty, we were able to have conversations and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Walk123VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great place to eat. Consistent and energetic. Service good and made to feel like you are a regular appreciated customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    LaureenVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have been going to Vivace for years. We love the atmosphere, the food, and the excellent service. We recommend this restaurant, highly, to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    On way from Marin to an event in San Carlos I stopped in this restaurant on a Friday evening, discovering the listing on your website. It was a terrific find - took me back in years to a real neighborhood restaurant feeling with good service, menu and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    BeverlyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Excellent food. The owner takes a personal interest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic upside surprise!
    Gscpa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I used Open Table to find a nice restaurant for a family celebration and Vivace turned out to be a great find and wonderful experience. The service, food and ambience exceeded our expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic! Excellent!
    EAIvory
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent dinning experience! A gem. The food was great! The location nice. The atmosphere wonderful. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies who lunch
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed our eggplant & penne pasta entrees. The wait person was terrific. Will return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    as always food and service was great! Love their beets appetizer and linguini pescatore! Our server was very helpful and friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivace
    bobbies75thVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    While the food was good, the service was spotty. Good at times, non existence at times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deadzone
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had dinner here for my wife's birthday. With a total of 4 young children and 4 adults, the service was great and the staff catered to every need. I will continue to make Vivace one of our favorites. Very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One small issue
    Kmp52
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We love Vivace, as food is always good and a nice place to bring guests. It's close to home. Having been a server, I think it important to remember who ordered what, rather than placing a plate down to be told it's the wrong dish. Even if the server must have a little table chart, just shows extra effort.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joyceVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I wrote a message on Open Table saying it was a birthday celebration but nothing came or it and I was not pleased. This is the second time this happened and I called the Manager of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frequent Business Traveller
    Meet2Eat
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I chose this restaurant for recent business dinner with clients visiting from Boston area. There were about 10 of us so we were in a side room for dining. Everything was superb . . . from appetizer selection made by our waiter, to dinner to bottles of wine. Nice atmosphere to unwind after end of long day of business meetings. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bella Monte Gem
    nll94002
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    When we arrived - the place was empty... a quite Sunday evening -but never fear - the crowds appeared quickly and when we left it was full...A testament to the popularity and the good food. Te Eggplant Parmigiana was superb, the cannelloni excellent -to a fault - I ate the whole thing...The pizza was good as well...As the place filled - the noise level increased but was never disruptive...All in all a great evening with great food, and great friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Always excellent service and great food presentation. Had the calamari steak and it was delightful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    As always food and service was great! Nice main courses selections, great fish dinners as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies who lunch
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We both enjoyed the Orchiette(sp) with broccoli rabe, delicious sausage, fennel and more. Plus we toasted each other with a glass of Italian wine. Server was so nice & friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    bec2play
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everyone enjoyed their food and the servers and staff were very attentive. It was quite loud but we were enjoying ourselves and contributing to the noise level as much as anyone else. Great experience, will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    Sam22VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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 .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet