Vivace - Charlotte
My New Favorite PlaceI've been to Vivace several times and I always love it. After our last trip, I have decided this is my new go to place. The food is always excellent, the service outstanding and the atmosphere is great. If you can sit on the patio, I highly recommend it! Love, love, love Vivace!!!!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe always love eating withWe always love eating with you guys! Service is great each time and food quality is great too!6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe upstairs & downstairsThe upstairs & downstairs have an outdoor seating area with a great view of the city.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat timeIt was a great place for a girls' night out/birthday. The food was amazing! The decor is beautiful and interesting but if you are wearing heels, watch out, those beautiful floors are super slippery. I wish we would have walked around a little bit more and unfortunately it was raining outside so no outdoors. The music was a bit loud if I had to criticize anything. There was an interesting mix of families, couples, groups and 20's to 30's prepping for the night out.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food and great serviceThis was the first time I'd had dinner at Vivace. It's my go to place for business luncheons though. We really enjoyed ourselves. This was my first opportunity to sit outdoors and this is probably one of the best patios in CLT. our server, Shawn, was terrific. He was knowledgeable about the menu and attentive. The food was outstanding in terms of taste and presentation.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat viewThe view was amazing! The food was delish! I will be back!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary Night outFirst visit. An elegant setting, with views of the Charlotte skyline. The noise level can rise quickly with large parties. Service was reasonably attentive. Food preparation was excellent on the nightly special, but was less so for the veal.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMRomanticI took my girlfriend here as a start for a romantic evening. She absolutely fell in love with it. The food was amazing! They even had a separate vegetarian menu for us. The view from the patio was great, allowing us to take in both the greenway and the Charlotte skyline. The servers were both attentive and unobtrusive and I never had the need to flag anyone down. I would say the only negative is that it was fairly loud and difficult to hear our conversation sometimes. All in all, it was a great experience.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic as alwaysWe had another great meal and great experience at Vivace. Sat outside on a beautiful night. Service was excellent, as was the food. Never disappoints!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGroup of tenI made arrangements for a group if ten, one who has a gluten allergy and two who are vegetarians. The menu met both their needs very well. I had a last minute time change and that was accommodated without problem. Food quality and presentation were excellent and the staff was also excellent.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceFor the second time, we really enjoyed the food/service/ambiance of Vivace! We had the mussel appetizer - mussels were large and tasty. I had the triggerfish special and my wife had the scallop pasta. Both dishes were excellent!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food, drink, andExcellent food, drink, and great attentive service!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMEat outside for some peaceWe ate dinner on a Thursday night. We arrived early and got a great seat outside. Lovely view of the skyline and the greenway. Service was very attentive and the food was very good. I enjoyed the scallops and risotto. Perfectly cooked. My friend had the tilefish and it, too, was perfectly cooked. Kudos to the chef for such keen handling of the fish. The calamari was pretty standard. The accompanying aoli was quite tasty but you got a rather stingy serving. The wine list was mostly Italian (so foreign to me) but the server was quite helpful with recommendations. I was glad we were outside. When I walked back inside the noise level was intensely loud. Don't eat inside if you want to have a conversation.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day BrunchThey had bottomless mimosas and wonderful food! Very satisfied with our decision to go there!!!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers Day BruchThe brunch menu was limited for Mother's Day and even though they weren't overly busy, they still ran low on scallops. The kitchen staff made a horrible decion to cut back and only serve 1 and 1/4 scallops instead of 2 and tried to hide that fact with the risotto and watercrest or other leafy green.
I brought it to the attention of the waiter and he was apologetic and handled the situation very well. He comp'd my mother's meal which was extremely nice and unnecessary, but it just wasn't the relaxing and wonderful experience I hoped my mom would have on Mothers Day. The rest of my families entrees were also small but delicious. The dessert was very good.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMhostThe host at the front door was terrible and she acted as if we needed her and sh wasnt willing to cooperate when we made reservation for 10. 12 people showed up and she would not pull up another table when the entire restaurant was empty. Our waiter was great and very knowledgeable of the menu that was written in italian. Food was great an overall it was a nice place and I enjoyed the experience. Also I asked my girlfriend of 4 years to be my wife at vivace.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent as alwaysAt first review of the menu, I was disappointed to see that the smoked chicken agnolotti was gone. However, the housemade cavatelli (with corn, pancetta and sweet potato cream) was awesome! Desert was also new but great choices.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. Great service.Great food. Great service. Cannot wait to return yet again.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great dinner!I've dined here about 4 times now and each experience has been a good one. We started with the bruschetta. It's really good. They don't use tons of tomatoes but rather things like mushrooms, artichokes, and cheese along with some chopped tomatoes. The tasty entrees were pasta and meatballs for my daughter, chicken pizza for me and my wife ordered the cod which she said was one of the best fish dishes she ever had. The restaurant is beautiful with plenty of cool places to sit and there's a dynamite second floor outdoor patio where you can relax with a glass of wine on comfy chairs and gaze at a great view of the skyline. Also, there's some really nice glass decor hanging from the enormous ceiling. All this and valet parking too!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat find and authentic ItalianI dined at Vivace with a group of friends to celebrate my last night in Charlotte, and had an incredible time and wished I'd discovered it sooner. The waiter was very attentive and helpful making recommendations. My caprese salad with roasted tomatoes was light and tasty, and the cavatelli with corn, pancetta, and sweet potato crema was a delicious, grown-up version of mac and cheese with a gourmet twist. Having spent a semester in Italy, I have high standards for Italian food, and was extremely happy with both the food and trendy, fun ambiance of Vivace. Highly recommend for a fun, tasty dinner or even happy hour on their upstairs porch with a great view of Charlotte.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellentGreat food and atmosphere. This place is certainly fit for foodies!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, noisy atmospehereWe enjoyed our dinner at Vivace. We sat on the second floor and the ambiance was definitely a bit loud for us. The food and service were both good.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had never been to VivaceWe had never been to Vivace before. Our waiter informed the cook and he offered to give us some samples so we could get a feel for the different options on the menu. The service and food were great! I'll definitely go back.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat contemporary italiangreat contemporary italian cuisine. I had the cod and it was out of this world. My girlfriend had the margarita pizza and loved every bite. Would definitely come back with her, or friends.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best things aboutOne of the best things about the experience was eating out on the patio. The view of the city is tremendous. Great spot for a restaurant. It was attractive inside, as well. It sounds like they also have a lounge upstairs with sofas, although I did not go see that.
The food was quite good - my only complaint was that it was too rich. I suggest trying the black boar ravioli as an appetizer, which was outstanding, but split it with someone (too rich). My husband got the veal, which was also tasty, but again, too rich. I had the tilefish, which was really quite nice. Only the bread was a disappointment.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMVivace is one of the bestVivace is one of the best places to eat in Charlotte. The wine list is superb, the food always delicious and the ambience mesmerizing.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOur table was in front ofOur table was in front of the kitchen and it was difficult to hear and talk to each other. An "energetic" atmosphere is great but next time I will ask for a different table so my group does not have to compete with the crowd and the kitchen.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a large group fromWe had a large group from around the globe. Everyone was very impressed with the food, wait staff, bar, and atmosphere. The chef did an outstanding job accommodating special requests for the vegetarians in our group as well! Highly recommend.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat menu...the keep it updatedGreat menu...the keep it updated with new flavors! Superb drink and wine list! Great waitstaff.. Friendly and fun! Try to get a seat on their awesome patio...its amazing!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service is always excellentThe service is always excellent at Vivace. The waiter was very knowledge and accommodating to our group.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMLives up to the hype. I'veLives up to the hype. I've only been to Vivace twice but both experiences -once inside, near the open-air kitchen, once outside on the terrace overlooking the Greenway- were terrific. There is a definite buzz and vibe to the inside scene but it's not pretentious and service is efficient and professional and never pushy or obnoxious.
We had great calamari and outstanding grilled artichokes to start, the black boar mezzaluna entree was rich and complex and the snapper special was exactly what was described by our very helpful waiter (Grant). Two of our diners had the same dish, one a starter portion the other the full entree size, of the sweet pea and ricotta ravioli with roasted chicken. Dessert was also perfect.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMVivace is a good venue forVivace is a good venue for a quiet lunch allowing easy conversation for a group. The margarieta pizza and mozzarella salad were quite good. The ceasar salad had too much dressing. Both salads had delicious shrimp.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWent only for lunch. A littleWent only for lunch. A little pricey but very good. Nice decor, can't wait to go back when it's warm enough to eat outside.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome service...I had aAwesome service...I had a huge group and Vivace really worked to make everyones meal and drinks excellent!! Food is amazing!4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for a specific dessertWe went for a specific dessert of Warm chocolate cake with gelato side and they are stopping this item......that was a let down big time. But the food is very good and we all enjoyed very much all the food ordered.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a wonderful time at Vivace.Had a wonderful time at Vivace. The ambiance and food selection was great. Service and staff were excellent.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMCouldn't have been better.Couldn't have been better. Management saved me a table they don't even take reservations for.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIt would be nice if they didn'tIt would be nice if they didn't charge corkage on more than one bottle.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband took me to VivaceMy husband took me to Vivace for my birthday. I'm not big on going out to eat, because I have a ton of dietary restrictions. But, the gluten-free menu is great. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and was able to make substitutions for me. He was very attentive, as well.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMfirst visit and we were veryfirst visit and we were very impressed. Wait staff was excellent and well versed on the entrees and menu. Upscal Italian and rich sauces.1/6/2013 12:00:00 AM