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Vivace - Charlotte
Vivace - Charlotte

Vivace - Charlotte Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivacecharlotte.com
  • Phone: (704) 370-7755
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:45pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Nate Garyantes, Zack Gadberry
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Mezzanine level in restaurant accommodates 50 persons. Space has it's own bar, restrooms, av options, patio and city view.
  • Private Party Contact: Jamie Kudalis (704) 370-7755

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Kings Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking but Metropolitan has plenty of parking both on-street and in deck parking.
A word from Vivace - Charlotte
One of Charlotte's finest restaurants featuring the area's most authentic Italian cuisine and the best patio dining located in the easy to get to Metropolitan development at Midtown.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Another great meal at Vivace! I have been many times and have always walked away wondering why I don't come more often!!! I sat at the chef's table and watched the kitchen staff at work. What a fun experience and what great food!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is the second time that we have been to Vivace and it is the best restaurant around here. The food was outstanding and the restaurant is contemporary and beautiful. We sat on the second floor and could see the park across the street through the huge doors and windows. Would we go again? Yes and yes!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Food was great, as was the service. We were not prepared for the noise level and probably won't return as a result."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Complimentary valet greeted us when we arrived at the restaurant so parking is not a problem. My wife is in a wheelchair and we found it a little inconvenient that the ramp was at the end of the driveway not at the entrance to the restaurant? The host staff was very accommodating and helpful and we arrived ahead of our guests so they showed us to our table. Sam was our waiter and even though he said that he was new he did a very good job explain the specials and the menu to us. We enjoyed the food, even though my veal was very overcooked the rest of the entrée was excellent. We split a few deserts and had some wine. The restaurant is very attractive and easy to access. We were there at 5:30PM so noise was not a problem at that time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I went to celebrate my birthday with a group of 12 people. We had a great time and the food is excellent!! Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our drinks and food! A little quiet the night we went, so we got extra special attention, but every meal I've had here has been great! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It was a really nice experience. The food was great and the mojito was amazing even though they added a too much ice to it. It was a great time."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Vivace has one of the best views in Charlotte, amongst the Charlotte Greenway and facing the city. If you're looking for a great Italian restaurant and ready for a nice brunch then Vivace is one."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was having dinner with a friend from Philadelphia I hadn't seen in a few years. I wanted something with nice options and not so noisy it would be hard to have conversation to catch up. We arrived early, they quickly seated us, and the waitress was attentive without being a pest or making us feel like she was trying to rush us out or turn over the table. Our food was very good, we had a nice relaxing dinner, and the environment was just what we needed to catch up."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We have been in Vivace a couple of times for dinner and always liked the quality of food and its outstanding taste. The Farther's Day lunch fell behind significantly. However, the service was on an excellent level. We will give it another try before we turn our back on their lunches..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had lunch at Vivace. There was virtually no one in the restaurant - we arrived at 1:30. Waitress said the had not been busy all week. We all had martinis (4 of us) - they were delicious! I had calamari which is probably the best I've ever had! The other selections were not as pleasing - risotto, pizza (just not good), and a pannini, which was merely ok. The others wished they might have ordered differently as there was several appealing items on the menu. Our waitress was delightful! Since we were wanting to chat, the ambiance could not have been better. We will go back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Vivace is one of my go-to spots for any occasion. The dining room is perfect (downstairs, upstairs, bring your flashlight to read the menu!). Service is always excellent, with wait staff who genuinely want you to enjoy your experience, but are never intrusive. The food is among the best in Charlotte, especially for the price. I love the expansive Italian wine list, but lately it seems to be getting out of reach price wise, and I don't just mean for a Barolo. For instance, the only Nero D'Avola on the list was $70! That's my only negative right now for my favorite restaurant in town."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed a brisk, tasty meal at Vivace. Running late for our reservation, we only had an hour for our meal before curtain time at 7. Our top notch pro of a waiter made sure we could still enjoy our appetizer, wine and entree by putting our order in promptly and sending a message out to the valet to get our car. I've also enjoyed more leisurely meals there as well, but especially appreciated the great service this time."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Incredible food and amazing service, I will be returning!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was our first dinner at Vivace and the food was extraordinary. A pre-dinner visit to the second floor deck gave us a nice view while enjoying cocktails. The chicken liver pate, PEI mussels, kale salad and caprese salad were excellent appetizers. The main courses of scallops and risottos were great and the desserts put the finishing touches on a wonderful dining experience. We appreciated the willingness of the chef to work easily around food sensitivities to soy and gluten. Our waitress, Murphy, took great care of us and we'll be sure to be asking for her the next time we visit Vivace, which will be very soon. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "First time to Vivance and it was excellent. Food, service and even valet attendants were all outstanding. We enjoyed the Bolonase with homemade pasta and the veal saltimbocca. We will return."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The first time I ate lunch at Vivace I was so impressed with all aspects I brought my work team for lunch to celebrate a team member's birthday. The experience began wonderfully - but then... portions of my previous selection were much smaller than the first visit so appeared skimpy (and I had recommended the dish to two others who ordered same), our waitress disappeared - we began looking around for her but never set eyes on her again! When finally able to order our dessert, we watched it sit on the counter for pick up so long we almost got up to go get it ourselves. Did not split our dessert as requested nor bring separate plate, etc. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very nice place. I hear they have a great patio with a view but it was raining when we went, oh well. Different take on bruschetta, but it was good. Rissoto was amazing and Bucatini my wife had was good as well. I was not as big a fan of the scallops, but that may have just been personal taste, I think it was the cauliflower they put with them. Service was excellent though! We went on our anniversary and they gave us complimentary glasses of champagne, a nice touch."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Sat outside on a lovely day. Menu is a bit small. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This was my second time at Vivace. I don't live in Charlotte, but every time I visit, I insist on coming here. The view of the Charlotte skyline from upstairs can't be beat, and the food is delicious. The decor is modern and cool, and the service was what you always want - helpful, friendly, and attentive, without being invasive. The wine list is extensive, and we were very happy with the bottle that the waitress recommended. I highly recommend Vivace."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is one well managed restaurant. Staff is always top notch with interesting menus, inviting presentation, and great ambiance. So glad to have them in town."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The wine selection is excellent and of note. Fresh homemade bread was served with a delicious white bean and garlic spread. I started with the Tuscan Kale salad. The salad was delicious, pancetta, mushrooms, light white Italian cheese, hen of the woods mushrooms and golden raisins really made this salad top notch, a Traveler's Review Top 10 Salad for 2014 nominee. For my entree I had a half portion of the linguine with clams and a half portion of the crab risotto. Handmade black garlic linguini was delicious. The clams were rich and the sauce a perfect compliment to the dish, not too heavy. The risotto was perfect and even better than the linguini. Corn and crab were generously mixed in the rice, a slight hint of lemon finished the dish. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I took my mother and aunts there for a Mothers Day brunch and we had a splendid time! They enjoyed their meals, the bottomless Mimosas and the personable wait staff."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Vivace has always been one of our favorite places. The experience was a big disappointment. The biggest impact on our experience was how the management handled two entrees that were not prepared properly. The veal saltimbocca came out as a very thick cut of veal and was very tough. The meals were sent back, the manager came over and couldn't answer questions about the cut of meat on the dish and said he would speak to the chef. The manager never came back to our table, we had to wait another 15 minutes for the replacement dishes to come out at which point everyone else was done eating. My dish, Wild Boar Ragut Pasta didn't have any flavor, and the calamari was over cooked. On Yelp the reviews have not been good in the past few months. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We've been coming here for a while and love this restaurant, it has some of the best views in the city. Menu changes every few months."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was great! We had a nice table that overlooked the greenway. Great food. "
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "Had a great dinner out on the patio with my family. Was for my daughter's birthday. All the food was fantastic and the variable size portions of most of the entres allowed us to taste a number of items. Great evening as the sun went down during dinner. The only negative was that we were supposed to have a dessert comped for the birthday and they somehow combined two desserts together on the same plate and charged us for both. The server realized this but did not offer to amend the bill. Was a small thing and I did not want to break the mood so did not press the point. However, we have eaten numerous times at Vivace and are routinely treated well and the food is fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Our entire experience was fantastic. I had the gluten free dish with wild boar. OMG what a great choice. The brussel sprouts, if you don't like them, you will after these. I will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love the brunch here and the Bloody Mary bar rocks!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "After watch its tv commercial I was looking forward to have my Mother's Day dinner there. Then the restaurant call me to confirm my reservation and told me the kitchen is close 15 minutes after my reservation time (hint I need to order my food in 15 min, I was thinking if your kitchen close at 9 pm why let people resere at 8:45??) . After we arrive the restaurant, the waiter was nice he did not even mention about the kitchen is closing in 15 minute, I was ready to order but he did not ask me to order, so what was all the fuzz about need to order before 9pm?? The restaurant was dark very hard to read the menu, I order the scallop risotto and it came with baby scallop not what I expected from a nice restaurant. I will not come back again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "All I can say is that it was epic. I was treated for Mother's Day and the meal was right there in the tops I have had for Italian (I'm a bit of a foodie.) Don't miss this. It's a splurge place, for sure, but worth it. It's my new favorite Italian place. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My entrée was a veal and ravioli combo. Toughest piece of veal meat I ever chewed and the cheese ravioli was gummy and flavorless. The kale salad was the only positive note. My companion's shrimp risotto was "not very exciting" per her account. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "My husband and I love Vivace. Eating on the patio provides amazing views of the city and creates a relaxing yet trendy atmosphere. The food and service is consistently good. The arancini appetizer is a unique, tasty offering. The decor is on point, with oversized modern lighting inside, cool open concept upstairs patio with views of the city, and a picturesque patio next to the greenway with the same great view. I would highly recommend recommend Vivace any time of day. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I have loved Vivace in prior dining experiences and this time the food was great but there were several service oriented hiccups. It was very busy and I'm wondering if they were short staffed as well. Staff took ownership of the problems and resolved them to our satisfaction. I'll be back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere ... food was good as well .. vibrant crowd."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food is great and service is pleasant and attentive. The bar is very slow at getting the drinks out though. We had mostly finished our appetizer before we got our drinks during lunch on a slow day. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We have heard the food and view are great at Vivace, but we had never been. The aroma was really pleasant when we walked in and the ambiance was great. We started with the grilled brussel sprout appetizer and almost cancelled our entree's to have more. I had the scallops and my husband had the 4-cheese ravioli. Both were wonderful and we would order them again. We ordered the Sangria which is some of the best I have had. The service was friendly and prompt. We are only sorry we waited for so long to try it!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Party of four with reservations. Had to wait about 20 minutes. Service was not great. Primi and secondi came out together. Server was going to pour new wine into glass from previous bottle. Did not refill any glasses after initial pour. The table got very crowded with dishes and glassware as empties were not cleared in a timely manner. Food was good but not great. Several things were heavily breaded and fried, pork chop and veal. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Enjoyed a Sunday Brunch here. They provided an old menu and were about to charge more than what we thought but stayed true to what we were first reading. A smart move. Complimentary Valet. Too cold for us to sit on verandah but can see how that would be lovely. Friendly service. Good food. Only negative was that our entree was brought to table by a different person that our servicer and before we had finished our appetizers."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Lunch was all about making a new friend so good food and good conversation were essential to this meeting. Vivace offered both. Hopefully more restaurants will come to understand that sometimes you share food with others because you really like them and don't want to yell at them across the table. Until that happens, Vivace!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014