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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
  • "We returned to Vivace during Restaurant Week and it was excellent---no small task. We had wonderful corvina and excellent salted caramel gelato. The service was personal and efficient. We all loved the energy and ambiance and the entire staff from the hostess to the guys doing valet parking were engaging. This is a fun spot."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Bad server made to a uneventful evening. Always enjoyed Vivace this time could be the last based on our wait service. He was a jerk. Totally into himself. No at all what I would expect from Vivace. It was a special occasion with family and he really made it uneventful."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This restaurant has the décor, outdoor views, terrific food and good service. Just what I like in a restaurant. It's a real find tucked into a community of residential and retail stores. I have never been disappointed, (except when it rains) and we can't dine outside to view the Charlotte uptown skyline and the walking trail behind us."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed the lovely decor, & nice views of Charlotte skyline while we dined. We all had different entrees and all were exceptional."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Have had luncheons, drinks to group dinner at this restaurant is a fit for all types of gatherings. Food and service is always great!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Was excited to try Vivace. However, I was greatly disappointed! The service was deplorable! Our waiter was very rude and "checked out". The tuna crudo with melon which was tasteless and tough. The veal was also tough, overcooked, poorly seasoned and basically inedible. The grouper was swimming in brown butter with fried gnocchi that literally resembled pasta paste. For first time in my life, I left the restaurant halfway through the entree as we couldn't eat it and will never return again. Vivace attempts to be a trendy, hip spot however it lacks everything including style."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I did not know their menu was seasonal. I went back expecting to order a few items I had previously, and neither was available. What I ended up having was good, but nothing to write home about. I would definitely go back, because the ambience and service are both great. I just need to check the menu first. Oh well, live and learn."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The three course menu for $35 was an excellent value. The three offerings for the evening were beautifully presented, reflected the freshest ingredients available, and tasted great. Would consider ordering this combo again. I liked the idea that dessert was not included in the three courses. There was a starter, pasta and entree."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Vivace is now doing a $25/person deal which includes an appetizer, a main, and either bottomless mimosas or bloody mary's. I highly recommend taking advantage of this deal. Went on Sunday and fully enjoyed the food and service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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