Vivace Restaurant
Vivace Restaurant

Vivace Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivacetucson.com/
  • Phone: 5207957221x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday-Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Daniel D. Scordato
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Banquet facilities please contact for pictures and further information.
  • Entertainment: No live entertainment

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Campbell and Skyline
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free self-parking in the immediate area
    Complimentary valet.
A word from Vivace Restaurant
Rated number one for food in Tucson, by Zagat Survey, this Foothills restaurant has a Tuscan decor providing northern Italian fare, thoughtfully prepared with reasonable prices and wine list. Choose from a selection of appetizers, salads, pasta and main plates such as crab filled breaded chicken breast or grilled fresh salmon and rock shrimp. Relaxed inside and patio dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Vivace Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
491 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (408)special occasion (358)romantic (253)fit for foodies (248)great for lunch (226)great for outdoor dining (209)notable wine list (191)neighborhood gem (163)good for groups (161)hot spot (81)great for brunch (60)late-night find (31)vibrant bar scene (29)kid-friendly (17)Show More
  • We Appreciate the Little Things
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Vivace was stellar, as always. The service by Felix and crew was on point. We appreciate the fact that not only does he remember things we like (or don't like) but the kitchen is willing to go "off menu" and prepare other things when possible. It says something about a restaurant when so many of the folks that work there have been there for such a long time. The new location has wonderful views. We can't wait for cooler weather so we can explore the patio dining options. Vivace remains one of our go to choices in town when we want excellent food, strong service, and a restaurant with local connections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Zalba
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful restaurant definitely going back, they did a special plate when I asked ,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relocation Complete/Successful
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our first evening dining at Vivace since the relocation. The wait staff is the same and it was familiar and comfortable to see them again. Their attitude and demeanor was welcoming, accommodating and friendly. The menu was not changed in the move and food quality remained excellent. The views of the Tucson valley and the Catalina Mountains (up close) are notable. The only distraction I would mention is that the acoustics in the main dining area are not good and with nothing on the high, smooth ceilings to dampen sounds. A minor detractor well overcome by the favorable aspects of Vivace. Yet another memorable meal for my wife and I. As a matter of personal policy I do not make recommendations; Vivace could be the exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HIPPO243VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a good time. Our servers were attentive and helpful at a very busy time for the restaurant. My wife ordered her favorite breaded chicken breast with mashed potatoes and Vivace's great creme-sauce gravy. I had the Hawaiian snapper-marvelous fish entrée with mixed greens salad and Vivace tirimisu for dessert, always a favorite. Thanks, Vivace, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    FoodieinTus
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is reliable, (lots of butter makes everything better!)well presented, special requests honored and service is attentive. This is a go too restaurant for good food, white table cloths and approachable wine list. Love it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty as expected...
    AzGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Vivace's has always been a favorite. It also seems like a nice fit in the new building. The atmosphere is upscale but not pretentious. The service is very good. The food is tasty and beautifully prepared as one would expect knowing the history of Vivace's. I highly recommend the seafood soup and the shrimp and mushroom salad for lunch. The portions are both bountiful and delightful. We left satiated. Vivace's is definitely one of the best restaurants in Tucson. We will return soon. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect evening
    alwayshungry
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Can't say enough about Vivace. Always dependable, consistently great food and excellent service. Can't wait to go back when the weather is cooler and we can enjoy our meal on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I highly recommend this restaurant. Everything was exceptional - food, wine, service, views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soufflé rises while service falls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have had the great pleasure to dine at Vivace over it's last 3 ( possibly 60 times in maybe 18-20 years ) incarnations. While St. Phillips was your most intimate setting, the Foothills has the views to kill for. I have salivated exclusively over the soufflé all these years. While I hold Vivace on my premier restaurant of absolute culinary fame category, I must admit that my last two (and so far only two visits to your newest location ) visits were a huge disappointment due to the terrible lack of attentive service ( due to perhaps the size of your new location versus server ratio ). Servers were nice enough,but they were in attentive and one was wearing a filthy apron and was unkempt.While this won't keep me away, I won't bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We are so thrilled to have Vivace in the neighborhood. We probably dine in the restaurant or take out at least three times a month and always rave about what a marvelous job they do preparing food. Vivace's is clearly one of Tucson's best restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wass
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food and service were great, but the noise level was waaaaayyy too "energetic". Wish there was something you could do about that, as it was hard to carry on any kind of conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Enjoyable
    FineWineVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Must say we had an incredible time. Our table overlooking the skyline view was perfect. Started with the stuffed mushrooms (Krazy good), the Seafood soup and Artichoke & Goat cheese Canneloin. Both were spectacular. We finished off with their amazing Tiramisu. It was a Birthday dinner, and we were treated like royalty. And on that note, we would like to thank, Athena for her on point service. So attentive without being intrusive. I even offered her a job, that's how impressive she is. A true Gem, with a great outlook!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    DianaLynn070214
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a late lunch/early dinner with my 89yr old mother. We arrived at 2:30. Staff were excellent to accommodate in a quiet seating area, and ensure our requests for food were met. Although the beef tenderloin and stuffed shrimp were not on the lunch menu, the staff readily accommodated. The waiter paced our courses well so we could enjoy our visit and dining experience. The new location is beautiful. Restaurant décor is lovely. Overall excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding
    DTSTVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    my favorite restaurant in Tucson - spinach souffle was out of this world, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vivace Restaurant
    hope
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We use to go to Vivace when it was in the previous location. This location definitely has a beautiful view of the city. The ambiance is lovely. The menu lacks a few choices I remember from the old location such as the Veal Marsala which was always one of our favorites. The noise level is quite high and it made it difficult to have a conversation among the four of us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Again!!!
    ThomAZ
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Never disappointed when I visit Vivace's. Dan Scordato is the perfect host and this continues to be our favorite Italian Restaurant in Southern AZ! the Food and Service were impeccable and we love the new location! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HIPPO243VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Three of us from different starting points converged upon Vivace with healthy noontime appetites. A physician colleague of ours from Scottsdale drove in from the north for his second visit to Tucson's Best Restaurant and picked up the tab for the three of us enjoying striped bass with mixed greens salad (the doc & myself) while our pal, Dave greatly enjoyed the Vivace signature "Fish Soup" in red pepper broth. Lingering over coffee & dessert, we talked shop and research data before, suitably fortified, driving off to help move the doc's daughter into student housing adjacent to the University. Thanks, Vivace for yet another marvelous meal. We'll be back!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have never been disappointed.
    RJM44
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Vivace has always been a favorite restaurant for fine dining and for lunch. The food is exceptional and the service is excellent. Many of the wait staff has been with the restaurant no matter where it has been located. We have never been disappointed when dining at Vivace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Same great food but...
    Mello
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Vivace serves the best Italian food in Tucson, in fact it's the best food of any restaurant in Tucson. But, the new location is twice the size of the old place impacting service and noise levels. If energetic means loud...it's very energetic. I get the feeling I'm eating my veal piccata in a cafeteria. But it's damn fine veal piccata!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but Too Loud
    Celebration
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service couldn't have been any better. Food scrumptious. Cocktails generous. Too bad I had a hoarse voice when I got home from the continuos shouting to have a conversation. The wood floors are nice but allows for too much noise. Large party tables around our 2-top is bad planning. Had no view of the city or mountains. It felt too dark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch in Every Way
    SirEatalot
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Best restaurant in Tucson. Hostess, bar, wait staff and food were all exceptional. I was so impressed with the aforementioned I forgot to add the spectacular views from almost every table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Davidru
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife and I selected Vivace to celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary, and arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation. Our friends from Hawaii accompanied us to the dinner. We used the complimentary valet parking service, which was wonderful. It was all as advertised and more! Our waiter, Ishvan (spelling?) was attentive without being overbearing; the drinks were superb; the food was excellent, and we enjoyed every minute of our evening! Thanks, Vivace, for a memorable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3rd Visit
    Dianzpiano
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The noise level at Vivace's is more than "energetic." It was so loud on an early Thursday evening that we could not hear the couple we were sharing the table with. Something needs to be done to the acoustics and tamping down the excessive sounds. It's a beautiful setting with so-so service. I think they were understaffed. Meal was o.k. but not great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My new favorite place
    Suzi
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My third time to the NEW Vivace Restaurant, and each time I have been more than happy. I love the atmosphere although it is a little loud, they could use some help in the noise level for those of us who like to actually hold a conversation while dining. The food and service is excellent, and the view can't be beat. Great place for out of town guests, special occasions, or anytime. Make sure you make reservations well in advance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    1starVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Amazing service, excellent food, love the new location we'll be back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always an excellent choice for dining; they leave little to be desired. I do not beleive I have ever been disappointed with the food or the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    golfnut
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Restaurant is very noisy, we were seated at the window in the smaller part of the restaurant. Service was really good except our waitress had a party of 12 right next to us, a little distracting. Food was excellent as usual. Wine list extensive but they did not have the bottle we ordered and gave us a price reduction on our second choice. complimentary dessert for our special occasion. Best cappuccino anywhere Great experience!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed charming dining as usual
    HIPPO243VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My companion was pleased with the breaded chicken breast, while I spread goat cheese on hot buttered garlic toast and delighted in the Vivace signature antipasto with marvelously steamed spinach. Such a meal! We had a chance to discuss some clinical challenges and computer difficulties before exiting to drive back to my office for a busy afternoon followed by an evening meeting with local hypnotists discussing the complex exigencies of modified psychiatric interventions for acute response to chronic dissociated ego-states in middle-aged women afflicted with grief, anger and anxiety. (And you thought we just came by for lunch, hmmm?) We are chronic patrons due to your continuing excellence. Roxanna was enthusiastic and Neal was charming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit the Mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. I wanted to be near Skyline Drive, north of Tucson proper and near our hotel. I was delighted to find this place and then see that it was listed as #2 out of 1,637 restaurants listed in TripAdvisor. We had a 6:30 pm reservation and despite folks waiting in the reception area, we were immediately escorted to a table overlooking the city and the incoming storm clouds, complete with occasional thunder and lightning. Water was served as menus were given to us. Our server was at our table side about the time I opened the wine list. From that point on, the evening was a delight. Food was excellent, service better. A great, romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Vivace's as outstanding as ever. First visit to the new location since getting back in town and love it. Good to see all the same, excellent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in Tucson
    PaulZebo
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been going to Vivace for close to 20 years. Been through two locations with them and now the third. I have travel throughout the Western U.S. and have not found a better restaurant. Consistently excellent food and service. For lunch, you cannot beat their ham sandwich, penne and sausage or the seafood soup. The new location is further to drive, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dining
    AAK1603
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food and service at Vivace Restaurant was great! My wife and I greatly enjoyed our wedding anniversary diner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great value.
    DickydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our second visit and the high quality of the food was evident once again - and at relatively reasonable prices for a fine dining restaurant. The Seafood Soup is a show stopper. It can be noisy, so try to avoid the tables jammed along the interior colonnade. And the tables for two are small and make maneuvering the oversized plates here a challenge. Unfortunately, unlike most Open Table restaurants, Vivace does not seem to be very responsive to special seating requests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite!
    Good2Choose
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The four of us had a fantastic dining experience. All of us were extremely pleased with our food selections. Each was proclaimed to be exquisite! The preparation, seasoning, and presentation of each dish was first class. The server, Athena, was friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely pleasant. She certainly enhanced our dining enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tucson's best?
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I haven't eaten at all the restaurants in town, but this has to be at or very near the top. In apples to apples, it is by far the best Italian. Elegant without being stuffy, the substantial menu has a wide range of prices and varied entrees, and the staff knows them very well. I've had veal scaloppini all over the country and none were better. Fork tender, with a lemony sauce offset by briny capers. Wonderful. The new location is spacious with wooden floors which can make things louder than some prefer. An ample wine list with a range of prices, not unlike the menu which has lower priced and simple fare as well as more sophisticated creations. They have a fondness for fontina cheese in the baked dishes but less filling options are fine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    kinotom
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was traveling by myself and decided to try the "new" Vivace. The view was excellent as was the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1st time customer
    haldiane
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Dined on recommendation by numerous friends. Did not like the main dining room - to noisy & open, not intimate in spite of nice views of mountains & back patio. Ordered 2 fish specials @ 5:30 pm & already kitchen was out, only had 1. Was not impressed w/marinara sauce-something that could be made at home, not fine dining quality. Overall disappointment, as was celebrating a birthday. Reservation noted the special occassion, but no mention of it by restaurant personnel.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Always a lovely experience, a very special place to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vivace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Beutiful views of the city Great Italian Food The fish and the rice with vegetables superb
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    Dave
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Love this restaurant!! Food has always been great and service terrific. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.