Vivace Restaurant
Vivace Restaurant

Vivace Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivacetucson.com/
  • Phone: (520) 795-7221
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Vivace Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
430 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (329)special occasion (320)fit for foodies (251)romantic (222)great for outdoor dining (178)great for lunch (170)notable wine list (170)good for groups (166)neighborhood gem (152)hot spot (84)great for brunch (32)late-night find (29)vibrant bar scene (22)kid-friendly (11)Show More
  • Great restaurant
    SandyCKVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Love this place. The good and views are fantastic!
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Tucson right now
    Cookieman
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Service is excellent, food is well prepared, wine list is reasonably priced and well chosen, new location has great views, outdoor seating area is very pleasant and conducive to conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Tucson's best!
    HungryDesertRat
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Vivace in it's new location continues to deliver the same outstanding cuisine as previously and the daily seafood special has never disappointed! They also cheerfully accommodate dietary quirks (in this case low carbs) and for special occasions serve a killer-tiramisu on the house! The serve staff is friendly. The noise level (partially due to a very loud table next to us) made us want to get the check rather than linger... We will go back because Vivace prepares predictably excellent food and has been a favorite since our move to Tucson.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Tucson
    Mandy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Vivaces is our favorite restaurant to go to in Tucson. The food is always delicious, service is the best, great location and ambience.
    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.
  • Excellent Bday Dinner for the Miss'
    Neuronies
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner. The food, service, and atmosphere was definitely something to be remembered. Best part of the evening was that I didn't even have to get up halfway through dinner to tell our waiter that it was the Misses' birthday! He promptly brought over a slice of Tiramisu with a candle on it after our meal. I just mentioned that it was a birthday dinner on my reservation on OpenTable and it was done!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In love with Vivace!
    ecvpr
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    EVERYTHING, and I mean, everything about this restaurant was amazing! A Tucson gem with an amazing view, huge space and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TOP NOTCH
    Momsie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Although we are world travelers, Vivace has become our favorite restaurant for many years. Judging from the increasing difficulty in obtaining a reservation, others must feel the same way. One always knows what to expect, as Vivace is consistent in the preparation of its dishes and the excellence of its service. Relocating the restaurant from St. Phillip's Plaza to its current site with its sweeping city views was brilliant, icing on the cake. We look forward to many more delicious meals in this fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable experience
    foodlover
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We have been going to Vivace for years and it never disappoints. The food is wonderful, the service impeccable. This was our first time at their new location in the foothills and now they have a terrific view added to their many amenities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Anniversary Celebration??????
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I specifically asked for a nice table in my comment section upon making my reservation several days prior. It was our first wedding anniversary. The restaurant was almost empty, it was only 4:30 pm, but we were seating overlooking a parking lot and next to a young family with 3 little noisy, up and down little girls. To say the least, it was not romantic. Server and food were good, but I wouldn't go back. One side of the building had awesome views of the mountains and the other the parking lot. I don't feel like they cared that this was a special occasion. We drove over an hour for a white linen, romantic setting. Server put a candle on my dessert- I would have preferred a romantic setting....I guess you have to be a regular.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT RESTAURANT
    JOHN
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Vivace has always been an excellent restaurant and now they have added a great view with their new location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Restaurant in Town
    VinoCathe
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We started eating at Vivace shortly after we moved to Tucson 20 years ago. The restaurant has moved twice since then to larger, nicer locations. It is our favorite place to celebrate all our special events (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) and we have recommended it to more people than we can count. The food never fails to please, the service is outstanding, and the ambiance is the best (especially now in the new location). You can always count on a fabulous meal hosted by the best chef in town, Daniel Scordato.
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the view
    vivacefan12
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had the opportunity to be seated in the smaller dining room with the city/mountain view. It was truly spectacular. Since this was my first evening experience in the new location, I had not thought to request a window table. I will do it next time. The food was outstanding as always. The wine list was good and they have included the smaller i/2 bottles of wine, which I found a great addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Epicurean
    Love2dineatvivace
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food and service was impeccable. The dining experience could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, 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.
  • Noise level issue
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We did find conversation to be obliterated by noise level. We found ourselves almost screaming to be heard. Therefore, my suggestion is, go in between key dining times. Food was terrific, as well as the service, but do NOT attempt to have any kind of important conversation with the decibel level intervening endlessly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even better in their new location
    Gregg
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Everything was so good I ate there twice this week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The owner, Daniel Scordato's appearance was everywhere in the restaurant. He was talking to guests and equally checking on the table set-ups and what came out of the kitchen. He runs the restaurant with care and dedication. The food was excellent and the view was breathtaking. The only somewhat negative was the noise level was a bit high in the restaurant. The restaurant was very crowded and it was a Monday night. Great job in the restaurants new location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable
    DebW
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We very much enjoyed our dinner at Vivace. Everyone was amazed by delicious food, wine and friendly service! Vivace is highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely spot...but popular.
    celebratfun
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Excellent food and beautiful view. Well appointed. Server over taxed and slow to follow up. Far too noisy. Could use some serious sound proofing. Overall a, nice date location, but my date hard the noise so much it ruined his experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the List!
    TheBDKid
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurant is in a secluded setting (for those not familiar with the area) and the service, friendliness, food and overall experience was a true pleasure indeed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HIPPO243VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a very fine time, thank you. I enjoyed the fish of the day, striped bass -excellent as always. My friend indulged in the Vivace signature, fish soup. consuming half of it and taking the remainder home to his wife - also a fan of Vivace excellence in soup. Roxanna and Kelly cheerfully introduced us to the new Frasal Begrance machine in the reception area, clearly adding a note of aromatic ambiance to the bar. As always, your staff was friendly, warm, and welcoming. Athena, Kelly, Marco, & Roxanna each made us feel comfortably at home for a fine meal. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I ordered a souflle that was heavy and very undesirable. My friend had the pork tenderloin with pasta that he enjoyed greatly.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    SandyCKVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Always a great meal, great views. Completely enjoyable!
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    FreddieBoy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This restaurant has it all. Great location and view, excellent food and excellent service. I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    MyplaceHein
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This was our first visit to "The New Vivace". Having attended the Restaurant at River and Campbell. I expected the food to be outstanding, and it was. The staff were pleasant and helpful. I had the impression that they would do whatever I needed or wanted to make my stay complete. At the same time we didn't feel smothered. From the first person we met, Sean, the parking attendant to the server we felt at ease, and comfortable. Since we have been there, I have told everyone I meet what a really fine dining experience it was. I have been on a program to lose weight, and was concerned that I couldn't get what I wanted, or would eat too much. Not so, I wound up eating one half of the dinner and bringing half of it home... Vivaces is super.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandi C
    Sandi
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had a reservation for a special occasion. This was Wed. night. There was no place to park and only one valet. Very frustrating. The restaurant and bar weren't that busy, so there must have been a special event. Why no compensation, I.e., more valets? The bus person was sloppy and spilled water on the table while pouring. The waitress was brusk. It's nice that they are so busy, but there needs to be enough staff so that you don't feel they don't have time to wait on you properly. We were there in August on a Sat. night. Very busy, but service was much better. Despite our reservation, we were seated in the middle of the room w/ very little light. Please either put a light source on the table or print the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always, a great meal
    johnstone
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We have been a Vivace diner for many years....in all their locations..The food and service has always been good.. love to take our out of town guests here for dinner...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Vivace's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We love this place. The food was amazing as always - especially the special order Chicken Piccata - remarkable!! The service was a bit slow and inattentive. Very unusual for this place. We will send a note to the owner separately. Hard to get reservations, but when you get them dress up and have fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    BdowgialloVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had been here in the spring and decided to come back to celebrate our anniversary. We were not disappointed even though there was a delay in getting our cocktails but the waiter, on his own, made up for it with dessert and coffee on the house! Nice touch and a great way to retain a customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    kacki
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were seated on the patio and it was very charming altho the scenery was short lived because it got dark by 7:30. The food, wine and service was top notch. We all enjoyed the evening. Kathleen W
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The ambiance and food of this restaurant was fine. We were Extremely unhappy with the service - wait person was not friendly, we felt rushed.. other staff was grumpy.. We would certainly reconsider returning due to this... This is not up to the standards that we expected from this restaurant...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE BEST !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    4 of us and not one disappointed diner the food wonderful. Candace our server was OUTSTANDING. It just does not get any better. Thank you..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivace never disappoints
    desertrat62
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For years, Vivace has provided consistently outstanding food and service. This was our first visit to Vivace in its new 'digs' at Campbell and Skyline, in the former Anthony's spot. Now "fabulous scenic view" can be added to its attributes. There were orders of the two fish specials at our table, Atlantic Char and Sea Bass. Both were melt-in-the-mouth expertly prepared. All at the table agreed that the side dish of Vegetable Rice was yummy - similar to a risotto, creamy with chunks of fresh veggies. The renovated space is very open with high ceilings and wood floors - very "Italianate" attractive but a bit noisy when all the tables are full.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food , service
    Edwin
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was perfect and friendly, the food was tasty and we plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HIPPO243VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As usual, we had a very pleasant meal. My wife enjoyed the eggplant-parm. I particularly liked the striped bass with a side of mixed greens salad. Then we overindulged with tirimisu and the Vivace signature coconut gelato -- truly delightful. Thanks to Athena for taking good care of us. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Top-Notch
    Davelr
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Excellent food and great service...you can always count on Vivace. It's new location is even better than the old one. If you plan to dine, be sure to make reservations well in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice dining experience
    Pizzagem
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I was happy to see that Vivace's continue to maintain the same level of service and outstanding food in their new location. The service was outstanding from the greeters to the table service. My only suggestion is to provide some additional sound absorbing material to decrease the sound level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    BostonGuest
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation. We were seated almost immediately. We were seated outside, as we had requested. The food was excellent. The wait staff was excellent, were attentive. The crab stuffed chicken was as tasty as ever. On person in our party said that the Veal Parmesan was the best he had ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Expected
    Perfection
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Everything we expected and more. Order a special orchid arrangement to be on the window table for our 1st real anniversary after 25 years of being together. There is was as expected. Service and bar tenders awesome. We work for a local resort in the restaurants and always find it difficult to dine out without being critical about everything, but not tonight. It was just us and our little celebration. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, 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 LevelModerate
  • Ciao Vivace
    desertdiner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    After enjoying decades of quality meals at Vivace, I will now hesitate to return. This was the second mediocre meal at the new locale. My twelve dollar salad was a pedestrian mixture of gorgonzola, nuts and greens, while my dining partner's ham sandwich was down right soggy on it's plate side. The kitchen rectified the situation with two pieces of overly toasted bread to replace the wet originals. A dinner experience yielded efficient service, a standard menu, and a noisy environment. Tucson enjoys such a vibrant culinary scene, I hope Vivace can polish it's image to it's former quality.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was a little pricey for lunch but met all our expectations. Perhaps a lunch special daily for $10.00. We thought it ran about $10.00 more than lunch at other fine restaurants. The setting is great. We were seated next to a group of eight and it was too loud so we moved into the large dining room near a window overlooking the patio. Perfect. Had the penne with sausage, excellent. We also had the soufflé. Wouldn't order it again. Small, too much sauce, perhaps a side on the plate of a vegetable or small pasta to cut the richness. Service was top notch. We drove in from Phoenix for a play and Vivace is always our first choice. We enjoyed the new location. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate