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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Vivace Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
424 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (333)special occasion (308)fit for foodies (233)romantic (221)notable wine list (179)great for outdoor dining (167)great for lunch (161)good for groups (149)neighborhood gem (146)hot spot (80)great for brunch (38)late-night find (29)vibrant bar scene (23)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • Service was very bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Generally the service is outstanding at Vivace. This time we were six and the waitress forgot our drink orders, brought the wrong order for one our group which meant we were eating and he was not. The pork chop took another 15-20 minutes. We were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian
    ChowHoundVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food was excellent and we especially enjoyed homemade pasta which most restaurants don't take the time to make anymore. The artichoke and goat cheese cannelloni was tender and flavorful, and the veal picatta was delicious. Vivace boasts 3 excellent views, depending on where you sit: the outdoor patio has splendid Catalina mountain vistas, and the dining room offers city and sunset views. The service was a little more "folksy" than we would have liked. Perhaps a bit more polish would have made the entire experience outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italiana
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My husband and I were disappointed in Vivace for the first time ever. It has always been our favorite place for special occasions or for reuniting with friends. The food was good, not great, which it always was. The new location is large, pretty, but cavernous and cold in comparison to the old Vivace. Maybe the outdoor tables with views would be better.I didn't like the large dining room we were in.The service, was mediocre, had to ask for a napkin, a knife, and sweetener for tea. In fairness to the server, she had a lot of tables and they were spread out, and several of the parties were large. I don't think she, or the kitchen, could keep up. It made me sad, and I'm not sure we will return, something I NEVER thought I would say.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthdY
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    As always the food is outstanding. Dining on the outside patio much quieter than inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    the4kuds
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was excellent. The food was very good, ambiance and views were beautiful. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went with friends who are foodies. We ALL loved our meal. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucson's best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have dined at Vivace for more than 20 years. Its new location in the former Anthony's is wonderful. We had dinner outside on a balmy October evening. The cheese and spinach souflee was out of this world. Vivace is our favorite restaurant for good reasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior , as usual
    HereFromTucsonVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We dine at Vivace's often and always on special occasions. We sat in the patio for our 7:30 PM reservation and were impressed with the lovely layout and plantings. There is plenty of outdoor seating with all tables well separated. Service is great. The wine list is extensive. The menu selections are varied. Everything is tasty. We never pass up a homemade pasta. We enjoyed night caps at the bar and were happy that there was room for all to be seated. Already made reservations there for New Year's Eve. Vivace's is our favorite Tucson restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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 LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Evening
    azdiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Lovey dinner with family topped off by an excellent meal. The service was top notch. We used open table and request a city view table. Simple and easy. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivace's Dining Experience
    danazona
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    As usual the food was excellent but the service was not up to the standard of the previous location. Although the service was not "bad," I could have been much better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites
    NovemberbrideVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went here to celebrate our one year anniversary and loved it. Definitely a great place for a special occasion. The view is amazing, the food is exceptional and the service was perfect. Would go back in a second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, 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.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We chose Vivache for our anniversary dinner and were not disappointed. The food was outstanding and the service great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing
    Brutusboy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I have been eating at Vivace for many years, since they were on Grant Road. Since they have now moved to Campbell and Skyline the food has definitely deteriorated. The salad was small and tasteless the lettuce wet, presentation horrible. The main dish was cold and tasteless. I will not be going back. This is the third visit to the new restaurant and all three visits were disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our entire party of 9 loved every minute of dinner at Vivace. Always great service, the food is consistent and absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian Food
    Vince
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is the only Italian restaurant in Tucson that has excellent offerings throughout the menu. The spinach soufflé appetizer is especially unique. Entrees such as the Pork Sorentino and Seafood Lasagnette are superb. The servers are typically polite and professional. The atmosphere at the new location is comfortable and the views from the windows are beautiful.
    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.
  • Disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Vivace has been our family's top choice for several years but recently during 2 visits service and food has dropped below previous standards. There seems to be a disconnect from the front to the back of the house...Sadly, it is not a "flowing" experience. It will be some time before returning. Hopefully, time will heal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    bowjac
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    All aspects of dinner, service, ambiance, and experience were first class. Would echo ratings of others including Trip Advisor, Zagats, Yelp, etc. as perhaps best restaurant in Tucson.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another memorable experience
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    They continue to excel at whatever they do. Your taste buds will tell whether each and every dish is to your liking, but the wide selection of choices here is a plus. The menu doesn't vary except for the nightly changing soup--none of which in my experience would be classified as Italian, oddly enough. Also a fish entre special, always quite good. I could do with fewer baked dishes, but they know their customers' tastes and there is always a crowd. The wine list is extensive if a bit daunting for those of us who are not familiar with all the Italian varietals, but the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Plus there are familiar domestic options that satisfy. Valet parking is a plus for the hillside entry. Can be noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cleaniness of servers clothing
    Lilymakes1plus2
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our server was a delight, and very helpful. Her clothing was soiled and a bit rumbled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A memorable evening
    Epicurious
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We enjoyed celebrating good friends, longevity, and our love of the finer things in life. Thank your for setting a lovely table. The menu, service and ambiance were perfect. This is one of our long time favorite restaurants. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor patio lighting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have been enjoying Vivace Restaurant for many years and love the new location. The only drawback is the very low/poor lighting on th patio. Their patio is beautiful with a spectacular view of the mountains, however the lighting is so low it was very difficult for many people to see.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    Fun5wfood
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    So yummy! The best resturant in Tucson. I would eat at Vivaces every night if I could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HIPPO243VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Delightful as always. The four of us had great meals and a fine time. Thanks for making us feel so comfortable at your excellent restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful restaurant - so so food.
    twofoodiesVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Such a charming restaurant that I thought they would have spectacular Italian food-wrong! A limited menu with few Italian standards. The cheese and spinach souffle as a starter was spectacular. I will give the place another chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Anniversary
    OctoberSmitten
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Vivace was more than expected! From the white table linens to the gorgeous sceneic view of the City--Vivace cries Romance. Tall leather back chairs afford couples the opportunity to sit next to each other, so they can hold hands and view the panorama. Caesar salads and the Salmon in lemon butter took us just above the panorama we viewed. Dinner was followed by flawless Crème brûlée. The drive to N. Campbell was well worth it across from the El Cantatata Mall. What a great restaurant to select for your significant other for that special night, anniversary, or just because you want a very nice meal and place with "class." Thanks Vivace!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    lexie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    When I made the reservation on OT, it said to call the restaurant for a certain table request. I called and requested a mountain view table. When we arrived the hostess seated us at a table in the middle of the room. I mentioned to her I requested a specific table location and she said that for her regular Friday Customers. She changed our table to the city view side but would not seat us at the window because it was reserved. Moving on the food was good but uniformly everything was not hot enough. With all my years of dining in NYC I have never been denied a table location because I was not a regular customer or if I was denied a specific table location the hostess was smart enough not to tell me that reason.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Epicurean
    Love2dineatvivace
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. It could not have been better. It is such an intelligent menu. It is hard to choose between the various selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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 LevelModerate
  • HIPPO243VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a lovely meal. Greeted by name by lovely Roxanna at the door, magnificent Kelly at the bar and the ever-professional Fred at the table, we sipped some great iced-tea and settled in to enjoy fine meals promptly prepared and elegantly presented. The fish du jour, striped bass, was especially notable. We are essentially never disappointed at Vivace. Thanks for keeping up such high standards of food quality and staff friendliness. We'll be back with friends soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love, love Vivace
    wannabejuliaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I must say I always worry when a favorite and successful restaurant moves to a new location. I am happy to report that the recent move from St. Phillips to Skyline/Campbell (the old Anthony's) was a great decision by Danny Scordato. The renovation is beautiful and the location is stunning. The quality, consistency of the food and the impeccable service is really unmatched in Tucson. I recently lunched there with my daughter. The restaurant was packed and there were several large parties however the food was delicious and the service top notch. When I dine at Vivace I feel welcome and pampered. There is an air of generosity and pride that is often hard to find. We will go back again and again.
    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
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.