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Vivace Restaurant
Vivace Restaurant

Vivace Restaurant Details

  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "my favorite restaurant in Tucson - spinach souffle was out of this world, as always."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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!."
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Amazing service, excellent food, love the new location we'll be back again and again"
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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!!!!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food and service at Vivace Restaurant was great! My wife and I greatly enjoyed our wedding anniversary diner."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Always a lovely experience, a very special place to go."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Beutiful views of the city Great Italian Food The fish and the rice with vegetables superb"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Love this restaurant!! Food has always been great and service terrific. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "From the valet parking attendants to the hostess, waiter and busboys, the service was gracious and attentive without being overly solicitous. And a lovely birthday dessert for our special guest topped the luncheon off. We've decided to come back often and try something different on the menu instead of sticking to our favorites."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Branzino was the lunchtime special. Both of us ordered it, finished it, loved it and recommended it to several others. All loved it. Felix, our waiter, was superb as always. The rest of the staff was friendly and attentive as they always are. They've made us part of the family."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We always enjoyed the food at Vivace, but did not care for its former location. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at their new location. We will return often now."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "everything was very good. the food, service, and atmosphere was all very good!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Awonderful, awonderful. The meal and the service were outstanding with a great view of Tucson. Candace was our server and was very professional and most hospitable. My wife and I live 35 miles (about an hour) from Vivace but it well worth the time and effort if you like excellent food and service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My daughter and I enjoy the 3 cheese and spinach soufflé for lunch. It has been consistently very good. The new location is a nice open arena with several levels. One section will have great evening city views."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Marvelous meal. I had the striped bass, my friend had the magnificent red pepper fish soup. Candace took good care of us with excellent hot coffee and and Vivace's mint chocolate gelato. We truly enjoyed a peaceful meal at a quiet time, lingering over great coffee for nearly an hour. Thank you all for working so hard to maintain your continued excellence. we'll be back."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner on August 7th. My wife and I had veal picata. It was excellent. The meal capped a wonderful birthday for my wife. We will definitely return for another meal. You should be proud to serve great food along with very good service."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We were joined by special friends from out-of-town for a most pleasant evening. The restaurant was very busy, but it was possible to carry on a conversation without shouting, unlike so many "in" places. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. We will definitely return"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great service and fantastic food! Felix gives excellent service!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Had a terrific meal, on our anniversary, at Vivace. The staff, food, views... all wonderful. We are already planning our next visit."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "There were four of us for dinner and at times we had trouble conversing over the noise level. Food was tasty, but heavy. Very few vegetarian options. the wine list was extensive and appropriately priced."
    Dined on 8/6/2014