Classic Tucson DiningLove the atmosphere of the outdoor seating area on the patio; great for people watching or to enjoy a warm Tucson evening. The menu has old favorites like Grilled Asparagus & Parma Prosciutto for a first course, or my favorites Crab Filled Breaded Chicken Breast or Roasted Shrimp with Seafood Stuffing for main plates, as well as daily specials. Don't forget to sample the gelato for dessert, which is excellent. The food is always good and the waitstaff attentive and helpful.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ChoiceWe were celebrating a graduation and this was a great choice for our lunch. Everyone at the table all eight of us were happy with everything. The food was very good, the service was excellent. We had a great waiter who attended to us. I highly recommend Vivace.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual, we had a very niceAs usual, we had a very nice time. Candace took care of our needs with solicitous care and aplomb. My wife enjoyed the eggplant-parm. and I had the elegant antipasto preceding the excellent swordfish. Great food and superb service. Thank you.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMMoms BirthdayThis was my mothers 84th birthday and we had a wonderful meal. The Spinach and Cheese Souffle was outstanding. I will come back here again.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous lunch on patioHeld Graduation celebration for lunch on Vivace patio. Food was Great. Service was great. Ambiance was great. Get the picture... GREAT! I'd never gone to Vivace for lunch. The prices were quite reasonable and portions perfect.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Time!!!!It was a specal get awa for me and my wife to celebrate her brthday. The setting was perfect, outdoor dining was wonderful. The food was amazing and was served at just the right pace; not too quickly, but not slow at all. The staff was wonderful, polite and friendly and took perfect care of us. Great spot for any occasion!!!!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial "PlaceHave been dinning at Vivace for 10 years, never had a bad meal. We go on special ocoasions, Birthday,, Anniversary, etc.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best!When looking for evening plans for an anniversary, Vivace was recommended by a friend. Best advice I ever received. Some of the best food I have had in a while along with the best service I have had in a really long while. You can't go wrong with any decision when it comes to the menu but if you need some help, the waiters are really helpful. A "must try" for anyone!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have had dinner at VivaceWe have had dinner at Vivace every time we travel to Tucson. The restaurant is beautiful but not pretentious, the food is fresh, delicious and creative. The wine list is more than adequate but not expensive. It is everything we like in a fine restaurant. The staff seem to have been there for quite a while and work well together. The owner seems to be loved by the local patrons.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again, Candace took suchOnce again, Candace took such great care of us. I had the sliced fillet of beef and my pal, Dave, had the swordfish. Candace recommended Vivace's home mead strawberry gelato, which we split and enjoyed immensely. We'll be back!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMa brilliant cactus floweroutsatnding food, customer service. Had my vendors in from out of town. One was from Chicago and used to be in the restaurant business. He said his meal would rival anything in Chicago. Was the best meal he has had in months.
The other two were just ecstatic about the whole thing, food, service, ambiance etc. Thank you
I will be in more often. Just happen to live east of Houghton, but the trip will deifinitley be worth it. My wife has never been there, and our anniversay is coming up here in May. I will make a RSVP.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Lunch but..Went for lunch and had a nice meal. The only bad thing was that the hostess was talking to another restaurant worker and cursing away without any regard to the diners near her, don't they have a breakroom for that?4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMVivace is our consistent favoriteVivace is our consistent favorite restaurant in Tucson. The food is always good and the atmosphere is comfortable and yet upscale.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual, we had a lovelyAs usual, we had a lovely time with a great meal served promptly with elegance by Candace, who was very busy as the restaurant was full. My wife had the Eggplant Parmesan, which she greatly enjoyed. I had the antipasto with extra steamed spinach - what a delight! The members of the wait-staff were all very busy yet served the crowd with distinction. We always feel happy and welcome at Vivace. It's the people who make Vivace so very fine. The chefs prepare consistently fine meals of excellent quality food. The greeters, table-busers, bartenders, waiters & waitresses all are so diligent and friendly. We'll be back! Next time, we'll make time for Vivace's signature tirimisu with the fine hot coffee and a glass of Bristol Creme Sherry!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways wonderful service andAlways wonderful service and terrific food. Portions are large. Wine list is very nice and quite reasonable.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA great restaurant and myA great restaurant and my favourite restaurant in Tucson. I've been going to Vavace for years and every time I enjoy my meal.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is always consistentlyFood is always consistently delicious! Enjoy dining there every time!!4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMConstructive CriticismOur group of 7 enjoyed lunch on 4/20 at noon. The food was excellent including the desserts. The service could have been better. The waiter, Istvan, was definitely overworked trying to cover too many tables. We had to ask to have drinks refilled and waited too long to get his attention. Since he is a good waiter, we suggest you have busboys clear and reset tables, rather than have waiters do that. In addition to servicing many tables, Istvan cleared and reset 3 or 4 tables when he could have given more attention to his filled tables. He worked very fast, but there was too much for him to do.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperlative meal! Our server,Superlative meal! Our server, Candace,recommended the fish du jour an excellently prepared snapper complemented by the Vivace signature Italian greens salad. For desert, she suggested the off-menu limoncello over vanilla ice cream, which was a marvelous treat. Outstanding as usual -- we'll be back!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMy friends(5)and have eatenMy friends(5)and have eaten lunch at Vivace's many times. The food is fresh and the dishs on the menu are always consistently prepared in excellent quality.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMfabulous food, distracted waiterSuperb food! The waiter was distracted, seemed new perhaps, but ultimately ok. Vivace is a favorite of ours and it was wonderful to see our grandchildren enjoying it too!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything about Vivace'sEverything about Vivace's sums up to a fantastic value. Great food, ambience, service, and reasonably priced.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMA first class dining experience!A first class dining experience! Server was excellent in his recommendations for wine and dinner!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMTucson's BestMy daughter and I have been going to Vivaces for years. It never ceases to please. The food is always perfection and the service all you could ask for.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic. We came for ourFantastic. We came for our 5 year anniversary and the owner made us feel very welcome and gave us dessert. Made the night very special.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best in TucsonVivace is my favorite Restaurant in Tucson.i love everything about it particularly the food. I have NEVER had a bad or even so so meal here. It is wonderful!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent and servingsFood was excellent and servings were generous. Our waiter was attentive to our needs but did not overdo it . The complimentary birthday dessert was delicious and much appreciated. We will certainly return and recommend it to our friends!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLJ Wardzala & P SchlotzhauerQuality of food is consistently excellent, service is also wonderful. We would like to see some occasional changes or additions to the menu. But, overall we enjoy the fact that our overall dining experience is consistently excellent.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best restaurants in AZEverything about this restaurant is exceptional. A wonderful dining experience.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrific food, ambiance andTerrific food, ambiance and service.our guests loved it. A great dining experience as always.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful, simply wonderful.Wonderful, simply wonderful. My friend, Dave, and I are long-time Vivace fans dining here several times a month. As we entered, it was obvious that the restaurant was full. Glad we had reservations, we were treating a lovely lady from Scottsdale to her FIRST lunch at Vivace. Candace took great care of the three of us, making our guest feel especially welcome. We each had the swordfish and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for another excellent meal. Our quest, a sophisticated Chicagoite, current VEEP of the Arizona Society of Professional Hypnotists, was quite favorably impressed. We had a great time.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Vivace's for lunch.Love Vivace's for lunch. Have never had a bad meal there and the service is highly professional.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBest in Tucson. The four ofBest in Tucson. The four of us eat out a lot but have never been to Vivace. We will be going back soon. We had the seafood soup entree and two different pork entrees. Best ever!
The staff was very friendly and helpful.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMYou step in from a strip mallYou step in from a strip mall parking lot to get transported to Italy in a dining room that is quite lovely. Service was attentive (if a tad flustered at times) and the food was great. From a very generous antipasto platter to fine pastas and meat dishes, this place hit its marks the night we were there. Very good!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a terrific experienceWhat a terrific experience for my wife's birthday! Excellent food and exceptional service!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe liked Vivace RestaurantWe liked Vivace Restaurant so much, we returned the next night for another outstanding dinner on the patio! While it seemed a bit noisy, but certainly still comfortable inside the restaurant, the outside had the delightful ambience of an Italian plaza at night. Our servers were very knowledgeable, interested in doing their best for us, and clearly happy when we complimented them and the wonderful, authentically Italian food they brought us. It looked like all the offerings on the menu were carefully prepared - it would be hard to single out one of them to include here. Thank you for two very enjoyable evenings from this couple who has been traveling and eating in many different restaurants here and abroad for more than fifty years.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had another great experienceWe had another great experience with one exception, which I will discuss further down in this review. Our server, Jennifer, was wonderful in every way. She is another server who we will be asking for on future visits. The food was outstanding, although I didn't care for the rock shrimp in the shrimp bisque.
The one disappointment was that no one asked if we were there for a special occasion. In fact, we were there to celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary, and my one-year anniversary of surviving Stage IV ovarian cancer. Asking guests this question should go without saying, especially when servers are as gracious and engaging as Jennifer.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMTook out of town guests. WeTook out of town guests. We all loved dinner on the patio.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMMy family loves to come toMy family loves to come to lunch here, especially for special events like birthdays. The food, service, and atmosphere is excellent.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, the food, serviceAs always, the food, service and wine were sublime!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe sat on the patio, and itWe sat on the patio, and it was a warm Tucson night. The noise level is much lower on the patio. I ordered the veal piccata and found it delightful. We were disappointed to find they were out of spumoni for the night, but the waitress recommended their gelato, a recommendation that surprisingly was much better than their spumoni would have been. The gelato--any flavor--is a must try.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways an excellent time atAlways an excellent time at Vivace. And the food was excellent as well.
My friend and I needed to talk and conduct some business before ordering and the waiter understood our needs and honored our request.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there for a birthdayWe were there for a birthday celebration, and it was the perfect spot. The menu was varied and offered some great alternatives to the standard Italian fare. We tried the veal piccata and stuffed shrimp and were very pleased with both our entrees and the appetizer we shared. The service was very good, and we plan to to return there when we're in the Tucson area again.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was lovely - everythingThe food was lovely - everything - But it always is.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMDivvying Up The BillWe appreciated the waitress having offered to split our bill among the celebrants (birthday).3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMHave enjoyed this restaurantHave enjoyed this restaurant many times. First time to sit on the patio - lovely!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMCandice was our server andCandice was our server and was OUTSTANDING, perfect food, made for a wonderful night, we'll be back again and again.
Tim3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBest food. I love the roastedBest food. I love the roasted eggplant. Outdoors is the best...indoors rather noisy.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food. Outside more ambianceGood food. Outside more ambiance than inside. Good service. Inside tends to get noisy. Look to see if staff uniforms are clean.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you want to sit outside,If you want to sit outside, you have to request it in your reservation. Good food, but not much variety.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM