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Cafe Vivace

4 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Café Vivace serves hearty Italian-inspired fare, burgers and seafood. This casual restaurant has a homely and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy your meal at Café Vivace with a glass of wine that you can pick from its extensive wine list or order a cold beer of your choice.

Classic Italian starters include The Denmark, which features portabella mushrooms topped with mozzarella and marinara and The Osbourne, a house-made pierogi filled with potato and onion, served with house made sauerkraut and bacon. All burgers at Café Vivace are served with a pickle and house made slaw. Popular options include the bacon and bleu cheese burger and the grille ham burger. There are plenty of Italian entrées to choose from as well. Try the 4th Place, which is homemade gnocchi with Bolognese, tossed with mascarpone cheese. The South is another popular signature dish with lemon and garlic shrimp, served over cheddar cheese polenta.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, European
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Hours of operation

Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(908) 753-4500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank Pascale
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We offer on site catering for parties of any size up to 100 guests.

We will customize a menu for each party and provide you with a unique experience. Our off site catering division will create an unforgettable party at your home or rented venue.
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Cross street
Terrill Road
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Public transit
Minutes away from the Fanwood station on the Raritan Valley line.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
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4.0Dined on June 23, 2012

This restaurant turned out to be a big surprise. I have special dietary needs and they were very, very accommodating. The food was delicious and the waiters made sure we were very happy. This is one I'd definitely return to and soon.

4.0Dined on March 31, 2012

Good food and nice, casual setting.

4.0Dined on March 9, 2012

Quiet dining room but a hoppin' bar with burgers and snacks.

2.0Dined on February 25, 2012

Pass on this unless you want old-school Italian that values quantity of food more than quality. Huge portions saturated in cheese, sauce, etc. Chicken tough as leather. Service adequate at best.