Vivace - Belmont

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Translated from the Italian language, Vivace means "lively", which is exactly the ambiance at Vivace - Belmont where culinary creations join with excellent wines to celebrate the cuisine of Northern Italy. Highly regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Peninsula, Vivace Ristorante is located in the charming city of Belmont. The warm interior is designed as to permit the viewing of the talented chefs as they prepare an array of Italian dishes with emphasis in the regions of Piemonte and Toscana. With its exceptional cuisine, elegant ambiance, high level of service, and extensive wine list (2003-2019 Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence), Vivace creates a wonderful dining experience in which the gastronomia of Northern Italy is celebrated everyday!
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Sun 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Thu 1:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri 1:00PM - 1:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Sat 8:30PM - 9:30PM

What 1619 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always excellent. Sometimes the service is a bit rushed but overall it's a wonderful place to dine!

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food… Good service… But the noise level was too high

DE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The lasagna was fantastic.

v
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful room set up in the back. Great service by the staff. Audio/projector set up needs help...we’ve never been able to get that to work in the 5 years we’ve hosted our holiday luncheons. Otherwise we love the restaurant!

JF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Really busy (that is good) but it was really loud and hard for the 6 of us to have any kind of conversation. Also, we were a table of six which didn't fit very well in the middle of the room. waiters had a difficult time getting around us. And they were busy so not very attentive. But overall, food is good. ok for a group.

F
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chocolate Lava cake was the BEST part of our dinner!
Cooked & prepared in perfection, soft & delicate cake with gooey chocolate flowing after the first bite, yummm.....
The mussels with sausage appetizer is a favorite; mussels were awesome!
Seafood squid ink pasta & red snapper entree were very good too.
It was a fantastic dinner.
All dishes were cooked perfectly! :-)

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and attentive throughout the evening. Food was extraordinary. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

SL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a party of 8, reduced to 7. The restaurant was busy so we waited for a while. However, the staff was very apologetic and actually comped us a few appetizers. The food was delicious, and the service was good. We had a great time, and definitely will go back again.

P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Red snapper - very good. Pork tenderloin with gargonzola sauce - dry and powdery textured meat.

SK
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was so good and we were well taken care of.

r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Food and service were excellent as always!

JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Haven’t been here for a while and remembered it as a very good Italian restaurant. The menu selection was substantial. The appetizers and salads were great. I ordered the tortellini entree and found the homemade pasta was too thick or too al dente. The other pasta dishes were delicious. Service was different. Our waiter was a bit presumptuous on the cocktail and desert orders. Service went from fine to far too rushed. We were still enjoying our appetizers when all the entrees were brought out. As the restaurant became more crowded it seems as if we were being rushed to finish so they could seat the next party.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the better dining experiences you will find on the peninsula! From the incredible food, top notch service, to upscale ambiance Vivace is one of my favorite restaurants for any occasion.

SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vivace is always my go-to place whether for a night out with the girls, a nice family dinner or a romantic dinner with the hubby. Love everything about this place.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Checking out restaurant to hold my birthday party . Been here many times. Food consistently good...generous portions. Great attentive waiter.

Z
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Our waiter gave us a wine list and asked me if I wanted something. The two guys had to ask for beer. He didn't ask the two non drinkers if they wanted a drink and that had to be requested when placing their order. Everyone liked their meal. I had the eggplant parmesan and wasn't crazy about it. It was kind of heavy and in a cream sauce and does not come with pasta or veggies. The special, risotto with shrimp was very good. The teriyaki skirt steak was also good. Felt like it was a little pricey for what you get.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food is really good and the service is great. It was just too loud (it was a Saturday night). I would recommend going on a quieter night, maybe a weeknight. It was hard to hear each other talk.

B
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was there for a BD lunch. Food delicious and waiter very attentive. I was brought dessert with a candle. Thank You very much.
I have been to Vivace many times for dinner.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food never disappoints. This is one restaurant where we continually return.

d
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivace is a neighborhood favorite for us. The food is always excellent. It's comfortable and the service is terrific. This was our anniversary and they gave us a little extra attention, but they're always very good.

MF
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a good restaurant, but its food and service are both about 20-30 years behind the times. The interior is way too hot, the decor looks like it's from the 1970s, and the tables are far too close together. The food is generally good, but not great. The scallop risotto was just OK. The highlight was the cabernet ice cream - excellent! There are several other Italian restaurants in the area that are much better.

SS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and good selection of wines.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch
I treat all my girlfriends to their birthday lunch at Vivace. Never disappoints!

AP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant tends to be my go to restaurant as the food is always consistently delicious! We had a wonderful waitress who had a great personality and provided excellent service!

LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good service. Ravioli was chewy and had no taste. Noise level was too loud and to fix that the DJ started to play music even louder in the small place so that no one could enjoy a conversation.

SP
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and the noise level is rarely to the point of making it difficult to hear someone.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious and the service was very attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My two friends ate three for their fist time and were very impressed
The lunch menu was varied enough with something for everyone
I have dined here before, and will continue to repeat

RB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My go to restaurant on the Peninsula for bussiness and social occasions. The food is consistently great, the ambiance is nice and it has a great bar a very good wine list.

RP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of seven that was able to carry on conversations. The noise level was acceptable. Service and food were excellent.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We have been longtime customers but this one time you were disappointed in the food preparation, under cooked pastas. The noise level was extremely annoying but service particularly bar service exceptional. We would still go back though .

RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. Food and ambiance are great for a date night!

F
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We alaway enjoy our dinner there.
But a bit dissatisfied as they didn’t have Osso Buco, “ran out???”
I would like to think, that they don’t serve that Veal Osso Buco anymore :-(
The other night was not the first....
3rd time already, & we weren’t late, for the dish to run out? 🤔

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, excellent service, and nice atmosphere.

d
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first time visiting Vivace and I was very impressed. The food and service were outstanding and I will go back soon

N
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding, we are fortunate to have this gem in our neighborhood. Great cocktails, service great, friendly staff, comfy booths, all the food is excellent!

I
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Made a late evening dinner reservation at the last minute. The staff were accommodating when we asked to move to a different table due to the lighting. Personally the lighting was fine for dinner time and created a cozy ambiance. The food was great. We ordered several salads and pizza from the regular as well as the special menu. We felt a little rushed by the staff when ordering. But then again our party was undecided too. Will definitely go again.

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is one of my favorites

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful server and food. The table near us was extremely loud!! Difficult to hear evaen the person next to me!! The food came out in waves, some of our party got served after others were already finished with their pizza!