Vivace - Belmont

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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

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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
San Francisco
32 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
25 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
47 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
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and good selection of wines.

M
San Francisco
22 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
15 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
47 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!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing; maybe not worthy of $$ but $$$ and the service is ok. I recommend the restaurant but be prepared for a somewhat noisy venue during peak hours

t
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This continues to be our favorite spot in Belmont. The food and cocktails are consistently great and the owner and his terrific staff (many of them have been there for over 20 years) make you feel like family.

K
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch with 5 friends. Excellent service. Our server was attentive but not overly so. The food was excellent and everyone had a different selection with rave reviews. A good place to meet with friends for lunch or take visitors for an impressive dinner meal.

J
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ambiance : the noise level increased after 6 pm, on a Monday to a distracting level. Service: we admitted to celebrating two birthdays and a 36th wedding anniversary, so server brought a lit candle with the one dessert ordered, and brought a complimentary tiramisu.

M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were celebrating two friend’s birthdays .....staff very warm and welcoming. Food delicious. They remembered the friend’s Birthday ‘s and came out with two ice cream sundaes with candles. Very much appreciated.

R
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly would recommend Vivace's aside from a great overall experience, to the food always tasting delicious, the waiters are very knowledgeable and there are so many options.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always reliably delicious. Arancini appetizer is my all-time favorite. Profiteroles are the perfect portions and finish to dinner. Wish the butter lettuce salad had a little more dressing.

You can have less noise if you ask to sit in back dining room. Easier for my Dad who wears hearing aids.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We love having lunch and dinner at Vivace. Service is always delicious and staff does such a nice job. We were excited to go to brunch but I was disappointed in the menu selections. I do not eat red meat or pork and almost everything had pork in the entree. The French toast had bacon, the omelet had ham and all but one pizza had pork. I do love lox but but enjoy it with a bagel. My husband had eggs Benedict but doesn’t eat polenta. You need to have a couple of vegetarian items available.
We will continue to have dinner and lunch at Vivace but won’t be back for brunch. Our server was excellent!
Linda Attell

f
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The veal scaloppini was very spicy (surprisingly so)! It would have been much better without so much pepper. All other dishes were very good.

M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is never a bad meal at this restaurant and the service is always outstanding.

EL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly good! We had a good time.

DJ
New Mexico
46 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been here many times and the food and service is always very, very good. Portion sizes are really great, not too huge and not small. Never any complaints -- which is why we keep coming back.

b
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We've been look for a good Italian restaurant on mid peninsula & finally found it. The food is fabulous, service great. Highly recommend!

r
Sacramento
49 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family Friendly!
Fast Service!
Fantastic!

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our most favorite dinner place ever. They are now open for Brunch on Sunday so next time we are in Belmont guess where we are headed?

This is an amazing experience and we highly recommend that you should take the experience and enjoy

OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

A really bad experience. Not sure but this may have been an anomaly. However, went there on a normal Wednesday night - not super busy. Sat down, server came by, got us drinks and came back for our order. This is when the fun started. She took a salmon order for my guest, waited about 20+ minutes, came back and told us she was out of salmon. Guest asked for menu, wanted to order chicken but asked if it was spicy, server said "not really spicy at all." 20 minutes later (40+ after ordering...), we got our food. Chicken was way too spicy, Guest had to send it back. Finally, over an hour after ordering, received food. Not sure this was anything other than an unusual bad experience but really frustrating (at first, she wanted to charge us for the chicken...wth). Will try again as I think they have good food and hope for a better outcome.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dining experience at Vivace to celebrate
my wife’s birthday.
Aarick and Amr provided excellent service
and made the experience memorable.
Highly recommended.

WW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening....food and service were wonderful..Great table and no one felt rushed
Highly recommend!
Will visit again