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Vivace - Belmont

4.7
1872 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait over 10 minutes and it seemed as if the hostess could have cared less because she forgot about us. Once seated, took awhile to get initial service. Once our waiter showed up, he told us, heard you’ve been waiting for a while, not my fault. Which was weird because we hadn’t complained. We ordered and got our drinks and appetizers pretty fast but then came the hour plus wait for our main dishes with no updates. From where I was seated, I could see at least two tables that were seated after us get their appetizers, drinks and main meals before us…I guess we were forgotten again. At this point, it’s going on almost two hours, so we asked for the check and that we didn’t want our main meals anymore, waiter definitely said it wasn’t his fault again lol. 5 mins passed and still no check but food magically appears, at this point I just wanted to get out of that place. We rejected the food and asked for the check. Management actually apologized and comped the check but too late, never going back.

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DennisG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. It isn’t inexpensive by any stretch, but the food and service are so darn good. Gracious owner and staff… really appreciated the level of service we received:)

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vipIrish
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, as usual…VIVACE never disappoints..highly recommend dining here. It’s the BEST‼️

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reviewer
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently good food and good service. We have been going back for decades.

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vipOliviaG
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & a delicious dinner!!❤️❤️

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vipPCM627
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not quite as good as it has been. Food quality has slipped a bit, though still good. Noise level and overall hustle by the wait staff was a bit tiresome. Though, I do appreciate the staff's effort level to be sure, just not as relaxing as we'd have liked. Prices are up. $28 for spaghetti and meatballs seems a bit high. Wine by the glass offerings limited and not great. No longer my top Italian restaurant in the area but still on my list to try again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always nice to go to a REAL restaurant with good food, good service, ambiance and a nice vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Really poor service. Server was rushed and didn’t seem to want to wait on us. Multiple other servers and the hostess checked in on us because it was apparent no one had asked to take our order or brought us our food. Very disappointing. I have frequented this restaurant before and the service has never been like this.

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DonnaG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

We were there Sunday evening to celebrate a special occasion. After yummy appetizers we were told they were out of my husband and sons first menu choice so they selected another dish. After an hour of waiting for our food we were told that the backup dinner item was now gone. They now needed to select a 3rd choice. At this point, on a fairly expensive menu, there was nothing left they wanted to eat but another item was picked. Waiter told us Saturday customers waited 2 hours for food. Guess we were lucky only waiting 1.5 hours. Do hold off on going there until they figure out the kitchen staffing. Experience is usually fabulous but not the case last night.

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vipPeter
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really superb food, but pricey given the service. As others have said, the wait staff was efficient (with a couple of exceptions) but not overly friendly. It was a Saturday night so it was pretty noisy. Still, it was nice to be part of a lively dining experience. Enjoyed the spinach linguine with tomato and portobellos and the snapper with spinach and mashed potatoes--both were excellent and served hot.

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Kierro
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Appetizers: Muscles the best I have eaten. Heirloom tomatoes ditto. 2 had seafood/ clam pasta, and one gnocchi. Really great food. Saturday outside at 7, by rez, and a little slow seating (~10 minutes) and the rest of the evening ran a bit slow for my taste. The place was busy, accounting for this (previous visits never an issue). Great wine list, I like the Rombauer Chardonnay. Great apple crisp and gelato, and chocolate Sunday. Servers were friendly and apologetic about delays. I am glad this restaurant is in business, has superb food, and great service. I give a pass on some slows because of havoc the virus is creating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The skirt steak very tender and flavorful. The kids enjoyed their pizza and spaghetti meatball. My wife also enjoyed her pasta with clams.

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StephenR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. We have been going there since it first opened.

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vipOliviaG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, fun and lively atmosphere and delicious food!

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MissyP
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Made reservations for a 6:00 seating for 3 people. There was a bit of a line at the door, but wait was minimal and as soon as we reached the hostess we were shown to our table. I'd requested a more quiet location, but that doesn't seem to exist. Nonetheless, we could converse without raising our voices significantly, for the most part. The servers were attentive; we were served bread and water before our meals. We ordered snapper, butternut ravioli and chicken parmesan. We each cleaned our plates. For dessert, creme brulee, sorbet and a chocolate hazelnut sundae. All good. The food was delicious, the dinner served efficiently. That would be my main complaint about the restaurant -- the service was efficient, but not warm and welcoming. If this wouldn't bother you, I'd say give this place a try. For this reason, and because of the noise level, I'd say this restaurant is good, but not outstanding.

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Dawn
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner and a good time catching up with old friends thank you!

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StephanieE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistent very nice food with very nice service and staff.

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vipRonB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Had to wait almost 20 min for our table and when we were seated, we were placed in a very cramp table. Service was mediocre - had to flag the waiter several times before I was able to placed out appetizers order. Food was great and good portion. Th linguine vongole was one of the best we had a with large fresh clams, just the right amount of spice and garlic and the linguine was cooked perfectly.

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JohnR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Nice place and serive always solid but the food has dropped in quality while prices are high. While it's pleasant, the mediocre food has me doubting I will come back any time soon.

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NancyH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and service was impecable. Beautiful place for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual!

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MICHAELH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

I've never had a meal at Vivace that was not excellent in every way but last night the service was really poor. I don't know what was going on but when we were seated the waiter came right over and took our orders. Appetizers showed up promptly but the wait for entrees was interminable. We had been seated for over an hour before they showed up. Waiter was very contrite and apologized. Something had to be going on in the kitchen that caused this.

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Candy
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were good as usual but the prices went up again and the portions are smaller. You have to pay for bread now and they make a big deal if you ask them to split a dish, like the salad. It is sad for me to see these changes.

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Bimpe
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was great and the service was quick.

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vipPhillipM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday

Thank you

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SusanE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Restaurant! The service and food are delicious! Highly recommend this gem of a place!

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Nouri
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience, as usual dining at Vivace! We celebrated a special occasion with my 91 yo father in law visiting us. The food was fabulous, the service was phenomenal and the ambiance was great.We had a memorable evening.

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vipnancys
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was terrific
Service left a lot to be desired

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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vipEmeraldEye
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service, server excellent. Glad we went.

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vipGreg
Portland
77 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ... great drink ... great service!

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vipAnniemac
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service! It's solid. One of the better Italian restaurants on the Peninsula. Will return for sure

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food as always. Ate indoors with glass dividers between tables and felt very comfortable. Restaurant also kept the 2 front doors open for adequate air flow.

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DonaldC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They need more help!! Food was very good!

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vipJamesC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing quality food and friendly service. Prices are less than you would pay for a similar meal on the peninsula

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vipBarbaraF
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our entrees and salads were delicious. Two disappointments: (1) they had no goat cheese that evening so it eliminated one of the salads and some of the dishes--why not send someone to the market to get some?! (2) The bread, which we now have to pay for (!) was stale and tasteless. If you're going to charge for bread, it better be amazing!

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DaynaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Attentive staff. Good selection of food. Overall, nice place to eat and relax.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth it. Food is great for the affordable price

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted a special restaurant for dinner with my best friend from So Cal and 2 local friends. Vivace was the perfect place and we had a lovely evening of good wine, delicious food, and stimulating conversation with great service from our waiter. Thanks to everyone!

FAQs

Vivace - Belmont does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Vivace - Belmont also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 637-0611.

Vivace - Belmont is rated 4.7 stars by 1872 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.