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Vivace - Belmont

4.7
1864 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
What 1864 people are saying
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, fun and lively atmosphere and delicious food!

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MissyP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
18 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
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was great and the service was quick.

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vipPhillipM
San Francisco
7 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
7 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
76 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!

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vipSMFoodie
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We used to really enjoy going to Vivace. The place has really changed. Food is only OK, service is terrible, and outdoor dining is not enjoyable on the busy Ralston Street.The meal was also expensive. $15 for a Caesar salad is the highest I have seen. If you’re going to charge such high prices, the food and the service better be good or you’ll lose repeat customers. Sadly, I can’t say we’ll be back anytime soon.

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vipMargaret
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering ad 15 year anniversary. Always the BEST meal and service. Vivace always aim to please. Love them.

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vipTeedy
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best on the Peninsula. I have never had a bad meal there and the service is wonderful.

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LilyB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received exceptional service at Vivace. Everything was excellent.

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Pablo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wife ordered osso bucco (on my recommendation as I've had it before) but it was dry (even with the sauce). Hence the 4 stars. My seafood dish with shrimp and scallops was delicious and tasty. Other guest had the scallopini which they loved.

Service was perfect. My wife's birthday dinner and they threw in a dessert with our other dessert. The lava cake was delicious as was the tiramisu.
I dont know that I would order the osso bucco again but I would definitely order the other dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service, food consistently very good. And overall have always enjoyed our dinners at Vivace.

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EnjoyedIt
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipgary243
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Get the rock cod special with mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and lemon caper sauce - - it’s delicious! Or substitute salmon for the cod; it’s even tastier. Try the blackberry sorbet sundae for dessert. It’s so refreshing and fresh-tasting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Enjoy each time we eat here!!

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Occasional7
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food: italian! Full service bar and i enjoy their long island ice tea.

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vipAlanF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The price increases have been a tad expensive compared to other similar restaurants. Plus now charging for bread. Still, the food is excellent. Wish you would open for lunch.

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Linda
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The Pomegranate cocktail was wonderful. The staff was wonderful as always. And the food was fabulous as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been two years since we've had the chance to dine in here. Takeout was great but nothing beats the phenomenal experience and food when you dine in-person. Vivace has been one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the Bay Area for decades and they haven't skipped a beat.

Jimmy provided incredible service and whoever the chef is here is always on point.

App: Calamari...fresh, crispy, not overly breaded...sauces were amazing

We each had different entrees:
Squid ink seafood linguine
Chicken Parmesan with spicy pasta
Pan seared salmon on a bed of cous cous
Custom order - spicy linguine with grilled prawns

Enjoyed a bottle of 2016 Hall Cabernet. Their wine list is great and reasonable.

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vipKevinW
Hawaii
46 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. Basil ‘tini is my go to cocktail.

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 1864 OpenTable diners.

Vivace - Belmont does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://vivacerestaurant.com/certificates/.

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.