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About Vivace - Belmont

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 (2003-2014 Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence), Vivace creates a wonderful dining experience in which the gastronomia of Northern Italy is celebrated everyday!

1910 Ralston Ave.
Belmont, CA 94002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:30 pm and Sundays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm. For Saturday & Sunday lunch, please call the restaurant for private reservations. Large parties only.

Cross Street:
Alameda de Las Pulgas

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 637-0611

Website:
http://www.vivacerestaurant.com/

Catering:
We cater small intimate dinners to large parties. Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Public lot at 1870 Ralston Avenue. Street parking also available.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact the restaurant directly with private party room and special menu requests.

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Private Dining

Vivace - Belmont is well equipped to host your special function, whether it be an off-site meeting, baby shower, retirement party, anniversary, or a wedding rehearsal dinner. Please inquire about our group and corporate deals. We also offer a Prix Fixe tasting menu.

Vivace - Belmont Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Special Occasion (34)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
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Good for a Date (29)
Romantic (25)
Good for Groups (25)
Cozy (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Authentic (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Casual (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Business Meals (15)
Bar Seating (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (9)
Healthy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Live Sports (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The Food was great as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Good Food, good ambiance....Would definitely go there again

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I brought two friends here for the first time and they were so impressed that they want to return again soon. I guess I take Vivace for granted. I have been coming here for years and always leave happy. The deco is impressive and the food is always excellent. We started with the Burrata cheese appetizer. It was lovely, but would have been better if it was served with toast, bread, or crackers. I wish the waiter had checked in with us. I had the risotto special with Viking scallops and so did one of my friends. We were both very pleased with the perfectly cooked scallops and the thick risotto. My other friend had my "go to" dinner which I recommended, the Orecchiette pasta with sausage, fennel, and broccoli rabe. The waiter was professional, but not very engaging. I like to hear about the menu and I would have liked him to check in a bit more frequently. When we asked for dessert recommendations, he didn't really have any, so we didn't order one. As I mentioned, I have been coming here for years and normally would have rated the service higher. It was great to see Vivace through fresh eyes and realize that I need to appreciate this absolute gem and not take excellent dining for granted!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, service and ambiance ! Definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

Service was also outstanding. Reason for "very good": we were seated in a quieter area at our request and since there were fewer tables there, there was a slight wait for the bill which was not a problem. The server/waiter also went to extra effort to supply extra implements for some shared plates. Overall experience: outstanding!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Dinner was not great. Cold pizza and so garlicky we couldn’t eat. . service was just terrible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

This is the 4th time here and again I enjoyed our dinner.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

We enjoyed a fantastic Business Dinner at Vivace with good food, great service and a great wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I’m always a little leary going out for Italian food because being Italian and cooking Italian I tend to be a little critical, however I will say that the food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was nice. I will definitely be returning!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

went there for pizza Tuesday. Food was good as always, service was ood today though. Very slow and inattentive, waiters were fighting with the hostess. Hope they get back on track soon

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Had high reviews, I was optimistic. Came in for lunch with friends. Gnocchi a Bolognese was very acidic and salty and gnocchis had strong flavor of flour rather than potatoes. Chicken was moist, but sauce was very salty and green beans were overcooked. Third person wasn't hungry so ordered an appetizer and thought it was ok. Overall, it's a nice place, nice ambiance, but 2/3 dishes was not up to our taste and service was ok.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This our favorite place Eat here twice a month. Birthdays and anniversary. Had family Christmas dinner here Service is perfect. Extremely friendly.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Mike and His Staff are always welcoming along with great foods and good conversation.
We enjoy Vivace if it be date night, a holiday or just dinner out...
definitely a must try.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a great meal and experience! You can count on consistency and a wide variety of choices without being overwhelmed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Attractive restaurant with great ambiance. Food selection offered something for everyone in our group and was delicious. This was our first visit but we definitely will go again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service and food were excellent. Parking is wonky.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our favorite spot. Great food, wonderful crew and owner.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A Christmas Eve tradition - dinner at Vivace with our family. Always a great experience with excellent service & delicious food. One of our favourite restaurants year round.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I know it was Christmas Eve but it was the worst meals we’ve ever had at Vivace we probably will not be coming back!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great staff. We love Amr! The Eggplant Parmigiana is the BEST!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Holiday Party

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I discovered Vivace years ago, when a friend hosted a special occasion. It was wonderful for a group. Later, I began coming with a good friend to celebrate special occasions and the holidays. We love their great cocktails, wonderful service (Sanaa is charming, and attentive), great food, and chocolate lava cake. The bar area is very inviting and comfortable, and my friend tells me that the Happy Hour is great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious food; the waiters were helpful in choosing our meals and wine.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent food, very busy, servers were all very nice but dinner was a bit slow in coming. I think that was because they were so busy.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great dining every time, I can come here with business associates, take the parents out, or even a special night with the kids . Every time they are consistent and good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We are never disappointed when we go to Vivace. Again, the food was wonderful, the service attentive and we went home feeling good about our choice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fourth anniversary holiday gathering of friends at Vivace, the same booth.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Consistently top notch Italian food and service in the heart of Belmont.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We were more than happy that we booked a table at 5:30 because, even on a weekday, the place was very crowded. Somehow the activity did not diminish the service which was crisply efficient. Our meal selections were ample and well prepared. We had a good time which is the purpose of dining out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Good food, nice wine selection, excellent attentive service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Consistently good. Something for everyone on the menu. Wood-fired pizza, Osso bucco is awesome

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

All was good, my only comment was the Caesar salad came right from the refrigerator and would be tastier if prepared to order.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Although we had reservations at 7 and didn’t get sat until 7:45 the meal was outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always like to go here. Good food, relaxed though elegant. Good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were so impressed with Vivache - all of the staff were happy to have us as guests and made sure we had a great time. The water glasses were refilled, the bread was replenished (great tapenade by the way) and the server answered any questions we had about the menu. We happened to choose their wood burning pizza - which was really good - even though we originally were going to have pasta. Salads were delicious and the portion size was good enough that we shared one salad. We'd return here again for sure. And, some of the competitive restaurants might want to visit this place to see how to take care of guests.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Had a business lunch here for 7 people. They have a variety of menu where vegetarians can choose up to 4 dishes. The calamari steak that I ordered was rich and flavorable. Appatizers were great. One of my coworkers love the bread so much that she have to take some home. I recommend this place for business lunches. I wish there was a dedicated parking. We have to park on the street.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very charming neighborhood Italian restaurant . Full of happy people enjoying a great meal. My new mid peninsula favorite. The snapper picatta was excellent. The atmosphere was elegant ,cozy and friendly. Highly recommended. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Saturday nights are VERY crowded. 1/2 hour wait with a reservation. But great food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Welcome home to grandson Daniel and his new bride Josi! We had a delightful dining experience! lunch was excellent!

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