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About Vivace

Translated from the Italian language, Vivace means "lively", which is exactly the ambiance at Vivace Ristorante 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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Details
Sun 8:30PM - 9:00PM

Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM

Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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Private Dining

Vivace 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 Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (41)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
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Good for a Date (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Romantic (25)
Great for Lunch (22)
Business Meals (21)
Cozy (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Casual (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Fun (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Enjoyed a special lunch with a colleague!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My family and I always love Vivace. Food is consistently excellent and we like supporting a locally owned family restaurant. Their pizza must be one of the best I've ever had as well as many of the pasta dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As alway, food and service were excellent. My favorite restaurant!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First time eating there and everything was more then I expected.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

I've had better visits to Vivace. This night the noise level was high, the service was slow. We had to ask for our waiter after we had been seated for over 10 minutes. It was as if we were not there. And I thought the food was just passable; nothing great. Not a great value on this visit. I've had much better experiences in the past. I will give Vivace one more try, however.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I look for excuses to eat at Vivace, the service is over the top as is the quality of the food. Great location and I will return soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

My companion had an emergency and had to cancel so I dined alone and had the best risotto ever! Mike Gunn graciously helped me to make contact with my friend! We’ll be back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was delish as always but the lasagna is off the menu - WHY? It's amazing!!! 3 our of 4 of us were ready to order before we got there and that was a huge disappointment. The food was still great, but that is a staple we have always ordered. Please bring it back. We also had a snafu with the pre-announcement of a birthday celebration and what was coming by our server so if you are trying to surprise someone, suggest you make it very clear that it is in fact a surprise!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service and food was excellent! Always enjoy having lunch and dinner at Vivace!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I dined with 4 other ladies and all the meals were delicious but mine with the exception of my green salad which had a delicious vinegrette on it. I ordered the bresola pizza. It was under cooked, dry and cold upon delivery. Not very good at all. The pastas were very good and cooked to al dente perfection. I tried all my friends dishes.
Parking is difficult and the noise level was very high.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was lovely - especially the Caesar Salad, which was outstanding. They were busy and short of staff but the service was good and they apologized for some delay. We weren't in a hurry so it was no big deal. My only "complaint" would be the level of noise - we had some people with loud voices at the next table then a group of about 10 came to sit nearby. Next time I think we will ask for a booth on the side of the room. It's a lovely restaurant and a real asset to Belmont.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The best of Tucson. We never miss going to Vivacie’s every time we visit Tucson.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always great and one of my favorites! Good food and good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had fabulous service and great food at Vivache! Loved the snapper dish and great hamburger.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very good food but slow and not particularly interested service marred an otherwise great evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our reservation was for 6:30 on a Wednesday. My friend ordered the veal and I ordered the salmon. The waiter came back and said they were out of veal (early to be out of an entree). She asked if they can make it with chicken instead and they were able to. When they delivered our entrees, they gave me snapper instread of the salmon I ordered. I accepted it so we didn’t have to wait again. Except for the entree mix ups, dinner and dessert was good. I will try Vivace again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food and great quick service. In and out in an hour. Love it!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Been a customer for 10+ years, usually 2x a year as it's a 45 min drive. This is a special occasion restaurant for me but only because of distance. If I lived closer, I would frequent more often. Have never had a bad meal and you must have the gnocchi. Once again, we had GREAT service by Amr; always so professional and engaging. But everyone there is top notch!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Risotto with scallops. Creative presentation, different pairing of flavors and textures and exceptionally tasty. Only problem, it was on the evening specials menu. Needs to be a standard.

Also had Rabe which is always on the menu and was enjoyed by my wife. It is her favorite standard and was a prime reason for the evening out. She was not disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful as always. Have been many times and have never been disappointed I highly recommend this place. There is also a room for large parties.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I loved it!! First time there and everything went smooth. The food was absolutely amazing. From the appetizer to the dessert! Delicious!! Our waiter was the BEST!!! Professional, on point, and super friendly. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem. I’m definitely coming back!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Was great

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food, service, atmosphere was really good. Consistently good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This restaurant has become one of my favorites, I have never been disappointed in the food, service and cleanliness.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 5, 2017

As usual, great food and service. I've been here many times and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent food and service. We had a nice quiet booth in the back. A nice place to take busting friends.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The osso buco was amazing! Staff was friendly and professional. Service was fast. Super busy so make a reservation!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Everything was very good: food, ambiance, etc. The only minor complaint was the service being a bit slower than I like. It was a Friday night and they were crowded. I wish I was attended to sooner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Tucson)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We always enjoy celebrating at Vivace's. As always the food was wonderful. The bread with a basil pesto dipping sause was delicious. The bread was nice and crusty with a great flavor. The cheese and spinach souffle melted in my mouth. The pear and walnut salad was nicely presented and had just enough dressing. I had the shrimp stuffed with seafood with a very lemony vegetable rice which paired well with the seafood. My husband had the manicotti which had a fresh tomato sauce which was not too heavy so the very cheesy manicotti did not get lost in the sauce. We were too full for desert but we were celebrating my husband's birthday so they gave us a piece of tiramisu cake for desert on the house. Our server was great and very friendly. Look forward to going back soon

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food and service were phenomenal. We were seated in a comfy booth and encouraged to take our time and enjoy ourselves. We’ll definitely be back, highly recommen.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was ok -- had the scallop risotto but one of the scallops was a bit overcooked and thus a bit tough to chew. Server also wasn't very pleasant. So unfortunately a mediocre dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The Spaghetti & Meatballs and Veal Scallopini were excellent. The service was also excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Romantic setting, great food, and great environment. Friday evening for 7:45 reservation and was seated around 8:30. Restaurant over booked. Wait seem to die after we were seated. Expect delays during busy hours. 6pm-8pm

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My wife and I love this place. The food is delicious the wine is great and the drinks are really good. We went here for date night during the summer when our kids were away and have loved the place ever since.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The Restaurant and our server did a nice job of handling our large group of neighbors. Food was hot, menu was well-explained and water glasses filled regularly. We were in a corner where it was easier for our group of 8 to carry on a conversation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

As always we were treated to a delicious meal and friendly and efficient service. Vivace is a warm and welcoming restaurant which is always one of our favorites.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great local Italian restaurant with friendly service and fresh weekly menu items. It's one of the few "real" places we can go with kids and everyone finds something they like.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups
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