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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!
Belmont, CA 94002
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.
Alameda de Las Pulgas
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We cater small intimate dinners to large parties. Please call for details.
Public lot at 1870 Ralston Avenue. Street parking also available.
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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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
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!
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
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