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Sun, 2/25
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8:30 PM
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Vivace - Belmont

4.5
1260 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Californian
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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.
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Phone number
(650) 637-0611
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
We cater small intimate dinners to large parties. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alameda de Las Pulgas
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Parking details
Public lot at 1870 Ralston Avenue. Street parking also available.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact the restaurant directly with private party room and special menu requests.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2018

service was lovely but got very slow when it got crowded. took forever to get our check

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Love the food. The atmosphere. And the staff. Have been there many times and each time was a great exprience.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Always pleased

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Seated 30 minutes after our reservation time.
Waiter was good however, after being seated.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We always love Vivace and go often, although it’s a bit expensive, the food and service are impeccable!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We received very prompt service on Valentine's day. Food came out faster than expected. My girlfriend loved the linguine con vongole (it's one of her favorite Italian dishes).

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Perfect window seat. Ambiance just right for Valentines Dinner date. The food was delicious and not a long wait to be served on what was a very busy evening.

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vipLene (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was great! Food we want ran out.
Will come back for another dinner

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vipotdiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our evening was delightful. We were seated almost immediately, and on Valentine's Day, that is a rarity. The menu was perfect; a few specials and a nice selection from their regular menu. The service was excellent and the meal, delicious. My husband and I had a small
caesar salad and I had the petrale sole picatta, and he, the orecchiette pasta with sausage.

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vipDeborahF (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Our burgers were absolutely over cooked to a char!!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Family birthday - group of nine- always a wonderful dining experience

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Delightful (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been to Vivace many times and we have never been disappointed!

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catherinea (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

First time there and I like the foods. Great authentic Italian! I had the fettucini Vongole and it tasted fantastic. It's my go to dish to measure the authenticness of the Italian foods. Vivace made a great dish. Highly recommend this place. Parking is a pain.

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vipSallyness (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I always enjoy Vivace.

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Juliet (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I have been to Vivace many times and loved it. I guess they were just having a bad night. The hostess seated me and my dinner guest at two different tables in two different rooms, even though we both gave the same name as the reservation. It took 20 minutes to find each other. After we ordered it was taking forever for our food to come, so long in fact I had to talk to someone about this because our waiter had disappeared. We were told there was a big party in the back room. Everyone apologized and was nice about it, but I was really surprised there was no compensation for this maybe in the form of a scoop of ice cream? It was not a good birthday dinner for me and my friend :(

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Jean (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Three ladies celebrating a birthday, we had outstanding service from Fabrizio, and the cuisine was delicious. We had a wonderful beet and corn appetizer, unusual pistachio-fulled Arancini which were nice and crisp, Gnocchi and a vegetarian Pizza. AND, fabulous tiramisu for the Birthday girl!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This was my second time at Vivace. First time my order was wrong. This time the quality of food lessened. Ceasar salad limp and overdressed with dressing. My angel hair pasta dish was so drenched with sauce with way too much garlic. The same waiter as last time has a strange demeanor. The vibe is not great there. I think it’s mostly a neighborhood bar with food service and not particularly an upscale restaurant for Belmont. I will not return for a price point that is too high for the quality of food. I was disappointed.

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vipgabruce (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Jimmy was the best you can ask for when it comes to service. Authentic, real, genuine, and every other word that relates to being the real deal when it comes to service. Thank you, Jimmy, you made our night!

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vipFood4me (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Wonderful food, service and ambiance! Dishes are priced fairly and you get nice portions of food that has fantastic taste! They have weekly specials which are wonderful and creative! Family run and it definitely has up scale service and decor! It's a favorite place of mine!

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vipAmyS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I'd like to give this 3.5 stars. My husband and I were looking for a neighborhood date night location and this was our first visit to Vivace. Our service started off wonderfully, our server friendly and he was also very helpful picking out an Italian wine to pair with our pasta choices. We enjoyed our dinner and the wine. It seemed around the time we finished our dinner that our server had a high turnover of tables at once, as he hurriedly brought dessert menus to the table and disappeared for a long time. Enough time passed that I no longer wanted to wait and worried that waiting for dessert and the bill after that would be too much, so when he finally returned we declined dessert and asked for our check. All in all, we did enjoy our dinner and would likely give Vivace another try.

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SunSetters (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Nothing could have been better! Gnocchi, butter lettuce salad and lasagna on my plate, with a wonderful Pinot Noir. Attentive and friendly staff , on top of it all. They are the best here!!! Viva Vivace!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Always a pleasant experience, good food, fair pricing, nice people. A great neighborhood restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Everything we ordered was delicious - we have already made reservations for this month.

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vipDiner2020 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

My last two visits to Vivace have been extremely disappointing. They seem to be systematically overbooking so that reservations are meaningless. Two visits ago my wife and I had to wait 30 minutes before being seated, and the only reason we were seated then was because we bumped into another couple we knew by chance and we agreed to take a 4 person table together. Last night we arrived on time again but after wait ing 30 minutes were told there were still a couple of parties ahead of us. We left in frustration and went down the street to another restaurant where we were seated immediately and had a wonderful meal. The unpleasantness of the wait is magnified by the fact that the bar/waiting area was packed with nowhere to sit and no way to get a drink either. So, my advice is go early or don't go at all. Your reservations is a farce.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

A favorite for 20 years! Love this place, food always great and service always consistently good.

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Dandana57 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The Food was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, service and ambiance ! Definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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!

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