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About Viva! Neighborhood Eatery of Los Gatos

Viva! Neighborhood Eatery of Los Gatos features upscale family dining in Los Gatos with a menu that fuses California and Mediterranean cuisine along with some family style platter dining. With an emphasis on comfort & warmth as well as excellent service, Viva! sees itself as a celebration of food, wine, family, and the people that make up our neighborhood. Come and share in our hospitality, our extensive wine list and our excellent crew. Experience what we mean by "Viva" first-hand!

15970 Los Gatos Boulevard
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 8:00am - 9:00pm Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 9:30pm Saturday: 8:00am - 10:30pm; Happy Hour: Sunday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Cross Street:
Blossom Hill Rd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 356-4902

Website:
http://www.vivalosgatos.com/

Entertainment:
Live jazz on the weekends.

Parking Details:
parking in shopping mall lot.

Executive Chef:
Israel Valencia

Private Party Facilities:
Parties of 12 or more require a special menu. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Ben Afraimi: (408) 356-4902 ext. 34

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Viva! Neighborhood Eatery of Los Gatos Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I went in to meet a friend here. As we entered, the restaurant felt really nice. Decor was elegant. Tables were draped in linen, with napkins and all! The staff was polite and courteous. Warm bread with oil and vinegar was a nice touch. The actual food unfortunately was disappointing. The portions were fairly decent. We ordered a salad and sandwich to be shared, they even split it for us. Beet Salad was alright, Veggie sandwich was not, way too much eggplant, not even cooked properly, pretty much no taste at all. I might give it another try, but I'd be hesitant in recommending to others after my first experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food but the service was poor. Seemed like they are under staffed. Brought the wrong entree, and then took 20+ minutes to bring the right one.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food selection was outstanding. The sweet potato fries were fresh and delicious. And our entrees were excellent. Along with the staff being hospitable our dining experience was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We sat outside so we could talk quietly but still hear the live music inside. It was perfect. Our server realized my date and I wanted to talk more than anything else, so he left us alone most of the time yet was responsive when needed, including closing out the check. Well done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Table lay out Left no room for servers to pass without hitting me. Server didn’t know menu or differences of the pastas offered. Service was terrible as server was assigned tables in several rooms and outside tables.

The noise level was so high you couldn’t talk. The server couldn’t hear our order.

The final issue is a band showed up at 7:00. Their AMPs where set for stadium use.

Several parties left due to the noise. It hurt my ears.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Love this neighborhood gem. Staff are always friendly and helpful, and food is predictably creative and yummy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very busy on Christmas

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Portions are HUGE. Food is okay. We had a toddler with us, his food came about 5 minutes after ours (6 adults).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with family!

Tags: Live Music, Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Service was very slow, lunch took 2.5 hours. Restaurant was out of several menu and drink items.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Waited 30 minutes for the server to take our order, literally had to flag down the manager. We were 1 of 2 tables in the entire restaurant. Meal was fine but then when we went to pay the server forgot to give the credit card back. Took another 10 minutes to flag the manager down to get the card. Overall it was a disaster.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had eaten at Viva's before and had a good experience. But this time the service was awful, the food good but at the prices they were charging, I expected much better. $36 for paella, $44 for a steak that was just ok. But the biggest issue was the service. It took time to get a waiter and then because of the number of tables he was managing, we did not see much of him. They brought us our appetizers and then basically threw our main courses on the table almost immediately after we got our appetizers. We had to consolidate plates to get the dishes to fit on the table. It was a very unpleasant experience. We had invited friends and would not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Low energy bar tender and confused waiter. Ordered Ahi medium rare and received medium well to well done. Not good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The place is usually packed. Always make reservations. The service is just ok. It seems they are always short a server or two and the runner is always grumpy. Don’t ask him for anything, he’ll give you the stink eye. The Busser’s are great. 3 of them got us everything we needed. They work the hardest, I hope they are tipped out well. We saw our server to take the order and to bring our check back. 1 time she came to see if we were ok after they brought us the wrong salad. Food was pretty good. Pricy, but it is LG, so.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Was disappointed with my eggplant parmigiana. Not prepared as in past.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We've eaten at Viva several times before and enjoyed eating there. We went for Thanksgiving dinner and were very disappointed. The food was ho-hum and expensive for what we received. We had reservations. There were two of us. Two people came in after us and were seated first. We will not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised -- for a shopping-center restaurant, the ambiance, service, and food were above expectations. Spacious, quiet, and pleasant, we will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Good food and server was friendly and helpful, but not over bearing

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I've never tasted Eggs-Benedict like that. That's not a complement. The chef might check out how some local breakfast restaurants prepare their A-B.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always consistent with great wait staff and tasty food. The biggest thing for Los Gatos is they have parking! It is nice to be able to park and not have to go round and round looking for a space. Los Gatos, with it's fine restaurants, really needs adequate parking so as to enjoy these places and Viva has it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We've been eating here for years, wait staff changes every time we go. Servers never look happy, service reflects that, Doubt I'll go back a time soon.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Birthday dinner. Portion sizes large, food was rich but very tasty. Empty water glass big faux pas. Wait staff friendly but not attentive.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had booked Viva based on the overall rating in Opentable. But my wife had concerns in reading some of the reviews which expressed issues with service. Viva must have fixed the issue since service was excellent.

For the food we had the surf n’ turf special of Chilean sea bass and prime rib. Both were excellent. Tasty and not dry.

For appetizers we had the fried calamari and tempura green beans. I would say these were average.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We have been regulars here since it opened. Our favorite table is reserved for us without our asking and our favorite drinks are brought to the table after we are seated. We are greeted by the staff like old friends. Needless to say the service is excellent and the food delicious. We are lucky Viva is close to our home and convent for a night out.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I went with a friend and her son for lunch. I ordered the tomato bisque and beet salad. It was very large, so I got to take some home for lunch the next day. My friend ordered the ahi tuna salad, and enjoyed it. For her young son, the restaurant was able to accommodate her request for salmon and rice, which made both of them very happy. Overall a nice meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

In our neighborhood and is a consistent place to go for a nice night out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My family and I have been coming here for the last 3 years. This was my first time giving a 0 tip to my server named Brianne. She forgot about my order after waiting 45 minutes, I asked a another server to find her. After apologizing she suggested I take it to go, at this point i was so hungry I continued waiting for my order until it finally arrived. Then came the bill, she took at least another 20-25 minutes for that which I had to give to another server who serves water and bread basket for the tablet! Finally, she came with the bill receipt without my credit card which she had to go search for. Very frustrating and disappointing experience. I hope it doesn't happen again.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Viva is our neighborhood restaurant, and I eat there 2 or 3 times a month with my husband or friends. I have always had good food and service, but that was not the case for Friday’s lunch. it was likely my fault for ordering the quiche with chicken, green beans, and artichoke, but the spinach salad accompanying it was very soggy and did not look or taste good at all.

I will still go to Viva as well as recommend it because this is not usually the case. I will hope it doesn’t happen again,

Also our waiter mixed up my Sauvignon blank with my friend’s Chardonnay. We switched after tasting and did not mention it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent service and food. The Small plates were just the right size. Good choice for those who want to eat moderately.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch. Food was delicious and fresh. Quiet enough to have conversation in the patio. Will return agsin.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We came here for dinner before movie theater, we thought with plenty of time...Our server forgot our order and we sat and sat watching others getting served. We left after an hour with our 7 year old almost falling asleep without eating. This restaurant is completely understaffed for a Friday night it appears and our waitress was I think overwhelmed with the patio she was apparently handling by herself . The manager was very apologetic and tried very hard to make amends, but eating risotto out of a to go box in the theater was not my favorite experience.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We went to celebrate my mother's 89th birthday and I did note that in our reservation and I also mentioned it to the waiter when we ordered dessert. I was disappointed that they did not acknowledge the event even with a candle on her dessert.
The food service was slow due to two banquets but the waiter told us and that was fine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We loved sitting on the patio catching up and we all enjoyed the Asian salad...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a very delightful Sunday brunch. I would have given it a five star rating, but the breakfast potatoes were so spicy hot we could not eat them. The chilly powder and pepper were overwhelming . Luckily the potatoes did not mingle with any other item on our plates. Hopefully the next time we go for a Sunday brunch there a different "potato cooker" will be on duty.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good food but the live music is the reason we come

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a wonderful 94th birthday dinner!! Thank you for a great time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I love this place. Staff is outstanding and food selection is ideal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Food and service were good but prices have gone up over the last couple of years. Same prices as at fancier, higher end restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

This is the third time I've made a reservation at Viva with Open Table. When we arrive The restaurant never has our reservation. Fortunately, the restaurant wasn't crowded so we got a good table. Food is okay, service okay, it's close to home.

Tags: Casual, Live Sports
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Disappointing. Two of us came for lunch: I ordered the Toscana pizza with the THICKER crust, not the thin one (I made sure the server understood this! I dislike thin saltine-cracker crust). But when it came, it had a super-thin crust. When I politely pointed this out, he simply said, "I'm sorry, ma'am" and walked away: No offer to replace it with what I actually ordered, no adjustment on the bill, nothing. My companion had the ravioli, which needed salt & pepper but was otherwise decent, but it cost a surprising $20.25! For a lunch plate of ravioli? Seriously? I'm not sure we'll be back. :(

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