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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!
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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
Blossom Hill Rd.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live jazz on the weekends.
parking in shopping mall lot.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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