Vivace - Charlotte

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Italian
One of Charlotte's finest restaurants featuring the area's most authentic Italian cuisine and the best patio dining located in the easy to get to Metropolitan development at Midtown.
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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I had one of the worst meals I have ever had at Vivace. The calamari was fishy and too chewy and my veal was very tough and had too much sage in the sauce. My husband had their specialty pizza that could have used more sauce. I will not eat there again.

JO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Vivace used to be a nice place to eat, but the interior is in major need of a facelift and their furniture is falling apart. The leather bench I was sitting on had a huge hole in it with the stuffing coming out. Food was ok at best and way overpriced. Will not be returning.

KG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the ambiance and classy feel for a reasonable price. I do believe they were severely understaffed because our food took quite awhile and the floor and other tables needed to be cleaned, but our waiters were working hard. The $2 mimosas will keep me and my friends coming back.

U
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends came in town and I booked a reservations for brunch at Vivace. They were impressed and highly satisfied with their meal and the $2 mimosas! I would recommend this spot for brunch!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Will not return. I had two dirty glasses delivered to me and a dirty fork on my table. Server was a doll and was extremely accommodating. Decor is tired with ripped upholstery. We were there very early and the floor was not even swept from lunch. Food is marginal at best.

A
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my 32nd birthday. Our waiter was fantastic!! Very friendly and helpful. Not to mention the food was amazing. We always have a great time at Vivace!!

MC
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food is always great and the ambiance is always right on time. Whether it be a birthday brunch or just a simple girls day brunch, we truly enjoy coming here. The $2 mimosas are always the perfect hit. Everyone is so nice. Just love it!!!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Order lobster over crab... Do not order Asparagus either, didn’t know you can screw that up.

PR
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and delicious beef tenderloin!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Slow night on Labor Day. Not up to usual standard

HC
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

This was our first time at Vivace. We planned on going for Sunday brunch and didn’t arrive until 2:45. The service was a little hectic (no fork, servers not familiar with menu & long wait for check and to-go boxes). Food and mimosas were excellent and perfect temperature. Will definitely go back for brunch.

IL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the brussel sprout appetizer and my fig pizza was delicious. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and is in a great location with beautiful views of uptown Charlotte.

LH
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Lov the food and service

SR
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Inconsistent food. Brussels delish. But lobster ravioli still frozen...noisy kids playing on stairs...shouldnt be allowed in expensive restaurant

f
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been to Vivace several times. It is consistent, has a good wine list, good service, and excellent food. The atmosphere is my favorite thing about it—beautiful interior and a large patio overlooking the Sugar Creek Greenway with a gorgeous view of the Charlotte skyline. Great for friends and for dates!

RF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

There was a hair in our food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, mediocre breakfast food

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here during Queen’s Feast event.

First, I was 15 minutes late for reservation but they handled it perfectly and without skipping a beat.

Second, we were greeted by a pleasant hostess and another man dressed more in cook attire. Turns out this is an open kitchen style dining and it was one of the chefs. You could tell he was not just there for the paycheck, he loves people and doing what he does to make them happy.

Third, the ambiance was nice. The red lighting and massive glass wine vault bested only by the massive natural wood plank wall made this a great, professional yet casual atmosphere. Bring the corporate suits or come in jeans and both fit right in.

Fourth, the drink. When I saw a “barrel aged old fashioned” that included kaluha and vanilla, I had to try it. While nothing like I was expecting, it did not disappoint either. Old fashions are like the BBQ of the drink world, wherever you go, the name is the same but the recipe most assuredly is not!

Fifth, the appetizers. Queens Feast is a three course special for $35. Appetizers were the brussel sprouts and the meatballs. The meatballs were as expected but the brussel sprouts were another story. Pan fried with peaches, pancetta and a sweet sauce, they were phenomenal and the serving size was almost like having an entree!

Sixth, the main course. The lobster ravioli was quite flavorful with good texture to the filling and proper al dente. The veal saltimbocca was the largest letdown of the night for me. Not that it was bad, but after the Brussel sprouts, the bar was set high! While overall taste was okay, the brown “pan sauce” was watery and thin and could’ve been thicker for both flavor and presentation. Staff was quick to listen and offer to make it right though I declined their offer.

Finally, dessert. Cheesecake and Tira Misu were both excellent with no leftovers.

Would I go again? Absolutely! Thank you for the experience and mostly exceeding my expectations!

CS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and the service above and beyond!

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our food took 1 h 45 m to arrive at our table. Some of the food seemed hastily prepared.
Our waitress appeared a little overwhelmed. She was surprised our food had not arrived which explains the attention we received. Never once did a manager come to the table to help appease the situation.
It was restaurant week, the 4 of us spent $220 before gratuity.

MN
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

My husband and I had our wedding reception at Vivace in Charlotte in 2013. Since then, we've gone back every year on/around our anniversary. This year we were beyond disappointed. One of our favorite wines, la Maialina “Gertrude”, is hard to find in this area but you can order it by the bottle at Vivace. We ordered our wine and our server was very confused and recommended a local beer instead. We ended up getting the bottle right as our first course was served. Our server reached across the table, grabbed our wine glasses and poured without showing us the bottle or offering a tasting. The meatballs were very good and the calamari was cold and rubbery. Our first course plates were removed once we were finished and our flatware was taken away as well. Our main course arrived and we sat for 5 minutes before we were able to catch someone and ask for service (more silverware). We ordered Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medium, it came Well Done. Our main courses were not hot, not cold, but not hot. Half way through the meal our server came back and asked if she could take our dessert order. We ordered tiramisu and espresso Gelato. The desserts came before our mains were completed. The server/runner who brought our desserts, not our server, apologized profusely. At the end of the meal we asked for our checked and waited nearly 10 minutes and then our server waited until we put our credit card down. We asked to speak to the manager, but nothing came of that.... What was once our favorite restaurant in Charlotte has truly disappointed us. There was very little organization, mediocre food and terrible service. I hate to leave a bad review but we're terribly upset with our last experience.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

The temperature in the restaurant was too warm. I literally sweat through my entire meal. We didn’t get additional mimosas and stay longer because it was just too warm.

MR
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Urban Food Group is great overall, but not thrilled with brunch at Vivace. We had some business to attend to in Charlotte on Sunday (we live in Waxhaw) and, hoping to avoid the “restaurant week” crowd, made a reservation for brunch at Vivace. We are quite familiar with Urban Food Group; we had, in fact, enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Civetta the night before! Didn’t think about Vivace also being UFG until we got there, but were excited due to past experiences.
There were a few “not so great” things that happened - Although there were only a few tops in the restaurant we sat completely unattended more than five minutes before our server (who was with the hostess when we were seated). At 10:45 on Sunday morning the sound system was loudly playing club music; not very “brunchy.” My husband asked for a taste of the Bloody Mary mix before deciding his beverage and it was handed to him in a glass with a very visible chip and crack on the rim, plus a piece of fuzz (or hair?) imbedded in the chip. Ummm..... Food was ok; the prices were good for the portion and plate, but the frittatas were a bit overdone. Potatoes were great!
We will go back to try again; everybody gets a second chance, right? And we know that, overall, Urban’s restaurants are great!

B
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been there before and the food was delicious. I didn't realize it was restaurant week and the main course menu was basically pasta. All protein was an upcharge.
I wish I could have ordered from the regular menu, one that I know and love.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great! Food was delicious!

MC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went for restaurant week and disappointed with the disrepair of the place. Kept needing to ask for drinks to be refilled and then only one person at a time would get refilled.

Food was not at a “restaurant week” type level... should have went somewhere else...

CL
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed our experience at Vivace. We let our server know we had a time constraint for a show we were attending and she was very accommodating and made sure we kept on schedule without rushing the food. The atmosphere is always very nice and we will certainly return again.

JP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was not very crowded which seemed unusual since it was Friday night during restaurant week. But the food and service were both very good. I would go back.

KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week, had a great meal and wonderful service. Would definitely go back

AA
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I can’t really review much. The floor was so dirty and sticky, the booth seat ripped (not a huge deal) then I went to move my bread plate and it was dirty. Had food on it. At that point we walked out never to return. Gross.

L
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The place is beat up, torn seating and gouges out of tables,everything is sticky including beat up menus and smells like cleaning solution,a few foggy windows with bad seals.The food has good flavor but chef can not cook protein,over cooked scallops and tough shrimp that was hard to pull tails off.The place has a nightclub feel rather than fine dining.

TH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is classy, brunch, and welcoming! The service was amazing and the food followed suit. I can’t wait to go back and enjoy a meal with friends!

d
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for their Sunday brunch, great selection of Italian favorites as well as some more traditional American fare.

Food was delicious but the service was awful - entrees not brought out together, frittata was cold and drinks (waters, coffee and mimosas) went unfilled for several minutes. At one point no one at our table had a beverage.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Half cooked chicken, kale salad was absolutely terrible, and the service was extremely poor. What a waste of a “high end restaurant”.

D
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The restaurant is showing its age. Some banquette seats are torn open. My food was very mediocre. We will not go back to a restaurant that was one of our favorites.

E
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was very slow. Waiter did not come to our table until 10 minutes after we were seated. Drink order was not served until we had been there about a half hour. Two of our 4 drinks were returned because tonic was flat. I ordered halibut which was overcooked to the extent it was dry and tasteless.

HM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First time visit. Table was super wobbly; told the server and he apologized but did nothing about it. Ticket times were lengthy despite not being busy. Food was good except for my son’s pizza. It was undercooked and still doughy in the middle. The wine we chose was excellent... wish I wrote down the name. All in all, average experience.

DS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diners at Vivace. Great food and service. Chef came out to make sure our dinner was up to expectations. We will be back soon.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They have very good brunch

4
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The welcome and service were uncaring. One of our orders came very late without an apology. It tasted awful. We asked for one more Mimosa ador a total of 3 and were charged for five. I had to request an itemized bill. We won’t be back.

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