Vivace - Charlotte

4.5
1848 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sat | 11am-3pm
Brunch: Sun I 10am-3pm
Lunch: Mon-Friday | 11 am - 4pm
Dinner: Sun | 5-9, Mon-Thur | 5-10, Fri, Sat 5-10
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Phone number
(704) 370-7755
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dave Lucarelli
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Private party facilities
From small and intimate dinners at our chef’s table to rehearsal dinners in our private upstairs dining room— complete with its own terrace overlooking the Charlotte skyline, Vivace offers great food & exceptional service in an unforgettable venue!
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Private party contact
our Private Event Manager: (866) 973-1389
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Kings Drive
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Parking details
We offer valet parking but Metropolitan has plenty of parking both on-street and in deck parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very tasty, both my girlfriend and I enjoyed our meals. My only complaint was that I found a few small bits of shell from the lobster and crab in the capellini. Aside from that, the food was great and the service and ambiance were as well. Perfect place for a date night.

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j
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday brunch party! Just 5 of us but we had such a good time!

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Me and wife we loved it

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LT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall, the food was good and the restaurant is very nice. However, service was slow, so slow we ordered appetizers and our entrees at the same time, as we had already experienced slow service. It was a special occasion dinner, where they provided a free dessert of their choice which was not tasty at all. Because it was free and a very sweet gesture we did not complain or send it back. I would suggest if providing a free dessert to celebrate, the guest is allowed to choose the dessert of their choice. Oh and not many vegetarian options, however our server was quick to let us know if a dish had meat sprinkled in it when notified one of us was a vegetarian.

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AF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very hot on the dining area. The restaurants IG stated that they changed the mimosa pricing to $2 this weekend, but we were charged $4 so that wasn’t the case and miss-leading. Been here multiple times, but this time was underwhelming at best.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great bottomless mimosa brunch. Food was good but not amazing. Good atmosphere, great service and good views of Charlotte.

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had brunch here on Saturday. The ambiance was perfect and our waitress was amazing. The bottomless mimosas were the star of the meal but the food was pretty good also. All in all, Vivace is a great brunch spot. Definitely will be returning.

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O
Charlotte
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Two of our meals were great and one was just terrible...such a shame as I always enjoy visiting this spot. I'll think twice before ordering the next time. It's really better for drinks and apps.

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DM
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner with family. Some differences on the menu but the food was tasty. Only complaint was the two folks who had the fish special (grouper) felt that the piece of fish was small. Otherwise a great evening. Strongly recommend the brussels sprouts.

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time here and it was great just like the first time!!!

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HT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nina was very personable waitress. She took great care of my friends and I!

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MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal gluten free menu. Most items available.

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N
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic bolognese. Wonderful homemade bread. Relaxing atmosphere overlooking the Greenway.

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K
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nina was the best! Too bad they are getting rid of the bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary brunch :(

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K
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The crostini app was under cooked... not toasted, Luke-warm and barely melted cheese. The Brussels sprout app was very good.
They picked up our salad while still eating without asking... brought wrong entree. The veal dish was not good... tasted "old".
Too dark to see what you were eating.

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S
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Our birthday Brunch celebration was not what I wanted. Our waiter was serving over 20+ people (I counted). He was a lovely waiter, but he was pulled in too many directions. We had to ask multiple times for food and drinks. 2 of our orders were wrong.
Upstairs there was a party w DJ. It was very noisy before that, then it became impossible to talk, so we left. Not a good experience, at all.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Birthday and Anniversary. Waiter did not care at all. Butter they make for the bread has no taste. My wife and I both had a pasta dish and it was very bland and way overpriced.

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KI
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sangria was surprizingly terrible.
Drank half a cup and left the carafe untouched.
Menu was too fancy.
Would’ve enjoyed dinner at Bob Evans more.
Didn’t even serve butter with the bread.
Whipped potatoes were more like potato salad, and could’ve been cooked longer.
Chicken was overcooked.
Table wobbled incessantly.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

They advertise the restaurant with a nice view. However we were not allowed to sit upstairs due to a private event. I made a reservation 2 days prior you would think they would mention that the entire upstairs was booked. We had to sit downstairs and stare at the kitchen and parking lot. Very disappointing. The food was fine. False advertising.

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KW
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience is very modern and open. Akeema our waitress was very pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.
The wine cellar is impressive with mostly Italian wines. There was a variety of background music that added to the ambience.
Overall, the food was good but not as Italian as we would have expected. The charcuterie (meat, cheese and vegetables) were amazing. The rustica was tasty but the sauce was a little on the sweet side. The desserts, tiramisu and creme brûlée were very good. The portions were plentiful.
We will dine there again.

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M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn’t get to enjoy the patio seating due to the rain, so definitely planning to make a trip back on a day the weather is pleasant. Our waitress was helpful with answering our questions. So thankful for a gluten free menu, I really wanted some pasta. My meal was delicious. We splurged for dessert too and they were worth it! I had the creme brûlée & my friend the traditional tiramisu; we didn’t leave a crumb on the plate!!! Can’t wait to go back again.

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g
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room was a bit loud; could use some soft surfaces to cut down on the echo chamber effect. Otherwise, everything was great. The decor and ambience were lovely. The food was authentic and delicious. The Chocolate Tiramasu was ta-die-for! I would return just for that!

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DE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent appetizers and entrees. Went for Restaurant Week and will definitely be back.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there - worth it for the bottomless mimosas. Brussels sprouts were delicious.

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LE
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time diners. Will definitely return!

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MM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed that they ran out of a lot of restaurant week options before we ordered.

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TJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and the menu choices were perfection. A great amount of food for the price.

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Extremely slow service from start to finish. Only two servers in the upstairs area where we were sitting. They also had to make their own drinks behind the bar. All on a Friday night during restaurant week. Food arrived slowly and cold. They ran out of items from both there restaurant week and regular menu at 7:30. Desserts were terrible. Servers were inattentive. 2 hour dining experience because of the poor service. Terrible.
Won’t ever come back.

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SL
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I am not sure that Restaurant week was the best time to go to this restaurant for the first time but isn't that the point of Queen's Feast? They were very much understaffed causing our service to be extremely lacking. It was an hour and a half after we were seated that we received our appetizer. The food was okay. Nothing to write home about but not bad. The one thing I loved about the place was the atmosphere! Seemed like a great trendy spot for young couples, group outings, or a visit to the bar. Also the wine list was fabulous. I would eat here again, I just wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

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k
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Ambiance was fine. Service was fine - in the beginning. Appetizers were good (the kitchen staff delivering the food appeared to have no idea what they were delivering or to whom they were delivering). Entrees came (same issue with kitchen staff - 2 of the 4 entrees did not belong at our table and they didn’t seem to care...). Soon after our correct entrees came. 3 of the 4 of us ordered pasta - it was fine, but considering Vivace is an Italian restaurant, it was mediocre (Olive Garden quality). Never got any service from our waiter here on out. No one came to check on us, refill our water, provide boxes for leftovers, etc. Waited a LONG time for our gelato came - again, the kitchen staff brought the wrong flavors and then insisted they were correct (they were not). Gelato was fine, but melted. The manager was excellent when she found out, but unfortunately, nothing else was successful.

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TB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The waitress took a while to come to our table upon our initial arrival. She came and took our drink, appetizer, main course, and dessert order all at once. I immediately felt rushed. She cane back with the drinks but no straw for my drink. Which was fine, she advised that she would be right back. She return until dessert was being served. Another waitress brought our appetizers out. I had lobster bisque, which had no taste what so ever. My boyfriend had meatballs which tasted like Spaghettios. A manager cam by and asked how everything was.. I told her I really didn’t like my food. She brought me back calamari instead. It was extremely over cooked and just plain hard. At this point I just pushed my plate to the side. Another waitress came and brought our main dish. I had the three cheese ravioli- that was fine. My boyfriends plate looked awful! He returned his plate to the same manager that came by before. She agreed to just take it off of our bill. Now it was time for dessert..now here comes our waitress who we hadn’t seen in an hour. We ate about half of the dessert and waited for the check. Again the manager came by and explained that she took off his meal and a drink... out bill was then 37 and some change. My boyfriend called the waitress over so he could make sure she gets the check from him directly. He put exactly 40 dollars in the folder. Her service was terrible. She did absolutely nothing. As we walked out we could see her opening up the bill fold and she screamed out “SERIOUSLY “..extremely loud. We were walking out the door at this point. I walked out first and he was behind me... she ran behind him in pure rage !!!!! With the nastiest attitude I have ever seen from someone in food service ...we both were in total shock that she had the audacity to do so. She started yelling at him like a maniac. She follows us as if we didn’t pay. If this story was the other way around I guarantee you either boyfriend or I would be in jai

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KC
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Vivace. This most recent trip was for restaurant week and it was great. A lot of restaurant week places skimp on the portions or have lower quality meals because it's super busy and a bargain, but Vivace did neither. It was awesome. Service was great, as always, and it's still one of my favorite, nice places in Charlotte.

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MA
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This experience was overall excellent. We ate off the restaurant menu and the options were amazing it was hard to choose! We got the mussels and the meatballs for our first course- both awesome and substantial portions. Our server was a delight and offered us a menu of $20 bottles of wine and was helpful in our selection. Our entrees of the gnocchi and veal scallopini were also absolutely delicious! The table bread with the white bean spread was delightful to munch on and we could hardly finish our entrees because the sizes were so substantial. Next - dessert. The cheesecake was unique in its consistency but still tasted really good. The tiramisu was authentic and yummy. Our server and bus staff were very friendly and helpful and we sat outside with a nice view of uptown and the greenway trail. Overall great experience!

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JM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife for her Birthday and it was a pleasant surprise. We both loved it.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went a date with my two friends and it was lovely!

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M
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went to Queen's Feast here. The food was great, however the hostess sat my friend and I in a weird back corner table for 2 upstairs that rocked and was next to a hidden spot where old chairs where stacked right in our line of sight. We made a reservation a week prior and there were several other tables open that we could have been seated.
Our waitress was kind enough to find a piece of cardboard to prop under the wobbling table leg, but it was just a bit of an uncomfortable space for a table.

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Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had not been there for years, but went there for special three-course dinner. Good selection of choices, great service, food was good to very good, nice cocktail selection

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a
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and a nice menu to pick from. Our server Brian was excellent and he made the experience even better. I live 30 min away so unless I was close by I probably wouldn’t drive that far to go back.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Would definitely return.

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JG
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had reservations at Vivace on a Saturday night during restaurant week and arrived a bit early and were seated immediately. The Queen's Feast menu was broad and interesting. We had the Lobster Bisque (smooth and rich) and polpetone (meatballs) for appetizers. Then for entres had the scallops with English pea puree and yellow beet puree on a bed of risotto. It was wonderful. My Veal Saltimbocca (Italian for "jump into my mouth!") was on a bed of three house-made ravioli and the demi-glaze with butter sauce was heavenly. For dessert, we had mint chocolate gelato (house-made) and black and white tiramisu. The tiramisu was strangely at room temperature. We have always loved Vivace and that hasn't changed.

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