Vivace - Charlotte

4.4
1883 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 Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday brunch but Metropolitan has plenty of parking both on-street and in deck parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1883 People Are Saying
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Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was very accommodating in helping me a table to my preference. Quickly becoming a favorite. The second Mule Arrabiatta we were served had WAY too many jalapenos and was undrinkable.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Rarely go here and was almost immediately reminded why. Service was slow and inattentive. The food took way too long to arrive at the table and the waitress seemed to know it, because she didn’t check on us for quite some time until right after the food finally arrived. I’d expect a lot better for a $15 eggs benedict, $13 French toast (that didn’t have the fruit compote that was described on the menu), and a $5 side of bacon.

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Took FOREVER. (over 2 hours for brunch). Obviously was a problem with the kitchen, not the server. There were problems with everyone’s food. We eat here a lot but today was huge disappointment. Will probably wait a while to return.

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Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch items, 2$ mimosas and bloody marys

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S
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our party was very pleased with the food, its presentation and its taste. The only mild negative is that it was sometimes difficult to understand the waiter, who spoke very fast and slurred his speech a bit.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is a Sunday Brunch must! Creative ingredients for both the food & drink. Excellent service & atmosphere as well.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! The Brussel sprouts were amazing. I was not able to finish all my food and the shrimp and grits was great even later on. I highly suggest checking it out.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Thanksgiving buffet not enough food for all guests

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to Vivace for its regular menu on Thanksgiving and they only served a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Then when I requested a vegetarian dinner I was given a mix of 3 vegetables that were raw and undercooked. Dessert was minimal and very few options.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time for Thanksgiving, we loved it and we will be back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with a couple of friends, I definitely would recommend this place!

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was a quite Sunday night out with my mother-in-law. It was perfect noise level and ambience. Waitress was great. Food was good.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$2 mimosas were a great deal! And the pane dolce is a must, everything was so yummy!

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ML
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch was very good and the $2 mimosas and bloody mary’s didn’t hurt. I’ll definitely be back!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a brunch date here, and the food and service was amazing. I will definitely recommend Vivace to any and everyone. I had the Shrimp & Grits and it was great! I love the mimosas as well. I will be returning.

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RA
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Customer service was the biggest disappointment. When I go to a high end restaurant, I expect Fantastic staff. The first hostess was great, she opened the door for us and welcomed us with an enthusiastic smile, but the girl behind the podium never even looked up at us, and didn’t even speak to us until we’d been standing there for a good 2 minutes. When the first waiter came to pour our water, he didn’t speak to us, nor did he respond when each of us said “thank you”. The waitress that took our order spoke so softly we could barely hear her, and she had incredibly awkward timing, making it a very uncomfortable experience as we ordered. It was my friend’s birthday, and I’ve honestly seen people treated better for their birthday at a buffet than they did here. They gave her a complimentary (non-acholic) Drink and some plain vanilla gelato with a candle, but it felt pretty pathetic for such an upscale restaurant. Finally, my food was just decent, I didnt finish it, nor did I ask her to box the leftovers (which I *always* take home a leftover container!) it definitely was not worth the price tag and I feel like I could cook the same thing (probably even better) at home. The only thing worth anything was the view from the balcony and the ambiance of the restaurant. I dont plan to go back anytime soon though. Very underwhelming.

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B
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food. Spilt a pasta dish as an appetizer and it was so big we split it 3ways. Loved my duck dish and everyone else enjoyed their meal. Looking forward to going back 😃

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LM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and we loved it! From the hostess stand to the server - everything was great. The food was exceptional - I was very surprised and we will definitely be back.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot! Loved the quiche. Brought my friend from Atlanta there and she loved it as well!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty. Try the Brussels sprouts! Servers were the bartenders, so it was hard to find them. They didn't come around as often and we had to search them out to pay the check.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely on the top of my list! Best shrimp and grit hands down. Mackenzie was fabulous and the raspberry scones and the rosemary biscuits sealed it!

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The food took a while to arrive. Then low and behold I get my pesto chicken and it was still clucking. The chicken was raw in the middle. Terrible experience and I do not plan to recommend or come back to Vivace. Q
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TB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service, food had good flavors, cook temp's had issues---very under for Medium duck, salmon was 'off' but reaponse of service was good. All in all, good exeperience with some hurdles

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to Vivace multiple times. Each time for a meal with friends and I’ve ordered the same thing... the bolognese. All visits up to now have been excellent with superb food. Tonight the service was excellent with the normal attentive and polite staff (thanks Joseph). However, my first order of bolognese came out warm and that’s generous. The pasta was undercooked... no where near al dente. The manager immediately exchanged it and had the meal prepared again. It was still just ok... not like I remembered it in the past. My friend had 2 appetizers as her meal, the calamari and brussels. Both were well prepared, hot when served, and delicious. Overall, It was a decent experience and I’ll likely go back, but I’ll order something different.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, waiters were perfect, and food was great. Great setting for a date

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I ordered the eggs Benedict, which tasted better than it looked. The hollandaise sauce was a thick mess and the poached eggs were over done. The mixed berry parfait was amazing as was the lemon sorbet. Our server messed up our order but it was quickly rectified. Service was good, however he kept coming over to our table and interrupting our conversation. In America, the wait staff is great however far too attentive. In Germany, service is very different. That's not a negative, I guess that I have to get used to being bothered every minute by your server here in the US.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Yummy food, nice place. Recommend to everyone who wants something nice for a special day.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Was hoping for something exceptional but unfortunately got mediocre.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I’ve been to Vivace for events, but this was my first time sitting in the dining room for a meal. Service was quite slow and underwhelming. Our food was great but there are plenty of other brunch spots with better service and excellent food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great service and atmosphere ❤️

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MW
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the years I had considered Vivace on numerous occasions. For one reason or another we always selected a different dining establishment. Finally we had an opportunity to go to Vivace and it was well worth the wait.
We both started with salads which were good. Actually I initially requested the lobster bisque but was told that they did not have it available that evening. We both had the salmon Special which was very good.
Latara was an excellent server. She is very knowledgeable of the menu choices. Overall it was a very good dining experience.

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B
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Veal Scallopini!!! A joy to dine!
We look forward to our next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was great! $2 mimosas!

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great contemporary Italian food. Some creative and delicious offerings

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Salmon good. Pizza terrible.

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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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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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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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