Vivace - Charlotte

4.3
1950 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.
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MM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Server seemed over worked and couldn't service my table with care. Took way to long to take order. Brought drinks in undried glasses. Not a normal accurance. Was really surprised

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L
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was excellent!! The ladies in my party had the quiche and the mushroom frittata. Absolutely yummy! Their breakfast potatoes are not to be missed. With $2 mimosa to boot! Oh, forgot to mention the Brussel spouts that we shared. Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful!

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CW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience with Vivace in Charlotte. Our Waitress was very professional and she was very concerned about our dining. The only issue was the menu items. Not enough on menu item for choice.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food & ambiance were great, service left a lot to be desired. My date saw chicken & biscuits on the menu & asked if we could do the biscuits as a side, she told him no. We received our appetizer (calamari) and asked for plates, we were told that brunch service doesn’t come with plates, we’re expected to “dig in & share”. We were afraid to ask for anything by that point so as soon as we were done eating we closed out & continued ordering cocktails at the bar. Very disappointing service.

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G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The ambiance was great, it’s a very nice place very well decorated. It was very noisy and loud, the food was a disappointment. The bread was very cold, dry and the butter was disgusting, awful butter. The calamari we order was good, but our entre was terrible. My boyfriend order duck and it was tasteless and hard no flavor. The risotto was too salty and the carrots over cooked. I order lamb, the meet was extremely hard, not cooked like I ordered medium well, they definitely don’t know how to cook lamb. I’ve eating lamb at Blue’s restaurant before and Bonterra and their lamb was excellent. I’ve had food from Dressler’s before and they are excellent far better selection and the flavors cannot be compare to Vivace. The price for the food wasn’t an issue I’d the food lived up for it but the food is awful. I also had noodles with the lamb instead of the potatoes they can’t even cook noodles lol this place have a terrible chef. You can’t cook noodles my 12 year old can teach your chef. The sparagus were cook to perfection that I give points to. Now the waitress, she was nice but too busy to take care of all her customers she was all over the place, she had us waiting for our food, our receipt, our card for ever. I will never go back their, it’s just not worth it. People of you want to eat good food, good service and great ambiance go to Dressler’s it’s right next door order the steak it’s the best mouth watering now that’s a place I don’t mind spenid $300 for food 😊

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on Valentine’s Day for our first visit and determined it would be many more visits to come. A beautiful restaurant with such amazing food. We truly enjoyed ourselves

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, service was great, Calamari was delicious!

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EM
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The brussell sprouts are now one of favorite dishes in Charlotte. The mojito was perfect. My wife said her Caesar salad was the best she's had. The service was great. However, I wish they had different dining setup. It was just me and wife and we were sat next to a family with a child. We asked to move and the hostess was great and moved us to a quieter table. We will definitely go back and bring friends next time.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Took our neighbor for Sunday brunch on her 75th birthday. Service was terrible. Took us nearly an hour to get our food. Three tables seated after us got their food first and were almost done, one table had time to eat and leave before our food came. Had to track down the waiter to find out what was taking so long as he had not come back to the table after taking our order. The only time someone in management came to our table was not to apologize for the delay but to tell us that we could not consume the baked gift I had brought for my neighbor for her to take home. To make up for the delay, 20 minutes after we were done eating and were waiting for the check, they brought us a complementary dessert board, that we didn't order and frankly didn't want.

We have been to Vivace before and the atmosphere was totally different. This time it was incredibly loud and cold, and the service was terrible. We were embarrassed to have taken our friend there for her birthday.

To cap it all off, it took almost 15 minutes to get the car from the valet when the meal was over. We were there for nearly 2.5 hours! The worst part is that it didn't seem like it was a big deal to the anyone at the restaurant at all. The server was mildly apologetic at best.

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SB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started at the bar for while our party continued to arrive. You can't get bottled water for $2 and both the Bloodies and the Mimosas($2 each) were excellent. The house made bloody mix was spicy but not overwhelming. In other words close to perfect. Our server Madeline was super friendly and prompt. Food was terrific. Brussels were an awesome starter. Had the French toast Pane Perdu. The berry syrup was discretely under the toast but added awesome berry flavor. The Orange mascarpone made it a rich tasting experience. I was enjoying the fresh and spicy Bloodies and really didn't think I wanted the sweetness of French toast but it was fantastic. Two in our party had the Eggs Benedict and raved about it. Two had the Chicken and Biscuit and I think they loved it. They didn't speak much after they brought their food. One had the PAPPARDELLE(pasta) and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to next time. Great experience and fun atmosphere.

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NH
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We used a gift card that we received over the holiday. Seated 10minutes past reservation another 5 minutes til server came. No water glasses til later in dinner.
Cocktails were fine but food overall was not anything exceptional or noteworthy. Food slow to be served. Several large parties which I’ve always found ruins it for the two tops. Servers tried very hard as there was indeed unexpected turnout and stress to the evening.

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a
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Waited 45+ minutes for dinners to be served. Was told they were overbooked and things are slow in the kitchen. Seemed to be poor management overall. Our appetizers were comp’d after we complained. Was disappointed overall. Food was good but overpriced. My salmon may have been 3/4oz.... thin and small

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I usually dont write reviews but my experience was pretty terrible this weekend at Vivace. It took the manager getting involved + an hour and 45 minutes to get our food. Our second round of drinks didnt arrive for 30min (+ a nice surprise of lipstick on the glass). Not a great experience and would not recommend going for brunch any time soon

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good pizza

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Too loud - great service - ok food and drinks

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time! The food was amazing and so was the service. The music was great and next time I hope to hear it a quite a bit more.

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is convenient. They have valet service & there is also a parking deck near by. My waiter was Jake & he was absolutely heaven sent. I will only dine when he is working. So knowledgeable about loved his personality. I love a waiter who knows his stuff. The food was to die for. I'm talking from the appetizers to the dessert. They have great drinks as well. Definitely will go back. The setting is dim so great for date night or girls night out.

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was exceptional . Nita took great care of us

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We are planning our next visit!

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!! Great spot for any occasion and worth the price! Service was impecable!

A bit dark in side and it was annoying that someone used the flashlight on their phone to read the menu.

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LS
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were a bit disappointed in our experience. We were not seated right away for our reservation, the restaurant seemed dirty, and the food was not the best. We were disappointed that there were up-charges for Restaurant Week too. Maybe next time it will be better.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course was amazing. Great food and flavor! Staff A+ and overall was a great experience.

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PH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I had been here 3 times prior, all NOT during restaurant week. Always enjoyed it and recommended it to many friends. So 4 of us went with an 830 Saturday night reservation during Queens feast. Allow me to count the ways it was terrible. Did not sit until 9 pm, took our drink orders at 9:20 and got the appetizer at 10:15 pm. Bread was stale and meatball appetizer was cold. The main dishes did not fair any better. A request for shrimpless penne ala vodka was ignored (shellfish allergy) and the salmon serving was dried out. Desserts came quickly at 10:55 but I think they wanted to get us out and go home at that point. One GIANT disappointment!!

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M
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It started out less than satisfactory. After quickly being seated and having our wine order taken, we waited a significant amount of time to get the bottle of wine. I did notice our waitress had another table larger than ours, what took so so long is she had to enter their order and didn’t ask anyone to help her get our wine. I spoke with the hostess and requested someone else help this waitress to at least get us our wine. We were patient and then she took our order. Then the meatball appetizer came out and it was literally cold. Then we asked it be heated and was warmer but certainly not hot. I gave up and just ate it. After that things became a little more normal but our waitress was not attentive to us. I can say we did notice all of the servers were more attentive to their customers. As this was restaurant week and the menu was limited I would have thought it would have been an amazing experience but it was just ok.

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PF
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Not sure the restaurant week is worth the hype. Vivace was not the same. Less than OK experience.

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BS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The best part was the appetizer. The entrees were ok. The experience may be different if you go outside of Restaurant Week. We asked to be reseated from a noisy busy area to an empty table (there were several) nearby. The hostess refused. We were re-accommodated but had to ask someone in the dining area. That kind of put took the experience down a notch or two for us.

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RB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

I do not recommend this restaurant for the price. I especially do not recommend going during Queen's Feast. I was very disappointed. The dining area has a nice ambiance, however, the food arrived to my table cold. After our server asked how it was and we told her, she took our food back to the kitchen to be heated more. It came back just barely beyond lukewarm. The service was not impressive either. Everyone had received a basket of bread, except us. The server did offer that they were very busy because of Queen's Feast. The restaurant only offered a Queen's Feast menu instead of it usual offering. This is common during Queen's Feast so be aware before you make reservations. Basically we paid a lot of money for a mediocre meal. We will not go back.

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K
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always great food.. service hit or miss it was restaurant week so I know it’s more of a service challenge than normal evening.

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AB
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited Vivace during the last weekend of Queen's week. The menu was good, and we liked that they had more options with a nominal upcharge. Husband had the calamari. It was good. I started with a Caesar - not sure those can be screwed up. Entrees were the Bolognese and Veal Saltimbocca. Hubby couldn't finish the pasta and took home some. The veal was either smaller due to restaurant week - or it is always the perfect size to finish. Finished with the cheesecake - it was light and airy, not like a cheesecake. We enjoyed it. We ordered a bottle of wine, which they were out of. They suggested a replacement - of course it was more $ but they also brought back wine menu if we wanted to stay in same price range. All in all it was good. The waitress was great. We would go back.

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LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Last night we went to Vivace (at midtown location) for the first time to try during restaurant week. We had early dinner reservation at 5pm. We were VERY disappointed. They got one of our orders wrong, slow service, which included finished dishes staying on table for half hour. coffee was cold and tiramisu was disappointing. Main course was pretty good. We also saw at least 2 other tables with wrong orders returning back. We won’t return.
We might try the Ballantyne location in the future.

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CG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was expecting something more than pasta out of a box and what tasted like frozen meatballs, but with that said it was a nice meal. Don’t know if I’ll go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was not good and our appetizers were cold. Would not dine here again. Server was nice great location.

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i
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food great service convenient parking. A bit on the dark side in terms of lighting but I could see my food and my date so it was fine.

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DE
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here before. Very good food and service. We’ll be back.

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M
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a fun evening for all of us.

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

Mackenzie was amazing!

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JV
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere was upscale and fun. Food was ok. Ravioli wasn’t stuffed very full and Brussel sprouts were very oily. Tasty, but just need to be more aware of quality.
Service was good, considering how busy it was. We had a nice time overall.

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G
Charlotte
71 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Filet, Bolognese Pasta, and Salmon were excellent however the four cheese ravioli was served under cooked and cold. Salads & desserts were very good.

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d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone from the Hostess to the Servers were wonderful and accommodating. The food was well proportioned and mouth watering. Great place to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We Will definitely be back.

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