Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara

4.7
570 reviews
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Italian for “alive,” Vivace Restaurant features innovative, Italian cuisine in elegant yet contemporary surroundings. The AAA Four-Diamond Vivace Restaurant features an exquisite regional Italian cuisine showcasing decadent entrees with an award winning comprehensive wine list highlighting selections from various regions throughout Italy. All pastas are house-made daily, using only organic ingredients, come try the sensational Risotto all’Astice or the famous Rigatoni alla Bolognese. Dine by the cozy fireplace in the winter or on the inviting terrace during the warmer summer months, while enjoying the spectacular ocean and golf course vistas.
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Mon - Thu 7:30PM - 11:00PM
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San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our exceptional dining experience started with incredible service from Erica. She walked us through the wine list and menu; her recommendations were spot on, especially the filet and lobster risotto. We finished our meal with some creativity wonderful sorbets.

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

The cocktails, salads, appetizers, pastas, and entrees were generally excellent. Desert was fair. For us, as with many other fine dining venues, the entrees were too rich. The flavors were excellent, but the dishes were very heavy on the oil or butter. It was a small disappointment on an otherwise delightful and delicious meal.

The service was excellent and the room and setting were very nice. You definitely feel like you're somewhere special.

Desert was fair.

We would certainly go back again and recommend it to friends.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines evening... Wonderful experience.

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GH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, dinner was excellent and service was one of the I have had the pleasure to enjoy.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was amazing. This is a dining experience, not just dinner. Thank you to Jerimiah for taking such good care of us.

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SE
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real fine dining in North County! Excellent, creative cuisine with impeccable service!

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SF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner to celebrate my girlfriend Meredith’s birthday. Our server, Erica was phenomenal.

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AH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Every course was superb. Waiter was slightly inattentive, even though restaurant was not busy

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JZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!! From food , friends, service, ambiance, wine... it’s a winner!!

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MH
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Mixup on our order was made up for with a complimentary cocktail. Aside from that, it was a very enjoyable evening.

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BS
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment you walk into the hotel it is a winter wonderland.
I’ve never seen so many decorations in one hotel.
The restaurant was great the food was excellent.

The only hiccup was when we made the reservations they said they could only take six and not seven people.
We called a few days later, wish we would’ve gotten her name but she changed our reservation to accommodate seven people.
Our reservations were for 7:15 PM. The restaurant was only half full.
By the time we had our meal the restaurant was pretty empty. Why do they make it so hard to get tables for big parties.
All in all it was a great experience would recommend going just to see everything and try some food.

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BL
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was a delicious meal, but felt a bit rushed by our waiter. There were only 4-7 couples in the whole restaurant but they rushed our food out and then tried to clear the table too quickly. We just felt rushed, but other than that it was nice.

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NF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great. One of my top favorites!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Place needs a good renovation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here with the 3 course tasting menu. My husband and I had an incredible time and our server Adan was extremely helpful and accommodating. He made it quite a special night for us with his service.

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P
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marshall is the best! His wine knowledge is off the charts. I’m

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b
London
112 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

To be honest unless I was staying at the hotel I wouldn't bother. The prices were high and the food quality was just OK. Service was nice but apart from that there was nothing memorable about our visit.

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CP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambitiously constructed dishes that delivered all the flavors they promised. Vivace surpassed my expectations and deserves to be ranked among the best restaurants around. The ambience is nice and the food is amazing. Our server, Marshall, was a consumate professional that gave us spot-on recommendations and guided our wonderful dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to my next visit.

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h
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come back to Vivace every time we come to Carlsbad. Great food! Good price.
Wonderful staff!

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a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced. The value, quality, tastiness and all of the ingredients that go into a making a delicious meal were sorely lacking. We had dined at the other Hyatt resort restaurant Argyle the night before and it was superb with also expensive meals but worth it because it was delicious.

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TL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, the selection is good, the site is outstanding, and the service was very good. Our server was very experienced and was very well informed and able to describe the various aspects of the selections and their preparations. Plus, the service was pleasant.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food . Every dish was amazing. We were 5 people and ordered multiple courses. Service was also great. We were all talking about our next visit.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Intimate setting for a small dinner with friends and/or a significant other. Excellent service and food presentation

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here for our anniversary, and I can tell you I was NOT expecting the amazing service we received! I have never been to a restaurant where I felt so spoiled! Absolutely amazing and polite service. Our waitress never made us feel rushed, and they even brought out a nice little plate of chocolate and berries with “Happy Anniversary” written on it. Such a nice touch. Very quiet and romantic ambience, and we checked in early at 7pm for a 7:30 reservation but were seated immediately. I will note this restaurant is in the Park Hyatt Aviara resort, so if you’re not staying here maybe you’ll feel a bit lost..? Overall I’d say this restaurant is a wonderful experience, and PERFECT for any special occasion! We highly recommend this restaurant, the selections and options are amazing, and well worth the splurge!

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, amazing service. This is by far the best fine dining experience in North San Diego.

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f
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Viv Ace has always been one of my favorites. 2 nights ago, it was just off. There may be a new chef, but it’s not the vivace I remember in the last few years...

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was fantastic! Will definitely be back. All courses were amazing

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L
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We picked Vivace based on local knowledge and the fact that we had not been to this particular property. We noted with the hostess that this was a "date night" dinner for us, but we were somewhat surprised when we were seated in the main dining area, where there was a large party with several children contributing to the rather high level of noise. It turned out that there were other loud parties in the side rooms, so there was no reason to ask for a change in seating. Overall, the service was very good; the waitperson was well versed in making suggestions from the wine list and giving us suggestions as to the better selections from the menu. I did enjoy the separation and selections on the tasting menus where we had the choice of an appetizer, pasta or entree and dessert or cheese plate or appetizer, pasta and entree and dessert. Our dishes were very well prepared and very tasty. When the ambient noise finally quieted down, it was a very enjoyable rest of the evening.

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II
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our second visit to Vivace after hosting a meal for my work and it's good. The food was rich and served timely. We had the sampler meals where we tried several of the items on the menu with smaller portions. Again all good. Only issue with the restaurant was the ambiance. For a $250+ meal for two on our anniversary (stated in my reservation & a hotel guest) would have liked not to sit next to the active kitchen entrance & overflow tables. In hindsight I wish I had said something while being seated as there where open tables as it ended up being a constant distraction.

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JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outstanding service was topped by excellent food and a diverse and notable wine list. Great date night spot!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner turned 40 yrs and the service was OUTSTANDING!!! The food was delicious!!! And the view was incredible! I expected to pay more for the quality of food and service. Yet it relatively inexpensive for the amount of food and 5 Star service. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service.

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GB
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dined the previous night at another Aviara Resort & Hotel restaurant (Carlsbad, Calif.) and was not pleased. Management picked up on this and added to the always exceptional service, food and waiter/ sommelier Marshall's superb service. A must for fine dining in the area!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate on the deck watching the sunset. Beautiful. Every course was special. The St Danielle prosciutto with burrata and peaches was excellent. If you are a fan of octopus, try this wood grilled version with giant beans and wilted greens. The tartar is filled with mustard seeds, capers, and accompanied with pickled vegetables. We barely had room for our pastas, but the short rib Bolognese and squid ink pasta with frutti di Mare were very good. Good wine list. Nice desserts. Excellent service. Highly recommended

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L
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been to this restaurant for a while and were so pleased to find that it's as good if not better than we remembered. The food was excellent, and especially for the prices...this isn't an inexpensive meal but the quality and portions are worth the price. But the truly memorable aspect of our evening was the service. Marshall was our waiter and he was excellent in all ways. Great recommendations for both food and wine. We plan to go back again in the near future and highly recommend it to anyone!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. The waiter was wanderful and the food deliceous. Thank you “Vivace”.

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SL
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very nice time

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G
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have stayed at the Park Hyatt Aviara each summer for the past four years. We finally decided to try Vivace and was not disappointed. The food and service were outstanding. The tasting menu offered a nice assortment of choices with adequate portions. We will definitely make it a priority on our next visit.

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EE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Octopus appetizer and their Tiramisu version were the highlights but neither my wife (whose birthday we were celebrating) nor I were very impressed with our main courses (halibut and pappardelle respectively). Regardless, excellent location and ambiance along with the fantastic service helped us overlook the otherwise "OK" main dishes.

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i
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening to sit out on the patio at Vivace - there was a wedding reception below finishing up as we began our meal, but the happiness of the event didn't derail our enjoyment of the terrace. Food was delicious - I would characterize their menu as gourmet.

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