Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara

4.7
545 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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.
Dress Attire: Upscale Resort Smart - No Shorts, No Flip Flops/Sandals, No Tank Tops.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday from 6:00pm until 9:30pm.
Dress Attire: Upscale Resort Smart - No Shorts, No Flip Flops/Sandals, No Tank Tops.
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Phone number
(760) 448-1234 ext. 6999
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Powers
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Private party facilities
Private dining room located within Vivace presents an intimate setting for guests, and seats up to 14 people.
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Private party contact
Beth Almario: (760) 603-6907
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Catering
Vivace Restaurant offers a private dining room for parties up to 14 people. Semi-private dining is also available for up to 40 people. Please contact Beth.Almario@Hyatt.com for any additional information about menus, pricing and seating options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Aviara Parkway
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking with Validation
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Entertainment

Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for your Thanksgiving Holiday!
Special 4 Course Tasting Menu $80 per person
Regular A la Carte Menu also available. Cancellation fee applied if cancelled within 72 hours.

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What 545 People Are Saying
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San Diego
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 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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OT
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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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
13 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
5 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
24 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very nice time

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Phoenix
17 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
14 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter. Beautiful place.

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

One of the best meals I’ve had!

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TT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Server was very professional and expertly explained the menu down to the smallest detail, and chefs performed exactly as described. Superb!!

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SM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten at Vivace many times now over a 10 year period and I’ve never had a bad meal there. The food and service are consistently excellent.

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JP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Food delicious and flavorful, service very attentive. Chief complaint is it is overpriced for what it is. $20 per glass of wine was over the top. Bill over $200 for two of the smallest tasting menus. Best dish was a spicy grilled octopus appetizer. Scallop entree not as good as appetizer. Desserts okay. Also, several guests had babies or small children in this very fancy expensive restaurant. I realize the restaurant is in a hotel, but for the prices, small kids and babies do not add to the experience.

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BE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good, but not great. It’s been better, we werr disappointed.

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A
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite these days. They did a great job celebrating father's day and my mother's birthday. Steak was excellent, and I always love their black squid ink pasta. Pot du chocolat was also excellent. I love the ambiance, as you don't feel cramped and have room between tables. Thank you again.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinning experience. One of the best meals I have had ever. Def worth the price

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F
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu. We went back twice in the same week. Everything was amazing

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from valet parking to beautiful lobby to attentive staff. Very creative food from fresh local ingredients, beautifully presented. Sit by the windows for a great view or by the fireplace for a cozy evening.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An explosion of amazing flavors!!!

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R
San Antonio
149 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all had heard how wonderful this restaurant is so we decided to make a reservation. We were celebrating a birthday, so the occasion was festive. The room we were in was well appointed with a heavy wood tone. The service was good, not too overbearing. All of us enjoyed our food. Birthday dessert was outstanding. Next time we will try the steak restaurant, although this was very good.

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HM
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal; excellent service; excellent setting

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Scrumptious! Can't wait to go back! From appetizer to dessert the ambiance, service and attention to detail was out of this world.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing

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NM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food was excellent and the service was as well. went in may and it was not crowded with tourists!!

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T
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is first class all the way! We brought out of town friends for a birthday celebration. They absolutely loved it! Everything was fantastic! I highly recommend Vivace.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent,inventive and well presented. Service also excellent. Appreciated the extra attention given to our granddaughter who was celebrating her 10th birthday. It was so nice to have a noise level which allowed easy conversation.

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D
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Star Experience
My wife and I went to Vivace to celebrate an anniversary. We've eaten there several times, but it had been a while. They've really upped their game with the food and service. We liked their tasting menus giving you the chance to experiment. The food was really good and not something you'd ever see in a normal American Italian restaurant. This was a Northern Italian experience. Adam, our waiter, was very smooth and professional. He showed me a wine tasting trick I'd never seen. Overall, a terrific evening in a beautiful setting. We'll be back soon.

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MP
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were staying at the PH Aviara for a girls' weekend getaway, and we made a reservation at the Vivace restaurant. Our server, Marshall, was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive - he created a truly masterful wine pairing for our tasting menu, and he also steered us towards some fantastic dishes (the spring asparagus appetizer dish was a revelation, and I'm still thinking about the apple cider sorbet I had with dessert!). We had a wonderful dinner, and I'm already thinking of scheduling another weekend getaway to go back.

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LF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are all locals who had “forgotten” about Vivace. Or perhaps going out to dinner at a high-end resort that caters to visitors isn’t what first comes to mind when thinking of a local restaurant to go to. But when a recently retired chef friend decided to move out of SoCal, we decided to take him to Vivace, as he had raved about it in years past. It did not disappoint. Each dish in each of the courses was original/unique, wonderfully presented, and a delight to the palate. It was fabulous. The service was excellent, our waiter showcasing deep knowledge of the menu without being pretentious or stuffy. And while the beautiful setting at the Park Hyatt Aviara was expected, the complementary valet parking, was a welcome surprise.

For $59 each, we were given our choice of any one of the appetizers, a choice of any of the pastas or entrees, and a dessert. For $69, we could get an app, a pasta, an entree (both slightly smaller portions than in the $59 offering) and dessert. While far from inexpensive, each of us felt the meal was entirely worth the cost. If we had any criticism, it was that the prices on the wines struck us as being a bit high.

While Vivace will not be one of my frequent choices for dining due to the price point, it certainly was the best meal I and my friends have had anywhere in North County. Having reacquainted myself with Vivace, I suspect I will find my way back several times a year for special occasions or a night out when we feel like treating ourselves to a true culinary delight.

I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a truly excellent dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday meal here in a beautiful and relaxing setting. The food was outstanding and so delicious. It was served at just the right temperature and in a very timely manner. The service was exceptional. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful in suggesting just the right dish to choose in pairing with other dishes and wine. The entire staff was attentive and gracious.

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Memphis
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way.

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Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was elegant and relaxed.

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