Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara

4.6
553 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Mon - Thu 7:30PM - 11:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 11:00PM

What 553 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
27 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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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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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
17 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
5 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
4 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
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An explosion of amazing flavors!!!

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R
San Antonio
156 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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OT
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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