Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara

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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. 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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Vivace will be offering a special Thanksgiving Four Course Prix Fixe Menu in addition to our regular menu. The special menu is $80++. Book soon as Thanksgiving always fills up fast. For more details, give us a call at 760-603-6999.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Vivace will be offering a special Holiday Four Course Prix Fixe Menu in addition to our regular menu. The special menu is $82++. Book soon as Christmas Eve always fills up fast. For more details, give us a call at 760-603-6999

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Vivace will be offering a special Holiday Four Course Prix Fixe Menu in addition to our regular menu. The special menu is $82++. Book soon as Christmas Day always fills up fast. For more details, give us a call at 760-603-6999

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Vivace is offering a special New Year's Eve Five Course Prix Fixe Menu. The menu is $165++ and includes access to the after party held in the Park Lounge. This party is accessible to hotel guests and diners only and includes live entertainment and a Midnight Balloon Drop. Book soon, we fill fast!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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What 628 People Are Saying
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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best scallops ever had. Braised short rib was not braised nor a short rib. Service, decor, ambiance all over the top. A very slow Monday night at 7 pm, only three tables occupied.

A
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were incredibly impressed with this restaurant. Our server Erica was especially wonderful. We live in the area and have discovered only a few restaurants that have become our favorites. We have already made a reservation for Thanksgiving. Since the Hyatt took over from The Four Seasons the hotel has gone down hill. We were reluctant to try the restaurant but were pleasantly surprised. So if you go, walk quickly through the hotel and strait to the outdoor dining. Vivace is a great Italian restaurant with an inspired chef.

R
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night for a special anniversary. Attentive staff, excellent value on the prix fixe menus. Good wine selections. And quiet venue for private conversations.

RQ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner for a very special occasion! Requested wine pairings and Jeremiah did a fabulous job choosing the perfect wine for each of our four courses.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, ambience. Went on Tuesday night so there was no corkage fee.

J
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Vivace and it was as good as we remembered. The service, presentation, the room - our table was near he fireplace - were close to perfect. We'll definite book another dinner on our next visit to the area.

MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s Birthday and she Really Enjoyed the Experience 👏🏾👏🏾👍🏾👍🏾

C
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our friends from out of town here to celebrate a Birthday. Wonderful service, beautiful outdoor seating, and delicious food. We live in Carlsbad and enjoy this beautiful restaurant.

E
San Diego
107 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fabulous dining experience. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The lobster (Maine) risotto, their signature dish, is out of this world. Adan, our server, is so knowledgeable and is so attentive to all our needs. What a great find so close to home.

BH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food, smallish servings lovingly prepared. A special occasion and costly experience but definitely worth the money. Shared a salad and had the Gnudi with braised lamb, my spouse seafood. I would pass on the Black Forest cake for dessert.
Ambiance is quiet and elegant, excellent, excellent service. We celebrated a special anniversary and had no regrets dining there for that occasion.

RG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The restaurant was extremely noisy due to a very large wedding party. Service was impacted and consequently slow. Prices have also increased since our last visit so it is, at least for this visit, less than enjoyable.

MB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

The jerks at the table next to us were so drunk and singing children’s songs to their kids, I couldn’t believe it. The staff should have asked them to leave.

OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been here many times, several years in a row. Our visit this last August, over Memorial Day weekend, was disappointing. Lost some of the charm it previously had, with many tables added in the smaller dining, menu changes and noisy. The food was "okay", but nothing exceptional for the price. Good for someone staying at the hotel for a night in, but maybe not worth making a trip to the hotel just to eat here.

JG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a fab waiter who helped us understand the menu and wine pairings beyond just telling. Stephen educated us. Service and spacing for the courses was perfect

OT
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must get the corn panacotta!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful restaurant! The view, service and food were all amazing! Absolutely delicious Italian food!! Can’t wait to go back!

L
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible views, service and culinary experience!!

ST
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best dinner of the year this past Saturday night. From Natasha seating us to Ted walking us through each course the dinner was amazing. Excellent service. Food was out of this world. Highly recommend the four course option with delectable desserts...

s
London
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful for 14 years. Every year we come to Carlsbad we go here.

RL
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

My expensive bone-in pork chop was uncooked in the center—literally uncooked. The server acknowledged the meat wasn’t cooked, and I returned it as a refused meal (I don’t return meals to the kitchen after a complaint—I don’t trust what might happen when I’m not watching). Later, I was charged for the meal, and I paid without protest. I also fully tipped the servers 22% for their polite care; even though I thought they should have deducted the near $50 bucks for the bleeding pork chop. So I’m protesting now by telling all my fellow business dinner sponsors, stay clear of Hyatt’s Vivace Restaurant. Not trustworthy for dining. Business-wise or otherwise.

Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara
Responded on August 20, 2019

Dear Richard, We appreciate your feedback and we are truly sorry that you did not enjoy your time with us. We strive for all of our guests to have a 5 star experience and are disappointed we were not able to provide that for you and your guest. I have sent you a private message and hope to connect with you. Thank you.

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I was excited about lobster risotto however it was bland and taste only tomato. New York steak and panda cotta were amazing!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing special

2
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience and Fantastic knowledgeable staff.
Beautiful ambiance. Food is always excellent!!

LS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant is very dated. No energy. Hasn’t changed a thing in 15+ years. Food was good but nothing to brag about. Vegetables were too spicy to eat which isn’t what you want when drinking a high end Italian wine. Peach salad was outstanding deserts were a 10. Everything else average. Waiter tried very very very hard and was nice. 4 courses is too much food. If you do eat here go with 3 or a la carte for 2 courses.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect!! Summer peach salad was delectable as was the corn panna cotta for dessert.

f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Very disappointing.
I have dined here several times before. This Saturday evening, they were understaffed and service was horrible. No apology or any gesture to make up for the high price.

Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara
Responded on August 30, 2019

We appreciate your feedback and offer our sincere apologies that you did not enjoy your evening with us. We strive for each guest to have a stellar experience and are disappointed we were not able to provide that for you. I have sent you a private message and hope to connect with you. Thank you.

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SB
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While in Carlsbad on business, Vivaci is a regular stop. Best of everything I want, ambiance, service, food and wine list. No better place to chill after a full week of business!

p
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Vivace twice in one week. Each time it was a wonderful experience. Our first server was top notch explaining very thoroughly how each dish was prepared and recommending wine and her favorites on the menu. Service was impeccable, the food was creative and delicious and the outdoor ambience and view spectacular! If we are ever back in a Carlsbad, we will definitely return!

M
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The presentation of the courses here, especially dessert, has gone up here! Love the donut and Black Forest cake presentation, and the server was very attentive

TN
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Erica was amazing. She was so friendly and knowledgeable about the food. She made the evening for us!

F
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Really disappointed with this dining experience. I had requested a quiet table for a business dinner with associates. We are put in a room with two very large loud parties. We couldn’t even hear ourselves talk. A bad start. Next, I made a request that my food not be salty. I ordered the octopus. I received a very salty dish. They asked if I wanted something different I said no thank you. Then they brought me the same salty dish, again. The wait staff were very pleasant and tried to be very helpful and brought me two dinners, because they wanted me to be happy. Both entrées were fine. I learned later that the octopus is pre-marinated in salt. I should’ve been advise not to order it.
Anyway, I will not be coming back to this restaurant again. I couldn’t get over how incredibly loud the room was.

Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara
Responded on July 18, 2019

Dear Fleur, We appreciate your feedback and we are truly sorry that you did not enjoy your time with us. We strive for all of our guests to have a 5 star experience and are disappointed we were not able to provide that for you and your guests. I have sent you a private message and hope to connect with you. Thank you.

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PM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Should receive Michellin stars !
It was just absolutely exceptional !

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was very good but the service was super slow!

a
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivace provided the perfect ambiance, service and food for a special evening. It was the opposite of the noisy and hurried environments in many restaurants. We were able to fully enjoy a relaxed and intimate dinner. Service was perfect with staff that are attentive without being pushy. The food was exceptional.

J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good, waiter was a bit overly pushy in trying to get us to try specific dishes. Made it a little uncomfortable having to hear all about stuff, since we just wanted to order from menu and keep it simple. Food was good. Didnt celebrate our Anniversary any way for us even tho hostess mentioned she saw it was our anniversary. Most nice restaurants do something.

R
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, employees took care of me and even when we were done they were ready to take the food for the next plate to come spot on and was great!

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Poor food. Not an Italian restaurant poor selection

KH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding experience. Erica and David were phenomenal and made our evening truly special. I know it takes a team to make this all happen. Thank you to the chefs and staff for the creative and delicious menu. We left fully and happy. We hope to be back sooner rather than later!

G
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Splendid evening to celebrate our 38th Anniversary. Our first visit was everything that I had uncovered in my research. The combination of a subtly nuanced menu coupled with the superb depth of understanding of that complex menu by our server, Erica, put us in a position to fully explore Chef's creativity. We went with the five course menu option given the number of appetizers (two each with the five course menu) and were not disappointed.
Balancing the serving sizes depending on the overall amount of food is appreciated. Getting over-full on the early courses and not being able to fully enjoy the entree is an unfortunate occurrence in other restaurants/situations. I found the sizing was perfect and I never felt "under-served". From an elegant sufficiency perspective, I applaud the Kitchen's balanced approach.
Frankly, some reviewers have commented on the perceived high price of the menu. We found that the progression from three- to five- courses was actually a very economical approach (the steps were only $9 per step, while ala carte the appetizers would have been about 50% more).
Sitting near the fireplace, enjoying time to reminisce and faultless service (from Erica and the entire staff) were beyond compare. In summary, we'll be back when we want to be pampered.

HY
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly and professional service. Great food. 3 course volume was good for us.