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About Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara

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. Live music every Friday and Saturday performed by Wolf Marshall.
Dress Attire: Upscale Resort Smart - No Shorts, No Flip Flops/Sandals, No Tank Tops.

7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary Italian

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.

Cross Street:
Aviara Parkway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 448-1234 ext. 6999

Website:
http://www.vivace-restaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live music Friday and Saturday 6pm to 9:30pm in Vivace.

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.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking with Validation

Executive Chef:
Kevin McCarthy

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room located within Vivace presents an intimate setting for guests, and seats up to 14 people.

Private Party Contact:
Beth Almario: (760) 603-6907

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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Join us in Vivace for a Thanksgiving Feast with an Italian flair. We will be featuring a Four Course menu highlighting some traditional Thanksgiving classics paired with Chef Kevin McCarthy's signature interpretive Italian cuisine.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Vivace invites you to join us for dinner on this very important holiday evening! A special holiday menu will be available.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Bring your family and enjoy a very special Christmas meal with us at Vivace.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Please join us to ring in the New Year with a special tasting menu and plenty of bubbles!

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Mon - Thu 7:30PM - 11:00PM

Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 11:00PM

Vivace - Park Hyatt Aviara Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

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4.7

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4.5

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4.1

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Romantic (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Scenic View (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Cozy (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Fun (2)
Vegan (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
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Organic (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

First time at Vivace. Menu had lots of choices and we
Picked a different prix fixed dinner one with Pasta as the entre , the other with scallops. Both came with beautiful desserts. Much too much food but I enjoyed every bite. The appetizers were enough without the dinner. House made prochutto with fresh mozzarella was the best. Only complaint was a loud group in an adjacent private dining room. Once they left everything deserved 5 stars.

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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 29, 2017

An exceptionally prepared meal with exquisite service. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had visited Vivace years ago and had found the service disappointing. Hearing the chef & management had changed, we decided to try again and were delighted. Service was first class, as was the meal with a small exception for the gluten free bread (stale) & dessert (weird tasting) - our gf starter & entree were superb & wine pairings perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Unquestiinably one of the top three or four restaurants in San Diego County. Exquisite service, beautiful presentation, delicious food, attractive setting and decor. What more could you ask for? Worth the $$$ for an exceptional dining out experience!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Enjoyed the gold on the Tiramisu
Nice of waiter to accommodate requests on pasta
Total ambience on par with Michellin

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great tasting menu and wines with great service and advice from our server . Not cheap but just about worth it !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very friendly staff and beautiful restaurant. Good was very good and thry had creative dishes available.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Amazing Italian food with great service and impressive wine list

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

All was good until I found out the bottle of wine I ordered was not in stock. Food was quite good and the dessert with the dry ice effect was extraordinary.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great place for a night out. It seems like most San Diegans don't know about this place, but it seems to be well known by people that aren't locals. Definitely a local gem of an Italian restaurant and tucked away in a spot that isn't normally traversed by casual restaurant hunters; people would have to go out of their way to try this place. There was a bass player strumming jazz tunes in the background while the audience ate. We had a 7pm reservation and the place didn't get packed till almost 8pm. The food portions are moderately sized but were very filling. Overall, it was a great experience. Would definitely come back to try their other dishes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Seasonal, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

concept of dishes is good but execution not quite there. great service

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had an absolutely exceptional meal with friends. Food and presentation was amazing. Highly recommend

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This restaurant wasn't near as fabulous as they made it out to be. For what it cost us, my boyfriends halibut was dry, and my meal was just so-so. We also had to wait for the bill because the waiter was too busy. Atmosphere is elegant though.

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Beautiful ambiance with amazing food!
Service is 1st class and they made us feel very special on our 18th Wedding Anniversary and presented us with a special dessert!
Will definitely come back!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This restaurant deserves its 5 star rating. I would recommend it to anyone.
Its a great experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Cozy, Live Music, Scenic View, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Lovely Evening, I only wish I could've eaten more! My husband and I came to dinner while staying at the 4 seasons Villas and had a wonderful dinner. Most notable was the grilled octopus-which might the best we have ever had-it put NYC restaurant to shame. The salad was good, not memorable but the pasta was perfect.
At the end of the meal our server brought the birthday message and told use we could chose from any of the desserts on the menu. We will return when back in the area...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 12, 2017

First time visit to the restaurant and we were not disappointed. The ambiance and food were excellent.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Need linen table cloths

Very generous on flat water

Would return

Menu has many great choices

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had not been to Vivace in several years because it had become a bit stuffy and pricey. We went recently to try again on a special occasion and were so pleasantly surprised we returned with a group of friends. The setting is still exquisite, the service highly professional without being stuffy. The revamped menu is varied, intriguing, intriguing and affordable. There are multiple ways to enjoy tastings, from 3 to 5 courses spanning appetizers, pastas, entrees and desserts. We were able to share a tasting and sample several dishes...all excellent. The steak preparation was amazing. Items can also be ordered a la carte, so the diner is in charge. Vivace is perfect for special occasions and friends' gatherings if you enjoy imaginative, delicious meals!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

One of our favorites for special occasions. Enjoyed the different "prix fixe" options. Nice variety of options for primi and secondi. Outstanding dessert presentation for the chocolate cake and raspberry sorbet! Very attentive wait staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

My boyfriend and I planned a dinner at Vivace to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. The food was absolutely wonderful and portioned perfectly. The service was that of a luxurious restaurant, with the staff speaking gently and being incredibly polite. We dressed up, and felt very comfortable because of the luxurious feeling, but we spotted many guests dressed more comfortably as well. The food, drinks, service, atmosphere, decor, and lighting, was perfect! We couldn't be more happy with the decision to dine at Vivace and we'll definitely be visiting again. Thank you, Vivace, for treating us so well!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent service, beautiful resort, the restaurant is romantic (especially on the patio) but the food was just okay. The portions are very small, items are pricey, and the taste is just average. The bread was fantastic, though!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Top shelf -- great food and service. Will return again

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Amazing place, fantastic food, wow service and very nice atmosphere

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Private dinning room was great for our kids

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great service, venue, and meal.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Absolutely superb. The food was the best ever, just perfection. The service from Marshall cannot be beaten. The Vivace team does a fine job from the moment you walk through their doors. The restaurant is so beautiful. The fireplace creates a warm environment. There is a guitar player playing throughout your dining experience.

Our only problem tonight was that a family with some very loud little children were seated right next to us. At least it was towards the end of our fabulous evening. My husband and I come here monthly and most of the time this restaurant attracts only quiet diners....which we look for when we are out for fine dining.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I ate at Vivace twice this month, for the first time as a business meal and then returned with some friends. Very creative food options. Every course was excellent. We ate outside and the view was great. Not overpriced. Will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Needs a remodel, very outdated ambiance. For the location it's really overdue. Tasting menu was great, I've had better seafood by far. The food presentation was unbelievable though, beautiful presentation of very dish and the desserts.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very good!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The appetizers were unique and fantastic and they black linguini seafood pasta was excellent. An elegant setting at a fair price

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Two things that stuck out during my experience:

1- This restaurant identifies itself as a fine dining experience, however when careless parents allow their young children to annoy other diners seated in the dining room (diners who are also paying a premium to have a pleasant experience), the staff seems to lack the sense of right to ask those parents to control their misbehaving children, even if it means upsetting the derelict parents. Why spend a premium to deal with annoying, misbehaving kids and their moron parents? I assume that diners who visit a McDonalds experience the same, with the exception of a heavy discount!!

2- For an "Italian" restaurant, the wine menu has a very heavy selection American wines, a much greater percentage than Italian wines. Maybe restaurant management is concerned that there would be repercussions if California wines do not have a heavy presence, but if diners are visiting an Italian restaurant, many would also like the Italian menu to extend to the wine menu.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Vivace is inside the elegant Hyatt Resort Hotel at Aviara in Carlsbad, CA.
The menu is diverse with excellent choices. They offer 4 courses which can be added or subtracted to fit your appetite and/or your budget. The food preparation is gourmet and presentation is beautiful. The service was excellent. Our waiter, David was exceptional. Very knowledgeable, very attentive and elevated the dining experience.
The only negative is that the dress code is very casual and hotel guests can come in from the pool and if you come for an elegant fine dining experience or romantic dinner you may be disappointed if you dressed for the occasion and at the table next to you is someone in board shorts with kids running around. It definitely changes the ambiance. So go for a late night dinner you'll love it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Romantic dinner with wife. The restaurant, food, mood, light music, all wonderful. Great experience. Pippin

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Amazing food amazing restaurant worth every penny you're going to spend! A lot of people will say second to none the reason why they say it is because they went here first this is first to none! The wait staff needs to have classes for other restaurants so they can show how you're supposed to treat a guest they are simply amazing!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 26, 2017

We had a fantastic Anniversary dinner at Vivace!
Everything was great - food, service, atmosphere!
I would very highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The wait staff was amazing!!! They all made us feel very special!!! Food unique, plentiful , and appealing when served!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Usually restaurants in hotels don't try as hard as regular ones but this one can stand with many of the best. The food is creative and the fixed course selections (there are four, with a variety of options within each) allows you to try several different dishes. Each course took an unusually long time to arrive - we were there for three hours! - but I'm assuming that was not normal for them.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

it was a great experience...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 29, 2017

We shared a delicious birthday dinner with friends - Marshall is a fabulous waiter and everything was beautifully orchestrated.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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