Vivace

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$30 and under
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Italian
Vivace is a contemporary Italian restaurant featuring a hip indoor/outdoor bar, fantastic patio, and warm dining room adjacent to an open kitchen. The chef prepares fresh local ingredients with Italian techniques while the bar pours a cocktail menu based on homemade limoncello and an extensive wine list comprised of the finest Italian selections.

PATIO SEATING IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. ONLINE RESERVATIONS CAN ONLY BE MADE FOR OUR DINING ROOM.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious - Brussels sprouts, chicken Caesar salad and caprese salad with scallops. Each of us loved our meal!’

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JW
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Always something new and exciting on the menu. My favorites are usually the pasta dishes or risotto but have never had anything I didn't love here. Try the brussel sprouts for something really different and if you like calamari, it's tops here! Great salads and sandwiches as well and the pizzas are always delicious. And always some great wine to complement your meal.

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BP
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To die for .... Tiramisu was fabulous!

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DA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and outstanding food. Brussels sprouts are amazing.

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G
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We reserved a table for 4, however last minute the group became +1. They told us nothing else could be added to our table and we had to squeeze the 5th person in a card table sized dining area. Then we ordered a couple appetizers of which the meatballs were very good, but meals went downhill from there. Veal dish was like shoe leather with some milky stuff in the veal fold. The steak ordered was equally chewy and was left on table to be taken away. Scallops were okay, nothing to get excited about. Ravioli plate was very doughy and could only eat one ravioli, the gnocchi was okay but was taken home because of other people's disappointing meals. No dessert after that experience.
Don't know how they get higher than a mediocre rating.

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CC
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere accompanied by a delicious menu. The outdoor patio is ideal for pleasant weather dining.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience!

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MR
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience here, and this visit was no different. Attentive, fun waitstaff and well-prepared dishes make for a memorable night out.

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MH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The place is very nice and the waitress was helpful. The food was not that good and they make the risotto in the morning which is a turn off.

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SM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went here for Traingle Restaurant Week and the food was great!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food

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ST
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great spot for a date night! The service & food were phenomenal. If you can snag a table outside near the shrubbery, its private and intimate for a date.

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great . Great presentation of the food. Fantastic taste . Definitely will go again

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NY
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Air conditioning did not seem to be working very well

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EA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love Vivace. I've always been impressed with their menu and always more than satisfied with every aspect of the meal.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service was excellent. However, the noise level was unacceptable. Not a place where you want to have a nice romantic dinner with someone special and have to tolerate the noise level. I don’t plan on going their for dinner again nor would I recommend it to a friend.

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KJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went to lunch at Vivace for restaurant week and everything was great! They had a fabulous 3 course meal with a lot of variety. The portions were just enough to enjoy and not be stuffed. I would definitely recommend this as a place to try out!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Appetizer & desert we’re amazing! Main of gnocchi was a bit heavy on the olive oil. Location & vibe. As always, very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for my 40th birthday. The staff was accommodating and very friendly prior to dinner. Everyone ordered different entrees and were more than pleased with their selections. Not to mention the appetizers are to die for! Love this place!

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MV
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not good at all. Not flavorful. Went there for my husbands 55th birthday. They did not even offer a small dessert for the celebration. Menu is extremely limited and lacks variety. Any dress is allowed and not what I expected. Flys throughout the dining area.

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LG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food came out super quickly and everything was prepared perfectly. Absolutely delicious!

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AL
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate our 10th Anniversary and it was perfect! The food was the best Italian we have ever had and the service was outstanding!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 5 years anniversary here and they made us feel very special since we walked in. We got complementary champagne and dessert and the food was extraordinary. Our server, William was an expert at helping us decide what to eat. Overall experience was amazing. Thank you.

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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Special featured entree was scallops. Only 3 scallops and lots of rice. Out of proportion. Not much “meat” for $24. Excellent sprouts app.

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i
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful night on the front patio celebrating an anniversary. Excellent selection of drinks and food and a beautiful atmosphere. We each got cocktails and the bar tender didn’t put them in the appropriate glasses but otherwise everything was wonderful.

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CR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time eating dinner at Vivace, and we just loved it. One of the best meals we’ve had recently. We had pasta - really outstanding. Meatballs were terrific. Service was perfect - he let us linger and talk with our out-of-town friend. We’ll be back!

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R
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The salad was good. The steak was delicious and juicy but had a lot of gristle and was not hard, but less than easy, to chew.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here! We will definitely be back. The food is amazing.

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BC
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner... once again. Great flavors, very satisfying, and reasonable prices. Can’t wait to go again the next time we are in town.

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BK
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife, friend, and I had a wonderful dinner outside earlier this week. The weather was ideal and the food was really great. The noise level was low and we had a splendid time. The service was quite good.
I loved the veal, mushrooms, and with brown sauce. We had not been back to Vivace in about a year, but we are sure to go back really soon.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

My daughter and I selected this location based on Open Table reviews. We were extremely disappointed! The food just okay, the service was what we would expect at lower end restaurants, and the atmosphere was unacceptable. We were seated near 8 to 10 tables of families with young children. No problem, but when the children are allowed to run rampant, play in the water fountains, and generally disrupt our dinner then it’s a major problem. My daughter and I were looking for a calm, relaxing, and enjoyable evening but instead we felt like we spent the evening at Chucky Cheese! We ended the evening by paying over $100 for the two of us. Completely unacceptable! Would never recommend!

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine! I always enjoy dining here. Only drawback is parking but that can be expected in North Hills.

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BR
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Vivace. The food is excellent. I do wis, however, that they would expand the menu a bit. Also, on Mother's Day they were playing the worst music. It would have been appropriate for a bar with it's pounding beat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Would recommend for lunch or dinner but not for brunch because brunch doesn’t exist there. We went there for Mother’s Day and , in my opinion, they should have had a special brunch menu for that occasion.

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RD
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day Brunch and they handled it beautifully.
I love that they have a GF menu and some of the things on the regular menu also are GF

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KB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was varied and excellent but the décor is a bit tired.

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G
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was good. We like our food a bit spicy and the food served is very mild.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A little louder than expected inside but all in all was a great lunch and very productive.

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K
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and a beautiful patio & great food

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We lucked out and got patio seating. Great location, great food, great wine!

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