Vivace

4.7
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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Please note that Vivace will be offering a special, prefixed, menu for dinner on New Years Eve. Our regular dinner menu will not be available. We will have a limited bar menu available for our bar guests on this night. Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2195 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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J
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was great, food was great! This was our first time having dinner here. I’m impressed-not only with the quality of the food and service-but the speed and accuracy of the order. In my experience, restaurants this busy often have accuracy issues with orders.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is great! Food came out promptly and was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great time

KV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Vivace, and will definitely return. Exceptional service and the food was great!

LT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Lots of healthy options. Great salads and veggies and seafood. Caters to many dietary requests. Would definitely return.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, service, and food were all amazing. I'd definitely go back again and again!!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as usual.

DT
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I truly enjoyed my food and the service was great. They seemed to pick up on when we needed them.

Wine list was tops.

A bit too noisy for a book club if you sit inside. Previously, I had sat outside and will likely do it again in milder weather.

KK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the food was especially good tonight.. loved the lamb shank; the ricotta gnocchi with meat were fabulous; the veal saltimocca could have been a bit more tender (why dont you pound it) but the sauce was fabulous. Just wish it wasnt so LOUD.. not energetic.. difficult to have a conversation

S
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & great service. You HAVE to get the raviolis and meatballs!

a
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always!

SW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table for 6. A wonderful memorable evening. Service was wonderful! Food was delicious. Thank you Kevin.

DC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Ricotta Gnocchi and the Cesar Salad was delicious. Our waiter was excellent. We had reservations at 6 which was nice and quiet. As it starts filling it gets pretty loud.

T
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite go-to spots for lunch or dinner. This reservation was for a business lunch. Beautiful day so we sat on the outside patio. Food and service excellent, and presentation well done.

GR
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for lunch with the ladies. The food and service were excellent. (loved the mussels)
The noise level was acceptable

E
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go every other Friday after symphony, so glad you all keep the kitchen open past 10!!

BD
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice anniversary dinner at Vivace. Would be great to have heaters on the patio for outdoor seating on chilly evenings.

s
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Meal was outstanding. We had the fettuccine and pappardelle. So yummy! The aioli for the calamari fritti was amazing. Our server Michael was very, very good.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The home made pasta is outstanding. On par with what I’ve had in Italy!

SA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Lovely place! I recommend the Pasta! 👍🏻

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

I liked the ambiance and the location. Being from New Jersey. Only thing was I felt we were being stared at the whole time. But the food was great

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great

NN
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very enjoyable meal and our waiter was very good.

BB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time eating at Vivace. We celebrated our anniversary and it was very nice. We did not feel rushed. Our waiter, William was pleasant and very helpful. He made great suggestions, the veal was great and ribeye wonderful! Will definitely return!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh food served warm and delicious. Good service

NR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Vivace. We went here as a date and got a few apps and split a salad and pasta entree. The service was excellent and attentive but not overbearing. The food was super tasty and came out at the right times. It was fairly busy on the Friday night we went but didn’t feel rushed and the wait times for apps and food was not long. We also loved it wasn’t loud with kids or large group parties. Overall this is a great place for a date night or small intimate, group dinner.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server provided great recommendations and was very friendly.

G
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was not bad, service was excellent, ambiance was also very nice. Pricing was good too

RF
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Vivace has always been a standard go to for me and I love their patio seating. However, they do not spray for bugs, so I always get bit (need to spray for mosquitoes), so have gone way less and now I have tried post-mosquito season and there are cockroaches all over the place, which is extremely unappealing. The food was good, but not stellar like it has been in the past as well. I hope that this will not be the continued trend!

ED
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great! Waiter was attentive - this is one of our favorites in Raleigh!

KC
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical dinner under the stars on a beautiful fall evening!

NS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

So, food was very good! However it was coming way to fast!
Literally we just finished our appetizers and 2 min later we had our main course.
We have ordered cappuccino - and in Italy it is a shot of coffee with foam. Here most of the our cup it was coffee . Also the tables could be bit bigger

MM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were so lucky to eat outside on a perfect fall evening. Our server was wonderful, the food was fabulous. We shared the meat and cheese plate with our cocktails. Our entrees were delicious. Salmon was prepared perfectly, four cheese ravioli for my husband. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions and any day of the week. Now about the flies. Oh well. Nature...

TL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Vivace. Having first tried their sister restaurant in Wilmington, we made a reservation at Vivace for our anniversary. We have been back 3 times since the end of July. Great service, great food, it has been an equally great experience every visit. We will be back soon.

NT
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Vivace to treat my mentee to celebrate her new job and all the hard work she put into our work together. Also, I have food sensitivities and the servers and kitchen always make it easy for me to navigate to something delicious and safe. They never make me feel bad and took great care of us.

The sorbet was excellent!!

TC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently very good food quality and attention to detail!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The veal was not very good. It was over cooked. The waiter was very nice but slow in bringing drinks.

RC
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food here is always outstanding. Service was a bit slower than normal.

K
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding experience at Vivace celebrating my husband's birthday. Our server William was beyond amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable about wine, helped me make some great gluten free choices and explained the difference between the pan seared brussel sprouts and the flash fried as it relates to cross contamination with gluten. He even sent out a little birthday treat from the chef. The ambiance was great for a Friday night and we will certainly be back soon .

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved the gnocchi, inventive dessert (popcorn gelato), and the outdoor patio was lovely on a warm evening.

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