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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.
Raleigh, NC 27609
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:59pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:59pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
100+ space lot directly in front of restaurant. Lot only used by Vivace patrons after 7:00 pm.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Vivace Ratings and Reviews
Service wasn’t great- waitress was not personable and strictly to the point.. which is fine but she had a slight attitude. Kind of disappointed since this was our first time here. It was also my birthday and it was a let down- waitress didn’t even ask what we were dining for like most establishments.
Only issue was that some tables in the main part of the restaurant (two-toppers on the left as you walk in) and the sofa area in the bar were very brightly lit. The overall ambient lighting levels were fine though. The sofa area should be a cozy, relaxing place but the way it was lit we thought surgery could be done there. Other restaurants have the same problem when they use recessed spot lights and then not dimming them properly.
Vivace has been one of our favorites for years. They provide consistently excellent cuisine, and their service is always first rate. A visiting family member from out of town was making her first visit to Vivace on this occasion, and she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I like this place, but when we were there I had the scallops risotto (have ordered that before and loved it) and the scallops tasted off. The risotto was good. My friend had the fusilli and it was so garlicky that you couldn’t actually taste anything else in the dish. Our appetizers were great - calamari was a little too salty. Great Caesar salad.
Service was good.
The food was fabulous as usual, however the service was not up to par. Once seated we did not see anyone forclose to 10 mins, when a hostess came over and asked if we’d seen anyone. She asked us about our drink order when the server finally came by. The server was not very attentive for the entire evening! Everyone else was great.
I noted on the reservation that it was our 41st wedding anniversary and in the past we were greeted when we arrived and given complimentary wine or dessert. This time nothing! We were surprised based upon previous experiences.
Still a great place.
This was the first time we've eaten at Vivace and we were very happy with the entire experience. Our server was exceptional, with quality and knowledgeable recommendations. Food was excellent and served in a very timely manner. Will definitely keep on my list for date night.
Our party of six was celebrating a military family member being here on leave. We made reservations, and our table was beautifully prepared. Service was excellent! Our waitress kept our glasses full and checked on us frequently. I ordered the lobster ravioli which was excellent. The young people in the group ordered pizza which they said was excellent; light, thin, crispy crust with fresh toppings. The grilled salmon was uniquely prepared. It was cooked with
salt cod and potato brandade, Calabrian chili, preserved lemon, and brown butter. It was delectable! The restaurant is tucked away in the corner near Quail Ridge Book Store. Find it! I will definitely return. Great location with easy parking.
I went to Vivace for the first time. It was the business lunch. The waitress was not very polite, and she never checked on us to see if anything was needed. I wanted to have some more coffee, but she was not to be found.
They gave my husband wrong entree, so he had to wait while 3 of us were eating. He walked toward the kitchen area wanting to keep the wrong plate they served him, but they ignored him. We never received any apology for mess up of the order.
Wait service was very poor. Had to speak to hostess about it.
Lunch was to be a birthday celebration. No dessert with candle was served as I was told it would be. In fact no dessert was offered by the waiter either by menu or oral availability. We were given our checks and left.
I had been wanting to try this place, but my husband hasn't wanted to drive from SW Cary, so I finally got the opportunity to go with a friend. The hostess staff was welcoming and friendly. Our service was very good, although the waiter didn't send out the friendliest vibe. I was facing the booth side of our table and couldn't help noticing a lot of white lint on the brownish fabric that covered the booth. It was very distracting--it looked like bad housekeeping. My friend and I both got the spaghetti with meatballs, and tiramisu for dessert. I thought the meatballs were very salty, but the spaghetti and marinara sauce were very good. The tiramisu was outstanding. I wish I had tried something else, because I felt a bit underwhelmed. I'd go again to try something else, if I were at North Hills, but I wouldn't try to convince my husband that we should make the drive.
We celebrated a birthday and Vivace was outstanding from the moment we arrived. Service exceptional, great drink options (beer, cocktails, and wine), and every item ordered was delicious. We will defiantly return and we will not be waiting to celebrate a special occasion next time!!
Vivace has a casual elegance appearing upscale, but comfortable at the same time. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and able to offer dinner suggestions and wine pairings for those less familiar with Italian wines. The lobster ravioli and veal saltimbocca are both excellent as is the desert list, which changes regularly. If the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombe is available, I highly recommend it. It is one of the better overall dining experiences in Raleigh.
The food was good but the service was not. My wife and I went for anniversary. We sat for 20mins before we were asked for our drink order. Our original waiter told us he had a button malfunction so he could not take our order but we observed he continued to work others tables for the remainder of the night. Kind of strange...
We had a great experience at Vivace. Our server was attentive with a great personality and had great recommendations. We had the brussel sprouts to start, I had the caprese with shrimp for dinner while my hubs had the scallop risotto - all were spectacular. Definitely recommend vivace if you want good Italian food!!
Love Vivace every time I go. Mostly because the pappardelle Bolognese is so delicious! Homemade pasta with a perfect bite and melt in your mouth sauce make this my go to dish. Also had delicious carpaccio and Brussels sprouts for the perfect meal. Sommalier suggested a great wine. Sat outside on the patio for a dining experience that felt like I was back in Italy!
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