Vivace

4.7
1861 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian, Seafood
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(919) 787-7747
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Ian Sullivan
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Vivace can accommodate all of your special event needs.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Jed Orton: (877) 315-7060
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Six Forks
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
100+ space lot directly in front of restaurant. Lot only used by Vivace patrons after 7:00 pm.
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
The Patio provides the best people watching in North Hills!
Additional
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you so much for reserving your seating with us on New Years Eve~!

Please note that we will NOT be offering our regular dinner menu this evening. Instead, our Chef will be creating a special prefixed menu just for this occasion. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1861 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
TB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. I would highly recommend it.

Report
Helpful
P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We have been ther before and has an amazing dinner
This time we received swordfish that looked like a frozen patty and tasted even worse
Very disappointed and spent 200 on a dinner that was lackluster
They didn’t have enough berries to make a cocktail on their own menu so they need to stock up better if it’s on the menu

Report
Helpful
MH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

No need. I mean why? Why? Why?

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My ravioli was absolutely DIVINE. Waitress was very friendly and professional. Will definitely be coming back!

Report
Helpful
M
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food, service, and ambiance per usual.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little Italian place, a little expensive but that’s the area of town you are in. Overall A+ and a great place to go.

Report
Helpful
PS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday brunch. Brussels were a great starter. We had sausage and eggs, egg pizza, margherita pizza, and prosciutto pizza. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

Report
Helpful
P
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow... really impressed with the staff and the food
Had the swordfish and salmon
Swordfish and Brussels sprouts cooked to perfection and made gluten free
Drinks were great too
Everything was amazing

Report
Helpful
VM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my meal. Feel menu a bit limited could be expanded. However very nice ambiance service and qyy

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

music level could be lowered a bit more to better enable conversation.

Report
Helpful
MM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my fiancé’s birthday. We had a great dinner and great Service. Kevin H was awesome.

Report
Helpful
IW
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Vivace has been around for 10+ years and still attracts a crowd. Food is good and environment is upscale. Always an enjoyable evening.

Report
Helpful
L
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation here for my husband's birthday and requested a gluten free menu for myself in the "special requests" section of the reservation app. Sometimes this works and restaurants actually have dedicated gluten-free menus and sometimes they have menus with gluten free items with the GF designation on the regular menu.

This time I was very pleased that they had a dedicated gluten free menu and was VERY happy to see that they had veal saltimbocca (don't judge) on the menu which I hadn't had since I had to go gluten free many years ago. It was AMAZING. Instead of being served over pasta, it was served over a delightful polenta, didn't miss the pasta at all.

My husband was very pleased with his swordfish and especially with the tiramisu which he hadn't had in several years. My dessert was the only GF item on the menu that wasn't gelato, an assortment of chocolate-y things on a plate that were very good but somewhat random. If it wasn't his birthday, I probably would have preferred to split a dessert because it was a bit too much for me but I'm not one to waste chocolate. ;-)

Service was great. We arrived a little early for a 6:45 reservaation and it was pretty empty but filled up by the time we left. The noise level was a bit much, it was sometimes hard to heard (rather, I sometimes had to repeat myself so my husband could hear me).

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, awesome service!

Report
Helpful
RS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Service is always great and food is always delicious.

Report
Helpful
SP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service! Was a bit crowded, but as expected for a Friday night.

Report
Helpful
p
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time as usual. Wonderful service and great food as usual.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and we were blown away. Food was excellent, Especially the three scallops appetizer. Our server Jamie was above and beyond excellent, his knowledge of the menu exceeded our expectations. The ribeye was better than any of the steakhouses in Raleigh. But the reason we’ll be back is the atmosphere and the amazing wait service we got from Jamie. He represented the restaurant well and will cause us to be back.

Report
Helpful
LS
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful lunch with great service from Marvin, our favorite waiter in Raleigh. Fun ambiance and wonderful food!

Report
Helpful
E
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many times and I’m always pleasantly surprised at how good the food is. This most recent time was also marked by superior service, even though our group was somewhat older women.

Report
Helpful
MH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was outstanding and waiter was very attentive. The atmosphere was not to my or my daughter’s liking at all. It was dark, cold, and very noisy.

Report
Helpful
S
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent definitely will be back, wish our server had checked on us more because I wanted to get bread but that’s ok.

Report
Helpful
JC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service...great menu selections...meatballs and brussel sprouts apps were good

Report
Helpful
JC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and the meal was outstanding. My husband proposed to me there five years ago and their service has gotten better since then.

When they found out my mom was in town (she was there for the proposal!) and it was a special occasion to have her with us, we were given a complimentary glass of Prosecco and a bite-size appetizer. Little things like that make a difference.

You can tell they train their staff. I can't believe how many places I have eaten that they have not trained staff and the waiters/waitresses have no clue about service.

The food is always good. I get kale every time if it is on the menu. We got a chocolate hazelnut dessert which my mom said was one of the best she had ever had.

We will be back!

Report
Helpful
FC
Sacramento
70 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but two meatballs on a spaghetti and meatball dish is a little light. Lamb needed seasoning and was a little over cooked.

Report
Helpful
a
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with family. They do BYOB, with a corkage fee. Very good food and the outdoor seating was nice. We sat in front of the fountain and the sound of water was very relaxing.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Daughter’s birthday. Most restaurants have something to offer patrons for their birthday. Vivace brought out a single scoop of vanilla ice cream that may have come from Food Lion with 1 candle. It was rather lame, IMHO.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience dining at Vivache. Their wine list is elaborate. We had mussels as appetizers and veal for main course. Will visit again!

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Very nice. LOVED the roasted Brussel sprouts!! N.C. crab pasta was a perfectly sized portion and very tasty.

Report
Helpful
BA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Italian dishes!!!! It was pretty full when we went on a Tues evening and noise level was high, but that's a good thing if you want to have a private conversation without others hearing you, :) Service was excellent. I expected to pay more for our dinner but the prices were surprisingly reasonable. (please don't raise them on account of me)

Report
Helpful
PD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Vivace! We celebrated a successful first week in new positions, and our waiter ensured that everything went perfectly for our dinner date! He even went out of his way to suggest the best wine to suit our tastes, and he gave us both extra samples of a wine that was new to the restaurant. :) The crab pasta and the lamb chops were outstanding, and the plum crostata was delicious. We will definitely be coming back to Vivace!

Report
Helpful
DP
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, delicious food, and very yummy deserts. We just loved their warmth and hospitality.
We were celebrating my fiancee's birthday and they made sure she had an awesome evening!

Will definitely visit here again!

Report
Helpful
SA
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a neighborhood gem, but also worthy of a special trip. The food is very good; for mains we tried the swordfish, salmon and the veal saltimbocca and everyone enjoyed their meal. The manager helped us pick out a lovely Italian wine from their extensive list. The service was a little too fast (the mains arrived before we had finished salad and pasta) but otherwise the service was great.

Report
Helpful
SC
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food and ambiance were excellent. However, the service was bordering on atrocious. My wife has an allergy to soy, which we had alerted the restaurant to upon booking. The girl who waited on us never stopped for an instant to discuss options, just went off into the kitchen with partial knowledge and would return and say off-handedly "chef says we don't use soy". Turns out there may have been soy in the bread and in a number of other dishes, but it took real persistence on our part for her to take this anywhere near seriously, or to treat us as valuable customers rather than as a tip opportunity in human flesh.

Report
Helpful
JB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The pizza was terrible. My tuna was so over cooked and everything was so oily.

Report
Helpful
G
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the place!! Very classy and glamorous. Thoroughly enjoyed my food and so did my date. Definitely going to come back again! Wonderful service as well!

Report
Helpful
JP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and have enjoyed ourselves every time. Would definitely recommend for a nice, semi-casual to formal lunch or dinner.

Report
Helpful
JM
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, the atmosphere is great, one of my favorite restaurants!

Report
Helpful
RS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice time at Vivace. It was a very busy night so it was a bit loud. What I was most impressed with was one of our parties had a food allergy and they were all over it. They discussed each dish she was interested in to outline the ingredients in the dish. I've not seen that kind of attentiveness before. It was reassuring they would not have a problem with their dish.

Report
Helpful
MM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous! Fresh and delicious, great service too!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
47

Tweets by Vivace