Vivace

4.7
1920 reviews
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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Thank you for choosing to celebrate Valentines Day with us here at Vivace, we look forward to hosting you! Please note that we will not be serving our full dinner menu on Thursday, February 14th. We will be offering a special prefixed menu. Please contact us directly with any questions.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 1920 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The appetizer plate with cheeses, etc. was rather skimpy for $20. The brussels sprouts side plate was fabulous. Service was really good. Rather noisy and close quarters. Interested in dining outside when possible. Kind of pricey, but a great location.

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KS
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, best table, unobtrusive service. Definitely recommended and will return.

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ribeye steak needed a beaver to cut it and eat it. Not the ordered “medium” and was super tough. Appetizers were good and the other guests in the party were happy with their meal.

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e
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very quality spot. Great food. Service could be a bit more attentive. It was very busy when we went (a Wednesday evening) but it seemed the servers were a bit flustered. They were very pleasant and gave great recommendations, could have been just a tad more on point. The food was lovely. Pasta cooked perfectly, well-portioned and flavorful salad, and exceptional desserts. Will be back!

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T
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hosted out of town business guests, as Vivace is one of my favorite go-to's. Everyone enjoyed the meal, food and service was excellent as usual. It was a Tuesday night, the noise level seemed a bit higher than usual. Otherwise very good.

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TD
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought that the dishes were imaginatively composed. The service was outstanding. We were never rushed. My only negative comment is that both my appetizer and entrée were a little too salty. Otherwise, really outstanding dining experience!

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A
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful service and great food! Never had a bad meal there. Waiter and staff were so attentive and had good recommendations, and knowledge of the menu.

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NB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

There were five of us and one who ordered grouper had cold food. We didn’t send back because we could not wait that long. They brought a bowl of polenta, a drink or wine would have been nicer. We enjoyed the food otherwise. Our waiter Jamie was great.

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KE
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun dinner with family!

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NA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Food OK, nothing special. Noise from the bar ruined the evening. Would not recommend.

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MW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My steak was not properly cooked and the accompaniments weren’t fantastic. My husband was brought the wrong appetizer and we had to wait quite a while for the correct one. Not as good as last year for New Year’s.

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Perfect food and service. Thank you!

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JH
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, but the highlight was a very knowledgeable bartender and creative yet sane cocktails. Good food capped the experience.

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JK
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant for family birthday celebration

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S
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. The wine selection was incredible. It's our favorite place now.

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistent. Great food, service and location.

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LE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my top choice ! Food is consistently delicious and service is great. Excellent specialty cocktails. Atmosphere is always delightful. You are in for a real treat!

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RN
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good Italian cuisine. The 7 fish dinner was exceptional. Service was timely and knowledgeable. Would recommend the venue for a wide variety of dishes. It is a destination restaurant

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a pretty good time at Vivace. The ambience was nice. Drinks were good. The Grilled Salmon off of the pescatarian menu was GREAT! And the potato cake that came with it was also well seasoned. The only thing that I was really bothered by was the Bruschetta. It uses a kind of sweet honey-ish base to the bread and it almost tastes like it should be a desert. I could have done without that one thing. But other than that, everything was fantastic about this place!

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WC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

My swordfish was almost cold. My gf's mother got sick from her grouper meal. The taste was nothing special; it was at best ok. The prices were very high. I will not be back and will recommend others avoid it completely.

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l
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Vivace twice and I love it! The salads and pasta are amazing. They also have gluten free options which was great for my friend and I who are gluten free. The ambience of the place is something that I love. As well, the trendiness and the overall interior of the restaurant is amazing. The servers and hosts/hostesses are great.

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OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! Highly recommend

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OT
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food all round for our table of 6. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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RH
Key West
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very crowded for our 7PM reservation. Our waiter was overwhelmed. 45 minutes just to get our drinks then salads came before finished appetizers. Food was good to excellent. Service fair.

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KV
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cassie was outstanding, warm, welcoming! The food was delicious and drinks were excellent.

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LP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice cozy place just very busy and service attention suffered a bit from that, food was excellent

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LS
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy meeting friends and business associates for lunch at Vivace. Great food and service!

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DD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

restaurant was perfect for a small group holiday date night! I gave notice that I was vegan and they created a beautiful pasta dish! The menu is not huge however accommodates everyone. The service was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

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AB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Great food! Great vibe! Highly recommend!

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s
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have an autoimmune disease and am unable to eat gluten or dairy without a reaction. The waiter was very accommodating and happy to make us feel welcome. They make their own GF pasta in house, so the texture and taste is great, and they modified some options that would normally call for butter or cream sauce for me.
Husband doesn't have any dietary restrictions and enjoyed their house made pasta, fresh bread, and all the cheese. We love Vivace!

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M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We were very disappointed with our experience. We had planned for weeks for a group dinner and one of our reservations was 30 minutes late and being seated. We asked multiple times about different options in order for our groups to be able to sit closer together and the staff was not willing to work with us at all. It's very disappointing because there were other groups that were getting additional assistance on a very busy night and we had head reservations for several weeks. Quite disappointing and we will choose another restaurant next time for our holiday get together.

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J
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails & wine. Appetizers -those Brussels sprouts were delicious! Mussels were great. Entrees were wonderful & even had dessert to share. Fun atmosphere & server was attentive.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Excellent service and great food.

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M
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was lovely and or server was outstanding. We will happily return for other occasions.

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DD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Have always loved Vivace! Great location and ambiance. Atmosphere is a little loud. Not the best for a quiet evening but great for birthdays or groups!

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a fair price. Ambiance was perfect for a date. Noise level was great to get to know a new special someone.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level is very high inside. Reservations at 6 OK, but as restaurant fills up the noise level gets very high. All hard surfaces so no noise absorption.

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SS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place to go with friends. Try the homemade cellos!!

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JG
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Vivace is one of my favorite restaurants in this area. The food is consistently delicious and a novel take on Italian fare. The service has always been good-to-excellent every time I have dined here. The atmosphere is the true gem of Vivace. This restaurant strives to (and succeeds) create a contemporary, cozy atmosphere.

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Nasty noisy.

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