Vivace

4.7
1834 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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
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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(919) 787-7747
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ian Sullivan
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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.
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Private party contact
Jed Orton: (877) 315-7060
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Six Forks
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Parking details
100+ space lot directly in front of restaurant. Lot only used by Vivace patrons after 7:00 pm.
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Entertainment
The Patio provides the best people watching in North Hills!
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Gift Card
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
What 1834 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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)

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Always fabulous! Fresh and delicious, great service too!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great service - noise level was reasonable so we could easily hear conversations. Food was awesome - especially the brussel sprout appetizer!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Always outstanding!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food exceeded expectations by far! Incredibly good!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent Mediterranean cuisine! I would recommend Vivace to anyone.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food and service were Excellent, I will gladly return! I had swordfish, delish!!!!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Good food, excellent service, great neighborhood restaurant! Love outside seating! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The waitress was fantastic. The food was good as usual. One of our favorites.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The veal was excellent, the risotto and spaghetti (side order) could use a flavor boost. Service and ambience was terrific. Wine selection paired well with dinner. First time diner.. I’d go back.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great food and great service. Indoor seating noise level very high. Patio seating is great depending on the weather!

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Marvin our waiter was perfect. Food good not perfect. Restaurant pretty but the temperature was too hot.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always our favorite the food and service is always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My wife and I came here for a date night. The food was outstanding. We started with a cheese and meat platter to share with our wine which was fantastic. Our waiter, Beth, took great care of us and made great recommendations for wine which was helpful since this was an Italian wine menu which I'm not as familiar with. This restaurant is a little on the expensive side however the food really was that good with what seemed like very simple dishes prepared extremely well. I actually asked for some bread in order to finish the leftover alfredo sauce from the bottom of my plate it was so good.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was fantastic and service was great. Visiting from Northern Virginia and really enjoying the experience.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We enjoyed our food and service, and the special dessert for the two birthdays at our table. We were a little surprised at how tremendously loud the room was when a large party was seated near us, and that took away some of the enjoyment of being at Vivace's.

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2.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Food was below the standard we have expected from prior visits. It was unusually loud and noisy.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Service was exceptional and they were very accommodating to a special request we made. Food was great, as usual.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Vivace is located in a strip mall and was hard to find but well worth the trouble! It is a very busy place and so the noise level is high but that’s not an issue for us. The food was amazing. We ordered fried calamari and olives and almonds as a first course. The portions were so large we decided with advice from our waiter to share a Caesar salad and the Papparadelle Bolognese. The only small critique we could make was that the salad was a bit bland. Beyond that we could not have had a better meal!

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The staff was very accomodating with any & every request. We all enjoyed our lunch. Our friends said they would return (it was their first time at Vivace). And, of course, so will we, even though it is a hike for us. It is worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The food and service was amazing. Will definitely come back again next time I’m in the area.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went to Vivace for Fathers day. The meal was very good and the service was outstanding. My only complaint is that we ordered a Canoli for desert. The shell was so hard I literally couldn't bite through it with my teeth, let alone my fork. The waiter came by to ask how it was and as a knee jerk i said fine. Frankly I was full and really just wanted a touch of sweet to end the meal so I didn't think to mention it. Next time i definitely will. So it my fault as much as there's. I have been to this restaurant before and will go again.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My family and I come here mostly for special occasions. The food has never let us down. It seems like it gets better with every visit. This visit was for Father's Day brunch.
We started out with the brussel sprouts. They always have a great flavor, but this time they weren't quite cooked enough. My wife had the Scallops Risotto which was out of this world. I had the Grilled Steak. It was cooked perfectly. We both had the Zeppoli for dessert. It was outstanding.
Our waiter was great as they all are. But the only reason that I gave the service 4 stars instead of 5 was the hostess didn't seem like she wanted to be there. She didn't smile or make eye contact. I believe the only thing that she said to us was "hello". Anybody can have a bad day, but if I'm going to spend $90 for brunch I would at least like them to act like they're glad to see us come in the door.
Other than that, Vivace is a great restaurant outstanding food. They never disappoint!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great restaurant!! Will definitely come back!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Best Italian restaurant in raleigh by far

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Always perfect. This is our restaurant of choice when we want a nice dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This is a great restaurant and sitting outside makes everything even better.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Excellent food and Jamie, our server, was terrific!

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