Vivace Restaurant

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5156 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Rated number one for food in Tucson, by Zagat Survey, this Foothills restaurant has a Tuscan decor providing northern Italian fare, thoughtfully prepared with reasonable prices and wine list. Choose from a selection of appetizers, salads, pasta and main plates such as crab filled breaded chicken breast or grilled fresh salmon and rock shrimp. Relaxed inside and patio dining.
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and delicious food.

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L
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect! A great way to celebrate my birthday today!!!

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E
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the BEST anniversary dinner there. Our waitress was outstanding and the food as always was delicious!

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L
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were consistently good

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HI
Tucson
286 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our meals were excellent. But it’s not just the food. It’s the location, the views, the charming staff, the friendly valet parking attendants, who greet us by name, the magnificent ladies at the front desk in the bar — warm, friendly, attentive & insightful, who clearly work quite hard, while continuing to great and escort us to our table. Vivace Restaurant is a smoothly operating mechanism, a respite from our increasingly challenging world.
As regular patrons, showing up to dine forty to fifty times a year, it’s easy to select a favorite meal, skipping the menu. But the thoughtfully designed selections are well worthy of perusal, particularly the seafood offerings. This truly is a great restaurant, run right! Yeah, we’ll be back.

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SJ
Tucson
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent quality food, great service and ambiance

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience , definitely will be back

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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Can’t wait to go back again.

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DC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter david was a little overwhelmed with all of his tables we have had better service in the past.food was excellent as usual, ambience was great… Just the service was a little disappointing this time

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DD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace never disappoints! Love this place! Perfect for special occasions...

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EW
Tucson
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Vivace’s was excellent. Servers are efficient. Hostesses are welcoming. Menu choices excellent and food preparation far and above most other restaurants.

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DM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My Father's Day dinner was a real treat. I keep wanting to order something different but it always comes out "I'll have the Seafood Soup". By the way, it used to be called Frutti di Mare, but there is very little left, other than the name, that is Italian in it's overall motif. The prices are approaching astronomical with the Osso Buco, as an example, priced at $46.50. Vivace's will remain a rare treat for us.

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T
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace always has excellent food and service. As usual, the entire group was pleased with everything.

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CW
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its great can't get any better but they try! Food and drinks are great and service is beyond excellent!

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TS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome birthday dinner with the hubby. When making reservations ask for a table with a view of the city lights. Creme Brulee was amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'll be back again. This was my second visit, the first on business, the second with my wife for our anniversary. Wonderful.

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N
Tucson
44 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of our favorite Tucson restaurants....nice to visit in the summer for a change when it's not so crowded.....always enjoy the menu

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TC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was top notch. We requested to have our entrees served family style so we could all sample the dishes and they accommodated us without hesitation. And dessert was heavenly. An overall fabulous evening.

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Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was impeccable. Could not have been better. Felix did a great job with the service.

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TG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was fabulous! We will be back many times!! Loved, loved the bread and the pesto dip!!

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JR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

seated immediately, timing of everything was perfect, waiter very accommodating, food was excellent. favorite restaurant for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and they make a great cappuccino

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing. You can’t beat the location with its fantastic city and Mountain Views.

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ER
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST Italian in all of Tucson. Vivace never disappoints!

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DT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding. Food is terrific, staff attentive, and environment is wonderful. Should be considered a five star.

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o
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was awesome and the service perfect.

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HI
Tucson
287 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch, again at Vivace. My friend requested his favorite: The penne with sausage and side of greens salad. I chose the sliced filet mignon in Marsala sauce with side salad and we both requested Vivace’s excellent coffee. David took great care of us, kept the coffee flowing and provided a take-out dinner sized manicotti for my wife and a couple of tiramisu & fresh berries for later. We are always happy to dine at Vivace. The ladies managing the front desk are charming and most helpful. The waitstaff are prompt, knowledgeable, and attentive. The hillside setting with mountain views and friendly valet service is wonderful. GRRR: Great Restaurant Run Right! We look forward to returning soon, thank you.

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JH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

While the ambiance and service are good, the food was only fair. My husband is Italian and we have traveled in Italy. We found the sauces to be tasteless. The fish soup and spaghetti with chicken meats lacked spices; it was as though someone opened a can of pureed tomatoes and called it a sauce or soup base. The flavors were just not developed. The burrata was a highlight of the meal and wine pours are generous. I did like the fact that the food was not overly salted and the entrees were a generous, but not overwhelming size. The bread was flavorful...a light sourdough flavor, crusty and moist. Prices were fair.

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JS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at Vivace and it exceeded my expectations. From the perfectly dressed pear and gorgonzola salad to the flavorful chicken risotto, followed by traditional tiramisu...everything was delicious, including the aperol spritz! Our server was sweet, knowledgeable and attentive. I was so happy we had the opportunity to dine and celebrate with family at Vivace during this trip to Tucson.

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F
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had heard great things about Vivace so we were a little disappointed that is was only "pretty good".

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PI
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a window seat overlooking all of Tucson. Our waitress, Jackie, was unbelievable, When we ordered the antipasto for 2, she recommended a half-portion, so we would have room for the complimentary dessert she had planned (it was our 47th anniversary). Her timing, in bringing the courses, was flawless. Finally, the wine we had - a Chianti Reserva - was the perfect complement to our meal. I highly recommend this for ANY special occasion. The prices are VERY reasonable, the service is excellent and the food is to die for.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Requested Alex S. server and she was fantastic. The manager made sure we were in good hands. We highly enjoyed the seafood soup and the chx meatballs.
Everything came out in a timely manner and the server assistants were good prebussing and boxing our leftovers.
5 stars. Even Randy (valet) should get recognized too! He's a great person!

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v
Tucson
34 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the veal milanese and thought it was ok, like the way Tavolino does it better. Girlfriend had the fish of the day and she said it was very fresh and excellent. Had a side of risotto and thought it was somewhat glutinous, altho tasty. Found a charge of over $30 on bill that was a mistake and it was taken care of when pointed out.

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is THE best restaurant in Tucson.

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DK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent and the ambiance delightful.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Vivace! The food was delicious, service was amazing, plus we got to sit outside. Fantastic birthday dinner for my husband.

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SV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

20 year patrons, but quality of entrees are not what they use to be.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and price.

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P
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been eating at Vivace since it opened back in the early 90s, and it continues to deliver. It is elegant, welcoming for people dressed up and people in jeans coming in straight from some Tucson sightseeing. I asked for nice table by the window because I was hosting family from Montana and wanted to showcase the view for them. We were given a crazy premium table with two windows in the corner. The server, Jackie B, was sharp, quick, and took great care of us. She even remembered the wine I like to order when I am there, and made great recommendations to the newcomers. Everyone loved their food, with a discriminating 13 year-old boy smiling widely and saying, "This is not half bad." Every bit of the evening was great - food, service, welcomed in at the door, and not hurried from our table because we lingered. I will always return to Vivace.

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