Vivace Restaurant

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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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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was very mediocre. We sat down to dirty silverware. The world of elegant siding and polished silver seam to have gone astray. I can’t say anything bad nor anything good about the food

ED
Tucson
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service—menu —ambiance-all exceptional Randy greeted us and took care of our car —Bella was our waitress and provided excellent service —ambiance is lovely and calming —we love coming here

AS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner!

CM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Had not been to Vivace for a few years. Food was good but my entree was served warm not hot. Waiter was gave the impression that he was less than interested in serving us. Took over 30 minutes for one of us to get a beer that was on tap after ordering and following up twice. Location is still beautiful.

PR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful authentic Italian restaurant with an impressive affordably priced wine list

RC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a fantastic dining experience at Vivace. Food was superb as expected. As was the service. Just a shout out to our waiter William R who was exceptional: knowledgeable, courteous, helpful. When the meal was served, there was a mistake in one of the orders. William immediately took responsibility for the problem and offered to correct it promptly. However, the problem was easily solved at the table with diners changing platters with minimal fuss and the agreeable concurrence of all involved. I would suggest that the professionalism of William provided the atmosphere for the ease of the resolution of the problem - which really was no problem at all, in the end. Damn we love this place. We resolved when we left that our regular Friday lunch group will now meet at Vivace the second Friday of every month. Good decision in my opinion.

n
Columbus
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined with our daughter during U of A family weekend. The staff was very attentive in helping us find the perfect table. Food and wine were outstanding and the view was lovely. We would have preferred the city view tables and will request that next time.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entered the restaurant after valet took our car(complimentary, and a good idea due to small parking lot) to a quaint bar at front by the hostess stand. Everyone was smiling a quickly took us to our table. The dining area is glamorous, and the outside area were we sat was as well. It looked like the perfect place for a wedding reception, classy and elegant. We sat at a table far from the door, as there were a couple large parties outside that noise level would of ruined the romantic atmosphere our table had. The only complaint would be lack of light made it difficult to see, but not a big deal. Our server was delightful, professional yet cutesy and super nice. My wife is pregnant, so instead of pushing the wine she steered us to a delicious berry ice tea (we plan on coming back after baby is born, to get the full experience).We had the Burrata app, a delicious start to our meal. I ordered the crab filled chicken, while my wife had a pasta. We loved them both! The side of veggie rice with the chicken was a pleasant surprise. Generous portions for both of our meals. For desert, I got the tiramisu and my wife got the bread pudding. Heaven on both! My only complaint, for lack of better word, would be they use type of alcohol as part of the flavor profile for the tiramisu, meaning my wife could not partake in sharing ( more for me!) we left full and stuffed, completely satisfied.

AL
Tucson
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Natasha our server was excellent, attentive but not obtrusive. The food of course was fantastic! We brought a friend who had never eaten there before and she was VERY impressed! We had a great table with a view of the city. Overall a delightful dinner!

HI
Tucson
300 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant Run Right! Best Tucson restaurant. Ambiance, selection, quality, value, location — all outstanding. Can you tell that we love this place? Proceeding from the far NW side of Tucson, we swung by Broadway & Swan for brief but urgent business at The Williams Center, arriving over half an hour late for our lunch reservations. Greeted by the charming, smiling faces of Junna & Bobbi at the front desk, we were escorted to our table, where solicitous server, Vanessa and special assistant, Yvette took over with provision of chilled water, warm bread fresh from the oven, butter, pesto and great coffee. My guest, selected his favorite luncheon antipasto, while I chose the clearly magnificent, imported, New Zealand salmon on steamed spinach. It’s simply the best salmon I’ve ever eaten!

If you are perusing these many five-star reviews, wondering if it’s worth your while to drive up to Vivace, please know that it clearly is well worth the drive to this marvelous location overlooking all of Tucson. And, it’s the staff, who make all the difference. Vanessa went out of her way for us, providing our orders promptly, keeping the coffee flowing, and graciously checking that our needs were met. Everything was, as usual, clearly outstanding. This wonderful restaurant works so well because the people work so hard and coordinate excellently with each other. Owner, Daniel Scordato, has assembled and retained a truly superb staff. Don’t miss this place. I don’t expect perfection, but I do encounter excellence at Vivace.

OT
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was impeccable. Just a most pleasant dining experience.

SH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was not up to standard we both got ill after eating there.

W
San Antonio
135 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jackie did a helluva a server job! Food was excellent.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a special place for us. We had dinner outside in the courtyard under a lovely olive tree. Our service was excellent. The food was very good. Desert was delicious! This was for our anniversary and everything about Vivace was perfect.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Excellent!

l
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service
Outstanding food

G
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Tucson. Food is excellent and consistent, beautiful views, wonderful service (favorite waitstaff is Kamron) by all and owner and manager make all feel welcome!

OD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, atmosphere, and location. Thank you for maintaining such high standards.

D
Naples
42 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We stopped for our 35th anniversary to have lunch. Our server was good, however, the table looked out over the parking lot. We had requested a view and even though tables available over our lunch with better view it was clearly inconvenient to change tables. Food is unimaginative and lacking any creativity. Salmon farmed and pasta bland with chopped tomatoes. Pork chop bland and sauce tasted like from a jar. Best part of lunch was the Flowers Pinot. No acknowledgement of our 35th anniversary from our reservation request and we will not return and would not recommend. Past it’s prime for sure.

S
Tucson
55 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio and had a very quiet, enjoyable evening. We had stopped going to Vivace due to the excessive noise in the restaurant. This dinner experience was far nicer. The waiter held our main courses until we finished our appetizer. We really appreciated that.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, however our seating area was a bit warm other than that everything was exceptional!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, drinks, beautiful patio.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love going there every time we visit Tucson. Wonderful ambiance.

JI
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently good. Beautiful atmosphere. Friendly service

MJ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Took the friends out for their 50th anniversary, and they enjoyed it… They are Italian, and so they enjoyed the food very very well. I personally as I have written before… Prefer the previous location as opposed to the large open seating. Plus this is the second time they seated us in the main area, as opposed to having a view. I did not request that but I just Assumed that they would share that seating area. Especially with the fact that we dress appropriately. We don’t wear blue jeans and a hat like some of the guests.
I realize in business to make money, but wouldn’t it be nice if we had a dress code. No denim, no shorts, no baseball hats. Collared shirts. At least dress like a golfer

HI
Tucson
301 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a charming time at Vivace for lunch. Greeted by the dynamic duo, ladies: Bobbi and Junna at the front desk, we settled in for a great meal. Clearly, we were not disappointed. My pal, Dave, requested the antipasti plate, while I selected the marvelous, Vivace shrimp & mushroom salad. Our server, David, provided meals, coffee and a dinner-sized take home portion of Chicken Meatballs over capellini for my wife. We attempt to arrange our schedules to include a visit to Vivace, three to five times a month for a fine lunch, discussion of our research projects, and the opportunity to enjoy the delightful location surrounding the restaurant. Dining at Vivace is always a special experience. It never grows old. We particularly appreciate the friendly staff, who greet us by name, as well as the helpful valet parking and convenience of handicapped access. GRRR! Great Restaurant Run Right! We’ll be back, thank you!

J
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy with the gluten free options. Great flavors

F
Tucson
428 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At the pinnacle of Tucson dining, Vivace never disappoints. We love their fresh fish offerings, the very best veal Marsala, excellent Caesar salad, and wonderful desserts! Great service and beautiful ambience complete the experience!

GS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Tucson. We try to enjoy this treat once a month.

DD
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Patrick was our server and he did a dynamite job . He was also handling a large party but was very attentive to our table at the same time.
Thank you Vivace. Your restaurant is a "true Tucson tradition".
Donal D.

AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is a favorite for special meals. The food is great and the views are among the best in Tucson. Love it there.

C
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for all occasions! Food and service are always outstanding!!!

SS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We return to Vivace for great food and wine - it is always a pleasure to dine there!

N
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t tell anybody but this is the best restaurant in Tucson

HI
Tucson
301 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a nice time, once again at Vivace. Greeted by the gracious smile and magnificent manner of Bobbi, who was running the front desk solo as we entered. She kindly escorted us to our reserved table and helped to get me seated amid the busy, Tuesday afternoon luncheon crowd. Owner, Daniel Scordato, waved a friendly hello to us as we passed the bar, and several waitstaff servers greeted us by name. It’s no wonder that we keep returning to this remarkably fine restaurant essentially every week. It’s the package: excellence in location, management, staff, ambiance, and marvelous meals, prepared and presented with quality and attention to detail.
The staff at Vivace may make it appear easy, but operating a fine quality eatery is very hard work. Our server, Rachel, is a new-comer, in her first year at a facility where many of the staff are in their second and even third decade of loyal service. Rachel was friendly, solicitous, and helpful — checking back to verify specific details of our requests for lunch and take-out meals, to follow. I enjoyed the thin sliced filet mignon in Marsala sauce on toast, while my friend delighted in the fish du jour, both with great greens salads. Superb faire at Tucson’s best restaurant. Thank you!

EM
Tucson
30 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place great food

AM
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the staff and food.

AM
Tucson
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace remains one of Tucson's premier restaurants. The food is simply exceptional -- and it is consistently good, the fulfillment of one of owner Daniel Scordato's principal objectives. Business is good, so, as is usual, the restaurant was filled on a Friday night. The atmosphere was lively and occasionally a bit noisy, but it was not hectic and the noise was not overwhelming. (The acoustical changes Danny made when he moved into this space, previously occupied by Anthony's, have done wonders.) The service, as usual, was wonderful. Our waitress was polite, efficient, helpful, and delightful. We noticed a few "new" items on the menu, which was an unexpected surprise. All in all, Vivace is a special place, and Tucson is very lucky to have it -- now, over all these many years, and, hopefully, long into the future.

A
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had just about given up on finding a really good restaurant within driving distance from our home in Sun City and then a friend invited my wife and me to Vivace. Wow ! This restaurant has everything. An elegant but relaxed atmosphere, wonderful professionally prepared food, reminiscent of what one might expect in Tuscany, all at a very reasonable price. We have been back once and both times left smiling. Alex and Gayle Bissett

RR
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always, best Italian food one will ever eat!

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