Vivace Restaurant

4.8
4620 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday-Closed
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Phone number
(520) 795-7221
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel D. Scordato
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Private party facilities
Personal. Professional. Private.
Vivace Restaurant is now proud to provide private dining services for large groups of up to 50 guests. Our new location - nestled in the beautiful Catalina Mountains - offers a spacious, comfortable and inviting private dining area. Enjoy the same award winning cuisine and professional service our restaurant has built its reputation on, in an elegant and private setting that is completely customizable and tailored to your party's needs.
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Private party contact
Junna Hayashi & Tess Fisher: (520) 795-7221
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Campbell and Skyline
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Parking details
Free self-parking in the immediate area
Complimentary valet.
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Entertainment
No live entertainment
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4620 People Are Saying
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Portland
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always treated very well. Seated right away at a great table. Service was impeccable, food was out of this world. My husband had pork chop, I had angel hair pasta, with the cut tomatoes and veggies. Delicious!

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AN
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service!

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Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jameela was great !!! Excellent service

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Danny Scordato and Vivace. We have spent many a special moment for the last 40 years with Danny, whether it's getting engaged or celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other moments occasions. His food is excellent, the service is impeccable and the ambiance is incredible. I remember Danny, many years ago, going to Florence, Italy, to study Italian cooking. Vivace displays Danny Scordato's heart and skill and the best Italian food in town. Don't miss it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Vivace!! Never disappoints.
The Osso Bucco is some of the best I’ve ever had anywhere.
The wine list is quite good and the markup on the wines isn’t as much as many same caliber restaurants.
Service is excellent: the wait staff is always knowledgeable, courteous and efficient.
We save this place as a go-to for company.

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Tucson
382 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is at the pinnacle of Tucson dining. The food, service, and atmosphere are wonderful. We have dined here many times and it’s consistency is second to none.

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JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our recent Vivace was a delightful experience, as usual. I had requested a window table because we and our friends were celebrating a very special occasion. Not only was our request granted, we were also treated to a delicious complimentary dessert. It was a lovely evening. We'll be back again!

Jim and Anita Lumpkin

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LJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waitress didn't take our appetizer/food order for 30 minutes. Didn't get the first appetizer for another 30 minutes. 2 hours and 40 minutes total and she never came back to see if I need change or to run a credit card after she dropped off the bill. For a $400 bill it was not worth it and put a damper on the birthday celebration.

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HI
Tucson
266 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fine time on a very busy afternoon at Vivace. The parking lot was easily over 90%-full when we arrived, with the valet lot already in overflow. Tucson continues to beat a path to the door of this truly great restaurant. Jamala, always cheerful, got us setup and Patrick H served our meals promptly. My guest very much enjoyed the great Vivace, penne with sausage saving some to take home to his wife, a gourmet cook, who says she doesn’t like “restaurant food,” but does look forward (with relish) to “leftovers” from Daniel Scordato’s excellent kitchen.

I managed to get in on a serving of the, off-menu, sliced filet mignonette in Marsala sauce on focaccia bread. It’s clearly my favorite, when available. Alternatively, I particularly enjoy the New Zeland salmon on puff-paste over steamed spinach — truly an excellent meal! I topped off the meal by requesting the magnificent Red Chicken Breast in cream sauce with extra sauce on the side and two orders of Tirimisu for my wife, who loves “take-out” from this fine restaurant.
We look forward to returning soon. There’s no substitute for excellence! Thank you.

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LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

We brought gusts from MI and I specifically asked the head desk to tell our waiter to give the bill to me.
She specifically asked our waiter to do the same (having talked with her after the fact). When the waiter brought the bill,our male guest handed him the credit card and ended up paying for the meal. I am still furious over this!

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

Portions were way to large for our appetite and the food was not flavorful

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My husband and I had a very bad night after our dinner at Vivace, we couldn't digest our food and therefore we didn't sleep most of the night.
Vivace is a popular place and if one wants to be seen, that's the place to go. Their food is heavy and most of the items on the menu are stuffed with something else. Whatever happened to simple fresh food? How about serving a vegetable with the entrée besides potatoes?
I don't think we will return.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place and the food is delicious. Great atmosphere and the restaurant is wonderful!

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TN
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Very noisy and difficult to hear conversations.

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w
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing night. Service was incredible...food was amazing...wine was a perfect recommendation for dinner. Athena was an amazing server...she made the nigh fun for all of us. Highly recommended...

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CW
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and service

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! You get a lot of food for a reasonable price. I loved it. I went here on a date and sat outside. The weather was great and so was the service. I was surprised, especially because it was a very large restaurant, and sometimes sitting outside can be a risk. It was perfect though. We have multiple courses, and they were timed extremely well. They also were always on top of the bread and pesto sauce. It was wonderful!

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London
43 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

After many years of thinking this the best Italian in Tucson, this recent meal was a real disappointment. Popularity and numbers seem to have had their detrimental effect on food quality. It’s a shame. Hopefully it was a one-off bad night.

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KM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull as usual. Love Vivace for a relaxed lunch.

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F
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Vivace’s never disappoints.

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JF
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Mediocre food. Ordered stuffed portobello mushrooms. The "stuffing" had the an algae-like texture, and looked like it too. Three smallish portobellos swam in a pool of oil. Our server was an older gentleman who had little interest in waiting on two women who weren't drinking wine or cocktails, nor did we add appetizers or dessert. Vivace is riding on a reputation from a decade ago. Will not return.

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HI
Tucson
267 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful, as usual. Lovely, attentive, kind and friendly greeters at the door, know me by name and are always warm and welcoming. Annie, Bobbi, and (superb barback, Kelly) each offered cheerful greetings. Long-time server, Neal, approached our table promptly and had our orders delivered rapidly amid the busy lunchtime crowd at Vivace. My guest requested the excellent, Penne with Sausage. I requested the truly marvelous, Salmon over pasta in a grand garlic sauce.

My wife was expecting a treat from Vivace. She was very happy with the Vivace signature, chicken meatballs in red sauce over Capellini (“angel-hair”) pasta. We also requested Tirimisu desserts for take-out. These meals we enjoyed the following day. They kept well and warmed easily. My wife exclaimed: “Don’t call them ‘leftovers,’ when you start with excellent food, they’re fine the next day.” And, they were - truly charming. Thank you, Vivace! We’ll be back!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty and delectable. The server and owner were amazing. They really made our 1 year anniversary very special.

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BH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service! Outside dining is still enjoyable in November!

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful chicken salad with fresh greens deliciously flavored strips of brined chicken along with crisp potato Styx Dressed with tastey vinegarette and topped off with Parmesan cheese! The warm bread served with pesto olive oil Is irresistible! Service was the best !

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit, we'll be back. Everything was excellent; food, service, ambiance.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace was absolutely delicious!!! A beautiful restaurant, perfect for a perfect dinner night, romantic, or with family or friends. We went to celebrate 2 birthdays my sister and my husband. We all loved what we ordered, we had a awesome waiter that made our night just PERFECT!!!. They are awesome....

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Tucson
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is fine dining in Tucson. Great food and wonderful wine pours. A nice array of Italian favorites and seafood delights.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Do not be fooled by the ratings. We had reservations and were seated at a terrible table next to a pillar with no views in the center of the restaurant. Service was slow and inattentive. I don't know how this restaurant received good reviews. I saw two other tables complain about the seating.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived we knew we were in for a very special evening at Vivace's! The north Tucson location allows for romantic sunset and twinkling city views from the dining room and patio. The ambiance inside was comfortable, cheerful, warm, and just lovely. The service throughout the evening was consistently impeccable and everyone serving us was quite lively but equally appropriate and professional. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed every bite, starting with the warm, freshly baked bread served with delicious pesto. He loved his fresh, delicate but robust Ceasar salad and his entree which was very fresh, flaky fish of the day served with a deliciously light, creamy shrimp sauce while I was in heaven with my amazing spinach salad with prosciutto, roasted pine nuts, romano cheese and port wine dressing and my entree beef tenderloin cooked to perfection with marsala wine sauce, perfectly grilled asparagus and excellent garlic potato puree. Vivace's wine selection is outstanding! Overall our entire dining experience at Vivace's was by far the best we've experienced in a long time! We're looking forward to returning soon!

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PA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere, Food and Service was Excellent. We really enjoyed ourselves and the food was prepared and presented masterfully. Great dinner experience. Servers were attentive but not intrusive. A+

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LK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Vivace has consistently spectacular food and great views, the wine list is good and service is usually very attentive

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K
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a 99 birthday. Love this place. Consistent excellent service and food!

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FA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food, the ambience, the service is great! We look for birthdays but also for any reason to lunch there.
Bobbi, Faith, and Iva

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They never let us down, our favorite spot for special occasion as well as just a great night out.

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s
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic owner and staff
You can never be disappointed

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. My husband and I have enjoyed Vivace for 25 years and
it's our all time favorite restaurant. Ask any Tucsonan to name their favorite
restaurant and EVERYONE will say enthusiastically "Vivace!"

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HI
Tucson
267 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, we had a fine time. My friend had the penne with sausage (outstanding). I had the fish du jour, pacco - pacco with excellent vegetable garnish. Also, I was happy to take out a dinner portion, manicotti and tiramisu for my wife, which she greatly enjoyed. Servers, David & Brett, took good care of us at the table. Greeters Annie & Bobbi, kind and cheerful, as always helped get me situated. Their gracious smiles mean a lot. We always feel so very welcome at Vivace! We look forward to returning soon. Thank you!

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PC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Vivace was outstanding as usual, we can always expect exceptional service and food

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