Vivace Restaurant

4.8
4740 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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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best. The food is consistently delicious and our server was excellent.

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Tucson
392 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner! The veal marsala with vegetable pasta was superb, and the two fish dishes, snapper and salmon, were excellent. Even the caesar salad was exceptional. No wonder this is considered by many to be the place to dine in Tucson!

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. The service was great. The view is very beautiful. The seating is a little crowded.

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AZ
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was exquisitely prepared and the service was impeccable. We had the fish of the day. I highly recommend the tangerine sorbet and the pistachio gelato.

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LE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience and the food always perfect!

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H
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Spinach Souffle never disappoints. Love going with women friends there for Lunch.

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

7 of us for a birthday lunch. Enjoyed by all. Waited and bus "girl" outstanding !!!

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LG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was spectacular as always, and our waitress was very sweet and accommodating, but it felt like it took a long time to get our food. Granted it was a Saturday night seating at 7:30, but the place seemed pretty empty by 8:30. Some of my guests enjoyed the lull between dishes, but I myself hope for faster service in the future. :)

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T
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are excellent! Gluten -free choices are limited...required a few minutes of "tweaking" with the server, but all went well!

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N
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best restaurant in Tucson. The service, the quality of food and drink, and the view can’t be beat.

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great but, even better, was the service. Our server was friendly, made wonderful suggestions and seemed to anticipate our every need. He truly made it a perfect experience.

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BL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Beautiful views. Great service. Food did not arrive hot. Offer to reheat (and dry it out!) Expensive for what it was.

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R
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat early and enjoy the spectacular sunset over the mountains. Great food, service and atmosphere. A very popular place!

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DD
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always great at Vivace. This time Natashia was our server and she was very good. She immediately made a positive "connection" with us and intuitively knew when to ask how are we were enjoying the lunch etc. Yes, we will definitely be back.
Thank you

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a
Edinburgh
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace's always does a wonderful job in preparing quality food with tasty sauces. It's our favorite restaurant in Tucson and we drive from Green Valley to get there. Make reservations, you'll need them.

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DY
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service were phenomenal! The wine was excellent!

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L
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is my go-to restaurant for special occasion or any time. The menu is pretty much the same all the time, with a couple of specials, but it's always so yummy and fresh! Great wine selection as well. When we arrived, we were greeted by Daniel, owner/chef with a "Happy Anniversary!" From the beginning to the end, we were made to feel special in every way. Our server, Jackie, has to be the sweetest, friendliest, and
most competent server we have ever run across. I had the mediterranean sea bass special, which was so delicately flavored, accompanied by the always yummy veggie rice. My husband had his favorite crab stuffed chicken breast, which never disappoints. All this was preficed by their mouth watering warm bread and parmesan/pesto oil for dipping. At the end of our meal, we were presented with a complimentary dessert with warm wishes. It was a very enjoyable dinner. Daniel even wished us a "Happy Anniversary" again as we were walking out. We will return again, and again, and again!

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S
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Never been disappointed but I was this time. My lunch soufflé was served on an ice cold plate. Made the whole dish disappointingly cold. No refill on my ice tea. My waiter was a seasoned person. Perhaps he had too many tables.

Also, I had reservations. Saw about 6 parties seated before I was. Why should I bother to check in? I was the second party in the door. Very odd.

I’ll think twice....

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TB
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Vivace pleases with great food and wine and wonderful service!

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was so personable and efficient. I think her name was Rachel but called Chelly. Food was good and was not skimpy. I consider Vivace Tucson’s finest restaurant.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

service good. food was way too salty. Not a veery big portion for 14.00

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a great meal! Never disappointed with this place!My favorite Italian Resterant !

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JC
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is consistently excellent. The nicest place to go in Tucson for a special lunch or dinner.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I have been to Vivace many times for special occasions with family. Never been any problems so I was very excited to take my husband for his birthday. The food was phenomenal! The service was poor. The waiter never checked on us, never refilled our wine or water, and when the tiramisu was finally brought out to us, it was melted. I was severely disappointed.

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RR
Mexico City
58 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Una tradición renovada en Tucson, la familia Scordato son de toda la vida y garantía de calidad en el servicio y preparación de alimentos

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year for our Anniversary. The food is awesome. Vivace never disappoints!

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

My wife and I had our 49th anniversary dinner here - and it was wonderful! Great food (shrimp with seafood stuffing for me; fish special - Dorado- for her). We each had a very generous martini and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, the nighttime city views, and our waiter, Tommy, was absolutely a delight - knowledgeable, fun, and attentive. We will certainly return for other special occasions, and likely for lunches from time to time. Our only issue: it could be closer to where we live on the far east side of Tucson! But it is most definitely worth the drive.

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d
Vancouver
54 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant....food always delicious. The wait staff is well trained and attentive. The restaurant is lovely and elegant. I love that it is not noisy so that you can actually enjoy having a conversation.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was elegant the staff was very attentive the meal to die for very generous portions great view of the city too

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JB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for New Years Day Cekebration with out of town guests.

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a gorgeous setting with excellent service. We will definitely come back,

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Vivace is a very nice go-to, great wine and food that does not disappoint. My only comment is that the views are a significant portion of the value, and this can be very hit-or-miss; you either get a great view, or are seated behind a pillar.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great pleasure to eat food that clearly has an actual and good chef putting it all together. Everything fresh, everything nuanced, and layered flavors that interact beautifully with each other. Best food in Tucson and area we think, but not an inhibiting hushed fancy restaurant atmosphere. Every table of diners had something different going on. A young couple celebrating their 1 year anniversary. 3 grandkids, their mom, and her parents having fun, selfies on the balcony after. 2 good ol’ boys in jeans and clean shirts. My husband and I -an old white couple - laughing about how did we get this old, on his 65th birthday.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. We are enamored of their pesto dip. The view was great. The manicotti and mediterranean sea bass was exquisite. Can't wait to return. This was our third visit.

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MD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We went on New Years Eve and had a very yummy dinner.
Was my birthday also, had thought there may have been a dessert offered, but no.
Otherwise good service for such a busy night.

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RS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed great food and rated it outstanding. Our server took more immediate care of other tables and we site longer than we should have to order, hence he 3 Stars.

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C
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Love this place, but not as good as previous visits. They didn’t have chicken meatballs and the Veal Marsala had the taste of a burnt pan. The creme brûlée was just not that good. I’ll be back do to many wonderful experiences prior, but just being honest about this visit.

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CL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, amazing and attentive staff!

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n
Phoenix
89 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Tucson. Daniel Scordatto really knows food and service.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good. Food and service top notch. Great martinis!

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