Vivace Restaurant

4.8
6044 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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joyceb
Tucson
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious, service was a little slow due to the circumstances of the Covid19.
Very nice atmosphere, really enjoyed our lunch.

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vipDanH
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had an early reservation (4pm) for a Saturday night. Service from our waiter was only so-so. Looked to me like they had too few servers at 4pm. Maybe not surprising. By 6pm that situation was corrected, although our waiter continued to struggle.

The food was good and the surrounding were pleasant. I'd return but with a 6pm to 7pm dinner time.

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vipBetsy
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were six very good friends celebrating a special birthday. We were taken care of, the food was delicious, and the wine perfect. It was the best way to celebrate a birthday!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious from the bread to dessert, great service!

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HectorS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice time! Very good customer service and friendly staff.

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vipJulie
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!!

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vipHIPPO243
Tucson
326 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David took great care of us on a quiet noontime lunch at Vivace. Great coffee, significantly enhanced by a glass of Harvey’s Bristol Creme Sherry, complimented the fish du jour for me, and the incomparably scrumptious Red Bird Chicken Breast, enjoyed by my guest (who always takes half of his generous portion home to his wife, who says that she doesn’t like “restaurant food!” but she’s willing to make an exception for Vivace.)
My wife requested the magnificent, Vivace signature, “Steak Scordato,” filet mignon with asparagus, which she reapportioned into two “fabulous!” lunchtime meals at home. “I had forgotten just how wonderfully Daniel’s chefs do DCT” [Dead Cow Tenderloin!]. “This is simply terrific, great beef!” she expostulated. GRRR! Great Restaurant Run Right, even amid the the KungFlu! We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The service was on point.

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CarolP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the patio and it is the perfect location with a wonderful ambience! Always go toVivace for al special occasions. Never have been let down!

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foothills
Phoenix
66 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to a restaurant since COVID-19 began. We ate on the patio and felt very safe. I started with the spinach salad and it was one of the best I ever had. Then had the mussels special and it was delicious and huge; couldn’t eat the pasta it was served on as I was so full. Used the fabulous bread to soak up the sauce. Husband had the pork Parmesan and said it was so tender he could cut it with a fork. He thought the portion was overly generous and loved the vegetable pasta it was served with. We were both extremely happy with our experience. We will definitely return & highly recommend.

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gmaoffive
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside on beautiful patio feeling very safe eating at a restaurant. Food wonderful as usual. Can’t say enough good things about our experience

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Yakityyak
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Vivace for special occasions...we had lunch for a birthday celebration. Food was excellent. It is fun to have a cake/candle for our celebration. Thank you!

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robertc
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and incredibly consistent food, staff and ambience.

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vipJBLMDMBA
Phoenix
100 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A classic Italian presentation with a wonderful production of “end product “! Several dishes are on the creative side that beat any standard comparison: the escargot and artichoke appetizer is the most remarkable combination and flavors I have had compared to the standard escargot. My only issue was I was almost full after the pre meal bread and fresh pesto!
The evening special of branzino filet was fabulous but I must also complement the chicken meatballs with capellini pasta I ordered to have for lunch h the next day: wow.
And finally the desserts should just be a separate meal

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alwaysawesome
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Full attention to detail as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great staff!

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PAMELAK
Tucson
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! A favorite!

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vipJCBTucson
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic
Lunch honoring an employee for 34 years of service on his retirement

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LeahV
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivace came recommended to us by our Airbnb host, and the restaurant was within walking distance of our place! So we made a reservation for outside on a Thursday evening. The service, food, and ambiance was excellent. We got the chicken meatballs and the vegan bolognese. The flavors of both were spot on. The bread with pesto served prior to the meal was also very satisfying. The only thing that could’ve made it better would be if the patio had heaters for those chillier Tucson nights. Otherwise, it was a perfect experience and we will be back the next time we are in town!

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Jeff
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual. Daniel Scordato is an excellent host and restauranteur.

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gloriar
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felix excellent waiter
Food delicious
Patio beautiful

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TriciaM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The atmosphere in the restaurant was fine and the server was very pleasant, competent, and eager to please. The wine was quite good. The food, however, was average at best, really nothing special. We were quite disappointed and do not plan to return.

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vipHIPPO243
Tucson
325 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a charming lunch on a moderately busy Veterans Day at Vivace. Steve kept the coffee flowing and helped provision of take-out meals for our ladies waiting anxiously at home for fabulous, Scordato-inspired food from “Tucson’s Finest Restaurant!” We each look forward to three to five, mid-week lunches at Vivace, every month. This is a truly fine restaurant, keeping up the charming ambiance & excellent meal quality despite the KungFlu! We’ll be back!

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DavidS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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PatB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Halibut over cooked and Manicotti was soggy. Stuffed pork chop was awesome. Server was uninspired.

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was the former Anthony's of Tucson. It was very nice and the food was great. They brought the pricing down from the former, but not the quality. I would go back there again when I am in town.

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LarryS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful. Highly recommend Vivace.

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Liontari
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no substitute for excellence in the kitchen. Vivace has it. That is why I am always on the lookout for guests to bring. This time, as often, my guest was my wife. She is Sicilian and a very good cook. She is also a complainer. She never complains at Vivace.

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vipJaneB
Tucson
38 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The stuffed mushrooms were a huge disappointment. They were overcooked, mushy and tasteless. COVID allows for some changes, just one paper menu, no table decoration - but I had hoped Vivace still served quality food. Service seemed a little off.

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vipSteveR
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant for a special occasion or romantic evening!

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DebbieJ
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, wait staff is amazing and very friendly!

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vipMemorable
Tucson
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the restaurant to go whenever you are lookin for a great meal, wonderful wines and exceptional service

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. The food was amazing, and why I keep coming back. Server was great, lots of personality. I was expecting the bill to be higher, but great value.

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tedj
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to dine at Vivace. It's one pf our favorite restaurants. The food and service are always superb!!

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vipSueZQ
Tucson
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service & surroundings fabulous as always.
Thanks.

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vipCritic
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food, service and ambiance all first rate. An iconic Tucson restaurant.

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JanisH
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely luncheon outside! Service was good and food delicious!

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vipThadB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had heard about Vivace from a friend. The view of Tucson from up on the hill is really nice. The service was excellent and timely (not rushed and there to make sure we were happy). The food was outstanding. I know good Italian (I'm 1/2 Italian) and this is really good Italian. We were there on a Wednesday evening and they were full and for good reason. I highly recommend the restaurant but make a reservation!

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AnnM
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time here, and the food and service was fantastic!

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MHWR
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lunch on the Patio was perfect. Food was very good, drink was very good, service was very good and the Patio was the perfect setting for a COVID lunch. The one negative was the Tiramisu dessert - it was definitely very sub-par. All cream, no Lady Fingers, very little flavor!

FAQs

Vivace Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 795-7221.

Vivace Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 6044 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.