Vivace Restaurant

4.8
4653 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.
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 4653 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a wonderful evening! We had friends from out of town celebrating a birthday; they were so impressed with the food and service that they will be back again.

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L
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Vivace many times. It never fails. Yes it’s expensive, but the food and service are marvelous. Both lunch and dinner are good. If you haven’t tried the soufflé, try it!

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WI
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Vivace for over 12 years and find each visit special. Tucson’s very special dining experience.

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CJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The staff was helpful and friendly.

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c
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace never disappoints. We brought three new couples there the other night and they were blown away. I can always count on Vivace's to be beyond peoples expectations.

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RM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Not the best I had on my trip to Tucson. Also not as good of a value as I found elsewhere

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CC
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Meal and lovely waitress with exceptional service

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a
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was ok. However the person whose birthday we celebrated 44 years old fell sick after eating. Ambulance came and vitals were normal. We went to ER. EJG was normal. It seems that food was too heavy or????
Evening ended badly

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CA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is always the best food and best overall restaurant in the Tucson area.

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

We really enjoy the food, service and ambience at Vivace. The menu is not overwhelming and the selections are varied and well prepared. Considering the excellent quality of the food, the prices are quite reasonable.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is perfect from the time you walk in the door from the time you walk out the door. It’s apparent how much pride the owner takes in his beautiful restaurant. No detail, small or large is overlooked. It truly feels as though you’re dining at a Michelin rated restaurant. I had a pear and walnut salad and the delicious stuffed pork chop. It was a culinary delight for sure! Our Server’s name was Kameron. He was without a doubt the finest!
Thank you for a memorable and perfect evening.

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BA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic , definitely one of the best three restaurants in Tucson

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LI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit - food has been exceptional every time. Service excellent. Favorite place to dine!

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DG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very busy on a Sat night. Service was well paced and great. Food was outstanding

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T
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was exceptional! The owner was very engaged and attentive.

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

This is my favorite restaurant!! We used to live in Sierra Vista, AZ and drive here just for dinner. Now we live in Queen Creek and we still drive her for dinner. Food is always delicious and service exceptional. The spinach and cheese soufflé. It is soooo good.

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RR
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivace is amazing!

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C
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No better place for a business lunch or elegant dinner.

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JA
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sumptuous food ,I have never had a meal that was not a culinary delight .

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time for us at this restaurant, which was recommended by friends. Food and service were great. Good wine selection. Overall pricing seems to be closer to big city rather than Tucson levels. Will definitely return in future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Appetizer (mushrooms) were delicious. Both pasta dishes were over cooked. The bus-person hovered and tried several times to take dishes before we were done. It made us feel rushed.

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HI
Tucson
267 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a fine time. Stewart kept us supplied with fine quality meals. I had the excellent sliced filet mignonettes on focaccia in Marsala sauce - a true favorite. My guest had his favorite penne with sausage, taking half home for his finicky wife (who doesn’t like “restaurant food” but loves leftovers from Vivace)
Stewart was great about keeping the coffee cup full- a blessing on a late fall day as Tucson weather dips into the chilly lower seventies. To go, I took home a diner portion of manicotti— a great favorite of my wife’s. Vivace continues to provide the best overall quality of any restaurant in Tucson. Special thanks to greeter, Annie, who escorted me to the table and got me seated.
We’ll be back!

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LL
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening!

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening highlighted by wonderful food, great service and lovely surroundings.

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EZ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. This was my first time eating here and I will definitely be back

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OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, I had made a mistake with the date of the reservation Daniel accommodated us and it was a wonderful experience.

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TA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our wedding dinner at Vivace and we love going back every year for our anniversary. Amazing food and the staff are always friendly.

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g
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought visiting friends here for a nice dinner out the night before Thanksgiving. There was a beautiful sunset, and later the lights of the city were lovely. Our meals were top-notch, and our waitress was very helpful and attentive. This is our favorite Tucson restaurant, and we have never had anything but great experiences here.

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SC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivaci's never disappoints. We have been eating here for years for all our special occasions. Prices and quality can't be beat!

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PH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, exceptional, best in Tucson
Delicious food, good service beautiful setting.

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DF
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love vivaces. The waitress was okay as she spent more time with larger parties.

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m
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
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 on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jameela was great !!! Excellent service

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M
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
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 on November 16, 2018
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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F
Tucson
386 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
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 on November 15, 2018
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 on November 15, 2018
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
268 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
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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