About Vivace

1910 Ralston Ave.
Belmont, CA 94002
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Translated from the Italian language, Vivace means "lively", which is exactly the ambiance at Vivace Ristorante where culinary creations join with excellent wines to celebrate the cuisine of Northern Italy. Highly regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Peninsula, Vivace Ristorante is located in the charming city of Belmont. The warm interior is designed as to permit the viewing of the talented chefs as they prepare an array of Italian dishes with emphasis in the regions of Piemonte and Toscana. With its exceptional cuisine, elegant ambiance, high level of service, and extensive wine list (2003-2014 Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence), Vivace creates a wonderful dining experience in which the gastronomia of Northern Italy is celebrated everyday!

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:30 pm and Sundays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm. For Saturday & Sunday lunch, please call the restaurant for private reservations. Large parties only.

Cross Street:
Alameda de Las Pulgas

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 637-0611

Website:
http://www.vivacerestaurant.com/

Catering:
We cater small intimate dinners to large parties. Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Public lot at 1870 Ralston Avenue. Street parking also available.

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact the restaurant directly with private party room and special menu requests.

Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Open menu with Brunch items.
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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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Private Dining

Vivace is well equipped to host your special function, whether it be an off-site meeting, baby shower, retirement party, anniversary, or a wedding rehearsal dinner. Please inquire about our group and corporate deals. We also offer a Prix Fixe tasting menu.

Vivace Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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a new gem

Dined 6 days ago

Everything about Vivace was fantastic, from the inviting atmosphere, to it's wonderful food. The arancini was an appetizer I felt I could eat over and over again. They were the perfect size and the spicy tomato sauce only brought out more of it's flavor. I enjoyed the spinach pasta on my first visit, and I think that will become my regular dish at Vivace. The pasta wasn't heavy or greasy, it was simple but still full of flavor, and it was hearty. During my second visit I had the orechiette pasta and everything about the pasta was like taking a bite right out of italy. The sausage paired well with the fennel and brocolli rabe, and I loaded up on pecorino and parmesan cheese. I obviously saved room for dessert, and their chocolate hazlenut sundae is so delicious, and it's perfectly sweet. It doesn't give you a toothache or leave you feeling full to the brim, but it's the perfect amount of sweetness. If you want something more indulgent, then their chocolate molten cake is the one for you. I love Vivace, and I am going back for more.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A great find

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

What started out as a wedding ceremony/reception/dinner; it turned out to be a great meal. We returned about 6 weeks later - our group had the specials, pasta and Eggplant Parmesan. Everything was delicious and we are bent on going back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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ambience4
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It's All Good

Dined on March 23, 2016

Met for luncheon (three) and the food was very good indeed. Salads, entrees and dessert. The wine list is large and the wine selected (by us) was very nice. Service was timely and efficient. I could see that parking may be an issue - although it was not for our party. Will return!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

We had a delightful dining experience wi ...

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

We had a delightful dining experience with my grandson and my wife. Daniel had the eggplant. I had the penne pasta with sausage and Karen had her salad. Thank you Mike for everything it was a wonderful day for all of us. John Martin

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Should Have Come Here Sooner

Dined on March 21, 2016

Just moved back to Belmont after about a 2 year hiatus. I had always meant to try Vivace but just never had the opportunity. On Sunday night, my mom and I were pretty tired from some work we were doing and I wanted to take her to a really good meal. The reviews were terrific and the menu looked sublime. We were not disappointed. The Arancini were incredibly delicious and so was the Bresaola. We shared them both. Then we shared the fish special which was sea bass with big meaty beans that tasted like potatoes in a rich almost broth like sauce. The fish was melt in your mouth tender and rich - cooked perfectly. The service was great and I wish I could remember our servers name so I could give him a shout out. I will be back often.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
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Outstanding experience everyone licked their plate

Dined on March 21, 2016

Only issue was no short ribs or Osso Bucco otherwise all was well and everyone liked their meals.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5

Great for a big group. Nice food and gr ...

Dined on March 18, 2016

Great for a big group. Nice food and great service.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Our Neighborhood Gem

Dined on March 16, 2016

Great spot to eat in the Carlmont neighborhood of Belmont. The setting is nice and less noisy than most restaurants these days. The food is very nice and the wait staff and owner friendly and effective. Parking is not bad being a small town area with possibly a short walk from the surrounding neighborhood. What more can you hope for in a nice dinning experience. Enjoy!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Vivace Ristorante Excellent!!

Dined on March 15, 2016

Very special restaurant on the Peninsula -- try it, you'll love it.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Long time patron.. dependable fare.

Dined on March 10, 2016

Been going to Vivace for 16 years now, its a very nice restaurant: upscale, great italian food, in our neighborhood... so we can get there and out easily. In fact it was the first "dinner out" for our child when they were 2 weeks old! i had the special meat lasagna this time around. It was delicious, and great portion. My companions had the carpaccio+salad as well as the pizza. Overall a great experience

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistent quality

Dined on March 9, 2016

A perfect place for any occasion, I often take clients to lunch here and they are always impressed. Also, very romantic place for my wife and I!!

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
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NICe atmosphere good food

Dined on March 7, 2016

I Like this place.The food is always the same quality.The chef even accepted to make some changes in the food for us.I will go back to try the pizza. And then go back and try something else on the menu.The wine list is very good and well priced. So I'll definitely be going back.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent Experience

Dined on February 28, 2016

The service and food were outstanding! The menu had a varied selection, and everything that was ordered at our table did not disappoint. We arrived at 5:30, and by 7 the dining area was full. So make sure to make reservations. We will be returning again based on this last visit.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Lunch at Vivache.

Dined on February 24, 2016

Excellent service and food. I always pleased and even ordered to go on some nights. Lunch was delicious. I ordered the chicken Marsala dish and took home half. So goo

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
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Love the salmon dish! Love the bread! Lo ...

vip
Dined on February 24, 2016

Love the salmon dish! Love the bread! Love the menu! Love the service! Love it all. However, I had 6:30p reservations on a Tuesday night and they didn't sit us until 7:15p.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great dessert

Dined on February 22, 2016

Love the dessert, can not go wrong. Brick oven pizza is the best. Pear martini is a must have.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great Dining Experience

Dined on February 21, 2016

Our party of four enjoyed every course of dinner on a Saturday night at Vivace. The noise level was very moderate for a modern restaurant even tho there was a lively (and Happy) crowd. The reserved table was ready for us right on time, service was professional and friendly. The crispy calamari appetizer was done very lightly and the best I have ever . The fish - Branzini (sp?) was nicely done and the salads and pasta dish were excellent. All portions were generous. The wine list is impressive but expensive - however we were able to find some moderate priced wines that were reasonable and complimented the food. This was our first dinner at Vivace but we plan to return often.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Dinner at Vivace

Dined on February 21, 2016

Always an amzing time. Such a neighborhood gem, we are so lucky to have this restaraunt so close to our home. Great food and wonderful service EVERY time

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food2
ambience2
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Vivace disappoints. In spite of other fa ...

Dined on February 16, 2016

Vivace disappoints. In spite of other favorable reviews online, the food is mediocre.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

It was a perfect Valentine's Dinner. We ...

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

It was a perfect Valentine's Dinner. We sat down immediately, and the service was on spot. The menu was not a special for this day, which we preferred. Our dinner and dessert were outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service4

Amazing food today! Great experience fro ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Amazing food today! Great experience from the staff today for valentines day

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Valentine's Day Experience

Dined on February 15, 2016

Me and my boyfriend came here for Valentine's Day and it was wonderful. Not only was it one of the only nice restaurants in the local area that didn't have a prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day, but it was delicious to boot. We arrived for our reservation about 15 minutes early and even though the place was fairly busy they sat us immediately. Me and my boyfriend like to take our time at restaurants and our waiter never once rushed us into ordering or finishing our food. I highly recommended the pappardelle. It was delicious. Awesome bread too. Would definitely go back!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience2
service4
value3

50th wedding anniversary

Dined on February 14, 2016

Booked a 5pm Saturday dinner reservation to celebrate my in-laws 50h wedding anniversary for a party of 6. As this was an early reservation, most tables were empty. Nonetheless, we were sat a the kitchen entrance, undoubtedly the worst table in the house. A request for a change was not granted. If we were walk ins, I could understand. But we made a special reservation well in advance.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Great local place

Dined on February 13, 2016

Vivace has become a regular for us. We always get good service and food. Price of drinks are high however so we will be having cocktails at home in the future.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Great food and ambiance. Amar is an outs ...

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

Great food and ambiance. Amar is an outstanding waiter!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Birthday dinner

Dined on February 12, 2016

This was my second time having dinner here. Both were a birthday get together for a friend and both times we were happy with the staff and with the food...so good! I just visited Rome and the food at Vivace took me back there.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Good place for relaxed dinner

Dined on February 11, 2016

Seated promptly on a Wednesday evening, in a largely full restaurant. Server was capable and friendly, and food came in good timing. The fish (my friend had snapper, I had sea bass) was excellent. Tiramisu was average. Overall, a good place.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always a good pick

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

There are a few restaurants on the peninsula that you can always count on. Vivace is one of the them. The food and service is consistently great. This is a good option if you are looking for a smaller-sized restaurant with a nice ambiance and great Italian food.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Branzino to die for!

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

We had family in town and took them to this neighborhood favorite. We were not disappointed as the friendly and professional staff did an--as usual--outstanding job. There are many longtime favorites on Vivace's menu and some nice new additions among the specials. This was the first time we found branzino there and it was to die for! It was beautifully presented, delicious and had melt-in-your-mouth texture. Bravo, Vivace! We'll be back soon!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service3
value5

very impressive. food were very good and tasty.

Dined on January 27, 2016

Pro -it would be a place where I would like to return with my husband and other couples. Con - drinks for 2 of colleagues where forgotten; the lemonade were more like water infused with lemon; felt a bit rushed after lunch was served (ex: requested for additional oil/balsamic dip with the additional bread for lunch - why was it collected and the basket of bread left there?)

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The Best Little Restaurant in Belmont!

Dined on January 22, 2016

Vivace is, by far, my favorite Italian restaurant in Belmont, and one of the only restaurants in our little town! Seriously, this restaurant is consistently above average on every rating all the time. My favorite dinner, which is their Rissotto, has never been equaled at any other restaurant I've visited, and my husband almost always has the Osso Bucco for the same reason. The owner, Michael, is usually on-site, talking with customers and making sure everything is running smoothly. I always bring or recommend Vivace to my friends and out-of-town guests. Be sure to make a reservation because too many people have sent this type of review and the restaurant is always hopping!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Our regular go-to weekend treat

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

My wife and I dine out two or three nights on most weekends, and we almost invariably enjoy one of those meals at Vivace. It's a no-brainer. We are not "foodies" and we prefer to dine out where we are confident of the quality of the dining experience, rather than seeking out the latest hot venue or chef. Most importantly, we go for the food. Vivace uses the highest-quality ingredients, carefully prepared and consistently excellent. Of course, excellent food can only be thoroughly enjoyed if it is competently served, and here Vivace excels as well. The hosts and waitstaff evidently enjoy working there, as they are friendly, helpful and thoughtful. As regulars, we are always greeted as friends. The dining rooms themselves are comfortable and attractive, appropriately lighted and always neat and very clean. We love sitting in the room with the gas fireplace. The bar is comfortable and welcoming, with a happy buzz, offering a few small tables and booths and two TVs showing sports channels (but always silent - this is by no means a "sports bar"). The bartenders are quick and attentive and always ready to suggest a drink or build one to your specifications. The wine list is fairly large, and reasonably priced. Vivace is a very good value, with a $$+ menu. Although the newcomer may think the prices a tad bit high, it would not have been by sheer luck that they thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience -- they can be sure of that every time, and that is worth every dollar.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

A neighborhood Gem for sure!

vip
Dined on January 14, 2016

Fabulous food, lively scene no matter what night you go! A definitely go-to place and will be back of years to come.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

NY din with the bestie

Dined on January 14, 2016

Had a delicious dinner, great wine, fabulous service and definitely coming back

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

wait time

Dined on January 10, 2016

Had reservation for 6:30PM. had to wait until 7PM to be seated, got a good booth table

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great Restaurant

Dined on January 2, 2016

Vivace has been a favorite of mine since they opened years ago. The food is excellent and service is always great. A real Winner!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food great service

Dined on January 1, 2016

The menu is that of a typical Italian restaurant.We had the salmon it was excellent.My husband had the veal and also said it was great.The deserts were also excellent.Went on New Year's Eve and was worried because some restaurants lower the quality, especially if they are super busy.But there was no disappointment.I will go again and try some pizza and pasta dishes. Service was also great.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service1
value2

Great during the year but NEVER on New Years Eve!

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

I want to start off by saying Vivace is one of our favorite local restaurants. We eat there often during the year. We love it so much that we wanted to spend New Years Eve '15 with them. This is the 3rd year we attend Vivace on New Years's: the 1st YR was awesome, 2014 not so great & 12/31/15 was simply a huge DISAPPOINTMENT. HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS: - We arrived 5 min late for our 9PM reservation but had to wait another 15 min for our table - we sat at a table at the bar along with a table full of dirty empty glasses noone ever came by to clean up - When we were finally seated, I had to ask two different folks for napkins (we got them after the appetizer and drinks) - When our waiter finally came by, his first words to us were "this has been a crazy night, I can't wait for it to be over". Not the greeting we were use to getting; he handed us our menus and off he went - THE COCKTAILS (MANHATTAN & CHAMPAGNE) WERE DELICIOUS & THE CALAMARI WAS FANTASTIC - When our waiter finally took our order; every selection we ordered, he proceeded to let us know they were out of: WHAT? it's New Year's Eve, with a LIMITED menu (my favorite was not even on there (gnocchi ); ok so we thought: lamb osso bucco, NY strip or lasagne would be just as great...they were out of all 3; it would have been nice if he told us when he handed us the menu. - Erik and I ordered something else and when the food arrived, it was so salty, I had to send it back...the food was OK but nothing we would order again - Erik ordered another Manhattan and when the waiter brought it, he was a table away, handed it to Erik and asked Erik to 'hand over' the empty glass - he could not even walk over to our table. - Our meal was over and typically Vivace waiters come over and ask if we left room for dessert...BUT OUR WAITER CAME BY AND SAID, "YOU'RE DONE? WOULD YOU LIKE THE CHECK", yes please, NO DESSERT FOR US I GUESS. Vivace, we will visit you again but NEVER AGAIN ON NEW YEARS EVE!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

NYE was very nice

Dined on January 1, 2016

Had a 8:30 reservation on NYE. We actually ended up taking a table in the bar because the wait would have been longer. It worked out very nicely. The bar wasn't that crowed at that time of night and we had a very nice waiter. Food was good. Bumped into a lot of people we knew which made it even more of a special occasion. They also gave us party hats and other items which we took with us to our next event. I would recommended it. I had the Veal and was a very good portion.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Nice atmosphere, but missteps in service

Dined on January 1, 2016

I really like the atmosphere at Vivace, especially for a sleepy little bedroom community like Belmont, but my last experience there wasn't great. This was New Year's Eve and may not be indicative of their regular service, but after checking in early for an 8:15pm reservation and being told we could be seated in about 5 minutes, my dinner companion and I told the hostess we'd get a drink at the bar and wait for her to get us (we were about four steps away from the hostess stand in our seats). We waited at least 5 minutes for the bar tender to look at us, say he'd be with us, or ask us what we wanted to drink. When we realized it had been almost 45 minutes since we checked in I went to the hostess stand to ask for a status. The hostess asked if I'd checked in, then apologized when I told her we had checked in a long time ago, and had been waiting for her at the bar. By the time she seated us we had long since finished our drinks and paid for them (after much prompting of the bar tender to take our money). She did give us a very nice booth to sit in, and the waiter greeted us promptly, but I was a little disappointed with the value of the meal overall given the prices (Carpaccio was good but pasta just so-so).

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