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50 Level 1 High Street, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-302 2303
12:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went out on a date before Easter weekend with my partner. It wasn't very busy, maybe because that was the night we were expecting the cyclone in Auckland. 😂 Not sure how this place is like on a busy night. The space of this place is massive, despite it being secreted away upper staircase. The food is great. Wine selection... More 

Thank Kristhea P
Waiuku, New Zealand
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a group of people to dinner, we were given our own room which I found excellent. The staff were very good and patient with us. The food was very nice but for an Italian restaurant , it didnt really act like one, that is my only gripe.

Thank Rizzla33
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our dinner here at vivace, the kumara gnocchi and eye filet were beautiful. We were a group of 9 and everyone loved it. Will be back again.

Thank Ollie P
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi Ollie P, We really appreciate you dining with us on your special occasion. Thanks for the sharing the love and we hope you have a fantastic weekend. Can't wait to look after you again Cheers Steve More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dined with a large group , on a set menu arrangement. Service was attentive although diner was late. Tapas consisted of chicken nibbles, squid, deep fried mushrooms, meat balls. Nothing wrong with it, nothing good about it. Main was duck risotto. It was awful. Technically the risotto was ok, but all that could be tasted was some cheap rehydrated mushrooms.... More 

Thank classicchch
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi Classicchch, Very sorry you did not enjoy your experience. If you would like to discuss your evening further please feel free to contact me at the restaurant. We are always trying to find ways to improve so welcome all feedback. Regards Steve More 

Saint George, Utah, United States
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101 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was so good. It was the highlight of our trip. I love the variety of different tapas you can get so you can try a lot of different types of food. Everything we got was excellent. The Goats cheese & mozzarella balls on rocket w honey & pear was so delicious. The sticky pork ribs were wonderful. And... More 

Thank Jon L
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi Jon L, Thanks for sharing the love Jon! The floor staff will be stoked to read your feedback regards to the service. Also the chefs love hearing that the food has hit the mark. Have a fantastic weekend Cheers Steve More 

San Francisco, California, USA
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710 reviews
472 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This walk-up eatery on High Street is a great place for drinks and nibbles or a good filing meal. The ambience is at night is rustic and even a bit like a Euro-castle -- lots of candles and a nice place to warm hands by the fire. 8 of us arrived with no rez on the recent weather bombed rainy... More 

Thank HaljoHal
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi HaljoHal, Thanks for sharing the love. I am glad you managed to find us and get out of the horrible weather. I will share this with the staff as they love the feedback. Have a fantastic week. Regards Steve More 

New Zealand
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124 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second time here for pre-show dinner & very happy both times. Choices are bountiful; from creative tapas both hot & cold to good selection of mains. Good wine selection, including tasting glasses but could use more variety. Wait staff Jacob & Chantel were very helpful & patient even though we were indecisive due to the many great options. Food was... More 

Thank YvonneWR
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi YvonneWR, Thank you for your kind words and also for choosing to have your pre-show dinner with us. I will print this out and pop it in the staff room so Chantal and Jacob will will get to enjoy it. Have a Fantastic week and we look forward to seeing you soon. Regards Steve More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Vivace is a regular "go to" restaurant when we are in central Auckland. Never lets you down. Interesting, tasty tapas, pizettes, pasta, gnocchi and mains - hard to choose which to go for. Awesome flavours and beautiful presentation. Many dishes have a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern influence delightfully expanding on the central Italian theme. The service is friendly, welcoming and... More 

Thank Justin L
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi Justin L. I feel I need to sign a waiver stating I didn't pay you to write this! Thank you so much for the amazing review. You seem to have managed to pretty much capture everything we strive to achieve. WOW. Have an amazing day and a massive thank you again for sharing the love Regards Steve More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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104 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with a large group to this restaurant and was very impressed with the range and quality of the tapas at this restaurant. They cater for a group very well, and the staff were very attentive. I would return just for the empanadas which were incredible.

Thank Joanna M
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi Joanna M, Thanks for the lovely feedback. We have plenty of Tapas to choose from which is even better when you dine as a group. I will pass on your kind words to the staff, Have a great day. Regards Steve More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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380 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went to Vivace for dinner while on holiday in Auckland. Location is on High Street which runs parallel to Queen Street. Large seating areas and we chose to sit in enclosed patio. Menu is selection of cold and hot tapas plus entrees and mains. Good selection of wine. Meatballs and fritters were both very tasty. Then... More 

Thank u2fan56
Steve M, General Manager at Vivace, responded to this review

Hi u2fan56, We are so glad you and your wife enjoyed your evening. The chef will be happy to here you liked the tapas selection with a nice glass of wine. Have a fantastic day and I hope we get to look after you both again soon Regards Steve More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
Spanish, Italian, Mediterranean, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Level 1 High Street, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-302 2303
Vivace Restaurant and Bar is one of the best inner city restaurants Auckland has to offer. The environment is lively, offers a warm ambience with excellent table service, a superb wine list and a menu which caters for diverse palates.The food is always of a high quality. Vivace’s food is unmistakably Italian and Spanish. We offer a full al-a-carte menu and for those wanting a more casual approach to eating, Tapas are available throughout the day.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?