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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (27 reviews)
“bread” (17 reviews)
“orecchiette” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always had excellent meals here. In the warmer weather they have outdoor seating or in colder periods nice indoor seating. The food is fresh and very well prepared. Service is always excellent. We go periodically and will return.

Thank JackTravl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I found Vivace out of desperation. We were in Charlottesville on a Friday night and tried to go to Main Street for dinner. After looking long and hard for parking, we went back to square one. The TripAdvisor app showed Vivace was...More

1  Thank JoeT621
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Met friends this evening and I ordered the wedge salad... delish! and the orecchiette pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe!!! With just a hint of spice :) Sitting outside, enjoying good company, good wine, and good food at Vivace was a home run evening. Easy...More

1  Thank Maria P
Reviewed 1 March 2018

Vivace does an excellent job with delicious traditional Italian dishes---hearty meatballs, perfectly done pasta, thick sauces, crispy crusted pizzas. Head and shoulders above Italian foods at chain restaurants. You won't be disappointed!

1  Thank M M
Reviewed 30 December 2017

We very much enjoyed our dining experience at Vivace! The wait staff were experienced, friendly, and helpful! We would recommend this establishment to anyone who desires a great Italian experience!

Thank 12AJB16
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thansk you for such a nice review. We appreciate your patronage and wish you a happy New Year!!

Reviewed 4 December 2017

Had a wonderful meal at Vivace over the weekend. There's something about good tomatoey red sauce that just makes you feel good and Vivace didn't disappoint. The Chicken parm was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. I also really enjoyed my ceaser salad and the garlic...More

Thank Steve K
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of our restaurant. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you again.

Reviewed 25 November 2017

My wife, two adult children and myself had dinner here on Friday November, 24, 2017. We were going to the VA Tech vs. UVA football game, had eaten here before and knew it would be very good. The restaurant is easy to find with plenty...More

Thank ChamL
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thank you for a nice review. We look forward to serving you and your again. Go Hoos!

Reviewed 9 November 2017

We had such a good experience at Vivace. The managers/owners were awesome. They were so accommodating with our last minute reservation request. The meal was delicious, especially the salad with the red and white beets. A great time was had by all!

1  Thank arc612
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thank you! Our beets are sourced locally as well as the goat cheese. Glad you enjoyed your dinner! Come see us again soon!

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Were seated upstairs next to a large noisy group. Hostess was kind enough to move us downstairs. It was still a bit noisy but better. Service was efficient and served with a smile. Pasta with marinara sauce was delicious. Pasta perfectly cooked. Spinach salad with...More

1  Thank LNM1108
Reviewed 22 October 2017

I was visiting my daughter in Charlottesville last week and we had dinner at Vivace. I’ve been wanting to go there ever since I started visiting Charlottesville. I drive past it for years and thought it was so pretty, so inviting. Well, I finally went...More

1  Thank DJAndrews
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thank your for your visit. Glad you enjoyed your dinner. Join us for patio season in 2018 it really is a unique dinning experience.

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Response from DebbiPRN | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about catering or delivery, but I'm sure they would be happy to speak w/ you.
Melissa W
31 August 2015|
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Yes look on line for the menu and call
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$32
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-979-0994
Vivace Restaurant, located on Ivy Road near the University Of Virginia , opened its doors in July of 1995. Housed in the former main quarters of a peach orchard, Vivace attracts patrons with its diverse atmosphere. From the cozy intimate upstairs, which hints at the comfort and ease of Nona's home, to the vast expanse of our multi-tiered outdoor terrace, the ambiance at Vivace appeals to all. The 1940s hand-crafted serpentine bar in the lounge provides a festive setting for the light-hearted. For the romantic, enjoy a glass of wine by our inviting fireplace. From the moment you arrive, you'll discover that Vivace is full of Italian charm. Our unique decor and old family photos will transport you to a quaint Italian village, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Providing authentic entrees has been our primary goal for the past eighteen years.
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