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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
17:00 - 21:30
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Hanson, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Last night in C-ville stopped in here on a Sunday night. Started with Italian goat cheese and artichoke dip with crusty warm bread. Very rich and creamy! Next salmon with risotto perfect choice and a chefs special. Relaxed atmosphere knowledgeable wait staff. Dessert tiramisu was heavenly. Highly recommend this place!

Thank Babs6464
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I met a few friends here for dinner. The food is always hot, very good. The ambiance is wonderful. We sat outside under umbrellas. It was a beautiful evening. The wine list has a good variety with all price ranges.

Thank Raindeer2001
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It was a beautiful night. We appreciate your postive feed back come see us again soon. Grazie! More 

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84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

The pasta was unremarkable. Underdone to me but probably with the desired "bite". Salad presented well but again unremarkable. Bread was delicious. Had to ask for it and was told they were out but soon on the way. Was glad I asked as was best part of meal. Had to ask for butter.

Thank TruHoo
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this review

I am very sorry we did not meet your expectations. Al dente pasta is our goal But certainly is not a preference for everyone. I do remember that being a particularly busy night and yes your bread was delayed as we bake loaves throughout the night. We all Work very hard to provide a postive dining experience and I am... More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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93 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

If you are in a hurry or want contemporary cuisine, this is not the Italian restaurant for you. If you are not in a rush and relish just good homemade Italian food and conversation, you cannot beat Vivace. My favorite dish is the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, sausage, and tomatoes. My husband loves the chicken parmesan, They are hearty portions,... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I guess the best way to describe this place is dated which is ok but the service was very bad and old menu. Owner is not a people person and is odd. Kitchen guy with no real ability to be around the front of the restaurant. Food was ok but service needs to be better and nothing has changed. Same... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The service was mildly warm, but the food made up for it. Great quality and quantity, a lot of pasta. They could use a greater variety of non-pasta dishes. It's a very traditional Italian menu that you would expect in any American restaurant with an Italian name. Super comfort food and it was fast too.

Thank KryskaTNK
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I took my son and his family here for dinner on a Sunday evening in January. Our party included a 6 year old and 3 year old. We were seated promptly. Nice ambience. The service was excellent. Our waiter recommended an excellent wine. My chicken parm was excellent. The whole family enjoyed their meals and desserts!

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Minneapolis, MN
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117 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Our friend wanted to go to an upscale restaurant for dinner and chose Vivace, as he's had good meals there. The food was good (not great), service was mediocre, and prices were as expected for an "upscale" place. I had the lobster bisque, which was tasty but extremely thick and salty with not much lobster. I also got the side... More 

Thank Carib0906
Charlottesville, Virginia
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67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We were two mature couples. The room in which we were seated had four tables. Eight people were later seated at one of those. As a result it was noisy and impossible for us to have a quiet conversation over dinner. I ordered the "Frutti de Mare." Imagine boiled spaghetti tossed in a bowl, covered with canned stewed tomatoes, a... More 

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Crozet, Virginia
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95 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

veal was fantastic as was the eggplant. great Italian food. Hard to beat Fabulous atmosphere. don't miss

Thank FAC86
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this review

Thank you for your postive review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?