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2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Charlottesville,Va and NYC
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We heard that it was under new management-what a difference- The food is wonderful, the prices decent and the service friendly. We felt at home there as it was similar to the neighborhood Italian restaurants that we had grown up with where the food was great, and the prices reasonable.

Thank marcusfirst
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveled to Charlottesville, VA for a weekend getaway to kick off the start of 2017 and had the opportunity to dine at Vivace. I was able to make a same day reservation and when I arrived I was greeted by the hostess who was very friendly, polite and escorted me to my table; which by the way was in a... More 

Thank Rashanda J
Middlebury, Vermont
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 16 had a private room for a delicious dinner over the holidays. Pasta and sauces were incredible. We enjoyed several appetizers and should have split dinners as we had more than we could finish. This is a new favorite place for us!

Thank MiddVermonters
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chef Landon Saul came to Vivace sometime after 2013 and we just discovered it this past summer. Our loss! It is now our favorite Italian restaurant in the Charlottesville area. I have to recommend the Spinach salad and the Orecchiette. The Orecchiette is so good I have a hard time choosing anything else; my wife feels the same way about... More 

Thank pmyhre
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was attentive and the atmosphere was attractive. The food, however, was nothing special. The appetizers were tasty, butternut squash soup and an artichoke goat cheese spread. My husband ordered chicken parmesan, and I had a pizza, plus tasted my daughter's gnocchi. He reported that his chicken was overcooked, the sauce and breading bland. My pizza was not as... More 

Thank Bonnie B
Indianapolis, Indiana
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68 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Food and wine were great. Ate the fish special which was a breaded cod over risotto. Husband had the Penne Bolognese and we started with the calamari. The aioli sauce had the perfect blend of spices to flavor. Would come back for sure!

Thank Kristin B
Bloomingdale, Illinois
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Our group of four couples enjoyed a delightful Sunday evening meal in the "upper room" at Vivace. (Had the weather been a bit warmer the charming, lighted patio would have tempted us to dine alfesco!). Our server was pleasant, efficient, and accommodating, and the food was amazing! The veal was fork-tender and lightly breaded, the baked ziti bolognese boasted a... More 

Thank TNfan
Charlottesville, Virginia
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I have always enjoyed Vivace but rarely make it to that side of town...until now! Their food is very authentic and always fresh. They have excellent bread (my Achilles heel) and a decent wine selection. I went over to the bar area recently and it was a. It loud for me. I think I will stick to the dinners! The... More 

Thank Valorie E
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Best italian we've had in the area! The restaurant has been remodeled, and the menu has been updated. The food is simply delicious! Highly recommend for either a special occasion or even just for a regular night out. So happy to see this restaurant thriving!

Thank L B
Valletta, Malta
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

When you go, go when you can sit outside. The terrace is lovely & picturesque, for sure. The interior is equally as lovely, only lacking in the natural ambiance being seated under a canopy & in he fresh air provides. Either way, the food will be amazing, & the wine pairings are very much on point. Do stay for dessert,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?