Auckland City 09-302 2303
- Mon – Wed 12 noon – 10:30pm
- Thu – Fri 12 noon – 11:00pm
- Sat 5:00pm – 11:00pm
- Business Dining
- Conference Facilities
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 150
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
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 Mediteranian. We offer a full al-a-carte menu and for those wanting a more casual approach to eating, Tapas are available throughout the day.
Vivace is designed to cater for all dining experiences. You may require a romantic dinner for two, a business lunch or drinks and tapas in the bar or courtyard with friends. Recently added to Vivace is a covered balcony area that allows you to dine outside late into the evening.
21 Reviews for Vivace Restaurant
The group mostly ordered shared plates from the Tapas menu. Those that I tried – including mozzarella and goats cheese balls, grilled haloumi, calamari, and the bread and dips were all tasty and well presented. Everyone at the table commented favourably on their own selections. My previous experience at Vivace ordering mains was that they were basic and under-whelming, however the couple that selected them on this occasion were happy with what they chose. The pizzettes were generous, though rather over-endowed with cheese, to the extent that one was sent back, and it was happily replaced with one that was just right.
I didn’t have a dessert on this occasion, several were ordered by others and they were all eaten up with haste.
The service was always very friendly and started very well, but slowly faded through the night, making it hard for us to order a last round of drinks, and leaving us with a 25 minute wait to be able to order desserts. Side note: Why does this happen in Auckland restaurants? Keep up the positive attention consistently through to when you farewell me from the premises, that is the way to give a great experience.
I’ve been coming to this restaurant for many years, and I believe it is many years since the menu has changed. I’m talking 3 or 4 years at least, but it could be more. I think it’s a bad sign when a restaurant doesn’t iMorennovate. Sure, keep some favourites, but give the chef a change to impress me, or at least give me a reason to come back.
Vivace is mostly competent but inconsistent, it lets itself down in several areas. Update the menu, keep the service consistent, and Vivace could become an icon of High Street.
3 stars from the ThoughtfulReviewer.com
Not up to the standard I would expect from a restaurant of this quality and considering we spent nearly $700. Will not go back which is a shame considering I have eaten there several times. Wake up Vivace!
Discovered this is where these guys came when they wanted to feel relaxed while having a business lunch. They don’t take bookings at lunch unless you are with a big group but there seemed to be plenty of space & the group I was with never left the high bar tables in the bar. We shared tapas – all good & a few nice small weird beers and loved the crazy Scottish waitress. Will be back
We went with a big group and the single waitress seemed to take ages to take orders etc
This is somewhere I have been going to for a long time and over time it keeps improving. The food is quick tasty and varied. The kitchen is open so you can see the chef at work. Service is always top notch.
The food is not absolutely amazing, but good portions and tasty enough.
The wait staff were attentative and friendly.
The main issue with Vivace is their tendency to add a few extra drinks onto the bill. This happened years ago when I went here and then again on Friday night. We caught them out on it on Friday night, and there wasn’t even a real apology.
I am certain that they do it deliberately and often get away with it.
So this is a warning – especially if you are in big groups with a number of drinks being ordered – check your bill carefully.
We love the tapas as it suits the group that we dine with, which can be 2 to 10 people. The variety of tapas is good and the cannelloni is great also! Sometimes wish they would have a specials menu to expand the tapas as we end up having the same old things everytime.But they are good same old things.
I’d recommend this restaurant, it’s casual, friendly, buzzy with good food.
Food was excellent, everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was exceptional, if they keep up the high care they pay to serving their customers I will definitely be back. The place was nice, if a bit dark (hard to read menu).
There was a $15 cake fee which was unexpected but they did a good job of slicing and serving on plates with some cream and raspberry sauce.
Very good experience, will be back.
Go for the belly pork entree and the individual pavs for dessert. OMG, it’s all good to be honest.
I even used one of their function rooms for my birthday last year. I love their food, the atmosphere, and if I could find out HOW they train their staff so well, I would bottle it!