We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
+1 434-979-0994
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (23 reviews)
“bread” (15 reviews)
“orecchiette” (2 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
$$ - $$$
2244 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4977
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (162)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 161 reviews

Reviewed 25 August 2017

Traditional Italian restaurant with atmosphere. We ordered a nice bottle of red Italian wine with bruschetta , 2 per couple which was loaded with tomato, cheese and garlic, I ordered the spinach salad followed by chicken marsala and my husband ordered a wedge salad and...More

Thank Linda1521
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Impromptu stop for dinner on a Friday night. We had a good table despite some large groups having parties. Prompt service and a very nice waitress. The pasta was the best we,veg had in US since coming back from Rome in May. It reminded us...More

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Food is pretty good, but never anything special. Always good if you're down for regular Italian food.

Thank bengrainger3321
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We had dinner and I had the special which was pan seared salmon. My wife had the spaghetti carbonara. We shared a caprese salad. They recommended a wine which went well with both meals. We sat upstairs and there was one other table occupied. They...More

1  Thank indianacato
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We had our high school reunion there in a very pleasant setting with great service and food. They were very cooperatiove and accomodating to a group of about 40.

2  Thank Applegreenhouse
Reviewed 22 June 2017

The occasion was dinner among friends. The reservation was made online. I was sent a copy by my friend who made the reservation. My wife and I were the first to arrive and told the person at the front which party we were joining. He...More

Thank JJH1764
Landon S, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2017

I am sorry you did not have a better experience. We never recieved the email reservation in question. Customer service is our priority and we are sorry we did not meet your expectations. Please email me the reservation at vivace@vivacecville.com. There are other Vivace restaurants...More

Reviewed 27 May 2017

So they were busy with a wedding party upstairs which appeared to make things a little more hectic and they servers probably need practice at acknowledging patrons a little more with a nod or a quick drink BUT Jeff (the host) couldn't have been better...More

Thank bosslady1965
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Our family has visited Vivace over the years and this has been a favorite mainly for the atmosphere and character. Inside is more like a cozy English pub setting with wood furnishings, chairs, and walls. Sitting outside is really nice with the flowers, plants, umbrellas,...More

Thank Mike_Stogoski
Reviewed 8 May 2017 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...More

Thank Babs6464
Reviewed 1 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 3 May 2017

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

Nearby Restaurants
The Ivy Inn Restaurant
770 reviews
.18 km away
Sedona Taphouse
224 reviews
1.28 km away
Bellair Market
89 reviews
1.06 km away
Moe's Original Bar B Que
83 reviews
.57 km away
Nearby Attractions
University of Virginia
1,031 reviews
1.49 km away
John Paul Jones Arena
33 reviews
.97 km away
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
49 reviews
1.51 km away
Scott Stadium
23 reviews
1.61 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Lyn A
4 October 2015|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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
1 September 2015|
Response from pal1414 | Reviewed this property |
Yes look on line for the menu and call
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing