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$15 - $40
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Spanish, Italian, Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch from recommendation from our Airbnb host. Didn’t disappoint. The staff was super friendly and pretty much all of them stopped by to talk to us about visiting etc. food was also very good with a lot of options for my wife’s...gluten free sensitivity. Location is also nice and quiet but still in the middle of downtown. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024

This place was a random choice made at the spur of the moment and boy was it worth it. Our amazing server Tye was super friendly and was very patient with our questions and was very charming throughout our entire experience!!! Appitisers, dinner and drinks...were delicious but we didn't stop there. Dessert and espresso to follow were also fabulous, we recommend the cheesecake. My husband compares it to a truly top notch Italian experience!!! Would love to be able to make it back here one day!!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024

I knew this was going to be good as soon as we walked through the door as the aromas of hot pizza and gently cooked garlic filled the air. A good choice of pizza and pasta dishes were what we were looking for and Vivace...didn't disappoint. Even better for me was being able to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchenMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2024

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback and many thanks for choosing to stop and dine with us!

Reviewed 10 February 2024 via mobile

The restaurant is on a quiet side street, but in sitting at an outside table there was some interesting action to view at times. The menu also had some interesting options and my prawn risotto and husbands lamb pasta were both delicious.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2024

Thanks for finding us Claire - we know we are a little out of the way! We are glad you enjoyed your experience

Reviewed 7 February 2024 via mobile

Lovely welcoming Italian restaurant with superb food and service. Nice decor and location and obviously very popular with the locals.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2024

Thank you very much for finding us! Your support is much appreciated

Reviewed 5 February 2024

What a fabulous restaurant! Booked for a party of 14. The group opted for a set menu with tapas to begin with and a choice of mains. Food, ambience and service were superb. Meals were served in a timely fashion. Good wine selection. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2024

Jackie your group were an absolute pleasure to take care of - thanks so much for choosing to dine with us

Reviewed 16 January 2024

Found this spot on a whim during my first stay at The Quadrant with my husband- we weren’t sure what to expect, but upon arrival were very impressed with the decor and open face kitchen. They had plenty of gluten free options (a plus for...my gluten allergy!) and our food was brought out promptly and beautifully. The quality of ingredients, the kindness of the entire staff, and the wonderful ambiance made this one of our favorite spots to visit in New Zealand. Big shout out to our server, Tye, who was super friendly and caring! I highly recommend this restaurant :)More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2024

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. The chefs really do care about those with allergies so it is lovely to be able to pass your message on them them. It means a lot when people take the time to let the...More

Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

Excellent service from mandy and rest of staff- so helpful thank you for making our experience as good as it was. Food was so so good

Date of visit: January 2024
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2024

Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us - your support is very much appreciated

Reviewed 1 January 2024

Amazing dinner!!! We stumbled upon his gem while visiting Auckland for the first time. What a fabulous find!!!! Tye was incredible!! He knew exactly which drinks to pair with the food and what to suggest to those who couldn’t choose. He made one suggestion that...blew me away - the combination of spice and heat was amazing!!! Thank you Tye - best service ever!!! If you are in Auckland, this place is a MUST for dinner!!!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2024

Thank you so much for dining with us and for the lovely kind words. We are incredibly lucky to have such fabulous staff and they are very appreciative when people take the time to let them know their efforts were appreciated - it is a...More

Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

Late reservation about 30 minutes before - and they welcomed us warmly. Tye, our waiter, was amazing with our children and had the most sincere service. Make sure to try the bruschetta; almost didn’t want to eat it as it was so tasty and then...there wouldn’t be any left. Pappardelle ragu, and the pizza! Will definitely return on our next visit to Auckland!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2024

Thanks so much for choosing to dine with us - there are an awful lots of fantastic places out there so we never take it for granted when someone joins us. We are super happy that you enjoyed the food and service too. We look...More

Reviewed 14 December 2023

We were in Auckland for a few days and stumbled across this quaint, family-owned restaurant for dinner. The owners were there and seated us right away. As a group of 5, we were having trouble finding a place to eat, but we were lucky there...was a table open in this small, cute restaurant. We then proceeded to have the best meal we experienced during our 2-week trip in NZ! Tye was our server and he definitely enhanced the experience. Most of us were indecisive, but he was able to give great food recommendations. We were all very happy with everything we ordered. We tried to eat there again before we left, but they were closed the last day we were in town. Vivace is a must-try if you are looking for delicious Italian food and good service.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2023

You guys were an absolute pleasure to serve - it is always so lovely for the team to know someone appreciated what they do. It made their day to be able to pass on your feedback. Thanks so much for visiting us

Reviewed 26 November 2023 via mobile

Vivace’s. Was a great place for 10 of us to dine. The food was great! The pizza was large enough for 2 people and was delicious. Yummy meatballs and tagliatelle. Great Chianti and Sauvignon Blanc. A wonderful experience.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2023

We are so glad you found us whilst on your travels! Thank you for choosing to support us - it means a great deal

Reviewed 27 October 2023

Visited for a birthday dinner based on the good reviews. Was underwhelmed, the service was fine, the ambience was not as upmarket as I was expecting. I don’t mind open plan kitchen restaurants but the restaurant seemed quite smoky from the kitchen. The menu had...changed from when I booked so the 2 things I wanted were no longer on it…..I ended up with the Marsala chicken. It was ok, reminded me ofJamie Oliver 30 min mustard chicken meal. Couldn’t taste any Marsala wine in it. I’m a Chardonnay drinker and the options were a bit average. So overall I wouldn’t return.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2023

Hi Kevin, I am really sorry you did not enjoy your experience at Vivace. It is always a bit difficult with seasonal menu changes and invariably some of the dishes we put on to showcase the new spring produce means that some dishes have to...More

Reviewed 10 October 2023

Have been going to 85 Fort St Vivace ever since it opened. Why? The owners and staff are wonderful and very friendly, the food is supurb, and their cellars are more than adequate for any wine buff. They have indoor outdoor sections so great for...any weather, but have a heater just in case. Seriously, Fine Dining is fantastic.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2023

Thank you so very much for keeping on coming - there are so many fabulous places to choose from so it means a lot to us all.

Reviewed 20 September 2023

A group of 11 of us dined to celebrate my son's graduation. Our party had many different dietary requirements which were all catered to superbly and without any fuss. Booking the table was easy, as was changing the number of guests and time! The staff...were wonderful, especially our waitress Carol who remembered everybody's food and drink orders and asked at exactly the right time when refills, etc might be required. We felt like royalty! The food was to die for. I was very sad when I ate my last mouthful of mushroom risotto as I wished it to go on forever. We will certainly be back and I will recommend it to everyone!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Mandy Lusk, Owner at Vivace, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2023

Thank you for choosing us for such a special family dinner - we know there are so many places out there to choose to dine at. We are so glad that we helped make the night a special one for you all and we look...More

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AnneF404
29 December 2018|
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Response from kristabel2016 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Anne, last time I dined there it was with 2 children and they enjoyed their meals but am not 100% sure they ordered specifically from kids menu. The regular menu does offer a huge selection so it’s possible they found... More
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JohnD10568
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Response from stevem857 | Property representative |
Hi John D, We are a casual restaurant (not fine dining) and so prices range from $12-38. Depending on what you like. Have a great day Cheers Steve
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Response from stevem857 | Property representative |
Hi John D, We have a very diverse menu with plenty of choice to suit any budget. We have over 20 Tapas to choose from ranging from $12-$17 each. We also have fantastic pizzas for $20, and then a great selection of Salads... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5