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Review of Vivace

Vivace
Ranked #34 of 1,968 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Vivace Restaurant and Bar is one of the best inner city restaurants Auckland has to offer and has been consistent over the last 30 years. The environment is lively & offers a warm ambience with excellent table service, a superb wine list and a menu which caters to diverse palates. Vivace’s food is unmistakably Mediterranean. We offer a full al-a-carte menu and for those wanting a more casual approach to eating, tapas are available throughout the day. There is a separate vegan menu and a large proportion of the menu is suitable for Coeliacs. Off to one side (& hidden by large barn doors) is a small discreet bar reminiscent of the Speakeasies of old - perfect for a casual drink & nibble pre show or after work. Full table service & the whole menu are available in the bar at the high top tables. The wine selection is extensive with 30 by the glass & there is a good selection of spirits, craft beers & cocktails. Bookings suggested on Friday & Saturdays however walk ins are welcome
Reviewed 11 January 2023

This restaurant is wonderful. The atmosphere is open and inviting, with floor to ceiling widows in front, and a clear view of the kitchen and the chefs, which is always a good sign. Wonderful selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. We decided to share small plates, as we often do, and from the first bite we were in heaven. First we ordered the Marinated olives w/ herbs, chili & garlic. Then we split the NZ beef Herb & chili meatballs, with tomato ragu, parmesan. This was one of the best bites we have ever shared at a Tapas restaurant. We finished with Coriander, chili & garlic prawn cutlets w/ chermoula sauce, and a fresh local greens with shaved parmesan salad. The pizza and pasta dishes looked delicious as they made their way to tables close to us.

Our server, Tye was fabulous! He made a us feel very welcome and had a thorough understanding of the menu. Very attentive, to us, and helped us greatly with suggestions for our journey through New Zealand.

We were thrilled to hear Vivace is also open for lunch, and we will not miss the opportunity to dine here upon our return visit to Auckland in three weeks!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Thank SusanP621
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Reviewed 1 January 2023 via mobile

I don't often write reviews but we had dinner at Vivace restaurant on New Year's Eve . Wonderful atmosphere and the food was a Taste sensation . We had the prawns for starters which were unbelievable as well at the goats cheese balls . The eye fillet steak and slow cooked lamb shoulder for mains was also stunning . The service was second to none and the owners Mandy and Gene were unbelievable hosts and ensured everyone was enjoying themselves . I hadn't been to Vivace for a while but it seems to just get better and better !

Date of visit: December 2022
Thank Mike F
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Reviewed 20 December 2022 via mobile

First time visiting from Brisbane. Menu very interesting, both food and drinks, good selections by the glass. Food beautifully presented fresh ingredients and fantastic flavours. Wait staff friendly, informative but not intrusive. Excellent value. Venison risotto outstanding!

Date of visit: December 2022
Thank cdscons
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Reviewed 20 December 2022

Everything about our visit was fantastic. We were a group of 14 at a busy time of year so extra pressure on staff.
Food was delicious and the service we received from Tye was outstanding. Everyone in the group raved about our positive experience and will look to go back. From booking to paying everything was easy and nothing was a problem.
Thank you for this positive experience at a time when hospitality is finding it pretty hard.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Thank 768sachaw
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Reviewed 2 November 2022 via mobile

Went to vivace tonight with 2 friends. Luckily they were able to fit us in without a booking. Everything I ate and drank was delicious! Highly recommend the pork belly, the mozzarella balls, and the snapper. The pavlova for dessert was gorgeous aswell! Our server Louis was great as well. Will definitely be back :)

Date of visit: November 2022
Thank Strawberry49
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