317 Bay St, Brighton VIC 3186

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Vivace Ristorante is located in the heart of Bay Street’s entertainment precinct, opposite palace cinema Brighton Bay.

Since opening in 2004, Bayside residents and business’ alike have grown to love Vivace as their premier local eatery and Function Venue to meet with friends, family and business collegues.

Owner’s Chris & Sharee Favaloro and co-host and family member Andrew Zoli are the dynamic team that collaborate the restaurant and function events whilst Executive Chef, Davide Ferraro leads the talented team offering an extensive, modern Italian inspired cuisine, incorporating fresh Australian seafood, Black Angus beef, house made pastas and delectable desserts for the most fastidious diner.

Vivace Ristorante Brighton is a classic example of bayside Melbourne’s best restaurants.

A striking interior complete with polished timber floors, crystal chandeliers and several fireplaces welcomes you in to warm, ambient surrounds, especially during winter. Our fully air conditioned venue with bi-fold windows overlooking Bay Street’s picturesque street scape is the only place to be to enjoy gentle Bayside breezes on those warm summer evenings.

Our beautiful Jarrah bar is an ideal meeting place to sit up and enjoy the extensive beverage list and some freshly shucked oysters after work or before heading off to the cinema.

Vivace Restaurant Brighton offers 4 Private Dining Rooms, all unique areas suitable for private dining or a cocktail function entertaining groups ranging from 10-40 seated and up to 60 for a cocktail style event.


Vivace Restaurant is also available for exclusive venue hire and can accommodate up to 90 guests seated or up to 150 standing guests.

Vivace truly is the perfect venue for those who seek the ultimate dining experience or function venue.

Meet The Award Winning Vivace Team


Husband & wife team Chris & Sharee Favaloro have been partners in life and in business for two decades.

Together they have 3 children and have launched multiple cafe and restaurant business’ with their hospitality, food & beverage, marketing and customer service expertise.

They both share an immense passion for the industry, focusing on exceptional customer service and quality products, customer satisfaction and enduring relationships.


There’s a distinct warmth and charm that resides in the generous spirit of Vivace Head Chef Davide Ferraro… and it’s as genuine as his Italian origins.


Davide Ferraro was born and raised in the ancient city of Turin ( Torino), located in the picturesque Alpine region of Northern Italy. Torino is the second largest business district after Milan and is famous for its Universities, Art Galleries, Museums, Palaces and Restaurants. Davide is the only son of his proud parents which whom he says were the greatest influence on his life. Davide’s father, a talented craftsman and his mother and Nona both exceptional cooks, leaves us with little wonder as to where he gets his innate flare and creativity with food.


In 1998, Davide began his chef career which provided him opportunity to travel and work in some of Europe’s finest restaurants.


Arriving in Australia, Davide joined the Vivace team in 2009, first as a sous chef and eventually ascending to the coveted role as Head Chef.

Both the Vivace team and diners have enjoyed the knowledge and influence brought to them with Davide’s Italian heritage which continues to be the enduring allure of our Italian named restaurant and continues to affirm Vivace at the forefront of Melbourne’s leading Authentic Italian restaurants.

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have a special reserve wine you wish to bring and enjoy with your meal, you are welcome to bring it in. Wine handling fee applies at $25 per bottle BYO is not available for private dining and function room events


Our pastry chef works tirelessly to create a spectacular array of dessert options for you to enjoy. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, with a little notice, any dessert purchased, we’ll happily organise a special message handwritten in chocolate & candle for the guest of honour to celebrate. If you prefer to bring your own cake, cakeage fee applies $10 per person cut and served


Our large venue has multiple, flexible spaces and private dining rooms.


We can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests for a la carte dining in the restaurant main dining room. Groups of 8-10 can request a restaurant booking by emailing info@vivace.com.au


Groups of more than 10+ can be accommodated in one of our private dining rooms and will be able to select one of our Menu packages which include all of your favourite dishes to choose from and enjoy. Minimum spend applies for private dining – refer to ‘functions’ for details


All bookings are allocated a 2 hour duration.

If you require more time, we recommend booking a later sitting and letting us know in advance. We appreciate guests arriving and departing on time as a courtesy to the next guests who will be arriving for their booking time.


We understand sometimes circumstance change, it is important to kindly advise us of any changes to your booking as soon as possible. 

Cancelations require at least 24 hours notice to provide us the opportunity to re-book your table, no-show’s may incur a $25 fee per person to cover the loss of revenue and expenses incurred for staffing. We appreciate your understanding.

Thank you for your co-operation! 🙂