Vieni Vai Trattoria
Vieni Vai Trattoria

Vieni Vai Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vienivai.com/
  • Phone: 8055445282x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 3:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3pm

    We Welcome Parties of 2-4 People as Walk-Ins Only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Silvestre
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer Full and Self Service Catering for any event casual to Elegant.
  • Private Party Facilities: Banquet Facilities both inside and on the patio for parties up to 150 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Giovanna Silvestre 8055445282x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad & Higuera
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vieni Vai Trattoria
Located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, treat yourself to an authentic Italian Dining experience at Vieni Vai Trattoria. Family owned and operated since 1982, we offer "al fresco" dining at its best on our gorgeous patio overlooking the Downtown San Luis Obispo Creek. Our Wood Burning Pizza oven is the only of its kind on the Central Coast, our Full Bar is expertly managed by award winning Mixologists and our home made Tiramisu was featured on the Rachel Ray show.



Whether you're looking for a romantic night out for 2, a lounge to relax with friends, a function room to entertain a crowd or just a quick bite to take on the run, Vieni Vai Trattoria is the place for you.

Offering: Banquet Facilities, Full Service Catering for Weddings or any special events, Self Service Catering for business lunch inns or any casual events.
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Vieni Vai Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)special occasion (3)great for lunch (3)fit for foodies (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent Service, Very Good Food
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    So if in SLO and looking for decent Italian Food with a menu that everyone can find something they like, this place is for you. Service was outstanding. Food served on time, extremely friendly hostess, waitress, and staff, 10/10. Food was very good. My only complaint is two of us ordered gnocchi which was not served hot, just warm. The tomato sauce for the gnocchi was a bit ordinary. Otherwise the food tasted great for the rest of us (8/10). Ambience...We sat on patio. Overhead heaters were great but got really hot. They were very nice to turn off when we asked and had warned us too. The patio needs just a bit of upgrading. I don't know, sort of like a "face lift". Very much LOVED the blankets on ea. chair! I say Go for it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ottimo e abbondante!
    RobDeRosis
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    For those living in SLO or for people visiting or passing by... stop at Vieni Vai and have great food: great and very well made pizza, like the original one you would eat in southern Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super service - Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Lovely spot! beautiful weather so we sat on the patio for dinner. Menu is extensive. It is basically possible to get veg or your choice of protein with your choice of pasta or risotto and sauce. The menu is not written this way but it looks basically true. We shared a tasty arugula salad - they had run out of spiced walnuts so server offered to comp or change salad. I had chicken marsala which comes with side of pasta and asked for marsala sauce on the pasta instead of the light cream sauce - "no problem!". Hubby had calamari pasta. Both dishes were piping hot and delicious. Not cutting edge California cuisine but well executed traditional dishes and superior service in a great atmosphere. Bread was complimentary and hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I think we were in Italy
    Tempest
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a quaint restaurant with spectacular service, Amazing food and a wine list!!!! We have been here as large group & this year thought we would treat our teenagers to some fine Italian food, not a crumb was left on the appetizers, dinner or desert plates. It's that Fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Graduation Luncheon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I’d like to extend a belated Thank You to Gessica and the Vieni Vai Team for a memorable Cal Poly graduation luncheon for our daughter. We had a very special table outdoors for our party of 12. And although we had a large group, service was attentive with good timing on drinks, appetizers, and main courses. The special graduation menu made it easy for ordering and included a good selection of appetizers and entrees which was served with Italian house salad. Everyone at our table enjoyed every dish served -- a favorite was the Lamb Shank cooked in red vegetable sauce over a bed of risotto. Delizioso!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 79 reviews are from the Vieni Vai Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Little Italian Gem
    Cheryl54
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We love this little restaurant in the heart of SLO. Quaint, family owned and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Jeffb
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Looking forward to a special dining experience on Mothers Day on the Creekside terrace, but the incorrect information by the waiter and the surprise limited menu was very disappointing. What was available was tasty, but overpriced...a hamburger for $14? Items that we were told was unavailable on this day was served to other tables. While or waiter confessed this was his first day, that doesn't excuse spotty service and knowledge.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice people, terrible food
    ijioVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    the atmosphere is friendly and the place looks authentic, unfortunately the food is terrible...I would have rated it 3 stars for the ambiance and staff friendliness, but our 4 season pizza came out short of any meat and the waitress took it back and threw some cold chewy prosciutto on it--very disappointing
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance
    Jules2VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    This is a fun place to eat. An open air feel of Europe and wonderful service. The food was great if you went with the traditional Italian theme. Do not go with the salad as a main meal. It was plain and bland. For example, I ordered a Shrimp Caesar and the shrimp was cold, with tails on and not seasoned. It would have been better if the shrimp was seasoned and warm or grilled. It was off putting. But, the other Italian pasta dishes were really good. The best was the appetizer of cheese, olives, walnuts and figs - totally perfect with my Syrah! I recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Amazing Meal!
    Randall
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    My family and I had dinner at Vieni Vai after visiting CalPoly. What an amazing meal! If you make a reservation, make sure to specify inside or outside as it is a completely different atmosphere. There was some confusion about the reservations; however, the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating while we were waiting. My family and I have spent a lot of time in Italy sampling real Italian food, and we all agree that this is the most Italian restaurant we have been to in the States. The pizza was the most notable. It was identical to real northern Italian pizza. Fresh baked in an imported wood burning oven, they are filled with intense flavors. Vieni Vai also has an excellent wine list for any wine aficionados out there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Family Restaurant
    WyoCalBear
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We were from out of town. We had a great meal. I wouldn't go here for the wine list, though. They don't seem to have much knowledge about wines.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    Yummy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Friendly staff and great food, especially desserts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made reservations for Valentines night not realizing that the restaurant would only be serving a preset menu at $45 per person. We decided to go ahead with the dinner knowing that it was Valentine's Day but expecting something special for that price. We have eaten at this restaurant in the past and always enjoyed our meals spending usually no more then $65 for the two of us for the entire meal. The portions served for their prefix Valentines menu were less than half the size of their normal portions. Overall a very disappointing dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had the chicken Caesar salad
    ChefsSecretSauceVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Had the chicken Caesar salad - grilled marinated chicken was delicious and loved the Caesar dressing... only negative would be that the menu said shaved parmesan cheese and it was shredded... just a preference, but the shaved cheese was partly why I ordered it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We Had A Memorable Lunch/Engagement Party. From Salads To Panninis To pastas And Pizza We Couldn't Stop commenting on How delicious Each Dish Was. We Were TreateD So Well By Everyone. Look forwArd To The Next Time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large Italian/Irish Family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Vieni Vai had everying I was looking for in a restaurant for a special occasion with a large group (8). They had a children's menu and pizza for the younger ones (or not so young) and a great menu and wine list for the adults. The noise level of the restaurant was important to me as I have a noisy family. It was pleasantly "energetic" and I didn't feel like we bothered anyone. A great time was had by all, young and old!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual and Fun Home Cooked Flavor
    Emily
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Vieni Vai is a favorite for classic, unpretentious Italian food. Excellent wood oven pizzas, good pastas, generous servings!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    CalPolymom
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We had a group of 9, and were in town for Parent Weekend. While our table was ready for our reservation, the service and delivery of food was slow. Only 1/2 the party was served and then the other 1/2, 15 min. later. :( That was not well planned or executed. Also, my son's pizza was made incorrectly. All of this was surprising since it was late, 8:45 reservation and restaurant looked slow at the time. The food was good and then ambiance was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coffe with dinner...
    Ep8n
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Waitress was friendly, but did not understand the concept of 'coffee with dinner'. My tiny cup emptied quickly, and ten to fifteen minutes passed before she noticed. Otherwise, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out for dinner
    BobC
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Three of us had the Gnocchi with pesto and it was either over or under cooked (pastie) and the pesto was not good either. The music was very loud and annoying. We couldn't hear ourselves talk. I would never go back there for dinner again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    JordynVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    This is the second time I've gone and I really enjoyed it. The food was absolutely amazing. when we first sat down, we were presented freshly baked bread and eggplant tapenade that made you just want to have that the rest of the night. My pasta with prosciutto and creamy alfredo sauce was just to die for. My mouth was watering when it came out, and I left with the greatest taste still lingering in my mouth. Overall, it was just a great lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of old Italy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    The owner greeted us upon our arrival, which was nice. The food was excellent! We sat outside, away from the crowds and watched the ducks in the creek. We had a big group and the outside venue was very nice. Our waitress was either very busy or very forgetful, but we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    SheriSVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    My husband raved about the calamari but I was disappointed finding the sauce bland and the calamari rubbery. My seafood salad was huge with plenty seafood but I asked for the dressing on the side and there was literally a huge pool of dressing at the bottom of the plate making it impossible to eat the lettuce. Everyone else enjoyed their food but I was disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten-Free Pasta = YUM
    ladyZVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Everything looked and tasted delicious, especially the gluten-free pasta. I should of ordered some to go!!! I love the fact that they have little throws to seat on and if it gets a little chilly on a night you have something to wrap yourself up in. Great idea!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A TRIP TO ITALY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    iF YOU ARE VISITING THE AREA DEFINITELY A MUST. AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD WITHOUT THE TRIP.WE DO NOT VISIT SLO WITHOUT AT LEAST ONE VISIT TO JOE'S ( THE OWNER'S ) PLACE.. THEY MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME JUST LIKE THE OLD COUNTRY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waitress was very nice;
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Our waitress was very nice; the ravioli di zucca was just delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, too pricy, too noisy
    BillG
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We dined at Vieni Vai to help celebrate a college graduation. It was extremely noisy, to the point where conversation was impossible. Also, they put on a "special" menu for that weekend, which was not as good as their regular menu. The prices were even more special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We celebrated our sons Cal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We celebrated our sons Cal Poly graduation event here. All of my family commented on such a wonderful place this was to have our celebration. The service food was exceptional and the food qas equally superb. I would highly recommend this place for any special celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    PapaJayVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Good food, good service, upbeat staff. Everything was acceptable and satisfactory. Portion size was big and food was well prepared and tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    cailins
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We were able to get a reservation for a big party on short notice and the restaurant was very accommodating when we were late and showed up with more people. The waitress was very attentive and patient with us as we made our wine selections and ordered our food. The food and experience was wonderful. We were celebrating a birthday and they brought out some tiramisu for the birthday boy complete with candle. I would recommend this place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a Mother's Day Gift
    lv2go
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    It was my first time at Vieni Vai and I plan to return as often as possible. The food was far beyond what I expected. Flavors were delicate and well paired and the service was pleasant. The servers were available to take care of any need and also gave us the privacy to enjoy each others company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little gem of an Italian
    sevenfanVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    great little gem of an Italian restaurant. would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food was quite good,
    OrlandoVisitorVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    While the food was quite good, the restaurant was packed, our 5-person table was cobbled together with the fifth person tacked onto the end (nearly impossible to get out of the table from the inside, had to literally climb over the chairs). If there's no room, don't allow reservations! Service was exceptionally slow. The waitress was kind but did not check back to explain (or apologize) for the long wait for food, drink refills, etc. With children nearly falling asleep at the table waiting for food, this could have been handled better. We went elsewhere for dessert, fearing an order at the restaurant would entail another hour's wait. With the abundance of great restaurants in SLO, would not return to this one after the experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kelley H.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We were seated right away and it was busy because of the nearby Farmer's Market. Everything was very good. My soup did not come out before the meal so I traded it for a dessert. The staff was friendly and the honored by Entertainment Card discount. If you sit near the window on Farmer's Market night you can see all of the action without being in the middle of it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good local Italian restaurant.
    JeffnevVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    A good local Italian restaurant. We had a decent antipasto followed by good pizza adn a very tasty eggplant parmiagian.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
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    TheFoodCritic
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Great food. Everything we had was very good. Their pizza is especially good. The veal had great flavor but was a little tough.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Fantastic Valentines Day dinner! Tacoma was our waiter and he was amazing!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vieni vai is such a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Vieni vai is such a wonderful place to eat. Being Italian i dont get to eat such exalent food since my grandmother past. Great job and your service is awsome.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian I've had on the west
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    This place is a real gem. It is the best Italian I have had on the best coast. I sat on their lovely patio. I felt like i was in Europe with the fountain and brick floor. I had the Cioppino. It was amazing. The fish was fresh and the sauce was incredible. I also enjoyed my server. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • This place has such a charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    This place has such a charming and delightful ambience, especially on a weeknight when it's quiet. I've been there when it's full and quite noisy, but still enjoyed it. Food and service were very good with the exception of the salmon soup special...broth was too thin. I really like Vieni Vai and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet