Vivere
Vivere

Vivere

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.italianvillage-chicago.com/vivere/
  • Phone: 3123324040
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday thru Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday thru Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Robert Reynaud
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Vivere offers several different dining options for private parties. Cocktail gatherings and sit down dinners for up to 60 guests are available in the balcony overlooking the main dining room. Parties of 75 can reserve the main dining room for dinner or buffet service. The entire restaurant can accommodate seating for 135 guests, or a buffet gathering for 175 with cocktails and appetizers in the intimate lounge. Themed parties can be arranged, as well as audio/visual capabilities, bands, O.K.’s , and special guest lecturers. The Wine Director is also available to hold seminars on the introduction, selection and trends in the Wine Industry. The talented chef and pastry chef can design any menu or item you are looking to serve and pair with that special vintage of wine.
  • Private Party Contact: Lucy or Gina 3123324040
  • Special Events: We have a special 3 course Prix Fixe Menu for $23.00 per person ( excluding tax and tip) for Lunch only.
    We have several Wine Dinners during the year. Please refer to our website for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clark
  • Public Transit: Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet offered Monday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 12:00pm. Vehicles can be left during the theatre for dining guests.
A word from Vivere
Vivere continues to be a Chicago landmark of contemporary Italian cuisine. Operated by the Capitanini family , Vivere has won numerous awards ranging from "Best New Restaurant" Esquire Magazine, DiRona Award , Wine Spectator and Ultimate Distinction by Wine Enthusiast. The Chef incorporates innovative dishes from his yearly travels to the various regions of Italy. A unique tasting menu in addition to the seasonal menu displays the skill and progressive nature of the restaurant. Vivere's swank design, conceptualized by acclaimed designer Jordan Mozer, applies contemporary twists to Baroque designs that are draped in plush velvets and warmed by rich gold tones. Interior Design Magazine has given Vivere its highest honor for restaurant design. Vivere's immense cellar, complete with 45,000 bottles, affords the guest with endless options with the assistance of its Wine Director. The intimate bar makes a great place to enjoy a glass of champagne or a signature drink and antipasti.
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Vivere reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (26)fit for foodies (22)special occasion (22)notable wine list (19)neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (9)good for groups (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    average Italian, service was good. I am sure there are better in Chicago.
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  • Pre Theater
    UnderwhelmedVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great place for pre theater dinner if you get there early enough. The staff gets overwhelmed with the theater crowd. The food is very good. The gnocci was outstanding.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre show dinner
    Birthdaytreat
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a limited time 90 minutes to enjoy a 3 course meal with wine. The service was excellent and our server was very attentive and professional. The wine by the glass was passable but not great? The restaurant was busy and bustling but a little noisy. We finished in time and crossed the street to the BoA Theatre.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Tasty food, outdated decor
    dinner42
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had been to this restaurant over 30 years ago, and the decor is still the same. It is time for a needed update into a more modern Italian theme. The service was attentive. We purposely got there early - 5:15pm so that we would have plenty of time to get to our theater show on time. The anti pasta appetizer was a great sampler platter. My husband had the rack of lamb which was properly seasoned and delicious and a very good portion. However, I had the shrimp, scallops and calamari over linguine dish which was very dry (minimal sauce) with small bites of seafood. The wine selection was immense, almost too many wines to choose from. An on- line listing would be helpful for diners to view beforehand.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Have not been to Vivere in years -- service, food and atmosphere was terrific -- great pre-theater destination.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Bolognese!
    Tina
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We went for dinner before a play at the Bank Theater across the street. Excellent pasta, and great atmosphere. Make sure to tell the waitress you have theater tickets and they will get you out on time!
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    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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  • dinner before a show
    belezahg
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Really enjoyed my dinner - fresh, timely and delish. I had the scallops with lemon risotto. Great stop before the show. My dessert seemed to be frozen and thawed and still a bit hard- the banana cake- that was the only disappointment. Espresso was excellent gave me the jolt that I needed before a 3 hour show.
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  • Carol8
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    pleasant atmosphere and very good service. Valet very convenient and will wait wait for theaters to let out before leaving their post.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome For Me
    SmallTownGuy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I'm not a high end restaurant person and this is near the top of my range. No complaints even though we were there for over 2 hours. There were 2 major events taking place this weekend. It was crazy busy and we had already seen the play we came for, so were in no hurry. Other guests were on their way to see the evening play and were in a hurry. The servers gave them priority which we were fine with. I am completely unfamiliar with this type of food, but thought it was great, especially the dessert. I had a lasagna dish that had some fancy title I could not pronounce or remember. Dessert was some sort of lemon thing that looked like custard and had fruit with it. Dessert was a little small but adequate.
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    special occasion
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  • Beautiful restaurant & amazing food
    CindyJVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The restaurant is absolutely beautiful inside. The food was delicious. My friend had the scallops which we refused to share with me. I had the lamb. It was cooked to perfection and had a wonderful blackberry sauce that did not overpower the delicateness of the meat. It was served with potatoes which didn't really thrill me. A polenta might have been a better fit. The greens that were served I thought was spinach, but it had a different taste that I was not a big fan of. So, taking the veggies out, it was a wonderful meal. I love veggies, so a different blend would have moves this meal up several notches. Service was probably the best I have ever had. Cameron was the best example of a perfect server.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Vivre business lunch
    LawrenceA
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a good place for a business lunch in the Loop. Good location, good food, good service and the tables are spaced far enough apart to have a conversation.
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    great for lunch
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  • Good food great wine
    iwupro
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a lovely meal. All of our items were delicious and carefully prepared. The wine list is one of the largest in Chicago, and the selection of Italian wines across regions is tremendous. These include some great values.
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    jackson
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food and service were ten star. Great wine list. Rack of lamb was perfect. Apps were good. Good service. Friendly. Wines were good match. A top Italian choice
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I frequently dine at the Italian Village/Vivere Room. I've been doing so for about 40 years. I enjoy the place, the food, and the staff. I would recommend the "Village" to anyone who's looking for a good place to eat in the central Loop area.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Louthelistenerr
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Greeted at the door with a smile and by name. Service followed same standards and food was top quality. It was a lunch with a favorite relative but would have been just as perfect if would have been my best client! Soups and salads sound trivial but the savory tomato soup made us our tongues say "hooray" and a house salad cam from a very "special" house, dresses appropriately, and the spinach salad would have pleased even Popeye! Will be back soon for dinner!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    Carol
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Vivere never disappoints us. We always eat there when in Chicago. The food is wonderful and the service is exceptional. We always ask for Dane to be our server...he is soooooo great. Also, the decor is so fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Tired
    Tired
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The service and people working at the restaurant were very nice and friendly. The food was average. The decor is somewhat dated and it was interesting they sat us in the upper level when the bottom area was not full. It smelled a little old and musty in the upper area.
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  • Perfect in every way
    IndydinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In all my years of fine dining the pheasant ravioli was one of the top 10 meals I have ever eaten. The 1988 Dominus was incredible as well. Awesome restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location for theater
    easytoplease
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant is part of Italian Village. Small selection of entrees. Food was just OK for Chicago's great dinning selections, but the location can't be beat for Bank of American theater.
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  • Theater Goers Beware!!!
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I rarely write reviews, but need to write one tonight. Vivere is NOT the restaurant to go if you have a theater engagement, which is ironic as it is in the theater district. We arrived for our 6:00 pm reservation, making sure the waiter knew we had a 7:30 pm show, which was a 2- minute walk away. We ordered wine (from an excellent list), then a salad to share & 2 entrees. The salad (while it was uniquely good) took 20 minutes to arrive. When the entrees finally arrived after 20-30 minutes more, it was after 7:10 pm (7:12 by my watch), so we had to inhale our food, barely having the chance to taste what could have been a delicious meal. We paid, rushed out, having never eaten such an expensive meal in 8 minutes flat. Not a good experience.
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  • Never go wrong here
    ConnieVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We've been to Vivere many times and never been disappointed. No wonder they are the longest running Italian restaurant in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivere
    Nicki
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    For pre-theater dining, I would recommend Vivere. They all seemed programmed to give us a nice dining experience while getting us to our show on time. Valet staff was efficient and fast (and $12 seemed like a good price to me). Our food was good and we had a funny, helpful and efficient waiter. Wish I could remember his name! He actually gently talked me out of ordering dessert because he said we probably wouldn't get to the theater on time. He suggested ordering biscotti to take with us. He was absolutely right and I was so grateful!!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Pasta and Wine
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had the tagliatelle bolognese and agnolottini. The pastas were superb, perfectly al dente and lightly sauced. The otherwise excellent Caesar salad lacked anchovies. The outstanding wine list had many American and international choices as well as a huge selection of Italian wines, all at generally reasonable prices. Service was efficient and prompt, if not particularly friendly. The menu offers a limited selection of meat, fish and poultry dishes, although they offer several specials in these categories. The decor is a bit dated, but pleasant. Conversation-friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The experience was nothing special---decor seems dated, pasta entrees were okay. One exception was the Caprese Salad!! One of the best I have ever had---ripe flavorful tomatoes, fresh basil, lightly roasted onions, perfectly balanced balsamic vinegar and oil!! I'm reliving the experience as I write!! that salad was superb. The seafood with pasta was passable---not very flavorful---tiny scallops, flavorless shrimp. Not one of my favorites, but I would take that salad home any day!!
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  • Great food experience
    wewillllbebackVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Early dining here for pre-theater. Our meals, and the service, were very good. Caesar salad was very nice, the in-house dressing made it delicious. Sea scallop's in chili sauce was a bit on the spicy side, but good enough to finish, and if its too spicy the sauce is on the side. The risotto with lump crab and morel mushrooms was also great; full-flavored and filling, very satisfying. The goat cheese and blueberry cheesecake dessert was wonderful; very smooth and flavorful, big enough to split.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Experience
    ArkieFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We liked Vivere at the Italian Village so well that we would have returned to one of their other restaurants in the same building during our three night stay, but I couldn't get a reservation at a time that worked with our theater tickets. The food was delicious, and our server was polished, experienced, and knowledgable. I did feel that he was a bit rushed/over-busy, which was somewhat distracting. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and romantic. Incredible and well-balanced wine list, with good choices at every price point. Would definitely return. Total bill for one salad (large enough to split), two entrees, and a bottle of wine was $122.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Italian in Loop
    engprofVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This is one of Chicago's best restaurants, and has been so for a long while. Seriously underestimated by the foodie crowd-- probably because of association with Italian Village. Elegant decor. Very carefully prepared and tasty traditional northern Italian food (NOT tomato-sauce oriented). Excellent courses throughout meal, from anti-pasti to secondi. Best Italian wine list in city-- by far. And not overpriced.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I've been to the Italian Village (particularly, Vivere) many times. It seldom disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 967 reviews are from the Vivere reviews archive.
  • Excellent!
    lgrizzle
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We got the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings and both the food and pairings were amazing! We will definitely go again next time we are in Chicago. It was a great experience and we have already sent some friends there.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding service!
    winendine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Fabulous attentive service! Celebrated our anniversary and staff was very attentive and friendly. Definately would return for special occasions again. Food was wonderful, loved the risotto and fish!!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Restaurant.
    Carol
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I never miss dinning at Vivere when we are in Chicago. The food is great as is the service. Dane is the best server ever. We just love everything .
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice to be back...
    bobb
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We hadn't been back to Vivere for quite a while and were looking forward to the evening. We moved our departure from home ahead due to a fearsome forecast for highway construction en route and ah approaching severe thunderstorm moving in, and as a result were forty five minutes ahead of our reservation. Not to worry, we were welcomed with customary hospitality and service was paced quite leisurely. The food was just as good as we remembered and our server seemed exceptionally knowledgeable and eager to please. By the time we had completed a very nice meal and dessert, the storm had passed by leaving us dry and mellow. This was the standard we have come to expect from Vivere.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theatre Must eat here
    SeasonedDiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We ate hear before attending MOTOWN, which was only a short walk away. We arrived early (5pm) so we had plenty of time to enjoy each course. Nicholas was extremely attentive without hovering.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Despite the hype, Mediocre food in a great setting. The service was decent but i can get better Italian food at Olive Garden. How do you ruin Bolognese sauce at an Italian restaurant?
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  • won't be back
    MargeVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Three of the four of us had lamb cooked "the way the chef suggested" it was raw, not the medium rare described. One of the plates had lamb that was not even seared just gray. I ordered the pheasant stuffed ravioli - it was smaller than a postage stamp, so there could have been anything stuffed inside, and it was vey dry, think they forgot the sauce. Waiter was sorry about the lamb, that didn't make the meal any better. Won't be going back.
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  • Special In Every Way
    DonPVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Vivere, under the watchful eye of the third generation of Capitinin's to own and operate the Italian Village complex, has never disappointed us. A Chicago treasure, it is neither pretentious nor ordinary just a wonderful venue for a special evening. We brought sophisticated guests from California this past weekend who could not have been more impressed and we could not have been more pleased. For starters, Geraldo casually answered the guest's question regarding the "wine list" by providing a catalog of the 40,000 bottle collection they house in their "celler"! The chosen wines arrived promptly as did our extraordinary meals customized to the particular taste of each of the diners. A special evening in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal
    j2x73
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had the reasonably-priced chef's tasting menu, with wine pairing, and it was out of this world. Far exceeded expectations. The wine list is extensive, the service top-notch. A great meal. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in Chicago.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting menu
    TheWolfsVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We dined here after a broadway show and really enjoyed our meal. We had the tasting menu and the menu was created for us by the chef. He came out and talked with us about our preferences. Four people dined and 2 people got the same dish and the other 2 a different dish so we could sample a few things. We were pleasantly surprised about the meal--would definitely go back here. The wine pairings were also great.
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  • Just Keeps Getting Better!
    Andy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Been coming here for years and it just keeps getting better. They never slack off - food and service are always top notch!!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Convenient to Chase Auditorium
    LSFChicGoVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food here was good, but the place just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it was the overdone decor in need of updating. My veal chop, which was very expensive, was tough and bland, despite the mushroom sauce. The salad was conventional. Nothing said this place is great, except that it's convenient for "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" tapings.
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