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Vivo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivo-chicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 733-3379
  • Hours of Operation: Mon - Wed: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Thu: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Fri : 11:00 am - 12:00 am
    Sat: 5pm-12am
    Sun: 4pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Vincente Duran
  • 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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact privateevents@vivo-chicago.com to inquire about catering menus.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us at Vivo every Thursday for 1/2 bottles of wine!
    "Where the glass is always half full"

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green St.
  • Public Transit: MORGAN Green/Pink line El
    GRAND Blue line
    #8 Halsted Bus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $11 Valet parking. Limited parking available on surrounding side streets.
A word from Vivo
For more than two decades, Vivo has been serving traditional Italian dishes in an upscale yet casual atmosphere. Requested weeks in advance, Vivo boasts the most sought after romantic table in Chicago - Table 70.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Took out of town colleagues to Vivo and they were really impressed with the food and the service. They said they plan to visit Vivo on their next visit to Chicago."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "This was an excellent restaurant. Food, drinks and service were excellent. Very accommodating for groups with special function in mind such as we had for recruiting a physician."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Tables were very close, we were at the table closest to the stairs and kitchen, this it was very hot and. Very loud. I will not return. Food was good wine was good but sweating at dinner ruined it"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Vivo has a warm, romantic feel to it. Great wine list. It's a bit louder so not good for groups over 6 in my opinion. Such a wonderful spot in the West Loop and a fav of mine in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The lunch menu at Vivo recently read like a slightly reduced dinner menu. That's fine if you want a large lunch, but less helpful if you want an excellent lunch without overeating. The choices were standard Italian fare, less imaginative than I remembered from a previous visit. So I had a caprese, where both the tomatoes and mozzarella were very good but not superb, helped along by a marvelous drizzled, light pesto. The mussels and clams vognole were delicious, if a bit salty. My lunch companions had pasta dishes that they also found very fresh and very good, if not superb. Service was attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Vivo has been a favorite of my husband and mine for years. Their food is excellent and always has been. Sorry to see a slight change to their Caprese salad (fresh tomatoes vs. oven roasted). The wine list, though usually grand, was a bit on the smaller side as well this time. Still a great spot for an intimate dinner with great service."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food, as always, is exceptional. The only downside to the lunch menu is that is is a bit limited, with fewere selections than you might expect. In addition, parking, which used to be an advantage for a business lunch, has now become difficult and limited to valet."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I took my family to Vivo for my birthday and it was a very good experience. Its a bit expensive but the food is well worth it. The weather was beautiful and so they opened the front doors. Its right on restaurant row so its a great location and the ambiance is what you would expect for this location. Definitely recommend it for a group dinner, date night, friends, really anyone you want to have a conversation with and enjoy some fine dining."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a large party and Christine was so accommodating. We had a lovely time. The food and wine were excellent. It's a sophisticated atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "A girlfriend and I grabbed an easy dinner with great wine on the patio. The food was to die for, the waiter discussed the wine in depth with us, helping each of us choose exactly what we had the taste for. I will be going back!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The restaurant offers specials that are always great. Any item on the menu will be enjoyed."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had tickets for a 7:30 performance at the Oriental so we had an early dinner reservation on a Friday. Half our party arrived quite late. The wait staff was extremely accommodating and we enjoyed a delicious meal finishing with time to spare. Vivo never fails to deliver great good, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Business Lunch- started off with a few appetizers- Olives, Cheese.... then ordered one of the daily specials- the Tilapia which was cooked perfectly and it was delicious! All of our guests enjoyed their selections. Will definately keep this at the top of our list for lunch spots!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food and service was great. They have a great pork-chop. Place was easy to find. Only thing we did not like was dirty silverware that was brought to us when we ordered the desserts."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We alway go to this place to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it is always fabulous. The food, wine list and service is outstaanding. It is a must go to."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "After reserving on Opentable Christine the Maitre De, called and asked if we wanted Table 70 since it was our 10 year anniversary. When we got there Christine was amazing and so was the entire staff! Great wine suggestion and great food! It was very romantic!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us in anticipation of a visit to Chicago. It did not disappoint. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Been here many times but not in a couple of years. Looking for a great outdoor venue . Host service was phenominal, wait service warm but inattentive. Food was the real letdown here. 19 dollars for chaucuterie was a bit stiff but okay, pasta entree lacked flavor. We kept hoping for a pepper mill but none came. Dessert was a flacid and flavorless layer cake which we left for dead. Felt like the waiter was only interested in the upcharge. It was early so it wasnt like he was busy...."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We visited Vivo for my 30th birthday and had a great experience. The waitstaff, especially the hostess, could not have been more energetic, friendly and accommodating. The appetizers and entrees were delicious - well seasoned and portions were fairly large. The only reason I didn't give this restaurant 5 stars is because their desserts are unfortunately not good. We were surprised, given how great the rest of the meal was, but someone is not getting it right with their desserts (we tried three different kinds - none were very flavorful or the right consistency). Overall though, a great restaurant. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Outstanding food and wine.......service was sorely lacking unfortunately"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We picked this place randomly off of open table and it was great! The food is kind of pricey but normal for a good dinner in Chicago. I had a very underwhelming red wine, but my gnocchi was fabulous and so was the bread! We thought the decor was awesome and everything was very pleasant. It wasn't too loud, which I also appreciate."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "As always great food! great service. Would definately come back soon"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went before seeing Motown the Musical and have been to Vivo a few times. The food is consistently awesome! The service this time was just ok. It wasn't busy at all, just a few tables at that particular time, so you'd expect that the service would be extremely attentive - it wasn't. Has been much better in the past. Ordered quite a few cocktails and an app with the entrees, so it wasn't like this was a little bill. I will absolutely go back, I'm assuming this was a fluke. The food is worth repeat visits again and again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Relaxed refinement of atmosphere and lovely wait staff, but I found the cuisine only average."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent, and our visitors from England loved Vivo. Our server, Nicole, was a lovely and gracious young lady. She made the experience a delight."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Vivo was a great treat for my wife and I. The service and the food were awesome. Very fresh. My wife had the crusted Tilapia and I had the veal. I like the simplicty and elegance of the meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I went to Vivo with two girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. The service is amazing and attentive without any sense of it being overbearing. The wine our server recommended was fantastic, and our food was sublime. I had the Gnocchi Vivo which is amazing, with a side of the sauteed spinach, which is also excellent. My friends both loved their entrees as well. The atmosphere is fantastic -- huge glass doors bring in some early evening natural light, and even when the restaurant filled up it never felt too loud or overwhelming. I loved it and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Second or third time here...both enjoyable. Good menu...server made suggestion to have a half-portion of pasta, which with a big salad was just right. Love the ambience -- energetic, but not so noisy you can't have a conversation. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places in Chicago! Both the food and ambiance are special and sophisticated. The drinks are made with a special touch, which adds to ambiance of the restaurant. Surprisingly, I feel that everyone is very moderately priced for the quality that you get."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I enjoyed an outstanding lunch with a client at Vivo this week. The insulata mista was very fresh with light dressing. The ravioli with chicken sausage and tomato-based sauce was delightful. My guest enjoyed the halibut special. The service was attentive but we didn't feel rushed, even though we lingered to discuss business matters."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I needed a place to host a business discussion and originally booked for 6 but had to up my numbers a few hours ahead of our reservation to 8 and they were very accomodating and flexible. We ended up sitting outside because the weather was spectacular which was again a last minute decision since they had set an indoor table for us. The service was just right. They got the flow of our meeting and did not push us to move faster but were very attentive to our needs. The food was very fresh and timely and the wine suggestions were good (pinot gris and barolo). "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Good good, great service by the waitstaff and sommelier. Would definitely go back again!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Vivo's food is amazing! Order anything on the menu and you are guaranteed to be satisfied. The signature drinks are awesome and the wine list is pretty extensive. Don't expect the server to nag you every second so if you like to be checked in on at least 3 times, it won't be here on a busy night. The restaurant itself is pretty tight so if you don't like sitting right next to someone skip this spot. Overall, great food and a totally worth it. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "While in town before my husband had, had a great lunch and knew I would love the place. We had the best Caprese Salad we have ever had!! It is made with roasted tomatoes. What a treat. My dinner was the Rigitoni with sausage and peppers. They did not skimp on the sausage. My husband has the Veal Milanese and he really enjoyed it too. We ended the evening with the bread pudding and coffee. We were totally delighted with the entire dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We've been here a few times before and thought Vivo was worth trying again. This time we were disappointed. This is a smallish place that squeezes you into tables like sardines. All you can hear during dinner are the conversations of the patrons at the tables next to you (3 inches away). The food is mediocre at best best. The Caesar salad was one of the worst we've ever tasted. Bland beyond belief. The main courses were decent, but nothing special (pesto ravioli and 12 oz. NY strip steak). The wine list is marginal. So many better Italian restaurants in Chicago!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This restaurant was lovely for my engagement. She was amazed and overjoyed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I chose to celebrate Mother's Day at Vivo on a whim actually. I used Open Table to help me find a place, with a special brunch for Mother's Day and they did not fail me. My mom, aunt and brother were thoroughly impressed with the atmosphere, the pre-selected menu and the staff. They were very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. I would definitely go back to this restaurant for a romantic meal with my boyfriend or a night out with the ladies to try their wines."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Restaurants have come and gone on Randolph Street, but Vivo has remained, and it is a good thing, too. The service is courteous and friendly, attentive and unobtrusive; our waitress took very good care of our table, but did not "hover". The food, as always, is excellent, and perfectly paired, and presented. I did not have any wine (it was a business luncheon), but the wine card looked very nice, and, had I more time, I should have enjoyed a glass or two of something. However, that is my fault, not Vivo's, LOL. Overall, absolutely wonderful, in every aspect, and one I will look forward to, again and again."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I've never been disappointed with the food or service."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Went to Vivo just before the Hawks game. We were seated immediately. Atmosphere was comfortable, old country style i.e. not contemporary. Food was good and reasonable. Wait staff was exceptionally attentive. The wine was adequate for what we had and was recommended by the server after we asked for reasonably priced Italian red. Not exceptionally loud as we were able to carry on a conversation without a strain. Only bad feature was valet parking. After dinner we waited and waited and waited but still no car even after several others who came after us. It seems they lost it somewhere. It was eventually found. Of course the panic associated with almost losing our car almost eradicated the fine meal we had."
    Dined on 5/2/2014