Vivo - Hartford
Vivo - Hartford

Vivo - Hartford

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://waterfordgrouprestaurants.com/vivo
  • Phone: (860) 760-2333
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST: Monday - Friday 6:30am-11:00am, Saturday & Sunday 7:00am-12:00pm LUNCH: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:00pm (Bar Menu at bar only Mon-Fri 2:00pm -5:00pm Sat-Sun 12pm - 5pm) DINNER: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm-10:00 pm Sunday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private space for parties 16-55ppl
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Gonzalez 8607602354

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Local garage with self-park and valet parking.
A word from Vivo - Hartford
Voted “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Hotel Dining” in its first year of business, VIVO, the Zagat rated restaurant located in the Marriott Hartford Downtown, is an upscale seasonal Trattoria with a distinctly Mediterranean ambiance. “Fresh ingredients, prepared simply” best describes VIVO’s inspired selection of dishes, infused with simple, contemporary Mediterranean flavors and the finest in local, seasonal ingredients. Chef de Cuisine William Reardon, under the direction of Executive Chef William Foley, creates pure and delicious culinary delights using pure, market-fresh ingredients – field ripened produce, day boat seafood, and select meats and cheeses, all chosen with the utmost care, and presented with a refreshingly creative Napa Valley style. VIVO was recently listed in Zagat’s 2008 America’s Top 1,000 Italian Restaurants guide.
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Vivo - Hartford reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (6)fit for foodies (5)romantic (5)notable wine list (3)neighborhood gem (2)good for groups (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Ambience
    NutmegNancy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Easy to make reservations, front of the house staff courteous and friendly. Wine, appetizers and our meals served in good time, no rush. For a large, open space, noise level was low, ambience was very good. Waitstaff genuinely interested in taking care of us. Look forward to dining there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Friday night
    Notbad4vday
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We enjoyed the food and atmosphere. It was quiet and our server was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nana13
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Returned for 2nd time before going to Evita at Bushnell. Had tried this restaurant last year during Hartford's Price fix week. Food very good & aviance very nice! Last year the place was very busy, this time very quiet! Only few other people there. Maybe they should consider coupons for theater customers as several other restaurants do that are down towards Bushnell Park & include these coupons or special offers with ticket purchases plus some of them also advertise in "playbill book".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible experience
    mamazon
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great service, quiet restaurant. Appetizer salad very crisp. Maple glazed Salmon moist and large serving size. Scallops- pan seared perfectly browned. Cheesecake delicious. Even the coffee was full-bodied. Menu choices abundant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rest2rant
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant is lovely. It is quiet and the ambiance is elegant. Unfortunately our waiter was terrible. We had to repeatedly ask for the bread he was supposed to bring out before our salads came. He never came back to ask how our meals were, and he himself complained about one of the desserts. At the table next to us, the couple had to repeatedly ask for their drinks and when they didn't get them had to go to the bar themselves.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time at Vivo
    BlueBackFanVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Vivo is located in the Marriott hotel in downtown Hartford, the food was amazing and the service was top-notch! I would definitely recommend this to friends and family! It's easiest to park in the CT Convention Center parking lot and walk over rather than find street parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really lovely place
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a really good meal here and the place is gorgeous. The service staff was fantastic (Gisele and Nicholas could not have been friendlier and attentive). Only concern was that it took a long time to get our appetizers (but we determined they could have been making 2 of them from scratch because it came out piping hot).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 199 reviews are from the Vivo - Hartford reviews archive.
  • Decent food, but nothing special
    RobL
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was a bit disappointed by the meal - the food was OK, but nothing special. The service was very good, and better than the food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome experience
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went to Vivo during Taste of Hartford and it was wonderful. The service, food, atmosphere, and experience was great. The regular menu is a little on the pricey side but I would definitely go back, it's worth the money. Our waitress was very nice and accommodating and she didn't rush us at all, we had drinks, apps, entrees, and desserts/coffee and she did not mind that we were taking out time and enjoying ourselves. This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! Thank you Vivo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegantly night in Hartford
    BlueBackFanVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Vivo was a very nice restaurant, after parking and walking to the front of the eatery, the host was very nice and accommodating, she quickly brought us to our table. The bread and humus was amazing, (this is worth noting as most dinner bread is-- well-- just boring.) I was impressed by the quality and taste of our food, which was phenomenal. Very enjoyable night, food was top notch and you couldn't beat their attentive and professional service. If you find yourself in Hartford, I'd recommend highly!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day was a hit
    Rich
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My daughter and I have been hitting vivo for five years in a row due to such a wonderful spread for mothers day
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, accommodating
    Andrea
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Great Service, accommodating allergies and sensitivities, would recommend highly!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Terrible service, food was not enjoyed by many in our group of nine, out of flatbreads at noon, no bread served yet a dish and spreader were on the table for each person (fold we had to ask for it). All in all a very unpleasant experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good veal chop is hard to
    PatnSteveEat
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    A good veal chop is hard to find. Very nicely prepared. Would come back for that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    Samchet
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food wasn't great. I had pei mussels which was a very small portion. Then I had scallops over risotto and it wasn't wonderful, I are it but I certainly wish I got something else. My husbands meal was yummy, he ordered the flank steak. The dessert was the worst. I had creme brûlée, my all time favorite dessert - it was so bad I didn't finish it. It was too sweet and the density was all off, it was more like a sloppy pudding. They did keep the water glasses full tho, which is always a plus! Oh and the sodas are super small and expensive!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The 3 course pre-fixe dinner
    dinningdame
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The 3 course pre-fixe dinner was excellent...I would certainly go back when in Hartford.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First off, we waited over
    japs
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    First off, we waited over a half hour past our reservation time to be seated. It was difficult to get a drink at the bar while we waited for our table....at least a 10 minutes wait for the drinks after the order was in Food was good but not what was expected. I was expecting bay scallops, zucchini, and risotto but it all came in one mix on the plate but was quite tasty. The food was overpriced (which is not unusual these days) We got the Taste of Hartford Special. I don't think any of the meals they offered were worth the $37 dollars or more they charged for them. The creme bruele was DELICIOUS! Once we were seated, our services was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh...
    GoodEats
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The portion size was tiny. Maybe because we went to Vivo to order off the Taste of Hartford 2014, and they were serving tiny sizes to offset the price. Even after a three course, I left hungry. The restaurant pride itself with serving "infused" tasting meals. The food was bland!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    DowntonFan
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The food was average, the waiter was not very attentive and was over-priced for 2 bowls of onion soup and 2 steaks. The reason we went there was mostly for convenience, having attended an event in the hotel. We wanted to go elsewhere but the temps outside were close to zero!
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  • excellent food!!
    fooddoctor
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The service was great, right amount of time between courses, the flavors exquisite. Would certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    jtuniversal
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Great food! Very nice decor, service was great. Seating comfortable and very bright next to side walk window. Made reservation. Once there the host knew how many in my party without looking at her book. Took us to our seats immediately. Over an a+ . I had pesto cream tortellini. It was amazing and perfect size portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right There in My Own Back Yard
    Camps
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Did not know great food and wine was so close to my home. Hartford is really growing the right direction!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waited for over an hour reservation
    Jules
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We arrived a few minutes late for reservation....and then waited for at least an hour for a table while there were many tables open. Wasnt a particularly busy evening (even for a saturday). Food was good and restaurant was convenient (we were staying at the Marriott). Very slow service - next time we would be Better off walking a few blocks and finding another place to eat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Don't be put off by the fact that this is in the building of the Marriot Hotel near the convention center - very cool interior design, creative menu (carpaccio and pork belly apps were both great). Also, there is a seperate bar next to it called Crush - I did not go in, but also the decor looked great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for Restaurant Week with
    ChrisL
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Went for Restaurant Week with a group of eight. Attentive service, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out in Hartford
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    My husband and I enjoyed our night out at Vivos. The food was superb. Service had a personal touch, the wait staff had a smile at very turn...even on the way out. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We will come again and recomend Vivo to others. Job wel done! Mary Males
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We dined last Thursday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    We dined last Thursday night and although the food was good our wait time for our food was horrific. We were there for over two hrs. There was 20 minutes between each course. Not only that our waiter constantly complained about the management and wouldn't take any ownership to the wait . Relating to the drinks, I ordered a cosmopolitan and received straight vodka, it took 20 min to get a bottle of wine for our table and my husbands beer was $10? So disappointed and not sure we would go back. Beautiful restaurant and good food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good service and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Very good service and very good food! Went for Hartford Restaurant Week, best deal out there to get Vivo at only $20.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VIVO is very good.
    JLSONE
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    VIVO is a very fine dining experience in the Hartford area. The food was very good but service was a little slow due to volume. It is convenient for convention goers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivos
    Alan
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    A bit too noisy. The hardwood floors, tall ceilings, & flat walls generate quite an echo making it hard to hear people at you table. The makes the dining experience less enjoyable. The food and service were good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unimpressed
    Darcy
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    We came for Taste of Hartford with our kids. I picked the restaurant based on the menu. Our dinners were good, but nothing to write home about. I do wish our server would have been truthful about her lack of wine knowledge-she described a wine and when we tasted it, it was the exact opposite. I also asked her for any other bread than the olive loaf that they served, for my kids. She said sorry, that's all they had. Yet, when my husband asked for a second basket, the bread was all raison. Confidence when serving is necessary, but back it up with knowledge!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taste of Hartford 2013
    Duckylou
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    This is our third Taste of Hartford and every time we make reservations at VIVO. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the atmosphere was relaxing. My favorite part of the meal was the risotto, and it was perfect again this visit. I highly recommend this restaurant to all of my friends in Hartford and look forward to the next Taste of Hartford!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Value = Benefits / Price ...
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    The denominator on this restaurant simply doesn't work. The prices are too high and are a function of the convenience factor for guests in the hotel. There are many other restaurants in the downtown area that offer equal or better food, are more dynamic and fun and therefore offer greater value.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey but not extra special
    dineHartford
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    While the food was certainly tasty, it wasn't fantastic or uniquely special. No vegetarian entrees on the menu, and when asked, we got the usual response: pasta primavera. A fine restaurant should be able to come up with a couple of vegetarian options a bit more extravagent than steamed veggies over pasta.
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  • A little pricey but food was
    sharona
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    A little pricey but food was excellent and service was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best scallop entree I've
    sublimeX4meVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    The best scallop entree I've ever had!!! That was the only thing I ordered so I can't comment on anything else. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kitchen was really slow that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    Kitchen was really slow that night, a Monday, but the waiter was very good but nothing could correct the speed it came out at.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went here for Valentine's Day. As there was a special Valentine's menu, I called ahead specifically to ask if the regular menu would be available, they said yes. When requesting it at our table, we were told it was unavailable--only the bar menu was available. The service was terrible. The hostess ignored us when we arrived, told us it would "be a while" despite having reservations, and pointed us to our table. The server largely ignored us. We ordered a bottle of wine (a 2nd choice as the first we ordered was unavailable) and no one ever came by to refill our glasses. The bread with spreads was bland. The french onion soup was very good. Took an hour for our entrees to arrive and were just average. We didn't stick around for dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went on Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We went on Valentine's Day (probably not the best day to judge a restaurant for the first time). However, they weren't busy, the food was not terrible but most definitely not worth the money. We were forgotten about for 40 minutes after our entrees were cleared before we finally got up and walked to the hostess to inform her. We are both in the restaurant business as well and I will say the manager and other staff (Beverley I believe) were friendly and handled it well. We will not return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went to Vivo for Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I went to Vivo for Valentine's Day 2013. The food was delicious and the prices were appropriate. Vivo has a very romantic feel- low lighting and cozy seating. The staff was friendly and attentive. I had the filet mignon; it was definitely delicious. I also had a scallop and truffle potato appetizer. I will definitely go back to Vivo!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet