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Vivo Kitchen
Vivo Kitchen

Vivo Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivokitchen.com
  • Phone: (412) 259-8945
  • Hours of Operation: Extended Summer Dining Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Sabatino DiBattista
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to accomodate 50 people inside and another 30 people outside. We have a beautiful bar, creative drink list and very nice wine list.
  • Private Party Contact: Lori DiBattista (412) 259-8945
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment the last Friday of every month, also on the Patio during nice weather.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street parking. A public lot is located less than one block from our door on Green St. Parking meters are enforced from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
A word from Vivo Kitchen
Vivo Kitchen is located in the Village of Sewickley, nestled among the boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops that line Beaver Street. Vivo opened its doors in Bellevue in 2000, and relocated to Sewickley in 2011. Consistently voted in the "Top 25 Best Restaurants" by Pittsburgh Magazine, as well as "Best New Chef". A focus on fresh and local ingredients, bringing you small plates, fresh pasta, grilled meats and fish, as well as house made desserts.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "It was a wonderful meal, simple menu and huge wine list. Great drinks it was just a little bit loud. The tables are very close together, you can see and hear everyone else in the room. Not for a price secluded date, but a great Friday night meal."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Best spot to dine in Pittsburgh. Sewickley is lucky to have such a fine neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Belongs in anyone's list of top restaurants in the area. Never fails to please, from appetizers through the homemade desserts. The owners, Sam and Laurie, are special people as well, and put their personal touch on everything that happens there."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Hi, I had dinner with a friend and we celebrated her Birthday. The food, ambiance and service were excellent. The owner/chef came by and said hello and made sure we were satisfied. Overall, a great place. I will go again. I highly recommend it. Regards, Ray"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "So glad we finally tried this restaurant. Start to finish, appetizers to dessert, we had it all. The Bronzino was fantastic! Everything was really good, and very unique. Husband already talking about going back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dinner was fabulous! It was a great date night for me and my husband!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Pittsburgh, Sewickley is very lucky to have such a gem. Sam and Lori are wonderful people and very creative."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "best bronzino ever --the very best ingredients treated simply and with the reatest respect"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I chose Vivo Kitchen to celebrate our 4th anniversary after reading excellent reviews. We were not disappointed. We sat in the courtyard and loved the simple decor, marveling at the growing herbs and plants. Service was friendly and attentive. We started with the mushroom risotto (which had more tender mushrooms than risotto!) and the veal meatballs, which were presented with a slightly tangy, creamy red pepper sauce. Both were excellent. For entrees, my wife had the flank steak with quinoa and I had the bacon-wrapped pheasant breast with a cherry peppercorn sauce. We couldn't have enjoyed them anymore than we did. Dessert was cheesecake mousse, which was light and a perfect end to the meal. Try the strong sangria!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We recently went to Vivo Kitchen in Sewickley for dinner with friends. It was wonderful. The food was fantastic. The owners were so friendly and personable. Our waiter was attentive and helpful, giving us great suggestions. We will go back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you don't know Sewickley, then give it a try! Probably one of Pittsburghs best, small towns with great shops and restaurants. This was our first dining experience at Vivo and it is nothing short of unique. The atmosphere is simple yet sophisticated. Dress is casual. Light music in the background so you can still have a conversation. The main dish menu is short but I thought it was the best part. Decision making was easy! You don't feel rushed which was excellent. Don't plan on ordering your drink, appetizer and main dish as soon as you meet your server. Laurie and Sam our chef came to our table to talk with us with a smile, which was quite refreshing. The food was excellent, beyond my expectations. Awesome experience, we will be back! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant, and we can't wait to go back. Service, atmosphere and food were all fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Waited about 15-20 minutes at our table before anyone came to begin our service. Other tables that sat down after us had been served. Once I finally flagged someone down for waters and to have our bottle of wine opened everything was fine if not exceptional. It was a busy night so we tried to be patient. The food is always spot on and this meal was no different. Excellent flavors and great presentation. Dessert was great as well. All in all another great night at Vivo "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We found ourselves with time in Sewickley on a Friday night, so we decided to try Vivo, and we loved it! We do not eat pork or beef, so the menu is limited (if you like a meatier menu, then you will like Vivo even more - great range of choices!), but the Walleye and Scallops were fantastic! They were so friendly and accommodating though, I am sure if we had a different desire, they would have let us order off the menu. The wine list is great, not quite big enough to be notable, but very well done with very nice choices while keeping it manageable. I can't tell you enough how pleased and surprised we were. Quaint, well laid out, Village feel that we will go to again."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is a nice place in Sewickley. No more no less. They use fresh ingredients and they are well prepared. The vegetables side this evening was more a hodge-podge than tasty. I had the meatball appetizer -- excellent, the best dish of the meal -- while my wife had the bib lettuce (fresh and simply arranged). I had the red snapper (walleye replacement if you look for it on the menu) while my wife had the shrimps. Both good with the shrimps the most interesting. Not the typical pasta overflow, more in the meats. All in all, not bad just good but for a neighborhood eatery -- pretty good."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Everything here is expertly prepared, but not in an over-the-top obnoxious kind of way. You will notice that there are NO salt and pepper shakers on the tables - you will NEVER need them. Absolutely wonderful food. I had the scallops and they were perfectly cooked (not easy to do). Even the least expensive bottle of wine in their extensive wine list is great. We had a bottle of wine that was $28 (they had some that we're $104) and it was fantastic. You really cannot go wrong with anything."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Best authentic Italian experience outside of Italy in your own backyard"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Selection was terrific. Had a couple of items couldn't decide! Great food and service!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "nice little wine list and the food was well prepared!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband and I absolutely LOVE Vivo and highly recommend it! Such a neighborhood gem with great food, drinks, and staff, who we now consider our friends."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Appetizers and butter lettuce salad were definatly a must, dinners were a good size and amazing. Wine bottles were not over priced and staff was GREAT! definatly will go back."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "vivo was good, but not as much so as when in the bellevue location. The food was good, but not outstanding with the exception of the elk that my husband chose. Our server was a little pushy as in three trips to the table to order and at the end of th meal a gentleman came to the table and ask us to move to the bar so others could be seated. On a positive note our server was friendly and very food knowledgeable which we appreciated."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Friendly helpful and knowledgable staff. The food was great!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went back to Vivo 2nd year in a row for Valentine's Day dinner, it was amazing! We enjoyed the Octopus and cheese board for appetizers, two winning dishes. Lamb Chops and Flat Iron Steak for entrée, 2 more home runs. The food is exceptional, service is great, wine list is amazing, and the folks at Vivo make it look so easy. This joint has become a Pittsburgh standard with it edgy and avante garde menu. You must try this place!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dave is a terrific bartender. Makes awesome drinks and recommends great wines. Yummy appetizers!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We dine out a lot and this restaurant gets better and better. Favs include their butter lettuce with truffle oil and walnuts and any fresh whole fish. Their desserts are made in house and divine."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is wonderful, from soup to nuts. Always the freshest ingredients, prepared with flair and care, and the staff are the nicest and most knowledgeable I've ever found. The place itself is classy but not stuffy, a pleasant setting for a special dining experience."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Consistently good food and service at this neighborhood gem in the heart of Sewickley."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Would recomend only if friend was young. Way too noisey for folks 70 plus. Food was expensive and not that good."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "We had a party of four. All four meals are of poor quality. Over cooked, over oiled, under cooked and poor ingredients."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "My husband and I absolutely love Vivo and would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We always enjoy Vivo Kitchen. Sam makes the most innovative menu choices, this time we had some wonderful (not mild) grilled chills and a great mushroom dish to start. Quite delicious, as were the entrees, flat iron Steak and Pork Chop at our table with perfectly seasoned accompaniments on the plate. Flavors are always delicious and new. And do NOT miss Lori's fabulous desserts, including Affogato (vanilla bean ice cream w/ espresso on top), this time gelatos were peppermint patty (OMG) and Nutella (also OMG). We also had wonderful drinks from the bar and some excellent wines by the glass."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We were extremely pleased with our whole dining experience at Vivo's and we will be going back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This was the first time we were here and we will surely return. The menu has a nice mix of items and everything we ordered was well prepared and tasty. The by the glass wine price was rather high but the quality was good. We were impressed that the chef visited our table to ask us about our meals. We had a very enjoyable meal. Good job, Vivo!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "The ambiance, the location, the outdoor patio even looking into the kitchen and seeing its warm and inviting feeling says that this could be a gem. The staff was super attentive and polished but yet in a way that says thanks for coming to our house for dinner. The menu is split into starter that more a tapas style of a variety of things so you can try small plates and then the entree menu which is limited but has something to appeal to all pallets. This is one of those places that prides itself on service and the staff as I said was first rate but the chef also came out and we were able to have a wonderful conversation about what I loved and what I found needed work. Definitely a go see, and try the signature manhattan"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "This is a great foodie venue and wonderful option that that far from the airport. Really needed in PIttsburgh."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "We had a delightful evening thanks to staff at Vivo. In fact, we gave up our tableand dined at the bar because the bartender was so attentive and we were so comfortable. Love the eclectic menu. Food was exceptional as was service. Don't miss this one!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Portions skimpy for price. Inside was empty but we were very rushed."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Our experience with Vivo is always strong. We did have to wait an additional 15 min. after our reservation time (it was raining outside, eliminating 30% of their seats) but once we were seated we were well tended to and the food was outstanding. I would have given them higher marks but they were out of the Suckling Pig and did not tell us until after a member of my party tried to order it. The back-up choice was no disappointment, though and we left full and happy."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "We have had the opportunity to dine at Vivo on three different occasions recently. Each time the food was outstanding. It's fresh, locally sourced and wonderfully prepared. On two occasions the weather was nice enough for us to enjoy dining on the cozy patio. The heirloom tomatoes were grown in the owner's garden and simply prepared with olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper. If the ingredients are good, keeping it simple works well. Vivo is located in the heart of Sewickley and it has a nice neighborhood feel to it. It's beautifully and simply decorated with wonderful large windows opening onto the patio. Though the meal is not inexpensive, it's well worth it."
    Dined on 9/25/2013