Vivo Kitchen
Vivo Kitchen

Vivo Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivokitchen.com/
  • Phone: 4122598945x
  • 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: Italian, Contemporary European
  • 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 412-259-8945x
  • 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.
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Vivo Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (43)great for outdoor dining (43)special occasion (39)notable wine list (24)romantic (23)hot spot (16)late-night find (9)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    good food variety with local ingredients menu that is sophisticated and ever changing
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seating
    SurveVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Eventhough the restaurant wasnt crowded on a Thursday night they sat us at a table for two right next to another couple. There were a lot of empty tables for a foursome bit they had to sest us at a two table. Food was ok. Very limited selection. Music was too loud so people had to talk over it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Waiter
    Jim53VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A very patient server who let us talk, suggested wonderful dishes, overall great job
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special night out
    specialk
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    we went to see our friend Dave Gurwin and the Gurwin Jazz Trio and were glad we did. The food and service were outstanding; we saw some old friends and the jazz was fantastic. Vivo was really hopping - like being in NYC!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing and Overpriced
    Easy2please
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first visit and sad to say our last visit. The restaurant was very nicely appointed inside and out, but regretfully it was down hill from there. The waiter was very nice, but for some reason must have been distracted or not properly supported in the kitchen. The wrong appetizer was sent to our table. After ordering dinners and waiting a notable time history repeated itself and again the wrong dinners was brought to the table. It was a table for 4 and 3 out of the four dinners were wrong (i.e., a pork chop was sent for someone who ordered halibut). It was a bit shocking to witness the confusion. All dinners were removed and we had to wait all over again for our order to be re-made. One should expect much more for $315
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent and innovative kitchen. Menu changes every week. Great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 24carrots
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went to Vivo because we wanted a new restaurant destination in the area, and were pleasantly impressed with what we found. Our appetizers and entrees were both delicious ( pork and seafood) and innovative . Wines by the glass were well selected The staff was really good from beginning to end, their timing was perfect. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Glad we did not go into city. Very nice meal. Snapper and chicken were wonderful. The flatbread was not crispy, it really was a pizza but my initial reservations when it arrived on the table were all forgotten as it disappeared, great taste. Will go back for sure to this real neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    SILVIA
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    QUIET, NICE RESTAURANT. DELICIOUS FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE I WILL RECOMMENT AND GO BACK AGAIN
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gene15213
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I always enjoy my Vivo Kitchen experience from soup to desert. Sam's skill in the kitchen is worthy of a James Beard recognition. Try the bone marrow. The prices are moderate considering the high-end dining fare. A little far from home but worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at Vivo Kitchen. The outdoor dining space is beautiful. The Wagyu flat iron was fantastic. The butter lettuce salad was light and delicious. I cant wait to go back and sit outside on the patio at Vivo again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising find
    Hausfrau
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We tried Vivo Kitchen during the Pittsburgh restaurant week and were pleasantly surprised to find a very sophisticated menu, well executed. My husband and I found each course on the three course menu to be outstanding, as were our desserts. The first course of white asparagus and fresh peas really stood out for both of us. I had a second course of crabmeat with seaweed salad in a slightly spicy sauce, unusual and excellent. We found no fault with anything. Our server, Jennifer, was helpful and efficient. The outdoor patio was a lovely place for a summer evening. We wish Vivo Kitchen were closer to our home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food and cocktails
    foodie7065
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The ambiance was lovely, but the food and cocktails were even better. We came intending to make a meal of the small plates and enjoy a few of the craft cocktails. All of the cocktails were perfect: a Cosmopolitan made Cointreau (as it should be), the Beaver & Broad made with dry gin, elderflower liqueur, Aperol, grapefruit, and rhubarb and a perfect barrel aged manhattan. After 5 amazing small plates, we were all still fixed on an entrée. The two stand outs were the lamb chops and the flank steak with a mustard relish. Finally, we could not leave without dessert. The salted caramel cheesecake was so velvety and the heath bar gelato is a must-try! If you can make it on a warm night, I highly suggest sitting outside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classyk67
    Classyk67
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I will certainly patronage this restaurant again. The food is wonderful service great. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was amazing
    Hark2em
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My fiancée and I went there during Pittsburgh Restaurant week. I'm so glad we did, we'll be back. Our service was exceptional, our waiter Edward was attentive yet not intrusive. Our meals were beyond what we expected. The risotto and the Ono (our entrees) were perfection on a plate!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very enjoyable evening
    foodie1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our first time eating at Vivo and we will definitely be returning. The cocktails , the out door ambiance and the service was excellent. The food overall was outstanding, the turbot was light and fresh, my husband had the pork rib which was cooked perfectly and he couldn't get enough of the spicy sauce. We ordered the flat bread which was disappointing, the toppings were tasty but the crust was very doughy as if it was undercooked. My husband had the pork meatballs, which are almost enough for an entree, and I had the scallops on the open self with the mango sauce, very pleased with both of these items. We ate outside on the patio, it was tranquil sitting among the herb garden. Over all our experience at Vivo was a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place but food could improve
    wild4food
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Vivo is a lovely restaurant, whether you choose to sit inside or out. My husband and I chose outside in the garden. Food rundown: starters are more interesting than the main dishes. I had brussel sprouts - crispy and delicious cooked with pancetta. My husband had the barata (basically a big hunk of fresh mozzarella). Main courses come with very finely chopped, hard to identify accompaniments that are cold (are they meant to be salads?). I had the halibut, which did not have a lot of flavor and was a bit overcooked, but had a good crispy outside. My husband had a quite delicious pheasant breast. Service was very good. The waitress was even very quick to replace my husband's side dish when he told her he didn't like beets.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    One of the top five restaurants in Pittsburgh... Sewickley is lucky to have such a gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu!
    polprncss
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Small, quaint restaurant with an outstanding menu. The food choices were very unique and very tasty. My husband and I decided to come here on a last minute date and we were not disappointed. We were hoping to sit outside but it was raining. Overall a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best in Pittsburgh Area!
    NewYork1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is truly an outstanding restaurant. The chef is the star and his food is among the best we've had anywhere. Appetizers are creative and special. Entrees are delicious and perfectly prepared. Service and friendliness of staff superb. Our favorite restaurant in the Pittsburgh area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vivo is Wonderful
    KimHVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    After three years, we finally made it to Vivo's "new" location in Sewickley. While the location has changed, the attention to detail and the quality of the food remains the same. The menu focuses on local, fresh ingredients, and it was wonderful. Also, for those who remember Vivo's Bellevue location, you will be happy to know that Lori is still making pizzelles for dessert, which her husband, Sam, sandwiches with Crème Anglaise and fresh berries for dessert. Our entrees included duck breast and flat iron steak. The duck breast was perfectly prepared and served with a fresh fig compote. The flat iron was on a bed of local root vegetables. Both were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive
    ThawVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The menu "standards" are wonderful but if you need something a bit extra, Sam (chef) caters to the particular. Always I/we have a tasty meal and the atmosphere is upbeat and cozy. Vivo's is worth the drive to Sewickley!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative, delicious meal!
    DinewithWine
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We enjoyed the beet salad and roasted mushroom appetizers, pheasant with plum sauce and scallops for entrees, and strawberry gelato profiteroles and sea salt caramel cheesecake for dessert...all were delicious with creative blends of flavors! We especially liked the use of so much local "farm to table" foods on the menu. The wine menu had a wide variety of selections, with some grapes we hadn't seen on many menus, beginning with bottle cost in the mid $20 range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    luciane
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great and friendly staff with a nice variety of menu options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Best spot to dine in Pittsburgh. Sewickley is lucky to have such a fine neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sewickley Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Date42night
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dinner was fabulous! It was a great date night for me and my husband!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnDee
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Best restaurant in Pittsburgh, Sewickley is very lucky to have such a gem. Sam and Lori are wonderful people and very creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wow
    irini
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    best bronzino ever --the very best ingredients treated simply and with the reatest respect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit of many to come
    Hammar
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining
    Rawtp
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 171 reviews are from the Vivo Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Great town, great restaurant!
    RogerSterling
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Edward
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First time at this restaurant, and we can't wait to go back. Service, atmosphere and food were all fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaky start, strong finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great surprise!
    LoveToWineAndDineVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbothood - definitely
    YUL2112
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie Heaven
    Jones
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.