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Vivo Ristorante
Vivo Ristorante

Vivo Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivoristorante.ca
  • Phone: (780) 756-7710
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Everyday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hassall
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: All parties of 9 or more are booked through the restaurant directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Gregg Kenney or Wilbur Randall (780) 756-7710

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 184 St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Vivo Ristorante
vivo is where Italian comes alive. We relish the enthusiasm and joy with which the traditional Italian meal is prepared and delivered, and seek to recreate that experience for every guest. Our open kitchen showcases our chefs preparing fresh and local ingredients.

When you join us for dinner, expect it to be a relaxing evening lasting a couple hours over several piatti (courses). Your table comes alive when we present a variety of large offerings on platters or bowls within easy reach of all.

A classic Italian pranzo (dinner) usually beings with a variety of antipasti (hot and cold appetizers), followed by one or two primi (usually a hot pasta, risotto, gnocchi or zuppa). Next your table will share a secondi (entrees) served on a platter combined with your choice of contorni (vegetable side dishes). Italians often complete their meal with un dolce, un caffe, or un digestivo (dessert, espresso, liqueur or grappa).
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Diner Reviews
  • "We dine here often. Always a pleasure. Never feel rushed through dinner, waiters are attentive but not smothering."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our server Val was outstanding. She knew Vivo's menu inside and out. Val was professional and very much a sales person (in a great way). I own a restaurant and would be very proud to have Val represent my company and it's products. One of Vivo's signature dishes is their Fettuccine... it was off the charts delicious and worth visiting, just for that dish. We ordered the risotto and returned it - there is always one dish that is a kitchen's nemesis and a great risotto is difficult to deliver. As a group of five we truly enjoyed our entire experience at Vivo and would highly recommend it to others, and have since dining there. Way to go Vivo Team!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Dinner was fantastic! Server was awesome and knew his menu and gave great suggestions and recommendations. Overall can't say enough good things. Will be back again!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have chosen Vivo for a few special occasions and decided to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary here on Saturday. We made a minute reservation and were not disappointed! The grilled cesar salad is a must try, the gnocchi melted in the mouth and the beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection. This has quickly become one of my favorites! Don't skip dessert!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Expensive but very good. The restaurant is noisy but despite that the ambience is good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "LOVE it here! Beautiful locally sourced ingredients prepared perfectly! The service is outstanding and we will continue to go back! Always an exceptional experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I found Vivo Ristorante on Open Table and, heartened by good reviews, met a good friend there for dinner. Our server was a kind older gentleman, who made recommendations on wine. The meal began with foccacia bread and olives, then we moved to incredibly tender scallops - some of the best scallops I've ever had anywhere. Fresh in-house made spaghetti followed, which had a burnt orange sauce. We finished with panna cotta for dessert, and even my hot chocolate at the end had been made with chocolate shavings and in-house made marshmallow. Great ambience, great service, fantastic food, we were very pleased. The bill at the end wasn't outrageous, either."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Vivo is the perfect dinning experience. From amazing local ingredients used in their dishes that are bursting with flavour to the excellent service this place is one of the best restaurants in Edmonton and western Canada. Vivo offers rustic Italian fine dinning that is served family style. This makes it great for groups but two people can still having a great dinning experience. Another highlight of vivo is their open kitchen and chef's counter. If you're dinning as a couple I highly recommend the counter as you get both dinner and a show. Molte grazie vivo!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "You will not be disappointed! Can't say enough great things about this place! My Wife and I Love ❤️❤️ Vivo.."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food, cute decor. Fettuccine was OUTSTANDING. However, it is a very excited atmosphere and far to noisy. Difficult to hear and have a conversation. Not a place for a romantic date but would go back in a heart beat for a group setting"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A terrific venue for a group as the meals 'family style'"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "First time at Vivo and it won't be the last! A perfect birthday celebration - the food was superb, the service outstanding! Truly a 'hidden gem' in the west end. Our server that evening - Brian? (if I am mistaken I apologize, getting older can be irksome!) was knowledgeable and engaging- it elevated the whole experience. You need to clone him!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were recommended to try this place several times. We have been there a couple of times since and have recommended to other friends. The food is excellent and the servers are great. They take the time to explain each dish. They use a mixture of fresh local foods and special foods."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to book a reservation through the OpenTable app and when we arrived the service was impeccable! We were seated immediately and the staff explained everything in detail and were friendly. The atmosphere is great for casual dining or romantic dining."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "From walking through the doors the service was exceptional and the food did not disappoint!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A great experience all around. What sets these guys apart from the pack is the service. Second to none!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary and were not disappointed! From the moment we were seated we were treated as royalty. We were offered complimentary champagne and dessert. Our waiter Pat was the nest waiter we've ever had. He was so kind and help navigate through the best wines and meal ideas. We simply went with all his suggestions and were extremely happy we did! Would go here again and again. Best italian in town!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food there is absolutely incredible. I would and have recommended others to Vivo. I found out about it through a friend, who also loved the food, and have been there three times since November 2013. Its kind of an odd location, but I actually don't mind because I don't have to drive through downtown to get to it. Its just of the Henday on the West end. Great place for a date night or a nice meal between a group of friends."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent service from my waiter Pat. Really like how he would describe all the dishes that came out. Food was unique and tasty. Was a bit noise though. Kept having to lean forward to hear my girlfriend talk. This was probably because we were seated at a table very close to a large group... actually between two groups in fact. I think there are better spots for two within the restaurant; perhaps I reserved too late."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was greeeeat even though it was on the slightly more pricey side. The seabass was AWESOME!!!! The sea asparagus on it was great and crispy. The cured meat with cheese platter~~ almost EVERY type of the locally cured meat gave us surprise~!! Have never tried a salami with such chewy but not gluey/waxy texture. The duck~omg it's outta this world~~ Great wine selection even tho it's a but pricey, love wine from Mission Hill. The tiramisu is a must-try no matter how filled you are. Great for family sharing. But since it already has nice decor and setting, can make it even more classy and romantic and fit for dating, even if it's that section that's closer to the cooking table. Love how it has a room for events. Servers can act more pro."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had it once, needed to go again and now just dream of it. Amazing!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Order meat ball, pasta and meat platter. Meat platter is kind of cold"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great first visit service food and atmosphere was super. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The supposedly generous family portions for 4 barely filled 2: the teeny Cabrese heritage tomato salad gave srawny 3-4 slices per person; beet veggie platter 4 halves of small beets, 1 carrot strip each; and soft gooey cookies had preserves oozing off. Oh, the pasta for 4 with shrimp was ok... for 2, maybe, but without evidence of meat, and ... the waiter said it would be late because the 1st try failed to meet standards, so our shrimp-deprived pasta took twice as long and -- no compensation, not coffee or a glass of wine or piece of bread. Tiramesu was good; cookies took 20 minutes and were soggy, tasteless yucky. Wine was fair, coffee ok, too. Awful portions, prices, and service. We eat out several times a week. But never again at Vivo."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "First time to VIVO. Our waiter, Pat, was very attentive. He explained the menu, made recommendations and was very pleasant. The food was fantastic. Started with grilled ceasar, followed by meatballs, fettucine but alas, he forgot to bring us the fiddleheads we had ordered. The salad was so tasty we bought a bottle of their home made dressing to take home with us! And the activity in the open kitchen was fun to watch. They are an amazing crew!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Another great evening of quality food, wine, service & atmosphere. Matt expertly guided us through the menu & provided detailed descriptions of every dish, highlighting the numerous local suppliers they buy from (like Doef's Greenhouses & Riverbend Gardens). We especially enjoyed their grilled caesar salad, the rigatoni with fresh, local mozzarella, & ending with their house-made tiramisu. All aspects of this place are very unique; menu style & structure, wine list, open kitchen etc. Great value! Thanks. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is a pricey night out for 2, but it's excellent for 4 or more when you're sharing the cost. The food is like home Italian cooking and as it's served family style, you can eat as much or as little as you like so if you leave hungry, it's your fault. Our waiter, Matthew, did an amazing job of describing each dish and how it was prepared, including spices used and process for cooking. Really appreciated his attentive service and enthusiasm for the food he was presenting. Best tiramisu I've ever tasted. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Wonderful original presentation and novel combinations of styles"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Again, VIVO stepped up and delivered another fantastic meal and an amazing evening! we have tried over multiple visits almost everything from the menu and we have never been disappointed. This is one of the best restaurants in Edmonton."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Not your basic menu but the food was good, family style menu and servings"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "So many wonderful things on the menu, so hard to choose but they were all wonderful. This place is best experienced with a small group so you can order many dishes to share. Truly excellent."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We were late being seated for our 730 reservation. The manager was awesome to us, bought us a bottle of prosecco as an apology. Also brought us a sampler platter of desserts. This makes for excellent customer service and I tell all my friends about it....just as much as a negative review. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I brought 3 guests to VIVO for a Birthday Dinner. We were seated at a very small table (a table for two). Instead of it being a nice experience I felt rushed to hurry & empty our dishes so we could get them off the table. The server was lovely & didn't skip a beat. Each time a dish came out they would explain what the dish was. But it was noisy & we couldn't hear what they were saying. It was awkward because it was as if the servers were spitting out the words to get that part over with. As a customer I love that part! Don't forget this was 3/4 people's 1st time at VIVO. Tell them what the dish is, make it a big deal! Don't think we don't want to know about it, we do! VIVO has amazing food. I want to take my time & enjoy the experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My Hubby and I venured out to explore Vivo. We had heard lots of great reviews and wanted to check it out ouirselves. The initial shock at the prices were calmed when it was explained that the meals are family style, so the entree was for two, not one. Having said that visiting this restuarant with a group of 4 or more would be advantageous, or you better agree on your starter, main, etc with your partner or disappointment will follow. The food was prepared very well and was just delicous. The service was attentive and knowledgable. I would definitly return with a group to further explore this tasty menu."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Its just what i like.....a hidden Gem. I don't live in the neighborhood, but if i did, I'd be a regular. This is my 3rd visit in a year and its too long await for i believe some of the best Italian cooking. I dine out twice a week regularly and it was Vivo time again.... It was too long await. Bravo Vivo..!!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Most of the food was excellent, everything except for the chicken which I found to be kind of chewy. Everything else was so good though so in the end it was easy to look past it. The waiter was very helpful and explained how some of the food was prepared and answered all of our questions. One thing to caution though, the dishes are shared. So if you have different tastes than the person/people you're going with it might be a bit troublesome. Otherwise, if you aren't picky or your group has similar tastes it's awesome! I would totally recommend it and my wife and I will be going back again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Amazing food and amazing service. Both times we have been there the waiters have been very professional and attentive. Food is amazing and presentation is unique!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great evening, Food was wonderful and the service was great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014