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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
  • "Getting my house cleaned and visiting Vivo once a week would be all I need to feel fulfilled in my life. Bar none, best pasta, Caprese salad, and bread in town. Best restaurant experience in Edmonton, for me. Our kids are becoming more sophisticated eaters, and are thrilled to be included on our rare outings. Great wine list; experienced, knowledgable staff - even remembering us months after our last visit - and an entertaining, educational experience watching the open kitchen staff work, are all part of the wonderful dining at Vivo. An absolute gem that we are proud to have in our neighbourhood. We are hoping our oldest daughter will be able to get a job there once she gets a little more experience in food service."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Just another fantastic night of great food and drinks at vivo! Molte Grazie vivo!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This gem was recommended by family and they raved about its food...so I had to try it and my husband and I were so delighted. The service was impeccable and the food was wonderfully delicious. Looking forward to going back"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I love this place. My husband took me out here and the food was great we did "share our food" since it's a sharing kind of menu. So we had a romantic feel to our dinner. I also ate there with a group of girlfriends and the feel was more fun. They all loved the sharing concept and the taste of the food. Great place"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This restaurant fit our group of 6 friends perfectly. It was so fun to order and share everything. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We ordered the scallops, bass with pasta and the lamb. Each one was a taste explosion. Mike, our server, was a consummate professional: efficient, personable, and "in tune" with our context. The ambience was very relaxed, elegant and open. And, I have to say, comfortable chairs. Vivo is not inexpensive, but the menu presents excellent value. The dining philosophy is very effective and more in tune with the way my fiance and I like to dine. We share everything, and Vivo allows us to do that comfortably. If there is any constructive suggestion to offer, I would like to see more wines from the Okanagan. All in all, Vivo exemplifies what excellent fine dining is all about. Kudos to the owners, the staff and the Chefs! Merveilleux!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Could not have asked for better service - he was always watching but never hovering. Food was tasty and innovative. Easy to reserve a table through OpenTable - great system!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Exceptional service and outstanding food! Four of the six people at our table had never been to Vivo and were thoroughly impressed."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the service was very good and comical at times. Other then the fact that we should have been told that the chicken takes 45 minutes to cook and that we were given the wrong take out containers to take home with us to enjoy the delicious food once again, everything was absolutely perfect."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food is generally well-balanced, and creative. However, the customer service is lacking for the calibre of the restaurant, and there are problems with the consistency of the cooking. On one occasion, the pasta was grossly over salted to the point of not being edible, and the waiter gave us a fair amount of attitude when we politely pointed this out. Another time, the fish was raw (we couldn't cut it with a steak knife because it was literally raw in the middle), and although there was an apology and the same piece was recooked (after being put back on the pan from different people's plates), we were charged full price for the fish and not given any sort of compensation. Not very classy for a restaurant that claims to be fine dining..."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I went with a friend to celebrate a special occasion. Food was fresh, local, and cleanly prepared. The service was attentive, well timed, and knowledgable. The environment was warm, inviting and perfect for a small group or intimate meal. It was the best meal I have experienced in Edmonton."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "You will have an enjoyable experience. Everything was great. Would highly recommend this place"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "duck and the Seafood Zuppa when are you going to have them back in the menu?"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We try to eat at Vivo every month or so because it's such a solid restaurant. Always have great service with staff that know so much about each dish. The food is amazing each and every time. Best caprese salad I've ever had to the point where I constantly crave it the moment I think about it. It's a restaurant designed for sharing so go with friends and go hungry."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "In a word? WOW! I went to dinner with a friend as we had heard it was the best resturant in town, we were not disappointed! The food was simply delicious (the family style dining was a first for me and it was fun and soooo incredibly amazing). The service was a 10+, the server suggested wines, and even went so far as to bring me cheese samples because i told him about the wine and cheese night i was hosting the next night! i loved every little thing about this resturant and can't say enough about it. Do yourself a favour, save a few dollars (it was not cheap!) and take someone special to Vivo Ristorante....you will be glad you did :)"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had another great evening at vivo where Allan, our waiter, looked after every detail. The food was again outstanding, with their grilled caesar salad & fettucine stellar as ever. We did try their new ricotta gnocchi w toasted red quinoa; what a genius combination! Their wine list seems to keep developing & expanding to include the best variety/choices possible for every price range. WOW! I'll definitely be planning our office holiday party their soon."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and service was excellent as usual. My favourite place to eat in Edmonton. Seasonal changes are very refreshing as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I just wished to pass on the comment from our son, after eating at Vivo: He said: "That is the best meal in a restaurant that I have ever had", and thanked us for taking him to experience the food."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Fantastic family-style dining. Lovely setting with food that is delicious and well suited to sharing."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our daughter's had called ahead to let them know it was our wedding anniversary. They congratulated us and presented us with two glasses of Proseco. The waitress was very informative about the menu; they have a 'family style' menu. Each course is to be shared by two or four people. We started with scallops topped with a Speck jam - absolutely delicious. Our Primi course was Fettuccine with four cheeses, great flavour. Upon the waitresses advice we chose another appetizer, meatballs in a tomatoe sauce as an accompaniment rather than ordering a Secondi. Excellent choice. We were than treated to a complimentary assortment of deserts. And to top it off the wine choice was excellent. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal, but service was poor. Plus be nice after dropping over $300 for a meal for 5 people that they didn't nickel and dime you by charging $3 for every pop. $15 of the bill was for 5 diet cokes!!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "We dine here often. Always a pleasure. Never feel rushed through dinner, waiters are attentive but not smothering."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "A great experience all around. What sets these guys apart from the pack is the service. Second to none!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014