Vivo Ristorante
Vivo Ristorante

Vivo Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vivoristorante.ca/
  • Phone: 7807567710
  • 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 7807567710x

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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Vivo Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (101)fit for foodies (94)good for groups (83)neighborhood gem (78)notable wine list (65)romantic (57)hot spot (36)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Second time for me but first time for hubby and he was impressed. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine italian dining at its best!
    AvgJoe
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Vivi is a great restaraunt with a nice atmosphere. The food is delectable and the service awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    Pamela
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is our second visit. Food was exceptional again. Our first visit was just the 2 of us, my husband and I, and it was a little too much food. We brought our children this time for our anniversary (ages 8 and 10). They liked the pasta and tried the beef tenderloin but I think it was too fine dining of an experience for the children. We ended up spending more money than we thought we would. The waitress was very accomodating and the food was excellent. We were looking forward to the lamb with roasted pistachio but they changed the lamb dressing so we ordered beef tenderloin instead. Highly recommended for a group of adults.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique flavours & experience!
    yumyum
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A group of 6 of us met up to re-connect and Vivo was the perfect place to do so. The food presentation was beautiful, the flavours were delicious, and the servers were attentive. We fully enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great!
    1C2C
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was wonderful! It was everything I'd hoped it to be! But the server scooped my empty wine glass after our appetizer and didn't ever return with it! So I had no wine to go with my main. I mentioned twice that I'd like another glass, but it never happened. We personally felt the music was too loud and it wasn't overly enjoyable in the way.... but the food was lovely! We may give it another whirl
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    enttjay
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We love VIVO and this visit did not disappoint. The Fettuccine Alfredo is amazing as is the grilled Caesar salad. The food here is always fresh and the flavour is second to none. Our waiter was great. You leave here feeling spoiled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was a bit pricy but good. Sauces that go with meat are average. Pana Cotta was a disappointment. They should call it chocolate mousse instead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding meal and experience
    beleiveinbee
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Albeit it was quiet on a Monday night, I'm sure it's never this quiet at the end of the week so keep that in mind. The dishes we had were outstanding in the quality of the ingredients and the rustic true flavors. The rib steak was superbly flavorful and we ordered the carrots/ beets and Brussel sprouts that were all sourced from Riverbend gardens and handled perfectly. Next on the list will be to try their pastas. The staff and team were very engaging and knowledgable and it was evident that chef Michael truly believes in sourcing only the best for his dishes. It was a pleasure to see such a strong leader, one that challenges his staff to learn and is humble enough to keep learning more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Criticaldiner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I think the food was good, not really outstanding for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastico!
    Curlyq
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We went to Vivo to celebrate my husband's birthday and we were not disappointed! A great, new dining experience, we enjoyed every minute. Stephanie, our server, was attentive and friendly and the food was exceptional. Would definitely recommend Vivo and we will be going back! If there was one downside it would the close approximation of our table to the one next to us. Other than that, the whole evening was lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite enjoyable
    RockDoc
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    First time visit, as a group of three couples for a wedding anniversary celebration. We were a bit squashed in at a table better suited for 5, but the food was good, and the service friendly. Prices are high though, especially the wine list. Probably won't be a regular haunt (unless I get a large pay rise!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks once again.
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We are avid VIVO diners. Love the great food, and ambiance. The service is second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vivo Ristorante Lessard West end
    VivoRistorante
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a little known Ristorante , off the beating path, in a quite area of the city , I have eaten here before and forgot about it , till my anniversary and I wanted to treat my Lady to some thing different than usual steak house. From the minute we walked in we were met with happy and energetic staff, The food was tasty and filling portions, The food was cooked to bring out its best in taste with out over bearing sauces and seasoning. To Pat and the Staff , Bravo , for making my anniversary with my wife special
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Night Out
    Zelbar
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Every bit if the meal and service was great. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience incredible!
    Thefoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Loved the experience at VIVO! We came early to this restaurant by 30 minutes (6pm). It wasn't a problem as they found us a table and were very accommodating even though we were happy to wait. Our server was over the top amazing. She was herself.....not contrived or rehearsed. She was the kind of person you wanted to have join your dinner!! She felt like a friend who treated her job with ownership. Soooo nice. The food was so well prepared and presentation was divine. Excellent flavour and doneness. Be sure to try this restaurant. Also..... as a tip, if I was with one other old friend or my husband.... I would sit at the open kitchen seating. It's bar style and would be another cool experience. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive neighborhood find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I would definitely rate this restaurants as one of the best in the city. Well worth the drive to the West end
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    EdmontonEater
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The family-style dining was nice. Good for a group of four. Experience was unhurried. Experienced waitstaff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Viva Vivo
    AntonEgo
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday and, as always, had a wonderful experience. Got the small table by the "fireplace" as requested, a wonderful meal and they created a great dessert for two to help us celebrate. The food is always fresh and well prepared with a full explanation for each dish, the service is above par, and the staff are always friendly. It may be a little higher priced, depending on the dishes you choose and the courses you order, but we feel it's worth it. Never a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Dining For Sure
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Don't go here with less than 4 people. It is definitely family dining style. I went with one girlfriend and we ended up with a $170 bill. Food was good, service was great. Best to bring more people to share the bill with!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    Jacqueline
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My new fav...mike was an excellent server too ... very good salads and pasta , the meatballs were just ok...we will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Supper with Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The location, service, and food were fantastic. This is a perfect place for a special evening either with just two of you or for small groups. You will come away beyond impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Second time at Vivo and it was just as great as the first time! Food and service are what you would expect from a top downtown restaurant. It is best to come hungry or bring friends as the portions are very large and meant to be shared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We are regulars at Vivo, and love it for the great quality of ingredients, professional servers, beautiful dining room, and top notch chefs. The food is always delicious, and flavorful! Our favorite dishes are the ceasar salad, fetuccini, rigatoni, and tenderloin, and of course, the tiramisu! We recommend that if you are ordering meat, to order your pasta dishes to come with the meat, or you will be too full to eat the meat dish when it arrives!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I had the pleasure of dining at VIVO once again last night. There were three of us ladies and as the menu is family style dining we were able to really enjoy a variety of options! We started with the small caprese salad which was deliciously refreshing with the variety of locally grown tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and pesto. Following that we had the always perfectly prepared fettucini (small) freshly made pasta in house with the mixture of cheeses and butter (no cream- but you'd never know!!). Lastly we ended with the filetto and brussel sprouts. Prepared perfectly the filetto was served medium rare and the brussel sprouts were crispy and delicious!!! Many thanks to Chef Michael Hassel and Gregg Kenney for a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss out!
    Iwasstuffed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    For starters the staff and management at Vivo were polite and friendly and most of all professional in their service. Relaxed formal atmosphere. Fabulous food!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was unbelievable, service was top notch, we will go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as expected ...
    look4goodfood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Unfortunately, we were not wowed. Sharing a caesar salad, smoked salmon risotto and rack of lamb platter between two couples - when ensured by the waiter that it would be plenty of food - fell short and we were all still a little hungry after. And, the food was not memorable ... the risotto dish was very small and the flavor a bit odd, and the lamb lollipops were extremely fatty ... lots of fat left on our plates, meaning not much lamb consumed. No desire to to spend further, especially after $85 of wine. The best part of the meal was when our waiter brought us a dessert and 4 spoons -- definitely a classy gesture and much appreciated. We'll try again ... maybe going on a Friday or Saturday night will be the key to a successful experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb In Every Way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our food & wine, service & atmosphere were all beyond our expectations. Absolutely nothing compares to vivo in this town!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion Family Indulgence
    LucysLeftovers
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing!
    Yegfoodie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Just another fantastic night of great food and drinks at vivo! Molte Grazie vivo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary delight
    Sully
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    fatherof3
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    After experiencing Vivo 2 separate occasions now I'm thoroughly impressed ! Great good & top notch service with an atmosphere of "stay and enjoy your meal because we love having you here" attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun eats
    fadtazy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun to share with friends
    2nite
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This restaurant fit our group of 6 friends perfectly. It was so fun to order and share everything. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Taste Explosion
    Hrd2pls
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    Quinnby
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCEPTIONAL!
    billy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Exceptional service and outstanding food! Four of the six people at our table had never been to Vivo and were thoroughly impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall very satisfied
    Alex
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food,terrible customer service
    OhsohungryVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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...
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  • Fantastic find
    Out4dinner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.