Vivo Tapas Lounge
Vivo Tapas Lounge

Vivo Tapas Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ivivodoyou.com/
  • Phone: 9734654800
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch & Dinner:

    Open 11:30 am - 10:00pm


    Lounge 10:30pm- 2:00am Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:30pm - 3:00am Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: DJ, Live music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson St.
  • Public Transit: Newark Penn Station located only a few block away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on side streets nearby and also in our parking on on Jackson St headed towards Market Street (Look for VIVO Parking Sign)
A word from Vivo Tapas Lounge
VIVO means to live - Here at Vivo that is exactly what we love to do and help our patrons do. The VIVO dining experience and Vivo nights are all about living it up. Our atmosphere, great staff, incredible drinks, delicious food, and awesome patrons allow you to do just that - VIVO.

Spanish Tapas are small portions of food. The Idea when you go tapateo is to get many different types of tapas instead of just getting one boring dish. It's more fun to eat variety!

For those of you that still enjoy the more traditional style cuisine our special entrees of the day are outrageous! Be sure to try our famous Original Mojito, which is a traditional Cuban-style mint infused rum cocktail, and also our natural Tropical Fruit Mojitos.
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Vivo Tapas Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating2.6
  • Food3
    Service2.9
  • Ambiance2.9
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)romantic (2)good for groups (2)neighborhood gem (2)fit for foodies (1)special occasion (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    MaiSeaRay
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We decided to only have drinks and went elsewhere for tapas/dinner. The menu was completely different from what's online, they had no parking lot (as advertised on their website) which is a nightmare in that neighborhood to find parking and the tapas items they did have on their menu were much higher priced than what's online. To be fair they did try to explain that they have a new chef they were breaking in and would try to make what we wanted even it wasn't on the menu; but for 4 of us it would have cost over $125 to eat and I didn't want to take a chance when so many other great options are within walking distance. They need to update their website - I'm giving benefit of the doubt but does seem like false advertising.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Tapas
    JovannaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    They had a great variety of tapas for lunch and dinner. Amazing passion fruit and strawberry sangria must try!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food
    sarah622VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    salty and the vegetables came from a can...almost inedible. skip this place! (although they did take it off the bill)
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  • An unfortunate experience
    Aviddiners
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    we used to be very enthusiastic patrons of Viva tapas. However last night may have ruined it for us. The service was inconsiderate and the food came out late.we had to ask for the salad at least 6 times. We were told that this particular salad with complicated even though it did not consist of any ingredients that needed to be prepared.My friends repeatedly asked for the soup to be served piping hot and despite this the soup still appeared lukewarm.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Vivo Tapas Lounge reviews archive.
  • overcoming first impressions
    Blacklug2013VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    When my date and I first came into this restaurant it seemed that we were not welcome. We are an African American couple and it seemed like they didn't want my business. The manager made all the difference as we had to wait for the best table in the restaurant. Our wait staff served us like VIP. I enjoy seafood and have high tastes and standards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WORST SERVICE EVER!!!!
    FoodiesforLifeVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    My husband and I did something we have never done before - we left this restaurant before our main course came. The reason why we left was because an hour and half after ordering our main course it still had not arrived. At one hour and fifteen minutes my husband did approach the waiter (he had to go find him) to ask where our food was. The waiter said he would get back to us, but fifteen minutes later, still nothing. Not even a check back from our waiter. So my husband went and found the waiter again, and told him we were leaving. The waiter said that 'it was not his fault'. Although the manager was clearly standing the corner, made no attempt to even talk to us. It was the worst service we have ever experienced anywhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood hot spot but...
    PerfectVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Made a resv on Open Table but when we showed up they didn't have it. When I showed my confirmation, they just said oh well, to bad, we don't use OT. Beware!! We were able to sit at the bar so it worked out for us for the most part.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We went on a Friday night, and the restaurant was severely understaffed. We had to chase down our waiter every time we wanted to order food, wine, even water (and given that it's a tapas restaurant, we had a lot of ordering to do)! I have been to this restaurant before and had a great experience, so hopefully the issues we experienced are only temporary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    Mshonay
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I really wanted to like this place but the food took over a hour to get to the table. There was issue in the kitchen and nobody informed us. We had to take our food to go because it took too long.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Need for improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The staff was very nice however service was very slow. The food was not what was originally expected. The Pulpo a la Feira lacked salt, however we loved the Piquillos rellenos de Bacalao which we ordered again. The tortilla espanola was undercooked so we sent it back. The Sangria was delicous and because of it had 4 pitchers that evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG, I so enjoyed this place.
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    OMG, I so enjoyed this place. From the bread and pesto sauce to the fried chicken wings, seafood paella and the white sangria. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Eat Early
    Late
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Don't arrive past 7 unless you like to eat in a rush. They move tables at 830 for the nightclub
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The "Pata Negra" (Spanish
    Tapero
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The "Pata Negra" (Spanish especial ham) was not "pata negra"...it was just an ok ham. It was "pata negra" price though ($18) All the other things were just fair....the bread was bad for a tapas restaurant...in Galicia they have excellent breads....I was expecting something better than just a cheap bread from a junk food supermarket. They charged $11 for one "Spanish coffee"...sounds like a little bit expensive to me. Not a good culinary experience...too bad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a meat & cheese platter,
    WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Had a meat & cheese platter, eggplant, croquette, etc. Those food was not significantly amazing if you compared to Michelin stared restaurants, but they were fine for their prices. Unfortunately, the restaurant offers a limited kind of glass wine.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pleasant meal!!!
    Juamal
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    We had fried calamari 2 people can share, stuffed mushrooms very small and chicken empanadas 2 people can share which I must say were delicious; apetizers mentioned were full orders. The dinner did not fall far from the appetizers the paella was outstanding big enough for about 3 people leaves you yearning for lobster which wastoo small. The pork chops in Serrano ham sauce was exquisite, a great plate to try 2 people can eat nicely from it . The vegetable soup was also a delight. This whole meal was excellent, except for NO BREAD was offered or placed on the table. It is a bit pricey, specially the Sangria. Other than that, I must say they add their own tip to the bill. Server was pleasant and attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Excellent meal!!! Garlic shrimp, Chimichurri sauce and bread, hands down best we've ever had. Great service - highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice ambiance, diappointing food
    nwker
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    I tried this place on three seperate occasions. Each time was worst than the time before. I ordered Chilean Seabass, but received red snapper. Cocktails were mediocre. Make a different choice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will be back
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Went with a group of 5. Recommend checking first as reservations may be needed. We had res and were promptly seated. Enjoyed the food and the evening and will be back which I hardly say to alot of other restaurants. The tapas were good and the entrees were good. You can go for either or both. We had both and everything was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there!!! Food was
    2delish
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    First time there!!! Food was very good! Sangria was fabulous!!Their seafood dishes are yummy!! We would go again!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My second time dining there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    My second time dining there (within a month). Loved it so much the first time, I had to bring my husband and friends. Dinner was delicious, and the DJ later was terrific. Fun place, will return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been there twice and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    I have been there twice and both times the food and service were wonderful. Plan to go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was ok. Service and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Food was ok. Service and treatment of staff was unprofessional, rude and their policies on drink prices are sketchy at best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big bust
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    It started out like a great evening. we have a reservation, were greeted at the door promptly. Since we were 15 minutes early the hostess asked us to sit at the bar while a table was being readied ( the restaurant was half full at the time. Then we were forgotten for almost 45 minutes. Out of sight, out of mind. Waiter was polite but did not know the menu, how to place an order, or how to get drinks.....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!!!
    Ittybitty
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    The food was awesome and the hostess was exceptional...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real Spanish Tapas and Full meals.
    Diane
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Loved our Booth.. with pillows! And the LARGE Tapas selection was wonderful if overwhelming. The staff was very helpful and accomodating. Last, but not at all least, the food was great. Free Parking lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointed
    Mediocre
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    The service was terrible. I believe there was 1 waiter working the entire floor. I was also disappointed with the food this time around. Time to give this restaurant a break for a while.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for a special occasion.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Nice for a special occasion. A little expensive but the food is high quality. Service was very good; we were well attended to. Went on a Sunday at 7 and the place wasn't busy which was nice. I'd go back if I was on a date with a girl that liked seafood. Bill was $50 for 2.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Granted our reservation was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Granted our reservation was at 8:30 and some arrived at 9:10. However, I was actually SHOCKED at how rude the server was. I've served in the past, and would have been fired for treating customers as we were treated. 3 people walked in, he literally turned around and did not show up or about 20 minutes, which allowed him to tell us dinner could not be ordered. We'd have to sit at the bar (not explaining that the the kitchen is open, but must clear space for the lounge) but not even appetizer came out. No extra plates, a glass of water took 30 minutes, and the food took forever. We had to ask the table next to us to use their extra glasses, he charged tax twice, and included his gratuity even though only 7 people seated, and three ate.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent snapper and tilapia
    daveVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Excellent snapper and tilapia dishes, lobster and paella. Hipper atmosphere than most Ironbound places. Well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's a nice place overall,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    It's a nice place overall, but unfortunately the food wasn't impressive. The Tortilla Espanola was undercooked and the Cheese and meat platter was lacking anything special. If you want to do some dancing though it's a fun spot after 11pm.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was Really Good, But ...
    DateNightwithHubby
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Everything was almost-wonderful at our first time to Vivo Tapas Lounge. The food was great - from the tapas to the cappuccino. We ordered the stuffed lobster special for our entrees, which were the size of the plates! It was a girls' night out, so we were there quite a while catching-up. The only drawback, however, was that the host told us at the end of our evening that a large party was coming in and that he needed our table. He was happy to move us to the bar, if we chose to stay. Must say, that in almost 50 years of dining out that I have NEVER had this happen. Wouldn't necessarily hold it against the restaurant, but might hinder me from making this as a first choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden Portuguese Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    We found Vivo Tapas Lounge through Groupon and gave it a try. The address is Ferry St., but the front door is on a side street & was difficult to see amongst all of the Christmas decorations. The tapas were OUTSTANDING! Everything was fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. Our waitress made a few recommendations that were right on the money. One member of our party had the Paella, and it was excellent. Overall, the quality of the food and the lovely atmosphere put anything that the big name Portuguese restaurants have to shame. Spent a few minutes talking to the owner and his passion is evident. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some of the dishes were really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Some of the dishes were really good. The Manchego cheese with the apple was great and so was the bread with the dipping sauce. Service needs to be a bit better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly place but food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    The restaurant was nice and the people were friendly but service was slow and seemed like they didn't have enough staff. We actually arrived early and there was not a crowd but still the service was slow. We arrived at 6 PM and left at 9:30 PM. Mostly due to slow service and food preparedness. The food was not that great either we ordered the Paella and it was not cooked all the way through. My wife, sister and brother in law ordered steaks and the rice and french fries were cold. Not good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give Vivo a try!
    Besos43
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Not my first trip to Vivo and won't be my last. The special appetizer (eggplant tower) was delicious. We also had shrimp w garlic which is a favorite of ours. Tried to entrees we hadn't had before. The salmon a la brasa was excellent-very generous cut of grilled salmon w sauteed fresh vegetables and rice. The pasta w/ seafood included clams, mussels, scallops and was heavy on seafood-well worth it. We shared a chocolate mousse cheesecake which was good. As always we went for a pitcher of red sangria. It is definitely worth a try. I recommend Vivo! They also make parking easy with a lot on Jackson St just a few steps away.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Viva Vivo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Nice ambiance, delicious food, large portions. Servers very pleasant and attentive. Slightly disappointed in the flan, though. Tasted a little rubbery. Paellla, tapas and drinks very flavorful. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible experience. Our reservatio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Horrible experience. Our reservations were at 7:30pm. All they served was our Sangria. By 9:30pm we didn't even receive our appetizers. Many people left the restaurant upset that night. Funny part is, there weren't a lot of people there so there should not have been such a delay on food. Our waiter was horrible as well. Never again.
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  • Good food. Service wasn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Good food. Service wasn't bad but they will kick you out after dinner hours when the place turns into a club.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great get-together dinner!
    Dilbretta
    Dined on 5/22/2012
    The service was impeccable! If it wasn't for lukewarm dessert, the food rate would be five stars. We immensely enjoyed ourselves with sampling tapas, cocktail drinks (at Happy Hours rate between 5 and 7 pm!) and coffees/teas.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good tapas. There on
    PhillyPhoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2011
    Very good tapas. There on a quiet Sunday night. I understand it's hot, hot, hot on Friday and Saturday night. Live music, dancing, etc. So, probably a very different experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet