Livia Italian Eatery - Geneva

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Livia Italian Eatery is a full-service Italian restaurant. Our concept is organically driven. Whether the current movement is farm-to-fork, farm-to-table or farm-to-street, our goal is to ultimately provide our guests with culinary delights that incorporate locally sourced fresh ingredients. Our Culinary Partner and his team work collectively together to create chef-crafted items that range from our Meatball Sliders to our New Zealand lamp chops to our Farmer's Wife flatbread to our Quinoa Blackened Salmon salad. Some of our chef-driven menu creations come to life with our custom charcuterie board.

Specials

HALF PRICE BOTTLES OF WINE WEDNESDAY!

We invite you to join us on Wednesdays for Half-Priced Bottles of Wine. Make it a date night, GNO, book club meeting, lunch, celebrate a birthday and make up a reason to enjoy a bottle of red or white wine. Half-price bottled promotion applies to only those bottles of wine priced $80 or less.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 9, 2019

Ends: July 10, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-10:00PM

HAPPY HOUR

Join us Monday - Friday from 3-6pm in our bar lounge area for $4 house wines + draft beers | $5 bar snacks | $6 cocktail specials. Ask your bartender for the most current Happy Hour menu. Happy hour promotion not to be combined with any other offers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 22, 2019

Ends: February 23, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

What 651 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal. Love this place

CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during Restaurant Week. The fixed meal was wonderful. Good variety in the menu at a fair price..

MB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week. I checked special menu online and it sounded delicious. My son and I enjoyed a nice meal and great service in a cozy environment.
We will be back.

BK
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We had a small group with a newborn. We were well taken care of, and had a cozy corner booth. The fact that it’s on the lower level makes it less impressive than Elmhurst location (where I frequent often and live).

m
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took advantage of the Geneva restaurant week menu, great food for a great value.

LC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for the Geneva Restaurant week and the menu did not disappoint! The spicy octopus was delicious, followed by a small green salad and then the purse mushroom pasta - WOW - left there happy and full!

A
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Place, food and service are great. The problem is the space. It’s very small and that makes it uncomfortable. There was a lot of unintentional pushing to get everyone sit down.
Is one of our favorite places to eat. Love the flat breads with cauliflower crust and the warm burrata.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a horrible snow storm that night so I had to push our reservation back because my commute took 14 years but they were extremely accommodating. Our server was wonderful, made fabulous and delicious suggestions. We loved it! Save room for the chocolate cake and gelato!

HL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to dinner with a few couples the other night and as always the drinks were awesome, the food fantastic and we even got dessert so share (which we never do)! Thank you so much for a nice snowy evening!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening, great food and service

R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The server was very good. The food unfortunately was awful. Seven people Five different entrees and all were almost inedible.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place. It gets just a bit loud during busy times.
All other rankings - great.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience at Livia! Absolutely a must stop if ever in the Geneva area. I have never been disappointed with the Cuisine, and the service is always first rate.

w
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During this visit we dined in the bar area for happy hour and then later dined in the dining room area for dinner. We had two great experiences. $5 house wines and an excellent $6 flat bread (wild mushroom) for the happy hour snack. We had Roasted Salmon and Hoisin Pork Chop entrees for dinner, and decaf coffee with a complimentary gelato dessert for my birthday celebration. Food and service were excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice birthday lunch for a colleague. Service could be a tad quicker but overall experience was pleasant with great food. They accommodate food allergies pretty well too.

CB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the taste of their bread, lobster bisque, wedge salad with parmasean dressing, lasagna, stuffed pasta shells and tiramisu! Very happy with service and environment too!

SA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy Hour is great! Good wine, great food and awesome friends! Highly recommend the mushroom flatbread with cauliflower crust!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience! Wine was recommended by server and excellent! Our food was a bit salty but not inedible. Good food, good friendly service and overall great ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year- Full of energy, lively atmosphere. Excellent food, great service.

KD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seems overpriced for what you get. Had the lobster bisque, it was grainy and had a miniscule amount of lobster. Goat gnocchi was good, but overpriced.
Messy and small portion of tiramisu.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We felt incredibly rushed. The salads came out when we were only half done with the appetizer, and the same thing happened with the main meal. Food was good but the service really disappointed us.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Yummy food all the time!!

LH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!

RL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always go to dinner on Christmas Eve with the family. We have changed it up the last few years with different venues and this was by far the best per our adult children. The food was great as always but being more intimate that most along with not feeling rushed made it fabulous. One of my wife's and my favorite restaurants.

B
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Our server was very nice however she did not check in with us enough... we had to ask other servers going past for bread,& another cocktail and salt & pepper.... I ordered lasagna which smelled delicious however was so hot it was not edible ..I did take it home and ate following day

KG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely delicious meal. Great service by a very attentive wait staff. We will be back!

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was slow and not all that good. We sat at a table for 4 and any time someone would lean on the table it would start to flip over. In addition, we had a table for 2 so close I could rest my elbow on it. I know they felt uncomfortable talking with four of us basically sitting at their table. And last, as usual, the food was excellent.

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Everyone seemed okay with her meal. However, I ordered the filet medallions with a Caesar salad. I requested that my meat, medium rare because I don't like it when they cook the love out of it. I also asked that my salad not have Caesar dressing but ranch on the side because I like to control how much dressing goes on my salad. My salad came with Caesar dressing on it already and the steak they gave me could not have been fillet. It was more like a round steak. I make filet all the time at home and I know the consistency of a filet it's the only type of red meat I eat... That wasn't filet. But it was good company and our service was awesome! Still love the place, just wish they would be forthright with a selection of meat. As well as train their Cooks on what medium rare really is...

PW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Livia never disappoints! The lasagna, meatballs and tiramisu were delicious. Our server was warm and friendly without hovering. Early dining is definitely the way to go...closely placed tables at peak times make conversation and navigating to the door difficult.

RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and good service. Well worth the wait on a busy Saturday evening.

d
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party loved their meal--and the portions were very generous. This is one of our favorite dinner spots in the western suburbs, and the atmosphere is particularly inviting during the fall and winter months.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly service, good food recommendations from the server and delicious food! A great place for a holiday dinner with friends!

EM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noisy since it was a Friday night, but manager did a wonderful job of accommodating us to a table that was next to the bar but not too noisy to for us to have conversations. Our waitress was charming, attentive and very knowledgable of their menu. Most of us had the roasted beet salad and eggplant parmesan, and they were delicious! One of the friends in our group said she was so excited to hear I had picked Livia for our gathering, since she had been there several times in the past and never had a bad meal. I will definitely be back!!!

SD
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat at the bar and shared the chicken & faro salad and the mushroom flatbread. Both were fantastic! They also make a great Old Fashion with fresh rosemary. Favorite place to eat in Geneva!!

SW
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are local and treat ourselves to Livia on occasion. Staff is great and we love the ambiance and of course the food.

J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have frequented Livia in Geneva before and were delighted with our meal and the service. We revisted the restaurant this past weekend and I will say that they hit the mark again. I ordered the lasagna this time and I will tell you that if I had an Italian grandmother from the old country, this lasagna is what I imagine hers would taste like. First off, we had reservations and despite the restaurant being very crowded, we were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation time. The hostess was very nice, the bar had a nice collection of wine and beer. Our waiter was fantastic, attentive and overall made our experience wonderful. The food was excellent and I recommend the honey ricotta appetizer, it's out of this world. While our culinary experience is somewhat limited at Livia, what we have had has been very good. The dining room is quaint and just a little claustrophobic and it was a bit noisy that evening but not enough to detract us from the delicious cuisine. We had the brownie desert with Kalua fudge which was an outstanding way to end our experience. Well worth a try if your looking for a casual but trendy place to experience quality service and an outstanding meal. The prices were well in line for the quality experience we enjoyed and if your planning on visiting on the weekend, I would recommend a reservation. Enjoy!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always wonderful

LL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit here and it was great! I'm vegetarian and ordred the Tortalacci Vodka without the Prosciutto. It was one of the best Italian dishes ever. Full of flavor with a spicy kick. They also had many other options for vegetarians so I'm sure I will be returning. Atmosphere was also nice with a hip feel.

LR
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone was so nice and took great care of us. Our waiter was good too, there were just a few oddities, like bringing a glass for my husband but not pouring any wine into it, after he had had a beer.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We arrived well before our reservation but the hostess seated us where they had room. A very small high top table. Very busy and crowded. We asked our server when a larger more quiet table was available to move us. He checked with the hostess and we were moved to a large booth with any questions or displeasure. Our hostess checked with us to make sure we were happy. A great experience. Over and above in a very crowded restaurant.