Via Vite

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
3552 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Via Vite is a contemporary Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati right on Fountain Square. Our menu features Chef Cristian's creative spin on Italian cuisine using the best locally sourced ingredients available. Via Vite is the ideal spot for a quick lunch or a lively dinner with friends. We have private rooms available for all size groups and types of events.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are serving a four-course, prix-fixe menu priced at $75 per guest. Our full dinner menu will not be available. We look forward to celebrating the New Year with you.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3552 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
m
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After not dining at Via Vite for a while due to few bad service experiences in a row, we were delighted by our last visit. The food was excellent as always and was well-paced by Sam, our superb server. She was sweet and perfectly attentive. Her great work is why we’re putting Via Vite back on our frequent dining list again.

ML
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hostess to the ,well everyone was extremely accommodating. Our food was very yummy !

Via Vite
Responded a day ago

Thank you ML1780! Please come back and see us again soon!

Report
OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Excellent food!!

Via Vite
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for your review! Please come back and see us again soon!

Report
TL
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the square and excellent service. Good wines and a wide menu to choose from. The lamb was outstanding. And the bread with goat cheese is delicious.

Via Vite
Responded a day ago

Todd, thank you so much for your review! What could we have done differently in order to have made this a 5* experience for you?

Report
PO
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Great value as well.

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Peter! We look forward to dining with you again soon!

Report
DC
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family birthday celebration.

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you DCook!

Report
MN
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The sever and trainee were pleasant. The two steak dishes were properly prepared. The two pasta dishes were unpalatable. In truth, we would have been better off opening canned spaghetti. The seafood in the risotto was minced and unrecognizable as an Italian dish. Understandably, this is a tourist trap. With a bit more thought and care, it has potential to be far more.

Via Vite
Responded a day ago

We look forward to serving you again soon! We strive to make it a 5* experience for you next time. Merry Christmas Mark!

Report
CB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant with a beautiful view of the square! The food and service are fantastic and Cristian does a fantastic job of making you feel welcome, as if you are eating at his home! Love Via Vite!

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the kind words, Christine! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Report
OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food.

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Report
OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary and from the great wine suggestion to the awesome food, the night was a hot. Service was A plus and made our night!

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your review! Please come back and see us again soon!

Report
B
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Have always loved this place. Losing some of its charm

MT
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for my wife

Via Vite
Responded on November 26, 2019

MrTed1- Thank you for choosing Via Vite for your wife's birthday. Thank you for your all five star review! Happy holidays.

Report
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding.

Via Vite
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you for your all five star review! We hope to see you soon . Happy holidays.

Report
L
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The people working the front desk were just ok....not very professional looking.
The 1 st table they offered us was upstairs which has absolutely no ambiance.....sort of like eating in a concrete basement.
They reseated us on the main level....from then on it was great! Kelly, our server was so knowledgeable and helped us order, and made some good recommendations.
The owner came to our table and introduced himself and was very congenial.
Good date night!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal, as always. Such a great experience. And I love that the owner stopped by the table to thank us for coming and recommended the perfect wine for my meal!

Via Vite
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you for your five star review ! We are happy we were able to make great suggestions for your experience at Via Vite!

Report
BW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The portions are just right. We had appetizers and dessert. The staff and management are friendly and attentive. They deserve a great review but my wife and I think of this as our restaurant so please don't crowd it up too much! The location is fantastic for parking and the Aronoff among others.

Via Vite
Responded on November 25, 2019

BobW- Thank you for your all five star review! We appreciate your feedback. Happy holidays .

Report
OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was a great time and great atmosphere

Via Vite
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you ! We are very pleased you had a great time with us ! Looking forward to have you back again soon - Happy holidays.

Report
KG
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice location looking over Fountain Square. Chef substituted a side for me on the special, and the meal was delicious. Not a large menu, but something for everyone and very well made. Next time I’m getting the meatballs, they looked delicious and their sauces are homemade and yummy.

Via Vite
Responded on November 24, 2019

Kathy, thank you so much for your great review! Our veal meatballs are definitely a top pick! Please come back again soon. We look forward to seeing you!

Report
S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Spent one night in Cincinnati and dined at Via Vita on the recommendation of friends who are former Cincinnati residents. Very enjoyable evening. Service was terrific. Though I felt most of the food too heavy for my taste, I feel most people would enjoy the offering. My husband and I split a salad and appetizer of bruschetta with fig and goat cheese. Both were delicious. My husband opted for the lamb shank and I got the pork chop. Both were well prepared. I would have preferred the branzino, but could not convince my husband to share with me (it is offered as I dish for two). I would have loved to see more seafood on the menu. However, I would return if in Cincinnati again.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

One main course dish was fabulous the other was absolutely tasteless. Dessert was mediocre at best. Service great. We went on a Sunday night so noise level was low.

LF
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Way overpriced and then you had to pay extra on top for bread! Back to OTR!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 Year Wedding Anniversary

g
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my parents 46th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful experience. The service was great and the food was delicious! We had a party of 6 and everyone raved about their food.

T
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was delicious but the farfalle and salmon had hardly any salmon in it, which was disappointing. Otherwise a very enjoyable evening.

g
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. They had a pre fixe menu available and we ordered from that selection. Only $39.00 for 3 courses and a bread basket. Unfortunately they were extremely busy and the kitchen was very slow. Also, our waitrees was poorly trained. When clearing the table, she took the silverware and when they brought the next course, we had the ask for forks etc. The bread plates were cleared after the first course even though we had bread left. We have been here many times without a problem and we will be back again. Hopefully these problems will be corrected.

JB
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Via Vite is a nice Italian spot, in the absolute center of the city. The menu seems more contemporary Italian versus traditional Italian, so it's worth taking the time to review the menu to make sure it meets your tastes. My only real complaint is that they have put too many seats in a limited area. The bar is cramped and on a weekend night, you'd better be social, as you won't have many private conversations. You're likely to have someone within arms reach on every side of you both in the bar and in the restaurant.

s
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven't been here you need to go. The food and service is wonderful. The owner is very hands on checking on tables. Very special place.

EM
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant....great food, service is outstanding, wine list great ..this restaurant never disappoints

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food4service3ambience1

We brought customers from overseas and we’re put upstairs in a plastic covered room. Room was cramped and customer could not hang her coat on the chair. Servers could barely get around the table. The table was so small there was not enough room to put the dishes and appetizers on the table.

Very bad way to show off our city and culinary venues.

JE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was delicious.

Via Vite
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you Joan! Come back and see us again soon!

Report
EF
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salmon was wonderful over a layer of a squash puree.

Via Vite
Responded on November 21, 2019

Eddie, thank you! The Salmon with the Butternut Squash Puree is absolutely in my top 3 favorite dishes. We're so happy we could provide a great night for you! Come back again soon!

Report
RZ
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

ACCORIDING TO THE HOTEL WE WERE STAYING AT THIS WAS BILLED AS AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT. CONSIDERING I HAVE BEEN TO ITALY AND LIVE IN NY. THIS WAS NOT ENTIRELY WHAT I WAS USED TO . THERE WAS VERY LITTLE PASTA AND DID NOT HAVE WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER NORTHEN ITALIAN DISHES

C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us (who live near downtown Chicago and eat at excellent Italian restaurants there fairly often) were very pleased by the food and service, atmosphere and noise level at Via Vite, including the appetizers, bread, (we ordered 3 different entrees; two had the salmon) and desserts.

SB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious, as always. Unfortunately, our waitress spilled an entire pitcher of water on the floor and one in our party. And, while she was speedy in cleaning up the mess and extremely apologetic, I was surprised that the manager-on-duty never checked on the table. Rather, we saw her berate the waitress.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The portions were kinda small but that was the only complaint I had

MS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their lamb shank is the best! Everything was delicious and service was excellent!

PE
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place. The food and service was great. We had a nice table that was relatively private. The location was good. It was a big open room and was a little drafty from the front door being opened a lot by guests. The Octopus appetizer wasn't quite as mind blowing as I expected, but the lamb and seafood risotto was really good. I really can't think of any complaints, and I would definitely come back!

SC
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really liked Via Vite. My Pasta Bolognese was rich and delicious. The desserts were incredible. My only complaint would be price. $18 for the pasta is ok I guess, but I feel the bread basket could be included.

TK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. She explained the menu in detail. She helped everyone select dinner choices. The staff provided excellent service, and attention to detail. Our server and staff made sure we had everything we needed. The quality of the food was superb. The brussels sprouts were fantastic. The salmon dish with the butternut squash purée was delicious. This was a business meal with a team of six people, and we had a wonderful time.

SR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The appetizers were good. But it went down hill from there quickly. The entrees my wife and I had were not good at all. Very little meat and too much sauce in my opinion