Via Vite

4.5
3426 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Via Vite is a contemporary Italian bistro 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.
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C
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

JY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places. It's fun to be on Fountain Square, especially with out-of-town guests, like our last visit to V.V.

JF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great wine. Great service. Outstanding! Will be back again, and again!

NF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always reliable for excellent food and service!

KW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. our server let us do so many half portions we loved it!!!

M
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing spot in downtown Cincy. Personable host, patient and kind servers and a kitchen that worked with my allergies. I loved the look and feel. It is in a beautiful location. Would recommend to anyone.

RS
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant- one of our very favorites in Cincinnati. We also love sitting in their outdoor area when the weather allows. Unfortunately, there was a hideously loud concert going on at Fountain Square which made conversation difficult. If we had known this, we would have chosen another day to go. Is there some way that you could have input to the city, who allowed this event, to at least limit the noise level?

T
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our dinner was excellent and our server Mac was great.

RT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has quickly become one of our favorite downtown dining locations. The staff is amazing, the food is excellent. Cocktails are an excellent mix of taste and sophistication, not too far out there like some other downtown establishments.

JL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best restaurant in Cincinnati. We're never had a bad meal in all our years going there. Date nights, celebrations. Whatever. Always amazing.

TD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mac are waitress was fantastic!!! Dont change a thing.

B
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant....when was the last time the owners waited tables etc, at a great restaurant? Hat's off top notch experience

SL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bolognese is delicious! Grilled salmon was wonderful as was the ambiance.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. We never have a disappointment dining here. Christian checking on customers is very powerful & thoughtful!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 12. Service was excellent. They were very accommodating and seated us in a separate area which we really appreciated. Food was very good. All left happy.

D
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Took 7 people to dinner and everyone loved it. Jenna was great.

r
Cincinnati
74 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were totally impressed with the specials for restaurant week! There were two selections for each of the three courses. We decided to get the opposite choice so we could experience both selections. What a great experience. Tonight reminded us of the original Via Vite with innovative menu selections. We always enjoy their Osso Bucca and Gnocchi but they brought back the 'spark' to the original restaurant. We hope that they can continue with these innovative selections. We were lucky to have Katie for our server tonight. This was our second experience with her. She has been consistently attentive but did not rush us through our evening. She is truly an asset to the team.

CD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We treated a client to lunch, and really enjoyed the atmosphere, as well as the wide selection of Italian food on the menu. Would definitely recommend for both business and pleasure. They were very busy for lunch, so consider making reservations ahead of time to ensure seating.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu! The staff was friendly, inviting, and attentive!

AM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was fantastic. Charging $3 for basket of bread is shameful.

TJ
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the service to the food was top notch!! And the food...absolutely delicious!!! This was better than some meals I’ve had in Italy! Can’t wait to go back & bring my husband.

OT
South Dakota
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great wine options. Waitress was very good and made excellent recommendations for both food and wine.

F
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter did a wonderful job attending to our group of 6. His recommendations were all terrific. The ambiance suffered some because there was a big music festival going on downtown and on the square but that was beyond his and the restaurants control. Several of us had the brussel sprouts for and hor' dorve followed by the gem salad and cod. All were delicious. Another had the lamb shank on our server's recommendation and he was delighted. I have been to Via Vite several times, but all our dishes tonight were outstanding.

AG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Paul, was exceptional. He delivered confident, friendly and attentive service that made us feel valued as guests. Great experience. Always good food and an amazing ambiance (beautiful restaurant), but our service made it memorable. I’ll be requesting Paul every visit.

BD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Christian is the best! Would come back a million times over!

C
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was great..Food good..

KM
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. I am still salivating thinking about the goat cheese and fig jam on bruschetta.

S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had limited time. Our waitress was very accomodating. Great food. We will definitely be back for a more relaxed supper in the future.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaraunt perfect for celebrating a special occasion without being pretentious. Delicious appetizers (we had the goat cheese and fig bruschetta and it was divine!) The servers were knowledgeable, warm and efficient.

GW
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The location and service was very nice. The goat cheese and fig bruschetta was an excellent start but the meal that followed unfortunately did not maintain that same level. The gazpacho was tasty and my wife’s cod entree was also nice. The gnocchi entree was rather bland and dry and just OK. The sides of caramelized Brussels sprouts was way too sweet and the fennel was overly rich.
I would ... consider ... a return trip but there are a lot of other choices for this price range that I would try first. Sorry that I cannot give a better review as I wanted to really like it.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have an Italian Restaurant since 1963, we will be back. Great food, wine & service, and I didn’t cook it. Manga, beve & vivi bene. (Eat, drink & live well)

AA
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love Via Vite. The location is perfect - downtown Cincinnati right on Fountain Square. The food is always excellent. Authentic Italian with great options and specials.

CB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Way overpriced for the quality of food. Service was fine, location was good. The food was mediocre at best.

J
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's been a while since we ate at Via Vite, I'd forgotten how good it was. The location in the midst of a busy and active square leads you to expect mediocre fare, living off the crowd. True of some neighbors but not Via Vite.

JM
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi was wonderful. We also had the yellow pepper soup and it was very good.

ML
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for my wife's retirement

CM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and our server was knowledgable, attentive and ver polite. Received a delicious dessert for my birthday.

MB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Friend from Atlanta enjoyed it very much. Thanks for continuing to provide a nice dining experience.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nothing special. Very small portions.

d
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service, a little nosiey, but will be back many times.

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