Via Vite

4.8
3950 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Via Vite is a Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati on Fountain Square with the largest outdoor dining space in the city. Our menu features Chef Cristian's creative spin on Italian cuisine using the best locally sourced ingredients available. We have private rooms available for all size groups and types of events.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
What 3950 people are saying
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, I didnt get our servers name but she was so good at describing the plates that we ordered entrees to go as well! The gnocchi was dedeacant! My friend has the lamb shank and really enjoyed it, another friend has seafood risotto and the Brussels sprouts were perfect!

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service in an elegant and cozy atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Get the gnocchi.

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ElizabethS
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful pre-ballet dinner with my mother. First time here and everything was wonderful. Amazing service, delicious food. All around loved it.

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NKYpatron
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual! I ordered my favorite tagliatelle bolognese and my husband ordered the lamb shank. We shared and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We were celebrating our anniversary and ordered the valrhona dark chocolate creme brûlée and that was a perfect ending to a perfect meal. Via Vite is our favorite restaurant for celebrations, whether it is a birthday or anniversary, they treat you like royalty. Grazie!

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SandraK
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered appetizer, entree and sides. All were at met beyond our expectations. Luke our server gave us awesome service and very helpful with selections. He also surprised us with an anniversary dessert. One helpful criticism was wine selection is very limited by the glass.

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Sandra! We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, we hope to see you again soon :) Thank you for taking the time to review us!

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viplfmom
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff was attentive, without being intrusive. She answered all our questions and gave good suggestions. The drinks were tasty and well prepared. The food was delicious and the platings were lovely. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. One thing I would suggest is to have more than one vegetarian pasta dish on the menu.

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Hey there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us :) We're very happy to hear that you had a pleasant experience with us at Via Vite, we hope to see you again soon!

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tommyj11
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was awesome. The appetizers ruled!!!
great wine selection.

Via Vite
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the five stars Tommy!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good and the manager was excellent. The server seemed like she was busy elsewhere quite a bit but she was nice when she was around.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this place was so good! The service and food were equally amazing!

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you for the five stars, happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us!

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TwilaL
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We aren't Italian but Vio Vite seemed very authentic with Firsts (pastas) and Seconds (meats). We were American and just ordered the pasta, Tagliatelle Bolognese, which was very good, a nice depth of flavors. The tagliatelle was home made! We also ordered the yellow pepper soup which was just right on spice, olive oil and some cream. The special was a crab cake, yummy! The dessert menu was extensive with desserts, drinks and digestivs! We ordered the vanilla affogato and it was assembled in front of us to everyone at other tables delight. I would definitely go back and recommend. The restaurant sits on Fountain Square and you can see the fountain from all seats I believe.

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

So happy to hear that you had a good time with us :) We try to stay as authentic as possible to reflect a true Italian experience :) Thank you for your feedback!

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vipCincyTom
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends 53 rd Anniversary. Four different entrees, all were delicious. Service was very good. Lovely dinner.

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you for the five stars :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level only b/c enjoyed the Terrace Seating

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you for the five stars :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Had a reservation for 8:45 pm for outdoor seating. We arrived and they told us that we had to wait because there were people who were over extending their stay upstairs past their reservation time. We told them if they could tell them that other reservations are waiting and they told us, “they didn’t want to do that”. Then then after 30 min of waiting, we were seated and greeted by the manager who then said that the first drink was on him. The waiter then came and made a joke about how we waited and got our first drink for free without an apology for the wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. I can’t remember the servers name, he had one dangling earring. He was amazing. He was patient with us.

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

Hey there, thank you for taking the time to review us :) We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us!

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vipKaren
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Italian food on the square. Consistent quality and good service.

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review us Karen!

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vipCharlesF
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere with great service and incredible food.

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us Charles! Hope to see you again soon :)

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BethB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Vite has long been a favorite of ours downtown with fabulous food, setting right on Fountain Square and those little touches that keep us coming back again and again!

Via Vite
Responded on June 11, 2021

Hi Beth! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, we hope to see you again soon:)

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TimC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service
Loved our waitress. Would definitely return

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AdamK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always good. Always! Tonight was no exception.

Via Vite
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank you for the five stars Adam! :) We appreciate you dining with us and hope to see you again soon :)

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CGMontgomery
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, truly every bite was perfection. We ordered the fig and goat cheese bruschetta, the lamb shank entree and the swordfish entree. Simple ingredients paired perfectly, and the entrees were both melt-in-your-mouth. We split the caramel dessert, it had flaky pastry and perfect cream. My ONLY complaint is the pacing of the server, returning to the table too soon. For an authentic Italian restaurant, it felt rushed. We were ordering dessert after only 1.5 hours. That may sound long, but not for an authentic Italian meal, and not at 6:30pm on a Tuesday. But overall, it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time!

Via Vite
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us at Via Vite! We hope to see you in again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Great ambiance.

Via Vite
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hey there, thank you for the five star review! hope to see you again soon!

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Ridley
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Delightful hosts and servers. Very kind and gracious. Enjoyed dining there very much.

Via Vite
Responded on June 1, 2021

We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! :) Thank you for taking the time to review us!

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vipJayMink
Cleveland
65 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A WOW! Great server (Kelly) was knowledge about the Italian wine selections and dinner choices. Seafood Risotto and the snail shell pasta ala vodka sauce were outstanding! Due to an error, we also had the Gnocchi. All plates were split in the kitchen (including the Italian Salad) since we shared. The manager came around and checked on every table and spent a few minutes talking with guests. Reservations are a MUST and weekend entertainment outside at 5/3 Stage Fountain Square is a bonus.

Via Vite
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for the great review Jay! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us :) We hope to see you again soon!

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RobJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food and Service at Via Site were impeccable as usual.

Via Vite
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us Rob! :)

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SteveS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary. It was a great place. The service and food were excellent. (I don’t say that lightly either.) I definitely will be back.

Via Vite
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for the five stars Steve! We are very happy to ear that you enjoyed your experience with us :)

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ChuckT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party very much enjoyed the food and dining experience at Via Vite.

Via Vite
Responded on June 1, 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, we hope to see again soon David :)

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TracyD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

Via Vite
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you for the five stars Tracy!

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OliverH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service is to be waiting in line because the host is taking a reservation over the phone and have someone else at the busy restaurant coming to apologize for the wait. Not only that but took our names, jumped on the computer, and walked us to our table. Food was out of this world!

Via Vite
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hi Oliver, thank you for taking the time to review us! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, we hope to see you again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The service tonight was very very poor, first time I’ve ever experienced this. But he was friendly and that helped, poor guy.

Via Vite
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hi there, we appreciate you taking the time to review us . However, we are not very happy to hear that your experience didn't meet your expectations. Would you be willing to share more details? If so, please feel free to email our manager at tobias@viaviterestaurant.co m - thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu items! Kelly is great as always

Via Vite
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you for the five stars! :)

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Tuesdays Bolognese night! Great pasta and meatballs at a great discount.

Via Vite
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hi Mark, we're glad to hear you enjoyed our Bolognese special! We hope to see you again soon :)

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Jacob
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. The ambiance was fantastic, and the staff was helpful and energetic. The food was great and it was overall a great experience. Plus; there’s tons of options for different pricepoints

Via Vite
Responded on May 25, 2021

Hi Jacob, thank you so much for taking the time to review us :) We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time spent with us! Hope to see you again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was very good.

My wife and I visited Cincinnati for the Brewers-Reds game. We came straight from the game. We were probably a little underdressed for this restaurant. However, everyone was friendly and at least acted like they didn’t notice!

The service was timely and we did not feel rushed.

The bruschetta was excellent.

The bolognese with the veal meatball was excellent.

The dark chocolate creme brûlée was outstanding.


Prices are reasonable. 4 glasses of wine, 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert - $150.

Very enjoyable experience.

Will definitely come back the next time we are in downtown Cincinnati.

Via Vite
Responded on May 24, 2021

Hey there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, we hope to see you again soon :)

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vipMichaelH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here multiple times and continues to meet my expectations. The Braised Lamb Shank has got to be one of the best dishes in the city!

Via Vite
Responded on May 24, 2021

Micheal hi! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time spent with us, we hope to see you again soon :)

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DevinM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christian, our waiter deserves a raise.

More tequilla selections, please.

I enjoyed my time there.

Via Vite
Responded on May 25, 2021

Hi Devin, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your server and your experience with us. Thank you for your feedback, we're always looking to add and improve our selections. Hope to see you again soon :)

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RD72
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Wonderful ambience. Great place for a birthday dinner.

Via Vite
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you for the five star review, we hope to see you again soon :)

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vipKevinS
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had another great meal. It was summer menu with the addition of a few things versus the last time were there. The Gazpacho was very good as was the honeymoon salad and the swordfish. The service was very attentive and professional if a little off with wine service. Chef Christian was there and was doing a great job of touching base with a lot of tables which is always fun. We love this place.

Via Vite
Responded on May 24, 2021

Hi Kevin - we're so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves as well as our new menu additions! :) We hope to see you again soon, thank you for the five stars!

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BrittianD
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! We had the Seafood Russoto & the Swordfish Steak, both were very good. We also enjoyed the white wine that was recommended to us by the head chef. He was walking around tables this night which felt great to us. We were treated very well the entire meal.

Via Vite
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you for the five star review! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you again soon :)

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Dave
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent staff experience. Food was excellent!

Via Vite
Responded on May 21, 2021

Thank you for the five stars Dave!

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FAQs

Via Vite offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 721-8483.

Via Vite is rated 4.8 stars by 3950 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.