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About Via Vite

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.

520 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
On Fountain Square, Fifth & Vine Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 721-8483

Website:
http://www.viaviterestaurant.com/

Catering:
For catering for events of all types and sizes contact Events Manager Alicia Upperman at 513-721-8480.

Parking Details:
Fountain Square Parking Garage with entrances between 5th and 6th Streets from both Walnut and Vine Streets. Fountain Square exit provides elevator access that exits right in front of our building.

Executive Chef:
Cristian Pietoso

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Via Vite has 3 private or semi-private dining rooms on the second floor which seat 8-62 guests, and offer great views of Fountain Square.

Via Vite Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (50)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Special Occasion (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
Business Meals (29)
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Authentic (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Romantic (26)
Notable Wine List (25)
Scenic View (24)
Worth the Drive (22)
Hot Spot (19)
Fun (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
People Watching (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Cozy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Happy Hour (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Seasonal (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined a day ago

This was our 2nd visit and it was inc again great. Enjoyed the ambience, food and service

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We loved how unique the menu is a Via Vite. I loved the mushroom soup & tuna salad. My husband had the rabbit ragu and said it was wonderful. We had a reservation for 7:45, but they were able to seat us early (which was nice). The only complaint was that our waitress seemed to want us to hurry up with our meal. Otherwise everything was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food,, service, and ambiance were wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

As a birthday gift to my cousin, we had lunch at Via Vite. She followed my recommendation of Bolognese pasta. After her first taste, evaluation was: this is great!!
The free birthday dessert was the perfect compliment to a first meal at Via Vite.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Seated by the window and froze. Terrible service. Food was just ok.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great new menu to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Hostess not too friendly when we asked for a different table away from traffic. Many available tables. Otherwise a good experience. Pizza very thin and difficult to eat, but tasted great

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I ordered my pizza without meat and it came out with meat amongst the arugula. Because the lighting was so dim in the restaurant, I did not notice the meat and ate the pizza. I discovered the pizza was loaded with meat when I looked at the leftovers at home. So sick the next day. Plus the wine I ordered had a ton of sediment in the glass which of course I did not discover until I saw it at the bottom of my empty glass. Bad night at Via Vite. Don’t see myself going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My musical group, @PandiniBros (Italian mandolin quartet) stopped in after a brunch gig elsewhere downtown. After two hours of playing traditional Italian music, opera tunes, Neapolitan song, we were in the mood for Italian food (not to mention a glass of Prosecco)! The place was quiet at 1:45p on a Sunday, the server was attentive, informative, and charming. The food was great! I especially enjoyed the Boucheron goat cheese salad and order that each time I dine at this oasis of civility amidst the happy chaos of Fountain Square. The brunch menu is very "breakfast-y," but also included limited pizza and pasta options. Highly recommend!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was great, server was below average. Really didn't explain the menu and didn't communicate with the table what the restaurant was known for. LACKING

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Chic hoppin restaurant on fountain square! Took another couple for their 34th anniversary and they were brought champagne! Menu is adventurousome; loved the shrimp with home made pasta. Definitely will go back to try their reknown pizza very highly rated in past. I would give this 4 1/2 stars. Service was stellar!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service and food were top notch. Owner visited table and we had a nice conversation. Chef sent a special dish for us to try. Everything we ate was delicious. They sent a complimentary dessert for my husband’s birthday. Great experience. On Fountain Square; restaurant is in a special location.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent dinner- highly recommend the octopus ! Great service by Coco- will return!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and Great service. Will return to try more dishes.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a lovely Friday night date at Via Vite. It was easy to get a reservation the day before but the tables were full during our meal. Our server, Alison, was knowledgable and professional and made our experience very pleasant. We had the Peperonata Bruschette which was served on blue oven bread that is better than Boca's (in our opinion). We also shared two pasta dishes which were divine. We always love our dinners here because they feel like a special a special occasion, but the value is so wonderful we can afford to make them a more regular occurrence.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fun, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This place never disappoints! Ever! The team is well oiled and know what they are doing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have eaten here before and the menu was just changed - it is excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was okay, but soups had to be re-heated. Service was very good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of my favorites, always! New menu debuted the day before my lunch, lots of great new choices and the best of the old staples still available (thank GOD!).

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I have always been pleased by the food, service and value!!

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food as always. The hostess was accommodating, moving us to a booth for more room. Only minor hiccup was our server had a large party & another table or two which slowed the service down. All in all, excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The shrimp in the spinach pasta dish tasted bad and as if it had been sitting out for a while. It ruiend the entire taste of the dish

Tags: Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our waitress had a great personality and was attentive.
The Wades

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The best I have never had anything bad here!!! Octopus was great

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Treated to a bottle of Prosecco on the occasion of my twin’s 23rd BD! Delicious! Great food and service. 5 thumbs up!!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 19, 2017

central location for all that were joining the lunch; good food, good choices, good service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good Italian in the heart of downtown. Always a good meal here.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Never disappointed in Via Vite. Outstanding service, inventive and exciting menu choices from $$ to $$$. Presentation was awesome. Splitting dishes was no problem for our server. And you’re going to want to split if ordering three courses or more!

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent location on Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Ohio. Walk to local shows and museums. We dined here before Blink, on an outrageously busy Saturday evening with our family of four. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was creative, interesting and tasty. Serving size was moderate, and we all left feeling full and happy which is not always the case with two athletic teens. My son with a nut allergy was served a salad with nuts although we disclosed the allergy when he ordered. Luckily, he noticed before he ate any nuts. Servers were mortified, brought him a soup (on the house) and then a nut-free salad very promptly, which we appreciated. So, if you have an allergy, be alert. Overall, we would happily return.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Waiter was awesome

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I expected better food for the prices, but I guess I was paying for the prime real estate on Fountain Square. The goat cheese salad was quite good, but the octopus and rabbit small plates were each inferior to similar dishes at other restaurants.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Was for a birthday. Party of 4. I requested a booth. And was told booths are only for parties of 6. Although, one sat empty right next to us the whole time. And no mention of my wife’s birthday even though I mentioned it in the reservation details. The servers were very nice an attentive, the food was okay but not worth the price in my opinion. Not bad but not great either.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I have been to this restaurant 3 times. The first two were ok which is way better than this visit. I had the cioppino. Now I've had great cioppino. I nice thin tomato base soup with saffron, chunks of fish, whole clams and mussels, and shrimp...shells and all. This was not that. It was some indiscernible type of seafood and tomato paste put through a Nutra Ninja and served with a slightly burnt piece of bread. I thought they had given me spaghetti sauce by mistake. The carpaccio was pretty but tasteless. No romano, no oil, no capers. Not even a lemon. Although there was something resembling frosting the color of avocado but it didn't taste like avocado - not sure what it was. So a cup (not a bowl mind you) of soup, an appetizer and 1 cocktail cost me over $50 with tip. I have no problem dropping that on a good meal but to say I was disappointed is an understatement. I gave them 2 stars because the service was decent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Decent food great service moderate dining experience

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful view of Fountain Sqaure and located near just about everything downtown! Service was absolutely perfect and our server, Carly, walked us through the wine and dinner menu to make sure we loved everything that came to the table! Very welcoming staff for such an up-scale menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It is a great place to dine with Fountain Square all around you. The artichokes were excellent and the pasta is always superb !

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is a really nice testaurant with beautifully prepared food. The gnocci was sublime.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

I had the lasagna which was very good, and my wife got the scallops. We should have questioned whether we got the scallop appetizer or the meal. We were really surprised to only get 3 scallops for $33 which was disappointing and not a very good value. Not sure whether bread is supposed to come with the dinner, but about half way through dinner we had to ask for bread which was delivered late. It was my wife's birthday and we had planned on getting a dessert, and were surprised their signature dessert, the brulee was gone by 7pm on a Friday night. Overall, just not very impressive.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Everything was great except our appetizer was burnt. I didn’t say anything because I don’t like to complain but they should have noticed it was burnt before bringing it out & maybe offer a new one.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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