Via Vite

4.6
3307 reviews
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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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Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We often come on occasions when they serve their brunch buffet. The food is a delicious mix of breakfast regulars and Italian favorites - the pork belly fagioli is a personal favorite - and it comes at a great value too. They do a fabulous job at dinner, but they’ve perfected brunch as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!

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Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seating as requested at the time that we reserved. We were seated by the window which was drafty with cold air. The waiter was a tad delayed, but very pleasant and informative. Our meals were brought to our table in a timely manner. The food was very good. We will return there again, but will ask not to be seated by the window.

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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice experience celebrating my husband’s birthday. The food and service was amazing!
Katie was very attentive and her food suggestions were spot on......based on our comments, she knew exactly what we might like....and that we did! We will definitely be back and bring friends to share in this fabulous new find!

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LB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both outstanding. Thanks for a great experience.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

9 dollar local draft beer was disappointing

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L
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delicious dining experience. Our server was informative and attentive and started us off with a great cocktail then made some suggestions from the menu. Every course was super tasty. The bruschetta with figs and goat cheese very good and easily shareable between two. The pork belly was divine, so soft and creamy, one of the best Ive had. My husband then ordered the gnocchi which was rich and moreish and I had the branzino, cooked perfectly with a great side of tomatoey cauliflower. They were all lovely but the highlight and surprise of the night was the fabulous chocolate creme caramel. Absolutely divine. When we go back we'll be ordering that for sure for our dessert. All in all a wonderful dining experience, great food, good service. We'll be back.

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Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed two apps, pizza and bottle of wine on outdoor upstairs. All three food items were excellent...very rich. Brussel sprouts, fennel, and pizza regina. Will return. Good service. Wine bottle took a while to deliver.

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The whole family very much enjoyed the gluten free menu at this great Italian restaurant.

We did things family style started with the octopus and short rib apps - both were excellent.

We then shared the kale salad, the Caesar Salad, and goat cheese salad. Caesar was the favorite, but I’d order all of them again.

For dinner, we all shared the pesto and sausage, the Bolognese, the risotto, and the lamb shank. The pesto dish was a bit one sided, and very salty.

Risotto was good but not memorable. The lamb shank and bolognese were amazing dishes I would go back for.

Overall, very much enjoyed and will go back if in Cincy!

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MD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully delicious food and drinks served by an amazingly friendly person! Great experience as usual.

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KA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I eat at Via Vite pretty often. The food is always great and delicious! I brought a friend who had never been before and our initial service was not good. I booked a reservation using the Open Table app so we were sat right away. Our server never brought us water and I had to ask someone to get us our drinks after at least 5 minutes. I was disappointed because I’ve never had a bad experience before.

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b
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Really good meal....we all had something different and each of us loved it. Only negative was that there was a table jammed way too close to ours. Very good service....of course we will be back!

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L
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Servers attentive but not obtrusive. We had a problem with one of our orders and the staff was all over it immediately and more than generous in correcting the problem. They really cared about having their customers leave with the best experience they could provide. Our party of seven ordered a wide range of items and everyone was very pleased with their food. Brussels sprouts were top notch.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will be honest that I booked here before a matinee at the Aronoff because they had more availability than my first choice. However, we loved our lunch and were so happy with the freshness of the salads and the breadth of the choices at lunch. The Boucheron goat cheese salad was a creative take on a typical salad. I loved the crunch of the pistachios and the lightness of the citrus style vinaigrette. The salmon I added to it was perfectly cooked. the Cioppino was also really satisfying and With the choices on the menu and the ability to look out on Fountain Square, Via Vite May be our go- to restaurant before our next matinee.

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Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun Casual Italian place. Waitstaff was good and nice food options

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great First Time Experience to celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary. Food was great, and the service was phenomenal! Wine menu is very deep. Would dine there again for date night.

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L
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food , service and atmosphere. Definitely recommend!

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s
Cincinnati
76 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Via Vite many times. Always incredibly good. Friday I got to sit at the chefs table adjoining the kitchen. Personal service, and what a show watching the production. Amazing wine list. If you like high end Italian whites, ya gotta try the Madre.

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Y
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server made sure that our food did not have any pistachios because I'm allergic.

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WC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was very good and service was excellent as well.

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

Our favorite date night spot! Not overpriced for the outstanding value of the dishes. I get the lamb and he the gnocchi every single time, dishes the restaurant is known for. The owner makes a point to chat with every table.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The goat cheese brushetta appetizer and dark chocolate orange affagoto dessert were sooooo good.

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AC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was there for a birthday dinner and it was very laidback and fun, with great food

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M
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Via Vite is perfect restaurant for a formal date. I love the atmosphere and the food is amazing!

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LF
New York Area
239 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, attentive service. Great pizza and appetizers. Vegetarians, beware - make sure of what's in each dish - you never know where they may be hiding chicken stock. But what you order will be really good.

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PL
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always experienced great service and great food at Via Vite. It's one of my"go to" choices -- especially when I'm entertaining out of towners. You can't beat the location (Fountain Square) and, during the summer, you can get a great seat for any of the free concerts if you sit outside on their balcony.

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HV
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch. Wish there had been more options.

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LL
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great as always.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Let me begin by saying that the food was phenomenal!! That is the only reason this review was worthy of a 3. The bartender looked as if they could chew nails. Not hospitable at all and acted annoyed that I dare sit at the bar. Made it to my reserved table and it got progressively worse. Claimed service errors were because of the restaurant being busy and also short-staffed? Waited 15 mins for a glass of wine. I’ll finish by saying that I sent my credit card with a check for $98 and some change and when it returned it was in excess of $130? Once again, I was told it was because of the volume of business and that management would have to correct again!? First and last visit. Shame.

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f
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner two night in a row. The first night the restaurant was full but the service was impeccable and also the food. The second night even though was a very important day since was the starting day of the Cincinnati Red baseball team, they were understaffed. The wait was long and few couple left don't wanting to wait to long before placing an order.
Overall the restaurant is very good and walking distance from major hotels.

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Responded on April 6, 2019

Thank you for the great review

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m
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our business lunch was delicious and the service was perfect. Thanks to everyone on the staff for making this a great experience.

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a
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food...had the rissotto

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious as always, but, this time, our server wasn’t as good as the one we had last time. It was definitely busy, but she was kind of curt & a little pushy with the up-selling. Every other experience we’ve had us been good though!

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r
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Via Vite has a great location but their menu is limited. We were going to the theater so we were on a dead line. I am always put off when the menu is spotted with food or water marks. Then the offerings were limited. There there were only 4 pastas, 4 entries, 4 salads and no specials. The food was good but not great. The service was also just good. I’ll have to think a little before we go back to this restaurant.

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LZ
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in quiet atmosphere

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d
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent service was fabulous

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VT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! Will definitely be back!

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a
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The Table was close to service area, servers passing chairs

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b
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are both outstanding. Our waitress was very informative and attentive. She made sure that we had enough time to get to the Aronoff for ON YOUR FEET.

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MN
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hey, Via Vite! I visit often. It would be great if you'd revisit your policy of calling your guests. I was actually called at 9:15pm the evening before my reservation by your staff asking to confirm my reservation. We do all this online, including email confirmations, AND 9:15 is WAY TOO LATE. Otherwise, enjoyed the lunch as usual.

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