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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Thank you for celebrating the New Year with us. There will be a four-course Prix Fixe menu with 3 savory options and 1 sweet at $75/pp. A la carte will not be available. Cancellations within 72 hours will be charged $40/pp to card on file.

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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (43)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Special Occasion (30)
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Notable Wine List (24)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Romantic (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Hot Spot (18)
Scenic View (17)
Fun (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Good for Groups (14)
People Watching (13)
Seasonal (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
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Sunday Lunch (7)
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Comfort Food (6)
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great place, great food and great service loved the atmosphere

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant many times over the years. The food is usually good and consistent. Parking isn't convenient since it is public parking under fountain square, I did not see valet service. We enjoyed the soup of the day, pastas, a flat bread and a reasonably priced bottle of wine. Compliments to our server. She was just the right amount of friendly, informative and helpful and attentive. Will go back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

via vite never disappoints
exceeds expectations with service and menu selections
love this cincy gem

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was flavorful and appropriately sized. Good wine selection. Very good service. Nice ambiance!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Such a wonderful experience at Via Vite. The service was exceptional, the menu is an inventive take on classics, the food & drink were amazing. We had a fantastic time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. Need to go back soon to try several things on the menu that sound awesome. It was highly recommended to me and now I know why.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I'm always made to feel special and part of the family when I'm at Via Vite. The food is delicious and the service is always friendly and helpful. The view of Fountain Square is incredible. A real experience to bring out of town guests to.

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 (West Virginia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Very good food downtown Cinci - close to Hilton and Hyatt if staying there. Very authentic food, interesting options with great presentation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had a delicious meal. Each dish had distinctive flavor, was fresh, and artfully presented. Our waitress was personable and prompt. A bit pricey for the casual decor but the meal was worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Had a great time at Via Vite! My wife and I enjoyed the night out.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great lunch. A little pricey for everyday. It would be nice if they have lunch specials for $15 or less that varied day to day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Had a nice time. Food was wonderful. We received a complimentary glass of champagne. Thank you! Nice evening date with my hubby of 36 years.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Absolutely loved the bolognese sauce. I could have just eaten a bowl of it without the pasta (although the pasta was cooked perfectly). The waiter told us they marinate the beef in wine. It was delicious. Also got the cioppino - which was delicious. my husband got the shrimp pasta which he loved. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I hate to let this little secret out, but we dined upstairs and I enjoyed my experience so much more. It was quieter, but you could still hear the music from the Square. It was a treat fro our date-night to be able to talk and hear each other and not as many distractions.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 15, 2017

music level at dinner was every loud, server addressed issue and lowered it

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We visited VaVite during restaurant week. It was again another delicious meal. As we ate our way through the courses, the food gained intense flavors. We completed our dinner with the luscious raspberry Panna Cotta. The service was excellent as all the staff is in tune to the diners. The owner/chef was out and about graciously greeting his customers. My husband and I look forward to our return. Thank you for a memorable experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Delicious food. Great service. Only criticism is the noise... music loud and not very conducive to Italian dining.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

The apps were very good. Soup and main pasta dishes were way to salty. Did not expect that from a place with this reputation. Waitress was very good, however we came for the food and were a little disappointed. Would most likely not recommend to my friends.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Wonderful casual but very nice dining. A great to relax, talk and partake in great good. For friends and family.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great atmosphere and service and a nice ambiance once inside the restaurant (Fountain Square can have some sketchy characters around). I love how it feels you are sitting in the trees.

The bell pepper soup was fantastic, and the bianca pizza had a lot of flavor. But overall I did not find the food quality justified the price. We found a hard time finding a pasta dish that we both liked, but there are more options if you like seafood. We found the food very heavy, but still had a great time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The exquisite offerings helped us relive a Sunday lunch in Rome as we plan our next trip to Italy.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Our server, Ian, was awesome! Food is always great.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, People Watching
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

I absolutely loved my Penne pasta dish. My husband wasn't as crazy about his shrimp dish. (I can't remember the name of it.) We didn't find out until we left that the lasagna was the special that night. My husband would have LOVED that, but the waiter never mentioned any specials. Next time we will ask if the waiter doesn't offer.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Wait staff was friendly and helpful. They got us out on time for our theater reservations

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Via Vite is the best! It is a very versatile restaurant that suits the needs of many types of diners. The layout is open and inviting, the food is unbelievable and they deliver it all with a gracious, charming service.

I've had important personal celebrations here, as well as serious business meetings, which is great as its in the middle of downtown. One of my favorite places to dine in Cincinnati.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Disabled Access
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Service was great and the avocado Panini was excellent!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

quiet on a sunday evening. service was good. pepper pasta with shrimp au gratin was excellent. sunday was half-price wine night, so good value there although selection was fairly limited. flaky pastry dessert with caramel also excellent. my friend was very happy with lamb shank choice. good people watching on the square. no valet parking although it sits above fountain square parking garage.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We had a great time. Even we were late after my call the table was waiting for us and we appreciate that service. The food was tasty, fresh. The waitress and the staff were really nice with us. The ambiance: the lyric was a little bit loud. We enjoyed our diner before the event from CSO. Thank you

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great place with great Italian food and wine. Location is right downtown easy to get in and out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My husband & I reserved a table 1 day ahead of time without difficulty to celebrate our anniversary. Ambiance is soft & relaxing, great view of fountain square. Our waiter was very friendly, service was exceptional! Will be returning in the future

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Love this place! Best arugula salad and bolognese ever

Tags: Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Our server, Brian, was very knowledgable about the menu and wine. I could tell he was pretty busy with other tables when we had dinner on the terrace but he was always there when we needed him. Thank Brian!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Via Vite is excellent! The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is great. Our server on this particular visit was not friendly and she seemed exhausted but otherwise it was a great experience. Kudos to the chef!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Amazing food, if have the opportunity to get the lasagna, get it. It was amazing.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food and service excellent. Music too loud and too 'techno'.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Excellent service with knowledgeable server and the food was great. We sat at the Chef table on one visit and got a great shot of Chef & his daughter.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 18, 2017

It's downtown so it makes it the best neighborhood spot for the city. Very good for all occasions. Some of the best sides in town, especially the Fennel Gratin, bravo!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Expected a quiet dinner before going to the opera. Got a wedding reception upstairs with a live band and somewhat bland food. The cuisine was creative but just not quite flavorful. I have to say I was disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The staff was so nice! Our server was really helpful and had great recommendations. We ended up getting two of the things he recommended, and both were delicious. Our server had apologized for our food taking awhile (we didn't even feel like it had been that long) and the manager brought the food out to us herself. Great service, the staff is very knowledgable on the menu! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was good, but slightly overpriced compared to other restaurants I'd put in a similar tier. Same deal with drinks.

Service was good.

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