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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

On Valentines Day we will be serving a three course, prix-fixe menu for $50 per guest Our a la carte menu will not available this evening. Due to high demand and preparations cancellations less than 48 hours in advance will incur a $25 per person fee. For menu details please contact Via Vite

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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (36)
Fit for Foodies (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Casual (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Authentic (24)
Business Meals (24)
Romantic (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Scenic View (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (15)
Hot Spot (14)
People Watching (14)
Cozy (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Seasonal (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
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Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

The hostess took us to our table, dropped the menus and just walked away. We should have know at that point to just leave but we started.

Our table was in a room with only two other tables. The room was more of a hallway out to the outside 2nd floor porch/deck. The table was so close to the door that every customer that came through the door either hit our table/chair with the door or they apologized to us for almost hitting us. The staff knew we were their so they were careful when coming through the door to only open it a little bit.

Since this room was basically being used as a hallway the other customers and wait staff were constantly opening the door out to the patio were it was 46 degrees Fahrenheit. So my wife ends up wearing her coat for half the meal being hot and cold. We mentioned it to the staff but they said the plastic “walls” outside only hang their and have not been attached to the building so their is nothing else they can do.

Spent over $100 for my wife and I to eat with a glass of wine each for average food and lousy environment.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our first visit to Via Vite. Sadly, we found our food to be just so so. The salad greens were not exceptionally fresh and the margarita pizza was bland. It lacked flavor. It came with 3 basil leaves for garnish in the middle. They were left whole, so nearly impossible to bite into and enjoy with our pizza. We would have preferred the basil to be chopped up and spread on the top of the pizza.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

This was my first visit to Via Vite and I was extremely disappointed. I have no desire to return. It was extremely loud and we could barely hear what the waitress was saying when she spoke. We were seated in a table for 2 near a window that looked out to the Fountain but the air coming in the closed window made it uncomfortably cold. The pasta I ordered was not thoroughly cooked and was still hard. For the amount we were paying for the meal and being an Italian restaurant I would expect pasta to be cooked correctly.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nice-looking place convenient to Fountain Square and it's garage. Pleasant greeting, quick seating. Our waiter, Brice, is a gem who really seems to enjoy his job. His attention (although not intrusive) was the very best thing about our experience!
We had the antipasta and the pizza of the day. Just enough for two. A little pricy, especially the bar, but you have to expect some of that in a dpwntown restaurant.
Although we enjoyed ourselves, it will have to be a very special occasion to go back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Chase, our server was great!

Dessert menu could use some help...

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Although the food was very good, the portions were small and the prices were too high for what you received ie the Bruschetta was one piece of bread cut into five portions with a nice topping but for $10...really? Wine was two fingers and no more. Although it is on Fountain Square, it really does not have the ambiance to warrant high prices. The wait staff was very nice but not very attentive especially since the place was half full. The Manager came to check on us more times than the waitress. Overall I am not sure I would race back since more restaurants are opening up in OTR and in the suburbs that seem to be better. Sorry for the honesty.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service, food and view ... what more can a restaurant provide. Well, maybe a little friendlier pricing, but when you're nailing the big 3, a little pricey is probably to be expected. We requested a window table when we reserved, but when we were seated (on a single-digit winter night) it was very uncomfortable. One of the servers -- not ours, the first we found -- very graciously organized a move upstairs to a comfortable window table right under a heat vent. Our upstairs server, Arianna I think, was superb. Very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. She's a keeper, whom I will ask for on our next visit. Lamb shank, pizza, and pasta Bolognese were all 9's and 10's. As was the off-menu request for a pasta primavera that was very graciously handled by Arianna and the kitchen. Via Vite continues to be one of our downtown Cincy go-to's.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The restaurant was absolutely freezing and the staff seemed oblivious to it. People were wearing coats to eat, which did not make for a pleasant meal. The "special" anchovy pizza was extremely salty and not much else on it except anchovies. Special Bechamel lasagna was regular lasagna with a dollop of béchamel sauce on one end of it, not a white lasagna.
Chocolate tart was mediocre. Pumpkin/creme boule was delicious.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I’ve been here before but didn’t find the food as good as last time. And it was freezing so that didn’t help. With that being said, I still love this place for lunch with my friends...

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Tuna salad was great, wine list is awesome, pizza was super tasty. Been here many times and keep going back. Had kind of a goofy server who was trying to be funny and act like she was the show........I came for the food, if I want entertainment, I will head to the Aronoff!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and great service

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always our favorite! The food, wine and experience never disappoints.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

For a New Years Eve cuisine, the course selections were fair. The music selection wasn’t very appropriate for the setting. Could have had a bit more on the main course. Dessert was fabulous.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We attended Via Vite for a New Years Eve dinner. The menu was prix fixe and the choices appeared to be amazingly decadent. However, the restaurant was so cold in temperature that many patrons had to keep their coats on. It was quite uncomfortable.

Also the wine pairings were served much ahead of the course that they were suggested for so the three ounce portions were already gone prior to the lukewarm course arriving. The restaurant was booked solid so some waiting was to be expected but the courses arrived lukewarm and it was disappointing for a $100 per person meal on a holiday evening.The waiter acted perturbed when our table
asked for a bit more wine to taste with the food it was paired with.We have always enjoyed this restaurant on our multiple(7) previous visits but this time left a lot to be desired and we were frozen by nights end.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was delicious and worthy of the prices. The service is top notch. Great place to have a group. We were in a room with another wry loud group of 7 though, much nicer after they left.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall a good experience. Only negative was it was drafty and cold inside the dining area. Granted to was 10d out but I would not go back on a very cold day.
Several people were wearing their coats.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food, wonderful service and a great location. Because of all the windows though, on a cold night, it was freezing in the restaurant. I had to wear my coat during dinner. Definitely will be back though as our meal was excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food and excellent service, we had a great time. Not somewhere I would go for a formal dinner (which is what we were expecting) but our server was wonderful, and the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Food service...all wonderful

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our food was well prepared and very tasty; everyone enjoyed their meal. Our server Corey was very attentive and did a great job. He also suggested items he thought we might like, for example the Brussel Sprouts, and those were good too. The only issue we had was the restaurant was a little chilly that evening, but we came prepared so it was fine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was great. As well as the venue. Little pricy, but the wait staff was helpful and gave us some good suggestions. Recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a very nice meal, food was excellent and service was exceptional.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 26, 2017

First time there. So dissapointed. The restaurant was freezing cold. So cold patrons were eating with their coats on. Very very limited menu options. Atmosphere very casual and doesn’t reflect prices that are charged. 3.50 for a golf ball size meatball add on. Ridiculous !! Won’t be back

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Perfect view of the tree for Christmas Eve dinner. The food and wine was amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We always have a great meal. Chef Christian is in complete control of the entire house. Consistency makes you a fan and keeps us coming back!
Cheers.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food in a great environment. We sat upstairs, where it is a little quieter. Service excellent and price reasonable.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The soup was seasonal and prepared to perfection . . . absolutely fabulous! Only problem is I should have ordered a bowl instead of a cup :)

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The restaurant was very accommodating in allowing us to have a lunch menu item for dinner. However, the vodka sauce was heavy on the red pepper and this isn't usually the case. The server was not as attentive as he could have been.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

The waiter was so knowledgeable about everything it seemed. Great service, everything was delicious

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Pasta portion sizes on the pick 2 meal are too small

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Outstanding food. Great service. One of our fav spots in Cincy.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was excellent. We had a nearly private room upstairs and it was very nice for conversation.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Disappointed that at 12:30 you were out of the soup du jour - potato leek!! Suggest you take down your outdoor sign when you are out of items.

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

We were going to a show at the Aranoff and the server worked diligently to ensure everything came together in a timely manner. Great food, drink and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful meal an service.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Unfortunately, the experience was below my standard. While we waited at the bar enjoying our drinks, it was freezing. Every time the entry door opened, a rush of outside cold air made us drink with our gloves on. Get an entrance canopy! When we were seated, we were next to the exterior storefront. It was unbelievable that we ate with cold air at our feet and at table height. Our warm food was cold in no time. We dined with our coats on. To add to the frustration, service was slow. It took 40 cold, miserable minutes to get our dinner.
For a fine dining restaurant, the atmosphere was too cold to go back. This is unfortunate because the food was quite delicious.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent as always

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food is very good and the owner is exceptionally gracious. The two story dining room faces Cincinnati's main downtown square. The second level features outdoor dining. Via Vite has long hours (11 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, later on weekends), which is convenient. Many Cincinnati restaurants close on weekdays at 9 p.m. This restaurant has two private dining rooms for special events and for business dinners that may require confidentiality.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent food and service. We were attending a play at 7p and the waiter was attentive and provided excellent service so that we were on time at the Ensemble Theatre.

Tags: Good for a Date
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