Via Vite

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3220 reviews
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Italian
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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J
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, incredible food! Highly recommend!!! Loved it!

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AS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Highly recommend the pork belly appetizer!

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T
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious! Most got the bolognese, I got bronzino fish which was terrific!

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DJ
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Owner/Chef coming out and making suggestions was not only appreciated, but great recommendations.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Got to our table on time but had to wait 15min for a waiter show up. Felt like we were invisible. For the price we expected better service and quality of food.

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KL
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

4th year in a row going to Via Vite for our Valentine’s Day dinner. It never disappoints!

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RR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The Valentine’s Day dinner was not the best. Limited choices for the price.

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

The goal on Valentine’s Day was to fit in as many people as possible into the restaurant. The staff was ill equipped and unable to handle the amount of people there. The restaurant tried to shove as many tables onto the first floor which made us feel packed and confined. This made the experience completely terrible and unenjoyable.

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c
Cincinnati
279 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

On a busy Valentine's evening the food came out perfectly and the wine pairings were perfect. Well Done !

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AA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 1

Food Was Amazing. Seeing the owner in the kitchen always makes me smile. And I know the foods going to be AMAZING as ALWAYS

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good idea for prix fixe menu for Valentines.
So.. how could the food delivery be so slow? Not the servers fault— but took away from the romantic experience.

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

Everything was perfect. The food was excellent and our waiter knew his stuff. Very pricey but I will be going back for sure

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L
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Valentine’s Day, we had the prefixed menu which was absolutely delicious! Anna was our server and couldn’t have been more sweet. She actually took the time to talk to us and answer all of our questions about the food. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and will definitely be back! Oh and the risotto I had was probably one of the best I have ever had - a thing I don’t say lightly. Simply delectable!

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TS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

With a short lunch menu and poor service, I will stay away for a while and visit other locations.

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HW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant on Fountain Square with a hip young atmosphere that can be a romantic evening, large group celebration, or a night out with friends. Best Octopus in Cincinnati, perfectly cooked with just the right chew and the bean sauce is a warm enhancement. The arugula salad is always crisp, fresh and perfectly dressed; it is an ample serving large enough to share. The white pizza is amazing, as is all their pizzas...the dough is not too thick, with just the right chew and never overdone. the toppings are fresh, of high quality and and not too overpowering.

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BR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for six on a Saturday night. Made reservations that afternoon and had a great table upstairs. Food was fantastic and the service was excellent. It had been a while since we had dined at Via Vite but am looking forward to returning.

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M
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent - the lamb shank is truly awesome.

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BV
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for date night. The pan seared chicken was amazing. Quite possibly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The drink my waitress suggested was gin and it’s blackberrys and lemon. AMAZING! Food and service were great. I WILL be back!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service... decent food. We would recommend the restaurant for a quality evening.

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KC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter gave us helpful feedback and the young men bussing tables were quick to fill glasses and very polite. Superb service.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant & most of the food was good (although did feel it was way overpriced for what you got), but server needs training. Would interrupt us in mid-sentence to push for orders and lean over the 6 people dinner table to give you your main dish whilst you are still eating your soup. If I’m paying over $30 for a main dish, I expect better service.

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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my sister here for her birthday. Everything was wonderful. Delicious food. We especially loved the fig and goat cheese bruschetta! Our waitress was amazing. She even gave my sister a dessert with a candle! We will definitely be coming back.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Waiter was awesome. Knowledgeable staff.

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat for a business casual luncheon! Reserved our place in line before hand and got seated right away. I highly recommend this place!

Side note: food was DELICIOUS. My friend and I both ordered the same meal (daily special - crab cake sandwich) and we were both pleasantly surprised at how good it was!

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T
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went to Via Vite after a Sunday night performance at the Ensemble Theatre. My friends and I enjoyed great service and delicious food. They are vegetarians and both enjoy and appreciate the variety of choices available to them. I should also say that the bartenders mix a very good martini.

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AM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Via Vite was a pleasant surprise. The food and service were both good. It was a nice and yet much less expensive, pre-show at the Aronoff dinner.

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good! Only complaint was a bit cold in dining room.

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DM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Our drinks came out after our first course and they were not good (bloody Mary’s). Went there for brunch and disappointed that they no longer have brunch.

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T
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday although we didn't tell them. This was his choice because I had him pick someplace he or we hadn't been and it did not dissapoint. We shared the Pork Belly appetizer. Absolutely delicious. He had the bolginaise. He ate every drop. I had the Gnocci omg so very creamy and flavorful. Deffinatly will come back very soon. Our server was excellent and had great suggestions for us. We did not have room for dessert so we'll save that for another time.

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W
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a great server and the atmosphere was good. The food was excellent. Would appreciate a fish entree for lunch, and some pizza choices.

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TL
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I think our server was new, or at least i'm trying to cut him some slack, but he wasn't very attentive and we had to stop him & ask for everything. We ordered a salad to start with, but he ended up bringing everything out at once, so we waited for awhile with nothing and then everything came at the same time. not ideal.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience! Absolutely no complaints! Highly recommend !

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D
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch with colleagues. Food and service didn't seem up to usual high quality

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r
Cincinnati
71 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was cold! My feet were numb when I left the restaurant. It certainly isn’t on my list to rush back to anytime soon. Sorry 😬🌧🌨🌨🌨🌨❄️😬🌧

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K
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly. Our waitress was very sweet & informative. She went over the menu two times since we came in two groups with no hesitation or attitude . The food was excellent. It was a little chilly inside but it was frigid outside & there are lots of windows so it was to be expected. Great view! Great experience in dining. We plan on returning when it’s warmer & want to sit outside

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JI
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife started with the bruschetta and I started with the potato soup with truffle oil and both were excellent. I had the lamb shank for a main course and my wife had the blanca pizza and both were very good. Lauren was our waitress and she was delightful.

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C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing! The smoked duck salad and butternut Squash lobster risotto were highlights

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was tasty and the environment was enjoyable. The fire alarm went off when we were waiting for our food and it took them a while for them to sort it out, but other than that it was a nice restaurant.

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T
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Had a great time as always! I really think the service is great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was amazing

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