The first restaurant in Western Springs to serve liquor since prohibition, Vie offers guests the opportunity to experience urban fine dining in a warm, relaxed village setting. Conveniently located steps from the Metra station, Vie attracts food-conscious diners from the entire Chicagoland area. Guests will find sanctuary in the intimate, gracious dining room housed in a two-story red brick building in the center of Norman Rockwell’s Americana. Chef Virant’s cuisine reflects the seasons, local harvests and the world becoming a smaller place. While the menu celebrates artisanal foods and local family farms, it also takes advantage of the increased availability of specialty foods from across the globe. Vie features Seasonal Contemporary American cuisine inspired by Western European cultures and rustic fare. Virant elevates familiar dishes by relying on the simplicity of a few, high-quality ingredients.
Western Springs, IL 60558
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Closed Sundays & Mondays
$31 to $50
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Parking is available after 5pm in the Harris Bank Parking lot across the street from the restaurant. There is also ample street parking at no cost.
Vie is located steps away from the Metra BNSF Railway Western Springs stop. For the train schedule, please visit http://metrarail.com/content/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/bnsf/schedule.html
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Sunday, March 18, 2018: Spring Sunday Supper
Sunday, April 22, 2018: Emile Beyer Wine Dinner
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Vie Ratings and Reviews
The food was VERY creative and quite good. My wife and I went for Valentine's and when we got there found out it was a Fixed Price menu for that evening at $125 per person! With a bottle of wine ($75) and tax and tip the tab was over $425. That was a bit nuts, but as the menu was unknown to us until we got there and it was Valentines day we did not have much choice. The prices were not even listed on the menu...so we had no idea what was coming until we received the bill. Make no mistake, the food was outstanding, but $425 for dinner...it was extremely overpriced!
Vie is one of our favorite restaurants in the suburbs, but our valentine's experience was well below what I have experienced and expect. We had the tasting meal and it was disappointing! In addition, my girl friend was served a dish with nuts, despite the waiter knowing that she has a nut allergy. He was inattentive at best. Again, We love Vie, but not this experience.
We visited for Valentine's Day dinner. Was a first visit for us. Vie obviously has a great reputation. Maybe this was an off night, we honestly don't know. The menu was pre-set. A relish tray was honestly entirely unremarkable (slices of seemingly raw carrots, radishes, and an onion dip and baba ganoush which, honestly, could easily have come from a can). A vegetable spring roll was quite good. Then the highlight of the meal, a halibut cooked beautifully and in a wonderful broth. But followed by a salty, overcooked chicken/foie gras which just...did...not...work. Not the taste. Not the texture. Certainly not the visual. The wine pairings were absolutely wonderful. Well thought out. Different things. Bottom line is simply this: for a meal which approached $250/PER PERSON...the expectation for us was, "this meal should be indelibly seared into our brains, hearts, and gut and it should be wildly memorable". It unfortunately was none of that. Really a serious bummer. Again, no clue if this was an off night or what. But it just wasn't special. For most of the meal, it honestly struggled to achieve what we would describe as "average". One couple's opinion here only. Your mileage may vary. It's just very very difficult to believe that Vie got the reputation and staying power it's gotten by serving this kind of blah/who cares meal. For what it's worth...
Worth a drive from anywhere you live in the city!
Food is delicious and ingredients are fresh. I've been going to Vie's for 13 years now. Always pleased with the experience regardless if sitting in the dining room or eating at the bar. Staff understands service.
We were excited to try the restaurant based on others review. We drove 45 minutes to celebrate V•Day. Because we drove from a bit of a distance we got there 15 mins early. We sat at the bar and had a drink this was a positive the bartenders were great. We finally sat a were greeted immediately by our waiter. He was great. We ordered a couple of appetizers the beet salad (waiters favorite by the way) and our entrees all together. The apps arrived beautiful presentation and then the next hour was so bad. The food was flavorless and had enough salt to clear all roads in Western Springs. Finally we couldn’t even finish the entrees. It was the most disappointing meal experience we have ever had taste wise. Will never return!!
We went to Vie for my boyfriends birthday and it was simply fantastic. Service was very attentive but we were told to take our time no rush. Food on 5 course tasting menu was the best meal I’ve had in years. You pay for it, but this is a don’t miss place, you must go even if just for a special occasion. Loved it!!!
Very vegetarian friendly and wonderful wine selection. The cheese curd appetizer for restaurant week was one of the most flavorful and delicious dishes I’ve ever eaten! Chocolate panna cotta and carrot cake donuts were a hit for dessert. Will definitely go back to this lovely farm to table restaurant!
Vie is an asset to the Western suburbs. While Chicago claims a number of notable restaurants suburban residents must make a trip to the city to enjoy their pleasures. Vie has made it a priority to deliver a fine dining experience that is normally associated with urban venues (at least in America). The staff is well trained and professional. The food is creative but based upon years of classical training. The attention to detail is laudable. The wine list is memorable for its approach-ability and value. Use Vie as a standard upon which you judge other restaurants.
We were there for the Restaurant week fixed price menu which consisted of four courses. Every single course was excellent! We tried both options for each of the courses and each and every item was as excellent as the last. There was a great combination of pork, Norwegian Trout and delicious vegetables, some pickled, just to name a few. The bar service was excellent with a smokey manhattan which had awesome cherries frozen in the ice cubes. Julius, our waiter was awesome and very well versed in the bar menu as well as the food menu. Service was overall impeccable and friendly making one feel very comfortable.
We originally found Vie through Groupon. The meals we have enjoyed keep us returning. The tasting menus are worth the price. Chef Paul's preserves are exquisite . They bring to the plate the added umami! We eat at Vie at least once a quarter and for special occasions. My husband is gluten free and I have a shell fish allergy , they accommodate us with a great alternative. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Chef Paul does seasonal offerings and we have never had the same menu twice. Definitely worth the drive to Western Springs. Or take the train , only half a block from the station.
We went to the restaurant last night to celebrate a birthday. the kitchen was very slow in getting our meal out.
One of our drinks came out after the appetizers came out.
It was a fixed menu because of restaurant week. 2 choices per course. A very easy week for the kitchen. No excuses for the slow service. Furthermore the wait staff did not explain the menu and when asked questions did a poor job in explaining the dishes. The staff realized we were upset. Nothing was offered to us not even a birthday dessert per our instructions. We took our dessert to go. By the way the meal was excellent, but none of it was hot. The meals were warm.
Not a good dining experience!
Vie is a favorite of ours! This time we visited for restaurant week and the menu did not disappoint. Every course was delicious and had interesting flavor pairings and exceedingly fresh ingredients. While we sat at a table this time, our favorite thing is to sit at the bar and order a few plates to share - either way, it's a great experience, service is always awesome, and the food is incredibly good.
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