Permanently Closed - Vivo in the Park

4.2
156 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Vivo Ristorante opened in July of 2011 with the vision of bringing traditional Italian dining, the sharing of food and conversation to our fine city. Inspired by the vivacious family meals in Grace De Rose`s house growing up, all our food is served family style, in large bowls or platters for sharing. The heart of Italian cooking is fresh regional product; our Chef works with a long list of local suppliers, to prepare the freshest possible ingredients in classic Italian style. The ingredients on our menu change frequently, whereas our unique family style service and the traditional Italian Piatti (courses) have remained the same. Our favourite nights are the ones where the room is alive with sounds of clattering cutlery on plates, clinking of glassware, the bustling kitchen, all intermingled with animated discussion.
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4.4
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WH1973
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was good but very much overpriced. When I made the online booking, I noted when I booked that the special occasion was for a birthday but nothing was mentioned throughout the dinner or offered. The service was great but when I made mention of the special occasion when booking, I would expect it to be reach the front line server when we arrive.

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vipShaneC
Puerto Vallarta
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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CaTs
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have visited Vivo in Sherwood Park - this was my 3rd visit - and it was excellent! The appetizers were wonderful and so was the shrimp cocktail. I had the filet - medium rare - which was perfectly done. It was a family dinner for 4 and service was great but also unobtrusive. Our server - Taylor was attuned to our pace and was very efficient!
Will be back for another fabulous meal at this wonderful find in Sherwood Park!

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TomA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fourth visit to Vivo in the Park on Sunday...what a fantastic restaurant...delicious Italian food served with a table-sharing ethos, great service, nice decor, and very reasonable prices. It’s become our favourite restaurant! You should definitely try it out.

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vipErinT
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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BrentK
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were excited to try Vivo in Sherwood Park for Valentines weekend. We had the Valentines special. The restaurant use to be a Ricks grill and still has the layout similar...no issue.

Let’s just put it this way, nothing was wow or stand out. Pasta was tough and steak was a cut of tenderloin. The dinner didn’t deserve my 200$ bill, not even close.

I’m assuming many others feel this way as there were only six other tables occupied. Sad.

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vipGerryP
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food is really good and foodies will definitely appreciate Vivo in the Park. However, our very experienced server was less than professional and not very helpful when it came to be just a little bit creative with our requests- for example a "virgin cocktail". It started the experience off on a surprisingly disappointing note. Then the traditional Italian bread, oil and balsamic vinegar showed up. The bread looked, smelled and tasted great, but to actually get the bread to touch the balsamic at the bottom of the dipping bowl, which was filled to brim with olive oil, the cubes of bread had to be completely immersed in the oil! Here's a mouthful of olive oil for you- enjoy! The waiter did bring us a better mixture upon request, but at this point, we were 0/2 on the experience. Everything else was fine and the food, as mentioned, was really good. But for the prices being charged for the "dining experience", I'd expect a better ambiance, a better non-alcoholic drink selection, a location that feels like quality (as opposed to a strip mall, beside a Taco Bell), and a waiter that is capable of making the evening that much more special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took a while to get our table even though we had a reservation. It was Valentine’s Day though! We had to ask someone for a drink menu to get service. Once seated we had excellent service and the food was fantastic. We will definitely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slower than I’ve ever experienced with no recognition of the issues. Finally got our mains and the pasta was rock hard. Awful. Won’t ever go back. Minor apology and we paid for our drinks and the salad only but beyond disappointing.

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DarrenM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Unfortunately, the service on this night fell very short. We never received our main course and it took almost 2 hours to receive the pasta. The management had warned us of a delay due to Valentines day but delay was beyond reasonable. I could see other patrons also looking around hoping their food would show up. The managers did try to make things right but we paid our bill and left. Our reservation was for 7:45 and we received our pasta (after having appetizer) after 9:30 and by 10:15 we had still not received our food. Disappointing as we had a great experience at the west end Vivo. I don't think I can give them another chance but the tortellini was very good and perhaps it was an unfortunate night that just got away on the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Valentines Menu and each course was delicious! Service was top notch! Definitely be back, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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KarenP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentines dinner

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CalB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

First off, I’ve been a fan of Vivo for years, and I still am. The food is still well done, and reasonably priced.
That said, the SP location is slipping, the food is still great, but the place is dead quiet (2 tables at 7:00pm on a Saturday!), the atmosphere is dead and that translates to the staff. Obviously with reduced business the great staff have moved on, no money.
I’d accept that if they could manage a service. Like I said, 2 tables so nothing crushing the kitchen, but still our appies, pasta & steak all came out basically at the same time. There was no break, and the food ended up on top of each other.
I’m afraid I see the end for Vivo in the Park, too bad, I’m still a fan, but it’s obvious the end is coming. May just want to pull the plug and move on.

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FionaS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had been to vivo before; however, this time wasnt great. Our waiter was not knowledgeable, forgot to refill drinks after being asked, seemed nervous and uncomfortable, and stopped coming by once we were eating. We needed to leave and he took a very very long time boxing our food and getting the bill. He left the debit machine and never came back. It was also my mums birthday and usually we would be offered a dessert but we were not (not a big deal). When spending a large amount of money i would expect a better experience. We wont be rushing back to Vivo

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JanetC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had great food at VIVO, we enjoyed it very much!
Thank you!

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WayneB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service but under attended. Location was a problem with 2 previous restaurants, hope they can continue to grow. Will be back though.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Nothing like west end vivo

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vipOpentable123
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Restaurant had great reviews but unfortunately the food fell short. The brussel sprouts were cold and much too sweet. We were told there would be genoa on the Salumi e Formaggio, which sold it for me, and it came out without the genoa. They said the order of genoa would be coming in next week. The mustard was not appetizing. We also ordered the pollo and the chicken was quite dry. Not much of our food was eaten.
What I can say is that the ambience was lovely and our server was great. She was very helpful and I quite enjoyed the wine that she recommended.
Unfortunately, we will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing food

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Deborah
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Vivo this weekend. Happy hour wine and amazing food. He had the Tenderloin,cooked to perfection with great sides. I had the sea bass, wonderful dish, highly recommended. The service was great, the restaurant was pleasant and I love the highback booths. Gives a sense of privacy and the other diners are not a part of every conversation. The new plates for one make it much easier for a single or couple to enjoy this great restaurant. We will be back!

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AshleyN
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Natalia, was so helpful. She carefully explained the menu and options. We had the Chef's taster menu and were very satisfied! Delicious food and wine!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Birthday to me.

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MichaelC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great New Years Eve dinner!

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vipSandra
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to VIVO several times for dinner, and have always enjoyed everything about this great restaurant. Today, had lunch there with my adult daughter. We shared the arancini, caprese, and Caesar salad. Portions were very generous and perfect for sharing. We went away with plenty of leftover salad, and very satisfying meal. Awesome flavors and quality. Support local!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Second visit here. A little understaffed on the service side but the manager stepped in and was great. Food was amazing. Best lamb I’ve had.

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vipCraigM
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, friendly server! Highly recommended! Our guests really enjoyed it!

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vipMaunaLaniFoodFan
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Very friendly and prompt service. Well worth the trip!

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AprilB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We absolutely love dining at Vivo, so that is why we were a bit surprised that our food was not hot. When the food arrived at the table it was lukewarm at best. The taste was still wonderful as was the service. We were just underwhelmed with the temperatures.

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WonderWomanAB
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Great ambiance. The lobster risotto was just amazing. Can't recommend high enough!!

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LauraWO
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Our experience was okay. Our main entree came out cold which was a disappointment. The food was not worth what we paid.

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BonnieL
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were super excited to try this restaurant but we honestly felt let down. Was the pasta good? Yes. Was it outstanding? No. The Gudi was pretty good but the fettuccine was bland.

Our waitress, while nice, came by way too often. Mainly because she kept forgetting what we had ordered.

There’s too many great restaurants around so we won’t be back. Glad we tried it out though.

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vipchris
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Went to Vivo in the park for dinner. Assumed it would be the same as the city locations. Atmosphere was cold and empty. Lights could not brighter in a gymnasium . Service was average in a normal restaurant but terrible for a restaurant with 5 tables with people. Food was very average. I have not had a bad experience with food or service until I visited the Park. No wonder the restaurant was empty on a Friday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as per usual. Hooked on the pan seared Caesar salad dish

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Caprese salad was warm And had sun dried tomato’s in it. Pasta was chewy and the flavour was unmemorable. They haven’t changed the restaurant since it was ric’s grill over 10 years ago so it is dark with tall booths. Not what you would expect for a higher end restaurant. Will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and were fortunate enough to be seated at the Chef’s Table. I was a great experience that I highly recommend to anyone. The food was amazing and our server was incredible. It was a wonderful celebration and we will definitely be returning. If you haven’t tried Vivo yet treat yourself to some great food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary ! Have been many times to the west location but really like the Sherwood Park location !
Food was amazing as usual and service was great !
Literally cannot think of one thing that wasn’t perfect !
Give this Sherwood Park location a try !

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DebB
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal at Vivo in the Park. From the appetizer, pasta, protein and veggies everything was delicious . our server,Jordan was very helpful suggesting the food choices and amounts that would feed our group of 5. As we were celebrating a birthday the tiramisu that they gave my son for desert was greatly appreciated. If you haven’t been to this gem in the park, you really should go.

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Debbiel
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Unsure at this point. For the few diners that were in the restaurant, the service was poor and the time it took to get items from the happy hour menu was nearly an hour. As we had an event to make it to and told our server when we sat down that time was short (knowing that in Italy, you take your time to dine) , the experience was disappointing for "bar grub" essentially.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was amazing as always, except the pasta came out cold - thankfully still delish. They comped the desert for 2 which was incredible.

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Permanently Closed - Vivo in the Park does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes.

Permanently Closed - Vivo in the Park is rated 4.2 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.