George Martin's Vivo Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar

4.6
495 reviews
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George Martin's Vivo Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar is a contemporary, casual bar and restaurant, taking inspiration from the mountainous Tuscan region of Italy. Vivo, a bustling trattoria, features soulful Italian food from various regions of Italy. Salumi, cheeses, salads and antipasti introduce homemade pastas, and artisanal pizzas. Italian and American wines will be served by the glass as well as by the bottle. Fresh espresso and cappuccino will be served along with house made desserts. A casual place to gather, share great food, wine and companionship.

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Al Fresco Dining
Located in Hotel
Near BWI Airport
30 Minutes from Washington DC




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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience and food was great. Restaurant was very noisy in the 7/8:00 dinner hour (which is to be expected). Our waiter was very attentive. I will definitely return to Vivo.

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Responded 6 days ago

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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S
Baltimore
115 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have dined at Vivo since they opened several years ago and have never been disappointed. The latest time we went with another couple who had never been there before and they enjoyed it as much as we did. Our appetizers consisted of a crisp Caesar salad (they have one of the best we've ever had), tomato bisque soup, and fried fresh mozzarella. For our entrees we enjoyed the salmon (blackened on the menu but my husband gets it simply grilled with shrimp and angel hair and marinara sauce), garlic shrimp, and chicken parmigiana (the chicken parmigiana was so big I brought 2/3 of it home to enjoy another evening). For dessert we shared a piece of flourless chocolate cake which was either too dry or to cold - it was hard to tell, and mixed chocolate/vanilla gelato which was to die for. Service is always excellent even when our server also had "bar patrol". It was raining that evening but since there is an attached garage, parking was easy and we stayed dry. I definitely recommend this restaurant without hesitation. I'm only sorry that it's no longer open on Sunday evenings.

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Responded on May 16, 2019

We appreciate your amazing review and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thomas was great. We started off with terrific drinks and a wonderful pizza and buratta as appetizers. Followed by great chicken parm, ribs, and salmon entrees. All served perfectly.

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Responded on May 13, 2019

We're so glad to hear you had a 5-star experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon

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K
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 3

There service was outstanding! Our server was fabulous. The food however was not great. Some things worked and done didn’t but overall everything lacked spices and flavor. It was disappointing.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time there. We had a great time. Out of town business guests. Bar keeper was spot on with scotch recommendations (not a scotch drinker) to start, wine paring perfect and food fantastic. I had the chicken dish and recommended sides. We also shared an antipasti and calamari appetizer and side salad. Total price was close to $200 for 3 persons with stout drinks and wine. Not to bad. Would thought cost would have been closer or over $300.

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Responded on April 25, 2019

We're so happy to hear that you all enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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WD
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our Server Shannon was Excellent. Mussels app was awesome big mussels (Prince Frederick?) in chunky tasty tomato base, one of the entrees was salmon-cheese stuffed ravioli in a cheese cream sauce with shrimp and scallops!! Daughter loved the tiramisu cheesecake.

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Responded on April 18, 2019

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! Look forward to having you and your family back!

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SR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only one server on during lunch, which she told us. Should have a least two. Waited for beverage order and check.

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Responded on April 15, 2019

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great time. I treated myself earlier in the week and went back with a friend. I had the 2 for $20, Pinot Grigio and margherita pizza. Delish. Went. Returned I got the pasta (no pics). I also got dessert. Vanilla and strawberry gelato with Nutella filled Canoli. Amazing. I will be returning.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed both your experiences with us and we look forward to having you back soon!

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SR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love taking my clients here, great food and great atmosphere!

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Responded on April 8, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a birthday luncheon. Excellent food and service. We will be back.

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Responded on April 4, 2019

We're appreciate your great review! We look forward to having you back

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IF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place , interesting Caesar salad pizza , a little heavy on the bacon

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SW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the area. Outstanding food, service, and value.

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Responded on March 28, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and meal with us!

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JM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always. The new Tiramesu cheesecake was great

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Responded on March 25, 2019

So glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us!

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JM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great job as always. Food and drink and service were perfect. Love the Tiramesu cheese cake

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent

George Martin's Vivo Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
Responded on March 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review! We look forward to having you back!

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F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Let me start by saying this was my first experience at the restaurant and if I was in that area of town again I would definitely return. Our server was very attentive but let us pace the meal, which we appreciated as we did not want to be rushed. When we first arrived the place was not crowded but by 7:00 two big parties had been seated near us and it got very loud.

The food was delicious. They make a few pasta noodles from scratch. The dish with bucatini was very tasty but I wish it had been served hotter. The salmon was also delicious. I would highly recommend the salmon with roasted cauliflower. The server spilt the pasta for us and we split the salmon so we could taste a few different options.

Finally, we ended with chocolate and coconut gelato. It was very tasty and refreshing. Overall a very positive experience.

George Martin's Vivo Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
Responded on March 21, 2019

We're so happy to hear you had a great experience with us! We hope you come back and visit us again soon.

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HC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Ashley was Great!

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Responded on March 18, 2019

So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us!

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TF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was also great. Restaurant was quite crowded, so it was a bit difficult to hear everyone in our group.

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Responded on March 18, 2019

Thanks for joining us, Terri! Come back and see us again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a business lunch, food was excellent. Atmosphere was lovely and we were able to get our work done while enjoying our meals. Service was efficient and friendly. We will be back!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The Hostess when we entered was rude to us. We were told even though we had a reservation we had a 30 minute wait. Terrible customer service

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F
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was very pleasant, and we enjoyed our food. We visit Vivo often, and food is consistently tasty.

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R
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here, though we've been next door to Grillfire many times. So glad we came here also. Food and drinks were top notch. Service was spot on and prices very reasonable. Should have known if it was a George Martin Restaurant it would be top shelf. So now we have 2 "go to" spots right next to each other. You can't go wrong with either one. Will be back soon.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

I loved the food and service, but some of the guest were inappropriate and obnoxious. Overall decent experience.

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AM
Baltimore
150 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Look no further for authentic Italian food with classic dishes as well as innovative twists to Italian favorites all excellently prepared. We enjoyed a new starter or antipasti called Kataifi Fried Fresh Mozzarella - these are not ordinary mozzarella sticks with marinara! The calamari here is the best of any restaurant and the two together are impressive. You can’t go wrong here with any entree and the service was stellar. The general manager Matt stays engaged with the staff here and the guests. This is a well managed restaurant and it makes a big difference. Vivo is a favorite for good reasons.

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MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was Awesome and prices were more than reasonable. Portions were not too large that i was overstuffed but not small where I was still hungry. Juuuuust Right.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The night I went our server was wildly overbooked. She had 7 tables at a time and wasn’t able to give any table her full attention. We waited a long time for the drinks to arrive and when the host brought bread she only brought enough for three people, we had four in our party. Our server was wonderful, she brought extra bread and made sure we had everything right but she was so overworked she was t able to come and check on us and it took a long time to get another round of drinks. The food was delicious. I will be back, on a much slower night.

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HA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am forever recommending Vivo to my friends and family. My wife and I were going there monthly for quite some time, but we've not been as regular lately. This visit was supposed to be her and I for Valentines day. Then we invited her Mom and dad. Then her mom invited the rest of the crew. So my little dinner for two turned into 12. But everyone enjoyed their meal. The service there is always top notch, and I've yet to have a meal I didn't like. Can't wait for my next visit ... but bring back the Tres Carne Gnocchi ragu ... that dish was the best!

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you for the amazing feedback! We appreciate that you're a return customer and look forward to seeing you again!

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L
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been there before and it was a great experience with the server Ashley. This time was terrible. Hair in the food, server was not very attentive or considerate. It took forever to get our food and the appetizer was cold.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is incredible and the entrees and appetizers were prepared to perfection. Food taste and quality--impeccable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience. The server was very attentive and remembered us from our previous visit. We were treated with kindness and everything came out quickly. I have no complaints from this location we actually love this location. We will be coming back soon.

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A
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great date night, great food and wonderful service!

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LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Should have reduced the number of tables to create a more intimate experience. It was very crowded. I was disappointed that there was no happy hour.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wellpriced. Great service I went there for valentines day and it was the perfect romantic date spit .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicole is the best server!

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BB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Clearly I've been missing out. Vivo is more than a restaurant, it's an experience! Above all the food is delish. Beware of licking the plates after your meal sensation. The staff is pleasant. Kindly greeted. Table was ready and prepared for my arrival.

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NF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service

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MM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and very pleasant. Food was excellent.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was not hot and had cold spots.

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SM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food / the table was a little close to the kitchen for my preference

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for NYE dinner with our friends and an infant. Ambiance was really warm and inviting. Definitely would love to be back again for another group dining or even a date. Main thing that really made this place memorable were the meals. I can’t remember what was ordered but everything exceeded our expectation. Our waitress was also very accommodating and great with her recommendations. Definitely will be back again!

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