VIVO Mediterranean Grill & Catering

4.2
328 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
VIVO! Mediterranean Grill, a restaurant featuring a seasonal, locally inspired menu that offers a delicious selection of wild caught fish, prime aged meats, free-range chicken and daily made pastas. Our Culinary Team believes in using only the highest quality ingredients that will never compromise the integrity of the dish.

The restaurant’s upscale vibe resonates with old world authenticity. Once the mansion home to glamorous Rudolph Valentino, the setting is both elegant and stylish, offering sun filled, traditional Ballrooms, a decidedly urban vibe in the Dining Room, hand crafted cocktails at the Bar and Lounge, and al fresco dining on the Patio adjacent to manicured gardens and gazebo.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 328 people are saying
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Lifeisgood
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivo is one of my go to spots. The staff and owners are friendly and the food is consistently exceptional.

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TinaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our favorite place for special occasions. Never disappoints. Food, service & ambiance always on point. Couldn’t ask for more. Kudos!

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vipbgreen
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pork Chops are fantastic. We would prefer to select fish that is wild and or organic. What we had was not as fresh as would have liked. Everything else was perfect! Appetizers and Med. Salads were excellent. Hope this helps customers and owner.

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millieb
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been to this venue in several years. We were pleasantly surprised by the outdoor seating and our great waiter Brian. The hostess was also attentive and checked that all was going well. The food was very good, the service was great and we’ll definitely return and recommend to our friends.

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LouisS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent environment for upscale dining, as well as a pleasurable casual attire in good taste, brunch experience. Service meets expectations.

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vipfabfun
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

We went for Lobster Night last night - They wanted us to pay for the lobster when we made the reservation! How crazy is that? The lobster was grainy and it came with vegetable and rice that was ok...I ate here previously (not a lobster night) and didn't care for the food - and it was expensive! I won't be back - too many better restaurants around.

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gingy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the outside area was beautiful and serene. The food beautifully prepared and the service was perfect.
A lovely evening

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent however the reservation requested outdoor seating with a note to cancel the reservation if outdoor seating was not available. They told us that it was closed due to heat and as my wife and I turned to leave they said we could sit outside in front of the restaurant. Tables had already been set out there so it is not like they did anything special for us but it seemed they preferred us to only eat indoors. We stayed and ate outside and the service was great they checked in on us often. The food and drinks were great and I definitely enjoyed my time. I would recommend them however call and speak with them if you only wish to eat outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence all around.

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vipPeterS
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had an 8:30 reservation and when we sat and ordered drinks we were immediately told that the kitchen is closing early and to place our orders … not a good first impression, we felt rushed. We ordered appetizers and entrees. The appetizers came very quickly and the portions were very small. Three meatballs that were not fresh and the calamari was a minuscule portion barely for one. The 3 meatballs were not light but quite dense and appeared either frozen or just dats old. Very disappointing. We had to continuously ask for water and the never filled the glass each time. The waitress was friendly however the server didn’t give any order to the right person. The food was average and the chicken dish was tough. Midway through our meal another party came in and was seated near us but they were not told the kitchen is closing and they arrived over 30 minutes after us. I used to go to the original Valentino’s and it was a truly outstanding experience. Sadly this restaurant doesn’t even come close to the level of service and food quality. I hope they listen to their customers and improve … the space is lovely.

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Drea
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went there for the lobster night. It was worth it! the food the ambiance was a hit. Very relaxing i cannot complain. The lobster was outstanding we also had the calamari and the flourless chocolate cake. It was all amazing and the waiters were very pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were so excited to be there for lobster night but apparently they ran out of lobster …

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KENH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lobster was very good. Although I couldn't get a "steamed lobster" only broiled. The skirt steak was ok and a bit on the small side for the price of $40. Desert was very good.

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MichelleA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Have been to the restaurant many times and had good experiences. Last night wasn’t as good. My husband ordered the lobster & it was a little raw in some places. My daughter got her usual shrimp scampi but this time with a ton of crushed pepper. It was so spicy she couldn’t eat it. We let the waiter know & he said it’s shrimp scampi it’s always spicy. Um no it’s not suppose to be. Outdoor sitting is nice

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vipHeightgirl
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was good/ok. Nice wait staff, but there was a wedding at the same time , and only a curtain to separate the noise. Would try again on a day when they were not so crowded.
The lobster risotto was delicious. The Bronzino was good but the rice and spinach were awful. The halibut and accompanying side orders were good.
Tartufo was standard and the tiramisu was really awful. They do have Santa Margarita by the glass so that was a plus.

As I said I would try again on a night when they aren’t serving so many people.

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LauraG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

7/15/21
We sat on the dining room side. Lovely atmosphere. Lively but not loud.
Appetizers - burrata, Mediterranean salad and meatballs. All delicious. Meatballs a must.
We had three different meals-skirt steak w/chimichurri, balsamic chicken and a seafood dish we all loved.
Dessert-two of us had the gelato with espresso (skipped the sambuca). Excellent. The third friend had something else she really enjoyed.
Wait staff attentive, but let us sit and relax. We stayed for a while after we finished to catch up, no pressure.
Proseco was fine. Margarita-weak.

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roseannr
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

My negative review is based on the fact that you need to RESERVE your lobster for the Lobster dinner offered Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday’s.
I think that’s ridiculous but at least tell people when taking their reservations or post or on your website and the sign outside the restaurant.
The food we settled on was fine but didn’t make up for them not having lobsters.

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vipSRSm
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every body was very friendly. We enjoyed dining outdoors. The food and service was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Good and service poor

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vipboymarty
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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Lifeisgood
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to see Vivo is back!! Always good food and the owners and staff are wonderful. Highly recommend checking it out.

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Ronnie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Very Disappointing !! We went on a Wednesday night and had a 6pm reservation, this was a night that they advertise as Lobster Special Night. Well at 6pm they ran out of Lobster. there were only about 15 people having dinner at that time, so it was either very poor planning by them or a shill. After they broke the news to us, our evening was ruined and it also was on my Birthday !!

VIVO Mediterranean Grill & Catering
Responded on July 10, 2021

Good Afternoon Ronnie, Thank you so much for note. We most certainly bring enough lobsters per night for the lobster special based on reservations and pre-orders. Because it has been so popular, guests do pre-order and pre-pay for lobsters and that is what happened on the night you were there. We want this to be a fun offering that is enjoyed, not a disappointment. I am hoping the items you did have were wonderful. Our team works very hard to make sure that every visit with us is great.

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vipPatriciaD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had brunch this past Sunday at Vivo and I will have to say it was very enjoyable. The food was great and so was the service. Will definitely be going back again.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful birthday dinner for my wife.

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GladysR
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally great!
I was really surprised because on previous occasions I had been very disappointed.
Perhaps a new chef or new owners. Regardless,
Yesterday was delicious, delightful, and waitress was very pleasant!
Moreover, music was very outdated and not pleasant for dining!

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JanetC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Fathers Day
One issue…..server never offered us specials.

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TaraM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Staff was nice about food was rather overpriced. For instance the $19 ‘jumbo’ shrimp cocktail was 4 medium sized shrimp. Sadly won’t be returning.

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PieRn
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my son’s graduation dinner at Vivo’s made it extra special. Good food, nice ambiance and wonderful
service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was very disappointing, we didn’t even eat it.
I’ve been here so many times and couldn’t believe how the quality of the food has changed. We definitely won’t be dining here again.

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Gen7
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience. Beautiful park-like setting, delicious food (a little spicy-which I like). The tables are not crowded together. Does not feel like you are in Queens.

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IrvingC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went here Thursday for 2 lb lobster special. Very good. This was a early Father"s Day dinner. There were 3 of us, and we all had the special. Also shared baked clams, 2 each, enough for a starter. Over very good experience

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vipFoodie
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent overall eating experience. While service was slow, it was enjoyable.

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michemashe
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were a lot of events going on but Loretta who is the hostess and manager was amazing

She always makes it happen and knows how to treat her customers

Because of her I would go back

The lobster was delicious and so is all the food . The restaurant is very comfortable and it has a lot if history . The house was the home of Rudolph Valentino , famous silent film star

One of the nicer restaurants in the neighborhoods

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vipkitty
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It has a beautiful setting. We sat outside and it is very lovely. We had two birthdays to celebrate as I noted in the reservations but no acknowledgement from the staff. This is the only restaurant I've been to that doesn't at least write "Happy Birthday" on the dessert. The food is good but not anything special. Come for the ambiance.

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vipJudyChas
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

2 pound lobster special Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday was delicious and a great value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service spot-on! I’d definitely recommend and return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very accommodating of food allergies.

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Maureen
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great
Service was good
Nice outdoor atmosphere
Only complaint was my husband’s beer was not cold

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MelT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Outdoor dining was comfortable and spacious. Service was poor.

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vipboymarty
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and tremendous staff

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VIVO Mediterranean Grill & Catering is rated 4.2 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.