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Vivere

4.2
4.2
1732 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Vivere continues to be a Chicago landmark of contemporary Italian cuisine. Operated by the Capitanini family , Vivere has won numerous awards ranging from "Best New Restaurant" Esquire Magazine, DiRona Award , Wine Spectator and Ultimate Distinction by Wine Enthusiast. The Chef incorporates innovative dishes from his yearly travels to the various regions of Italy. A unique tasting menu in addition to the seasonal menu displays the skill and progressive nature of the restaurant. Vivere's swank design, conceptualized by acclaimed designer Jordan Mozer, applies contemporary twists to Baroque designs that are draped in plush velvets and warmed by rich gold tones. Interior Design Magazine has given Vivere its highest honor for restaurant design. Vivere's immense cellar, complete with 45,000 bottles, affords the guest with endless options with the assistance of its Wine Director. The intimate bar makes a great place to enjoy a glass of champagne or a signature drink and antipasti.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 332-4040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Vivere offers several different dining options for private parties. Cocktail gatherings and sit down dinners for up to 60 guests are available in the balcony overlooking the main dining room. Parties of 75 can reserve the main dining room for dinner or buffet service. The entire restaurant can accommodate seating for 135 guests, or a buffet gathering for 175 with cocktails and appetizers in the intimate lounge. Themed parties can be arranged, as well as audio/visual capabilities, bands, O.K.’s , and special guest lecturers. The Wine Director is also available to hold seminars on the introduction, selection and trends in the Wine Industry. The talented chef and pastry chef can design any menu or item you are looking to serve and pair with that special vintage of wine.

  • Private party contact

    Liz or Gina: (312) 332-4040

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    Clark and Dearborn

  • Parking details

    Valet offered Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 12:00am. Vehicles can be left during the theatre for dining guests.

  • Public transit

    Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,732 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute experience, you must try the risotto .... And service was impeccable
  2. AP

    ArtP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have always enjoyed their pheasant-filled pasta and this most-recent visit failed to disappoint.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Took the lady out for a couples getaway and found this restaurant on Google. Considering I couldn't pronounce a damn thing on the menu, it had to be fancy-right? Food was not portioned to my liking but it was absolutely delicious, we had a waiter that never let our water glasses get half full and the waitress we also had was very formal with her menu knowledge. If you're looking for first-class experience, vivere is a place to go for sure. Just make sure you're prepared to pay! Oh yeah, always leave a good tip too.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing. Highly recommended!
  5. G

    johnG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great overall experience! Great Food and Service. Would recoonend to all!
  6. SB

    SandraB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner. Gluten Free pasta available which is a plus for me. Chocolate Panna Cotta dessert was fabulous!
  7. VR

    VictoriaR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Vivere is conveniently located near the theater district. The food is elevated Italian, so be prepared to pay more. The dessert wasn't that good. Service was solid, but not exceptional. I would recommend simply based on convenience of the location.
  8. SC

    ScottC

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy bar with a knowledgeable bartender! Great place to have a drink with friends. Food and service were excellent. The wine steward was terrific. He helped us pick out a wonderful Amarone! We had a terrific time and will come back soon!
  9. n

    nancyb

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Vivere is part of The Italian Village which is a Chicago institution. We hadn’t been in ages and it was really good. I ordered dinner based on the wine steward’s wine recommendation and it was a great pick. We most often downtown before the CSO and will definitely return
  10. MS

    MaryanaS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Too much to comment on each dish, simply delicious and must try.
  11. BW

    BillyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and great experience!! The food was amazing. A nice cozy environment and the staff was great. I was surprised at how cheap the bill was for the quality of food.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my family had a wonderful experience. The staff was extremely courteous and kind. The meal and wine was absolutely delicious and authentic. Highly recommend it!!
  13. KK

    KriKri10

    Miami

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect
  14. S

    Susieq

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is restaurant week in Chicago We had tried Spiaggia Cafe..for lunch just so-so...we were disappointed Vivere was sooo much better: duck ravioli with a very delicious sauce, excellent squash soup..dessert..a cake with chocolate..not the strongest part of the menu Recommend Vivere..which, I did not know, is part of the Italian Village
  15. MB

    MichaelB

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fairly priced! Took my family to dinner and there were plenty of clean plates at the end of the meal.
  16. DP

    DamaniP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very beautiful environment, extremely polite staff, food was great
  17. MB

    MBChicago

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was meh.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Great service. Fairly quiet atmosphere.
  19. JC

    JakeC

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal Italian food with a modern twist! Great environment for dates or business meals.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Not impressed with service.
  21. TP

    ToniaP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We were not impressed with the quality and taste of our food. My husband had the Boglionese which traditionally is served with a wider pasta- tagliatelli. This was made with a linguini which did not hold up to the sauce at all- got very mushy. I ordered what was supposed to be a pillowy pasta with sage-parmesan light sauce. Instead it was so chewy and doughy- almost like gnocchi. It was very heavy, unlike the description. The ambiance and service, however, was nice, probably will not go again.
  22. CL

    CharlesL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, realistic meal suggestions, no rush, was able to enjoy a leisurely meal in a wonderful setting. Will definitely repeat!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Fixe Prix menu was good option- included salad choices, 3 entree choices, and dessert. Good kids menu options. Fairly small and tight in the restaurant. Great location for theater goers. Good grown up restaurant with enough choices and loudness to accommodate children.
  24. ND

    NormD

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance on cold winter night, cozy, warm and quiet so could talk and hear without being loud and enjoying a good dinner
  25. BO

    BertO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We usually go to the upstairs restaurant but decided to give Vivere a shot. Glad we did
  26. k

    kevinw

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered off the prix fixe theater menu. Server Heather was very attentive and made excellent recommendations. The veal meatball and kale soup was extraordinary. The sazerac was inventive and unique. The halibut was firm but flaky. Amazing gelato.
  27. LR

    LeRoyF

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant has styling like I have never seen before and it was very nice. All of the food was really good. The Gnocchi appetizer was incredible. When your waiter says that a dish is a bit spicy, take note: the tagliorini was a bit too spicy for us to fully enjoy. Great deserts.
  28. MA

    MichaelA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Everything was very nice, but the portions were small. The menu decriptions gave the impression there would be side dishes but there really weren’t. We were disappointed with that. We ended up ordering dessert and asking for more bread after the meal
  29. GG

    GioGio2

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great atmosphere, so cozy. The menu options are great and the food superb.
  30. B

    Bikermom

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    quite honWe went to Vivere to meet a friend after the ballet. Service was slow and poor. Waiter seemed forgetful. After waiting quite some time for our meal we were told they forgot to put in our order. Two of us ordered the seafood pasta for $29. We got a nice plate of pasta but only 1 scallop, 2 squid rings and 2 shrimp....maybe worth a total of $1.50 of seafood. Far below our expectations of a seafood pasta based on the description on the menu. Our friend ordered an expensive glass of wine which was fine but the subsequent 2 orders of the same wine was overcharged by 20%. We were celebrating a birthday and they brought out a dessert with a candle for us to share. We thought it was complimentary but upon looking at the receipt the next day discovered we were charged a hefty price for something we didn't ask for and quite honestly didn't need. While the visit with our friend was wonderful this dining experience was not. We do not intend to revisit. The only good thing was the Happy Hour Prosecco with the offer of free pizza.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Vivere was bustling and high volume. It had an old timey vibe, which was not what I expected from the photos online. I had hoped for a more updated restaurant. The food was traditional and not particularly interesting. We still had a pleasant evening. It caters to the early eating crowd.... our reservation was for 6:30 which is early for us and the volume went down after 7:30! We were the last diners to leave .... talking a lot.
  32. f

    foodie

    Chicago

    107 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Attended before a concert and enjoyed the pre fixe. A nice green salad started the meal. Entree was a well sauced halibut with greens. Dessert was a generoua serving of lemon sorbet. We enjoyed. Ice bottle of Italian wine and ended dinner with coffee. A very nice experience
  33. MW

    MichaelW

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent price fixe menu and awesome wine list. Service was great, and the food was most enjoyable. Definitely will return when I'm in Chicago again.
  34. KP

    KarenP

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was great! The tables are so close together though it is uncomfortable and we felt somewhat wedged in. Service was average. No offer to wrap up meals or refill beverages.
  35. d

    dand

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, very accommodating staff and attentive service. They seated us at a quiet table, and even when the restaurant filled up it we had no problems having a conversation while speaking at normal levels. All in an excellent experience, I would return any time.
  36. EW

    EdWi

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food good service xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxccxxxxxxxcccccccccccccvccccccccccvvvvvvvvv GM co
  37. TM

    TimM

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to try this place. The food was excellent. The wine was excellent. Overall very impressed with the place. I would definitely go back.
  38. PV

    PatrickV

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Italian. Village didn’t disappoint. At at Vivere for the 1st time as normally are upstairs. Everything was phenomenal!!!!
  39. MK

    MoeK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    We ate at Vivere last year and had a superlative experience, predominately due to the excellent server we had. This year, the food was very good but the server we had not as friendly and charming as our server last year. He served our food and was attentive to our needs but lacked the friendliness and welcoming charm that our previous server had.
  40. L

    Lynn

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    With friends in Chicago for the weekend to see Hamilton. Attended after the show and had a wonderful dining experience. Dane was our server. With 30 years of experience at the restaurant, he was fabulous!!!

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Vivere is rated 4.2 stars by 1732 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clark and Dearborn

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Continental

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet offered Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 12:00am. Vehicles can be left during the theatre for dining guests.

  • Public transit

    Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 332-4040

  • Private party facilities

    Vivere offers several different dining options for private parties. Cocktail gatherings and sit down dinners for up to 60 guests are available in the balcony overlooking the main dining room. Parties of 75 can reserve the main dining room for dinner or buffet service. The entire restaurant can accommodate seating for 135 guests, or a buffet gathering for 175 with cocktails and appetizers in the intimate lounge. Themed parties can be arranged, as well as audio/visual capabilities, bands, O.K.’s , and special guest lecturers. The Wine Director is also available to hold seminars on the introduction, selection and trends in the Wine Industry. The talented chef and pastry chef can design any menu or item you are looking to serve and pair with that special vintage of wine.

  • Private party contact

    Liz or Gina: (312) 332-4040

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