Vivere

4.7
1800 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Mon - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM

What 1800 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very attentive and we loved the ambiance and the excellent wine selection. Quality food, decent portions, extra bread and a lovely Cream Brulee. We'd return!

AK
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service.

s
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect pre-theater dinner. Great food and outstanding service.

H
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food has gotten better after a lull. The room is still fascinating. The staff welcoming and highly competent.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service were amazing!

LC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with impeccable service and food

TG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delectable. Ambiance was amazing. Servers and runners were extremely attentive. I loved every moment of my experience here.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business meeting over a fantastic dinner. Highly recommended!

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We decided to try this restaurant out for our anniversary dinner. On the website showed to be the best option for us of the 3. Service was extremely slow. 40 minutes after we ordered, my wife finally received her bowl of soup. (which was $7.50) Waitress failed to explain that it wasn't included as part of the meal. After we received our drinks, the waitress didn't ask again if we needed another until we finished our dinner. Food was bland and not very tasty for the price. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Very disappointed. Thank you for ruining our 23rd anniversary.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Over the top decor, but very mediocre food. Our waiter was nice enough but pretentious in constantly emphasizing Italian words and pronunciations. It got to be silly.

m
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding! We will definitely return!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 34th anniversary there and it was wonderful! The food was excellent and the celebratory tiramisu was a treat!

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

In a foodies city, this restaurant is not on the cutting edge, but wonderful for a 60’s experience, in an atmosphere that invites conversation. The use of natural woods in a classic almost Art Deco style, with tall ceilings, added elegance and peacefulness. The food was well prepared, the service and entire experience took us back in time. A solid four stars.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant had a great feel, once you walked in and it was so comfortable. The service and staff were great and we really enjoyed our meal. They gave us an extra dessert for our Anniversary, which was very nice. We will be back again.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theater night

MF
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Virere before going to see Hamilton. Food was Delicious and service excellent. Highly recommend. Location across the street from theatre😃

GG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a superb dining experience, excellent food, attentive but not intrusive server; this restaurant clearly lived up to its other online reviews.

d
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful eclectic room. Delicious menu from soup to the main course to the desert and also the cocktails. Service was excellent. Great experience!

NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great theater menu and very professional staff

CW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu but excellent flavors and very well prepared. The interior design is fanciful and worth eating there just for that alone. Service was very good.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Was not treated very respectful by the manager but the servers were awesome guests should not be going up and down stairs to find their seats

MS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We decided on Vivere for dinner due to availability and close proximity after seeing the musical Hamilton. We were a little surprised at the "cozy" tables in this narrow restaurant, but it seemed fine.

Our waitstaff provided adequate service, but we never felt like they were going out of their way to be too attentive, and at times oblivious when at the table and not acknowledging an empty drink or asking if we needed a replacement.

The food was good and I would highly recommend the rib-eye and veal chop. You get a wonderful meal that will fill you for a reasonable price. I would not recommend the risotto, which was average and a small portion size.

We look forward to visiting the other restaurants within the Italian Villages in hopes to compare and make educated decisions for future dining experiences.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. My new favorite place! Highly recommend. Menu options superb, as was the service.

PM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So very happy I found this place in a Google search! Beautiful space and wine list. Outstanding service and food. I ate here with a friend before attending Hamilton at the CIDC Theatre. It was the perfect location. Highly, highly recommend!!

MD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was great! All knew we were on a tight time frame with show in about an hour. Gave great food recommendations, all was wonderful. Had kids menu too which is always a winner!

TT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! The deserts were delightful as well!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lace to eat before Hamilton.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's nice to go to a place where the food and the service exceeds expectations. Highly recommend.

CL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Service was excellent. I have been to many fine restaurants and our server knew exactly what she was doing, anticipating our needs at every step. Food was excellent, grilled calamari was great, the salmon superb and the risotto was cooker perfectly, no small feat. Was provided a creme brulee for my girlfriend's birthday, a nice touch. Had a leisurely paced dinner, arrived at 5 pm and dined for 2 hours, still plenty of time to go the the CIBC theater. Their valet allows you to stay for the performance as well - a bonus. We will definitely repeat! Thank you!

T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Friendly Staff and reasonable prices. .......................................

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience everything was great. But they did change the menu a bit. I vibrated this place almost a year ago so guess it did change a bit in a year. They have new chef and the food still tastes amazing

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Second time there. Everyone nice and food outstanding.

s
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with a dear friend here last night and we loved it. My friend is gluten-free and was staying downtown in the Loop. In researching restaurants near her hotel, I found that the Italian Village had numerous gluten-free items on their menu so we chose Vivere. We had a great dinner. They had a special salad on the menu that included grilled peaches and nectarines and duck prosciutto and my friend chose that and raved about it. I started with the Insalata di Asparagi: shaved asparagus, frisee, fried shallots, sheep cheddar in a truffle oil vinaigrette with a poached egg on top. It was divine. The combo of the egg and truffle oil (along with those fried shallots) made every bite a delight. From there, I moved on to the grilled octopus which came with purple potatoes, butternut squash, and a port wine aioli. Grilled perfectly, the octopus was tender and the squash made the dish even better. For dessert, my friend had the creme brulee (perfect as she described it) and I had the brown butter cheesecake which was delicious. Our service was impeccable and I couldn't have imagined a better place to have dinner downtown.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific value; the perfect spot for a nice dinner before the CIBC show, really.

JV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice place for a quiet meal. Everything was wonderful!

B
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice old-timey place. Food is good - a little more creative than upstairs at the Village.

u
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was not disappointed food was very good and creative presented with style

CW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, the waiter was very helpful with dish and wine choices. The lamb was cooked perfectly and exactly how I asked. My fiancée said she could the scallops every day. Lighting and music was relaxing and welcoming. My first time in Chicago and dinner here was definitely the highlight of my trip.

JA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a retired personal chef, and I love flavorful, well-prepared food. My husband and I went to Vivere because it was near the CIBCTheater, where we would be seeing the play Hamilton. From the first bite, my taste buds were singing! We were only in Chicago for the extended weekend, and hadn't been in the city for 20 years or more. We had dinner at a jazz place a couple of days before, and I ordered Risotto, because it's what I grew up eating, in my Italian immigrant family. All of my grandparents were born in Italy. The risotto at that restaurant, while being cooked well, and having interesting flavors, was NOT true risotto. It was liquidy, unlike sticky and thick risotto from Italy. The risotto at Vivere was not only tremendously flavorful, but the correct consistency, so I got more than aI expected. The combination of flavors (pistachio pesto, crabmeat, etc.), along with the presentation and service were remarkable and truly memorable. I felt like a queen!

J
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We celebrated my granddaughters 10th Birthday. The waitress was visibly unhappy when I asked for the children’s menu. She didn’t bring her beverage until the meal was almost over. She didn’t check back after food was brought.
An assistant manager came and brought her special birthday dessert which made a big difference in the experience. However I would never go back. The waitress really ruined the whole upscale dining experience.

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