Vivere

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1828 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian

Top Tags:

Pre/post Theatre
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.

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Mon - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM

What 1828 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
MS
Indiana
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! Loved the service! Will go back for sure!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

After the reviews, I expected something much better. The portions were small and our food was flavorless. I had the risotto and my friend had the spaghetti. For what we paid, I expected better. The service was great and the atmosphere fun. If you don’t mind paying a lot for an average meal, you will enjoy.

JC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in fun setting. The wine list was extensive and the food was classic Italian. Service was also very good.

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for our anniversary and it was outstanding! Our waiter, Dane was one of the best! Very knowledgeable, accommodating to our needs , friendly, professional- can’t say enough. The food was excellent- good place

JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service. Corn chowder was fantastic.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly good value with excellent food, atmosphere and service. After going to the cantina for years would definitely eat here again.

e
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average service and average food, with so many other options in the area we probably won’t be back.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely totally wonderful from start to finish! You never ever disappoint!

K
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I went for a birthday dinner. It was fun and we had a nice booth. Everyone was friendly and helped us all through dinner.

CR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a high end restaurant near the theatre in the city, so expect to pay, but you get everything exactly as you imagine. I went here with my mum before going to see Hamilton at the theatre. They put us near the front, but this was perfect as it was a narrow area of limited number of 2 seater dinner booth seating, which made it quiet and intimate. The decor I would describe as "whimsical italian". The server was excellent at recommending wine parings. Split an appetizer with my mum - a roasted portabello mushroom with balsamic dressing, proscuitto, and other things (can't remember now and their menu has changed). I had a salmon for the main course and my mum had the chicken, which was impeccable. The desserts were amazing which paired it with a port wine. Everything was perfect.

r
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a nice intimate ambience

TS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! I am from Jersey but this restaurant makes me want to come back to Chicago! Gnocchi melts in your mouth and tiramisu was delish!!!

TE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Homemade pasta with morel mushrooms was anazing. Server was attentive without disrupting conversation. Would definitely go back.

H
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Amazing server. Terrific wine recommendation. I can't believe I've not yet visited this wonderful restaurant. A sleeper hidden right there in the open.

TP
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as good today as it was 20 years ago when my wife & discovered it!

AD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Vivere. Everything was perfect for my mom's 50th birthday. Thank you for the excellent service and delicious meal!

CC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I wish I remembered our waiter name because he was excellent. He was very informative, knowledgeable with all the food and drinks.....very patient and he was never over-bearing or too much in our face or space. The food was excellent and the space was beautiful

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and variety of offerings. We did not realize there were three restaurants in one building but had wanted an upscale dining experience and Vivere did not disappoint.

PJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were one of the first customers there. There was a bit of delay to get us menus, so the host comped our wine and appetizers. Service and food was excellent.

DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s been around so long, Vivere doesn’t always come to mind as a place to go. Great food and service plus convenient for theater.

z
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

Report
TL
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A Chicago tradition that combines excellent food, a colorful area, top notch service and memories. The bar is a well kept secret where Cameron works his magic in a quiet little nook. A most enjoyable evening and meal.

SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner reservations at 5:30p & we were running behind so I was happy when they were able to accommodate us for 6pm dinner. They were also very attentive & took good care of us. The rib eye was a very excellent choice. They also brought us their créeme brûlée as a 1 year anniversary treat. The service was also very quick & they had us out for our 7:30p Hamilton show. I’m sorry but I forgot the waitress name but she gave us excellent service. Thank you Vivere for a wonderful evening you gave us.

F
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated in the upper level all the way in the back, next to the server area... when there were plenty of booths on the lower level open. It was very dark and isolated. Service was okay. Risotto was okay but not the best; appetizer of gnocchi, however was probably the only highlight, and the creme brûlée for my granddaughter’s birthday surprise. Disappointing to say the least.

JM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time visiting. Enjoyed as much this time as the first. Had dinner before seeing Hamilton. Salmon was excellent. Had gnocchi appetizer - fantastic!

L
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivere remains one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. The homemade pasta is divine, wine selection and recommendations perfectly complement the food and their customer service is exemplary. They continue to treat me like a treasured friend and customer. Bravo!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Outstanding food. A very memorable dining experience. We’ll be back (and back and back).

AS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food near CIBC. Staff is knowledgeable about dinner menu items that can be prepared in time for you to attend your show. I will be back when I’m in Chicago again.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
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
36 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service.

s
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

H
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
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
13 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.

WW
San Francisco
9 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!

1
2
3
46

Tweets by Vivere