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Vivere

4.4
1535 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday thru Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday thru Thursday: 5:00pm-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 332-4040
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ozzy Amelotti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clark and Dearborn
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Parking details
Valet offered Monday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 12:00pm. Vehicles can be left during the theatre for dining guests.
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Public transit
Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
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Special events & promotions
We have a special 3 course Prix Fixe Menu for $26.00 per person ( excluding tax and tip) for Lunch only.
We have several Wine Dinners during the year. Please refer to our website for details.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1535 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Paul was a terrific waiter and made our evening out special! He took the time to talk with us and after learning of a birthday in our group, helped us celebrate that event.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love the Funghi appetizer! And the flourless chocolate cake dessert was amazing! Pricey but not too bad. Loved the ambience of this place. Will revisit soon

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My out of town guests and I had a great time. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend the portobello and smoked salmon appetizer. Both friends had wonderful homemade pasta dishes and I had bison steak special. Wine list is off the charts.

Great place for a meal before or after Hamilton!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was very inspired with interesting flavors and the service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food ,UNIQUE decor and service with WHITE TABLE CLOTHS

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We came for dinner before theater. Our food was interesting and creative, our service was friendly and excellent, and we were served and done in plenty of time for the show.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was good. Unfortunately food was not warm. Service was good. Waiter respected our time constraints. Wait staff was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Enjoyed lunch here before Hamilton matinee. Great service!

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Disappointed as we were in town to see Hamilton. Food was average at best and prices were ridiculous.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Good food, wine, and atmosphere. Neat décor. I would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Took a close friend and business Assocate for a good Italian dinner and was not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

An old favorite, never disappoints

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We continue to be impressed with the service and food at Vivere. Service is impeccable from the greeting through the thank you at the end. Everyone works together to enhance your dining experience. The managers are always visible helping out staff and checking on patrons to make sure nothing is missed. The food is excellent, creative Italian cuisine. Flavors and presentation always delight from the appetizers through pasta, meat, and fish creations and ending with desserts. If anything is just not perfect, they immediately and graciously correct the problem without question. Atmosphere is more intimate and eloquent that a lot of restaurants today making for an enjoyable dining experience. Vivere is one of our favorites for pre-theatre dining and special occasions

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service, ambience and wonderful food!

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great service! Food was below average and my daughter got a bowl of pasta with red sauce and they charged her $24. It lacked flavor and the price was ridiculous. We won’t be back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

we enjoyed the pre theatre menu - our server was very attentive & outgoing - she made the evening enjoyable - she even remembered it was a birthday celebration when she brought to the table a dessert with candle gratis !

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My wife and I had dinner here prior to going to the theatre. We prefer Vivere to the Italian Village upstairs because of it is more elegant and has a quieter ambiance. In addition, the staff is very much geared toward serving the pre-theatre crowd and paces the meal in a manner comfortable for making the opening curtain. In fact, the restaurant has a special theatre menu featuring a selection of some of its favorite dishes, which is very reasonably priced.

My wife and I split a dinner salad for our first course. Our waiter was very accommodating and served the salad to us on individual plates. For our entree, we had two of the pasta dishes. The pasta was made fresh and nicely seasoned.

Overall, we had a very fine dining experience and will return.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Made a reservation before Hamilton. My husband and I ordered off the Prix fixe menu and the food was delicious. The food at Vivere was just as great as the play! Will go back again.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food is expensive and awful

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Excellent food and service

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

the only thing worth while was the reduced rate for parking and the proximity to the theater.
The waiter was load and overbearing, the salad, main course was over salted, and was not worth the price. This was the least enjoyable visit to the theater loop dining we have ever had.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful food, incredible wine list, excellent service. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Vivere provided the perfect spot for our pre-theater dinner. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Service was outstanding and food great as well. We look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The menu was so diverse and sophisticated, it was difficult to make a choice. Everything looked great.However, our very professional server, Paul, was able to guide us to his best recommendations for each of the four different courses, each one of which was spectacular! The truffles with mushrooms appetizer was so savory. My halibut was cooked perfectly, with a wonderful side salad. My wife’s pasta with mushrooms was so good that I took it from her The crème brûlée appetizer was to die for. I can’t wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent service and the food was good.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great time

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The gnocchi alone is worth dining in this friendly, customer service oriented restaurant. Our waiter kept tabs on the clock to ensure we had time to walk to the theater while still offering us a relaxed, enjoyable meal. Portion sizes of the delicious dishes were just right for people with good appetites, perfect for sharing (and they split in the kitchen!) for those who like a smaller portion. There were so many excellent dessert options that we ordered more than we could possibly finish! We'll be back soon and highly recommend Vivere for a fun theater district dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Best service ever. Amazing food. Unique, but commonly known recipes.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The one thing not on the above list: the extraordinary cuisine: fresh, very creative, inspired.
This place is a chef's dream!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent pre-theater menu. Portion sizes were perfect for dinner before show. Delicious carmalized onion polenta with airline chicken

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This was our third time here - great every time. Highly recommend the veal piccata and chicken saltimboca. They are great when you have a show or concert to attend and make sure you are done on time.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Went before theater and was greeted warmly by name. Waiter was attentive and food was wonderful. I had a ravioli that was the best I have even had another in our group had a lamb fettuccine while a third had a seafood pasta. All of us agreed each was delicious

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

It was phenomenal. Not too over welding but very homey feeling and everyone was so nice. Definitely recommend to friends and family. Price was fair too. And dessert blew me and my fiancé away!!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

They did a great job of serving us before going to a show, moving things along, getting us out in time. We sat upstairs and had a nice view of the restaurant and the atmosphere was nice and quiet. I ordered chicken (I never order chicken in restaurants, so shame on me) and it was very dry. My SO ordered scallops and they were very good. I had gnocchi as a first course and it was delicious. The olive oil for the bread was good and flavorful, but still would have liked some mixers with it (parm, pepper, etc). So all in all, it was a good experience, but not great.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Had a great meal and wonderful wine . Will return for sure.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was excellent. The service was very attentative and the ambiance was very warm. We had a great night.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I took my fiancée for Valentine's Day dinner before going to the theatre. Great choice!
The ambiance, the service, and the food were wonderful.
We were able to relax, enjoy the moment and a delicious meal before the show.
I only wish the portions would have been a little bigger, but overall it was excellent.
Definitely coming back.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The grilled calamari salad and the buffalo cheese appetizer were both very good. Service was excellent as we were going to the theater after dinner and they were very prompt.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Lunch during restaurant week to check out the restaurant since I'd only been once before. While I was disappointed in the salad (Insalata della Casa) I ordered as an appetizer (it was bland and the lettuce was meh), I was more upset at the calamari appetizer (which we ordered separately from the RW menu). Quite simply, it was flavorless. The best part of that dish was the arugula and it was served over.

HOWEVER, both the ravioli my guest had, and the salmon I had were TO DIE FOR. Seriously, the ravioli had so much flavor and the salmon was PERFECTLY cooked and seasoned well. The carrot puree it was served with was delicious as well and I don't even like carrots.

They redeemed themselves with the service (we had a great waiter) and the CREME BRULEE.
THey ran out of cheesecake and gave us the best dessert ever instead. Not only was it filling, it was as creamy and flavorful as creme brulee should be. My take? Skip the apps, but definitely do dessert!

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