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About Vivere

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.

71 W Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Continental

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

Cross Street:
Clark and Dearborn

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(312) 332-4040

Website:
http://www.italianvillage-chicago.com/vivere/

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

Public Transit:
Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22

Executive Chef:
Ozzy Amelotti

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Details
Mon - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Fri - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM

Vivere Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
Good for a Date (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Authentic (19)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (13)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Casual (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food is exceptional and our waiter was 110% for us. His recommendations were spot on!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Our evening at Vivere was very good. Food was quite good. This is a terrific spot for pre-theater dining if you are going to see Hamilton at the CIBC Theater.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great spot to eat before or after a show at CIBC theater. Had an excellent 3 course meal during restaurant week. All items in our party of 4 were delicious. Our waiter was a little snooty but the overall service was good. Great value.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our server was great but the food was blah. The ravioli was served luke warm . A very disappointing experience

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was wonderful. One person at the table ordered from the restaurant week menu and the others ordered off of the regular one and every dish was great. Will definitely recommend to others traveling to Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Dinner before Hamilton! Very good about getting us out for the show without the dinner feeling rushed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

IV is a gem, hidden in plain sight. I've eaten at the other two, but this was 1st time at Vivere. We appreciated the refined ambiance and service. We definitely would return for future occasions. The cingale lassagna was amazing. Most everyone else took advantage of the 'Restauant Week' prix fixed and selected the salmon. Service was attentive and friendly. It was lunch so we didn't sample any wines.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Staff was courteous, service was excellent and food was first class. Thoroughly enjoyed our night out.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great proximity to theatre!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Loved eating at the oldest Italian restaurant in Chicago- great food before seeing Hamilton!

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Fantastic from start to finish. As I mentioned it was our Anniversary, we where seated at one of the best tables. Service is Impeccable, Food is Awesome. Although I am fairly knowledgeable Italian wine the wine list was so extensive I was overwhelmed. I asked our waiter for a recommendation and he was spot on. A little expensive but totally worth it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Enjoyed the atomosphere! Staff was friendly and sommelier was excellent in pointing out great wine. Food was amazing and beautifully presented!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Superb dining experience. Touches all the senses. Felt totally taken care of.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was definitely enjoyable. How ever we were all vegetarians found a things to order. Being that there’s no protein (when we order without meat) the portion sizes were way too small, and yet still priced as if expensive cuts of meat were eaten. I’ve always wondered why more restaurants do not have a separate vegetarian menu that had portions /prices reflecting lack of meat. Overall, our service (thanks Cameron ) was the best! He was an attentive, knowledgeable and friendly & smiling individual.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food. Attentive service. Great ambiance. Fast service to make sure we made our show.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Vivere is one of our favorite spots. The kitchen is outstanding. But its the way you are treated from the moment you arrive, through the meal, to departure, that sets it apart. The wine list may be one of the most expansive in town, put yourself in the hands of the staff, tell them your price point, and you will have a great experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was delicious and waiter was very accommodating and helpful. Prices were a little high, but it’s worth it for a special occasion.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The restaurant was beautiful inside, and the wine list was phenomenal . The food itself was good but not amazing. It sounded like their primary business is pre theater crowds.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had tickets to Hamilton and wanted a restaurant close to the theater. I hadn't eaten here in many years so read the reviews beforehand. Most mentioned that while the staff were able to get theatergoers out in plenty of time, the food was cold.

I'm not a fan of food that is too hot for obvious reasons, but my pasta wasn't even what one might call lukewarm. I assumed restaurant management would have read previous reviews and corrected it after multiple complaints. Silly me!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

So old world without being old. Service was impeccable. Our waiter knew we were going to the theatre and was very attentive to our timing. Food was amazing. Kudos to this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Affordable compared to most high-end restaurants. The food was amazing and filling. Great service overall. I highly recommend if youre looking for somewhere nice and affordable.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A wonderful experience on New Year's Eve. Although the restaurant was completely full, we were treated as though we were the only people in the restaurant! Outstanding meal and wonderful attentive service. The Best! Highly recommended!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Vivere always has innovative presentations and notable selections. I always think of Vivere for special occasions. The servers create a lot of energy around the dining experience and always provide helpful suggestions. The servers create a welcoming atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent atmosphere and service. We’re seeing a show, so they got us out in time just in time to enter doors. I am new to fine wine, and the wine guy came over to my table to help me select one.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

So good so full

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Awesome restaurant with delicious food and a good variety of options.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a great meal celebrating our daughters birthday! Great service and food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I have been a frequent flyer at The Italian Village for almost 30 years. Most often I eat at Viviere, in that it is the menu I prefer. This last experience was one of my best -- superb food, great ambiance and excellent service. The risotto and creme brulee rocked!
Happy 90th, Italian Village.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Knew things might be less than optimal when the waiter suggested we order as soon as possible, as it "gets crazy" before the show. Sommelier was very helpful, unfortunately did not make up for all the main entrees being served cold. Apparantly our food was ready early but delivered late. Too many other options for dining...Vivere is a pass.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I like this restaurant so much better than the upstairs Italian Village. It is conversation-friendly and food is always good. A bit on the pricey side but worth it for that special occasion or important business meeting. I love that they also offer half order options. One of the nicest restaurants in the loop!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

My risotto was cold and the waiter forgot about us a few times

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Very disappointed. Was not charmed last time a few years ago, but it is close to theater and it had been several years. The food was cold. The special lasagna was flavorless and gummy. The special wine they were pushing was bitter. At this point I guess it is for tourists and diners who have something to go on to after dinner. There are just so many better restaurants in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous food and outstanding service. We went pre show and also celebrated a birthday. Timing was perfect. Will definitely visit again!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fantastic efficient service with great food. Pre theater perfection

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

First off, the food was great. The chef was accommodating to an allergy, but still executed a great dish.

The staff however, did not create a welcoming experience. We walked in to check our coats, and the hostess openly berated the check staff brashly. Our waiter also did not attend to us very often, and when he did, not only did he seem to have no knowledge of the menu, he was almost unwilling to check with chef about ingredients.

Also, the wait staff flipped our dessert on the table, and left. It took another 5 minutes for someone to appear, clean up the mess (and by clean, our waiter picked up the dessert, and put a napkin over the soiled spot on the table), and then another 5 or so to replace the dessert. There was no comp and barely an apology.

Great food, poor service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Christmas dinner could not have been better than what we had st Vivere!!
Superb in every way!

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