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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.
Chicago, IL 60603
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
Clark and Dearborn
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet offered Monday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 12:00pm. Vehicles can be left during the theatre for dining guests.
Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
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.
Vivere Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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