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

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

Vivere Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (43)
Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (38)
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Romantic (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Authentic (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Business Meals (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Cozy (15)
Fun (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Seasonal (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

How much time do you have? No really, how much time? Because this meal was interminably long. Maybe because we said we weren't in a rush to go to a play on a Saturday night, but the dinner took much longer than it should have. The staff was attentive and apologetic for the wait, but it was 45 minutes before we got the appetizers (a salad and a crab cake that should have been hot and was not). We worried that the entrees would come too soon. But not to worry. After another long wait, the entrees were disappointing (fish was not quite hot; steak was undercooked).

Again, the staff was accommodating and offered free items, and comped the items that were real problems, but the kitchen clearly had some issues. Perhaps we surprised them by being customers that ordered standard items off the menu.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

It was a lovely retro restaurant. Our waitress and staff were perfect. Everything we had was outstanding. Really loved the gnocchi and lobster appetizer. A must have.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Our waiter was extremely personable, and the food was good as well.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Simply amazing! I took my mother on her birthday, and she loved it! Our server Dave was awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely fabulous food and the service was outstanding. Great booths for two.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome! Good food and service was outstanding.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great atmosphere and wonderful food. Contemporary menu, interesting options

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

An old favorite of ours, Vivere continues to set the standard for exceptional Northern Italian cuisine in a relaxed settting with outstanding service. Top it off with one of Chicago’s most extensive wine lists and it is obvious why the Capitanini family (now run by the granddaughter of the founder, Alfredo) is now celebrating their Ninetieth anniversary! A hint: Our must have meal - veal Marsala!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The menu and food were fantastic. Loved the gnocchi. Also the wine list is spectacular and the wine steward led us to a terrific choice. Our table was in a bit of a high traffic area and that meant it was a bit noisier than I would like.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was mediocre at best. Ravioli (with a congealed heavy sauce) was cold and tasteless. Decor is tired. This experience was not worth the money spent. Tourist / Theatre trap...

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food is outstanding and it has a great menu. The service was a little odd and slow for a business lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Overall underwhelming. Food was okay, main course was a bit cold.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Vivere is one of our top dining choices when catching a show downtown. The food is fantastic and prices reasonable for a higher-end Italian restaurant. We'll likely try the other two restaurants in the Italian Village complex first, but we'll definitely be back here soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fun place with quirky ambiance that gives that dr Seuss eats here. Not in a negative way ... just a feeling of energy and odd decorations.
The food was good .. not great but still work dining there.
Our waiter, Jake, was informative, not in your face and made the meal a treat !!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife and I hit this place up before going to seeing the Hamilton show at the theater right down the street. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Although its a bit expensive overall, its well worth it for some amazing food. Also, the waiter asked if we were going to the show and was very conscious of the time to make sure we made it before the first act. Overall, it was a great experience and we are already talking about going back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Amazing food and service for a birthday. The host, manager, and waiter went above and beyond

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Went here before a show at the CIBC theater. Location is very convenient. Food is expensive but very good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our server Dane C. was excellent. He took great care with every aspect of the service, and was exceptionally warm, friendly, and good-humored.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Such great food and wonderful wine
Looking forward to returning

A few things were out of ordinary, but I'm sure they will be better next time

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing culinary experience before Hamilton. Cool ambiance, great food... best Ribeye I’ve ever had. Gnocchi was out of this world as well. Will come back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was delicious! Atmosphere was great for special occasions. Attentive service. Quiet enough to hold a conversation.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 11, 2017

A lovely evening began w happy hour at the bar & finished out with an amazing flourless cake, shared. Lovely decor, beautiful presentation & fantastic service, a perfect pre-theater spot (w valet service!!!)

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Perfect pre-theatre spot. Hubs had the prix-fixe menu. He said best Caesar salad, ever. I had the fantastic buffalo mozzarella salad, and the best pasta dish I have ever eaten. A cheese, mushroom, garlic cream plate of heaven. Good drinks, prompt friendly service and a yummy chocolate torte comped for our anniversary. Went down to the darling basement level restaurant bar for a drink afterward. A busier atmosphere with a more casual crowd, but the twinkling Italian murals were something to be seen.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was excellent and our party was well looked after. The food overall was good, although the linguini was a little over cooked and too salty. The atmosphere was great and we would definitely go back for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food average. Ambience was good. Service was satisfactory.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food is fantastic but as important, the service is always impeccable. Some of our other favorites have great food, but the service varies. Not here. It is always perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food I am gluten free and the pasta was the best I’ve ever had! Delicious

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Vivere is one of three restaurants in the Italian Village building. Our meal at Vivere was one of the best formal dining experiences we have ever had. With a new chef (Ozzy Almoletti) and a new Sommelier (Jared), the experience was absolutley incredible. Our table enjoyed a variety f dishes form the succulent Veal Chop to outstanding scallops and the wine recommended complimented all dishes beautifully.
Don't miss this incredible (revitalized) formal Italian cuisine and primo wine cellar experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Organic, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Vivere had great food and excellent service. It was also the right noise level to have a business meeting.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I dined alone at Vivere before a show and was there for a very brief time so I can't give a detailed review. It seemed a nice place, big and busy and used to processing large numbers of diners quickly, which is fine for a pre-theatre dinner. I had a delightful Bellini and a very good dish of pasta with seafood in a slightly spicy tomato and pepper sauce . I would have liked a green salad with it but their inflexible menu structure seemingly could not accommodate that which was a shame. Otherwise it was fine. I was in and out quickly and the service was speedy and attentive enough.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent food and a truly delightful staff. Would differently recommend and go to again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Surprising small portions for an Italian restaurant. For example, three scallops for #38 dish in a very small amount of vegetables. I don't eat much but even then I was amazed at the portion size.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My husband & I had not been to Vivere for years. We live in the West Loop and have MANY choices for an evening out.
We were amazed that the restaurant looks so fresh after so many years! We felt very welcome, waiter has been there for 28 years & was a delight.
The food was beautifully presented & delicious! The scallops were cooked perfectly! We enjoyed the restaurant, would absolutely recommend it & plan to return again soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Good food and friendly service. Everyone who talked with us from the servers, bartenders, greeters etc. were over the top friendly, helpful and nice. Exceptional service. I felt it was a bit over priced for what you got. I would not recommend as a first choice, but it's a nice solid place to go when you absolutely want service to be seamless.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had dinner before going to theater to see Hamilton -- location is ideal for this. Also enjoyed the theater pre fixe menu. Also noted a birthday in the reservation, and the staff made it very special! Food is divine, drinks were fabulous. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wonderful as usual. And the pheasant ravioli is a must. Also had new item lobster gnocchi which was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and outstanding service a real treat for a great Italian dinner

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Had a fabulous bottle of wine, served by wonderful staff. Super amazing salads and the homemade pasta was delicious. Definitely will go again pre Theatre.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The whole dining experience was exceptional. Great food and service coupled with
good value is hard to beat.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent venue the service and food is very good and great value. Ambiance is nice, quit and relaxing. Great bar and service.

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