Vivere

4.4
1703 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, but seats cushion was rather uncomfortable.

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NS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Valentines special pasta was excellent. Service prompt and pleasant. They really accommodate people dining and then making theatre. Hadn’t been there in ages and great to see it is holding up well! Will be back soon.

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M
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very attentive. Food was outstanding, and delicious. Very glad we chose Vivere.

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TL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food... great service, and convenient location to the CIBC to watch Hamilton!

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

Food was cooked properly and the drinks were slightly above average, but the value for the money wasn’t really there. Competition in the loop is tough, and next time I want to spend $200 on two people I think I’ll look elsewhere. Convenient pre-theater location, though.

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GB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I start this by saying that this has been one of my favorite restaurants for several years. After having moved to Arizona a few years ago, I was back in Chicago for the weekend and wanted to return to a few of the places I missed from the city. The decor, staff service and ambience were unchanged. Alas, what was incredibly disappointing was the food. I had experienced what I refer to as the “wow” factor here many times - menu items that were so good it was the only word you could use to describe them. The dishes on this visit however, while complex were just not executed well. The morels in the pasta my date had were not quite tasteless, but close. My dish, had scallops (1, which was prepared correctly), but the shrimp and calamari in it were far over cooked causing them to be extremely tough and lacking of flavor. As maybe this was a one off incident I will return again, but not after trying some of my other favorite places first.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Gross. Event the bread was dry and plain. Food was trying too hard and bad. Went to eat after donating $150 to this place. Calamari was A rubber band...fish was so oily it didn’t mater what you put with it.

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Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in the Italian Village. Milos was a great waiter and very attentive, the host however was more important in proving that he was right rather than serving his restaurant’s customers. The story: placed our orders with Milos and all was well. Then the food came. My wife order the paperdelle bolognese. It arrived lukewarm with a sauce that was more brown than red, with the dominant flavor being nutmeg. My wife informed Milos that this dish was not to her liking for those reasons. He said no problem at all. He then informed the older gentleman that was playing host. He came over with a menu and asked my wife if she would like to order something else. She said yes and pointed to my dish which was a scallop faro risotto. So I finished my dinner before my wife’s new plate ever came out. Once it did it was a different risotto. It was a shrimp risotto. My wife informed the host that that was not the dish she ordered. He smirked and gave a slight laugh. I told him how inappropriate his behavior was. He then came back with a menu and said that my wife pointed to the shrimp risotto. She actually pointed to my dish and never looked at the menu, but this host was more intent on proving that he was right rather than satisfying his customer. We pointed this fact out to him. He than went into full patronization mode. Back to Milos. He went and spoke to the owner about the situation and he said that our meal was being comped. Milos was a true professional. We left him a commensurate tip but will most likely never return to Vivere. There are too many great restaurant’s in Chicago that know how to treat their customers without being shamed into it!

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OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional all around meal - great food and drink accented by attentive and engaged service. Molto Bene !

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PV
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivere continues to be a great experience. The kitchen is hitting on all cylinders. The wine selection is in a class by itself. The service is sophisticated yet unpretentious. This place is a gem.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best Italian food I have ever had. Everything came out quickly. The staff members were a little odd, kind of shy, but nice. Definitely will be going back.

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GF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here before seeing Hamilton. Great food and great service! We’ll be back to try the other restaurants as well

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theatre was nearby. Great timing

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A
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivere is my go-to whenever it's my chance to choose the dinner spot ESPECIALLY if I have visitors from out of town. As always, it didn't disappoint. The food was outstanding and the service was equally matched. I would eat here every day if I could!

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P
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

So disappointed. Food was tasty but service was not good. Server brought main entree before soup, when we questioned it he apologized and said they would comp a dessert, but dessert was part of the chicago week meal. said they would give 1 additional dessert but still never brought the soups until we requested it again! Dessert was probably the worst I've ever tasted. Food was not worth the cost.

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p
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and atmosphere were wonderful and so convenient being near the Cadillac Palace theater. We thought just under $30 for pasta was a bit extreme although very tasty and average wine by the glass at $14 a glass doubled our bill. I would like to come back and give the Village upstairs a try again for old times sake as this one of our favorite Chicago restaurants when we lived near the city.

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PD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started off Restaurant Week with lunch at Vivere, the main-level restaurant at Italian Village. The prix fixe menu had multiple options for each of the three courses, which is not always the case, so my husband and I were able to try different items. My husband chose Caesar salad and salmon; I had polenta and chicken. We both chose the sponge cake for dessert. As expected, the food was well prepared and presented, with portions generous enough to allow for take-home. Service was attentive but not annoying.

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JP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a post-Hamilton dinner at Vivere. They accommodated us showing up a bit earlier than our reservation, which I appreciated it. Our server was friendly and attentive, although a tiny bit forgetful (asking us to confirm things we ordered after she had walked away). The cocktails were great, I especially enjoyed the Winter Spice martini. Overall, the food was excellent. My only complaint is that the beet salad was extremely overdressed. The octopus appetizer, calabrese pasta and cod dishes were all wonderful. An after-dinner drink in the cozy bar and sharing a dessert was a nice end to our experience.

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Birthday 🎁 came here because Grillroom Chophouse was closed to the public. Our waiter “Jake” was great 👍🏾

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

enjoyed it. Had a difficult afternoon, and this did the trick. Service was just perfect.....let two friends catch up and don't bother us.

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KS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined early before we attended “Hamilton”. Great server, wonderful food, and quiet relaxing atmosphere.

The location is perfect: close to the theater and the Palmer House. We’ll be back!

Thank you🤗

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SB
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a server who was training a new person and the attention we received was impressive. Combined with tremendously tasty grilled octopus (my entree) and my companion's choice of gnocchi with lobster which she loved it was a great pre-opera dinner

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, ambiance was great, food was mediocre.

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AC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and authentic Italian cuisine. Haven't had such good Italian food since we were in Sicily last year!

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Vivere was near the theater. The wine by the glass and the pastas were below average. Too many other choices in Chicago

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went pre-Theatre and found it a great value and quite delicious- very convenient and they held our leftovers as we returned after the show.

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PW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointing overall. The chef's idea of good food combinations was a little bizarre and sharp to the taste or unbalanced and when it was delivered luke warm and had to be sent back for reheating, it felt very ordinary especially for the money we were paying. The best thing about it was the coffee at the end. Definitely would not recommend it to friends.

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FN
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

They didn’t seem prepared for us and something odd. It was ok. But tables around us got served and we continued to be missed. Then everything came at once and suddenly they were clearing before we could finish. It was odd. Food was ok. Service ok. A little expensive for the service and food quality. When you pay those prices for a dining experience, you want to feel pampered and served and the food and drink to be good. We weren’t.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great before the theater! The service was impeccable.

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TG
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a solid dinner choice. Scallops were divine. Outstanding service. Look forward to next time.

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Z
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was very good, food was excellent, good environment

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MW
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful wine, fabulous ambiance. A great way to end our visit to Chicago. The price fixe menu was a great option. I look forward to returning some day.

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Upon walking in, the staff was very friendly and kind checking-in our coats and seating us at our table. (Reservation highly encouraged!) We were enjoying a dinner before seeing Hamilton, and the wait staff was very efficient in getting all courses out to us in a timely manner with enough time for us to catch the show down the street. Daniel was very attentive, and helped correct an error that was made when ordering that we really appreciated. He even took our picture at the conclusion of our meal! If you're looking for a place with an eclectic feel and a fine dining menu, look no further than Vivere!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was craving some traditional pasta which they accompanied my request and I got it off the menu. (Only wish is that I didn’t have to make a special request for that when upstairs / Italian Kitchen is packed, but doesn’t take reservations for 2.) That said the food was incredibly delicious.

Wait staff is amazing and vibe is awesome.

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TS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Everything was mediocre about this dining experience. Bread was stale, food was cold. Our small table for 2 was in a place where the waiters constantly bumped into my chair.

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MN
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely birthday dinner for my 65th celebration! The cod was exceptional, and the waiter was excellent. I loved every minute!

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H
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fred was awesome, the entire staff was amazing, outstanding evening!

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our Waiter, if I remember correctly, it was Jake, was awesome. The food was a bit more spicy than we preferred and very strong flavors, so if that's what u r looking for you're golden. It was just a bit much for us. Location should be up front about where to find it in the Italian Village. We were looking for a separate restaurant
Overall it was OK.

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YS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Vivere! Very interesting interior decoration (in a positive way)! Prefixed menu was good and enjoyed very much. Will try outdoor dining when the weather permits. Way to GO Vivere!!

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was excellent. Service was excellent. The lighting is too bright.

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