Vivere

4.7
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1858 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.

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

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DS
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I travel all over the country for business. Anytime I’m in Chicago I have to go to Vivere. Hands down they make the best Bolognese in the country. I dream of their Bolognese!!!!!

LF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner before going to the theater. Waiter asked our time frame and made sure we met our timeline. Looking forward to going back again soon.

BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was incredible, the food was delicious, all of the staff were friendly and helpful. We went there to celebrate my mom’s birthday and it was just wonderful!

BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall value is not the greatest. I was dining with a Vegan, who found it difficult to find any dishes on the menu that were attractive to her.

NI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I had the chicken breast and my husband had the steak. They both had a slight char on them that enhanced the flavor beautifully! Great service, nicer restaurant. The app suggested business casual attire but there were people entering in jeans. For two people bill will be about $100-$150. Again great food and a 3 minute walk to the CIBC Theatre!

KK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an exceptional experience! We arrived before a concert at the CSO, our server asked what time our showing was and we had plenty of time to spare. Excellent seafood and wine selection, handmade pasta was to die for! I can't wait to come back.

JW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service !! Loved it !!
They knew we had tickets to the theater and took very good care of us .

S
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolute great time !!! The wife had the best experience for her birthday as Italian is her favorite food. I ordered from the menu of the restaurant upstairs which wasn’t an issue and our waitress was amazing. Our water was never empty and the wine list was off the charts !!! Definitely have to go back as it was the perfect night! Thanks again!!

DH
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Vivere many times...our favorite restaurant within Italian Village...comfortable dining with excellent food and service...the calamari appetizer was delicious and thank you for recognizing my daughter’s birthday...of course we will be back the next time in Chicago...this is where we always start our Chicago trip! Thank you!

TE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden treasure - it is one of the three restaurants in the Italian Village complex - the other two I would not recommend as anything special. Vivere has an incredible art deco interior, the food is very good and the service excellent. I have recommended it to several friends who also raved about it.

ES
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Absolutely delicious. Service was very good and the decor was pretty cool. It feels like a very expensive place. It is not cheap, but it is not overly expensive.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very satisfied by the experience and Vivere. We were there for lunch before a matinee of Hamilton. We were seated immediately, the server asked if we had an engagement to be sure we were neither rushed nor delayed. The service was excellent as was the food. What was nice is the menu offering has a number of different choices not normally seemed allowing you to try something different. Overall it was great.

MA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The halibut was great and so was the crème brulee and the banana bundt cake.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Portions small, noisy event and waited quite some time for our food

TS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL! My friend and I stayed at the Palmer, went to Hamilton, and topped it off with Vivere! Perfect day!

PM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Vivere was most enjoyable. I plan to come back again sometime soon. Thank you for the great service and ambiance!

W
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lively restaurant. A bit congested, but fun. Good food. Uneven service. A little pricey, but we enjoyed our evening and would return.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal right before a show. The portions were not so large that you would fall asleep. Great tasting food as well. The service was top notch.

OT
Omaha
34 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Chicago, put this Itailian restaurant on your reservations!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Loved the mozzarella & Tomato Salad. We had the Bologense & ravioli! Yumm. I left my credit card & they called me immediately to let me know!

SG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Cocktails were interesting and tasty. Food was wonderful.

KT
Caribbean
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Had not been to Vivere in years but it has gone way down hill. Menu was limited, food quality just okay and service slow despite being very empty on a Thursday evening.

V
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice option before Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, we ordered the carbonara and the seafood calabrese. Both were delicious.

OT
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad we chose Vivere for our dinner out to celebrate my husband's birthday! From the moment we walked up to the bar to the end of our meal, nothing disappointed. The service was relaxed, the food was delicious (I had the lamb, which was probably the best lamb I've had, aside from my Mother's, lol) They even brought my husband a dessert with a candle to celebrate. I would highly recommend this one of the Italian Village restaurants!

MM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a beautiful place with incredible menu and wonderful staff.

We were seated upstairs which felt a bit squished, and was quite hot. My advice is to wear light clothing.

Our meal was outstanding, and the only reservation is that it felt a bit rich... maybe that is typical in Chicago though? Either way, the selection and the flavours were sublime.

J
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service wonderful. The pheasant angiolittini was amazing.

TS
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique, inviting atmosphere; pleasant, thoughtful server; perfectly prepared food; extensive menu; something to please everyone; really impressive wine list; polite, helpful, experienced sommelier.

RL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent pre-Hamilton meal. The butternut squash ravioli was especially good.

WR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dane our server was absolutely the BEST!!! He made our evening unforgettable!!!😍😍😍

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience as always
Good food: very good (and reasonable) wine list
Excellent service

MS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Loved the service! Will go back for sure!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

After the reviews, I expected something much better. The portions were small and our food was flavorless. I had the risotto and my friend had the spaghetti. For what we paid, I expected better. The service was great and the atmosphere fun. If you don’t mind paying a lot for an average meal, you will enjoy.

JC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food in fun setting. The wine list was extensive and the food was classic Italian. Service was also very good.

d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our anniversary and it was outstanding! Our waiter, Dane was one of the best! Very knowledgeable, accommodating to our needs , friendly, professional- can’t say enough. The food was excellent- good place

JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. Corn chowder was fantastic.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly good value with excellent food, atmosphere and service. After going to the cantina for years would definitely eat here again.

e
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average service and average food, with so many other options in the area we probably won’t be back.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely totally wonderful from start to finish! You never ever disappoint!

K
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I went for a birthday dinner. It was fun and we had a nice booth. Everyone was friendly and helped us all through dinner.

CR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a high end restaurant near the theatre in the city, so expect to pay, but you get everything exactly as you imagine. I went here with my mum before going to see Hamilton at the theatre. They put us near the front, but this was perfect as it was a narrow area of limited number of 2 seater dinner booth seating, which made it quiet and intimate. The decor I would describe as "whimsical italian". The server was excellent at recommending wine parings. Split an appetizer with my mum - a roasted portabello mushroom with balsamic dressing, proscuitto, and other things (can't remember now and their menu has changed). I had a salmon for the main course and my mum had the chicken, which was impeccable. The desserts were amazing which paired it with a port wine. Everything was perfect.

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