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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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
Good for a Date (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Romantic (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Authentic (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (17)
Notable Wine List (14)
Business Meals (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fun (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Casual (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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·Dined 7 days ago

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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·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 11, 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 6, 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 4, 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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·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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·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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·Dined on December 24, 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 22, 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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·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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·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 13, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food and wine outstanding. The waiter, Dane, was exceptional

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful meal and very close to our theater, although service became inattentive as we were nearing the end of our meal. They knew we were going to the theater, but seemed to think that they only needed to leave us 1 minute to get there and get to our seats. Otherwise great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our waiter, Todd, was exceptional. The menu was marginal. The price was extremely high for what you received. Open table showed $$...but it should show $$$$$

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food. And we were finished in enough time to see our show.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

I have had some excellent food and service at Vivere, but this visit was at best unfortunate. I had tickets for the opera and was assured by the server that there was enough time for the special theater menu. Service was so slow that the second and main course arrived almost an hour after I arrived at the restaurant, and I therefore did not have time to finish what I had ordered.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food. Not to noisy. Great moscato.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We came here to celebrate our engagement with friends & we had the most incredible experience. Our server was just wonderful & the food was delicious. We were having such a great time & not truly paying attention to anything else & until the day we realized we did not tip as well as our server deserved & feel terrible about it. He was an older man working at Vivere on Friday night dec 1st, had curly hair. He was the greatest & truly deserved more than we gave. I appreciate your service & thank you for making our experience memorable. I wish we could make up for our lack of tip but we will be back & asking for you next time!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The experience was a very poor one. Our waiter seemed disinterested in making our experience a good one. Our food was cold and mediocre at best.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Was a great experience until we had to wait 45 minutes between dinner and dessert.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Unusually good cheese ravioli. Wines good. Service excellent.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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