Permanently Closed - Vivo 53

4.2
120 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Vivo 53 is a restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas that specializes in serving Italian cuisine, craft beers, wine and cocktails. The restaurant offers laid back, family friendly dining in a sleek atmosphere.

Vivo 53 offers a main menu, brunch menu, bar menu, takeout menu and dessert menu. Brunch fare at the restaurant includes eggs Benedict, smoked salmon Benedict, Italian frittata, vivo hash, crispy cardamom waffles and French toast. The main menu at Vivo 53 features as assortment of appetizers, bruschetta, salads, wood fired pizzas, pasta and kid friendly fare. Entrée selections at the restaurant include vivo rigatoni, lasagna, garganelli and vivo truffle fettuccine.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Mon - Closed
Tues - Thu - 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri - 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat - 10:30AM - 10:00PM
Sun - 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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Phone number
(682) 207-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Graham Blackburn
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Private party facilities
Vivo 53 combines atmosphere, comfort and elegance to create the perfect setting for your next corporate, social or charitable event. For up to 100 guests, Vivo 53’s courteous and professional staff and event planning team can provide an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
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Private party contact
John Salebeey: (844) 289-4977
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Catering
Please call 682.207.8700 for catering inquiries.
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Cross street
West 4th Street
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Parking details
Street parking and parking structure are both available. Valet parking Fridays and Saturdays 5pm-10pm, Sundays 10am-3pm.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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Denver
7 reviews
Reviewed on July 5, 2016
Overall 5food service ambience

I'm just heartbroken that this place is closed. The crust lived up to the hype. We loved this place and will miss it!

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

A pizza and dessert dinner took over 2 hours. The restaurant was not full and did not have a wait. The server was nice, but left us alone for 20 minutes at a time. We enjoyed the food, but we won't go back.

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AF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service, mediocre food, bad drinks. Not happy with experience

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and good were amazing! Will be going back soon!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Egg and bacon pizza was delicious and so was the Nutella sundae. Great service and chat with the executive chef. Will be going back

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FW
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been wanting to go to Vivo 53 for a while and it was as good as its reputation. We both had pizzas and they were phenomenal. The pizzas were creative and very tasty. We also enjoyed the specialty cocktails that were different and also very tasty. The service was a little slow because they looked a little short-handed.

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b
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The pizzas were really great and our service was good. Sure this is more expensive than most pizza but it is really a different food than regular sliced pizza. The ingredients were so fresh and the wood fire made the pizza crusty and perfect.

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MJ
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Vivo and can comfortably say I would be back sooner than later!

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DD
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the bolegnese fettuccine pasta, as well as the pizza. Very good value for quality of food.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Spotty service. We ordered a bottle of wine and it arrived after the dinner salads were delivered. Lasagna was good, a different flavor meat sauce. Pizza looked good! Desert was a disaster. Ordered the Ice Cream Sandwich. The brownies were so hard that we had to take them off the ice cream to cut them with a knife, even then they just crumbled. We mentioned this to our waitress and instead of replacing the dish, she just brought new brownies that turned out to be just as hard. A manager that has an eye for a bit more detail would improve the overall experience.

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h
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was tremendous and I am now a big fan of the $1 mimosas, but the service was a little bit slow and inattentive even though things had started to clear out by the time we arrived for our reservation.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

growing up with an Italian family, it comes very close to what I grew up with. My mother made fresh pasta and sauce, I am a food snob when it comes to good food, period. Everything I have eaten is fresh and mouth watering. Thank you Vivo 53 for coming to Fort Worth!

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FW
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

You know you want to try something new on the menu, but everything you had here the last time was SO good that you don't want to miss it! For certain I will start with the brussels sprouts. After that, maybe the beet salad or the brick-oven pizza or the lasagna? It's a tough decision. Everything is wonderful.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Review for website said known for their pizza. But we found that the crust was great but other parts were almost non edible. Maybe it was just a fluke but we had to go get food right after because I could not eat it. Salad was good and bread was good.

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HS
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. Loved our waitress!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Excellent gasta pizzas for sure. Unfortunately some service personnel lacks being attentive to guests/too occupied with whatever they are doing, music is a bit too loud for those who wish to talk.

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F
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the savory fare from the surprisingly tasty brussels sprouts to the salads and sumptuous pizzas. The specialty martinis were amazing!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The pizza is absolutely solid, but don't miss the apps. Farro and mushroom salad, focaccia bread, panzanella salad. Highlight of the mail. Col space. Nice wine list, not too extensive but you will find several ample choices that match nicely with the pizza. Definitely worth a visit whenever we go to Fort Worth.

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PC
Dallas
95 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall, the food and atmosphere is good at Vivo53. The pizzas are the main event, but appetizers a close second. The roasted cauliflower is a must and the burrata, as well - with some reservation. It was beautifully plated but they are very stingy with the accompanying bread. They will happily bring more, for an additional charge. For $13 appetizer, there should be plenty of bread to go around. An Italian restaurant charging for plain bread is like a Mexican restaurant charging for tortilla chips.

We enjoyed pizzas and pasta as main entree and good selection of wine. The cocktail list looked good, but we didn't partake.

Note: they don't contract with the parking garage like most downtown restaurants so you must pay to park to eat there. Again, another turn off for an otherwise good restaurant.

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K
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pizzas and salads were great, try the Quattro. Our waiter was not very attentive, we waited a long time for our drinks and he forgot our salads. But once we did get our food, the taste and quality made up for those frustrations. Overall, we would definitely go back.

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Amarillo
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The only positive thing I have to say about this spot is that the flavor of the food was good. Unfortunately, it was cold and the portions didn't match the price that we paid. My fiance and I came here one night after making a reservation online. It was kind of unnecessary considering more than half the restaurant was empty on a Saturday night. That should have been my first clue. Our waiter was ok. The service was ok. The ambiance was ok. It was just an all around ok experience but for the price, I felt like I could have easily gone somewhere else and had better food.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food! I loved it! Definitely going to become a regular!

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F
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was just our second visit but the food was not as good as good as our on our first occasion. We will try again because it is a good location and the service was excellent.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice friendly staff, excellent food - pizza and pastas, and local beers!

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pizza is very fresh, and quite good. Wait staff is attentive, but not hovering. Very nice brunch selection.

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KS
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Their menu us very limited. We didn't want to try the pizza, this time, so chose pasta with meat sauce entrée and a salad with tuna added. Much to our surprise, the tuna was more of a smoked tuna salad, not grilled or seared. Service was mediocre. Never got our 2nd glass of wine.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great. I loved the atmosphere. Hope to go back again one day

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We enjoyed our dinner, but we probably won't be back. Everything was good but not great. Our table location was slightly undesirable, but we were told we couldn't be moved because all the empty "two tops" were reserved (although we had a reservation too, so I'm not sure what made one reservation more important than another). The ice cream sandwich dessert looks good in pictures but was disappointing in taste and texture.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a good time there for v-day. The food was different than the average Italian place and that is a good thing!

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c
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall, Vivo was a solid choice. The food was good - Vivo Rigatoni was done very well and was recommended by our server as one of their best dishes - the pizza we ordered came out a bit on the crispy side for a wood fired, Neapolitan-style pizza, but tasted pretty good nonetheless. We also ordered the fried artichokes for as a starter; also good, but who can mess up fried artichokes? Service was solid, albeit a bit friendly, and the ambiance was positive, full, but not too loud or crowded. I've definitely had better Italian for similar (or cheaper) prices, but overall, this was a good choice. I don't think I would return since there are so many other places nearby to explore and I don't feel drawn to make this a "favorite" of mine, but I think everything was just good enough to come back sometime in the future.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

I was treating my mom here for her Birthday. We made reservations to ensure a table for the time we were going around dinner on a Saturday night. We got there early, they sat us early. Waiter was entertaining but kept using the excuse that he had been there since 9am and was tired. My mothers knowledge of Italian is Olive Garden so it was definitely a treat. Her and I both ordered the Melanzana, which came out cold. We sent it back and they brought us a new dish 10 mins later, steaming hot. It was delicious! But it would have been nice had it come out that way in the first place! We also had a glass of the Moscato D'asti they serve which is a little more sweet than I'm used to for D'asti but definitely delicious! I'll be going back and hopefully will have a better experience with the Kitchen.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guys was wonderful as always. The service was impeccable, Stefan was an absolutely wonderful! We will definitely be returning for brunch again in the near future.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vivo 53 was terrific. Their thin pizza crust was probably the best we've ever had. And the toppings were very unique and fresh. The brink oven was beautiful, and was a great centerpiece for the place. The manager Brian, and our server Robert were great hosts, and made us feel very welcome. Great find in Downtown Ft Worth.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter! Great personality and friendly. Fast service and great drinks.

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l
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I just love dining at Vivo 53. My husband and I don't get a chance to dine out terribly often, but when we do, we like to live it up! Vivo has great food at a great price. The burrata appetizer is just fabulous; the tomatoes are so fresh and flavorful, the cheese rice and creamy, and the pesto is in great proportion with the other ingredients. We also had the truffle fettucine pasta and the dolce crema dessert; LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the dolce crema. If you like vanilla custard-type desserts, this one hits the proverbial sweet spot. The acoustics of the restaurants are situated so that it is pretty noisy when the restaurant is full. I think the only thing I would love to see is an expanded sparkling wine list. If you want a glass of bubbly, there is one split option, a glass of sweet sparkling option, and then a bottle option. It would be nice to see a few more selections in this area. We had another great experience here on New Year's eve; thank you Vivo!

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Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

If you want to sit in the actual restaurant part, you must request this. This being a special night, we did not want to have to share our space with people standing around, it being a busy/loud area, and having our waiter split their time with us & the bar. (This happened before.)
Please request where you want to sit.
This is still a favorite place of ours to dine.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The antipasto appetizer was fabulous and the staff was very attentive. We will be back!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to try this place for awhile now! I finally found a time for brunch this past weekend and the food did not disappoint! Their brunch was delicious. Coffee was great. They have organic hot tea which is very rare to find in a restaurant but super important to us! Our waiter was very friendly and all smiles! The inside atmosphere was very comfortable and relaxed!

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H
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My date and I had a great experience once we got to the table, but when we walked in we were greeted informally by the cooks and told the host would be up front in a second. A few minutes passed by, and what looked like managers also ended up passing us up before we were officially greeted. We had a reservation that did not seem needed, but ended up waiting longer just for the host.

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time
Great food
Great service

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