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Permanently Closed - Vivo

4.1
961 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Vivo, located in Chicago, Illinois, offers a breathtaking atmosphere to enjoy traditional Italian favorites. The d�cor consists of brick walls, white tablecloths and the light noise in the dining room. For those looking for a venue for an event, Vivo provides private dining opportunities, as well as catering for weddings and rehearsals. Another unique fixture is Table 70, which is perched over the rest of the dining room for an intimate and romantic setting.

The lunch menu at Vivo consists of many types of pasta and sandwiches, including the popular eggplant sandwich with Buffalo mozzarella and a tomato basil sauce. Dinner is a more decadent menu, where you can enjoy New Zealand rack of lamb or the osso buco, which is a braised veal shank with mashed horseradish.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Mon - Wed: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri : 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat: 5pm-12am
Sun: 4pm-10pm
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Phone number
(312) 733-3379
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vincente Duran
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room is the perfect location for intimate affairs; Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Events, Bridal Showers, Birthday and Anniversary celebrations. Located just 5 Blocks from downtown and the Loop, Vivo's Dining room overlooks the beautiful Chicago Skyline.
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Private party contact
Sheena Tomsic: (312) 733-3379
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Catering
Please contact stomsic@vivo-chicago.com to inquire about catering menus.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green St.
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Parking details
$11 Valet parking. Limited parking available on surrounding side streets.
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Public transit
MORGAN Green/Pink line El
GRAND Blue line
#8 Halsted Bus
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Special events & promotions
Join us at Vivo every Thursday for 1/2 bottles of wine!
"Where the glass is always half full"
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined on June 30, 2016

Vivo has been around quite a while, however, it is scheduled to close this week for good - therefore, I cannot recommend it.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Portions were great, food was good, seafood wasn't quite as fresh as I'd hoped it would be. All in all, it was good, not great. I really enjoyed the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

The food and service was very good. We did wait a bit for our waiter , who seemed to be more than a waiter, but he said they were having wifi issues and he more than made up for it. We had the beef carpaccio and beet carpaccio. They were very good. My husband said the beef just melted in your mouth. The beet was equally good with a great sales on top of both which made it a bit more food than I expected. He had the osso bucco and I had the eggplant Parmesan. It was very good, although I would have liked it to be a little less breaded and a little crisper but that's just me. I couldn't eat it all so had it boxed up to take home then forgot it....really ticked me off. I woke up wanting it! We shared the tiramisu and it was also very good. We took the waiters recommendation on wine and was not disappointed. Would have given the atmosphere a higher rating but it was extremely hot in the restaurant that night. Overall I would recommend it and would go back, this was our second but not last visit.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Excellent food, excellent drinks and excellent wine! The oil/cheese they bring out with bread was AMAZING! I would have bought a bottle of it if I could. We had never heard of this restaurant and were so happy we found it! We ate outside and it was bustling and awesome and fun! I would highly recommend Vivo's! We will be bringing other friends back there! :)

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2016

Very noisy, staff is inattentive, food ok, its more of a noisy lounge than a fine dining.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2016

So many restaurants on West Radolph and by far this is the best! Terrific food, ambience and service. My husband and I eat out a lot, and can't say enough about this place! We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

Great ambiance, great service, I'll continue to come back!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

I reserved table 70 for our 8th wedding anniversary. The food was top notch, the ambiance was very romantic and the service was excellent! We will be coming bacvk the next time we are in Chicago. The entire neighborhood is a gem!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2016

Delicious bread dipping sauce. Great pasta Bolognese and rigatoni

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2016

I had pasta and the sauce was excellent. I asked for grilled chicken to be added and it was grilled perfectly. The ambience was very nice and it wasn't overly crowded.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2016

I dined at Vivo after reading the positive comments by previous goers. And I, too, share in the enthusiasm for this restaurant.

It was uncommonly perfect weather on the evening I dined, and so I enjoyed a lovely table on the street. The joyous atmosphere of Randolph Street only added to the restaurant's well-designed decor.

The food was both reasonably priced and reasonably seasoned. In addition to ordering some menu staples, I choose one of the specials of the evening -- an expertly-prepared ravioli. Delicious.

I would be remiss not to share that all bottles of wine are 50 percent off on Thursdays (as of the writing of this review). Unlike other restaurants, this special is not intended to distract from bland food. On the contrary, the wine special only made a lovely dinner that much more enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Everything was perfect for my birthday celebration - the drinks, food and service! When we arrived at our designated time of reservation, the table we requested was waiting for us!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2016

1/2 priced Thursday night bottles of wine was a nice suprise. Service was great. Our waiter did a great job of explaining all the options on the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2016

We wanted to eat at a nice place in the city with some friends from out of state. There are many choices but I was looking for an Italian restaurant with excellent quality and atmosphere that wouldn't require I take out a second mortgage to pay the bill.
I chose Vivo because I had been there before and was familiar with everything I needed for a nice meal that wouldn't disappoint friends.
Everyone was pleased with the quality, service, and price. I was not disappointed that I chose this restaurant out of the hundreds available in the city.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2016

We chose this restaurant for date night. The food was excellent. We each had one of the specials and neither disappointed. Only disappointment was expensive wine list.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2016

Vivo is a Randolph Street Restuarant that has withstood the test of time. It was worth returning to this old favorite: good service, food and atmosphere. I must put it back in rotation!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Had a great time and a great meal. We went at 8pm, so it was dark outside and candles were lit everywhere in the restaurant. Very romantic. We will be going back. Great experience.

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2016

I recently dined at Vivo on Sunday night with friends for a dinner club and was very disappointed by the service. I had to ask our server to come and read us the specials because she was not attentive to our 7 top. The food was excellent but the service was sub par and I have always had great service at vivo. I take clients here and friend and recommend this establishment because of the unique dining experience and fantastic food but the service really ruined my love for Vivo. Also, we were nearly the only table there on a Sunday night.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

The food and service were excellent, very cute romantic spot or a good spot for apps with the gals

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Get one of the pastas and any of the mixed drinks. Everything is really good so you can't go wrong, but when in Rome is a good attitude to have

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2016

I was very happy with dinner and our server!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2016

Vivo is a favorite restaurant of ours and this time was no different. The food and the service were excellent. Thanks.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2016

great ambiance .....special on wines mid week , italian entrees excellent. great value

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

While the food was the reason for going to Vivo and the service was also very good, the noise level and seating so close to "strangers" was the most pleasant for just 2 people trying to chat in a private manner. From that point of view not the best choice on my part !!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

I had the chicken Vesuvio and my boyfriend had the Whole fish, both dishes were very tasty. The wine list is reasonable with some solid choices. Service was excellent as usual and Mike always takes care of us. Defiantly a favorite in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2016

only thing that was bad was the unisex bathrooms. I would much prefer them to be seperate.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2016

Vivo was recommended by a friend and we went for our anniversary. Had 6pm reservations, but we were running a little late due to bad traffic and weather. I called to let them know, and the hostess said, "No problem." It wasn't; we were seated right away. Our server, Mike, was terrific. All of his recommendations, from the wine to dessert, were spot on. We were happy to hear the bottled wine was 50% off on Thursdays. Crab cakes to start were great (had a coupon for an appetizer). My snapper was fresh and deliciously prepared. My husband enjoyed his tuna. Sides were yummy. We especially appreciated that the food came to us hot. Dessert was on the house for our anniversary. (Thanks again!) An outstanding, romantic dinner in a cozy, relaxing place, with the best service that we've had in some time. And, a great value. We'll be back!!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2016

Reliable Italian food in the trendy West Randolph Street location

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2016

I booked my wedding in October 2016 and figured I should try the food. Let's say I can't wait for my wedding because I know my guest would love the delicious food,wonderful service and the beautiful brick building. Sheena, event coordinator is a pleasure to work with And making wedding planning so much easier. She accommodating my needs and emails response are quick. I will be going back before and after the wedding.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2016

So this spot was so awesome. Our waiter Mike was a rock star on the service, food and wine selection knowledge. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2016

It's been a couple of years since we've been here. We remembered it fondly. It was even better than we remembered it.
Great starters, awesome entrees, fairly priced wine and exceptional service.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2016

Early dinner at Vivo before Hawks game. Good food - good wine - good service

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2016

What can I say about Vivo that hasn't already been said in the last 25 years?? From the moment we walked in you could tell from the vibe that our experience was going to be a good one. The music had a chill groove to it, the hostess greeted us with a huge smile, and so by the time we were seated...immediately upon our arrival...we already found ourselves unwinding from a long day at work. We started off with a beef carpaccio...a must have at Vivo...and then our server Parker gave us a great tutorial on the Brunello's of Tuscany before steering us towards what turned out to be a fantastic bottle (a second was eventually necessary). I had the fresh fish...pistachio crusted Ono in a Romesco sauce...which was bursting with flavor and cooked to perfection, while my guest had the Gnocchi. The house specialty of Vivo, the gnocchi is what I demand all of my first time guests order as it's combination of Parmesan, truffle and cream make this dish an addiction!! We finished off with Tiramisu...obviously...and a Limoncello for both of us! Overall the service was excellent, the food was spot on...as always...and the ambiance made us feel cool and comfortable...just like we should at the original hot spot on Randolph street!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2016

Many of Chicago's Italian restaurants are over-priced and under-deliver. We were surprised that the prices at Vivo were reasonable and the food filling. We have (and will continue to) go back.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2016

Visit every time we are in Chicago. Food is fantastic. Waiter & Bartender were great. Will be back

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2016

They always have the most Amazing truffle gnocchi :)

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2016

This is my third time coming to Vivo and my first in the winter. I prefer the summer drink selection to the winter one, but the food is always amazing. I brought colleagues this time -- one ordered the pork chop (which was enormous) and the other got the ravioli. I got the gnocchi which is so rich and delicious, I can't be tempted to try anything else. Vivo is always incredible.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

The service and atmosphere is like nothing I've ever been., it was simply amazing!

Service - from coming in to leaving you there was a warm hello and good bye, which is very nice because you feel like they mean it.
The service was spot on, drinks came in a timely fashion. When you order your food sometimes there's that awkward time when you wonder when the foods coming and you start getting really hungry. With the timing between the appetizers and the food coming out was just perfect. Vivo has it figured out!

Food- the portions are above average, so you won't be leaving there on an empty stomach. The presentation of the food was awesome, something out of a food magazine.

Overall- place is great, if you haven't been there, go there!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Brought my parents here for their anniversary, and everything was amazing!

Can't wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2016

Food was not anything special. The ambiance is great but the food does not keep up, ordered an osobucco and eggplant Parmesan and both were below average.

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