Vivo - Hartford

4.6
400 reviews
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Italian
Voted “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Hotel Dining” in its first year of
business, VIVO, the Zagat rated restaurant located in the Marriott
Hartford Downtown, is an upscale seasonal Trattoria with a distinctly
Mediterranean ambiance. “Fresh ingredients, prepared simply” best
describes VIVO’s inspired selection of dishes, infused with simple,
contemporary Mediterranean flavors and the finest in local, seasonal
ingredients. Executive Chef Josh Bettis, creates pure and delicious culinary
delights using pure, market-fresh ingredients – field ripened produce,
day boat seafood, and select meats and cheeses, all chosen with the
utmost care, and presented with a refreshingly creative Napa Valley
style. VIVO was recently listed in Zagat’s 2008 America’s Top 1,000
Italian Restaurants guide.
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SI
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and it’s very quiet. It’s great restaurant for business meetings.

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R
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, decent wine selection and friendly staff.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

It took us over 2 hours to have a buffet breakfast. The pancakes and French toast we ordered came out over an hour after we ordered them. The waitress forgot to give us our waters and brought the wrong juice out. The food was excellent but the poor service really soured our experience. Especially when a member of our party had a bus to catch to the airport

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EJ
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only complaint we had was that we made our reservation online. When we arrived there was no reservation for us. I showed my confirmation email and was informed that the hostesses do not receive the online reservation. The owner does. Better communication and or system would solve this. The hostess found us a table and we enjoyed our dining experience. Jenn was our waitress and served us well.

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HP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Vivo! The atmosphere, the service and food were all amazing. A highlight was the shared cheese plater. If you are a cheese lover it is not to be missed. Would highly recommend Vivo!

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd year for the Mother’s Day Brunch. Started with 3ppl and up to 8 and counting!’

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PB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in the Marriott right next to the Connecticut Science Center and in the pretty riverfront area. Our meal was delicious, and they have a very reasonably priced children’s menu. Staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Perfect spot after a long afternoon at the museum with children, but equally nice if you’re in the area on business.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our food, our table, and the fact that bottles of wine are 1/2 off on Thursdays--tho we probably had a bit too much.

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BF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were very good. The beet and Arugula salad was very nice and the scallops were great. Others had the Veal meatballs and liked them and the Halibut was said to be really good.
Wine list is not very extensive and a bit over priced. Overall it was a very good meal.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for a dinner birthday. We had made reservations on a Friday night at 6pm. We were practically the only people in the restaurant for our entire dining time. Service was good overall. The menu is VERY limited, only one pasta dish offered and it was not favorable, ordered but not eaten. Caesar salad blan. Flat breads were ok. Would not return.

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E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at Vivo, the staff was all friendly, and the dining room was pretty. However they were very understaffed for a Saturday night which meant that the service was slow. They did comp us a drink, which we appreciated. If it had not been for the delay I would have rated the service higher because they were all helpful and nice.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service all around. Food was great and had a great time. Would recommend.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for Valentine’s Dinner. Unfortunately my pasta dish was over cooked. We have been a few other times and it just didn’t meet our expectations as it has in the past. Felt way overpriced.

Vivo - Hartford
Responded on February 17, 2019

We appreciate your loyal patronage here at Vivo. I am sorry we missed the mark at your last visit to Vivo. We strive to not only meet your expectations but surpass them! We appreciate the valuable feedback you provided to us and we have taken steps to ensure this never happens again. Sincerely, Matthew

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BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food presentation, all was fresh, but on an expensive side.

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The server was very nice but she just seemed new at the job and the food was worth the price.

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. A great place to have New Year's Eve dinner.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was less than desirable. Small portion of hash browns were cold. Waitress seemed busy and forgot one of our drinks for quite some time. Stopped here on my way to Portland for vacation, was hoping to get the vacation started at this spot and definitely was disappointed! Wish we had chosen another location

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MW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit slow and there wasn’t anyone there.

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food tasted good and the people were nice. Not suggested for lunch if attending meetings or a conference. Even with a reservation and pre-noted time constraint for the conference we were attending, most of our group had to leave without food after 55 minutes (orders weren’t started so they were able to cancel them). Table wasn’t ready when we came in despite only a few diners. Some of us waited and had our food brought out in boxes to take up with us, but missed the meeting. Food yummy, but not a good option if you only have an hour for lunch.

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M
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good , the service was good but patronizing at times. I think if you’re staying at the hotel nearby or at the convention center for an event it’s a good convenient choice, but I would not make the effort to drive a distance for the experience.

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J
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good, the services they try really hard with. Not everything came correct, but they quickly corrected things. My favorites are the Lamb meat balls and the Bolognese.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

From the food to service to ambiance Vivo is an all around ok restaurant. I would recommend it for a quick bite if you’re at the convention center and don’t want to go too far for a meal.

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A
Miami
618 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Convenient. Food was over cooked and Luke warm. Cocktails were excellent. Servers Abby and Vanessa were great. Matt the mgr was very good. Kitchen needs work

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SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to dinner there before a show at the Bushnell. The food was very good.

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BD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the food selection to the service. We had a phenomenal waitress who was attentive and fun. The food was amazing. Would definitely recommend!!

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CG
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food, excellent service. Conveniently located in the Hartford Marriot Hotel.

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R
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good menu, and service was good. We were one of 3 guests in the entire place on a Friday at 6:15pm and it took forever to get our meal. I ordered a side of butternut squash risotto and it came 15 minutes after my meal. I don't know what the problem was, but I wouldn't return.

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JE
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Unable to eat at Vivo even though a reservation was made a week in advance. Apon arrival we were told that they were “closed for lunch” and we were directed to the other restaurant in the hotel.

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J
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was not very busy for this time of year. The service was very good and the food was great. We were very happy they had some gluten free alternatives.

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RT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner at Vivo - Hartford prior to attending a show at The Bushnell Theater. The food was very good, portions were perfect, and the service was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant anytime and would happily dine here again.

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JM
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This visit everything was excellent: the service food and noise level

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JD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
Only small gripe—it’s too cold! Bring a sweater.

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w
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Modern, clean, high ceilings. Wait staff excellent. Spot on wine suggestion. Nice to be able to watch Chef prepare appetizers. Hope to visit again.

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CM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food. Went for Hartford restaurant week and was very pleased with the menu. Food was delicious and excellent plating and presentation.

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CA
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivo is one of the best hotel restaurants ... ever. Consistently amazing food keeps me coming back again and again, and I love sharing the experience with friends and co-workers. And, the best part is that it's in Hartford CT :-)

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was well prepared, but by the time it was served, the food was not warm. Wine service was poor. Waitress did not pour or offer a taste. She recorked the red instead letting it breathe.

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PR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The waitress was super nice. Loved her. She checked in with us a lot.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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WW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great! I would definitely return

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Food AND service were impeccable!

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