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Vivo - Hartford

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359 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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 William Reardon, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST: Monday - Friday 6:30am-11:00am, Saturday & Sunday 7:00am-12:00pm
LUNCH: Monday - Friday 11:00am-2:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm
DINNER: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 760-2333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Bob Steele Street
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Parking details
Local garage with self-park and valet parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us at Vivo for our special Mothers Day brunch! Seating is available at 11am, 1:00pm and 3pm. Please note 90 minute table times for this special event.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 359 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Definitely better than the average hotel restaurant. Staff was friendly and didn't rush us. Would go again, although parking is a problem if you have a mobility problem.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My wife enjoyed her scallops and shrimp on heated rocks and my daughter loved her pasta. The shrimp appetizer was excellent. However the clams vongle was tasteless and the worst I have had anywhere. This was our first visit. Conveniently located across from Hartford Stage.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Restaurant is in the Marriott with limited on-street parking that requires paying for valet/garage parking. Elegant building. Ate Easter brunch. Loved the Oscar Benedict.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Quiet atmosphere overall. Even when there a larger parties dining, you still feel the quiet ambiance. Very good wine list and food selection with the ability to customize the meal as preferred. It is my "go to" when traveling to Hartford. Give it a try.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was good but the service was not. Inattentive wait staff. Very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The service was excellent

The food was good and reasonable pricing

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Wonderful experience! Simple casual elegance, fresh food, attentive and friendly staff. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We return every year to Vivo and it does not disappoint. My husband proposed to me there on Valentines Day. Every year they remember us they either have a special gift for us or a private room. It is the most touching and remarkable service we have ever had. The food changes up and stays modern yet classic without being tiresome and we have never had the same thing twice...well the bread and arugula salad we get every time. They make a different butter spread every night like artichoke basil last year it was garlic sun-dried tomatoes. Every server, manager food runner, and staff are so pleasant and truly want to make everyone happy. Best service in Hartford for sure.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Good place for dinner, menu was okay. Food wasn’t awesome that we would return that soon. Waited did a nice job.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went there for New Years Eve. It was not our 1st choice but it will be in the future. Our waitress, Gizelle was excellent. She was attentive, knowledgeable and very nice. The food was tasty and cooked to order. Finally streak cooked rare the way I like it. The cocktails were perfect. The only downside was it was little drafty and bright.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Went to Vivo for Thanksgiving dinner and the food was excellent. It was an great atmosphere for a special dinner with family.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Good food reasonably priced. Service excellent. Will return.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

We went here for our first anniversary and it was the best part of the night by far. The service and food was amazing. Dinner came with complementary champagne and truffles both were amazing.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Vivo while staying at the Marriott Hotel. The food was delicious, and the service was exceptional. Because the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the decor has to suit all purposes; our only suggestion would be to dim the lights more for the evening.

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2.0Dined on September 9, 2017

I ate here for business. There are better options nearby, such as the Capitol Grille across the street. No one was in the restaurant at dinner time and food was ok but nothing special for the price. Service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Food is good and service was great, but we were only 3 tables on a Friday night...not much ambiance !!!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

It was my 40th birthday. Our server was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. The wait staff was extremely attentive and food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was excellent, server was very friendly, however the food took quite a while. We did the Taste of Hartford menu and we waited a good amount in between courses. Server was nice and apologetic.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Our waitress Winsome provided amazing service and was very friendly, the food was cooked to perfection and tasted delicious and the ambiance was perfect for a nice date night. I must say the calamari was the best I have had in years and I can't wait to stop in again after work some time! Thank you for a nice night out.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Went for a Sunday Brunch - the food was fine, the $18 buffet offering not much more than you'd find at a hotel's free continental breakfast, although they have a crispy French Toast that was pretty darn good.

Unfortunately the service was poor, at best - and it took an hour to be served two omelets, an order of French Toast and an order of pancakes. The waitress took forever to take our order, and it seemed like she would disappear for 10-15 minutes at a time. By the time our food came, the restaurant had mostly emptied out - not sure why our order took so long to make. The server was not apologetic in the least. Then, after running the credit card, she returned to the table saying that there was a mistake on the original receipt she gave us, so she added the $18 buffet charge to the card. One would think that proper protocol would have been to come back to the table, explain that the original check was wrong, confirm that the new amount could be charged to the card, and then - after customer consent - run the card at the new amount. When we explained to the waitress that this would have been the preferred method, she just smiled and walked away.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

We were attending a conference at the Convention Center and Vivo is so accessible from there. Three friends enjoyed our dinner at Vivo. Lamb and salmon entrees were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Vivo is again one of my family's top pick in Hartford. We never think twice when it comes to making reservations for Mother's Day.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

I had been here for a Mother's day Breakfast. Since its part of Mariott, it has a very good ambiance. The food was food and so was the service.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

The location was convenient forus while being in Hartford. Seating was immediate. They did not however acknowledge our check in with the reservation service, causing "Open Table" to email us asking why we did not honor our reservation.

The server was pleasant but was often delayed and table visits were sporadic (though there were only about 30% of the tables fulled on a Saturday at 6:30 p.m.) They only seemed to have 2 wait staff working the floor.

The arugula, pear and pecan salad was great but the hot dishes were bland and underseasoned. The veal meatballs were moist but flavorless. The demiglaze on the gorgonzola covered sirloin drew all the flavor from the beef. It was fully un-salted and un seasoned. The Signature Old World Bolognese was also very bland and unsalted.

Upon asking to pack our entree left-overs, we were given our check without being asked if we wanted dessert, coffee, or after dinner drinks (even though there is a dessert menu) so we paid and pursued dessert elsewhere.

At a $$ price point, the meal was a let down. Adequate seasoning did not present itself in our entrees or hot appetizers. The absence of salt may be good for my blood pressure, but not my taste buds. Applying table salt only solved the surface of the food, not the internal eating experience.

I would recommend them tasting what they serve to discern the need for flavor and seasoning. I would go to 2.5 Stars but not 3 for this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2017

I have been to this restaurant twice and both times we had to wait a hour from the time we ordered until the food arrived. Rarely saw our waitress.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Very nice dinner. Food was outstanding especially my mother's steak with gorgonzola. Desserts are wonderful and very well priced.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

always a great place to have a business breakfast; friendly staff and efficient service

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Christina was wonderful!!! There is a great waitress (JA) who was very prompt and courteous too. The food was pretty good, but the staff makes it more than worth the drive!!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Went before a Hartford Stage show. Server got us out quickly as we had asked. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Gorgeous interior, delicious food, lovely service - we'll be going back for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2017

As in the past, I had a great experience at Vivo for restaurant week. I had a tasty and fresh salad to start, perfectly cooked salmon for the main course, and a delicious bread pudding with sour cherries for dessert (I hope they add it to the regular dessert menu). The service was friendly and prompt. I highly recommend Vivo.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2017

Our server was very friendly, and the food was very good, however the service was very slow. We couldn't figure out why since there weren't many people in the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2017

My girlfriends and I came for restaurant week and were quite disappointed. The lobster fritter appetizer was not cooked inside for the 3 of us that ordered it. It was mucky and gummy. The same can be said for the gnocchi accompanying our short ribs. It was undercooked and very elastic and mucky. The short ribs were tasty but the portion was quite small and there were supposed to be mushrooms accompanying it but there were none in our portions. Perhaps this was a one-off situation but I am not inclined to come again given the other option sin the area that have suited us well.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2017

We went during Hartford Restaurant week to try out their food. I got the arugula salad and my bf got the lobster fritters. He did not like the fritters at all, fortunately the waitress let him choice another appetizer - the salmon cake- which was a Lot better. For entrees, I got the braised short ribs and he got the salmon. The gnocchi with the short run dish was totally uncooked and did not taste good. The meat itself was cooked well. The salmon dish was good. For dessert we had the bread pudding and the expresso pudding. Tasted decent. Overall it was a little bit of a let down for somewhere that is more towards fine dinning.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

The evening started with a warm and friendly greeting from the host. We were escorted to our table and our server met us for our drink order. She returned promptly with cocktails that were very well done (a good pour).

Our appetisers came. The Blackened Avocado. Salmon cake with smoke chili remoulade was fantastic! The Lobster Fritter was adequate and the reason I did not give this 5 stars.

The entrees did not disappoint! The braised short ribs with gnocchi's and the veal ricotta meatballs over pappardelle were both excellent. The dinner was finished with a great cinnamon roll bread pudding. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience and would highly recommend it to others.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2017

The meals were disappointing. Sword fish was dry as was pork chop. The server was very good but that could not overcome the noisy atmosphere or the long wait for meals. We just wanted the experience to be over. The menu prices are not inexpensive either which added insult to injury. This restaurant services the Marriot Hotel and attached Convention Center and should be avoided if events are going on and Vivos is busy

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Made reservation for 6:15. Got there on time, restaurant was sparsely attended. Were told it would be a few minutes and were directed to the bar. Got drinks, after 1 minutes or so someone showed us to a table. Waitress was friendly enough, but entire evening was dreadfully slow, given she few customers they had at the time. Food was just ok, not unlike anything we could have ordered at say, Olive Garden. We went to check it out during Hartford Restaurant Week...doubt we will be back. Kind of sad.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

The signature house bolognese, veal & beef ragu, pappardelle was excellent. We will be returning again when we are in the area. Well worth the drive.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

The meal was absolutely fantastic!!! We tried it all, appetizer, soup, main meal and dessert...every morsel was incredible. The service was top notch, she did not rush us and was very accommodating to any request we asked. I think we will be back soon!

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