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About Vivo - Hartford

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.

200 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Italian

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

Cross Street:
Bob Steele Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 760-2333

Website:
http://waterfordgrouprestaurants.com/vivo

Parking Details:
Local garage with self-park and valet parking.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vivo - Hartford Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

3.6

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

70% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for a Date (4)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Casual (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Authentic (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good food reasonably priced. Service excellent. Will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 8, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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

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·Dined on July 26, 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Groups, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Waterfront, Disabled Access
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I loved the restaurant. It was beautiful. My seat was located so you could see some of the beautiful buildings in Hartford. I enjoyed the calamari and the French onion soup. Our waitress was very sweet.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful; an excellent atmosphere. The food was quite delicious as well. My biggest problem was the atrocious service. Our reservation for 2 on Valentine's Day was for 8:15. It took over 15 minutes for our waiter to even reach our table. Our drinks came another 10 minutes after that. The service throughout the night was so slow that we did not leave until 10:30, and the restaurant was not busy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food took over an hour to come out, did not expect that. Me and my spouse ordered the same thing so I do not know what happened. The waiter kept saying sorry, we knew it wasn't his fault but it was pretty rodiculous considering the fact that the restaurant was not busy at all.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Always enjoy a meal at Vivo's. Great service, food always cooked just right and ambience is soft and pleasant. We have been coming here for most holidays as we know we will enjoy the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

I was not really impressed! The food and portion sizes were average, yet the price was not. The service was also disappointing. Our appetizers arrived before the bread, and drinks took quite some time. The ambiance was okay but there were many bulbs that were on the verge of blowing out, so the restaurant had a constantly flickering, strobe light effect.

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 25, 2017

French onion soup was best

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

I enjoyed returning to Vivo for my family dinner. The service was great and so was the noise level. I plan on returning again, the next time I am in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Chose Vivo for a Xfinity pre-show dinner. Menu and good choices for both of us, but was different when we arrived. Staff was nice and fully took care of us. The Caesar salad was very good, fresh and lively. Our entrees of Hangar stak and linguini with red clams sauce was good but unremarkable. Steak was underdone and pasta serving was small than expected with just canned clams, expected finer and with some fresh clams at their price.

Overall satisfied but far from impressed. Would not avoid going for the next show, but also would not make a point of returning.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Appetizers and main items on entrees near excellent, starches ever so slightly overcooked. Would definitely return, some tweaking and you will be fighting crowds, get in while you can.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

A favorite of ours that never disappoints. We enjoy Vivo for special occasions and those times when you don't feel like cooking and want the best meal for your money. Everything on the menu is delicious; we've tried them all. Try the fresh meats and cheeses appetizer!

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