VIVO Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS AROUND A TABLE.
At VIVO Kitchen, we set the table for that possibility every day. It’s why everything on your plate was prepared only moments before it landed there, from ingredients brought straight from the source. It’s why we keep it local by building relationships with our neighboring farmers. Because we’re proud to be part of our South Metro neighborhood—and we want everything we do inside our four walls to open up wonderful possibilities for the people outside them, too.
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SS
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VIVO always exceeds all expectations. Despite have three Christmas parties going on, the service, food preparation, and presentation just cannot be beat.
Vivo offers so much quality in everything they do. The chefs continue to impress us with everything they do. I will admit that I ordered the beef brisket two times in a row. I’ll probably do the same next time as well.
In talking to one of the servers, I was impressed that he referred everyone working there as a “Team”. It shows.

RH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-show dinner with family

T
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday turning 50!

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

There were no specials, and we didn’t receive any bread before our meal.

MB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cute restaurant. Tasty food, interesting menu. Great service.

MS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good option for a suburb littered with chain restaurants. Our server was a bit tardy as she was preoccupied with a larger table.

G
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post Thanksgiving dinner!

LL
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had a wonderful meal with terrific service, as usual. Every entree I have tried here has been delicious and the prices are fair. The one improvement I could suggest is to reduce the noise levels in the dining room. The room is attractive but all the surfaces are hard. There is no need to pipe in 80’s pop radio above the din.

KM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fresh and delicious! The service and ambience is great.

L
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Vivo is consistent and a great go to for a wonderful dinner and drinks

AA
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The server wasn't very attentive.
The wine portion was a joke - $12 for 4 oz (maybe)!
The brisket sandwich had three small pieces of dried out meat on HUGE pieces of bread; the fries were soggy.
The salad was wilted.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service was great, lunch menu was too limited. I had the harvest salad and it was so salty I couldn’t finish it. My 1/2 salad was huge but my husband’s eggs Benedict was small.

Service was excellent though, and our seat by the fireplace was perfect.

TR
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the atmosphere here. In the summer the patio is awesome. This is a sister restaurant to Zelo’s downtown Minneapolis. I had the pork chop dinner and it was large and the sauce was very good.

BS
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Vivo. Never disappoints. So awesome to have such a great place just minutes away.

C
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend here to celebrate her birthday. The service was great. We got our requested table by the window on a sunny day. The music was just right. The food was great (had the ham and brie panini with the goat cheese/red pepper soup! They brought a free yummy sundae with a candle. Great time of sharing with my long-time friend and catching up on our travels. Perfect.

SS
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Everything about Vivo Kitchen makes a dinner there a must-do experience. Everything has been excellent from the incredible flavored food, the talents of the chef staff, to the service participation of the management in making this truly a pleasurable dining experience. However, Vivo Kitchen goes well beyond just a 5-Star dining experience.

Did you know that VIVO Kitchen has a mobile kitchen? Our first experience with Vivo was their mobile condition where excellent cuisine can be prepared at almost any location. This opens up unique opportunities for family reunions, weddings and business meetings amongst other idea.

VIVO also offers two private rooms for celebrations, such as wedding parties, birthdays and business meetings. My 70th was held at Vivo and EVERYTHING was customized. This is truly the best restaurant for special opportunities.

Again, last night was nearly perfect as always. The food was incredible and the food beyond believe. The scallops were seared perfectly and the purée, second to none! Chef Dan and his team no how to make every meal a special meal for your personal preference.

AD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great! Service could of been better. Appetizer came out before we had drinks.

KP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious. Waiter unfamiliar with beer selections. Pushed alcohol beverages. Did not check on food after being served.

GF
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

For a suburban restaurant the ambiance was far above average. The service was outstanding, the food was excellent, and the timing of the food delivery was perfect.

HB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Sat us in front of the bathroom entrance on a tiny table that barely fit all our glasses and silverware. Menu is basic, service was lethargic. Didn’t feel the vibe. This is the second time we’ve given this place a shot; Wouldn’t go back.

SS
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fall menu has arrived! We were thrilled to find the Fall menu only being two days old. Everything was beyond belief as to how flavorful every dish was. We started with incredible crab cakes, with a slight kick, and concluded with the best scallops we’ve had, anywhere but VIVO. For the main course I had the beef brisket with a Demi-glacé beyond compare. One of these days I’ll found out how it was done. All I know is that it takes three days to make. My wife’s pasta was fresh, obviously homemade with a unique flavor. We’ve gone through three Fall menus and this has to be our favorite.
We were also blessed with Noah as our server. Noah really shines as a server but what makes him exceptional is that he knows and has tasted every item when the Fall menu was created.
What a great team at Vivo. See you on Wednesday!

JW
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour and delicious calamari was a great start to a delicious meal. Ordered the scallops and the special was so well done, and my wife ordered the pork chop and was extremely happy with her meal. We always have a great dining experience at VIVO

OT
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal at Vivo! I had the grilled filet and it was prepared perfectly. My friend had the shrimp risotto and said it was excellent. The atmosphere and service at Vivo are the best in the south metro.

G
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food as usual!

N
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Vivo and we will return! The restaurant is lovely - we were in the room overlooking the patio/fireplace area - would like to sit out there sometime.
The food choices were plentiful and the wine selection offered many different types of wine at various prices.
Our meals were delivered hot and were delicious.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very good but kitchen noise is loud 4 foot glass would make a difference

BK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and service...again. Nice job!!

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the atmosphere is wonderful.

JF
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Reserved a table for four to celebrate a birthday. We brought in our own top-shelf wine - and had no issues with the cork fee. What our party took issue with is where we were seated - right next to the loud kitchen galley. And I’m hearing impaired - and it was MY birthday!!
It was a truly awful experience and would never recommend VIVO to a friend nor enemy. We asked twice to be moved. A reservation that had not arrived would not know what table they were being seated at as we were told some diners had not arrived for their reserved time.
The menu choices are very limited for entrees. As for the food itself, it was subpar and not prepared well. The wait staff was uninformed as to what the specials were. Terrible!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service! Celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary.

CH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the atmosphere. Must try Ahi Tuna Crisps for an appetizer!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall the atmosphere is great, albeit a bit loud from the open floorplan. The halibut I had with the sweet corn broth was fantastic although the fish was slightly overdone but the flavors made up for that. The Colorado Peach dessert was amazing, a but on the small side but really delicious. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable and was very accommodating by offering a wine chiller when we order a bottle of white wine.

I would definitely return and I am told they are very seasonal which makes it a delight to indulge in their appropriate menu options.

LS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Noisy in bar area on Friday night but we were seated in the quieter back room—happily! Food great s usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Monday at 5:15 with hardly anyone in restaurant were seated next to loud group with baby. Worst burger I ever had.

JJ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Vivo. The food and atmosphere are great and staff are friendly and very efficient.

LL
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Third visit in the last 3 months and have to give a thumbs up for all of them. Service always great, food served fresh and hot. Reasonably priced and love the small portion option. Only issue is that noise level can be loud when the place is crowded. Cold air drafts by the big bay windows due to ventilation diffusers in the ceiling dropping AC air on us. Love the big patio.

JF
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Appreciated the extra energy of the staff which appeared understaffed.

HL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit but definitely not my last. Our server was top notch, knowledgeable, friendly, and available at all the right times. Everyone else was friendly and made us feel welcome. Food was great, the best scrambled eggs I've ever had and bacon was delicious. I highly recommend VIVO!

RH
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration that was perfect!great food and service

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Nikki was the best ever. Will request her next time we are in.

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