VIVO Kitchen

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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and helpful! We used Open Table for the reservations and it was not 100% clear when changes were made to the reservations if they went through or not, but again the staff handled everything beautifully. Our guests were from out of town and they loved the ambiance and the round table seating is wonderful! The favorite dish was the bread pudding French toast and the honey butter on the fresh bread appetizer was special too. The bacon was a bit tough, and the omelet delicious and fresh but not “special” so only 4 of 5 possible stars. The value for the cost was excellent. Friends have raved about Vivo and we were not disappointed. Thanks for a beautiful breakfast with honored guests!

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VB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We were first seated at a table that wasn’t comfortable and right next to a group of 4 people, connected by a long booth with chairs on the other side, just way too close to other people. The food portions were disappointingly small, especially the large size shrimp appetizer. That looked more like the small size version. It was a birthday celebration and these 2 things were disappointing. Is there nothing offered for birthdays? Not even a free small sundae? That’s disappointing as well!

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DR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food great, Drinks were great, Service overall was great. Just don't like the seating where you are sharing a bench with the people next to you and your table are basically right on top of one another. Very minor as everything else far outweighed that inconvenience.

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DS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was hot. Had two teenagers who are very fussy. The waitress did everything possible to be accommodating and they absolutely loved her. Will definitely go again.

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AP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being a chef I can appreciate great tasting and well plated food. This place sets the bar high. Plus the happy hour was easily the best happy hour I’ve ever been to. Great place! And the patio is amazing!

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JW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love having dinner at Vivo. I rarely order dessert but there is always coming tempting at Vivo. We LOVED the caramel panna cotta with the caramel corn (so awesome).

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BR
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had Christian as a server and he was fantastic. Hosting crew always does a great job. Food was delicious and comes pretty quickly. Happy Hour servings are pretty reduced and I'm not sure if they are worth the small reduction in price.

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GC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always service and food was excellent. Our server Lauren(?) was so accomodating to my father in law who is 92 and has very little sight. He likes to tease and the bus person was so patient and just kept smiling and being so cordial. The ability to have some items such as the wonderful bacon and eggs benedict as well as a ham and cheeese omelet delivered table side was a plus.

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The interior is beautiful done but the music is too loud and doesn't match the atmosphere. The food was good but for the price I expected fleshly made food. Two of the dishes I wanted were out and the food came out soooo fast! Made me feel it was pre-made and warmed up. Price doesn't match the quality. The waitress was friendly but seemed tired. Overall, it was a nice experience but I would not go back.

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DR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a first time for us visiting Vivo Kitchen last Sunday and our expectations were surpassed! Everything was delicious from the bread to the Thai crabcakes and pasta. We enjoyed it all and it was unrushed and served in a timely manner.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had an old foreign exchange student visiting from Germany and he was very impressed. We had a great time visiting and catching up over great food.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Made a reservation to celebrate our friends anniversary asked for the dining room. We got a half booth half table in an area that overlooked the kitchen and our friends had a view of the wall behind us. Not quite what I expected for a dining room seating. I had the chicken which was a small thigh with the small leg attached... very little meat for the price. There were more sides on the plate than chicken. We were disappointed to say the least! I won’t want to bring people there for a special occasion. Our server was good but seemed to be rushing us to order and get out of there.

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s
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Food was good - not exceptional. Noise level was terrible. Could hardly hear person across the table. Not what we wanted for a nice dinner out.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for you coming to Vivo and sharing your experience with us. We are working to correct the noise levels in the restaurant for a more pleasant and conversation friendly atmosphere.

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MF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I could go just for the bread. I had the 6oz filet over bed of risotto. Perfect. Not uncomfortably stuffed afterwards. my friend had the halibut special and loved it too. Great atmosphere.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

Hi Maria, Chef Sarah loves that you would come just for our house-made bread! It is lovingly made from scratch 5 days a week at Vivo! Please ask for Chef Sarah the next time you are at Vivo, she would welcome stopping by your table to say hi. Best

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Came in for an anniversary dinner which I stated on our OpenTable app reservation (which was never recognized when we checked in- got an email from OpenTable that we skipped our reservation). This was our 3rd attempt to enjoy this restaurant & was unfortunately disappointed again. Food had decent flavor thou the chicken was rubbery. Overpriced for the quality.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for choosing Vivo to celebrate your anniversary. I am very sorry to hear that we missed the mark on recognizing your anniversary. We truly want to extend genuine hospitality through our food, beverage and service. We will use your experience as a training opportunity for our team.

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MN
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is good, but the services is horrible! The hostess was rude and didn't seat us when she said she would. Took forever to get a drink at the bar. When we finally got our table, it took 15 minutes to get water. The server rarely came by and was very slow. We sat on the patio, the restaurant turned the outside heater and lights off on us while we were still sitting out there finishing our drinks at 9:30. Very disappointing!

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thanks MNFoodie for the feedback. We want our food AND service to be exceptional and I'm sorry you didn't experience that on your visit. Our patio is a wonderful place for late night food and drinks and I will follow up with the team to find out what happened with the lights and heaters, we don't ever want to make our guests feel like they are being rushed. We hope to see you again this summer on the patio.

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C
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Easter Brunch and the food was great! Yummy salads, eggs Benedict, great little muffin with maple butter, ham, just a great selection. The service couldn't have been better. Attentive. Perfect. Lovely seat in a sunny window too.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thanks so much for joining us for Easter Brunch. We are so glad you loved the menu selections and your table selection. We hope to see you back at Vivo again.

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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

A bit overpriced for brunch... also I had requested a booth in my reservation and was denied a booth when many were available. We were sat right in front of the window with the bright sunlight glaring in our faces. I will not he going back.

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BR
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the venue and vibe in the restaurant. We went for brunch and felt it was a bit over priced and some of the food was a bit salty for my tastes however we will be back in the future for dinner.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We had the worst meal we have ever had. It took 50 minutes to arrive after we had been pushed fast by our waitress to order. Cold food, tasteless, much of the 6 dinners were not cooked fully. The service was poor. Management made the excuse that they had a pig party on the patio they had to serve and did not address our concerns appropriately. We are repeat customers and will likely never return.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience and allowing me the opportunity to follow up with you directly about the steps we took to further train our staff. We look forward to welcoming you back to Vivo on your next visit.

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vivo Kitchen has the best outdoor seating in the Twin Cities! The new enhanced Happy Hour menu is delicious! As always the service was excellent.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

MaryT, we are so glad to hear that you love the patio and our new HH menu. Chef Dan had an ambitious vision to expand the menu for our HH guests and everyone loves it, especially since we expanded HH on our entire patio this year! We look forward to seeing you again at Vivo.

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J
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience. Delicious food. Great service. Look forward to coming back when the weather is nice enough to eat outside by the pond.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

We are looking forward to having you back to dine on our patio, thank you for your thoughtful feedback.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We invited 4 friends to Vivo for dinner after seeing a segment on Farm To Table on tv. We were all extremely pleased with our service and food. We had a wonderful time catching up and were honored that the chef chose to comp us with the brushcetta appetizer. It was delicious, too. All of us will be back to Vivo often.

VIVO Kitchen
Responded on April 30, 2019

I'm so glad you mentioned you saw us on Farm To Table. We have met many of our first time guests as a result of that segment. We love to know that friends are catching up and having a wonderful time around our table.

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Gnocchi bolognese is a little bit too salty but it is otherwise exceptional. Best gnocchi is town and top bolognese too. It was supposed to take a hiatus from the menu but it really should remain available. It is a reason to go to Vivo.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Vivo is our first choice for lunch when we have work events!

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JL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Excellent food! Our server provided excellent recommendations.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were sat in what I would imagine is the worst table in the restaurant. It was a 2 top back by the kitchen next to a 20-30 party table. Service was focused on the party which I understand, but the server could have used help. The room was taken over with a large party and we shouldn’t have been put in the same room with them complete with a view of the wall and the kitchen.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Average+ food for a restaurant advertised as upscale/fine dining. Presentation was nice. Bread was of poor quality for a quality restaurant. Medium value.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Best Cuban sandwich I have ever had. Wish it was on the menu. Look forward to my next visit to enjoy something delicious from the kitchen.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The decor and interior was very nice and the view from the windows was enjoyable! Our server did an excellent job tending to our needs. I thought the food was good but nothing outstanding for the price . We ordered the soup and have half sandwich combo that came with a side salad.

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TS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant by far!! I have been coming here for years and I love it!

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DK
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, Love the ambience. Looking forward to checking out the outdoor patio during summer. Rich food and great service!

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SA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our meal was great, and the service was good, HOWEVER, I ordered a tap beer and it smelled HORRIBLE!!! The beer delivery lines need to be cleaned/maintained. The smell was so foul I had to switch to bottled beer. That was disappointing.

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to thank everyone personally again at Vivo for making our date night so special 🥰 Chef Nels you blew our faces off as promised!! You killed it tonight for us, thank you again man I’m so glad we could make it down you’re an amazing Chef 🤗 you have a customer for life! Thank you CJ our service was on point! Chef Dave thank you so much for everything it was a pleasure meeting you and looking forward to coming down again and to put the icing on the cake Pastry Chef Sarah that dessert was amazing thank you!

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service are always great. Wish they had stuffed mushrooms and antipasto platter.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food that was at a very cost effective price. Will be voming back for a dinner service to see if it has good as the weekend brunch.

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LR
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Brunch offered in Dakota County
Vivo Kitchen offers a fabulous Brunch offering and impressive outdoor seating ..weather permitting. Caters to small and large groups. Pricing also is reasonable..and quality of food exceeds my expectations

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JP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weekend Farmers Hash was excellent. Pairing it with the bread pudding french toast was wonderful. Great idea to split both.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Vivo! It’s great! The service, the food and atmosphere is amazing!

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M
Minneapolis
86 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This venue has a very nice décor with excellent food and service.

Definitely will return as it has been consistent, in fact, better each time with subtle changes that enhance the experience.

The design of the restaurant is very open and has a nice bar area as well as outdoor seating capability.

It is very noisy and could improve with some sound deadening partitions or different ceiling acoustics. Depending on your location, it is difficult to talk across the table.

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