Vivere

4.6
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1906 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Vivere continues to be a Chicago landmark of contemporary Italian cuisine. Operated by the Capitanini family , Vivere has won numerous awards ranging from "Best New Restaurant" Esquire Magazine, DiRona Award , Wine Spectator and Ultimate Distinction by Wine Enthusiast. The Chef incorporates innovative dishes from his yearly travels to the various regions of Italy. A unique tasting menu in addition to the seasonal menu displays the skill and progressive nature of the restaurant. Vivere's swank design, conceptualized by acclaimed designer Jordan Mozer, applies contemporary twists to Baroque designs that are draped in plush velvets and warmed by rich gold tones. Interior Design Magazine has given Vivere its highest honor for restaurant design. Vivere's immense cellar, complete with 45,000 bottles, affords the guest with endless options with the assistance of its Wine Director. The intimate bar makes a great place to enjoy a glass of champagne or a signature drink and antipasti.
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute experience, you must try the risotto .... And service was impeccable

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ArtP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have always enjoyed their pheasant-filled pasta and this most-recent visit failed to disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Took the lady out for a couples getaway and found this restaurant on Google. Considering I couldn't pronounce a damn thing on the menu, it had to be fancy-right? Food was not portioned to my liking but it was absolutely delicious, we had a waiter that never let our water glasses get half full and the waitress we also had was very formal with her menu knowledge. If you're looking for first-class experience, vivere is a place to go for sure. Just make sure you're prepared to pay! Oh yeah, always leave a good tip too.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing. Highly recommended!

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johnG
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great overall experience! Great Food and Service. Would recoonend to all!

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SandraB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious dinner. Gluten Free pasta available which is a plus for me. Chocolate Panna Cotta dessert was fabulous!

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VictoriaR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Vivere is conveniently located near the theater district. The food is elevated Italian, so be prepared to pay more. The dessert wasn't that good. Service was solid, but not exceptional. I would recommend simply based on convenience of the location.

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vipScottC
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy bar with a knowledgeable bartender! Great place to have a drink with friends. Food and service were excellent. The wine steward was terrific. He helped us pick out a wonderful Amarone! We had a terrific time and will come back soon!

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vipnancyb
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Vivere is part of The Italian Village which is a Chicago institution. We hadn’t been in ages and it was really good. I ordered dinner based on the wine steward’s wine recommendation and it was a great pick. We most often downtown before the CSO and will definitely return

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vipMaryanaS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Too much to comment on each dish, simply delicious and must try.

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BillyW
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant and great experience!! The food was amazing. A nice cozy environment and the staff was great. I was surprised at how cheap the bill was for the quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my family had a wonderful experience. The staff was extremely courteous and kind. The meal and wine was absolutely delicious and authentic. Highly recommend it!!

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vipKriKri10
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect

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Susieq
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is restaurant week in Chicago
We had tried Spiaggia Cafe..for lunch just so-so...we were disappointed
Vivere was sooo much better: duck ravioli with a very delicious sauce, excellent squash soup..dessert..a cake with chocolate..not the strongest part of the menu
Recommend Vivere..which, I did not know, is part of the Italian Village

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vipMichaelB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and fairly priced! Took my family to dinner and there were plenty of clean plates at the end of the meal.

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DamaniP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very beautiful environment, extremely polite staff, food was great

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MBChicago
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was meh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Great service. Fairly quiet atmosphere.

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vipJakeC
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal Italian food with a modern twist!

Great environment for dates or business meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Not impressed with service.

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ToniaP
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We were not impressed with the quality and taste of our food. My husband had the Boglionese which traditionally is served with a wider pasta- tagliatelli. This was made with a linguini which did not hold up to the sauce at all- got very mushy. I ordered what was supposed to be a pillowy pasta with sage-parmesan light sauce. Instead it was so chewy and doughy- almost like gnocchi. It was very heavy, unlike the description. The ambiance and service, however, was nice, probably will not go again.

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CharlesL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, realistic meal suggestions, no rush, was able to enjoy a leisurely meal in a wonderful setting. Will definitely repeat!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Fixe Prix menu was good option- included salad choices, 3 entree choices, and dessert. Good kids menu options. Fairly small and tight in the restaurant. Great location for theater goers. Good grown up restaurant with enough choices and loudness to accommodate children.

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NormD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice ambiance on cold winter night, cozy, warm and quiet so could talk and hear without being loud and enjoying a good dinner

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BertO
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We usually go to the upstairs restaurant but decided to give Vivere a shot. Glad we did

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kevinw
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ordered off the prix fixe theater menu. Server Heather was very attentive and made excellent recommendations. The veal meatball and kale soup was extraordinary. The sazerac was inventive and unique. The halibut was firm but flaky. Amazing gelato.

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LeRoyF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This restaurant has styling like I have never seen before and it was very nice. All of the food was really good. The Gnocchi appetizer was incredible. When your waiter says that a dish is a bit spicy, take note: the tagliorini was a bit too spicy for us to fully enjoy. Great deserts.

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MichaelA
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Everything was very nice, but the portions were small. The menu decriptions gave the impression there would be side dishes but there really weren’t. We were disappointed with that. We ended up ordering dessert and asking for more bread after the meal

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vipGioGio2
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great atmosphere, so cozy. The menu options are great and the food superb.

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vipBikermom
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

quite honWe went to Vivere to meet a friend after the ballet. Service was slow and poor. Waiter seemed forgetful. After waiting quite some time for our meal we were told they forgot to put in our order. Two of us ordered the seafood pasta for $29. We got a nice plate of pasta but only 1 scallop, 2 squid rings and 2 shrimp....maybe worth a total of $1.50 of seafood. Far below our expectations of a seafood pasta based on the description on the menu. Our friend ordered an expensive glass of wine which was fine but the subsequent 2 orders of the same wine was overcharged by 20%. We were celebrating a birthday and they brought out a dessert with a candle for us to share. We thought it was complimentary but upon looking at the receipt the next day discovered we were charged a hefty price for something we didn't ask for and quite honestly didn't need. While the visit with our friend was wonderful this dining experience was not. We do not intend to revisit. The only good thing was the Happy Hour Prosecco with the offer of free pizza.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Vivere was bustling and high volume. It had an old timey vibe, which was not what I expected from the photos online. I had hoped for a more updated restaurant.
The food was traditional and not particularly interesting. We still had a pleasant evening. It caters to the early eating crowd.... our reservation was for 6:30 which is early for us and the volume went down after 7:30! We were the last diners to leave .... talking a lot.

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vipfoodie
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Attended before a concert and enjoyed the pre fixe. A nice green salad started the meal. Entree was a well sauced halibut with greens. Dessert was a generoua serving of lemon sorbet. We enjoyed. Ice bottle of Italian wine and ended dinner with coffee. A very nice experience

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MichaelW
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent price fixe menu and awesome wine list. Service was great, and the food was most enjoyable. Definitely will return when I'm in Chicago again.

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KarenP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was great! The tables are so close together though it is uncomfortable and we felt somewhat wedged in. Service was average. No offer to wrap up meals or refill beverages.

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vipdand
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, very accommodating staff and attentive service. They seated us at a quiet table, and even when the restaurant filled up it we had no problems having a conversation while speaking at normal levels. All in an excellent experience, I would return any time.

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EdWi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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vipTimM
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Decided to try this place. The food was excellent. The wine was excellent. Overall very impressed with the place. I would definitely go back.

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PatrickV
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Italian. Village didn’t disappoint. At at Vivere for the 1st time as normally are upstairs. Everything was phenomenal!!!!

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MoeK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

We ate at Vivere last year and had a superlative experience, predominately due to the excellent server we had. This year, the food was very good but the server we had not as friendly and charming as our server last year. He served our food and was attentive to our needs but lacked the friendliness and welcoming charm that our previous server had.

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Lynn
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

With friends in Chicago for the weekend to see Hamilton. Attended after the show and had a wonderful dining experience. Dane was our server. With 30 years of experience at the restaurant, he was fabulous!!!

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