Vivere

4.6
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1891 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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Mon - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

DP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very beautiful environment, extremely polite staff, food was great

MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was meh.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Great service. Fairly quiet atmosphere.

JC
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal Italian food with a modern twist!

Great environment for dates or business meals.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Not impressed with service.

TP
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.

CL
Chicago
4 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!

OT
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.

ND
Chicago
3 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

BO
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

OT
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.

LR
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.

MA
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

GG
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

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

B
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.

OT
Chicago
17 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.

f
Chicago
98 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

MW
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.

KP
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.

d
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.

EW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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TM
Chicago
18 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.

PV
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!!!!

MK
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.

L
Los Angeles
18 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!!!

PL
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The booths were a little uncomfortable and small but the experience was great.

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. Dane our waiter basically ordered for us. Food and service was outstanding.

l
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

I am not one to post a bad review, typically I would say nothing. It needs to be said, there are so many better Italian restaurants in Chicago! This place is over priced, tired interior, and horrible service and the food was HORRIBLE! Avoid at all costs.

OT
Omaha
35 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our new favorite Italian in Chicago, great service, excellent selection of wine

MB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Italian Village and Vivere remain a standout in Chicago. Great food and maybe the best wine ist in the city.

DS
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I travel all over the country for business. Anytime I’m in Chicago I have to go to Vivere. Hands down they make the best Bolognese in the country. I dream of their Bolognese!!!!!

LF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous dinner before going to the theater. Waiter asked our time frame and made sure we met our timeline. Looking forward to going back again soon.

BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was incredible, the food was delicious, all of the staff were friendly and helpful. We went there to celebrate my mom’s birthday and it was just wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great dinner and incredible service. Dane was our waiter and was very attentive, as well as providing great recommendations on food and drink.

BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overall value is not the greatest. I was dining with a Vegan, who found it difficult to find any dishes on the menu that were attractive to her.

NI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! I had the chicken breast and my husband had the steak. They both had a slight char on them that enhanced the flavor beautifully! Great service, nicer restaurant. The app suggested business casual attire but there were people entering in jeans. For two people bill will be about $100-$150. Again great food and a 3 minute walk to the CIBC Theatre!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience1

It was very nice, they actually gave us a free dessert to help celebrate our special occasion! The food was phenomenal but the decor really needs updating.

KK
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an exceptional experience! We arrived before a concert at the CSO, our server asked what time our showing was and we had plenty of time to spare. Excellent seafood and wine selection, handmade pasta was to die for! I can't wait to come back.

JW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service !! Loved it !!
They knew we had tickets to the theater and took very good care of us .

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