Vivere

4.6
1750 reviews
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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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Vivere is amazing. Food is perfect and the service is second to none. Would recommend to anyone!

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NP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place to go if you're going to see Hamilton. The service was amazing & our server even asked if we were seeing the show to make sure to let the kitchen know. Food was delicious and out quickly.

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Miami
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was beautiful, the service perfect, and the food and wines, delicious. This was our first visit to Chicago, and won’t be our last!

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GM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the second of the three restaurants at the Italian Village that we have visited. Previously we had been to the original from the 1920's. Vivere is the upscale selection of restaurants there. The food here was excellent whereas we were a bit disappointment by the original. This place is definitely upscale. Service was friendly and helpful but not overbearing. Not inexpensive but the quality and ambiance make it worth it for a special occasion.

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E
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Average food at best for a big $$. I didn't find the meals worth it. Minestrone soup was very bland with little to no flavour. Squid was lukewarm, and when the side items are more then the main focus you know it isnt right. Caprese salad was VERY salty with chunks of coarse ground sale galore. Only good part of the meal in my opinbion was the flan and beet salad. I will not hurry back

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique restaurant, 3levels, perfect for special occasion

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K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Vivere. Our pastas were fresh and perfect. Service was outstanding.

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SS
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Vivere for a business lunch on a Thursday afternoon. It was the first time I was there. The food was among the best Italian food I have ever had anywhere in the world. Similarly, the prices and service were excellent.

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LO
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The meal we had was just OK for the price. There are 3 levels to the Italian Village. We chose the wrong one!

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Vivere! We celebrated my Father In Laws 80th Birthday Italian style! He loved it and staff were so kind to treat him like a king! Our waiter, Ryan, was top notch to our group. Thank you so much! The only reason for a 4/5 on this is we thought it was a little pricey for pasta but overall the experience was great!

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

Great! It was a fun experience

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Start to finish an exceptional experience. Very attentive wait staff, knowledgeable servers and a chocolate flourless cake for my wife's birthday.

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. I had never been here before and I will be back soon. I had the pheasant stuffed pasta and it was so good, I almost wanted to order another course of it.

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J
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner at Vivere before attending a show and they were sensitive to our time. The service was perfect and the food was AMAZING. The lobster gnocchi was to die for!

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JM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. The place is ready for a facelift.

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FF
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. Great flavors. Service was excellent and they were very accommodating knowing we were going to a show. I made a special request that we were celebrating a birthday and delivered a yummy dessert on the house. It was really nice!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Way overpriced for what it was. Very small portions. Will need to stop for additional food elsewhere.

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ZF
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an extraordinary restaurant that I somehow have missed in Chicago. The food is extraordinarily good from someone who has been to some of the best restaurants in Italy. I would go there 3 nights a week if practical!! The food was 99%ile, specially the pasta and the meats, including the lamb and the veal chop. The service was provided by one of the very best waiters I have ever had, his middle name was Joel, and I will request him in the future. Last, perhaps this was my error, but I ordered a Sicilian wine, and I have had some great ones, but the one's that we enjoyed were not the best. Nonetheless, they have a great wine list and I will move north from now on. You might not expect this restaurant to be so exceptional in the "Italian Village," but do not miss this Chicago restaurant!

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vivere has wonderful, creative Italian food. The pre theater package is a good value, altho the selections are limited. We had the ravioli, exquisite, and the gelato was fine. There is lots of garlic in the entrees and the salad. The booths provide a lot of noise dampening, altho the design inside is exaggerated and strange. I highly recommend this place.

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

Great menu& service in time for the theater! Loved the ambiance

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VE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Heather, was outstanding! She was very helpful in food suggestions as we were new to the restaurant. Had a problem with our appetizer, but a substitute was quickly sent & turned out to be the best! Would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

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CV
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, and the staff was as well. I appreciate the chef working with me on my dietary restrictions so I was able to order off of the pre fixie menu. We were out of there in time for our theater tickets, and have already decided we will be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

The food is poor quality and WAY overpriced. Awesome ambience, but totally not worth it.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely wonderful. If you are wanting experience especially with wine this is the place to go.

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SL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and it was a great experience. Our service and food were outstanding. We will be back!

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B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The antipasti were good. The tagliatelle bolognese were cold and sauce lacked flavour!

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JO
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seeing Hamilton after the family, birthday dinner!

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SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious! Great service! Great food! Nice, quiet atmosphere.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. Every course was done exceptionally. Our server was a little on the miserable side. He stated when we arrived that wasn’t happy cause it was slow that night. But food arrived timely and service was good. Only other complaint would be (and this was no fault of the restaurant) that there was a nearby table that was extremely obnoxious and vulgar. Had to listen to them all night talking about hookers, cocaine, and cursing every other word. Put a big damper on our date night. Otherwise, our meal was fantastic.

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

It was such a beautiful place to go to for a special occasion. Will definitely go again. The customer service was awesome. I have no complaints about this place.

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NC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience and service are first class at this restaurant. Love the old school feel and the apps and desserts were very good. Unfortunately, 3 of us ordered the tagliatelle bolognese which was horrible. It was served looking as if someone scooped it out of a large pot with an ice cream scooper and plopped it in the middle of a plate. The noodles were extremely overcooked and to top it off it was served cold. The fourth person at our table loved her entree which was a seafood pasta dish. I still give it 3 stars and and recommend it but want to warn diners about this entree.

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

I have been going here for years. The food is great and the service is outstanding. Our server Dane knew we were coming and new what we always ask for the grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make our Italian butter for the delicious bread. Dessert of a cannoli and creme brûlée was out of this world. Love this restaurant!

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Made my birthday very special. Service was superb!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner before the Opera—great location!

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St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is always good at Vivere and the staff is wonderful. Very accommodating and helpful. We had a few different dietary restrictions going on with our group of dinners and the waitress was wonderful in suggesting different variations to meet and manage those restrictions.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time back there since they changed chefs. The new homemade pasta dishes are crowd pleasers. The gnocchi appetizer is wonderful.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went quite early on a weeknight, well ahead of the Theater crowd. Food and service were excellent (albeit a bit pricey).

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, excellent service. Will be returning on my next trip.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are at Vivere. There are 3 restaurants inside. Vivere is the more higher end. This place was fantastic. The food was incredible and the service was equally great. My wife has the Octopus for an appetizer and it was wonderful. Octopus is sometimes rubbery but not this. It tasted great and great texture. I had the seafood dish with scallops, shrimp and calamari. It was incredible. One of the best Italian dishes I’ve ever had. I highly recommend this place. You can go wrong.

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DW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server Jacob was extremely knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. Our filled pasta was light, fluffy and delicious!

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