Chicago >Food & Dining > Vivere
71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060341.880586 -87.630175
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Loop
Try the Pheasant Ravioli – The pheasant ravioli is to die for! Quaint little nooks to sit and eat with privacy. The place is very chic yet, still feels cozy and not at all stuffy.
Will definitely be back!
Excellent Food and Incredible Wine List – I recently dined at Vivere, and it was amazing. We had been to the Village on many other occasions, but hadn't tried Vivere. We were very pleased.
We started with the Pesce Spada Crudo, swordfish, excellent, and then ordered, the Seared Alaskan Halibut and the Lamb Rib Chops. The rib chops were in a fanstastic reduction and the Halibut was extremely fresh. Our server was very knowledgable about the many wines, and I mean many, there are around 40,000 bottles in the wine cellar. Wow!!
We had an excellent time here and will definitley be back to try some of the other items on the menu.
Great Ambiance, Service and Food!! – Vivere is one of three restaurants at the Italian Village. I
think its very romantic and a great date spot. The wine list is incredible and if you have any questions about any of the wines, the sommelier can answer any, and I mean any, question you may have. I love the Roasted Duck in the banana parsnip puree and sherry glaze, its outstanding. The pork tenderloin is also excellent. My favorite menu item by far though is the Gnocchi- the white wine shallot sauce is to die for. I wish I could get my hands on the recipe!! The service is always excellent, a bit more expensive than the other two restaurants at the Village, but worth every penny!!
Olive Graden is way better.... – Not sure what people liked at Vivere but my experience there was not so good, the place and decor is nice but all of us are there for the food and service.service was ok but the food is horrible and i really mean it that Olive garden is way better..., dnt go here.
Outstanding wine list!!! – I was amazed the first time I went here the amount of wines that Vivere had in its Cellar. Over 40,000 bottles, and from several countries and wineries. The wine sommelier is so incredibly knowledgable, I was blown away. On top of the amazing wine, the food is outstanding. I wouldn't expect anything less from the owners of Italian Village, a Chicago Icon. I would recommend the garlic infused mushrooms for an appetizer, they have an incredible onion-thyme cream sauce, and the pork tenderloin and madagascar salt prawns for dinner, you cant go wrong. The atmosphere and service are great. Keep up the good work!!
Fantastic Date place – I recently went here on a date. Let me tell you, this restaurant was very romantic. The lighting, the mood, the atmosphere were perfect. Let me start with the gnocchi is to die for. We had reservations for 7:30 on a Friday night, and when we got there it was extremely busy, I thought we would have to wait at the bar, but was very pleasantly surprised when we were seated right at 7:30. Our waiter greeted us promptly and brought us a fabulous bottle of Merlot from Napa, I dont quite remember the winery, as the wine list is too die for and has so many bottles, it was hard to choose just that one. The prices were very reasonable as well. We ordered the carne affettata or appetizer and gnocchi (yummy). I ordered the Pan roasted duck breast and my date had the roasted pork tenderloin. Both were delicious. We couldn't have been happier, i felt like I had excellent food and a good date. I will definitely be back.
Really enjoyed the experiance! – We were in the loop recently to go to our old favorite the Village ..but decided to try Vivere instead, we had never eaten there. Like the Village the service is great. The atmosphere or decor is definetly romantic and original. They have an enormous wine list...2 inches thick, but the wine director helped us choose one under $75.00 for the bottle and we felt like we drank a bargain. The food was very good. I had the pheasant filled pasta to start, my wife had the mushroom tart, of which we ordered a second. For the main course the chicken was very very good, and my wife enjoyed her filet. We had a port and cream brulee for dessert and are really pleased we made the choice to eat there. The maitre'd came by several times. the chef also asked us about our experience and the wine director followed up. All and all I cannot remember when we had a better meal or dining experience, and we eat out all the time. Thanks to everyone at Vivere for a very very nice evening!
Great Service and Quality Food – Well I have to say that Vivere was a top-notch dining experience from the minute we walked in to the time we left. We were greeted graciously and seated promptly for our reservation on Saturday. We were not sure what to order so we had the Chef decide for us, wow ! what an experience. Chef Robert prepared a four course dinner and the Wine Sommelier, Michael perfectly matched wines to accompany our dishes. We felt very special and the food and wine was perfect, as well as the price. We have eaten out before downtown but this gem was a great find. We will definetely be back soon.
Great Place to Go ! – I eat out alot and find it hard to get a true experience. This place is on Target ! I enjoyed the minute I walked in to the minute I left. The food, service and Wine List are first rate and makes me want to run back. The servers knew their stuff and I had the carpaccio to start and then the pheasant filled pasta and the grouper. All seasoned properly and presented in a beautiful manner. I had a bottle of the Grasso Barolo which was one of the best I jhave had in a long time. Try the semifreddo dessert ...it was awesome . My friends I brought appreciated the birthday dessert and the special care by the staff. The Wine Director was very helpful and did not oversell me like most places. Give this place a try !
Take me to the Loop for Dinner – After reading reviews on yelp-citysearch the wine magazines we decided to go to a new restaurant and picked Vivere. It was the right pick! We were seated with-in 2 minutes of our reservation time. Our waiter was prompt and efficent...made us feel like the only patrons in the place and it was jammed. Our food was outta this world. My wife ordered the pheasant filled pasta which melted in our mouths. I had the duck just the right sweetness, our desserts were the cream brulee and chocolate...which we argued over they were so good...not knowing much about wine we were abit overwhelmed with the list of 45,000 bottles but the wine person Michael, went over selections very slowly and we had the most amazing bottle of wine for only $60. We meet the Chef Robert and Fred the maitre'd keep an eye on us! The decor is romantic and chic and the chairs are so comfortable.
We made the right choice and will be back!
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