Austin >Food & Dining > Vivo
2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX | Directions 7872230.283748 -97.720670
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 10:30 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Upper Boggy Creek
The patio is excellent in the Fall and appetizers are half off from 3-6! Try the red wine margarita!
Love the Manor area & Vivo is classic Tex-Mex at its finest. Killer drinks (try the Paloma) & the family tortilla soup recipe is YUM!!
Awsome TexMex – Great food. Not so great service. The food will definitely bring you back. Oh one more thing leave the kids with a baby sitter. The staff no likey little ones
RR620/Lakecreek Best Mexican this side of Austin – Loved the crab cerviche in the martini glass. Ordered Camerons favorite- the best of puffy tacos, verde enchilada-great. Also, order relleno. Great food and drinks, fun atmosphere and decor. Beautiful outdoor patio. Does not seem like it caters to families with young children. More of an adult friendly place. So glad to have something so good closer to home. Not your typical Tex Mex hangout but with all the flavors and more.
Rude hostess, great food. – I gave a rating of 2 stars because, while the food was great, the service personnel were, for the most part, terribly rude. I say this with the exception of one of the hostesses and the manager, Jason, both of whom took control of the situation once it became clear our experience was no where near par for the course.
I decided to have drinks and dinner at Vivo for my 23rd birthday. Knowing somewhere between 10 and 15 people would be coming, I called ahead to figure out what the best course of action would be for both myself and the restaurant in ensuring the experience was as smooth as possible. We were coming on a Friday night, at prime dining time, to a very popular restaurant. I knew it would not be easy, so I called ahead to give them a heads up. I was told to come early, get my name on the list, and I'd likely be seated before my party arrived. I got to the restaurant about thirty minutes before everyone was supposed to arrive, only to be told we could not be seated until our entire party had arrived. Alright, fine. A misunderstanding, miscommunication, fine. I told them I knew a handful of people would be late and whether seating us when most of our party was there would be acceptable. They said to let them know as people arrived.
As people arrived, I continually communicated with the hostess, asking when our table might be ready. She told me they were waiting on one table in the main seating area to leave and then we would be seated; she told me we'd be seated in about twenty minutes. An hour after I was told we'd be seated in twenty minutes (so, two hours after I'd arrived), we still had not been seated. By this time, 11 out of 12 people had arrived. I went back to the hostess stand to ask what had happened; not only did the hostess tell me the table originally reserved for us had been given to another party, we were now waiting on an entirely different table. When asked why smaller tables had been given to other parties arriving after us instead of being saved for our party, I was given a shrug. At this point, another hostess asked if we'd like to talk to the manager and I requested to do so. Jason was very understanding and apparently had been unaware of how long we had been waiting. While speaking with Jason, the original hostess said to the helpful one, "What the f*ck does she expect, it's a Friday night?" As indicated above, I understood it was a Friday night, I understood it was busy, and I continually let her know I was aware of the difficulties of seating a large table on a Friday night. With this being said, her condescending and flippant attitude towards me the entire evening was uncalled for and completely unprofessional.
We were finally seated an hour after speaking with Jason and the second hostess. Once we sat down the service was quick, helpful, and thorough. The food was FANTASTIC. The margaritas, especially the cucumber margarita, were FANTASTIC. Jason comped what seemed to be about a third of the bill or all of the drinks.
At the end of the evening, we'd waited three and a half hours for a table but, in spite of the hostess, enjoyed a fun evening over great drinks and food. I'm hesitant to write off the restaurant on the basis of one hostess and one experience on a busy Friday evening, but I likely will go to the other location to avoid interacting with this hostess again.
Great Food / Great Atmosphere! (620 Location) – When I first ate at the Manor Road location, I was not impressed. However, after giving it a second chance at there new location on 620, this is without a doubt THE place in north Austin for twenty-somethings like myself. The margaritas are amazing, and I literally would go simply for those. The food is also above average. I highly recommend the Steak Jalisco. It comes with a garlic chimichurri (sorry for probably misspelling that) sauce that enhances the grilled skirt steak. My only hope is that management does not give into the conservative base in Cedar Park and start redecorating. My wife and I love the decor, and we simply just wouldn't bring anyone under the age of 17 or 18 here. Since we don't have any kids yet, we'll be going to Vivo's for quite some time!
Wonderful Food- Great Atmosphere – My husband and I visited the 620 restaurant on a Friday evening and had a blast. The waiter was friendly and not intrusive. The decor inside the restaurant was lively and interesting. Do not leave without having a margarita! The drinks are delectable as they are strong. This is not a place for your family- there are enough of those restaurants in Austin. This is a great place for the 20- and 30-something crowds who want good food as well as a hip atmosphere.
Something fun in NW Austin – I've been to the Cedar Park location 2x and have enjoyed the atmosphere, food and drinks. The food is a little pricey, but good. Great place for a date
Vivo- Not customer friendly – Had the worst restaurant experience today at Vivo off off Manor and IH35. Vivo only has 2 highchairs in the whole restaurant. Really!?! Why don't they just put a "No Kids Allowed" sign on the door. Horrible hostess did not seemed concerned how unhappy and inconvenienced we were because of this. I had spotted the 2 mothers using the only 2 highchairs in the restaurant and saw them leave. I was never offered one of them nor offered a booth to make my dining experienced decent. I have never felt so uncomfortable and unwelcome in a restaurant before. Our server was decent, but did not seem to care we were there. No smiles or warmth letting us know we were valued customers. I guess, we weren't because we had a child in tow. Food, was ok, nothing special. I will never go back for the simple fact that my child isn't welcome there.
at 620, Strip Club Decor with Average TexMex – Our party was chastised relentlessly by the manager for being seated in an area for six when we were a party of 8, even though we got permission through the hostess who supposedly got the ok from the manager. She denied that and continued to make us uncomfortable instead of addressing the issue with the person who gave us permission. Had it been my call and not as late (8:30pm), I would have gone elsewhere. None of us had ever been treated so unprofessionally by any restaurant staff ever. The decor is strip club worthy with nude female on paper supposedly equalling art. The music was too loud so instead of it providing a little ambiance and conversation privacy, it dominated the room. Our beef enchiladas were good but nothing outstanding and certainly could not compensate for the stress that the manager caused. The one positive was our very professional and competent server.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Bright colors make this space warm and inviting: orange against purple, red against green, punctuated with large-scale paintings. A bar area has stools and cozy leather couches for enjoying prickly pear margaritas. Tables and chairs cluster on the split-level patio that features a burbling fountain. The puffy taco is the signature dish, stuffed with spicy tofu, tomatoes and cheese. Enchiladas verdes come with moist shredded chicken, topped with tangy green tomatillo sauce.
Incredible food/620 location – The decor is phenominal. The no kids under 18 is perfect. Starting with the chips, very good. I have had the chicken enchilada and the Vivo Chicken and both were outstanding. The charro beans are not just filler food, it is seasoned and tasty. The Vivo Chicken is pounded flat chicken breast, covered in a very tasty tamatillo sauce, with sliced avacado on top. The prickly pear and strawberry margarita was very good... The Mexican Martini not so much. Trudys or my home made one is much better. Service was good and friendly. One of my new favorite places for sure.
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