71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 332-7005
Primary Phone: (312) 332-7005
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Mexican, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
03/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
03/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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!!
According to my girlfriend, I could not have picked a better place for Valentine's day!
This restaurant offers a very intimate environment and the food is delicious. In addition to the great food and service, the wine list is incredible. Vivere boasts the largest wine cellar in the Midwest, with over 40,000 bottles.
This is definitely the place to go when you want to take that special someone on a nice romantic dinner in Chicago!
11/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
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.
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!!
08/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
Ive been to Italian Village several times, but not to Vivere, so I was very impressed upon walking into Vivere and seeing there expansive wine selection. The service was prompt and the wine sommelier suggested a fantastic pairing for the mushroom risotto. This was definitely a different atmosphere than Italian Village, smaller and more romantic, but the service was impeccable, prompt and reminiscent of the excellent service I've had at the Village. I would definitely go here before a show and would recommend making reservations, as this restaurant is always busy. The knowledge that the sommelier had really blew my mind. I would also recommend the gnocci and the cream sauce....too die for!!!
Was sitting on a plane reading the inflight magazine (United) when I came accross the 10 best Italian Restaurants in Chicago. Vivere was listed so we decided to give it a try. What a score. The best food and service I have ever had in the City of Wind and the Wine list is like a phone book! Each time we visit we will go back! Brenda W.