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71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910
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Ranked #1,204 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
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Price range: $31 - $80
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Clark
Transit: Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We had to wait in the bar for a table, in spite of having a reservation, but we enjoyed the atmosphere there. The restaurant was very busy with pre-theater diners (us included), but we had plenty of time to make the curtain. The service started a little slow but not inattentive, but as diners left and servers were not as... More

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The food was good. Not exceptional, but good for the price. Not too much space. No windows, limited room to move. Great decor. It looks like a place Salvatore Dali would have created when he had a hang-over... Yes, the curls and the flowing curves with long flowing curtains... I enjoyed it. Specially the bar with the low clearance bar.... More

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Freeport, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We went to this restaurant as a mistake. We was going to The Italian Village but didn't know that there were 3 restaurants in one building. The Vivere was on the main floor. The décor was very nice. The staff was great. We wanted spaghetti but their menu didn't have it. The waiter told us he would call upstairs to... More

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Vivere is old school Italian eatery, with a cast of characters straight out of a Coppola movie. Excellent food and service, darkly lit and comfortable. It is a popular destination for theatre goers and the staff know show times and make every effort to get you served in time to see your show. Food is classic Italian, with plentiful portions... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Awful food, service (?), prices. Convenient to the Goodman Theater, but this restaurant with its tiny portions and inedible food ruined what should have been a great night. I kept up a good front for the sake of my naive niece who chose it.

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My teenage daughter and I went here for dinner before watching a ballet at the Auditorium theatre. It was a bit on the pricey side (total was $100 without tip for the two of us) but I think it was worth it. Our waiter was very nice (even gave me a bandaid when he overheard my daughter looking for a... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

Great place if you are looking for something different in the Italian genera. The food was very good and flavorful. We had the new smoked octopus salad (very good) the lasagna,the risotto, and sorbet. The decor was quaint and almost Disney-like and our waiter was knowledgable and helpful with the menu.

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Fox River Grove, IL
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166 reviews 166 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Vivere is the street level restaurant in the Italian Village group of restaurants. It is in the Loop and convenient to the theater district and musical venues. Service was attentive and helpful; our server even asked if we were headed to a show so he could watch the timing, which was appreciated. We found the Cesare Salad to be ample... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Simple Italian food but made with fresh ingredients. Very attentive wait staff. Only con the night we visited the kitchen closed at 8.30 so felt a little rushed to order.

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Minot, North Dakota, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Amazing menu...braised short rib lasagna--wow! Wonderful service, wonderful wine selection, wonderful, unique atmosphere. Love what they do with the menu--Can't wait to go back!

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