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71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910
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Ranked #1,290 of 8,411 Restaurants in Chicago
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
Tolland, CT
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Went to Vivere for a small business dinner. Food and service was very good, interesting variety of choices on the menu.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The atmosphere was wonderful - contemporary yet a little like the roaring 20's. The food was outstanding. The service wonderful. Even though it was an Italian restaurant, the creme brulee was amazing!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Waiter was more than willing to let us know that the kitchen staff were not up to the challenge of the evening. Waited well over an hour for our food. Food was more than disappointing. My ravioli was super salty!! The other dishes were not edible. They must have known because no one asked about our meal.

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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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Additional Information about Vivere

Address: 71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910
Phone Number: 312-332-4040
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary

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