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Vivere

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Neighborhood:
Downtown / The Loop
Italian, Contemporary
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71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910 (Clark)
Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
312-332-4040
Website
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent in parts but disappointing main dish

The place is dark and interesting and the service excellent. Our appitizers created great expectations.; the gnocchi perfect and the mushrooms memorable. My wife's risotto was a bit bland and I had their daily special, pork tenderloin wrapped in procutto. Three round disks on a long plate. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Skabu
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Kingston, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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Helotes, Texas
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We love Vivere! The food, decor, service, and consistency make it one of the best downtown restaurants in Chicago. We especially love it as a pre-opera/theater/orchestra dining venue. Most recently we had appetizers ranging from wild mushrooms to crab cakes to salad. All were delicious. For main courses we had hearty rack of lamb, always perfect pheasant pasta, and incredible... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The place is dark and interesting and the service excellent. Our appitizers created great expectations.; the gnocchi perfect and the mushrooms memorable. My wife's risotto was a bit bland and I had their daily special, pork tenderloin wrapped in procutto. Three round disks on a long plate. The preparation was good but the design poor. The strong ham taste with... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

small little bar with Italian Village food and wonderful ambiance and decor. Long time bartender remembers you and your name. Prices are average for cocktails. Very quiet and intimate.

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Wittenberg, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We started with roasted beet salad, lobster gnocchi, mushrooms with cream sauce, veal chop and ended with 2 desserts. Everything was flavorful and in a timely manner by a friendly and knowledgable waiter. We will be back.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Only one word describes Vivere in the Italian Village restaurants, WOW. In all my life this has be in the top 5 restaurants I have ever been too. It is just fantastic all the way around. Here are some suggestions for anyone heading here. The Carpaccio is out of this world. I could sit and eat this all night. Also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I narrowed it down to 5 downtown restaurants to try during restaurant week. My friend chose Vivere. Great choice. Everything was wonderful. Elegant , divine and delectable. The service was five star, food delightful and overall experience unforgettable. Will definitely return and tells others about this treasure. Kudos to all who works hard to make this restaurant shine. You deserve... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We were in Chicago for the opera,so our dinner reservation was a bit early at 5 PM. We were seated immediately at a nice table at the top of the stairs. We thought the decor classy and just right for dinner. The food itself was the disappointment.Hubby had the pork lasagne. He called it unremarkable and bland, and it looked... More 

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Tolland, CT
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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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910
    (Clark)
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: 312-332-4040

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene
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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.