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“Lovely Wine Bar well worth tracking down”
Review of Vivo Enoteca Cucina - CLOSED

Vivo Enoteca Cucina
Cuisines: Italian, New Zealand
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Rotorua, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely Wine Bar well worth tracking down”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Came across this wine bar almost by chance - in the Little Beer Quarter just behind Central City Apartments. Did not have food, because that was already lined up elsewhere, but this place had a nice menu and a great ambiance. A number of other people certainly seemed to be enjoying their meals. Anyway, as per some of the comments below, the decor is nice and the feeling very relaxed. We sat at the bar itself and had a few glasses of wine from their decent sized list - whilst admiring the many other bottles of wine we couldn't have.....as we needed to go elsewhere. Overall, really liked it and the next time I'm in Wellington will certainly go for a meal. Great also as a wine bar by itself.Staff were lovely and the wine good value.

  • Visited July 2012
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Wine amongst the beer.”
Reviewed November 24, 2011

I always tend to head toward vivo and get some tapas and a glass of wine even though I am beer orientated and spoilt for choice. The food is very good and would score better if they changed it more often. The wines are well selected and well cared for.

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Wellington
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“I loved this place!”
Reviewed November 17, 2010

Vivo is tucked away down a side street alley way so it doesn't get a lot of walk in traffic. It feels exclusive and a bit special because you were lucky enough to find your way there. The decor is beautiful - all heavy dark woods and rich leather which is very comfortable and relaxed.
A group of six of us spent a leisurely Saturday night here. Started at 7pm and finished just after midnight.
The wine list is spectacular and extensive. If you love wine, go here. We managed to make our way through 10 bottles that night and luckily all of our choices turned out well. Staff were friendly and helpful although at one point we struggled to get their attention and their level of knowledge about the wine list could have been better.
The dinner menu had some very nice choices on it. We ordered starters, mains and desserts. The only slip up being that the waitress forgot which steak was meduim and which med rare and ended up giving them to the wrong people at the table. The steak is like a little piece of heaven. I would go back just for the steak. The servings are not the biggest so if you are a big eater, order some of the additional sides to go with your meal.
The leather bench seats that run along the walls are too low for the tables but staff gave us cushions to prop us up to a more food accessible height.
While we were there we noticed that the diners finished up relatively early and then it seemed to be mainly trendy groups coming in to split bottles between them in a lounge atmosphere.
I would definately go back here but unless you have stacks of money I would save it for special occasion dining.

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“Wonderful staff, food, wine etc...”
Reviewed July 12, 2008

Wonderful staff, food, wine etc...

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“great service very accomodating head waiter. delicious food and good wine and atmosphere.”
Reviewed June 15, 2008

great service very accomodating head waiter. delicious food and good wine and atmosphere.

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