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“Vivilore Luau”
Review of Vivilore

Vivilore
Ranked #8 of 249 Restaurants in Independence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Vivilore Luau”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Vivilore had a luau dinner in June instead of their wine dinner. Unfortunately it was held inside because the temperature was sweltering that day. The food and drinks were amazing. The luau was complete with a band and dancers.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Traci F
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Independence, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A hidden treasure!”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We just came home from having a truly delightful evening at Vivilore. We took advantage of their Happy Hour and had 2 scrumptious appetizers: bruschetta with an array of toppings (delicious) and a fresh seafood tostada that we will definitely order again. If you appreciate great tastes with eye pleasing presentation, you will not be disappointed. We finished our "meal" with cinnamon bread pudding accompanied by fresh fruit and cream, one of several tempting desserts. And the setting? We had our choice of tables sprinkled amidst the most lovely flowers, ivys, planters and more. We kept looking around, enjoying innumerable artistic green creations. (Their gardeners must love what they do; the garden is a work of art.) Our server was friendly and attentive; the owner was very welcoming. Before leaving, we visited their art gallery and shop of unique offerings. We went home with a small copper wall cabinet, purchased at a very reasonable price. The next time we have out of town guests, we will be excited to share with them this HIDDEN TREASURE in Independence. But until then, we will be inviting our in-town-friends to enjoy this special dining experience with us.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Hiway13
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“SIMPLY AMAZING!!”
Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

The most AMAZING restaurant, garden, shop, gallery... The food was fabulous! The owners and staff were wonderful! The garden is a dream. We didn't want to leave. We will be back again and again!

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank B2bkeller
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Independence, Missouri
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“Deliusions Of Grandeur”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

On the whole, as it should be, I must rate this restaurant/antique venue/art gallery as POOR. First, what was good. We ordered a flatbread appetizer with chorizo. It was delicious. We both like salmon very much and with wild Alaskan salmon ($26) on the menu, we both ordered it cooked through. It arrived as ordered. Succulent! The salad that came with the meal was larger than expected and very good. The Kenwood cab “Yulupa” ($32) we ordered was bold yet smooth. Given the tiny tiny window of nice weather now in this zone of the USA, we dined on the very pleasing patio.

Moving on: the price of the bottle was about a little more than 2 and ½ times the lowest price I could find a few days later when I desired another bottle. I know the owners want to present an upscale image, yet paying more than twice the liquor store value seems unreasonable to me. The dessert we shared was a lemon cake with lemon ice cream. The cake was moist and tasted great, but the ice cream was bland, almost flavorless! Visiting the restrooms, we are left to continue wondering have the owners not heard of the toilet paper holder invented a long time ago? Going into the bathroom and seeing the toilet paper roll resting beside the toilet brought back all those memories of filthy service station restrooms visited always out of supreme necessity years ago! Come on, hang the paper from a holder: free-standing or embedded in the wall!

There are steps at the rear of the restaurant/antique store/art gallery from the kitchen/bathrooms area up to the patio or to the upper floors made of some stone. To say that the risers are different is a gross understatement. One step is much higher than usual and the next (going upward) is fewer inches than usual. Who knows how these steps were fashioned to be so disorienting and very dangerous? Even without the addition of alcohol to the system, the human brain is accustomed to risers and, to a certain extent, treads on stair steps to be generic dimensions. These steps, without familiarity or ever-present attention, will and probably have caused a stumble. We were warned, yet thirty minutes later, the precautionary note faded. Fix the steps! Would a cautionary note prevent a successful lawsuit?

Finally, the male owner of the establishment passed near our table through the patio on multiple occasions. Only once out was three to four times did he attend to removal of used dinnerware. The waitress was not necessarily inattentive, yet the owner could have made the experience much better simply by removing soiled dishes. We always like to not see the bowls, plates whatever when empty. Perhaps he is just short of a detail-oriented mind, as there was no notice (signage outside, table tent inside or waitress mention) of the art in the gallery on the top floor. We more or less stumbled upon it with no fore-knowledge.

You know the old saying...for want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe...This is presently Vivilore in June 2013.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank idemandthebest
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Independence, Missouri
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Hidden Treasure!!!!!!”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I first discovered Vivilore BEFORE they opened and could not wait to come back! Owned and operated by a most extraordinary brother and sister. This Mother's Day my son and daughter took me for brunch. The space was originally an interior design studio and because of that there are numerous nooks and crannies, beautiful tile and wood, staircases and windows - the atmosphere in and of itself is enough, but then there is the food!!!!!! Oh my goodness, it was amazing! Delightful, surprising, delicious! And right here in Independence (or for natives of the area, Englewood)! I had the quiche, and my children had the crab cakes benedictine, we all had the Bloody Mary "Bar," and customized our already delicious drinks, but the buffet that began our delicious brunch was not only beautiful it was scrumptious!! Finally, the dessert buffet, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. And I must not fail to mention Linda, our lovely server, we had arrived pretty late actually, it was 3:00, we chatted, and ate, and drank, and by the time we were ready for dessert the main brunch buffet had been cleared away, my son wanted more deviled eggs - Linda brought him a special plate of them! After that, after a wonderful brunch with my beautiful children we wandered through the gallery and out to the courtyard, we were not rushed in any manner, the space is absolutely full of wonderful things, everywhere you look there is something amazing, whimsical, dramatic, functional or fun! In fact we were encouraged to enjoy our time! I love this place, and these people, and will be back often! Thank you for an extraordinary day. (I would not really think it would be too appropriate for really little people - unless you were in the courtyard - Lots of glass and close quarters.)

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Sulleysgirl58
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