Vivo Windermere

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Vivo Ristorante opened in July of 2011 with the vision of bringing traditional Italian dining, the sharing of food and conversation to our fine city. Inspired by the vivacious family meals in Grace De Rose`s house growing up, all our food is served family style, in large bowls or platters for sharing. The heart of Italian cooking is fresh regional product; our Chef works with a long list of local suppliers, to prepare the freshest possible ingredients in classic Italian style. The ingredients on our menu change frequently, whereas our unique family style service and the traditional Italian Piatti (courses) have remained the same. Our favorite nights are the ones where the room is alive with sounds of clattering cutlery on plates, clinking of glassware, the bustling kitchen, all intermingled with animated discussion.
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G
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal at Vivo Windermere with friends. The food was excellent and so was the service. We will be back!

MW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had just come over from the Cineplex across the way and we were promptly seated in a quiet corner of the restaurant. Our server was exceptional. Attentive, but not obtrusive. His service was appreciated by all of us.
The food was of excellent quality: served hot and very tasty. We’ll be back!

DA
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pasta was too salty. Waiter didn’t refill our water glasses-they were empty for a long time. He wasn’t busy.

HL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We dined here before a movie. Arrived for our 5:00 reservation. The place was not busy at the time. Wings arrived cold, sent them back. The pizza was only warm. I thought with wood fired pizza it should be piping hot. Cheese on top wasn’t even melted. Wait staff was good but for the price of our meal I expected much more. Half price wine during happy hour but when the regular price is 18.00, you’re not really getting a great deal! No concession given for the wings and the wait for them to pop them in the microwave. Won’t likely return.

C
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I liked the ease of booking online and the reminders of our reservation. Liked the look and feel of the restaurant. Our server was excellent.

GS
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Service was good at the start and at the end waiting for the bill
Took awhile. The food was not what I expected from Vivo lessard. Pizza was adequate. Spaghetti and meatballs was soggy. Very disappointed.

P
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was good. the meal was recommended for two but we were disappointed in the quantity of vegetables and salad, definitely portioned for one. we didn’t complain but definitely left wanting More. food tasted great ambiance was loud and cold spacious not comfortable for a date in my opinion

SS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fabulous!

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Since our last visit, there have been huge improvements in the food and service. Our server, Kate, was great! She was attentive, friendly and she made sure that everything that we ordered was well timed. My husband and I ordered the shareable to start and we both really enjoyed what came on the platter- meatballs, arancini and cauliflower. For our entrees I ordered the gnuddi and my husband had the rigatoni. Both were very tasty and the portions were huge! Rarely do we have leftovers to take home, but tonight we did :)
My only suggestion is that they change the music playing in the background to something more suitable to the atmosphere. Some soft instrumental or even classical Italian would have been better than the dance music that was playing.

OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food quality is incredible and service is fantastic. 💕

J
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking forward to the grilled Cesar salad but due to the romaine recall I was unable to have it. Will be back!

MR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Disappointed in the atmosphere - brith lights, basic cafeteria ambience, nothing like the west end location (unless they have changed it since the renovation). Service was great food was great but won’t be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Worst restaurant in Edmonton, the Mac and cheese tastes like Kraft dinner. The grilled chicken was extremely dry and chewy and it took 45 minutes to get a drink refill. I would never come here or recommend it to anyone!

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The night started with a waitress taking some cutlery and napkins from our table to give to her guests in her section, leaving us short 2.

Pasta was undercooked, chewy, but I didn’t send it back as it took 30mins to arrive and I was hungry.

5th place setting at our table was “forgotten” and we had to wait an additional 10mins, politely watching the remainder of our dishes get cold.

Despite the slow service, missing place settings, and missed order, no discount or apologies offered, only an excuse “we’re not used to being this busy on Sunday, and it’s the kitchens fault”.

Overall a brutal and disappointing experience, I won’t be returning.

OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here is incredible. Food is totally out of this world. Probably the best happy hour menu on the planet. 💕

DB
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently had a complicated hip replacement surgery and this was the first time in 8 weeks I'd been out to a restaurant. It's my husband's 40th birthday, and since I couldn't plan a big lavish party for him, I decided to take him out to Vivo since we hadn't ever been. First things first, the service was amazing! We were early for our reservation so we had a waitress start us off and then transfer us to the waiter that was scheduled for our reservation. They were both so nice! The manager also came over to our table twice: once to ensure everything was to our satisfaction AND once more to wish my husband a happy birthday! That may seem like a small gesture, but we totally appreciate those little things.

The food was incredible! We started with the bruschetta appetizer which comes with two different mixes - ricotta and tomato, and then tomatoes with mint and jalapeños. It was awesome! For our entrees, my husband ordered the Chicken Parmesan and said it was by far the best he's ever had. I ordered the Ravioli Funghi which was also absolutely delicious. Much to our surprise, they sent us a complimentary dessert which was also incredible. We were stuffed but managed to get the dessert down without any issue because it was THAT good.

We will definitely be returning to Vivo Windermere! We actually think this could become one of our "go-to date night restaurants". I've seen other reviews stating how patrons didn't like that it wasn't more "upscale", but that was exactly the reason why we loved it so much! It is affordable in an economy that's effecting so many including ourselves, and it has a relaxed atmosphere! All in all, we were definitely thrilled with our first experience at Vivo, and we have already recommended this restaurant to friends.

c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Service was excellent.

Menu is subpar. Food is worse.

W
Edmonton
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. The customer service was excellent. Only thing was the hollandaise sauce on the eggs benny not so good! But other food was excellent. Met the Chef - he is lovely and very hospitable. I will be back.

LC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way better than Bottega 104 and at half the price.

FO
Edmonton
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A more casual Vivo. Nice to bring the family or out with the girls.

DH
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Average food at a reasonable price. Good place to take the wife if you're not trying to impress.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food tasted great, very noisy and asked for no tomato sauce yet dinner came with sauce

K
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to check out the brunch and it was awesome. Mushroom toast was amazingly tasty and the eggs were done perfectly. Definitely recommend for unique twists on standard brunch fare.

LG
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I would recommend due to the amazing server that we had and the happy hour pricing.
The food was mediocre. Had I paid full price for the cauliflower appy or the meatballs, I would have been disappointed. The cauliflower was WAY over breaded and resembled more of a chinese style sweet and sour chicken ball than a piece of cauliflower with Italian flare. The meatballs seems to be made with too much binder, like breadcrumb, or maybe the meat was too overworked, just mealy and the flavor was bland (not enough seasoning in the mixture). The sauce was on the greasy side (could see oil separating out of the sauce). The grilled ceasar salad was really tasty so that was a saving grace on my experience.
Our server saved the day with her personality and straightforward approach. The wine list was extensive and one that I definitely would come back for on their Wine Wednesday (half price bottles).

CW
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Food was very good
The decor could use an upgrade

A
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow. Felt kinda rushed. Server was pushy for us to order main entrees when we wanted to start with wine and appetizers. Never offered the dessert menu when asked for it the server replied well there is only 4 items on it and walked away. We finally saw a dessert menu. No decaf coffee served at the restaurant for evening specialty coffees.

EB
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Truly the most underwhelming food I have experienced in years. Bland, boring and not cooked properly. Staffing is also a problem. Not worth the money and will not be returning... ever.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Windermere and it will be one of our go to places moving forward. What a great addition!!!

MB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Not too busy when we were there, therefore not very noisy although might have that potential. Service was good and food was tasty. Temperature in the room was somewhat chilly. I would return, thought it was a nice place to go, food and pricing was good and convenient to the movie theatre and shopping.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Having only been to Vivo on the west end, this was rather disappointing. Presenting it under a different name to infer the casual nature of this location would be better.

LM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was highly average to poor and over priced. There were 6 of us and only one of us enjoyed their meal. The pasta was overcooked and flavourless, the calamari was so over battered and deep fried it could have been anything. We would not go back and would not recommend to friends .

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Took over a half hour for our server to even acknowledge us. Ordered whole meal straight away. Drinks took another 15 minutes to arrive after ordering. Appetizer (a salad) didn’t even make it to the table 40 minutes after ordering. Ended up paying for the drinks and leaving before any food got to the table. Was at the restaurant for over an hour and the only thing on our table was two mixed drinks and water.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Just horrible period. Service was bad food was worse.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The drinks and food are delicious! The drink service was quite slow, but other then that it was great.

N
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely different than the West End location - not sure why they kept the same name because we had much different expectations. But for casual dining it was pretty good food and value. We got to sit on the patio so it was really a nice ambiance.

R
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice casual restaurant. Good service, Manager came by at end to check that we enjoyed our experience.

NU
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Awful food. Dry ravioli. Poor flavour profiles. Lacking visual presentation. Poor ambiance. Only good thing about this place was the server; she should work elsewhere

F
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reserved table was in a quieter part of the restaurant. The server was attentive and food came at a good pace. Food was very good. We had the asparagus appetizer, which was nicely grilled. I had the carpaccio as my main. My second time for this dish a the restaurant and very good both times. The bread could have be crispier, but all in all, I would recommend Vivo.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible, compatible to a lower end chain restaurant.

LJ
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My fourth time to this new location. We have been going to Vivo Lessard for a few years and are never disappointed.
This is a great spot for delicious food and more casual environment.