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9.2 based on 97 reviews
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    Excellent night out with good food and service.

    Beautiful well cooked food. Welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Attentive staff. Highly recommended.

    Lovely meal mushroom starter salmon main was fresh and hot .

    Excellent quality and service, would highly recommend.

    Buzzing, popular restaurant. Food a bit hit and miss; my husband loved his calzone but my meatballs were bland and the fish a bit dry. That said, it’s local and extremely good value so will likely return and try something different.

    Great food, new flavours and good portions. The service was a bit slow but it was a busy night since it was Valentine's.
    I strongly recommend this place

    Once again lovely meal friendly staff!

    The food was very good. Service was excellent would recommend it going again in 2 weeks time. 4star.

    Had an amazing lunch at Vivos served by Massimo
    Complimentary burshetta to start thennwe all ordered the 2 course special fir £8.95 a real
    Bargain. The grilled chicken salad starter had 3 large pieces of grilled chicken a very good size starter.
    2 of us had the shrimp starter and one the carrot soup all very tasty. Baked cod entree very generous portions and perfectly cooked and hake balls mostly fish little filler . We all enjoyed our lunch we're not rushed at all and service was great! Thanks Vivo for another great meal

    We had a lovely meal at Vivo's to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The owner remembered us from our previous visits and we were greeted by name and a friendly smile.

    Our order was taken promptly and after reviewing the menu were able to change our minds about sides with no problem.

    The food was appertising and tasty. As a nice surprise to end our meal the owner came out with a dessert which had the words Happy Anniversary written in chocolate sauce. A perfect end to a romantic evening.
    Overall the atmosphere was busy but welcoming and pleasant.

    The meal was lovely, booked the table for my mum and dads 50th wedding anniversary will certainly be returning.

    Brilliant food, good service, friendly staff. Had a lovely evening!

    Lovely meal, although portion size for lasagne was smaller than expected.

    A nice looking restaurant with a polite welcome. Good choice on the menu however I chose Asian prawn noodle to start which had been crucified in the fryer so it had to be returned, the second one better although the tempura style noodle didn't work with the tails left on the prawns as it was hard to retrieve them , it just didn't work. The steak was great and very flavoursome and the service was polite and efficient. It was busy so I believe it suits some but I probably won't revisit and I don't think it should be ranked as high as it was. Worth a try though.

    Good range of dishes. Could have no complaints on the food. Particularly liked the mussels; which was a generous portion. Was busy throughout the night and the staff worked very hard to give great service. Left very full and contented.

    Great value and delicious food - will definitely return

    Food lovely and the staff very friendly and helpful.

    Excellent food will definitely be back to Vivo!

    Another great meal at Vivo and thank you Go dine for our 15% of food discount. As always received a warm welcome and our window table reserved as requested. I had the bream with caponata sauce and my friend the salmon . It came with a selection of fresh veg. All perfectly prepared. Both our meals were beautifully presented, prepared and were delicious. Our wine recommended and was a perfect choice too. We took our time we're not rushed and ended up with coffee and a liqueur. Thanks Vivo we will be back!

    Excellent place, with a great atmosphere we will definitely be going again soon.

    I was at Vivo's with 2 friends on New Year's Eve. It was extremely busy but we were well looked after and the atmosphere was brilliant. Thank you so much.

    Another wonderful evening and dinner at Vivo (Stapleford). Celebrating birthdays with a friend. Massimo greeted us and brought us a complimentary starter. I had the bream and my friend the duck. Both were perfectly cooked as were the assorted veg which included carrots, broccoli, parsnips and roast potatoes. Finished off with birthday candles and ice cream. We will be back!

    Our evening meal was perfect, the food was delicious and the service was exceptional. I would highly recommend Vivo to all of my friends!

    Amazing food at Vivo, the staff were very knowledgeable!

    Food excellent, service was perfect, good value and ambiance good.

    Lovely meal. Friendly staff. Can't fault it. Would definitely go again.

    Excellent meal, served very politely and in good time.

    What can I say! Vivo is my go to place when home visiting my dad. The staff are wonderful. They always know me. The ambience is amazing the food is always the best. There is just nothing to fault. I had th salmon and my friend had the duck both were perfect. Highly recommended!

    Christmas eve dinner. What a treat. If it had been open Christmas Day we would have been there! Hard to get my dad out at 93 and didn't want to cook both days! The food is always beautifully presented, fresh creative and tastes amazing and even when buys and crowded the service is top notch. Thanks Massimo

    2nd time for lunch usually go for dinner when staying in the area. Wonderful as always. Great selection, special 2 course offer great value. Food tasted and looked amazing and great service. Cannot fault!

    Staff brilliant, food great, vegetables cooked to perfection, been here before and definitely will be back.

    Staff so friendly always their to look after you!

    Great food, relaxing space no pressure to leave before we were ready even though we booked late!

    Everything excellent. More than 5 star. Definitely on our list for regular visits.

    Really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be returning to Vivo.

    It was a very busy evening in the restaurant but nevertheless we did not have long to wait for each course and as usual, delicious! We were also entertained by a Guitarist.

    We were a party of 10 dining for a 50th birthday at Vivo in Stapleford, excellent from start to finish, the food was hot and delicious, the service second to none, we were the first people there and it soon filled up but the service never faltered. Can highly recommend and will definitely be returning!

    Vivo is easily the best Italian Restaurant for miles around. Such friendly staff; immaculate surroundings and most importantly excellent food!

    Delicious food and always a very warm welcome at Vivo. Highly recommended!

    Warm welcome at Vivo; spotlessly clean surroundings and excellent food!

    The food was ok at Vivo. Waiting staff were good but the guy who appeared to be in charge came across as very brusque. Maybe just an "off" night but not an enjoyable visit unfortunately.

    A solid 4/5. Would return!

    Once again a lovely meal warm welcome as always.

    One word - DELICIOUS! Could not fault the food. The early bid deal is a great offer but the prtions are on the smaller side and veg/chips cost extra. The goats cheese starter with a zingy marmalade was amazing - try it!

    Had a meal hear few weeks ago I gave it a 5 star rating we had another meal hear last night (22-11-14) once again brilliant food and service nothing is to much trouble (especially from Massimo) thank you see you again Vic.

    Vivo's in Stapleford in my opinion is one of the best restaurants around, for all of the above reasons. Everyone is so polite and professional. I booked the date and time through Go dine and this company cannot be faltered either. Thank you all

    Absolutely super in each and every aspect, particularly the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

    Could not fault the food it was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. The early bird menu is a great deal, however portions are on the smaller side.

    Excellent food and friendly welcome. Good service and great value.

    Visited Nottingham recently and had booked The Cumin Restaurant in advance of my visit as it was well rated by other customers. This restaurant's menu was really good and the flavours of the food was awesome. The staff were very attentive and manner-able. Would certainly go again when down in this area. Thank you for a good end to my day.

    First time visit very pleased will return, 5 star!

    Food great, good atmosphere and good service once again.

    Great Italian restaurant, positioned in Stapleford, but could easily be in the city centre. Modern, clean and spacious surroundings. Staff are attentive and great menu choices. Food was very tasty and piping hot.

    Great food, but was really busy so service was a little stretched!

    I had the pollo piccante which was full of flavour, and my husband had the calzone classico - he said it was really nice. We will come back to Vivo soon! Very authentic atmosphere which made the evening even more enjoyable.

    The food at Vivo is lovely and tastes really authentic. I had the Gamberi linguine which was great. I can't wait to come back and try out some other dishes.

    Another great night with superb food.

    First time visited and amazed at the standard of food and choice. Would recommend the restaurant and no doubt will return.

    We have dined out at Vivo's on many occasions and have never been disappointed with any aspect. From the moment we enter and are greeted with warm welcomes from all the staff. The food is always tasty and delicious. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a good night out.

    Delicious food set in a modern contemporary style.

    Good value tasty meal in a pleasant setting.

    We visited Vivo at Stapleford on 17th August for a birthday celebration. We were not disappointed! The menu was amazing, we were completely spoilt for choice. Staff were superb, could not have asked for better. This was only our 2nd visit but most definitely will not be our last. Looking forward to our return visit.

    food ok but nothing special and quite pricey for the amount served. No atmosphere and quite stuffy. Won't be returning.

    I really enjoyed my meal, the service was good. I'll definately be eating there again.

    Was seated right near the front door which was cold. Found the food to be quite expensive and not a lot of it.

    Overall a good experience, although the food was pricey.

    We were third time customers. Always have a great meal and service. Good number of options available to me being a veggie. Will go again.

    Fantastic service and food. Very friendly and welcoming. The menu has something for everyone. If you like the most perfect steak, Vivo is the place to go. In a nut shell... I love it!

    Absolutely loved everything about Vivo - the food was superb.

    Would have given full marks but unfortunately the chicken starter was very dry, otherwise very good value for money.

    Very impressed. The food was very nice & could not fault the service. The early bird special is great value for money

    Food and service very good. Staff very pleasant and attentive. Will dine here again!

    Very nice meal and good atmosphere


    As always the food was lovely, anyone visiting here really should try the Tornado Vivo - its to die for.

    If you're looking for comfortable surroundings, a suitable place for all the family, an amazing atmostphere and not to forget exquisite food, go to Vivo for a really great night out. The service was slick and friendly, the staff catered well for children and the meal was sumptious to say the least. If you wanted a quick meal of pasta, Vivo delivers on value. If you're looking for a special night out with a 3 course meal, you will get this in abundance! Visit as soon as you can.

    Toilets were a little dark - but overall everything was fab for a great night out x

    I am a frequent visitor to Vivo's as its local to me, its great to have such a good restaurant on the doorstep.

    It is the first time we went to Vivo and after reading all the great reviews we were really looking forward to it. The food was really good as we expected. There was a lot of choice in the menu and all the dishes we all had were very tasty. The service however was quite a disappointment. We didn't feel like that staff cared about us at all. I was disappointed no one offered us bread or olives as we sat down. We had various waiters come to our table as the meal progressed. Every time we wanted something we had a lengthy hunt for their attention. I don't remember anyone asking at least once if we liked our food or if we needed anything. Though the longest wait we had was waiting for the bill - we had to ask three times for it. The toilets were clean, but not as welcoming as one would expect with such a nice restaurant. Though I generally tend to find the facilities not as looked after as the rest of the venue in most restaurants.

    Food was great I had the Tornados Vivo which was excellent, service a bit slow at times, but the restaurant was very busy. I just love this place.

    Very busy night and we were kept waiting a while before they took the order but they did supply us with bread and olives which was free and making sure we had drinks. Well worth the wait as the meal was delicious, only the second time I've been but will go again.

    great place to spend an evening

    Service a little slow but staff did realise and appologised. Otherwise very attentive and the food was good. Would go again.

    Vivo is the only restaurant that you can go to time and time again and never be disappointed.

    I love Vivo - we go a lot and they never disappoint.

    I would recommend this restaurant and will definitely be returning. The chicken in white wine was delicious. Very generous portion sizes, I couldn't manage a dessert! Service was great, very attentive without being intrusive and the staff were really friendly, a very enjoyable evening, thank you.

    Really great food and ambience at the Vivo - but dissappointed that they no longer do French Fries as other customers had complianed that they preferred CHIPS! I say if you want chips go to the chippy - bring back the delicious French Fries please for our next visit.

    Vivo wasn't a first choice for us, but we were very happy with the service and the food was excellent. Would definately recommend to a friend and go again. We went on a Saturday and the restaurant was very busy. X

    Great modern place, good food and service - we look forward to visiting Vivo again.
    Thank you

    VIVO is one of our favourite restaurants we go at least once a month and have been going since it opened. The food is consistently excellent and the ambiance is chilled out. This is not somewhere that you go for a quick meal - the service is laid back - but it is somewhere you go for a great night out, with warm welcoming staff, great food in lovely surroundings.

    We went for lunch and for the price the food was excellent. Very fresh food with good portion sizes. The waiter was also very friendly and we will definitely be going again.

12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
12pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
  • Ranked #108 of 505
  • Avg. main course: £8
  • 0.4 miles from Stapleford
  • Italian

We say…

Vivo is an independent, family-run Italian restaurant in Stapleford, Nottingham. Located six miles from Nottingham centre and just five minutes from the M1 motorway, it's perfectly situated for locals who want to escape the centre and visitors who are travelling by car. 

The restaurant has been open since December 2007 and has gradually accumulated a steady fan base of customers who have spread the Vivo name far and wide. As you walk through the door you are greeted by tantalising Italian aromas wafting from the open kitchen where you can watch your meal being prepared.  The dining room is chic and contemporary, with matching chairs and tables laid with very simple but effective place settings coupled with quirky architecture and printed motifs on the bar and walls.

Vivo takes great pride in combining fresh ingredients with the passion and skills of their chefs to produce great quality, authentic Italian cuisine. The aim is for every meal to be a little slice of Italy on a plate and they succeed in this quest time and time again. On the menu you will find a superb selection of antipasti, designed to tease your palate and prepare for the delights of the main menu. Stand-out dishes from the a la carte list include the pan-fried duck breast cooked with leeks in a red wine sauce, served with fruits of the forest, as well as the rosa maria medallions of fillet steak grilled with a red wine sauce, rosemary and garlic. For dessert, go for the torta al cioccolato: a chocolate sponge served with vanilla custard and black cherries

Vivo Stapleford is perfect for a romantic meal for two in a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere. Families will also enjoy a trip here as the Italian tradition of dining at leisure with all generations catered for is very much alive.

last updated: 05 Aug 2016

last updated: 09 Apr 2018

last updated: 09 Apr 2018
162-164 Derby Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 7AY
0115 949 1000