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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

We have been here many times and it is a tried and true spot for an excellent meal. So many restaurants to choose from in Geneva but we do go back here when friends come from out of town as it is a sure win...for all of us. Food is consistently delicious. My favorite is the blackened shrimp salad.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

Great dining experience. Restaurant was short staffed, but the servers worked so hard to make your experience enjoyable. You can tell that they really cared about their jobs. Food was delicious- would definitely go back.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 22 July 2023 via mobile

I didn’t like it! It’s too dark inside the restaurant ! Staff wasn’t so friendly! Food is less than fair! We had a burger that wasn’t tasty! We had a beetroot salad that was ok. I don’t recommend it!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 May 2023

This was our first visit to Livia and we're glad we chose to dine there. We arrived just after they opened for lunch so there were only a few diners present. When we left the indoor dining room was about half full and the outdoor...area was full. Outdoor seating is several feet below street level so there is wind protection and some reduction in traffic noise making it a very pleasant area. Our server, Kristen was delightful. Our meals included lobster bisque (one of the best we've ever had), a steakhouse burger with fries and a petite filet with whipped potatoes and asparagus. The steak and burger were cooked to perfection and the Kenwood Cabernet was an excellent choice. Dessert was tiramisu, truly superb. Price before tip was a reasonable $75.00. We will definitely return.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023

The food was delicious. Salad was very good. And, the service was top notch. Nice atmosphere for a relaxed evening.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2023

The shareable options & quality were fantastic! Chef Mike stopped to say hi & ensure we had an awesome experience! Staff was very attentive & awesome!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 7 June 2022

First time visit. We were a party of 6 with resv and sat outside by our request. Server was good, pleasant, and handled everything well. Food was excellent and plentiful. Not cheap by any means but not overpriced, Would I return? Absolutely.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

I would have given it 4-5 stars if the wait staff were wearing masks. Since this is Illinois, not Texas or Florida, I expect the wait staff to wear masks. We chose the restaurant for 2 reasons: we saw many people already eating there at...4:30pm; and it has outdoor seating. The outdoor seating arrangement at the entrance, which is a few steps down from the sidewalk level, is tightly packed with small tables. I didn't feel comfortable sitting so close to other tables, so I chose the picnic style tables at the street level. But when the waitress showed up without mask, my heart just sank. 3 of us adults are fully vaccinated, but our 3 young children, all under 12, are not. So we cannot take a chance. The food was delicious, but the non mask wearing just made me feel very uncomfortable, which ruins the experience for me. I don't advise ordering the Chicken Marsala. The chicken was under seasoned and overcooked. The spread with honeycomb and fig jam appetizer was excellent. All the salmon dishes were great. BTW, we later saw that Not a single person in this restaurant, whether they are staff or customers, were wearing a mask. And this is at the height of the Delta variant!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 15 August 2021

You never know where or when you are going to discover a fine dining restaurant, even in restaurant happy Chicago. I once lived in west suburban Wheaton and Glen Ellyn but my wife and I have lived in downtown Chicago since 1976. In our retirement,...we are becoming reacquainted with the best suburban restaurants, including eateries that have opened in the last few years. Like Livia Italian Eatery in Geneva, which opened in 2017. Located at 207 South 3rd Street, south of State Street, it offers northern Italian cuisine in an intimate, modern venue with a full-service bar and outdoor seating. Open from 11 to 9 Sunday through Wednesday and 11 to 10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Livia features what every quality Italian ristorante should feature...and then some. This is a hidden gem that deserves more props. Check previous reviews. All positive, lunch or dinner. My wife and I chose dinner. We started with veal meatballs, lobster bisque, Tuscan shrimp and Caesar salad with romaine, tomatoes, croutons, lemon and black pepper. How about these dishes for house specialties? My wife was delighted with New Zealand lamb chops with roasted vegetables, whipped potatoes, veal demi glaze and gorgonzola crusted. I was equally pleased with my filet duo, two four-ounce medallions of beef with whipped potatoes, romano crusted tomato, roasted vegetables and rosemary demi glaze. The traditional spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna will have to wait. For dessert, we shared portions of tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 9 July 2021 via mobile

My friend and I ate lunch at Livia's and loved the outdoor seating. I had Maryland crabcakes and shrimp and my friend had lasagna. The food was delicious and the service was very good too. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 7 April 2021 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch today with friends. I ordered the Kale & Farro salad with grilled chicken breast. It included roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, pecans, apple and delicious dressing. I’ve been wanting to try farro, and this was so delicious ( even loved the...kale ( tender & thinly sliced ) One friend had her favorite - blackened salmon salad with kale & quinoa, and the other ordered a flatbread with tomatoes & arugula. We enjoyed our selections Marie was our server, so sweet & attentive ! Thank you for taking great care of us todayMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 5 April 2021 via mobile

All in all a pretty good choice for lunch that Saturday afternoon. The burger and the flatbread were great. Service was also very good ... very friendly and effective. The one drawback is the igloos outside have a lot of wear and tear and aren’t...in as good a condition as one might like. But that wasn’t a problem for us - four adults and a small child with stroller.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 14 February 2021 via mobile

We ate here on a couple’s date for Valentine’s Day weekend. It was the coldest day so far and we were first put in the igloo type tents outside. We were freezing so they let us eat a table inside. Unfortunately, we were seated near...the door and we froze. We all bundled up in our coats and made the best of the it. The manager did give us a free bottle of wine for the inconvenience, which was so nice of her to do that. The staff was amazing and so were the patrons. A couple we met while waiting at the bar bought us a round of drinks! Super nice couple, if you are out there, thank you all! I HIGHLY recommend the eggplant shrimp appetizer. It was absolutely delicious. We will definitely come back when it’s warmer out.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 30 December 2020

It was very nice to see this restaurant open and following all the recommended guidelines for covid safety. As usual the martini was excellent and the service great. Hope to come back for a nice sit down dinner.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 19 October 2020 via mobile

We had a good meal but were at a picnic bench type table along third street, so noisy with traffic and not as comfortable as regular table. A Covid issue and glad restaurant busy as have excellent food and service.

Date of visit: June 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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