About Vida

Since its opening in 2016, Vida has received critical acclaim, earning AAA’s coveted Four Diamond award every year. This award is earned by only two percent of nearly 30,000 restaurants reviewed annually. Vida is one of a very few Indianapolis restaurants to be honored with this distinction.

Four Diamond Award Open Table Award

How did we do it?

Both of our dining menus—a seasonal à la carte menu and a rotating, six-course tastings menu—showcase Vida’s dedication to fresh ingredients and culinary technique. Each dish is carefully constructed with ingredients from local farmers, house-made charcuterie, and Indianapolis’ only in-house hydroponic wall of greens.

Our talented chefs offer an evolving array of imaginative dishes inspired by the changing Indiana seasons, childhood memories and their own personal bests.

Our in-house Sommelier carefully curate an extensive wine collection to fully complement Vida’s menu. Using a Coravin wine extraction system to protect the integrity of the wine, we offer distinctive wine pairings and featured wines by the glass that you won’t find anywhere else in Indianapolis. You’ll also find a collection of rare spirits in our fully stocked bar that appeals to those from the most educated enthusiast to the most casual consumer.

Vida’s talented chefs and highly trained Sommeliers work together to create an unforgettable dining experience for our guests. Here’s an introduction to our team.

Our Team

Chef Thomas Melvin

Chef Thomas Melvin
Executive Chef

Chef Thomas Melvin joined Cunningham Restaurant Group in 2014 as the Executive Chef at Union 50. Under Chef Thomas’s direction, Union 50 made Open Table’s list of 100 Hottest Restaurants in America for two consecutive years. In 2017, Chef Thomas transitioned to Executive Chef at Vida.

Born and raised in Indiana, Chef Thomas began his culinary career at a young age, learning & training at restaurants throughout the state. The more he learned, the more his passion grew. Chef Thomas’s menu is inspired by his surroundings - anything from ingredients to artists; seasons to fellow Chefs and restaurants; musicians to travel destinations. His menus reflect the respect for the culinary craft and the artistry created his kitchen.

When Chef Thomas finds time away from his busy restaurant schedule, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their two children Grant & Stella.

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We are located at 601 E New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202 and you can reach us at 317-420-2323. Vida is part of the Cunningham Restaurant Group.