La Dolce Vita - Cleveland
La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ladolcevitamurrayhill.com/
  • Phone: (216) 721-8155
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Terry Tarantino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Family parties have with up to 100 people capacity offering Chef's Sampler at $36/person or Chef's Feast at $50/person dining.
  • Private Party Contact: Jamaa Ajabli 216-721-8155x

Getting there

  • Public Transit: RTA bus stop in front of restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Street Parking also available.
A word from La Dolce Vita - Cleveland
Welcome to La Dolce Vita Bistro - “The Sweet Life,” a restaurant and bistro created to recapture the bell-époque charm of “The Italian Drug,” opened here by Dr. Anthony Caruso in 1914. In the tradition of the great European bistros, La Dolce Vita is devoted to providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for everything from eight course dinners to coffee and Calvino. We strive to prepare the perfect meal, or the perfect cappuccino, and let you enjoy it at your leisure. Our pasta is cooked fresh to order, our sauces and dressing are painstakingly prepared using only the finest ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, the freshest vegetables, imported whole tomatoes, fresh basil and Italian parsley... and your table is reserved for the evening.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
La Dolce Vita - Cleveland reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)romantic (12)notable wine list (12)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (11)good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Very good food and ambiance. Great service!
    weekendranger
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My wife and I were taking advantage of restaurant week in Cleveland to check out Little Italy and glad we did. La Dolce Vitake has a great feel and the food is excellent. The wine list was excelent and we enjoyed a bottle with our meal. The restaurant week menu was a nice showcase of the appetizers, entrees and deserts. The Tiramisu was excellent. The gnocchi with your choice of sauce (went with pesto) was very tasty. The chicken parm was great as well. The pasta was just right. The eggplant parm appetizer was lightly breaded and was cooked perfectly. The presentation and serving was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Date Night
    jsjuliaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My Husband and I have been to La Dolce Vita on many occasions and never had a bad meal. Tonight was the first that I have to make a complaint. We ordered the Fresh Buffalo as an appetizer, the moz was soft and melt in your mouth, the tomatoes were ripe and juicy. I order the special; halibut over tomato risotto. The risotto was creamy and rich, unfortunately the halibut was so dry and rubbery I had a difficult time cutting through it. It also had no flavor, I think it was due to being over cooked. My husband order the Veniza pizza, he enjoyed it, but it was smothered in oil, that didn't want to eat too much. I hope the kitchen was having a bad night and this isn't going to be a regular occurrence.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somewhat Disappointing experience
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The ambiance was nice...very neighborhood-like. Our waiter was not accommodating at all...would make no requested adjustments to menu items and was very curt, not friendly, and hard of hearing. The food was quite good. But with all of the other choices in Little Italy, I won't return here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Italy Gem
    Angel62
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    First time at this restaurant in Little Italy. I would definitely go back. The owner kept checking the tables and was so friendly. The waiter was excellent and also so friendly and helpful. The food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The sweet life indeed!
    litnik
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    La Dolce Vita is a terrific Italian bistro in Little Italy. Terry Tarantino, the owner, actually sat at our table and chatted with us. We were celebrating a birthday and he plied us with wine and dessert on the house. Great food. Professional staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reno required
    FeedmerightthxVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    While the food was reasonable the empty was lacking. Collections of work art and what looks like relics from the owners personal travels on the wall don't work. Place needs interior design renovation to turn it into a charming Italian restaurant in Little Italy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lively food was just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been before and the food was better. Chicken parm was dry and the coffee cold. The nice thing is the owner always comes around with a little something extra he's been cooking and it's always the best thing he serves. The atmosphere is fun and friendly and a good place to relax with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never disappoints
    acepa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    great food and atmosphere, service is attentive, good wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    DCDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    La Dolce Vita is the kind of place that makes you feel like you're a part of the community--even if you're in from out of town. The food is simple but fantastic. The wait staff is responsive, and the environment is casual. I'll definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Little Italy
    CharCVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Years ago La Dolce Vita was recommended to me as the best Little Italy has to offer. I tried it and have been going back ever since. The food is consistently wonderful and the service is always top notch. I have tried others, but nothing compares to the quality this restaurant has to offer.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    although we had a very pleasant server, service was a bit slow. Food was good however we spent our entire meal trying to kill bugs flying around us----and this was inside dining!!! Very unpleasant to say the least.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and atmosphere
    Catherine14
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was excellent. Very cozy spot with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 369 reviews are from the La Dolce Vita - Cleveland reviews archive.
  • Very nice Italian restaurant
    DocTurkVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Authentic home-cooked Italian cuisine. Nice place and worth visiting again when we're back in Cleveland.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    AJSPKSVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We found this place to offer great food and friendly service. It was a great late night find
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Train wreck from start to finish. From seating to an inattentive waiter who did not know what was on the menu (After ordering a bottle of wine he asked if they did not have it would I like another selection. I asked if they had it in stock and he said just pick another and he would check. I got the second choice without being told they were out. My wife then ordered a mixed drink and he said if they did not have that what would be her second choice. She got the second choice.) Would not go back or recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible service!!!!!
    Amyjcu
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The hostess had no clue what she was doing. They said they lost our reservation so we had to wait a long time but later they had it listed with all the other reservations. After waiting a long time we were seated on the back patio which had no ambiance and was right next to a parking lot with no flowers or anything. The bread they brought was literally 2 pieces of white bread with a slab of butter. The food was really good but will NEVER go back due to horrible service!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday lunch
    FMDAdvocate
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We dined for lunch on a Sunday. It was nice weather in Cleveland and fairly quiet in the restaurant. The restaurant was recommended by several locals so I suspect Sunday lunch is just not a happening time. I had risotto with 3 medium size shrimp on top. It tasted ok nothing special and was really not worth the price of $28. Pizza may have been a better choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Nath
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    amazing food! Great tomato source...service really nice! Definitely going back there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite!
    diner2013VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We're always pleased with La Dolce Vita...this time we went for lunch, yet every other time , dinner. Food is consistently good. They do a nice job with cocktails. Great place to sit outside, along the sidewalk, when warm out!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great service and great food. Really liked that the owner came to the table and greeted us. Great experieince.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treated Like Family
    ilovelocal
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Excellent menu with a variety of choices. Table was split on ordering from regular menu and daily specials. Pasta was perfectly prepared for individual orders. Pizzas were delicious. Veal chop, perfection. Wine was reasonable and the selection vast, with a full bar available. Our table was treated like family, with a visit from the owner checking on our meals and service. Our waitstaff was delightful and took care with our large group.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accomodating
    BackInCleveland
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Group of 9 dined together to celebrate husband's birthday - service was excellent, food was great, atmosphere was energetic. Overall a wonderful evening with fantastic food and wine. Can't wait to go back. Would recommend for both large groups and small intimate dinners! We love La Dolce!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Dolce Vita
    MiamiQVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Excellent food, good service, but hostess was rude and unprofessional. She ignored us at the check in stand for at least 2 minutes, never smiled, and we observed her slamming plates on a table she was setting. We might return because the food was excellent and portions perfect, but not sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Tasty
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My wife and I eat there before going to a concert at Severance Hall. The food was great along with the service. It was a nice day, and the tables outside where full by the time we left. The quality of the food was out of this world. Will be back soon. The owner came over to our table and asked how everything was. He made us feel at home and part of his family. This is how a restaurant should be run.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is our 4th visit, and each time the food and service are excellent. Chef's special appetizer and bread always provided at no extra charge. The waiters are very knowledgable and accommodating. Great menu and wine list. My only complaint is the that dining room is always chilly. Great decor.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening
    PastaPete
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Service was very good. Did not like sitting where we sat. Every time the door opened it got cold. I could have asked to move but we were already settled in. But it was not unbearable. Food was very good with a lot of selections.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Any workers?
    BrittVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My sister and I arrived for our reservation at 7:15pm and stood at the hostess stand for a solid 5 minutes. There was not a hostess, no bartender or any waitresses in sight. We finally walked to the back to look around and ended up having to go into the kitchen to ask the guy in there if anyone was working. He seemed confused and had to go to the basement to get the two girls who were supposed to be waiting tables. We waited back at the hostess stand only to find out the people at the bar were as confused as we are and had been already waiting 10 minutes too where anyone was. Food was good but it was the strangest setting.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too noisy to converse lost order
    ChefRiche
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I have had some great times at La Dolce Vita, particularly eating outside. We had a party of six and and hour and forty five minutes to eat before going to a show at the Art Museum. The waiter was very loud and forgot drink orders, and even forgot some dinner orders. The service was slow. He came to the table delivering something and then left quickly without asking if everything was ok or if we needed anything. The food came late and not everything we ordered...we finally got the check and barely made the show. The food was good, but the whole experience was colored by the poor service. I never got the man's name. We sat in the room to the west of the bar. The whole restaurant was quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but drafty. Too
    maria
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great food but drafty. Too bad there wasn't a better entrance
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service - appropriate
    timeout1
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Good service - appropriate attention. 2 out of 4 dinners excellent, other 2 slightly overdone. Relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food as always! Authentic
    Bosco
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great food as always! Authentic service. Our favorite restaurant in Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great. Service was
    nick
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was great. Service was horrible. Over two hours to get the meal. It was Valentines day, so I expected slow service as it is a busy night, but we went for over 30 minutes at a time without a wait staff at our table. Nothing was comped and nothing was noted about the agonizingly slow service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Day Nightmare
    Rick
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We sat 3 tables from the door that would be opened and closed so much that the cold air was unbearable. My wife had to keep her coat on and I put my coat on the back of her chair to keep the wind off of her. Drink service took 20 mins and the waitress never checked to see if we needed anything. A waitress (not ours) did notice that my wife was shiverring and offered to find us another table - she did try her best and the manager did the same. We were reseated in another part of the dinig room, but then our waitress completely forgot about us. I had to track the manager down to see what was going on and it was another 10 mins before we saw any food. He was nice enough to prepare us a small house salad while we waited. Won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's day dinner
    KenAVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Everything was good, not wildly exceptional. Crowded, which slowed down service but not so much as to be a real problem. Waiter recommended a wine that was a bit pricy but still an enjoyable bottle. My one 'complaint' was that the special of the evening was heavily pushed and while my wife ordered it and enjoyed, she said it was not exceptional. The problem was the price, not disclosed on the menu or mentioned by the waiter, was 35-50% higher than everything else on the entree list. Yes, we should have asked, but still you do not expect to have a special cost $45 when nothing else on the menu exceeds $34.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thumbs up
    okluv2dine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Never a disappointment !!!!!! Streets were jammed with traffic as everyone wanted to come to this great neighborhood for a romantic Valentine's Day!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Italy Treat
    fridayeater
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This has long been one of my very favorite places to dine, and my favorite in Little Italy. Nothing fancy about the environment, but just has that special feeling where you feel you belong. Food is wonderful, servers are excellent. Best wedding soup anyplace in Cleveland. Special treat when they project the old film that is their namesake on the wall. If it's very cold out, sit in the back near the heater. If it's very hot out, you might be uncomfortable...no A/C. Still worth it, in my book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V-Day Dinner
    slow2spool
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Table was ready upon our arrival, which was slightly delayed due to traffic & weather. We called to advise and they were happy to accommodate us. Food & service were excellent. Despite the obvious increase in their business for the holiday, they were not trying to rush our dinner, which was refreshing. We will be back again on a more regular basis. Just a note about the parking valet service which has nothing to do with the La Dolce Vita. Traffic through Little Italy was horrible as we exited the restaurant due to traffic to a Severance Music Hall event. Once the traffic cleared up, the valet service was able to catch up. Our wait, as well as others we were waiting with, was in the 30-40 minute range. Something for your consideration.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfied Diners
    deskmanVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Special attention always wins me over.. That is was we received on our dining experience. We were seated at the A table by the window. Service was great,Food was awesome. They couldn't do enough to make a normal Saturday night dinner be a memorable special occasion. THANK YOU !!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Foodlover
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Loved the good and ambiance! Moderate prices for the excellent food and really great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We took two special guest
    Ingrid
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We took two special guest to this restaurant before attending the performance at the Cleveland Orchestra. All four of our very expensive dinners were barely warm. Three seafood entrees and one chicken parmesan entrée. When we told the waiter he offered no suggestions. We had to ask for the check twice when we told the waiter that we had to leave for Severance at 7:00. We've dined at this establishment many times over the years and we've taken many guests. Sorry to say we won't ever be back! The plates should be warmed! Even the silverware was ice cold.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate