La Dolce Vita - Detroit
La Dolce Vita - Detroit

La Dolce Vita - Detroit

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ldvrestaurant.net/
  • Phone: (313) 865-0331
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: If you need to book a reservation for a larger party please contact the restaurant directly. We do require a major credit card to hold tables for parties of ten guests or more. Thank you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedarhurst
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.
A word from La Dolce Vita - Detroit
High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
La Dolce Vita - Detroit reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (123)romantic (117)neighborhood gem (110)special occasion (109)fit for foodies (78)great for brunch (55)notable wine list (50)good for groups (48)late-night find (29)hot spot (28)scenic view (21)great for lunch (18)vibrant bar scene (16)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Heard so much About LDV. Extremely disappointed
    Jenny
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was cold waitress was ditzy got everything wrong
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Plentiful portions. Attentive, knowledgeable serving staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Had another beautiful evening at La Dolce Vita. The food is always superb..the atmosphere romantic and music wonderful. Our sever was very attentive and friendly. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Detroit's true hidden gems
    DetroittotheCore
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    La Dolce Vita serves the best Italian in the Detroit area, with a friendly and helpful staff in a romantic setting. If you haven't been there yet, you owe it to yourself to try it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Too loud! We asked for a table away from the singer but it ended being equally as loud because of the low ceiling
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Impression = Wonderful!
    foodie630
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our first experience at La Dolce Vita was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We were there for our anniversary. We were treated with excellence. The food was wonderful, dessert outstanding! We enjoyed the background singer...just right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant but...
    LeeCVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I always like going to LDV for the food and the ambiance and the wait staff. However the there is always something that ruins the experience a little. This last visit the hostess was not very good at keeping the reservations straight. We stood around waiting for 1/2 hour in the cramped doorway. The hostess seated whomever was in her face at the time and tried to seat our party of 4 at a table for 2. When a table of four became available she seated another party who came in after us then tried to say they were there before us. We were finally seated, everything else went well. I got a headache from the mimosas. I think they used cheap champagne.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LdV does it again!
    hoffadav
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went here with my wife and my parents for their 45th anniversary. Perfect spot for the occasion, food excellent, service perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter was fabulous
    Koby
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Sammy was a great waiter. All the recommendations he made were right on. He was funny, yet very professional. He helped make our dining experience a full evening out. there were 4 of us and I will be back again....with friends/family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Dolce Vita was Perfecto
    Charii
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    First, let me say I have been reading reviews about this place for years and always said I wanted to go but live over 40 miles away but I decided this year for my birthday brunch this is the place to celebrate! I was not disappointed. The place has old world ambiance with a lively brunch, great staff, fabulous live music not to mention awesome food. We loved the total experience and I can't wait to return maybe in the summer when I can sit out on the patio under the lights. The food was fresh and everyone in my party enjoyed their food. If you get the opportunity, check out La Dolce Vita, truly one of Detroit's hidden gems
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Dolce Vitas!
    Emhdwr
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I love this Detroit gem! Food and service are great. Very "Old School"- nice lighting, relaxed dining experience. A straight shot down Woodward to all downtown venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    Dubb
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I have eaten at LDV before and have yet to be disappointed. This was my first brunch and the service and food quality was excellent. LDV is Detroit's best kept secret. Dinner is very good to and a great place to take clients too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    John
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The staff were terrific, the food very good, and the music a nice addition. We found a new favorite in the D!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    foodnut
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went to La Dolce Vita to celebrate my wife's Birthday. As always the food was great, order the Caesar salad made table side. Even though it was very busy the staff handled it well and we were served promptly and professional. We always have a great experience and will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful fall atmosphere
    SDDAY
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Loved walking into the patio and seeing all the fall decorations as well as inside the restaurant. Food was amazing as well as the staff (as usual). Beginning to be one of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food, Perfect Service
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was our first trip to LDV and we could not have been more pleased! It is a bit hard to find as signage is minimal, but once you are there the experience is exceptional! We started with the calamari in a light sauce which was delicious. A nice change from the normal "fried" calamari! We then opted for the "made tableside" Caesar salad...one of the best we've had anywhere. I like anchovies and my wife doesn't, but they were used in a perfect balance that we both found satisfying! For dinner, I had the lasagna bechamel and my wife had the linquine with vongole. Both were outstanding. Service was a perfect balance of attentive, but not smothering and the piano player in the background was a very nice touch. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kure
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Fourth time eating here and it is simply a wonderful restaurant with excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is great but late
    judy43VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We chose to go to La Dolce Vita because of its convenient location near a performance we planned to attend, We told the waitstaff that we needed to be out of the restaurant by 7:30. Nevertheless, our orders seemed to take forever to arrive. We had to rush through our meal with no apology for the long wait. Did they have to go out and catch the fish we ordered?? More than a little bit disappointing! The food was great and more than made up for the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden in plain sight!
    Meesh
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Strategically designed and tucked away in an openly deprived area of Detroit, one immediately forgets where they are upon dawning the grounds of LDV. Once inside the adventure is further enhanced by an outstanding food experience and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love
    AudAnne
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My favorite detroit restaurant! The gnocci are to-die-for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    Peachy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After several years of not coming here, I finally brought my boyfriend here for sweetest day. Food was always great, always had great service. Just never had time to come back. So I was hoping things didn't change! And they haven't. We loved everything from the Reisling, table side Caesar salad, minestrone soup, and the filetto di manzo! Antonio was an outstanding server. He has been there quite awhile and 100% Italian! If you're looking for real Italian, this is it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Sweetest Day
    jimmyc6VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I have been to LDV several times but even though it was Sweetest Day the food and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    goldi4644
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Would have liked not so much kitschy Halloween decorations, but the food was amazing. They had an outstanding Italian singer who I fell in love with. I would definitely go back though, the filet was delicious and loved the malbec choice they had!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The setting was amazing plus the great food was fantastic . My date and myself as amazed .
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    tlining
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Its a diamond in the rough, I love La Dolce Vita we makes stops here on our way to various events in Detroit like the DSO, Food and Service are always outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A HIDDEN GEM!
    FranVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I can't say enough about this dining establishment. It is truly a hidden gem! If you are looking for great food, reasonable prices, lovely ambience and live music ensemble, then this is the place! La Dolce Vita has Toty, who sings and plays the guitar along with a synthesizer. He is amazing. On Tuesday nights, Gwen, sings with a 3 piece ensemble. Smooth jazz, Motown, R&B. The atmosphere is charming. A lovely brick patio with ivy on the walls, outside bar and fountains. A great place to have dinner, drinks or just listen to the music. Inside is just as charming as out. The wait staff is excellent. The selection of food is great. Their lasagne and gnocchi are the best! Their wine list is small but good. Pricing is very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    heyk1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The service was great, the food was excellent. This is my second time here I will be going back again for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Outstanding Experience
    JSC48098
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything about La Dolce Vita (LDV) is exceptional--it is truly a hidden gem. Hidden because there is only an understated logo (LDV) visible from the street. But word of mouth is enough to bring fine dining enthusiasts from all over metro Detroit. Reservations are highly recommended. If you haven't been to LDV before, visit its website and look at photos of an interesting, very cool site. All aspects--ambiance, service/food/wine--of our evening were 5 star. We'll be back. For those of you who may be concerned about safety, don't be. Valet parking is located at the back of the restaurant in a very secure area on LDV's property directly in front of the entrance to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nancy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A completely delightful experience. One of our favorite places to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food poor service
    Jbrad62
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our second visit the first on a weeknight for our 25th anniversary and had great overalll service. Decided to return for our 28th on a Saturday evening. We had small table shoved in the corner but since I had to move up time that day we were happy to get seated. Everything was good until a server asked to take my wife's plate while her fork was in her hand and clearly not done. Other tables by us were being cleared. Five minutes later a different server did same thing. Got impression they wanted table?? Anyhow it ruins a special night even if food was good. Won't be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time
    Greg
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had the Filetto & Scampi and it was great! The service is very attentive and friendly. My fiance and myself had been here one tie before and it was great then as well the consistency of good service, good food, clean establishment ( no bad table) is impressive and appreciated. Great outside patio (no misquotes). very romantic, almost feels like being in Italy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best dining experience in a while
    Motownbeliever
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Thank you ldv for participating in DRW, otherwise we may not have looked for and found you! The menu choices were interesting and delicious. The garden dining atmosphere would be a HUGE and immensely pleasant surprise in any neighborhood. Thank you for a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annivquartet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It was our first time dining here. We found the staff to be welcoming and accommodating. The guitarist playing dining music and conversing with us made this experience something to remember and special. Ldc is a secluded gem of a restaurant, and worth the effort to seek it out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    Dlectricity
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    this restaurant is a wonderful gem and its location defies the surrounding neighborhood. the garden/patio is wonderful and the restaurant is worthy of more than one visit. Old world Italian food married with Haute Cuisine. I had the Perch and my date had Chicken cavitappi. Both meals were perfect. we also enjoyed the tableside Caesar Salad, which was not done tableside, but behind us. The salad was superb! thanks for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Detroit Reataurant Week (DRW)
    disappointed8888888
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We suggested LA Dolce Vita to our friends. The published DRW had totally changed when we arrived, i.e. published Rack Of Lamb was instead Venison. The entire menu was down graded with the exception of The Sea Bass and desserts. Our waitress was great, the hostess was very friendly. The food was disappointing, but it could have been I didn't like the options.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food + supurb service
    Twinks
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We visited during restaurant week and had a wonderful time! It was our first time there and the food was VERY good. The service made the experience even better. The staff was very knowledgeable about the dishes and extremely pleasant. Will absolutely recommend this place to our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ncgfin
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We all enjoyed our meals. especially liked the artichoke appetizer and tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For the expense, I would not go here again. We went for Detroit Restaurant week and we're very excited to try this place. Food was mediocre, same as service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hidden Gem
    ToolongwaitVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Your first problem is finding the place. You need to look for "LDV" on the outside and remember the entrance is from the rear. Altho it was the end of September, we ate on the patio and it was delightful, as always. Our entrees were the gnocchi and perch and both were done exactly right. Service was not quite as good - we had to ask for our bread and a few slices felt like they had been sitting around. Then we were brought the incorrect check. But these were minor in what was otherwise a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet