La Dolce Vita of Belmar
La Dolce Vita of Belmar

La Dolce Vita of Belmar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.belmarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7327493177
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Wine
  • Catering: La Dolce Vita provides old-world Italian Cuisine for your next party, barbeque or picnic in the park. We take catering to a new level of quality and completeness. We look forward with great anticipation to providing our superior catering service. We deliver throughout Monmouth County. Want something special? We can accommodate your special needs, letting you choose from a wide variety of items on our catering menu. Please visit our menu through the page below: http://www.belmarrestaurant.com/nj-catering-menu.php

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Dolce Vita of Belmar
La Dolce Vita is family owned and operated by two generations. Both ZIO (uncle) Giuseppe Salpietro and Nipote (nephew) Nicola Fuccilli invite you to experience their passion for Italian cuisine and culture. The story of La Dolce Vita began five decades ago in a small town in the hills of Sicily. It is from here that co-owner Giuseppe Salpietro brings authentic cuisine, traditions and customs, which come from centuries of good living. La Dolce Vita believes in bringing this passion for Dolce Vita, translates to mean the sweet life, into every dish that leaves our kitchen. It is our goal to make every customer feel like part of our very own family. We at La Dolce Vita believe in family and invite you and your family in to our Restaurant to experience a variety of fantastic tastes to please every palate.
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La Dolce Vita of Belmar reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (43)great for outdoor dining (42)neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (17)good for groups (17)special occasion (17)kid-friendly (12)romantic (10)great for lunch (8)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Love to Dine Out.
    Lovetolunch
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good food, outdoor dining, noisy! Menu provides for all tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dolce Vita
    MBeach619
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Packed house for Sept. and summer crowds gone. Had a reservation for 7:30 did not sit till well after 8. Difficult to get a drink at the bar as bar tender busy serving people eating at the bar. When we finally sat and our table was in a high traffic area for wait staff , and after getting up for the 3rd time in 3 minutes we moved to the table next to us which had yet to be seated. The maitre'd came to sit the party but we were not moving. Fortunately that group of diners were friends of the owner and had a sense of humor so all was well. Food was not up to usual standards, but will go back as it is a convenient meeting spot when meeting friends at the shore.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Find Near Spring Lake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    When in Spring Lake or Ocean Grove, my wife and I are always looking to add restaurants to our list of good places to eat. Looking at the reviews, we decided to give it a try, and we weren't disappointed. Nice atmosphere, good attentive service, and most importantly, food that tasted great. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good first impression
    craig
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    service was great, and I hate bad service more than anything. the atmosphere was nice, dimly lot and comfortable. the food was great. what attracted me to this restaurant was the menu. it had lots of things I knew I would savor eating, the appetizer menu specifically. that's the deal breaker to me. the prices for some thing could have been a little more pricey maybe but portions were large and the food was really good. definitely recommend trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Fine Meal at La Dolce Vita
    fultonVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Celebrated Mom's 822nd birthday at this oceanside gem...............Salads and sandwiches were wonderful......And the desserts sublime. Service is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, awesome service!!
    BridgetP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Dined here on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, table of 5 was ready when we arrived. Wait staff were extremely professional and efficient. Good was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun times
    Shari216
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went there over Labor Day weekend with a group of 9 and service was spot on, food was excellent, location is awesome. What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot w Awesome Food
    Runrobrun
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is a great local restaurant that has awesome food, great service and tremendous ocean view. This is one of the best Italian Restaurants on the Jersey Shore for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beach and Great Food
    Mark
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    For a great "on the beach" restaurant with good, well prepared Italian food...this is the place. Don't shy away from this place, in the middle of the "younger crowd", since it offers great food, service and cocktails. The only improvement would be to enhance the Chicken Scarpariello.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Javaba96
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It is what it is...A beach town with limited dinning options. The food was fine and atmosphere good. I wouldn't go back for seconds since I haven't try the others down the stretches of beach.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Night
    Trish
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We came in from CT. Had dinner Monday night with my sister and her husband . From the drinks to the entrees , it was a wonderful experience of food, drink and oceanfront ambience . Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Beach
    Rick
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    La Dolce Vita is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always very good to excellent and the service is great. All this while enjoying the fresh salt air and being across the street from the ocean. I highly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • veewall
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Restaurant was fine. It's on the beach and a very nice place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was delicious! Staff was extremely helpful. Only problem was it got really, really loud on the porch. We were practically screaming at each other by the end of the night. I'd still go back though!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was only fair
    joyce
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    calamari was a little rubbery, caprese salad was very scant on the tomatoes and they were also not ripe, the buffalo mozzarella tasted no different than the regular mozzarella- no creamy center, the scallops were good. extremely loud inside dining- unable to hear each other over ambient noise.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ocean side dining!
    AnnMVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were greeted right away. There's a nice wine selection, so we enjoyed that. We dined on the patio. The summer breeze was perfect that night and the view of the ocean and the passersby gave a lively vibe to our al fresco experience. My husband raved about his classic veal park dish and I was delighted to have organic Scottish salmon with cherry stone clams. The food was delicious. The service was great. Make reservations or you may not get in!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Coolchick12
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Came here for the first time for my birthday. Made reservations for the patio but when I arrived there was no patio seating available for 2. Was then placed at a table near a busy door the waiters were going in and out of and the table was next to a bunch of guys who ever other word out of their mouth was F%*k. Moved tables. Waiter was nice, but that's the only good thing I have to say. Ordered chicken parm with homemade rigatoni, came out burned with penne from a box (apparently they don't even make homemade rigatoni). Also shrimp cocktail was not fresh, very fishy. Waiter took my meal off the bill. Will definitely never be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again!
    SpoiledbyNYNJ
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is considered an upscale restaurant at the shore in Belmar. The food was so pedestrian and unimaginative it is difficult any place like this could survive. I ordered garlic shrimp which was boring and boiled along with escarole that was cooked to death and loaded with sand. My customer ordered some sort of balsamic chicken which also appeared to be boiled and drenched in a pseudo sauce.... Very disappointing. The waiter was the best part of the meal, handsome and helpful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Hi hopes dashed. The res taurant is well located across from beach, We weree seated in a nice outdoor covered patio. Service was fine. The food was disappointing. The caesar salad was bland, no piquant punch of a well made ceasar . I had shrimp scampi over mushroom risotto. The shrimp were tasty, though bathed in a fairly tasteless broth. The risotto tasted like plain rice and lacked the creaminess of proper preparation. My husband's whole wheat primavera had no distinctive taste and could not have had more than a trace of pesto. His "homemade" pasta tasted no better than the average dried pasta one gets in a box. All in all a big disappointment. Nothing outstanding. We will not be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food and great service
    Nannerl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best linguine with clam sauce my husband and I have ever had. Delicious and reasonably priced Nero D'Avola, plus a seafood salad and Salad Contadina that were out of this world. Finally, deliciious strawberries with zabaglione. A perfect meal, beautifully served, with a great view.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    yummydiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Maybe a Saturday night in July is not the time to go. I had heard good things but can't say I agree. The food was OK ~ visually none of the plates even looked good and the taste was about the same. The noise level inside was too loud to enjoy anything.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Everything was excellent...food was delicious and the service was great! Will definitely be returning :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was good. Waiter was attentive and gave the price of the specials which is what every restaurant should do but, most don't. Unfortunately it was a very dreary night with the threat of rain, the view was lost. I enjoyed the special I ordered. The only disappointment was the dessert special. I would go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch is better...
    OverRatedVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was ny 3rd time to this restaurant but the 1st time for dinner. Food was ok, lunch food is much better...burgers, salads, sandwiches. I had a chicken dish and it was like rubber, my husband had chicken parm and it was really good but typical... not amazing. Deserts were ok, nothing special. It was a busy Friday night so the waiter wasn't very attentive, but he was really nice. The outdoor dining on Ocean avenue is why this restaurant is so busy. The owner just opened another restaurant next door so maybe that is getting more attention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Enjoyed the food. We felt the waiter was good but business like, not very warm
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad too disorganized
    jimnjshore
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had eight 815 reservation sat It was Saturday night fourth of July weekend July 5 dat down 845 did not get an appetizer till 945 dinner was served at almost 11 o'clock staff is not experienced not professional he sits too many tables too many people he has no control of Hostess has no control of staff and actually has no control of himself poor managed food was good we sat outside other than that LOL it was good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary meal
    bigdwil
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Celebrated our 45th with good food, good liquor (grey goose!) great weather and a nice group of fellow diners followed by a walk on the Belmar boardwalk.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The pistachio encrusted sea bass was delicious and the carrot cake was the best ever!! Great find, I will definitely try again next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday dinner!
    Missyb
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went this past Saturday night and the food and service was great. I'm pretty picky and couldn't find anything that was top notch. Our waiter was fantastic and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    sparky
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great place. Food is awesome and the view is great. Nice outdoor dinning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • absolutely awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had an amazing lunch here, right off the beach in Belmar. At lunch the patio was full, and they were most accommodating in seating us inside despite our beach attire. The food was fresh, the Prosecco was refreshing, and the service was great. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the La Dolce Vita of Belmar reviews archive.
  • Very good Italian food
    TerryVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We come here often and the food is always good. Fresh seafood and great chicken parmigiana. Sitting across the street from the ocean in beautiful Belmar, what could be better!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • capt88
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Oceanside dining with a very friendly and helpful staff. Food was good but not outstanding given the price was hoping for just a little better. That said the ocean view and over all experience I will come again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with a view
    FunFinds
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Brought out-of-town guests here for a relaxing business dinner. They haven't stopped talking about the food, the most friendly waiter and the ocean view! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    wojauVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Made reservations one week in advance and it was very busy. (Mother's Day) When we approached the hostess, you was questioning our reservation. Could not find it. Quite embarrasing. They did seat us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mothers Day Brunch
    FineFoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The restaurant atmosphere was alive on a wonderful Mothers Day. Boardwalk view in Belmar, and great spot for people watching. The Lobster crab cake entrée was exceptional, and desserts were delicious. Party of six was served promptly. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Dining
    HolidayDiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    All the away around an excellent dining experience n the Chilean Sea Bass should not be missed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Scallops sandy and steak a little tough . I credit the problem to a very busy day. Mothers Day.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • HepcatVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Unfortunately, our meals were not very good. My husband ordered chicken prmigiana and the chicken was not pounded thin and the pasta was overlooked. I ordered a pasta dish and the pasta was under cooked. The wait staff were very nice, but the ambiance left something to be desired. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. It is a shame because they have a lovely location across from the beach and the views are lovely.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Skeptic
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a last minute change for Easter and decided to head to the shore for an early dinner. The reviews and description on Open Tsble seemed positive, and more importantly, it had openings for dinner. The antipasto was very good, aged cheese and meats. I ordered the Chateaubriand, medium rare, and it came out rare, and cold. The side dishes, too. The other dishes came out ok, but for the price, I wasn't seeing it. The service was good and everyone was pleasant. I just think the food, while good, didn't justify the price. It's expensive.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic