It was a father and daughter birthday celebration, and we were seated at a beautiful natural Monkey-wood table, as if we were in a wine cellar. The service and the food were both excellent.
We just moved to north county a year ago and have been to Dolce a few times. Tonight is probably the last time will go for a while. Nice atmosphere. Good food. Terrible service. Had to ask several times for a soup spoon (not a big deal but sign of what was coming). My wife ordered brussel sprouts with her halibut. Halibut was below average. No flavor. My salmon was fine. Butternut squash soup was good not great. Just not much flavor. Would like to tell you how the brussel sprouts were but they never arrived. 5 mins after the rest of our dinner showed up, we reminded our waiter that we were still waiting on brussels. He reassured they were coming soon. Asked about them again 10 mins later since they still hadn't arrived. Promised they were coming asap. 30 mins later, we were way finished with dinner and our wine but brussels never showed up. When he came with the check, we reminded our waiter he never brought the brussels. Guess we'll just take them to go. No apology from our waiter. He could care less. Even left them on the bill. Ridiculous. Not worth my energy to argue at that point but definitely writing a review because a $200 dinner for 4 (no alcohol since we brought our own bottle of wine) deserves much better service than that. Disappointing.
Started with Champagne flight which was great. I had the Lasagna which was very good and presented in its own platter. Service was great. Really enjoyed our evening.
Service was great, food was awesome! We have been coming here for years and they are very consistent with their food and service. :)
Jeff provided great service as usual!
Another great dining experience with my lovely wife at Dolce Pane e Vino! We had a nice romantic booth for two, the service was attentive, helpful, and accommodating. The food was spot on as usual. The champagne flight for my wife and the red wine flight for me were perfect accompaniments for the food. Parking is easy. This is one of our favorite neighborhood go to's for a nice meal on a date night!
We ordered salmon, an apple/lettuce salad, a cheeseboard and drinks. Both of our drinks (wine and sangria) were very good. The salmon and salads were also good; however, the salmon portion was disappointing. The main reason I'm rating 3 stars is because the cheese board was extremely disappointing. It's a $20 item, yet we got less than 2 ounces in total of three different types of cheese. To make things worse, the cheese and sides were served on a HUGE cutting board, further exacerbating the appearance of a very small amount of cheese.
Reed and the staff were awesome. Customer focused and great ambiance
Always great experience.
Nice waiting staff. Thoroughly enjoyable.
We loved sitting out by the fireplace! The food was delicious.
Food was good but pasta portions were modest for the price
Great food, great ambiance and always terrific service! We love our neighborhood restaurant!
The Risotto is my favorite dish! Perfect size and so delicious!
We always enjoy Dolce in Rancho Santa Fe, and it was no different for Christmas Eve this year. Will was a fun and solicitous waiter, the table cozy, the mussels tasty (and local), and the Belle Glos wine delicious (very good wine list here).
Had an enjoyable dining experience. Flat breads are the best I’ve had. Great service by Jeff ,Olivia and Reed.
If you’re hungry don’t go there, the smallest portion of risotto that I’ve ever had and my friends ravioli portion was a joke
There was no air conditioning or even circulation of air, It was incredibly hot, and even though the reservation has been made nicely in the advance, the tables that we were offered were completely inappropriate to try to speak to each other from -- so we did not stay. I cannot speak to food or value because we did not stay, so ignore the ratings above, which I was required to include in order to submit the review.
This place is our go to for amazing food and exceptional service.. love our girl Amy
I've been To Dolce many times, and it's always great, cozy laid back, the staff knows what it's doing. So when my friends put in in charge of finding a place for one of our girl friends birthday I suggested Dolce and it was a big hit, many cudos came my way. We had a party of seven and I was the only one who had been there before. We're all from Orange County and we're down for a few days of golf and playing the ponies. Every time I'm in town I make sure I go To Dolce.
Visiting the area and read positive reviews here. We had several starters-Brussels sprouts, burrata and then a main. We were seated in a booth area which was cozy and better for drinks and small dishes. I found the Brussels sprouts and soup were too overdone with the bacon/Larson flavor. It was hard to taste the actual vegetable. My daughter had lasagna. Too cheesy and hard to get the flavor of the meat sauce. The server was fine but didn't make too much effort to correct what didn't work.
Great as always.
Mediocre service, attentive but extremely slow. Food was tasty but way too expensive for what we got
Love the energy, great night!
No doubt an absolute favorite of mine.
The service is ALWAYS first-rate. Can't say enough good things about the Dolce Pane Vino staff in Rancho Santa Fe. They just know what they are talking about and they obviously know what they are doing.
Every single dish we ordered was fresh, delicious and phenomenally prepared. Salmon, salads, the creamy, smoky tomato soup, fettuccine, pizza, wine - absolutely wonderful.
Walk in or make a reservation and enjoy your time here. It's so low-key, casual and fun over there, but definitely first-rate in preparation and flavor. What else could you want?
Excellent food and wine selection with upscale neighborhood setting
I have visited the restaurant several times. I asked for a private table (vs. a communal table) for an early reservation, and was surprised that the only option was outside or a low cocktail table. That low table was very uncomfortable for dinner. The chair/table combo didn't leave any place to put by legs and it was too far from my friend who was on the bench. OK for drinks, but not for dinner.
Overall, this restaurant didn't meet my expectations. Thought it might be a nice, quaint place with a quiet, cozy atmosphere and quality food. Ordered the lasagna and thought it was pretty bad actually... Light on Bolagnase and heavy on cheese. The atmosphere was cozy and pleasant, but heavy noise made it difficult to have a conversation. Service at my meal was excellent and pleasant, so no problems there.
Always enjoy coming here. I eat the same thing, plank salmon so I can't comment overall on the food.
Pleasant food, very good service, a little overpriced.
My wife and I tried Dolce Pane E Vino for her burthday dinner winding-up an overnight stay in Rancho Santa Fe (visiting from L.A.) The restaurant decor and ambience is exceptionally well-balanced between upscale rustic and dress-casual, with a truly gourmet kitchen at reasonable prices. The bartenders knows how to mae your drink well, regardless of how authentically retro or trendy and of-the-moment it may be--trust them with your Sazerac or Old Fashioned, Aviation or Aperol Spritzer, you'll be glad you did. My wife is a vegetarian, and I'm a carnivore, and we were BOTH thoroughly pleased with the selection and with our orders. If we lived in the area, this would definitely be one of our tegular "nice dinner out" spots. The fact that is was just casual enough to accommodate the spontaneous local drop-by attire alongside the business-casual and genuinely dressy attire, makes it a very comfortable place to dine.
Highly recommended! I would have given it five stars, but I prefer my chicken entrees to be off the bone, but that's just a little restaurant pet peeve of mine, you're probably more mature about that than I. Great Wine and Spirits selection! Definitely go there if even just for drinks!
Nice place with east parking. Food was good not great. Ordered risotto small plate and it was tiny. Not enough food for a kid. Service was ok. Quiet place Italian wine flight was good. After bill arrived and waiter took my credit card and returned. Copy to sign was less than half of actual bill. Was correct bill because my name was on it. Brought it to his attention that the bull was $70 in error in their favor. Got an oh sorry about that. 10 mins later real bill comes and he laughs at new total. I found this ruined the entire evening. Either he has made mistakes before and didn't want to bring it to anyone's attention or restaurant doesn't care. Recently brought mistake in bill to the attention of waiter and manager went out of her way to make us feel like coming back.
Good food good ambiance but female bartender has horrible customer service. Took forever making my drink. Was too busy chit chatting with another worker knowing I was right in front of her waiting for my drink. And cussing right in front of a family with a little girl. Completely innapropriate behavior.
Birthday. Great food and ambiance.
Good food and wine selection
Miles' service was great! Thank you for a lovely evening.
Third time and last time. The restaurant was cold not heated properly
The salad was great but the lasagna was like you got it from Vons frozen section ...You don't expect to have that bad food in Rancho Santa ...The first time I was there was few month ago it was great the second time we found a piece of broken glass in our lasagna ...I said it could happen ...This time the lasagna was so bad ( dry , under cooked in some sections and over cooked on other section like it went to a broken microwave )
I don't mind the price but I expected at least a decent meal
Good things : the server was very nice and courteous / The salad was super good
I will never go back though ...If you are looking for a gourmet food don't go there
We had another great dining experience at Dolce that just keeps us leaving happy. Our server, "Miles" of smiles, (that's what we nicknamed him because he's that cool) got the bartender to create a drink called a "Felylicious" (aka: Pomegranite Spritzer, which used to be the Acai Spritzer) and it was FANTASTIC! I was feeling good by the time our appetizers came around. Definitely ordering that again the next time we visit!
My skirt steak with twice baked potato and our salads were spot on. The pizzas are the best in town because those chefs in the kitchen know their craft. Tasty dough, baked to please the palette.
Missed Steven, the manager, this time - but always a good time every time we dine at Dolce.
We are on vacation in San Diego. Unfortunately, this was the worst meal of the trip. Waiter was quite nice but food was so so. Appears to be more of a drinking establishment than a restaurant.
great - warning they have dining tables that are awkward. they are slabs of tree trunk so are beautiful but the shape is such that its hard to talk and some spots you have your back to the person next to you. sit in the bar!
Good flavors, some great, some okay but overall good. Good service that was pleasant with spacious seating for a Sunday lunch. It was a nice time.