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Dolce Pane E Vino

4.5
240 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
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  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
Dolce is a high quality, inviting atmosphere and the perfect Ranch neighborhood hideaway. Intimate and lively, Dolce offers delicious California/Italian farm-to-table cuisine, fine wine and occasions for joyful gatherings. Our signature fare features fabulous small dishes and entrees prepared in the open kitchen's custom wood-burning oven. A full bar also features an impressive wine collection with hundreds of superb domestic and international selections. Inside, Dolce blends artisan sensibilities and rustic elegance with family-style shared tables offering a convivial dining experience. Outside, warm days and evenings make the Sunset Patio the perfect setting for wine tastings, afternoon brunch and dinner parties. Our sweet and knowledgeable team strives to provide the ultimate dining and wine experience in the true spirit of old world charm and hospitality, even our wines are sold at winery, not restaurant, prices.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday
11am -9:30pm

Friday-Saturday
11am-10:30pm

Sunday
5pm-9:30pm

MERRIMENT HOUR
Monday-Saturday
3pm-6pm
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Phone number
(858) 832-1518
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kendra Karalis
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Private party facilities
Our entire restaurant is available for private parties, as well as large dining parties!

Please contact our Reservation and Catering Coordinator Nikole with any questions that you might have concerning your next event!

nikole@dolcehighlands.com
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Private party contact
Nikole Cavanaugh: (760) 662-3796
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Catering
We offer full-service catering. You will be in the hands of our in house catering coordinator. Please call Nikole to schedule a tasting!

nikole@dolcehighlands.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rancho Diegueno Rd.
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Parking details
Dolce has a private lot located directly in front of our restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe.
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Special events & promotions
We will be hosting a wine tasting with ZD Winery on Saturday Septemeber 30th! Check out our website for updates and how to purchase a ticket!

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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 240 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
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4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Was disappointed only because I made a reservation for 3 and we were seated at the small bar area tables which I find very uncomfortable and small for 3 people to eat at. Feel like you should be informed if that is the only option for a table when you make a reservation.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

FOOD NOTHING SPECIAL. APPARENTLY UNDERGONE NEW OWNERSHIP. PARKING IS GREAT.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Service was great, food was awesome! We have been coming here for years and they are very consistent with their food and service. :)

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Jeff provided great service as usual!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Reed and the staff were awesome. Customer focused and great ambiance

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Always great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Nice waiting staff. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We loved sitting out by the fireplace! The food was delicious.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was good but pasta portions were modest for the price

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, great ambiance and always terrific service! We love our neighborhood restaurant!
The Risotto is my favorite dish! Perfect size and so delicious!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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).

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Had an enjoyable dining experience. Flat breads are the best I’ve had. Great service by Jeff ,Olivia and Reed.

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2.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

This place is our go to for amazing food and exceptional service.. love our girl Amy

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Great as always.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Mediocre service, attentive but extremely slow. Food was tasty but way too expensive for what we got

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Love the energy, great night!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

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?

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Excellent food and wine selection with upscale neighborhood setting

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Always enjoy coming here. I eat the same thing, plank salmon so I can't comment overall on the food.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2017

Pleasant food, very good service, a little overpriced.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

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!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Birthday. Great food and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Good food and wine selection

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2017

Miles' service was great! Thank you for a lovely evening.

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2.0Dined on January 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2016

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.

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