Dolce Vita

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$30 and under
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Italian
Now offering Sunday Brunch. Our restaurant and wine bar have been serving authentic Italian cuisine in the City of Fairfax for over twenty years. It all starts with our unique brick oven, one of the first wood-fired ovens in NOVA, and our fresh pastas made in-house every day. The scents of garlic, tomatoes, and herbs follow you through the restaurant as you see the hand-painted murals covering our walls. These personal touches provide a cozy setting that takes you away to Italy and is perfect for any occasion. Our menu has a range of dishes, from traditional Italian offerings to unique personal selections. We are dedicated to using fresh ingredients from our own garden and sourced from other local farms. Dolce Vita always strives to be on the forefront of being creative and offering excellent food and service. All of us here welcome you with open arms and can’t wait to spend more memorable years with you!
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New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Weve gone here many times in the past, but this time we were seated at a very small table for 3 people. The service was good. The appetizer of the day was amazing. The bread excellent. I ordered the penne vodka and it was made with a different pasta which was still good but not as good as the penne that normally comes with it. The tiramisu was delicious for dessert.

DB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite evening for us. One of my favorite places.

JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Employee farewell.

BT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Used to live in Falls Church and Dolce Vita was my favorite place for Italian. Moved to California and went back to visit after 6 years. Hoped it was still as good as I remembered and it absolutely was. They didn't have carbonara on the lunch menu, but the chef made it special for me. My dining partner had the stuffed shells and said they were very authentic. He's Sicilian and he said it tasted like home. I love this place!

MS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had our wedding luncheon at Dolce Vita. We miss it now that we have moved from the area and try to go back whenever we can. We made reservations for a table of 8 at 5 to be with friends from the wedding and everything was as good as before. We miss some of the waiters who had been there for years, but the food is fantastic and never disappoints!

KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious (3 different pastas - the Fettuccine Alfred, the Caprese Ravioli, and the Pappardelle al Ragu). My 4 stars for ambiance was for the noise level (the decor is charming), which impacted our conversation. My 4 stars for the service is that although it was friendly, it needs more polish! Love this little spot, though, so will definitely return.

H
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything about Dolce Vita was enjoyable except the noise level. It was so excessive just before we were finished that it gave me a headache. The food and waitstaff were exceptional. Next time we will go in the off hours.

L
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good Italian food. Home made pasta and sauce. The pizza was brick oven cooked. The place is a hole in the wall and noisy,but good food.

S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Great food but very loud, unable to heat each other talk. Cheesy wallpaper really diminishes the experience.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is always great here and the service is friendly and attentive. Thank you!

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty, good portions, and good service.

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in changes at Dolce Vita. Food was mediocre, support ok, noise level high as the pushed everyone into the back of the restaurant. Started at 5pm and crowd grew but people placement and noise level high. Wine prices are up, pizza was mediocre, no music whatsoever to drown out noise. It's been a year or two but our thoughts were to find another special place.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing steak. Service was good although a bit slower than I like. Super friendly though. I would go back again and again.

OT
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always great. The service is excellent and food.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place..best food and service ever!!and now they are open for Brunch on Sundays!!Definetly check this place out!

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time back in a number of years, Calamari Fritti and Bracciole in particular were excellent, service was great, excellent, and wine list just right and affordable! We will be back soon!

BT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent service and wonderful homemade pasta.

f
Richmond
91 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Our favorite Italian restaurant!

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall, the meal was very good. Warning: On weekends the place can be loud. This is a traditional Italian restaurant and you cannot go wrong if you order old-school Italian items.

MI
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Noisy but good food and service. One waiter for 14 people served us well and fast and no issues with checks.

TH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant that has never failed us. Whenever people are in town and looking for a good meal this is our place.

s
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place: comfortable, great service, very affordable and really good food!

DJ
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was not as expected based on the high online reviews. I was looking for a casual restaurant with a good wine list and good pizza and Italtian food. The atmosphere and wine list held up to expecations. The food quality was fine but not great and the service was a little akward.

WG
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Looks like this may have been an amazing place back in the day. Great look to the place but some of the staff had a attitude that made it seem like they didn’t care. Was looking for authentic Italian carbonara, hostess said they cook new how to make it. It came out covered in olive oil as a sauce. Asked if the bread was fresh homemade? Waiter said it usually tastes stale. He was right!!!! Waiter didn’t come back to the table very often. Had to wave down other staff to take care of us. Won’t be back.

KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for a birthday dinner on a whim. It was recommended to me by a coworker. I am so glad that we went! The charcuterie was fabulous. I had the chicken parmigiana, which was delicious - well breaded chicken and the pasta was definitely homemade. My fiance got this large seafood pasta - it was everything a good seafood dish should be. I would go back!

RC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service was outstanding. Price is a little high but overall I love this place and it is our favorite restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely evening at this quaint and cozy Italian favorite. Food was excellent. Never rushed. Great place for dinner or special occasion

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Not a nice looking place inside or out. It's fine for a casual family dinner, but not a good date spot. Food was okay.

EO
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very authentic Italian. We had an appetizer that came out of their brick oven (name escapes me!) which was outstanding!

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very good! He kept up with all our drinks and food. Many of us enjoyed our food very much. A few members of the family are a bit picky and said it was o.k. For the price. We were celebrating two birthdays that day and were given two birthday desserts.

TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been a long time since my wife and I dined at Dolce Vita. We moved a little further away, and just got used to a couple other eateries. We went on Saturday evening and I had a beef braciole that I'm still taking about. Dole Vita reminded us what truly authentic Italian food tastes like. It was SO worth the trip!

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Only three stars for ambiance because we found out it's dead on a Sunday night in the summer in terms of patrons. Normally it's packed and we enjoy it very much!

TH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in the Fairfax area. Food is always good and the staff is always polite and attentive.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and as expected had an amazing meal at Dolce Vita. Thanks so much for the wonderful evening.

V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food superb service every time our favorite Italian restaurant

RO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Italian food! From the antipasto to the pasta, the food was off the charts. We had great service from the greeters to the servers.

LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another very nice evening. Place empty but got seated near front of restaurant. Not sure why. Tried some new entries and a wonderful bottle of featured wine. Look forward to next time!

K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our local favorite!! Food is excellent and the service is fantastic!!

JS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! I came across this restaurant by happenstance and boy was I glad. Super great food and reasonable prices. The service was super. Nice environment. There was a large table celebrating a birthday - but even with them it was not too noisy in the restaurant. I am visiting the area, but if I come back I will find this place again!

M
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as well as the service.

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