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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Julebird
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food yummy; salad with figs delicious1

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Teamanderson3
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice set up outside. Waiter was a touch over worked but did a nice job. They have a reasonable priced wine menu with some nice choices. The portion and price was very good. The quality of food was good. We will be going back.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
110 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and staff are exceptional

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vipMikeN
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall good food and wine but for the price point, service feels more like a diner than fine dining.

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vipIreneZ
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the outdoor seating. Food was delicious and portions are always perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. They never fail to deliver great food and service.

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CatF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The fried calamari was tasty but the marinara dipping sauce was flavorless. The chicken piccata was surprisingly bland, considering how much garlic (which I love) wafted in the air. The piccata was overpriced for what it was and I make a better on my own! We ate outside in the make-shift patio, which was in the already small parking lot. Luckily, we can walk there so we didn't have to park. It is a good spot, but not as flavorful as I expect Italian restaurants to be (but I am from New York).

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
110 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Michael and Cyrus! Service and food were excellent. The wine was great too 😌

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vipJorgeM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Decor was ok, server took forever to come over for our orders and was horrible (forgetting things, not being friendly, bringing wrong drinks or dishes, etc.). Food on the other hand was delicious.

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vipPapa
Richmond
96 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pario/parking lot. No matter
Great service good food

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RichardH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch. Come into Fairfax for Dolce Vita. Genuine warm friendly greetings, from the front of house to the wine bar keeper. Actual _dinner_ music, not hurry-up/get out; makes a real difference. And the food. Been several times, never disappointed. Good value.

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DaveW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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JohnB
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. I am so glad Dolce Vita made it through the shut down as the6 are one of my favorite Italian restaurants!

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vipFredT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I eat at Dolce Vita almost every week. I loved the ravioli with boar ragu special this past Saturday.

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ScottP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited Dolce Vita for the first time in years. The food and service are still excellent. We dined under a tent outside, comfortably distanced from other diners. Our server was attentive and made several great recommendations regarding wine and food. We'll be back soon.

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teresas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So authentic! Love Dolce Vita. Staff is wonderful, food is fabulous and the ambiance brings you right to Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing. But we only ever saw 2 waiters handling all the tables meaning we had to wait a long time to order our food, they also messed up our order and we ended up not getting our appetizer till the entrees came out. The auto shop next door was extremely loud although I'm sure if we sat inside it wouldnt have bothered us. Many gluten free options for those with allergies in our party and food came out extremely fresh

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vipPapa
Richmond
96 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To go out for an enjoyable meal under a tent in a parking lot is weird but very delicious

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vipDDraper
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent, as always.

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vipLGaye
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love that they will customize any dish to your liking, and all their sauces and pastas are homemade.
There is a lot to choose from on the menu.
The arugula and fig salad was outstanding, as was the homemade tiramisu.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
110 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shane was very impressive. He was attentive and caring.

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JimS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable dining outdoors. Food and service were both excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipWilson
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our table for two was reserved a few days before inside dining was available. However when we reached the restaurant on time there were no outside tables available. I expected that since we reserved before inside dining was allowed we would have an outside table reserved.
We had to dine inside.
The food was good and the server was competent.

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DolceForever
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food. Great portions. Great staff. Literally my most favorite place to eat in NOVA.

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LindaZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Family and Fido friendly outside. Staff is super nice. Favorite appetizer is Tasca.

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ChristineP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and the service staff was great. We were eating under a tent in the front parking lot but they did a great job of making it feel like a dining room.

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vipKathy
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic

The staff is super friendly and attentive

Food was over the top excellent

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vipLuvfoodNwine
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. The food and the service were fantastic!! Definitely coming back as there are many more dishes I want to try. Yum!!

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vipPapa
Richmond
96 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done food and drink and service.
M wife said the bolognese sauce was superb

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was not good and food was not up to par disappointment!

Dolce Vita
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hi there, we're sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. I was wondering if you had any further feedback on your service and food. We strive to serve quality food with great service, so it's unfortunate to hear when we don't hit that mark. We'd also like to make it up to you if possible, so please send us a message when you can and we can chat. Thanks so much for dining with us and I hope to speak with you soon. Best, Meghan - Manager

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viplunchgirl
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been wanting to have dinner here for years and finally made it. Food was excellent and nice wine selections.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
110 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Nova! Phenomenol, authentic Italian food! Beyond great service, and beautiful ambiance!

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
110 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant and wine bar! Top notch food, wine and service!

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vipAnthonyC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a solid restaurant. Good food, good service, great value. Plenty of things for kids to eat (without having a kids menu). We're lucky to live so close to a gem like this.

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Fargus
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dolce Vita is a little gem in Fairfax. The food is very fresh and tasty. The restaurant was super busy on a Sunday night and the staff did a great job trying to get everyone seated with a minimum wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

My friends and I had originally had made a reservation because of an email I received. In the email it said they were having a five course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. It said it would be offering the menu Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But when we were seated our waiter said no that was only for Friday. I showed him the email and all he said was sorry. My friends and I were bummed because every year we do a Galentines day dinner and thought this would be fun.
The food and service were very good but it was very loud because you are packed In like sardines.
I have been to this restaurant/wine bar many times because it does have yummy food but this was very disappointing. Disappointed in the customer service which says a lot about a restaurant.

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jayp56
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit and was seated in wine bar area. Had a nice variety of good Italian wines in a tasting (flight). Fried ristoto and grilled artichoke hearts were very nice apps. Tried the homemade pasta with pomodoro sauce and sausage, meatballs and broccoli rabe as sides. Came out piping hot, cooked perfectly with great flavored sides. service was excellent. Will go again to try other menu items.

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MadFrog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day with a group of 8. We had a later reservation (9pm).
First the good: the service was very prompt and good. Each course was brought at the same time for everyone at the table. Each lady at the table was given a beautiful single red rose stem which was a very nice touch. Also, there were complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries which were good. I enjoyed my vegetable terrine as an appetizer. The bottle of red Valpolicella wine we got was good.
Now the bad: frankly the food (other than the aforementioned terrine) was barely mediocre, almost bad. Several people had the beef tenderloin which was overcooked and dry. I had the lamb and gnocchi - which might have been good at some point but were served barely warm (I’m trying not to say cold, but that’s what they were). Finally the dessert. I had the chocolate mousse trio. The flavors were good, but there, I barely had a teaspoon of each. Barely enough to taste. At $65 a pop for three mediocre courses, served cold - we won’t be back.
As a matter of fact, after we had dinner at Dolce Vita, we went and had a second dinner at a late night Korean BBQ joint...

So, nice staff, very friendly and prompt but they were let down by the kitchen as the food was a total miss.

FAQs

Dolce Vita does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Dolce Vita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 385-1530 ext. 0.

Dolce Vita is rated 4.5 stars by 692 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.