Dolce Vita

4.6
772 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipVincentO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We have been dinning at Dolce Vita for several years and miss the extended menu they had. The waiter was not as knowledgeable with the wine and did not asked how we were enjoying our meal until we we half way through.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place! Felt so good to be back with friends enjoying the food and wine. We had Josh as our server, if there is a better server I have never met them. He made our experience spectacular.

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AFPirate89
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were great. Josh is a great server making many suggestions that made the experience all the better. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My compliments to the Chef and kitchen. Our salad, two apps, and main course where simply delicious! My wife’s dirty martini was very good but my margarita seemed watered down and lackluster. We ate around 4:30pm and while the food was awesome to sunlight pouring in really showed the interior could use an update. Everyone was very nice and again the food was excellent. I’ve never had a bad meal here.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and really enjoyed the food and service on the patio. Tasty marinated tomato salad, asparagus and meatball appetizer as well as pizza. Aperol spritz was refreshing. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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vipStephanieQ
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service. Authentic Italian in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

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RayG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Lunch menu a bit limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average

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vipLisaE
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently exceptional! Everything is always superb, fresh and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Oscar, our server, was wonderful. I great experience all around. We will definitely go back.

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TheresaA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Warm atmosphere. Food Good. Wait staff attentive. A bit noisy as it filled up. Fairfax City Restaurant week menu was an excellent selection for the fixed price. Nice evening out with neighbors in a long time.

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KarlaH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Local traditional Italian restaurant. Nothing fancy but the food is good and the people serving are really friendly. This is what a neighborhood restaurant should be.

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KelseyJArt
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service. This place is a treasure in Fairfax City.

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JefferyJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy, high quality food and great bar. Nice dining room and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurants. I’ve never complained but this time I ordered a rockfish pasta dish in a white wine sauce that was very dry. The tomatoes were the redeeming ingredient in this dish.

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LillianC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for providing the perfect place for a long overdue gathering of friends!

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TonyC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Oscar was a great server. Coming from NY, this is a solid Italian spot. The menu isn't jammed packed so they can select what they want to do, and do it well. It was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Too loud, service very alow. Been waiting for the bill no one cAme by.

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GabyP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great like always. Great for celebrating a graduation dinner!

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JeannieS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I feel the food is more reasonably priced, however drinks a bit too high.

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EricK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Our server was knowledgeable and the supporting staff was prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice Mother’s Day dinner at Dolce Vita. The food was delicious — muscles in red sauce, rice balls, homemade pasta, veal chop over risotto... All were delicious and our waiter, Oscar, was friendly and attentive.

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SarahR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were very happy with our visit. They were incredibly busy on a Saturday night, the place was full - they're trying to get back on their feet and its a little bumpy. They went from covid=no one in the restaurant to "covid's over"=everyone in the restaurant, and they clearly don't have quite enough staff yet, but let's cut them some slack and give them a month or two to catch up. We had a great waiter and a lovely experience. Food was delicious. We will definitely be back. Let's all be patient with these restaurants as they find their way post-pandemic.

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Nina
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Very light and delicious. Homemade tiramisu was wonderful and so was the arancini and fettuccini carbonara.

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vipKimberly
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed great Italian food here. The appetizers, pizza and pasta were wonderful. The wood pizza oven made everything taste great. The service was excellent.

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vipBuzC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful lunch with friends in a quiet environment with superb service and food! Will definitely come back again.

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vipALT1
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was top notch. Great menu, and delicious food. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because my husband ordered the "Choose Your Own Pasta" and the kitchen didn't add the ingredients he requested. They quickly sent out what was missing.
Love this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have eaten here many times and it has been a favorite. This time it was extremely expensive (most ever), my hanger steak was mediocre, service OK but far from the past. It will be awhile before I return.

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CarrieR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just discovered Dolce Vita last weekend for dessert after having eaten dinner at a nearby place. We decided that night to come back this past weekend for dinner. It's so sweet and pleasant. A hidden gem. We sat on the wine bar side at the bar and had very nice service from Josh. The food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and terrific service

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Jules
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! It was the first time 8 moms got together and Dolce Vita did a fabulous time. We were the only table in the restaurant (they did not have anymore outdoor seating available) and we felt safe. The waiter and all the other restaurant workers wore masks and on Wednesdays it's half off wine bottles so we had 6 bottles! The food was delicious and we had plenty of food from appetizers, main course and dessert!! Happy to be with our friends for the first time in over a year and will be happy to return in the future!

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2319
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner with cousins we had not seen for years. Very enjoyable meal even with COVID restrictions in place.

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StellaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and value. Courteous staff and prompt service.

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LeightleyCrew
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful Dinner and the service was super friendly! We will definitely be back!

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VAGIRL67
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love coming here friendly staff really good food, great wine selection.

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MarkW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The create your own dish was excellent. I had the cheese ravioli, scallops, steamed spinach with garlic in the white wine sauce. The sauce was a little watery and would have been better if it was much thicker. The cheese ravioli, scallops and spinach though were outstanding, as was the garden salad and bread with olive oil and grated cheese. Next time I will ask for a thicker white wine sauce and also try the atmosphere in the evening.

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WendyR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was spoiled growing up in an area that had excellent Italian food and I have traveled to Italy as well. Unfortunately it is hard to find really good Italian food in Northern Virginia (at least the way I know it). THIS PLACE is where we go! We LOVE the food here, and the service is great as well. We always see the same servers, so they must be doing something right for their staff. They make their limoncello in house, believe it or not. The bacon wrapped shrimp in lobster cream sauce and the lamb lollipops were amazing. I think what I like best is you can make a reservation and be seated within 5 minutes (if not immediately) of that time. They have kept their patio open year round since Covid started (with heaters), so we have felt very safe here and are able to make a patio reservation (most other places don't guarantee patio seating, but they will). Just go, it's a little gem!

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PaulB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always great there. They were a little understaffed so we had a little wait on the food. All good, they are still rebounding from the COVID scam.

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vipDavidH
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant has a lot going for it, but it needs some noise dampening.

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WillS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent find. We have been looking for a great Italian restaurant and we found it in Dolce Vita. This will be on our regular rotation.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Dolce Vita using the Order Online button. Dolce Vita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 385-1530 ext. 0.

Dolce Vita is rated 4.6 stars by 772 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.