Dolce Vita

4.6
737 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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VAGIRL67
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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MarkW
Washington DC
1 review
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
8 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
2 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
34 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
Louisville
1 review
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.

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Kristen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. Food is amazing! It is quite small so you should get a reservation. We have been here twice and both times it was amazing.

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved that there is more than one area to eat, a reg restaurant and the wine bar.

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PaulH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding place for a quiet meal and conversation. The quintessential neighborhood Italian restaurant. The staff was superb and the food quality was excellent. Portions were just right. Dessert was also perfect for the meal. A great place to end a busy day or to bring family for a lunch or dinner.

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vipMonumental
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on a the patio and truly enjoyed our meal, service and experience. Can ALWAYS count on Dolce Vita to be great.

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vipEllenC
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with friends and it was so nice to see the restaurant doing well! Our server Jose is wonderful he has been with Dolce for a long time and does an excellent job. He knows the menu and wines well and has great suggestions. They had a squid ink fettuccine special with calamari and sausage which was excellent! I don’t eat meat but they were very happy to give me shrimp instead of the sausage. Other choices were Penne arrabbiata which was also cooked perfectly with a nice bit of heat to it, and a seafood fettuccine. We shared an excellent bottle of red wine and had a delightful evening!

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VeronicaS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, all right people in our party enjoyed their dishes, even the kids.

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EnriqueT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service was excellent. We had a great time the only small pitfall is the price of the meals were a little higher than expected.

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MichaelF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We drove 20 miles from Ashburn to get here. Food was “lick the plate” delicious. Our waiter was very good however. It took 40 minutes to be served our entrees. Waiter told us it’s because takeout is prepared by same chef as fine dining and they were getting crushed on a Friday night with takeout. My wife noted the party seated after us was being served before us. Not sure why we had to wait like 20 minutes after a salad and bread course to get the main entrees. They do serve some of the best in Italian Fare.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to finally get out and enjoy a good meal. We appreciate you making our evening special.

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Marisa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our search for our neighborhood Italian spot has ended. This is OUR spot! We have driven by many times and finally gave it a shot on Valentines and wish we had tried years ago. It was a wonderful experience start to finish. Place was jumping which was great to see and the wine bar had such a great vibe. Riley our server made it so much fun (we have small kids so don't get out that much) and had great recommendations. Appetizers, salads, and entrees were all excellent (better than anything we've had in DC and half the price). Great portions and everything was cooked to perfection. And VERY reasonable - 3 glasses of wine and 3 courses for two was barely more than $100! Don't make the mistake we did try this neighborhood gem ASAP!

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vipbetht
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether lunch for one or a dinner celebration with many, Dolce Vita is always consistent. Good neighbor restaurant my family and I enjoy!

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PhyllisS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here and was quite pleased with the food. Excellent service throughout our meal. Though some diners down from us spoke loud and obnoxious, we had a wonderful time and will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was simply amazing

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ChristinaU
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, and the service was exceptional!

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Not2Fussy
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great fresh pasta. Calamari was best we have had in a while. The Alfredo sauce was a little bland but the Americana pizza was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Excellent wine choices every time I’ve dined here!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Good food.

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ToddF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The service was excellent, the food was good but not great and well proportioned, but the prices were really quite high. I've had better meals at Carrabba's for less than half the price. Not a bad experience just considerable more than we expected to pay for the quality of the food.

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ChristineZ
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious foods. We did indoor seating. Workers are all wearing masks. They are all nice and friendly! Will recommend

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onasisf
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food, the food, the food...... definitely the food. It ruined our Christmas Eve dinner.
Completely bland (all 3 dishes). One of my guests was served undercooked chicken (it’s hard to undercook breaded chicken)
The pasta seemed like it had been blanched last week and reconstituted prior to serving it.
The cream Prosecco sauce in my dish was more like heated heavy cream added to the plate without a single grain of salt, pepper or garlic.
Not sure what happened to this place, food used to be decent. Oh well, is off my list now.

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vipIDavis
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service. Will definitely return.

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GingerH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was perfect. Food was fantastic. Waiter was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed everything.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for an early Christmas Eve dinner. We were the only family in the wine bar area which always perfect for COVID precautions. The service and the food were outstanding.

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice little Italian restaurant with some very good dishes at a reasonable price. Friendly staff.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
122 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

They opened the regular dinning area and it was bright, loud, and our server rushed us through dinner and tried to up sell us on everything.

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vipMikeN
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Been here many times and today food was way off. Everything came out cold and didn’t taste good. Could have be a different cook/chef for lunch hours.

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vipPapa
Richmond
98 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding
Outdoor heaters

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Cannot recommend the food here, it is bland. The dishes are not presented authentically and lack true flavor. The servers are very nice though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its been a while. Used to go quite frequently when i lived close

The food was beyond superb snd the service was fabulous

Glad you are open and surviving in these crazy times

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rozwyler
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late birthday celebration

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vipEllenC
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Dolce Vita for many, many years and the food keeps getting better! Our server Jose is fantastic and has been there for a long time as well. His suggestions are spot on.. I asked about the scallops or one of the specials and he steered me toward the scallops. They were cooked perfectly, accompanied by broccoli i and butternut squash polenta..heaven! Another in our party had the snapper special which was a beautiful presentation and she said it was very good. Others had pasta dishes, all were served piping hot . A great evening with great food and friends!

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vipViennaJim
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Pandemic restrictions requiring tent and outdoor dining expose diners to considerable traffic noise, but food quality and service adequately compensate.

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 737 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.