Il Dolce

4.7
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137 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Known for using only natural, fresh ingredients, Il Dolce specializes in Italian cuisine. Along with a variety of pastas, salads, patrons can select from a number of pizza menu options. Inspired by authentic pies made in Naples, each pizza at Il Dolce is prepared in a wood-fire oven, giving it an authentic, smoky flavor.Family owned and operated, this award-winning restaurant provides a cozy, comfortable environment where pizza enthusiasts can watch their pies being prepared. Guests dining at Il Dolce can also enjoy a glass of wine, beer or a cocktail. Dessert items along with a special gluten-free menu are also available.
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F
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Selection of Authentic Food that Tastes Great at a good value, what more can you ask for!

D
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. Their pizza is the best.

KK
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food is always great, very friendly staff. However service is painfully slow. took 20 minutes to get a desert menu, took 15 minutes to get our bill. Other than that can not beat the pizza.

H
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants, we have gone here for years and have never been disappointed. Food is wonderful, service is as well.

NP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Dolce is one of the best restaurants in Costa Mesa. Everything I have ever ordered has been amazing and the service is outstanding. If you are in the area it is a MUST!

CS
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant with a hint of Latin flair. My friends and I ordered pastas and salads; my fettucini con vongole was simply the best I have ever eaten, laden with garlic and tiny clams. Our apple cobbler dessert with ice cream was also terrific. Friends come here happily for pizza and salad lunches.

P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best pizza in the west coast, real Italian chef and the have the best ingredients. Our daughter loved the pasta a carbonara.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time visiting. The service was friendly and absolutely outstanding. We tried the pizza napoletana and the quattro formaggi. Everything was authentic and delicious. Definitely will come back some day.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Im like it a lot , food very good .

MS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and the best gluten free pizza! Definitely the most authentic italian pizza we have found in the OC!

OT
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and excellent service. It is always a pleasure to come here. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Orange County!

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic!
Both food and service 5*

Best calamari I ever had !
You got to try tiramisu....

JB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always as good or better than expected...always. Reservations really helped...wish they had more parking though.

TC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit here. Food is fresh and delicious. Daily specials are great. Service is very accommodating...very willing to please.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Pizza in OC!!! Best desert hand made by the family! Don’t miss out on this amazing experience.

B
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pizza is the best in OC. Steaks are excellent too.

c
Orange County
119 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything!!!

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC! We will come back again as the recommendation made to us to give them a try was spot on. The service was excellent and the food wonderful. The sashimi grade octopus appetizer is unique and flavorful. The pizza among the best we've ever had. The chef's special penne pasta in a creamy saffron sauce with sausage terrific, and the tiramisu so so good. A small restaurant, so it can fill up fast. Give them a try though.

VT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service, high priced restaurant, however the quality of the food and the overall experience more than makes up for the higher prices

DH
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family owned and their love of the customer shows.
Give it a try and you’ll be back.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent wild mushroom pizza from a chef who knows how to make classic pizza dough. The gnocchi malfatti were outstanding as was the light cheesecake. Altogether a memorable evening.

DH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our second time back. The food is outstanding. The service can be hit or miss depending on who is helping you.

I have already recommended this place to several friends, and I imagine we will return before too long.

OT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best pizza in southern CA!!!!

F
San Joaquin
26 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overall, this was a nice place for a little corner mom and pop type of restaurant. It was definitely a casual dining place, but the food and service were good. It is a good place if you want to get a quick bite of good food, but not the place where you would stay to linger as the ambience was limited. Good food and service though, so not a bad choice.

VD
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Il dolce with our kids and we really enjoyed our dinne. The food was excellent , the restaurant welcoming, and all the staff were kind and very nice. The chef took time to show my kids how to make and bake a pizza. They loved it. We will definitely go back to Il dolce soon. If you want a really Italian pizza or a tasty Italian dish, I really recommend this restaurant.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun stag and great food! Pizzas are their signature dishes. Very skilled creations.

DJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a regular dinner spot for a good friend and myself. I have NEVER been disappointed. Top Notch service and delicious food.

h
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife had the Margherita pizza. Still hands down the best pizza in the OC. Tried something different, the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese with a $5 happy hour glass of red wine! Great restaurant with delicious food.

JN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing array of food. It was all delicious. We’ll be back again.

h
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andre was awesome. Food was great and the whole atmosphere was very enjoyable.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome food....some of the best Italian (with a flair) I've ever had. Great casual comfortable neighborhood feel to the place. The service was incredible too...attentive but not overbearing and very friendly and welcoming. Thank you Andre! And to your parents for such wonderful food!! I'll definitely be back.

RW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I just love the food... 😋

MB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything. Our sever was very attentive and the food was delicious.

KB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in town on vacation and just happened upon this gem on Open Table. Food was delicious and authentic. Pasta, pizza and especially desserts!! Highly recommend! And go during happy hour and get some great wines for $5!

T
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my sister and it is one her favs and now it’s one of mine. Service and Food outstanding!

P
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great spot for pizza and pasta. Family run business and they do a nice job!! Pizza crust is the best!

B
Orange County
237 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Il Dolce offers a pleasant dining experience. The ambiance is friendly and informal. The food was good and the service friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the mushroom and short rib ravioli. The price was somewhat expensive reducing the value proposition to only average. The background music was slightly louder than necessary.

j
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

So when I thought about this review I was thinking overall 4 star but as I started to think about the few things that annoyed me I changed it to a 3 star. I have been wanting to try this place so I made reservations on opentable and got in right away.

Sat in corner right by the corner of the street and I have to admit it was a little unsettling because if someone had a wreck on the corner you would be toast. Anyway let's start with the menu. Whoever designed this menu was not thinking of their customers. I am 44 and my eyesight is starting to need readers but literally I could not read the menu at all. Super small type and definitely all wrong font. Also on menu it says ask server for ravioli so I did and he rattled off like 5 raviolis that I had to remember. Why not just put it on the menu?

My husband and started with ceasar salad and I specifically asked for light dressing and it literally came out drenched with dressing, so much that I only had a few bites. We decided to order two chicken empanadas for appetizers.They were fairly good in size and were $3.5 each and were yummy! So since they were so good in size and we though it was going to be too much to each get our own dinner so we decided on the lobster ravioli. We got the ravioli and it was literally 4 doorknob sized raviolis on a flat plate. WHAT?! So we were still hungry and ordered another round of empanadas. I had two glasses of not very good rose and my husband had two bottled beers. Our total bill was $101. What the heck?

When you are a restaurant on the west side of Costa Mesa the prices should not be more than what you get at the beach, and for that matter I would get far more lobster ravioli for $28 too. Lastly you may not have to ward off the drug addicts in the alley where you park so I am not sure I will be returning at these prices. Too bad because the food was actually really good. Service was just ok, again nothing fantastic for these prices.

OT
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service.?. Just a great place

KS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza around. We have been going there for years.