La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

4.5
1012 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to La Dolce Vita Bistro - “The Sweet Life,” a restaurant and bistro created to recapture the bell-époque charm of “The Italian Drug,” opened here by Dr. Anthony Caruso in 1914. In the tradition of the great European bistros, La Dolce Vita is devoted to providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for everything from eight course dinners to coffee and Calvino. We strive to prepare the perfect meal, or the perfect cappuccino, and let you enjoy it at your leisure. Our pasta is cooked fresh to order, our sauces and dressing are painstakingly prepared using only the finest ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, the freshest vegetables, imported whole tomatoes, fresh basil and Italian parsley... and your table is reserved for the evening.
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DebbieB
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious from beginning to end!

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DanB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. The food is awesome, the staff is super nice, and the atmosphere is unbeatable. My favorite restaurant in Cleveland's Little Italy.

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dennis
Cincinnati
79 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great example of Cincinnati's Little Italy. We were greeted by a smiling, chipper Dominique and the great service began. She was attentive but not intrusive and was happy to answer questions, even about ingredients in one of the pasta offerings.
Our meals were superb beginning with the fresh artichokes and moving on to the pasta and gnocchi. Unfortunately, no room for dessert. Next time, perhaps

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place! The food, the atmosphere, the staff…this place is the whole package! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipbigskyrad
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate outside on their back patio.

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LindsayS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita is always AMAZING! Great food, great service, great atmosphere!

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vipNancyP
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service and great food!

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StevefromOhio
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredible homemade food.

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Knowswhatshelikes
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita is now my favorite restaurant in Cleveland’s Little Italy. The restaurant has a spacious, yet homey feeling. The decor is eclectic with an Italian vibe. The food was fabulous with pastas and risottos forming the foundations of most menu items. The service was excellent with perks of oven hot breads and pasta appetizers. I look forward to my next meal there!

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vipWskers
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I don’t care for the loud music that’s played outside that battles with the music at Mia Bella. Waaay to much noise for a small neighborhood. Noise pollution for many of the neighbors I would imagine.

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JZZZ
Toledo
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Great service! Always an enjoyable dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service outstanding. Can’t wait to go back

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KateS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Little Italy! The owner is always so lovely and attentive!

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Foodie
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great customer service! Tasty food!

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DaveF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Excellent food, excellent service.
We were given free desert to celebrate a birthday.
Tiramisu and a large fruit tray. Very nice!
Very surprised.
Great dining experience.

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LizN
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing better than La Dolce Vita. It’s the best restaurant in Little Italy. I had company in from DC. They loved it and everything was as perfect. I had the halibut and I could have licked my plate if no one was around. They loved their pasta dishes. You feel like you’re being spoiled at La Dolce Vita. By far my favorite restaurant in Cleveland!

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DanB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. The staff are always super kind and friendly, and the owner has to be one of the most sweet people ever. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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AdamsV
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a nice meal outside and enjoyed the atmosphere very much. Food was very good and the service was great.

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vipJEnniferG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It was astonishingly bad. None of us could eat any of our food which included two different types of flatbreads and chicken marsala. The pizza was below the quality of my kids public school cafeteria pizza. My daughter said the cheese tasted like plastic. My husband’s chicken marsala tasted like freeze dried/year old chicken, stringy in a weird inedible sauce. We saw two other tables refuse to eat their food. Didn’t have a waitress approach our table for almost 30 minutes. Then we saw the waitresses trying to figure out who had which tables. Very chaotic atmosphere. I don’t know what the heck is going on but this wasn’t even close to representing Italian food. You can do much much better! And you should for your community!!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a family get together, so of course we have to stop at Terry’s, because it’s family! There is nothing like his cooking! ❤️🤍💚

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service was wonderful. Food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding. Wedding soup was some of the best I've ever had. Wife and I sat outside at a small table for some excellent people watching, and an overall great evening. Highly recommend. Food could have come out a little bit faster, but when you're dealing with authentic fresh made everything, that's understanable. Can't go wrong with La Dolce Vita.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great but took 50 min to receive it

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, great back patio, quiet enough for good conversation while still capturing the energy of Little Italy (Mayfied and Murray Hill)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Restaurant has been there forever and there’s a reason why!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
151 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was awesome, the meatball is the best on the block, I know as I have tried them all in this area. The owner came around and gave us samples of a new dish. We learned about the history of the restaurant and how the movie Cherry was filmed there. Its was a great experience, and of course the food is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience4

When we arrived they did not have our open table reservation, same thing for another guy in line

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vipTomG
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a vibrant neighborhood atmosphere. Matt was a very attentive server which made foe a very pleasant evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always with terry

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!!! Food was great. Atmosphere everything

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Elizabeth
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Be aware that the dining room does not have AC.

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vipFezzi
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We were very disappointed. It was a crazy day and I have lots of compassion for waitstaff, having been one myself, but this was just not good. We reserved an outdoor table but when we arrived they asked us if we wanted in or outdoor. We said out but were told that there were bigger parties and others waiting and people who had made reservations (maybe not through Open Table?) who were ahead of us. We didn't want to stand around and wait so we ate inside. Our order came out wrong twice - we didn't bother to send it back the second time. I couldn't find anyone to get me a "twirling" spoon with my linguine. The tomatoes in the tomato salad were relatively tasteless. Our party enjoyed each other's company but the restaurant did not add to our enjoyment. There is no reason to ever go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Reservation for 7:30pm to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. Check in desk was very chaotic as there was one hostess responsible for checking in customers, taking customers to tables, and cleaning off tables. We couldn't check in until 7:50pm as the hostess was frequently away from the check in stand performing her other duties. We were then given a 25-30 min wait time due to the number of earlier arriving customers still waiting for their table. Somewhat understandable as it was a beautiful night, but also clear the restaurant overbooked reservations. It was also clear that larger groups with later reservation times were sat before us.

It was after 9pm before we were seated. Our server Natalie did an excellent job in setting food time expectations and her overall service. We ended up receiving our food at 10:15. The food was fantastic. However, we will not be returning to this restaurant in the future due to the frustratingly lengthy delays in being sat at a table and getting our meals (nearly 3 hours after our reservation times).

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We have been disappointed with the service of this restaurant twice in the past month. Both times they have over promised and under served. They did comp part of our meal this time and we’re very apologetic, but I would be hesitant to choose this restaurant again on a weekend. It was clear the staff was trying their absolute best, but there were too many tables to serve well. This particular visit I took friends from out of town and left pretty embarrassed by how poor the experience was.

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vipNancyP
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and it was a great experience! The food was absolutely outstanding as well as the service. We sat inside, and even though it was quite noisy, it didn’t take away from enjoyment of the evening. Will definitely be back!

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vipOhio
Cleveland
33 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The owner is very gracious. The vibe is a lot of fun. Love sitting outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My team went here for a post regatta meal. The waiter was so cool and the manager gave us free food. Absolutely loved it. We had a pretty stressful day and this was such a fun way to end. You had to ask a couple times to get something, but hey more time to talk with the ppl you love. Food and the bread was to die for. Get the pesto pasta

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vipSarahS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Made last minute reservations for Mother’s Day with mom and grandma. Eggplant Parm, Cacio e Pepe and special halibut seafood risotto were delicious. Loved the lemon tiramisu for dessert. Our favorite part was our incredible waiter. Welcoming staff and authentic Italian food. We will definitely return.

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JustinS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, they were even dealing with a power outage but the staff handled it very well. Food was great as always!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Power went out in center dining room and kitchen as soon as we sat down. Waitress immediately informed us and we decided to order drinks and wait. She brought warm rolls and butter and our drinks. She updated us and thanked us for our patience. The owner came out and served patrons a fettuccini dish out of a large bowl and came around with salad... all while they worked to restore power. When the power came on they immediately took orders. Not a single table got up and left because they did everything possible to keep everyone advised and accommodated with food and drinks while we all waited. Excellent example of customer service at its best!

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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland is rated 4.5 stars by 1012 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.