La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

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$30 and under
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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was extremely kind and very helpful. I requested something small as we were in celebration of a graduation and all of the staff were all very congratulatory, smiling and being sure to make our experience very great and made us feel accommodated. And the food was amazing! Thank you so much! Definitely coming back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience. We loved our food - I got the gnocchi and my fiancé got the ravioli, both with the vodka sauce. Plus, obviously, a bottle of wine. We sat outside and enjoyed the business of the street and the music, though it still felt intimate. Our server, Nick, was attentive, helpful, and very nice. The owner was walking around checking on tables as well, he was lovely to talk to. As far as health and safety precautions go, we felt comfortable with the lengths they’ve gone to ensure all is clean and within guidelines. We seriously can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service.

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lavozderazon
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We ate inside and were the only indoor diners not at the bar. Service was friendly but a bit sporadic. We noticed limited menu choices. Lots of attention seemingly paid to outdoor diners. We had to request water refills on a couple of occasions. Food was served timely and was quite good. All in all an enjoyable experience.

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MichaelC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and wine. Active and friendly ownership...looking forward to next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!

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vipJohn
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, owner and staff.

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TSCleve
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first big post-quarantine dinner out. Did not disappoint. Service was impeccable, both traditionally and keeping safety precautions in mind. The four of us all had pasta - gnocchi was very good. Also had the cacio e pepe - comparable to that eaten in Italy itself! Calamari appetizer was in a delicious broth with tomatoes and zucchini - not fried. It came with 2 small triangles of flat bread - could have used more bread, even crispier bread. Finished the meal with a free fruit plate. Overall, a very enjoyable evening out. Another favorite in Cleveland's Little Italy.

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Pete
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Little Italy at its finest. Great people and great menu....what else could you ask for!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly service and good food. We sat outside which was especially nice after last past few months.

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MoeW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnifica!! A true gem in the heart of our own Little Italy. Terry and crew always do an amazing job with their food and hospitality.

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OhioGirl
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita is such a treat. Terry and his wait staff are so friendly and welcoming, and also very organized. Terry is always welcoming his guests with his fresh pasta, bread and delicious wines. The music is great, the vibe is bright and fun. Love coming to La Dolce Vita in small and large groups!

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AL212
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food and great staff make this a real go to spot

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vipLisaG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our team of 12 attendees were easily accommodated and received excellent service and attention even on a busy Friday night. Everyone had enjoyable experience.

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seanc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was our first visit to the restaurant. Cool atmosphere. Wait staff seemed a little overwhelmed as several tables were seated and waited a very long time before drink orders and food orders were taken. We had plans after dinner and so we requested a rush on our food order, which was accommodated greatly by our wait staff. The food was excellent even though we rushed our meal. The wine was amazing. We will definitely go back when we have more time to enjoy the atmosphere.

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JoeW
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time they’re excellent food excellent service the owner makes you feel at home we will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Food was ok. Not as good as one would think. But if you like a nice night out at a casual Italian place then I recommend going. But if it’s a date then go somewhere better.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Terry is so hospitable sharing fresh, delicious, hot pasta to patrons as they wait for their entrees, love the feeling of being a guest in their home rather than a patron in their restaurant.

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Mike
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day dinner so it was busier than normal but everything went well and food was great. Waiter was very nice

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ToddN
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had friends in from Germany and they had a great time. We started with glasses of wine and grappa. The owner gave us plates of a pasta dish while we were waiting to be seated. Once, seated our server made sure to refill our drink order. Our meal began with several appetizers and then moved onto the main course. We were very pleased with our meals, however one of our guests from Germany was not 100% please with her meal(she is a chef), but she tasted the balance of our dishes and she thought each of them were perfect. They loved the eclectic atmosphere as it reminded them of restaurants in Italy. I have been going to La Dolce Vita at least 20 years. Never dissapointed.

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Jason
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner. Great food and atmosphere. Friendly staff. Really enjoyed the owner mingling with guests and distributing samples from the kitchen!! Would definitely visit again!

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RayT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our second time at La Dolce Vita for dinner. The first time was around Christmas and the place was packed. That time the service was helter skelter. We attributed it to being so busy. This time the service started out helter skelter but after about half an hour it became much better. My impression is that the staff needs to be retrained every day for something that should be routine.

The food, on the other hand is outstanding. I had farfalle with gorgonzola tomato cream sauce and my wife had chicken picatta. both were delicious. Other dishes going by our table also looked wonderful.

If they could just improve the initial service, the place would be completely outstanding.

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vipRandallG
Cleveland
49 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice. Restaurant old school Italian

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants!!

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JeffreyC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best neighborhood place in CLE. Great service, clever décor, creative & flavorful menu. And Terry is the most welcoming restaurateur in all of CLE.

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vipSant1
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita is an excellent restaurant! Great food, fun atmosphere and terrific food!
A true neighborhood gem!

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MaryC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites when visiting Cleveland. Love the food and the friendly atmosphere!

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vipPjdining
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita never disappoints! We were dining with out of town guests and we all enjoyed great food in a comfortable setting, with just-right service. We will be back, for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the best we have eaten at in Little Italy, we have not tried them all, but this is by far the best so far. The waiter/ concierge was very entertaining and insightful. He said “ the best eggplant in the area”. He was so right. It was early on Saturday evening so not crowded yet, so he had a little time to talk to us about the menu. Fabulous. After we had the eggplant for an appetizer, I chose the ravioli and my lovely wife had the caprese salad. Both were superb. Talking with out waiter Ben, he mentioned that they have a Italian opera singer on selected nights. We booked immediately. We are excited to see this and a 5 coarse meal. He said we would not leave hungry. Hoping it is another great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding environment!! Can’t wait to go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New Year’s Eve with live entertainment- opera!

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We82much
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New Years Eve before the party. Staff was short but made the best of it for guests. Food and ambiance top shelf as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

New Year’s eve dinner. The food was outstanding and service was great. Will go back again.

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GaryS
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were surprised that a 5:45 reservation wouldn't give us enough time to eat and be out by 7:00 for the Cleveland Orchestra concert. Our own fault - its a more casual setting for dinner - but our server was outstanding in accommodating our need to eat and leave quickly. Both service and food were excellent. Highly recommend!!!

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KarenA
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! You feel like you are in the heart of Little Italy. The valet parking is a real plus.

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vipCCCbus
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I don't recommend a reservation right at 4p. They must have just opened and seemed very scattered. There was no music on, no lights lit. They were all talking amongst each other about the schedule, the food prep process, etc. I felt like an unwelcome guest at someone's house. It just felt very "off." However, after about 30-40 mins, the place filled up, they turned on music and then lit all the candles (expect the ones at our table). Do not open at 4p if you and your staff aren't ready to welcome guests! Not sure if that was an off day for them or what. Food is good! Great pasta, complementary bread, etc. Would go back, but not right when they open.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived about a half an hour late for our reservation. Nonetheless, they were able to find us a table. We tried three different flat bread pizzas. All three were exceptional! Crispy crust and fresh toppings. Great experience!

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vipEatOutTooOften
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

José was a great server – friendly, very attentive and certainly hospitable. He knew the menu well and was quick to make suggestions based upon what we told home we liked. The place itself is somewhat run down (we were sitting in an elevated area on top of a very rough subfloor) and overgrown with plants. They must be trying to keep the oxygen levels up for their customers!! The host was not friendly at all. He acted as if he was bothered by us being there. Not a very friendly reception.

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vipMITIMAN
Naples
58 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious traditional Italian fare, served by skilled wait staff. My veal Parmesan special was the best I’ve ever had. We will be back.

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