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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

4.6
4.6
1271 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (216) 721-8155

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Terry Tarantino

  • Private party contact

    Jamaa Ajabli: (216) 721-8155

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Street Parking also available.

  • Public transit

    RTA bus stop in front of restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cleveland

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good overall dining experience in Cleveland’s Little Italy.
  2. JA

    JALE

    Jackson Hole

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was perfect! Food was superb and we loved the charming decor . We’re visiting Cleveland and we loved the city, especially the great restaurants like La Dolce Vita!
  3. a

    ahaa

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a wonderful meal and evening! The food is delicious, the portions are generous and the service is super friendly. We always feel like family and we can’t wait to return!
  4. JJ

    JoeJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time, great food, great atmosphere. Valet parking is available right across mayfield rd also.
  5. CM

    CherylM

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience here. Food and service was exceptional, and nowadays that is very hard to find. Also loved the atmosphere! Can't wait to go back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service
  7. SH

    ShakerHeightsResident

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The food was great. But let's be honest, how hard is it to find good Italian food in Little Italy. We definitely overpaid for our experience. The server was curt and unhelpful with questions about the menu. The restaurant was dirty - we got there early, before the dinner crowd, and the floor had clearly not been cleaned from the night before. The ceiling looks to be caving-in in one of the rooms, and the paint on the walls and ceiling are painting. Given all the options in the neighborhood, we are not inclined to go back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic, as always. It was a big family Sunday afternoon dinner after the Disney Immersive Experience. Our meal was terrific, and everyone was happy, from our Italian Wedding Soup to our Chicken Parm to the super yummy desserts.
  9. JE

    JessE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    Had a reservation and table was not ready. after waiting 10-15 they squeezed us at the table directly by the door which was for 4 people and they put a 5th chair on the end which really didn't have enough room. every time the door opening we had gusts of cold air hit us. It took well over 10 minutes before anyone greeted us - when server did come over he was wonderful - got all of our orders in immediately but never really checked on us again until he dropped checks. we were celebrating a huge birthday for a family member and she never got to take off her coat bc of the drafty table. pretty disappointed.
  10. A

    Acura

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, service was outstanding
  11. JP

    JamesP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and atmosphere. Definitely would return for another meal.
  12. A

    Anne

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, welcoming atmosphere. It's been 20 years since my last visit but it will be only weeks before I'm back again.
  13. N

    Nick

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had 7:30 reservations. We were seated right when we arrived. Very fast service, super friendly and engaging service. Highly recommend
  14. F

    Farmer

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We often frequent La Dolce Vita quite often, making our rounds through Little Italy. As always, the food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. This time the Wedding Soup was extraordinary this time. (Always good but this was even better.) Which is why we go to privately owned restaurants. That added human touch.
  15. CL

    ChristopherL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. If you have never been here for dinner, you’re missing out!
  16. r

    reff

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went out for my daughters birthday. We’ve been to LDV several times and always has a great meal. Service is very good. Print and friendly. We’ll be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from Columbus and a friend recommended this to us. So glad they did! Such a great vibe, perfect date night and the food was AMAZING!!
  18. JI

    JodyIndy

    Indiana

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and atmosphere! Great food and drinks with a nice array of menu options. We had great shareable appetizers and a variety of pastas, a vegetarian dish, and the special scallops. All were delicious, and the staff made it a memorable experience with their attention and fun spirit. A cozy ambience on a cold, dreary evening. We would definitely return!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The waitress was inattentive. The bread was flavorless. The pasta was not to bad.
  20. AM

    AngelaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant, service wonderful, food fantastic!
  21. RS

    RichardS69

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was New Year's eve. Help was slow, food was good. Not a huge selection of food product. Bread was brought with 1 triangle of butter. rinks were slow.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a great time service was great food was amazing
  23. N

    Nicole

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Restaurant was busy for New Year Eve. Took about 15-20 mins before anyone even acknowledged us at our table. Food was mediocre at best. Vegetables overcooked, seafood over seasoned and salty. Nothing was notable other than the tiramisu for the price.
  24. MC

    MicheleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for New Year’s Eve dinner, they were busy but to be expected. Meatballs appetizer is fantastic! Great cosmopolitan! Veal & chicken were delicious! We will be back.
  25. g

    greenidgurl

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Other than the rude young unwelcomeing, no smile at all hostsess seating us, just rude. Bartender was amazing as ever, friendly, he was extremely welcoming. Our server Bella was super amazing and so awesome! We will be back! We loved it! Food was top notch!
  26. SW

    StephanieW

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience from start to finish for my family of three. Our sever was so nice and fun and the food was fantastic. Light yet flavorful. The wedding soup was the best I’ve ever had. We can’t wait to go back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    I wanted to treat my mom and sister to an early dinner. It was 4:30pm on a week day and they had plenty of reservations available so we just walked in. The host basically acted disgusted that we’d think that was okay (mind you, I’ve walked in several times) and told us they were fully booked. I was confused so I made a reservation on the app and walk back in. The host then scolded me for not saying we had a reservation in the first place? It was not a fun interaction. She then sat us in a nearly empty restaurant and then proceeded to whisper and point at us to other staff. La Dolce Vita is a good restaurant, but it’s certainly not a place that can get away with treating folks like that. I’m put off by that experience and will probably try some other places for a while.
  28. PF

    PollyF

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service was very slow. They were out of two out of three bottles of wine we tried to order. Appetizers took over an hour to arrive. Once they did they were good and hot Food in general was good although the person in our party that ordered the Chicken parmigiana did not like it at all. Have been to this restaurants several times and always liked it. This time was lacking in many ways.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice local spot with great food and service!
  30. MN

    McNear

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great as usual! Nicely decorated for the holidays. It was odd that our table was the only one without a white tablecloth. The owner was welcoming as always!
  31. BR

    BobR

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place and food was fantastic!
  32. CS

    CharleneS

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a table for two in front and they plugged in a space heater which was great! Downside was parking was a nightmare- had to park in RTA lot.
  33. EP

    EduardP

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was the second time there, and the food was excellent! Try unfried calamari starter (can count as a main dish!) and risotto.
  34. GS

    GaryS

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seven of us had dinner reservations after the Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert. We had a great experience at La Dolce Vita. Outstanding food and excellent service. We will be back.
  35. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was wonderful: great service, prompt seating, delicious food, and the best wine! The only problem last night was that both bathrooms (men and women) were broken and they said "a plumber was on the way." This is problematic.
  36. EL

    ELizN

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner at LaDolce Vita. The food, service, ambiance was exceptional. Love this great restaurant. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  37. A

    Apple

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very good food, amazing staff, just a little loud.
  38. CL

    CrystalL

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Love that the owner visits every table with a starter. Busy but the server handled it well.
  39. PV

    PaulV

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was very good, the service was a bit slow because they were very busy, and therefore the noice level was very high.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Foods overpriced for the quality, service was slow. Restaurant decorations are good.

FAQs

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland is rated 4.6 stars by 1271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

12112 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Street Parking also available.

  • Public transit

    RTA bus stop in front of restaurant.

  • Executive chef

    Terry Tarantino

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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