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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

4.7
4.7
1221 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 21 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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What 1,221 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was really good. The owner made a special dish and went around to every table and gave a free sample to everyone. Really good and a unique atmosphere.
  2. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great atmosphere great but just a little to loud but can’t wait to go again when it’s nice out and eat outside
  3. f

    friendsandfood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team is so lovely, they approached us every time with a smile. The set up is homey and classy and it's great for a casual dinner or something a little fancier. Can never go wrong with their food!
  4. LC

    LoveCLE

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and we are impressed! Great location in Little Italy, refreshing eclectic dining atmosphere, with genuinely friendly staff and amazing authentic Italian food.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous time. Like being at home
  6. g

    geoffredo

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous Cleveland Classic! The owner and the staff make everyone feel welcome. The food is absolutely delicious. I never had an Italian grandmother.
  7. JD

    JasonD

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian meal I have ever had, great folks at this restaurant!!
  8. RX

    RenegadeX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. The environment was sooo much fun and the staff was over the top nice.
  9. GR

    GregoryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Table ready when arrived. Server recommended wine and it was fantastic! Owner dished out some pasta to our table to try prior to meal service. Food was delicious, hot, and good portion size for all. Server brought fresh fruit and cream while our table waited for coffee. Thanks for the great meal and service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best overall restaurant in Cleveland Ohio. The setting in Little Italy is fantastic for this tremendous restaurant. The food is outstanding, always fresh, always delicious. The staff and the service is always top-notch. Terry Tarantino is a classic gentleman who always makes dining at his restaurant a special experience.
  11. LI

    LittleItaly

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my all time favorites! The food, ambiance, and wonderful service never disappoint. We needed to adjust our reservation time last minute, and they graciously accommodated us, despite it being a busy Friday night. The specialty drinks were delicious - as always, and the food is consistently fantastic. Terry T's Tomato Salad is a standout!
  12. KB

    KristanB

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    La Dolce Vita is a lively, casual, and friendly neighborhood spot. The ambiance is fun mixed with kitsch. The service is warm, and there is a sign upon entry to remind diner to be kind to the staff who have showed up (a good reminder for many instances). We love the unfried calamari dish which came with a lovely tomato broth. The halibut special was delicious and perfectly cooked. A very good Negroni to start our meal and then a glass of wine from an ample wine list. Definitely a fun place to go with a group.
  13. D

    Damaris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony is great. He greets his patrons personally, talks to them, and gives them some samples to try. The food is excellent, and they have a wonderful selection of wines.
  14. FS

    FredS

    Cancun

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The Opera night was fantastic. The three Opera singers were excellent and engaged the audience. It was a great night of dining and entertainment.
  15. BS

    BrianS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Lively Satruday night crowd. Festive!!!
  16. RD

    RebeccaD

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    First of all, this evening, sharing this place with my husband was something I was so looking forward to. I had been here twice before with friends and had lovely experiences both times. Upon being seated, the owner Terry, served us his deliciously amazing pasta, Casio de Pepe right from a mixing bowl on to our plates. Such a treat!! But, then we watched another couple who were seated after us be served drinks, and appetizers before we received our drinks. Our waiter was hard to find and never came to the table to inquire how the food was or if we wanted refills. We were there for an hour and 15 min. With my glass empty for at least 30 min. We were never offered another drink., or asked how the food was. The Roman chariot salad was amazingly good and fresh. The sweet life trio was not bad, but not terrific. Both of those dishes were served at the same time. Then we ordered the fettuccini Fellini that we took home because we were upset about the total lack of service by this time. But it was not very good, The pasta was overcooked and the sauce lacked flavor. Plus, they put in chicken which was not In the description and the chicken was rubbery and lacked flavor. My husband and I are notoriously good tippers as we appreciate good service and want to show our appreciation for that service, routinely tipping at least 25% sometimes up to 50% when the service is extraordinary. I tipped about 12% that night.
  17. P

    Pjdining

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great here. Three of us ordered specials which were, indeed, special. One of us can never resist the Cacio e Pepe, and it never disappoints! Allow plenty of time to find a parking spot, then relax and enjoy your dinner!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terry is the man.- incredible host
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, friendly staff amazing food. Loved everything!
  20. C

    Calestra

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our food. Everything was delicious.
  21. c

    ctburns72

    Cleveland

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and Oliver took great care of us. Parking was a little crazy- but after 5pm they have valet service and I would higher recommend using that for parking. Overall this was an awesome experience and we will definitely be back again!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here! Reminded us of the North End in Boston. Food is so authentic and service was spot on!
  23. MP

    MaryP

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent. Great atmosphere and service. Highly recommend.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terry T was doing his usual feeding and talking to his guests. You feel very welcomed. Food was amazing.
  25. JM

    JenniferM

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time visiting and we loved the gluten free options for my daughter. I loved having a small portion of pasta provided while we waited for salads. It reminded me of my time in Italy. The restaurant was full of character and looking forward to going back
  26. RC

    RandallC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great visit to La Dolce Vida. We sat in the second room. The noise level in that room is way less. I don’t mind a loud room but this was nice. Food is always excellent. Friendly server. Love the atmosphere. It is a bit quirky in an artsy way. By far my favorite restaurant. It was my daughter’s birthday. Our server made it special with a great desert with a candle. Thank you for making this a great evening for all.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! Desert delicious!
  28. LB

    LisaB

    Cleveland

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere!
  29. c

    carmenbpgh

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. My boys and I drove up from Pittsburgh to watch the Guardians/Yankees and stopped for early dinner first. We met the owner; who provided us with complimentary Cacho Pepe pasta sampling (delish). The 4 of us each enjoyed different pasta dishes (I also had a huge meatball). They also provided us with a complimentary peaches/strawberries and cream dish. Not sure if everyone gets that or not; but we had a very nice experience in Cleveland's Little Italy. Thanks so much La Dolce Vita!
  30. ET

    EugeneT

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I remember going to this place 20 years ago and it seems very little changed. That could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing. But this restaurant definitely needs a bit of a facelift as it seems a bit outdated and run down. As far as the food - it was average. Some things are very good, some were so so. We had Italian meatballs appetizer (2 really large meatballs, big enough to call it a main course instead of appetizer) - good, Caprese salad - it was okay, Lentil Soup - average, Americana Pizza - very bad, Cacio e Pepe - not my style but my daughter seemed to like it, fish of the day was halibut with butternut squash Risotto - absolutely outstanding. As far as desserts - we decided to skip it as non if it made in house but restaurant gave us fruit platter with mascarpone filling - very light and very good. Overall, we enjoyed our evening but don't know if we would be coming back
  31. C

    Colin

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Highly recommended restaurant in Little Italy.
  32. LW

    LizW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in Little Italy. The food and wine are amazing. My favorite calamari ever - I love that it's not breaded. The place is cozy, and you have to speak up to hear each other, but it's to be expected on a Saturday night there. The service was impeccable, and as usual, the man I assume to be the owner was walking around in his hat and apron, carrying a giant bowl of pasta, and just putting samples onto everybody's plate. They brought us huge plate of fruit with cream on the house for dessert, as well as a free tiramisu with a candle for a birthday in our party. You cannot go wrong here.
  33. L

    Lisa

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Most of the food at La Dolce Vita was delicious, particularly the Eggplant Parmesan and the Fettuccine Fellini. Unfortunately the eggplant Parmesan was totally cold. The owner came by to offer some bites of the cacio e pepe at the end of our meal, but it was delicious. The wedding soup was mostly broth with a few pieces of escarole and meatballs, and we would not recommend it. The service was lacking. Our waiter never smiled, talked very softly and was hard to hear. He never asked us how our food was. We had empty appetizer plates sitting on our small table for over 20 minutes and our empty cocktail glasses were never cleared while we were there, sharing space on our small table with a wine glass and two water glasses. The ambience is charming and the noise level was not too loud for us to talk comfortably. The bathrooms need attention, as far as cleanliness and supplies. There was no soap in the mens room.
  34. A

    Ally

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and the service is wonderful! We love the fruit at the end of the meal.
  35. JE

    JEKC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly excellent homecooked italian food in a great atmosphere.
  36. TV

    TonyViola

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service & a fun evening! Thank you!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Made you feel part of their family
  38. S

    Susan

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! As always!
  39. d

    donba

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and always great service! Our favorite in Little Italy that we have tried. Love the eclectic decor and Italian music. Fantastic limoncello!
  40. H

    Hawk02

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Love that the owner comes around to every table. Very warm & inviting.

FAQs

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland is rated 4.7 stars by 1221 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 21 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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