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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

4.7
4.7
1127 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 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (216) 721-8155

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Terry Tarantino

  • Private party facilities

    Family parties have with up to 100 people capacity offering Chef's Sampler at $36/person or Chef's Feast at $50/person dining.

  • 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 1,127 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cleveland

    Italian

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  1. K

    Kjtoo

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The staff worked really hard to service everyone at a busy time. The NOISE level is terrible. We were six in a booth and could not hear each other across the table. They need some sound deadening accoustical fixes. I will not go there again with multiple people. Our conversations were lost.
  2. C

    Cherub

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We celebrated my husband’s 50th. Matt our server was great. The hostesses were so kind and welcoming. We will definitely come back again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Very good and fresh ingredients in their food. Look for the specials of the day.
  4. SN

    SusanN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food was outstanding. The server was very busy , hard to get him to stay long enough to get our requests in. Seemed to ignore my husband. The place was very load hard to hear each other.
  5. S

    Suparna

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic, amazing, and made us feel very welcome!
  6. NP

    NancyP

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fabulous upbeat restaurant! The food and service are outstanding. Always a great experience. The owner comes around dishing out samples of salad or pasta and makes you feel special. We love this restaurant
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First time. Reservations for 10 went well but noise at a large square table made it impossible to chat with anyone more than a foot away. Otherwise service was good and food for most was good. Scallops were way over cooked for one. Nice fun area. Glad we went.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    we loved it!
  9. J

    Jenn

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside and the weather was perfect. The owner treated us to some pasta to taste. The server was attentive and the food was delicious. We were served fresh cream and fresh fruit slices for dessert. The music somewhat conflicted with the music played across the street. It would be great if they could coordinate.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, La Dolce Vita is an amazing experience. The staff is so so friendly and the owner, Terry, makes the experience feel like you’re eating at home. I love coming here and take all friends to dinner here when visiting little Italy.
  11. J

    John

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terry and the team are exceptionally wonderful humans. Everyone should experience La Dolce Vita every couple of months!
  12. KE

    KaraE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our new favorite places to eat in Little Italy! Amazing staff and awesome food.
  13. OG

    OhioGirl

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terry Tarantino and his staff continue to deliver incredible homemade Italian food, and a community like no other in Little Italy. We love coming here - it is consistent, fun, and delicious. Highly recommend dining inside or out!
  14. j

    jnbarx

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a MUST spot to eat when in Little Italy. Everything about La Dolce Vita creates the dinner you're looking for!
  15. TN

    ToniN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food is delicious! We always eat at La Dolce Vita when in Little Italy. Prefer the main dining room or outside. Side room definitely needs an uplift, fresh paint & ceiling repair.
  16. KG

    KathyG

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food on a busy Friday night. Staff friendly and very hard working. Atmosphere fun and energetic. Owner stopped by table with a little “ sample!”
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a terrific time and meal and can’t wait to go back. The restaurant was average busy on a Saturday night, but the staff was very accommodating and made us feel like the only people in the place. Service was phenomenal, food was out of this world, and the atmosphere just capped off a perfect night. We got a complimentary side of pasta between courses and complimentary dessert too. Drinks were made to perfection. Everything was just top notch and can’t recommend it enough.
  18. D

    Donxxxxxcccccccccccccccc

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good good and very good service. It was a tad noisy but not awful. I would go back again. Hope the opera comes back.
  19. p

    peters

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood place with good, reasonably priced food. Wonderful sautéed calamari appetizer and chicken Marsala main. Service was even better than food, not an easy task! Attentive friendly and knowledgeable and understood exactly how to time the arrival of courses. Recommend this place for a great Cleveland experience.
  20. b

    backwardnomad

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to go to a highly-recommended Italian restaurant in Cleveland’s Little Italy before going to an Italian opera (Verdi’s “Otello”) performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, to celebrate our 55th weekend anniversary. La Dolce Vita did not disappoint! It’s quirky decor (we sat under a large painting of the crucifixion of St. Peter!), delicious food, and relaxed friendly service provided a perfect prelude to our night at the opera.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Love how they give you little extras like a taste of a particular pasta while you wait, and then bring some fruit with a sweet ricotta after dinner. They make you feel welcome. Buonissimo!
  22. PB

    PBaust

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have come here a few times now and came again for my college graduation dinner. As always the staff is so kind and welcoming and you cannot beat the family like atmosphere in this restaurant. The food is phenomenal and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu but I would recommend the cacio e pepe or abruzze. Thank you to the staff for another wonderful experience!
  23. JM

    JeniferM

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening ! Fabulous Food and such a fun , lively place!!!! We will for sure be back :)
  24. RC

    RonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service both very good. Great atmosphere.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing people! Our first visit and won’t be our last. We loved the authenticity of the people and the food. Not pretentious, just a fun energized atmosphere.
  26. M

    Mitchel

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun little spot. Love that the owner comes around with samples and the fruit at the end was a great little surprise. Can't wait to come back!
  27. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food, amazing staff, and relatively affordable prices! Will definitely be back.
  28. BC

    BetzC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation from college dinner with roommates families! Best server. Owner was incredible. Loved our square table. Night was perfect
  29. GO

    GORDONC

    Seattle

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The flatbreads and chicken marsala were perfect. Service was great. Good wine and beer selection
  30. H

    Hooman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian food in Cleveland Also The staff is very friendly and responsive and the owner treats you as a family member (true Italian style hospitality)
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent for all 4 meals we ordered. Unfortunately they were short staffed and we waited 1 hour to eat. I don’t think this is the norm and I would go back for their very delicious food. Our waiter and the manager were gracious and apologetic.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Our server Sammy was excellent. Highly recommended!
  33. CL

    CLEDiner

    Cleveland

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dining experience outside on patio with friends. The service was attentive and friendly. The food choices of our group were all met with positive comments. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable time the entire evening.
  34. A

    Alyss

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was a busy night due to local graduations. The service was okay. The food was mediocre. I thought my cacio e pepe was going to be more creamy, but the sauce was soupy and average. It was nice that they gave us a complimentary fruit dessert .
  35. PB

    PeterB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great never the food and service are always so friendly. Never disappoints.
  36. NS

    NanSeas

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent prices were very reasonable. Highly recommend
  37. TC

    TonyC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Visiting from NY, would go back again
  38. E

    Eric

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and excellent, if relatively expensive food. Still, the food is worth the cost given the quality and flavor
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an awesome old world Italian dining experience. Love the food and service and atmosphere! Awesome Mother’s Day lunch with family. Love this for special and everyday dining if you want to be treated special and enjoy a fabulous meal. Lovely patio as well
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    We got sat on a folding table stuck in the corner. Despite having a reservation. The food and service were good.

FAQs

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland is rated 4.7 stars by 1127 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 14 times today
Google Map for La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

12112 Mayfield Rd Cleveland, OH 44106

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 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

  • Phone number

    (216) 721-8155

  • Private party facilities

    Family parties have with up to 100 people capacity offering Chef's Sampler at $36/person or Chef's Feast at $50/person dining.

  • Private party contact

    Jamaa Ajabli: (216) 721-8155

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