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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

4.7
4.7
1634 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

10:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 1,634 people are saying

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

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1,634 Reviews
  1. JohnT

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Italian food. We stop here every time we are in Cleveland.

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  2. LaurieS

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was exceptional! And service was very attentive.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Dolce Vita never disappoints! The food is amazing (The house specials- short ribs and seafood linguine were to die for. - chef’s kiss!!) The staff is top notch ensuring everything is perfect, especially Matt, our server, and it was BUSY!!! The duet that played just added to the whole experience/atmosphere and the sound level was just right. But of course, my favorite part is finding out what Terry, the owner, is sharing from his magic silver bowl! ♥️Perfecto!!!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite go-to for outstanding authentic Italian food. Everything is always fantastic!

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  5. Nesp

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded expectations for food and atmosphere, tomato salad, veal parm and short rib special were excellent

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Unbelievable food. Service was ehhh. Not sure if they were too busy or what.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were in town for the 4/8/24 eclipse. When we arrived the restaurant was very crowded. People with reservations were asked to sit outside. We were not dressed for being outside so I asked for an inside table. The hostess told us it would be about 10 minutes so we sat at the bar and she pointed us to our table and told us someone would come set it up shortly. He did and served us water. They all seemed very busy so we waited for quite a while until we saw the table beside us who was seated after us was being served an appetizer pasta. Once we asked the hostess for a server one came shortly. During our wait the owner brought us a complementary pasta which was tasty. We ordered all our drinks and food when the server arrived. Our food took a while to arrive and our $20 appetizer, served with all our food, was barely warm. Food was just ok. Not a repeatable experience. I was so disappointed because I was responsible for making the reservation to La Dolce Vita and we all really looked forward to the experience. I’m sure this was a tough night for the staff so it may not represent the true essence of the restaurant.

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  8. dionnorthcoast

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent overall experience in Little Italy. Table was ready for our reservation. Received a pasta course pre-dinner. Nice choice of wines and drinks. Appetizers were very, very good. All the dinners were delicious. So all you could ask for in food and wine. Prices were on thie high side but not unreasonable given the quality. Only problem was no parking and no valet. We had a great Sunday Italian meal.

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  9. kennyT

    Nashville

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place. So “old school” and authentic. Great server and the food was fabulous.

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  10. DianeD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mr. Tarantino went all out for the "Eclipse week-end'. The food was especially good, his strolling service of a pasta starter is always charming. Service was cheerful, efficient and timely albeit the bar a bit slower which is understandable.

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  11. HappyInCincinnati

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our first visit to La Dolce Vita. The highlight for me was a guy bringing a surprise serving of pasta from the kitchen to everyone in the whole restaurant. A great Little Italy experience!

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  12. PaulP

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place with great food. Very vibrant. Seating is close but the food is so good. Enjoy!

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  13. VladimirL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great all around - good, service, etc! Would definitely come back and recommend to others.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience! So unique and genuinely satisfying. Food great! Atmosphere stellar never a bad time at La Dolce Vita. Such an amazing Little Italy Cake staple.

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  15. lovefood

    New York City

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place in Little Italy. Nice casual atmosphere. Service was great…Conner super friendly ! Food was fantastic. We had gnocchi with bolognese (made from veal and steak), gnocchi with pesto and linguini with lobster. Every fish was cooked perfect. Shout out to the bartender for making the best spicy mules ever

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great time and good service. Good is always great!

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  17. CharS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family dined there for Easter dinner. Service was great and the food was outstanding.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our absolute FAVORITE Italian restaurant. The food is AMAZING and you couldn’t ask for better ambience or service. If I could give it 6 stars, I would.

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  19. SGATCH

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crown jewel of Little Italy restaurants. The owner, Terry, and his team are simply the best.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food took 75 minutes to arrive on a Thursday

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  21. DanielleB

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. Had freshly made Cacio e Pepe brought to the table for us to sample while we waited for our meals to arrive. Super friendly and never felt rushed!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the Chicken Marsalla...outstanding. risotto prepared perfectly.

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  23. RonH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last nights opera night was again, outstanding! Food and singers.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was truly an experience of a lifetime. The food, service and atmosphere exceeded all of our expectations. Authentic Italian experience!

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  25. spanman

    Cleveland

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks very much the service and food were wonderful

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time Opera diners Wow! My group of 5 loved it.

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  27. StephS

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Food delicious, great atmosphere, super chill

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our twin cousins’ birthday. We were warmly welcomed. The service was great and so was the food and wine including dessert. The owner brought around a sampling of a vegan bow tie pasta as we sat down. The bread was hot out of the oven. We truly enjoyed our evening.

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  29. LondonLadyKay

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. We had chicken Parmesan, Gnocchis, and pasta abruzze. Nothing exceptional but good. We also did the Caprese and flatbread pizza as appetizers and those were very good. The nice thing was the manager or owner walked around and brought samples of other things to try. Rolls were fresh baked right out of the oven.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. A gentleman walks around giving out a free scoop of pasta when you first sit down. The main course was delicious and the Tiramisu was exceptional.

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  31. BethM

    Toledo

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner and experience here last night. Our server Samantha was very friendly and knowledgable and made us all (6 of us) feel like regulars. The evening started with the owner walking around with a bowl of fresh pasta to share with everyone. It was delicious and he was so friendly and fun! All of our dinners and desserts were fantastic and we each had something different. Can't wait to go back!

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  32. DarrinS

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good people, food was decent, from Scratch I expected more… love being in Little Italy, but food was not up to par. Service was not great either… Go in summer and eat outside.. only time I will go again..

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  33. BVmisty

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered several items that were specials, including the lobster linguine, which was delicious. Outstanding experience overall.

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  34. DeborahB

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and decor were wonderful.‘the food was good overall but our special short ribs dish was very over salted. Will come back!

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  35. Kathy

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely awesome. So delicious delightful and fun.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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  37. JuliaG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it here!!! The best birthday dinner and terry was amazing

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was top notch as it is every time we’ve been there.

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  39. MaryW

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    unfortunately, we did not have the best experience at La Dolce Vita. My fiancé and I went to celebrate his birthday and upon checking in with the hostess for our reservation we were told to wait even though there were a lot of tables open. We ended up waiting 15 minutes to get seated and we’re on time for our reservation. After we got seated, it took a very long time for our waitress to come over and it took half an hour for our drinks to arrive(yes, we set a timer) but I do have to say the drinks were good. Unfortunately the food is another story… we ordered the Unfried calamari and the tomato and mozarella salad. The Unfried calamari was extremely overcooked and was essentially inedible. The tomato salad was okay but there was no balsamic vinegar on it which was confusing to us. when it came time for our entrées to come out, that was the saddest part, I had the fettuccine Fellini and it was not flavorful, and the pasta was overcooked it just tasted like starch. My fiancé ordered the chicken Milanese, and he said that it was good.  so overall unfortunately we struck out here on wait time and food but the people at the restaurant were nice and did try to come around and check on us. 

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!!! Food and service was impeccable. A+++. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland is rated 4.7 stars by 1634 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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