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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

4.7
4.7
1580 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 20 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 1,580 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Cleveland

    Italian

1,580 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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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  2. MaryW

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  4. StaceyC

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! Every bite was savory and satisfying. I would highly recommend to any friend or family member.

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  5. RickK

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terry and his team were outstanding hosts! Lenten options were delicious.

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  6. Alex

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my visiting folks here, and it was a huge hit with them! Love this place, the food is amazing, and we will be back!

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  7. Sammy

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything, from service to the pasta to the fresh fruit and cream at the end of the meal, was excellent. Definitely worth it, and definitely worth another visit…and then another!

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  8. RobF

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fine. Very busy restaurant but they need to fix the ceiling.

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  9. LenayaS

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved this place. They were super busy and overwhelmed. I’m betting the place is really great on a less busy night.

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  10. LaurelW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We greatly enjoyed our dinner at La Dolce Vita! The specials we chose (scallops and halibut) were delicious, some of the best we’ve ever had. Don’t skip the cannoli; again, the best!! Service is somewhat slow, but well worth the wait & we were not in any rush. On the pricey side, but again, well worth it! We are already planning our next visit…

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  11. JeffG

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very busy restaurant (which is a good sign!). We will definitely be going back.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Terry is outstanding and Samantha was a great server—knowledgeable and made our dinner very enjoyable

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was cold due to the draft coming in from the front door. Food was delicious!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience from start to finish. From the moment we arrived and were immediately seated at our table as my chair was pulled out for me by I believe the owner of the establishment to sit down at our table. We were immediately brought water then shortly there after some delicious warm rolls that were delicious and then our server was at our table in a very timely manner as well. Then a sampling of bowtie pasta was brought around and served by I believe the owner while we waited for our 1st course. We chose soup for our first course, and it was brought out quickly. I thought the lentil was delicious. The chardonnay that the waitress helped me to choose was perfect. I chose the fish of the day, halibut. It was done perfectly as well. Our server was attentive and friendly. The warm ambiance added to our dining experience from beginning to end. The valet parking that is operating on the street next-door to the restaurant was extremely convenient and a nice luxury as well. It was a great experience and we arrived at our concert in plenty of time. We would recommend making a reservation if you’ll be near Cleveland’s Little Italy.

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  15. KellyG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was amazing! I would absolutely recommend it to anyone on a date night. It authentically reminded us of our trip to Italy last year.

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  16. HarishV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait staff was fantastic. They took excellent care of us and were very accommodating to our baby. They made our anniversary very special. Thank you for pasta sampling at the end of our stay!

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  17. DavidB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and will definitely be back, several great restaurants in this neighborhood. It was a busy night for Valentine’s Day, service , food and drinks were very good. Will definitely go back.

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  18. Tims

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would definitely return. Good food but not something crazy amazing. Bathrooms are kind of nasty.

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  19. yesJRcan

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat. I'm from Louisville and visit the Cleveland Clinic at least once a month. I always eat at La Dolce Vita when I'm there. Best Caprese salad anywhere, Awesome eggplant parm, chicken Marsela is also as good as it gets. The last time I was there, Valentines day, the place was packed packed packed with romantic diners and I tried their espresso martini - Wow! Finally, their scallops are always prepared just right when they are available. Did I mention that they somehow get home grown tomatoes all year long. OMG that is why their Caprese salid is so awesome. Go there, you won't be sorry. Bon Appetit!

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  20. JLC1

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant! I drove 88 miles to get there and it was worth the drive! Terry works hard to keep his restaurant working right! He is there to greet you and make sure your complete dining experience is everything you hoped it would be!

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  21. JustinA

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere. Love coming to this spot whenever I am in town.

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  22. VickieM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner at Opera Night. The singers were amazing. The food was delicious and I loved the home style service. The staff were friendly and attentive.

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  23. ScottI

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Bread was stale. No ice in water. Sauce for the special...short ribs was borderline burnt and salty. The special was $42. It was listed with risotto but came with dried out rice. My wife's dish...pasta..noodles weren't cooked all the way

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  24. John

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional. Ambiance was great. I can’t recommend La Dolce Vita enough. I went there based on the reviews and they didn’t disappoint

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  25. GWENB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic time! The food was great, service was friendly and accommodating, and the owner was walking around talking w guests and offering us samples of a new menu item he was testing out. The live band was incredible and took everything up to another level! 10/10… highly recommend!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for being a great host for our party of 13! My friends came in from Pittsburgh and Erie PA. You gave them the Cleveland charm they needed! Food and service was incredible. Thank you!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was pretty bland and service was very slow. It’s ok just not worth the price that came with it

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great food. They brought out complimentary samples and a complimentary fruit plate with whipped cream after dinner. Friendly staff and great service!

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  29. JanW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had my birthday dinner here. Everything was wonderful - most especially the food and the staff!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as usual - great food and great service

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  31. PaulaS

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a fun little birthday celebration. Colin, our server was terrific with a great personality and very attentive. Terry Tarantino, the owner, spent some personal time with us sharing stories, and enjoying conversation. Always such a friendly place with delicious food. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  32. KathiK

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not many low carb options for diabetics. Would have like to see a grilled meat option. Was stuck with salad and soup Kinda disappointing. We went for our daughter’s birthday. She was happy and it was her choice so….. we went. Will we go again, probably not

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  33. John

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch as always. Food and service were excellent.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. So glad we chose this restaurant to go to when we visited Cleveland for the night. Brought us back to our travels to Italy. The chef brought out a bowl of pasta he whipped up for us to try and it was delicious. Limoncello tiramisu was amazing! Normally don’t order dessert after being stuffed from dinner but it was one of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted!

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  35. DavidM

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and ambiance was great. The parking on the other was an absolute nightmare. This will come as no surprise to people who frequent Little Italy because it’s always a nightmare. We paid $15 plus tip to valet and it took nearly 30 minutes for the valet to retrieve our vehicle. No fun when it’s 33 degrees outside. I realize there is likely nothing that can be done down there about the parking situation, but it is reason to hesitate when heading to Little Italy in the winter months. Restaurant experience while inside the actual restaurant was great.

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  36. CHRISL

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience and food. We will definitely go back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place. Terry the owner is warm and friendly, visiting tables with a smile and some pasta. One of my favorite places in Little Italy! Thank you, Terry Salute’ Your friends from Pittsburgh

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  38. Yauatcha

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It offers a cozy experience with great food and service. The parking isn’t great but we really liked Little Italy and the abundance of Italian style shops that line Mayfield. The waitstaff was knowledgeable about the menu and had opinions to help make decisions on dinner. The menu is small but everything sounded good. The Sweet Life Trio was fantastic so do yourself a favor and order that as your appetizer.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my daughter’s birthday dinner and it was an amazing experience beginning to end. The food was so delicious and beautifully presented, we loved every bite. The staff so friendly, generous, and VERY attentive. Best service I’ve had at a restaurant in a long time. They made my daughter feel special on her bday and she loved it. We will definitely be returning and my other daughter already declared that she wants to celebrate her birthday at the restaurant as well.

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  40. Margaret

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was top-notch! From the service to the check, everything was perfect. We had the “unfried” calamari as an appetizer and it was so delicious…wanted to drink the broth! We enjoyed chicken marsala and chicken Parmesan for our dinners. My chicken was seasoned to perfection and fork tender. The marinara on the pasta (which was perfectly al dente) couldn’t be better. Can’t wait to go back! 

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La Dolce Vita - Cleveland is rated 4.7 stars by 1580 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 20 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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