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About La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

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.

12112 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(216) 721-8155

Website:
http://www.ladolcevitamurrayhill.com/

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

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (7)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
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Neighborhood Gem (4)
People Watching (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Relaxed atmosphere with great food and service! What more is there to say!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here 20 years ago. Took my wife recently for her birthday. We had an incredible lunch. Everything was perfect!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Our third time here and fabulous as always. The food never misses, and this time the owner came around and gave us a sample of a dish that wasn't on the menu - delicious! Officially declaring it my favorite spot in Cleveland's Little Italy.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Terrific experience . Extraordinary Food . Thanks

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was amazing . Thanks

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My kids and I loved the New Years Eve dinner. Food and service excellent.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had dinner with 5 couples...awesome table, cool vibe, excellent service, great wine selection and everything we ordered was simply delicious. Owner even walked around offering some pasta samples! Highly recommended gem in Little Italy.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a fantastic dinner. Started with the meatball appetizer. Just enough spice without being overpowering. Chicken Parm was good, but the star of the night was the short ribs. Fantastic flavor and very tender. Best part of the night was when the owner came out twice for us to taste different pasta’s he was working on. Such a personal touch. We ended up inviting him to sit our table for a bit to chat. Really reminded me of the good ole days when people would really talk to each other.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We got off to a bad start because we were squeezed into a tiny table for 4, even though our reservation was for 5. One person in our party had to stand up and move 3 different times to allow movements of tables and other people. Another of our party was smashed against the wall and couldn't move. The food was just ok. After I saw the reviews, I expected a fine dinner. I ordered the eggplant and it was bland. The waitress talked me into a side of pasta with it which also was rather bland and added $10 to the price. The marinara was not very flavorful. My daughter ordered the veal dish which she said was very good. We asked for more bread but never got it. On a positive note, the decor is eclectic and had some pretty lights for Christmas. The tables had linen table cloths and our water glasses were kept full. The manager came around with a cream pasta which he served to everyone. It was actually the best thing that I had. Overall our experience was disappointing for the price that we paid.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

One of the best restaurant experiences I have had in years!! I am half Italian and grew up with a grandmother who cooked the best Italian food on the planet, so I am extremely picky about Italian food and actually rarely go out to eat at an Italian restaurant. La Dolce Vita stands out! I ordered a chicken dish that came with pasta. While the chicken was nothing special, the pasta was heavenly! Next time I will certainly be ordering a pasta dish! The service was outstanding. They even served up a complimentary taste of one of their pasta dishes (Cacio e pepe), a dish I may just order next time it was so good! And when we had finished our meal they brought out a plate of fresh fruit and cream, again complementary. I would not hesitate to recommend this lovely place to a friend and I certainly plan to get back there myself! Prices aren't the cheapest in town but well worth it for a delicious dining experience.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The entertainment was live opera arias and songs - terrific voices! Dinner was served family style by roaming waiters from huge bowls. Four course meal with lots of pasta. Ambiance is totally Italian.

Tags: People Watching, Live Music, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

I went for "opera night" and the singing was unforgettable. The food was delicious and service good too.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent food

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Maybe a little noisy for my taste but probably normal for Italian families

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was great, fun atmosphere, good wine selection. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Birthday
Great restaurant!

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 (Toledo)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is a quaint little place with great food. The owner makes you feel like family as he visits tables asking you to try various items from the kitchen. Our dinner was great...A huge delicious salad, great appetizer, and wonderful pasta dishes. And an unexpected treat...Free dessert! Yum!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The food was outstanding . Delicious and great experience.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The chicken parm was very overcooked. I frequent this restaurant and will certainly return. But I was disappointed on my last visit.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was good but for the money spent it should have been better. The ambiance and decor were below par. Noisy could not have conversation. Not that busy. Waiter did great job.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Opera night was fantastic. The dinner they served was out of this world. All the portions were just right. The servers were great and very friendly. We will be going back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

We have come to the last three Opera nights and enjoyed it immensely . A lot of fun and great food.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was very good. Unfortunately, the service was disappointing. We waited 20-25 minutes before anyone even asked if we wanted a drink. Not sure if it was a manager who finally noticed us but to his credit he waited on our table himself and from that point the service improved. It was a busy night for outdoor dining so hopefully the lack of service inside was a reflection of that, as we enjoyed our pasta dinners and would like to return in the near future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Delicious Halibut

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We loved the food ! Veal saltimbocca was amazing !!!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Delicious food and nice service. Thanks

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 27, 2017

I enjoy more restaurants in little Italy than here - the food was just ok and the service was very slow

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was exquisite ! Shrimp arrabiata was amazing!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

We sat out on the sidewalk, which was very nice. The food was OK , but not great, which is what we expected for Little Italy. The service was good and the staff was very nice. It was good for Italian, but not anything to write home about.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Everything was excellent . We had the scallops and T-bone steak . Terrific !

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is authentic Italian and delicious. What more could you want? We had a large group for a late lunch. Our waiter handled the demands of the group with style and grace and the meal flowed seamless. Everyone enjoyed their food. The owner happened by our table and we enjoyed having a conversation with him. He made us feel like family. We will be back the next time we are in Cleveland.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The best Cacio y Pepe outside of Italy. All our courses were outstanding. We will return for certain.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent service and delicious food . Veal saltimbocca was just incredible ! Thanks

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Hayleigh was an amazing server! Friendly and we never had to ask for anything because she was on top of it all! Terry the owner made us feel like family. He sat and talked to us, and walked around with a bowl of pasta to share.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 1, 2017

So fun. We sat outside. While waiting for your entree they bring samples.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was excellent . We loved the scampi romana .

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Nice experience . The food is delicious .

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Had not been here in years, wife and I went for a relaxed casual anniversary dinner. Weather was perfect, Sat outside, Service was prompt and attentive, food was tasty and well portioned, Terry the owner stopped by the table, always the consummate host!
Just a wonderful experience.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Feel like you are in Italy at one of the small restaurants. Great authentic Italian dishes served b y a great trained wait staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent service & food; the wait for our entree was perfect

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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