La Dolce Vita - Cleveland

4.7
1054 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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JoeS
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food. I visit often when I come for work.

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Cara
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Stressful evening coming from clinic. We chose restaurant been there many many times over the years.
Just wish I didn’t have to flag my waiter down for everything
Food was excellent as usual. Not very crowded so no reason for no attention
Will return but just an fyi. You have done better

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AMS74
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, our experience at La Dolce Vita was awesome. Delicious food and friendly service.

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PinkLeFants
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful. They were fast and helpful. The food was amazing. The best veal parmigiana I have ever had. It wasnt basic. I was over the top good. I have never eaten so slow trying to savor every last bit. I can not wait to back again and will recommend it to everyone I know.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly traditional authentic Italian food and unique, quint, cozy atmosphere. A hidden gem in Cleveland to say the least!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience I’ve had in Cleveland. The food was incredible and the service was superb. As soon as we sat down, the owner came over with a bowl of pasta ready to give us a scoop to try before even looking at the menu. The portions were huge, and I was so glad to be able to take home my leftovers to have the meal all over again. Really looking forward to going back.

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ZFeedsPeople
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were surprised by the extreme hospitality! We were offered a free scoop of pasta freshly tossed by a staff member free of charge, and also got a complimentary dessert cup of fruit and whipped ricotta. Truly felt at home and in Italy!

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Catie
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best! The owner greets everyone and brings a taste of freshly made pasta to each table, really making you feel at home. Servers are lovely, the atmosphere is lively, and the food is great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. And wonderful traditional Italian food. You can’t beat having owner Terry coming to every table with his cacia de Pepe !!

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Shimrock
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good. Owner came out with a sample of pasta that was delicious. I enjoyed the fruit they served at the end.

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SommerM
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful and delicious!! Super friendly staff.

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JakeS
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere, and wine. Had a fantastic time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dinner with friends. Service impeccable and food delicious as always. A mini escape from everyday routine

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Gigi
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the perfect restaurant before an event at a Severance Hall, only minutes away. The atmosphere is casual, but I always feel comfortable when I dress up. We love the eclectic atmosphere, and the service is always friendly and attentive. Valet parking on the weekends is also a plus!

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NKly
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Staff was very helpful. Enjoyed the atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun ambiance and the owner walking around spooning out pasta samples. Loved it.

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LarryB
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very authentic Italian and the owner out serving his special pasta dish.

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MaryP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots in Little Italy. The owner Terry is great! Great food and service every time. You will not be disappointed!

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vipShakerfan
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, especially the food. The owner came by twice with free pasta samples. They were fabulous!

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KenP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant for a date night. Nice quiet atmosphere. Good and service was fantastic!

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MarcusM
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their service and professionalism was absolutely refreshing!!

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live2eat
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dinner at La Dolce Vita is like going to grandma's house. It is comfortable and friendly with food everyone will like.

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RizzyLizzy
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was ok but not as good as in prior years -- a bit overpriced for what was served. Also, the noise level was exceptionally high due to loud (too loud) Christmas music. No social distancing, the place was at (or beyond) capacity, and given our experience, we would not do it again, especially during a pandemic when caseloads are sky rocketing. This was a birthday dinner celebration for my son, and we probably would have had a better experience elsewhere.

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PatrickA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Service was friendly and prompt.

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KasandraW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious as expected. Serving was phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we had a great experience! The food was fabulous and authentic! The wine was great! And the ambiance was fun! We will be back

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Noisy
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice restaurant but very noisy. Food very good. Appreciated the valet parking.

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MarkM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly attentive service. The owner was roaming around with a big bowl of macaroni so we’d have something to nibble on while waiting for appetizers. The marinara sauce is delicious- huge chunks of tomatoes in there! The tiramisu also lovely. Extensive wine list; we enjoyed the Barbera. We would definitely return.The main room is noisy but conversation was easy in the side room.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I'm sure dining in other areas of the restaurant would be an entirely different experience but we were seated in what appeared to be a storage room hastily adapted to dining by adding folding tables and chairs. With a little work it may be ok but we were in the midst of old furniture, an unused wine fridge, an overwhelming amount of plants, string lights hanging overhead that flickered annoyingly, and some odd art pieces. Food was pretty good and that's why we went but if you get a reservation make sure it's in the first two dining areas.

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CharlesS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. I wanted all of the specials they sounded so good. The staff is super attentive without being intrusive. Will go back again and again.

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photobyjab
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Old school Italian done right. Family friendly, with a cozy vibe. Definitely order a handmade pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. The owner came around and introduced himself and gave samplings of his home made pasta and then a mixed green medley! Wonderful tastings and felt like a family feast.
At the end of the meal they gave us complimentary fruit with a dollop of cannoli filling in the center. Will definitely be back for a repeat. A true Italian experience with great food and an owner and staff that make you feel like part of the family.

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RajivT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, family environment, nice drinks (lemon cello). Staff went out of their way. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The small bar up front was cozy and busy and kept the energy going. The separate dining rooms were unique and quiet. The service was FANTASTIC. All the food was wonderful, good wine, and the chef brought out various pastas to try. It was a perfect night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing the atmosphere is fantastic

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vipRichard
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took friends there for dinner for the first time. The food was well prepared, and the service was excellent. My friends were well satisfied.
Thanx!

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Mike
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great night out - nice touch to have owner provide special appetizer and then complimentary dessert !

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Hudson100
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were pleased with the food, excellent service. Parking is a huge problem in the area. The restaurants should all get together and develop parking lots.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience and great food! they even have options for those who are vegan… we have a great dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Terry is the utmost host!

FAQs

La Dolce Vita - Cleveland is rated 4.7 stars by 1054 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.