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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

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Casual (3)
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Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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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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vip
 (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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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We loved it . Delicious food. Best scallops I ever had . Thanks

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Everything was incredible . Nice service and outstanding food . Thanks

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great service and authentic Italian food (albeit a bit too greasy) in the heart of Little Italy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Horrible. Awful experience. Will never eat there again. And would not recommend.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This was the second time that we came here . We loved the food . We had the pork cutlet and veal saltimbocca . Amazing food . I recommend this place . 5 stars

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The food was so good . We had for apps the scallops and the cioppino soup . Then we had the chicken saltimbocca and the salmon special . Terrific ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We loved sitting outdoors andenjoying authentic Italian cuisine. More than the food and ambiance, the servers were EXCEPTIONAL!! Valan and Abdul especially made this dinner worth it. We were treated like royalty, given special house appetizer and dessert. We chatted with our server throughout the evening. The service was quick, efficient, friendly, and the main reason I would go back (the food is awesome too!).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Good food and great location in Little Italy. I have been going here for years whenever I'm in town - couple times a year. Noticed several new restaurants/new chefs. Will probably try one of the other restaurants in Little Italy next time as our local friends keep suggesting others. The only real negative I have of this restaurant is that there is supposedly no air conditioning in the restaurant and we were sweating a little this last time eating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Busy corner in the middle of Little Italy. Valet parking. Accepts reservations. Casual attire. Nice sit down bar and tables. Great ambiance. Very good service. We were offered fresh pasta from the owner who was circulating with a large cooking bowl. The food was so good. The noise level is very loud, but fits the vibe. Love this restaurant!

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We were seated outside which was pleasant, but it took nearly 20 minutes for a server to come to the table an only after asking for assistance. The salad came without any dressing and the food was mediocre at best - overcooked chicken and pasta. Very disappointed and not worth the $80 tab. No plans to return.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Been here several times love the food. This past time our service was terrible, it was the art walk but the back patio was not that busy. I think our waiter just wasn't in the game that night. I'll definitely go back one night of bad service won't stop me.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Delicious food . Everything was amazing !

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The owner was fantastic and very personable. The food was good too. I felt the menu was a little limited on choices. We chose to eat outside but when it started raining we moved inside. Inside was super crowded. We had a hard time getting to our seats at the table. We saw the water boy more than our waiter.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food was standard Italian fare. Service EXCELLENT. Drinks tasty. This is in the heart of Little Italy so a festive atmosphere.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great evening - awesome service and delicious food. Sat outside which was lovely.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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