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La Dolce Vita - Detroit, Detroit, MI

La Dolce Vita - Detroit

4.5
4.5
1512 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (313) 865-0331

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Cross street

    Cedarhurst

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,512 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Detroit

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was served lukewarm even after 2 correction attempts. Manager was extremely rude and stated “well this is how we serve it and no one else is complaining. Service team was slow and not very attentive. Definitely not the experience I’ve had in previous years.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The host was rude and the servers were slow. Otherwise it was great.
  3. KD

    KevinD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations for 7 PM on a Saturday. Our table is ready immediately. Francisco was our waiter. He was polite, attentive, and explained, and answered every question.
  4. AK

    AndreaK

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was excellent except that the lights were flickering on and off. Hope they fix that! A bit loud, but worth it!!
  5. l

    lovegreatfood

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner was good but the Brunch is the best
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    We didn’t like being in back room. I made those reservations a long time ago and felt I deserved to be in the front. Our calamari was cold. When our server finally came back I told her it was cold and she just said sorry about that. No offer for a new one, didn’t take it off bill. Also disappointing there’s no table side Caesar salad anymore, Even though it’s still on the menu. Also we were told we could have Cesar but it was not homemade dressing. That salad was one of the reasons we went down to Detroit.
  7. BW

    BenjaminW

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    I haven't been to La Dolce Vita for some time. My memory of it was very, very positive . Needing a place where I could celebrate a very special birthday occasion I chose ldv. I had visions of white cloth linens and flowers and candles. But, only paper table cloths, no flowers or candles. Only electric lights that kept going on and off. There was no sense of elegance or specialness. Instead, it was more like a monastery. In fairness the food was good and our waiter represented the type of experience I had hoped for. My guest was obviously disappointed, as was I. I anticipated and promised too much. Don't go there if you're seeking a special or elegant place for a special event.
  8. JC

    JoeC

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Six of us went for a birthday celebration. Everything was superb. Could have been a bit warmer (in the restaurant) but other than that all was great!!!
  9. RC

    RosalindC

    Detroit

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a nice, quaint place. I like their selection of brunch items. The food was very good and the service was too. We only had to wait a few minutes to be seated.
  10. OE

    Out2Eat

    Detroit

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Dolce Vita is a rare gem. It is a stand alone restaurant that is a little out of the way, but it’s so worth it. It has a very old world feel which gives a great ambiance. And it was obvious we are not the only ones that feel that way, as it was very busy. Our servers were all very attentive and the food was delicious. Be sure to try the lasagna!!
  11. NN

    NoreenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was wonderful. Definitely will return.
  12. NH

    NicoleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice, quiet, food great, drinks good, service excellent, only complaint is mandatory valet when the parking lot is only 100 feet from the door. Will definitely return.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazin experience per usual. We love LDV! Brunch was amazing! Highly suggest omelet of the day.
  14. j

    johnr

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Antonio made for a very enjoyable dining experience. Food and wine was molte bene!
  15. r

    rumart

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service
  16. j

    josephc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wish we were in town more often, some of the best tasting food I've had in the past year. We try to make it for special occasions when we can! Need to make it more than one to two times a year!
  17. d

    dennis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very good service and food excellent. Our table could have been better placement.
  18. C

    Carol

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    I ordered the special which was grouper and it was poached ! Yucks! No favor and not pleasing to the eye. Michelle our waitress was fabulous. Everyone else loved their meal but me.
  19. PC

    PhinCartography

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Zorbzyyk was visiting form Plusarr and I wanted to show him one of the best restaurants on the planet. It's like being in Italy, which I read about in the encyclopedia. Staff was very friendly and the Italian accents made you think you were in Goodfellas. I had the calamari with extra tentacles and some sort of lobster ravioli. Zorbzyyk didn't eat as they didn't have Raxxtaplam on the menu. This place is a little gem hidden between some deserted looking buildings.
  20. D

    Disappointed

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I have been a patron of La Dolce Vita for 25 years. I made reservations for three for New Year's eve, expecting to have a lovely dinner. We arrived at our reservation time, sat down, and within an hour and a half were pushed out of the restaurant. Let me explain. Even though the restaurant is open until 11:00 p.m., at 10:15 the staff was prepping tables for the following day. At 10:30, the lights were turned up, and we felt rushed. A waitress poured the last of the wine into our glasses , although we weren't ready for it, hovered over our plates to clear them , and had the bill ready before I asked for it. We were unable to have dessert at our table, and took it home. No time for coffee. At 20 minutes to 11:00, we were in my car, which had already been pulled up by the valet, who was rude. This is not what I expected for a nearly $300 experience. I would have happily added to that bill with an additional bottle of wine and perhaps a Spanish coffee had we not been pushed to leave before closing time.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun New Year at the LDV!
  22. G

    Greg

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints, from the wait staff to the food,and everything else in between. one of our favorite restaurant’s.
  23. p

    peggyp

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very warm welcome upon entering. Delicious food. Attentive service….almost a little too attentive. Will definitely go back
  24. JP

    JustinP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A hidden gem of Detroit. Great atmosphere and even better food. Perfect date night spot.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the atmosphere was very relaxing. Good music too.
  26. T

    Tomb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We have dinner here 2-4 a year, it’s ok but not what it was 3-4 yrs ago. The food is decent, the service has been a turn off. The last 2x we have had an older grumpy guy, my wife was asking about menu items, he gave a short answer and walked away. That was typical of our interaction with him the entire meal. They have a mandatory 20% gratuity, which is ok if the service is good….I would have left less.
  27. JM

    JaneM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL, PROFESSIONAL AND FRIENDLY PLACE.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Loud, food was just ok, service was excellent
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They mean it—IT’S THE BEST LASAGNA YOU’LL EVER HAVE. Inexpensive vallet, live music, and incredible service—this place is a new go to for all special occasions!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before Le Mis at The Fischer Theater! Perfect dining experience!
  32. RO

    ROBINC

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Dolce Vita is one of the best Italian Restaurants in Detroit. The Food and Service are Excellent!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I don’t understand what has happened to LDV. We won’t be making the drive anymore.
  34. CW

    ChristineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic meal! There's an "old world" vibe about the place. We will be back, lots of things on the menu we want to try
  35. AS

    AnnaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding, we love this restaurant.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    This was a disappointing experience from the start. I reserved a table for 3 at LDV 2-3 weeks prior to our visit on OpenTable for a special Christmas dinner following the DSO's "Home for Holidays." When we arrived on our scheduled date & time, the host coldly & rudly insisted we did not have a reservation and had no interest in finding us a table; he may as well have asked us to leave the establishment (as he asked us to step aside). I quickly asked for a manager only to learn (shockingly) that he WAS the manager. Yikes. Quite the shock given his rude behavior. It wasn't until I showed him my reservation on OpenTable, and then confirmation email from OpenTable for my reservation (both of which he also said initially and snootily that he had no interest in looking at because his computer shows no reservation, so there is none, period.), that he found a corner, small, round table (fit for 2, not 3 as we were) for us to have for dinner. Having no choice, we accepted it & off we went. The food was good (but pricey for what was received), drinks were fine, but the coffee was so weak you might think it was tea upon arrival, i.e., totally see through served in a clear glass mug (don't bother ordering), the restaurant needs serious updating, the service was nothing to write home about (we appeared to be more of an annoyance than guests of the restaurant), and we ended the evening with the bill coming adding an automatic 20% gratuity. When we questioned it, the server indicated it was LDV's automatic service charge for all guests as the servers are regularly stiffed at their establishment as of late. This "service charge" isn't posted anywhere (menu, restaurant or online), and never mentioned before the bill arrived. Indeed, we would have asked to speak with a manager about it if my husband & I were not taking a special person in our life out to dinner for a Christmas celebration; we did not want to make a scene. All in all, a disappointment aside from our company at dinner.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We were ejected after 1.5 hr for our annual (8 years) birthday lunch. We’re not advised of any time restrictions- came from Canada
  38. RT

    RebeccaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Wonderful service. We look forward to coming back soon.
  39. d

    denny

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    We had a 9 pm reservation on a Saturday night. Valet never handed me a ticket upon arrival which was weird but I continued inside. Was greeted by the host and seated at a table in the bar. Was never greeted by a server. The host asked what I wanted to drink I told him I wanted a glass of Porto. He said they don't have Porto, they have Port. I didn't feel like arguing so I said ok great then I'll take that. I got the wine list and to my surprise, it's called PORTO, so I was correct. At 9:15 pm the host came over and said the kitchen was closed and if we wanted to eat then we needed to order. I asked why would they take a 9 pm reservation if they were planning on closing so early. He stated they had to open for brunch (which they do every weekend for the past 20+ years) the next day so they were closing early. At 9:45 pm we were handed our bill which was $115 and had to leave. Absolutely not worth it. We couldn't even sit and enjoy ourselves. After leaving, the valet guys literally handed us our keys and then made us not only pay the $7 fee, they told us we needed to tip them. They kept all of the money. Remember, they never gave us a ticket when we arrived. I used to do valet, if you don't give someone a ticket, there is no receipt that needs to be accounted for and paid for. I'm not stupid. Overall this was just an extremely embarrassing experience. I thought I was taking someone to a nice restaurant and ended up being completely taken advantage of. I never expected this kind of experience from ldv. Oh well. I will NEVER go back to this place again. I highly recommend spending your money at an establishment that actually appreciates its guests and customers.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Entertainment was horrible. The individual was unable to adjust mic and amp system and was getting a lot of high pitch noise. Not helpful for conversations

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La Dolce Vita - Detroit is rated 4.5 stars by 1512 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 42 times today
Google Map for La Dolce Vita - Detroit

17546 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48203

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cedarhurst

  • Neighborhood

    Detroit

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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