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La Dolce Vita - Detroit

4.5
1426 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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(313) 865-0331
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cedarhurst
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.
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Special events & promotions
If you need to book a reservation for a larger party please contact the restaurant directly. We do require a major credit card to hold tables for parties of ten guests or more. Thank you.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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1.0Dined on June 25, 2017

My Yelp review once had La Dolce Vita at 5-stars but, upon my last visit, I'm dropping it down to 1 based on how absurdly bad the service has become.

This was my second time having this particular waiter, who is an older gentleman, and while I was willing to mark the first experience as an off-day this appears to be a pattern.

Firstly, the building was basically crowded to capacity which does not make for an enjoyable experience so they could do with adjusting the limit as having constant chatter around you really ruins the atmosphere.

Yet the main problem arose when placing our orders. Drinks were wrong and had to be sent back and 2 out of the 5 of us ordered crepes which arrived WAY ahead of everyone else's food.

Our waiter said this had to do with the food being prepared in different stations and he acknowledged that they should have not come that early yet brought them anyway. Those who ordered crepes attempted to wait for everyone else's food to arrive but the dishes started to get cold. It was at least another 20-30 minutes before the rest of the food arrived.

Then, when asking for the bills, we had to manually split everything up ourselves as we were told they could not be separated which I have had them do before without incident. Furthermore, items we were told we wouldn't be charged for had to be subtracted from our bill.

This experience, which was meant to celebrate my brithday, was a mess and left me feeling embarrassed that I'd given it such high praise to those guests who were here for the first time.

I'm seriously conflicted as to if or when I'll return, which is a serious let down as this has always been one of my absolute favorites.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Just not what it used to be....times are a changing

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1.0Dined on June 18, 2017

The service was horrible. Several orders were made wrong and our waiter kept insisting that we placed our orders wrong. It was suppose to be a treat for my girlfriend and I parents but it turned out to be a horrible experience. The eggs were not cooked as ordered which was scrambled instead they were brought out horribly running which is what we wanted to avoid.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We always enjoy our dining experience at La Dolce Vita. This was no exception. We went for Father's Day Brunch and it was the first time we had been there for brunch. It was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

I took my husband here for Fathers Day and as always, it was amazing. Brunch is always great. The food was awesome, our server Jason was amazing and the ambiance was great. The live jazz on the patio topped it off. Couldn't ask for anything better.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

I enjoyed La Dolce Vita. While they were out of my first preference for a vegetarian meal, they were happy to suggest another. The ambiance was romantic. I would go back!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Salmon served with mess hall style mashed potatoes. No love in the food. Could have gotten same at Applebees. Three years ago, we enjoyed our meal. Extremely disappointed this time. It was our anniversary and requested a quiet table. The hostess said we could sit next to the piano player because they were busy and needed the other tables. Mind you that we reserved with open table and requested the quiet table. Rude hostess. We will not return!!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Comfortably surroundings, great place for a couple of hours to enjoy good food.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

This place is phenomenal. It is A+.
We have dined in France, Miami and Chicago. The food and service is fabulous.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2017

Aside from the quality of the food, which is outstanding, the joy of eating on their patio adds dimensions to the enjoyment of the meal. Their perch remains, justifiably, a signature dish.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

We had an excellent experience as usual. The food was outstanding along with service. Linda our waitress was great!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2017

Great Sunday brunch. The mimosas were on point and $12 for bottomless. There was live jazz music and a nice mix of people. We sat in the courtyard and it was very lovely.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

This is a great spot. Very service-oriented. A great option for Sunday brunch!

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2017

From the moment we arrived to the parking lot, to dealing with the host at the front door, and eventually ending with our server and the busboy; everyone at this restaurant was incredibly rude. I booked the reservation one hour before they're closing time. The valet hesitated parking our cars and the host informed us that he may not be able to find us a table because they were so close to closing. I asked him why would they continue excepting reservations from OpenTable if they were not able to accommodate their guests so close to closing. He sat us outside in the courtyard, it was very nice, and before the waiter could say hello he said our kitchen is about to close do you guys know what you want? My friend interjected and said, "hello how are you". He didn't realize that he was, like everyone else, being extremely rude to us. I asked him if it was best if we ate somewhere else and if service was going to continue to be like this. He apologized for his rudeness and proceeded to get us some waters from the busboy. About 10 minutes into waiting for our food the busboy walked up and asked if we were done with our bread and if he can start clearing our table. We said no and that we hadn't even receive our food yet! At that point the waiter brought our food a few minutes later and we proceeded to eat and leave. I feel that this restaurant should stop their reservations two hours before they close, because their staff cannot provide friendly and adequate service to customers coming in at later times. Not to mention, there was a Caucasian couple that walked in after us that not only received their food before us but they received stellar service. They were waited on promptly, they received a friendly waiter, and they even stayed later than we did.I wonder if their experience was like ours?

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

The patio is a wonderful setting in which to enjoy a warm summer evening with friends. Food is always reliably good

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2017

I met friends there; they felt the $5 for parking on top of the cost of the food was excessive. They agreed La Dolce Vita was an excellent choice except for the parking fee and the run down area in which it's located.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Excellent everytime. Never disappoints when we eat here.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Unique food options, presentation, diverse crowd, professional and superior service.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

This was our first time dining here and my girlfriends and I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday Brunch! The atmosphere is very welcoming and the live music, although a tad loud inside, added a nice touch to the ambiance of our dining experience. I will definitely visit again for the dinner service.

Tom, our waiter, was great and attentive. We had the bottomless mimosas and I cannot drink OJ when I told him that initially he was hesitant to get the cranberry mimosa. I appreciate that he was not argumentative but instead verified it and was informed it too would be included in the service. He was great!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Came late to celebrate a high school graduation. Reservation was for 10pm, and even though we were closing down the place we were made comfortable and we were not rushed. Food was very tasty. Ambience outside was fun, and our waiter, Antonio was awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

always delicious and best of all hidden treat- stepping into italy without the air fare and travel time...

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Had soup, salad and entree. All delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

We come to this restaurant to celebrate special events. Our dinner this time was a birthday dinner and we once again had a great experience. The food was delicious. The wait staff is always helpful and professional. The decor is so special (love all the old photos!). We will keep coming back!

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2017

The food was not up to par on this visit. The filet was tough, over-cooked and had no flavor.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

John, our server was absolutely excellent.
The food was exquisite, best escargot and lasagna I've ever tasted.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Waiters were great. Environment was Greg

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

As always the food was very good. We had a new waiter Jason, he was excellent. The patio was beautiful. We opted to eat inside. Just an overall great place to dine.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The Escargot was unique and delicious. The Asparagus soup was too thick, but very flavorful. The Veal was exceptional. The ambiance was nice, and my friend and I were able to have a nice conversation, because the noise level was very reasonable, even with a full restaurant. Our server, Jasmeen (hope the spelling is correct) was absolutely outstanding.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2017

LDV is always a nice place for Sunday Brunch. It rarely disappoints in food and service quality.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Celebrating work successes!! Mimosas and French Toast were sublime!! We will return!!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Everything was very nice. Food and service were good. But I was hoping for more of a hip atmosphere

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Always a great meal at La Dolce Vita. Wonderful place for brunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Fantastic , staff was great. Food came out good. Price was right

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2017

It was our 15 year wedding anniversary which was mentioned on the open table restervation. We were seated against a wall at a two person table crowded in with four other tables. There were more romanic tables available but they remained empty throughout our dining experience. No one acknowledged our anniversary until the server did when he dropped off the bill. When I mentioned the note made in my reservation regarding our anniversary the hostess said "yes we saw that". So then I was quite dissapointed that while they knew it was obvious that making our special day memorable in the best way they instead blew it off and tainted it with their lack of interest. Our server was short, attentative but not at all friendly. I was never offered the chance to order a second drink. We should have stayed home, I won't be back willingly and would never trust them to honor a special occassion again. Oh did I forget to mention that I had my 40th birthday brunch there last year and they were rude then too, there is no third chance. Clearly they feel empowered by their current status but failure to take interest in every reservation will reflect on their status before too long.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2017

This was my first time dining there. I was pleasantly surprised. It is really hidden and that could be by design considering the area but better signage would help as myself and my party drove past it a couple of times without realizing. That patio is amazing. I wished we could have dined out there but it was an extremely windy day. Perhaps next time as I will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Moms birthday

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was good but the appetizers were overpriced. We'll be back but not for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

La dolce vita is always my go to brunch spot. Love the bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's. Food is always great at a fair price. I love Ann! One of my favorite waitress

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mediocre experience all around.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Our meal was AWESOME!!! And our waiter Michael was outstanding. We will be back!

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