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About La Dolce Vita - Detroit
High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience.
Detroit, MI 48203
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.
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
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.
La Dolce Vita - Detroit Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!!!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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