La Dolce Vita - Downtown

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Italian
Since 1983 La Dolce Vita has been consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in Cancun, serving fresh sea food & home-made pasta, owned and operated by owners George Savio (founder), his son Tim and Juan J. Casal. Service is refined and friendly, dinner specials change daily to match the season. Our diverse wine list from around the world complements your dinner. Dress code : Casual, no cut off shirtsleeves for gentlemen.
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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Lost its chi. This used to be a great place for Italian food in Cancun, but no longer. It has been surpassed.

I had a "spicy" Mexican pasta-nothing could have been more bland. My fellow diners food was uninspiring.

There are lots of other choices-we ate elsewhere (in fact it was so good we went twice during our nine day stay).

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here every year for my wife’s birthday. The service and food are fantastic. They also give multiple free sides throughout your meal along with a nice aperitif at the end.

Highly recommended

B
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff, food and service is awesome.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat out a lot. The service here is the greatest I have ever had. There is a team of servers at the ready. They pay attention to every detail. The chef sent us out a couple surprises. The food was excellent. The owner came out and checked in with us and explained different items on the menu. The food was good. The atmosphere was amazing. Best chicken Parmigiana I’ve had. Very moist. I could not recommend this place more highly.

J
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Servicio como siempre sensacional, comida sabrosisima como siempre, el trato del personal maravilloso como siempre !
Felicidades !

Y como siempre, no me han enviado mi factura !!

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BV
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful, very special dinner at La Dolce Vita Downtown Cancun. We went to celebrate the life of my grandpa, who passed away this year (it was his favorite restaurant). They remembered him and the owner came out to talk about his visits to the restaurant over the years, which meant so much to me.

The food was wonderful, they had a good wine list, and the service was so friendly and attentive. We ordered the bananas flambé and coffee al estilo Dolce Vita—Ramón prepared both tableside. We won’t forget this amazing experience and hope to come back. Thank you!

J
Cancun
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Como siempre. Uno de mis lugares favoritos ayer, hoy y siempre !
Personal de toda confianza, cordiales, te hacen sentir como en casa.
La comida siempre sabrosa y se adecuan a los gustos de sus comensales !
Siempre estaré visitándolos !
Saludos y gracias nuevamente !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buen restaurante muy bueb trato y muy bonito

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OT
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Como siempre. De maravilla. Nuestro restaurant preferido para reunirnos y celebrar el cumpleaños de los amigos !
El servicio es cordial y nos hacen sentir como en casa !
Los alimentos, preparados especiales para nosotros; bueno, así nos parece y nos hacen sentir especiales !
Los previos de los vinos son sensacionales !

Felicidades, sigan así!

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M
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual date night in Cancun for 32 years and counting! La Dolce Vita never fails to provide a memorable evening!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good as usual!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente comida y servicio, personal profesional y muy amables, buena selección de vinos y un gran detalle por nuestro aniversario

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V
Cancun
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegí este restaurante para celebrar el cumpleaños de mi pareja y fué muy acertado. Desde la llegada nos atendieron muy amables, nos trajeron un aperitivo cortesía de la casa y la carta de vinos. El lugar es íntimo, muy recomendable para ir en pareja, aunque también habían familias disfrutando del lugar. Pasando a lo más importante, los platillos... exquisitos!!! Los cortes de carne y la pastas nos encantaron. Yo soy amante de la ensalada capresse y la que aquí preparan está para recordarla. Nuestro mesero siempre muy atento de que estuviera todo muy bien. Gracias a todos los que trabajan en el restaurante. Para cerrar, le trajeron a mi novio un plato decorado con postre por su cumpleaños...eso fue extraordinario. Seguro regresaremos.

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OT
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It always feels good to return to Cancun and dine at this staple. The food, the service and just the friendliness of the staff continues to be most appreciated. It is good to know a restaurant with their heritage of treating the customer with outstanding food and service continues to find their niche in the ever changing place. Treat yourself to this restaurant you too will be able to say it is like going home!!!!

TB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

El sabor de la comida NO es único. El carpaccio le faltó sabor. El pecho de ternera estaba un poco duro. Las pastas mucho mejor en general. La frutti di mare con salsa tomate bastante rico.

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R
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend to others.

BE
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent, from the welcoming greeting to the service and the food. Wonderful!

J
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place! The food was awesome and the staff was highly attentive.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation in Cancun, so we gave this place a try. Everything was terrific. Complementary appetizer and dessert drinks made the experience perfect, but we loved everything else as well. The pasta and salad was fantastic. The wine options were versatile and we really enjoyed the cab sav we shared. Will absolutely be back!

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third the at La Dokce Vita and it was fantastic as usual. The service us really special. The pasta is homemade. It just melts in your mouth. I will go back everytime I come to Cancun.

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reasonably priced, creative menu, well stocked bar, convenient location. I am a dedicated Eggplant Parmigiana fan. La Dolce Vita only has Eggplant Parmigiana on the Appetizer Menu which was understandable when it arrived on the table. The eggplant is slowly and thoroughly baked that it is best consumed as a dip with the lovely grilled bread.

V
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Excellent service! A must stop for us every time we come to Cancun.

SO
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The restaurant's name says it...the good life. During our annual visits it feels like we're coming home. We're greeted by familiar faces of the staff and owner. The food is always excellent. We even got a carafe of English Breakfast iced tea when we orders iced tea! We split a salad and entree and splurged on crepe suzette...prepared table side with great care and flavor. We're already looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to revisit La Dolce Vita for our anniversary since it was my most memorable dining experience from my visit 18 years ago. It didn’t disappoint. We got lost on the way there and ended up being 30 minutes late for our reservation but that didn’t stop Juan from greeting us warmly and expressing his gratitude that we made it. He ushered us into a charming table and we were delighted by the appetizers and dinners we choose. At the end of our meal they surprised us with a delicious chocolate dessert for our anniversary. Im so glad we returned!

VS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to Cancun, we make sure we stop at La Dolce Vita at the southern edge of downtown Cancun - at least once. Prices are moderate for Cancun, but the service, ambiance, caring and food are not beatable anywhere else in the hotel zone. The owner has been there for longer than I care to remember and he remembers his clientele. Most impressive is that locals drop in after 9pm when most tourists are just finishing up their meals.

With so many hotels having switched to the all-inclusive format, most tourists don’t even think of venturing off site to eat (yes, it costs money you do not have to spend at your all-inclusive resort). However, the wine selection is great, the mixed drinks are wonderful, the specials are worth trying and the regular menu has a great mix of northern Italian cuisine. A couple of courses, wine or drinks and dessert generally comes to about $50 per person. LDV also throws in a couple of tasty starters or breads. If you have children, there is pizza and very understanding waiters and service people.

C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently great

MB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third visit and I have never been disappointed. The amount of care and concern shown by the staff is fantastic. And the food is fabulous.

OT
Cancun
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been coming here for years - food and service always top notch - the specialty touches were always a standout for them - disappointed they no longer offer the after dinner drinks and felt this time our waiter was more involved at other tables than ours - but we will return

k
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner as usual. Juan, the owner is very welcoming, the severs work like a team, and the food is excellent. Thank you! We will see you again!

WR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best customer service and food in Cancun. The desserts are the best I have ever had. If you love chocolate you must try the chocolate mousse.

M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite in Cancun. Excellent food , attentive staff and charming atmosphere.

OT
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida deliciosa, así como que el servicio exquisito

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SF
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Great food and wonderful service. The food was delicious and presented well.

OT
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Busy but excellent food. Will do it again

c
Cancun
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food!! I would like this in english

r
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the staff couldn’t have been kinder. We had to leave abruptly after ordering the food as our son wasn’t feeling well the staff quickly put our dinners together for us to take. I would definitely go back

s
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and the extras that are served! Thank you Juan and staff!

JS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. From wine being aerated and decanted at the table, complimentary pate and pizza bread, outstanding service including crumbing, great foof, just a top rated experience

A
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good as usual. Love the hog fish special. Excellent framchesca and Caesar salads. Enjoyable experience although the service seemed a bit confused.

OT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can you say. Fantastic as usual. Great food, cozy and terrific service.
Well worth the trip down town