La Dolce Vita of Belmar

4.7
830 reviews
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Italian
La Dolce Vita is family owned and operated by two generations. Both ZIO (uncle) Giuseppe Salpietro and Nipote (nephew) Nicola Fuccilli invite you to experience their passion for Italian cuisine and culture.

The story of La Dolce Vita began five decades ago in a small town in the hills of Sicily. It is from here that co-owner Giuseppe Salpietro brings authentic cuisine, traditions and customs, which come from centuries of good living. La Dolce Vita believes in bringing this passion for Dolce Vita, translates to mean the sweet life, into every dish that leaves our kitchen. It is our goal to make every customer feel like part of our very own family. We at La Dolce Vita believe in family and invite you and your family in to our Restaurant to experience a variety of fantastic tastes to please every palate.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in Caprese salad as tomatoes had no taste and mozzarella didn’t seem like it was made that day.

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AS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service and the food was very good (though the salad with shrimp should have had more than 3 shrimp. The salad with chicken had quite a few pieces of chicken) . The prices could also be a bit lower.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable! I felt there was an improvement in the food. Great space.

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BL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. So many choices on the menu. If you haven't been there, I recommend that you try and have dinner there. Be sure to make a reservation in advance since it gets crowded during dinner.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Extremely loud, tables were very close together so waiters had a difficult time getting by to deliver food, food took a long time to be delivered to table

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every meal was outstanding. Prompt and courteous servers.

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DW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We tried La Dolce Vita’s offseason early dining menu. Two at our table had salads and two had the salad caprese (tomatoes and mozzarella) that was very good. There were that had the chute entrees and two had fish oreganata. Portions were good for an early menu and were delicious. The two that had the chicken would have preferred the pasta on the side dressed with tomato sauce. Here the chicken was placed on top with its accompanying sauce. Dessert for our table was a cannoli and the ice cream cake from Nastos in Newark, again delicious.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. We had a great time.

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sunday which coincided with the same day of the Belmar Restaurant Tour. Although we were there less than two hours after that event concluded, you never would have known that the restaurant was a participant. Every was, as always, top notch. There were 5 of us-some ordered from the regular menu and others had the daily specials. The early bird menu is an excellent value, with great selections although we didn't order from that on Sunday. Service was friendly and timely. Anastasia was our server. Food was excellent with generous portions. Definitely a go to place for us!!

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MJ
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was very crowded so therefore the noise level was crazy. We sat in the front room in the corner and it was a little chilly by the windows. If I were to go back in the winter, I would try the inside room to see if it was better.

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our local favorites. Beautiful setting across from the beach. Delicious food and a good range of options (price ranges included). Delightful owner. The noise level can get a little high, particularly at the height of the season, but that's more reason to go year round. It truly is one of the best restaurant experiences in the area and it's a plus that you can reserve it on OpenTable.

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VR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gallina was outstanding as usual. Great food excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot to go for an overall terrific dining experience! Galina, our waitress, always provides exceptional, friendly and warm service.

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FT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always La Dolce Vita’s dinners give diners a sweet life! From start (antipasto for 2- fresh and plentiful) to finish( chocolate mousse cake -Devine and espressos ( hot and generous) to in between ( shrimp scampi-with Parmesan risotto and rack of lamb perfectly cooked as ordered and succulent), A lovely way to celebrate my husband’s birthday! PS great attentive service and excellent wine list. Plus a gift coupon ! 👏

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service was outstanding. We enjoyed ourselves.

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OT
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when we have dinner at La Dolce Vita. We sat on the patio for the first time, loved it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my wife’s birthday. Everything was great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at La Dolce Vita! It is our favorite restaurant down the shore.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Too expensive for the quality

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the meal!

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EO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb. My wife and I were there for my birthday. It is one of our favorite restaurants of the many exceptional down here on the shore.

Eddie O’Toole

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JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. Our server was extremely attentive.

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants at the Jersey Shore. Always a great meal. My husband and I got the stuffed meatball appetizer, which was to die for as usual. I had the chicken francese, which is amazing and comes with ridiculously good risotto. My husband got eggplant rollatini as his dinner with a side of penne vodka. Their eggplant rollatini is my absolute favorite. I had my bridal shower there, and everyone still raves about the eggplant. The service is always great. Beautiful view. Can't say enough good things.

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RB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an overall great experience! From the moment we stepped in to our goodbyes, it was truly a wonderful night. Thank you to the staff who did an amazing job of tending to our every need. The food is superb.

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IW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good but the noise level was so excessive as to be a distraction. The tables are so close together, making the background noise so significant that you would be hard pressed to hear your table mates. There are very few choices for lower calorie entries.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Waiter was not very attentive, and we waited a long time for our dinners to be served.

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G
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A packed restaurant always is an indication of good food, service and a warm greeting upon arrival.
LaDolce Vita epitomizes all of this.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is consistently delicious. Love the meatball appetizer!

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was great and the service was too. Always a consistent experience at La Dolce Vita.

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SK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Saturday evening with a reservation and sat right away. The service was wonderful. The food was incredible. The price was reasonable. I look forward to going back!

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Z
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, great dining experience. Front staff was very welcoming. Food was fantastic as was the waiter. If you go, request Paul to be your server. He was on point and very attractive. Nice touch, was the after diner cordial, Lemoncello.

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JA
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Seated promptly on a busy Saturday night. Food is outstanding. NY Strip steak prepared as ordered. Veal, was very good, Halibut over risotto & mushroom was huge portion. Only item I can complain about is when this place gets rocking the noise level can be a bit much. But the food and portion size override this issue.

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T
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Saturday night dinner in a packed restaurant with a nice crowd. Why is it packed, great food, linen table cloths and nice atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a delicious meal! As you enter the restaurants you can tell you’re going to have a wonderful, delectable dinner by the aroma of good Italian sauce cooking in the kitchen. If a restaurant has a sauce, the foods going to be the best! It’s consistently great!

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ML
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Saturday night is a mob scene. Standing room only, in the foyers, in the restaurant, at the bar, no place to move, no host/hostess to meet and greet. Fire marshal should have closed down the place. I couldn't confirm my reservation (what a joke, it would have been an hour wait for a table for 2) and took ten minutes to waive my way back through the crowd and out the door. if I have a child, I'll name it after the experience. CRUSHED.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always my favorite when working out of NJ.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner and service excellent . Had reservations but still had to wait 20+minutes. That was our only complaint.

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MG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, atmosphere, and menu selection were all great.
Some of the best calamari we ever had. The salmon was really good, as well as the penne vodka. Really good bread too.
For dessert we had the chocolate cake which was very tasty.
It was a little noisy due to the large party next to us, and prices are a bit higher than average, but I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food, quality, service. one of my favorite restaurants and the best at the Jersey Shore in Monmouth Co.

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