La Dolce Vita of Belmar

4.4
1371 Reviews
$30 and under
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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DonnaO
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! Service was impeccable; portion size was large and taste was delicious.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places! Great food, and service!

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Donnab
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous as usual. My only issue was that I wanted to purchase the $100, gift card and get the $50 bonus, however when I approached the table a sign was posted that $100 gift card came with a $20 bonus. So I passed.

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HeatherR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I went to this place with a good friend whom really needed a evening out. I thought from everything I heard this would be a great spot. We had been sitting at a 4 top table by the window, which was very nice out server too was sweet. We had our order in our drinks and bread on the table. We decided to go out front, I spoke to the bus boy next to the water table and the older blonde waitress...pointing at our table and explaining we will be right back. Mind you our full drinks, bread set up and phone were all on the table, we spoke to two employees...we were right out front for no more than 2 minutes and they gave our table to 4 girls. I went back in as they sat them to ask what are you doing??? My server came out confused holding my burata appetizer. The hostess told me to wait at the bar, I don't drink... She refused to move the girls and never even apologized.

I have a small business, I would never treat a client the way I was treated by the hostess. I also, worked in restaurants most of my college years. I would have apologized to the girls sitting down, ushered them to the bar and bought them a round. Done, problem solved! At the very least, I would have apologized.

It was a horrible experience and sadly, I've only heard great things about the food...but, unable to experience because the hostess gave my table away and had no problem solving skills.

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vipNJPearls
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A local favorite. Nice variety on the menu. Serving staff is very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waiter was personable and attentive to our requests.

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vipMichaelE
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week!
Food, service and value were great!
I had the spicy rigatoni, it was very good!

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deegirl
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the atmosphere it was very cozy and it was beautiful being on the beach. The food was amazing our server was great we will definitely be back there!

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vipPalettePerfect
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great view from patio. Intimate. Good food.

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vipFoodie07712
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This just may be my new favorite local Italian restaurant. Outstanding menu and the cocktails are on point. Chicken Parm was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job by staff. Found me a lobster tail

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Cathy
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great. Although we were seated very close by to an extremely loud group of eleven. Made it next to impossible to speak to my husband across the table.

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FrankP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I found the spinach that was served with the bronzino had too much garlic.

I had to remind the server that our drinks had not yet arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ingredients didn’t taste fresh. What a huge difference from summer visits there. My pasta tasted like chlorinated water. The antipasto we ordered tasted old and dull.

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vipBelmarLocals
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta birthday dinner celebration for my husband and me. The food was above par,as expected... Drinks were flowing... The night ended with a spectacular dessert highlighting his birthday, which he thoroughly enjoyed...

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Diner134
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All staff courteous and helpful. Dining with a great ocean view.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very good!

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vipSteveG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. Wine list is somewhat limited for whites and rose. The kitchen was very accommodating. It was a bit loud in the room that we were in - May need sound baffling on ceiling.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

My shrimp and risotto was bland and service was slow

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Savydiner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good atmosphere with friends.

JB
JoeB13
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, everything was delicious, and the service was wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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CarolR
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting of the lovely hostess, the seating with a view of the ocean, our wonderful waiter, the martinis, and of course the food was all fabulous! I couldn’t be happier with a dining experience!

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LMDL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I am sad to say after years of positive experiences at your restaurant with great food , we had a very sub par dining experience. We did not know you had bought the next door restaurant as we had asked to be on your enclosed porch. We were sat on the porch in the new restaurant within the new bar area which is very loud. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and though the wait staff was great the food, the noise level, the atmosphere were not up to our previous experiences. Sad to say you went from one of my favorite restaurants to low on the list.

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RickM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was very good, except we sat in the front and it was very noisy in the room where we were.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely staff

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vipJACQ47
Atlantic City
54 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently good! Quieter this time. 😃

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vipTerry
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good. Best chicken parmigiana.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was average at best. Maybe a different cook , 8 months prior we went their and the food was good.

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CarlV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The risotto was out of this world on the chilean sea bass with encrusted pistachios. A bit noisy for my taste but overall a great experience celebrating my wife's birthday.

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Vicki
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seated at an umbrella table looking at the belmar Beach and boardwalk on a very pleasant day. Perfect

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Molly
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Authentic with a modern vibe. Penne vodka was good.

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vipJACQ47
Atlantic City
54 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food but way too loud to have ANY conversation when they STUPIDLY put a huge party (25) in with tables of 2 and 4.
Spoiled entire experience. 👎🏻

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Nene
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We sat in the smaller room. Service wasn’t great. I asked for red sangria , they gave me white, my husband wanted a specific white wine , they ran out and he wanted a specific beer, they ran out. I had the shrimp scampi over risotto , not much flavor and risotto was undercooked. My husband had pistachio encrusted Chilean Seabass over risotto , he said it was ok but I enjoyed it. Prices weren’t bad and nice size portions.

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Cindy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was very good, stuffed salmon was cooked perfectly as was filet mignon and the pork chop.

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Kweeve
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A fine enough restaurant on Ocean Avenue in Belmar.

It was a busy night and we were seated on the veranda, with its loud ambient noise level - not unexpected given the number of diners. We began with aperitif handcrafted cocktails, which were hit or miss in our group, mostly the latter. Appetizers were unremarkable as were our dinners, but on the whole, both were enjoyable and well prepared. The wait staff was attentive, though hurried, no surprise in these times. The real mar to the evening was the constant presence of fruit flies that plagued our table, not quite a swarm, but bothersome and off-putting all the same.

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CFia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful fall day by the ocean with best friends and great food doesn't get any better...except if lunch brings you back to experience dinner. Can't wait to return!!!

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Lulukc
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a friend from Kansas City for lunch. She loved the view of the Ocean from our table. The food was fantastic along with the service. We loved the Salmon, Ravioli with meatballs & Penne Vodka.

Definitely will come again!

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TerriB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We four long time friends and colleagues are retired! We get together monthly for lunch to catch up on news of families and life in general. Louis, our server, was wonderful - attentive without being intrusive. We had a table inside the sunroom with the window opened for COVID-19 safety. Our meals were delivered promptly and were delicious! It was my 2nd time there this month! 😊

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vipPattiG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant was very busy & energetic! Food was very good & came in a timely manner.
Service was good
Fun place to go

JC
vipJohnnyC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The menu was different and obviously put together by a creative chef.

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La Dolce Vita of Belmar is rated 4.4 stars by 1371 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.