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La Dolce Vita of Belmar, Belmar, NJ

La Dolce Vita of Belmar

4.5
4.5
1800 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (732) 749-3177
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    La Dolce Vita provides old-world Italian Cuisine for your next party, barbeque or picnic in the park. We take catering to a new level of quality and completeness. We look forward with great anticipation to providing our superior catering service. <br /><br />
  • Private party facilities
    Want something special? We can accommodate your special needs, letting you choose from a wide variety of items on our catering menu. We offer three pre-fixe menu for private events please see details on our website at https://ladolcevitanj.com/ladolcevita/non-private-special-event-menu/
  • Neighborhood
    Belmar
  • Cross street
    4th Ave.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Entertainment
    Full Service Bar year round.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

What 1,800 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,800 Reviews
  1. SweetLou

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice local spot. Always a fun time w good food. Check out Thursdays 1/2 price wine

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  2. Judyb

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    $17 for a glass of Santa Margarita wine is outrageous!!!! Adding a 3.75% credit card fee before asking customer if paying with credit card is outrageous. Veal chop parmesan$44.95 was enough for 3 people and should be advertised as such. Who wants to eat a mediocre dish more than once. Sorry , but very disappointed this time. Saving grace was the waiter, Ryan who was excellent!!!!

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  3. LAS7

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The branzino is our favorite dinner. The stuffed artichoke was delicious and large enough to share. Disappointed In our table being in the middle of room and wobbled.Our waiter was not attentive and told us he was not allowed to level our table and we would have to do it ourselves and brought us 2 cloth napkins to do so. Obviously we did not do it ourselves. When we left I mentioned it to the hostess who was very upset by his statement.

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  4. samd

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food Pleasant staff Good waiter Prompt service

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  5. MichaelP

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Dolce never disappoints. Pleasant greeting by hostess, prompt seating, great wait staff and delicious food (pesto burrata, stuffed salmon, eggplant tower, best bread) and wine (baby Amorone). What more does one need? La Dolce a great gem at the Jersey Shore!

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  6. barbaraK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service by Matteo! Sea food entrees we’re delicious, especially the shrimp scampi with risotto! Seafood appetizer was excellent. White sangria was a perfect accompaniment!

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  7. Mattsnod

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had been wanting to check out La Dolce Vita since we moved to Belmar. We had heard pretty good things about it as a local spot. The Billy’s Seafood Risotto, which is a house favorite, was just okay. It was overly heavy on the sauce, which drowned out the flavor of the risotto and each of the seafood in the dish. This turned the risotto into a bit of a mush. Nothing but the sauce was flavor-forward in the dish. My wife had the branzino. It was bland and full of bones (expected), and the potatoes were also bland and undercooked. The place still had a great feel, and the tiramisu dessert was quite good, but the whipped cream seemed like out of a can and not made fresh. We would try it again, though.

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  8. MelissaM

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service we excellent. The pecan pie was amazing!

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  9. Mariah

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best Italian food I've had in a long time, I had the rigatoni bolognese and pasta fagioli and my mother requested a special order of linguini puttanesca which they were kind enough to make since they had the ingredients on hand. All of the food was cooked perfectly and was so flavorful with very generous portions. The wait staff were highly attentive and friendly, and the holiday atmosphere made it a very cozy experience.

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  10. Glorya

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch with my friend. She had the crab cake and I had the garlic shrimp over spinach. Both were delicious! The server was very attentive. One of my favorite shore restaurants!

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  11. ThomasD

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch specials were great and inexpensive. Well worth the $

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  12. JudithH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place to dine. Great service and food. Was decorated for Christmas. We had a great time. Will definitely be back

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  13. isellexus

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time there in many years. Water Mateo was very attentive. It was Restaurant week but we stayed with main menu besides Artichoke appetizer. It was not th e same as pictured on website as well as pricing was not updated on site. overall food was very good.

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  14. Purplekate

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This lovely restaurant is open year-round even though it is in a beach town at the Jersey Shore where many restaurants are seasonal. The food is good and the service prompt. There are several rooms, some noisier than others.

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  15. Grace

    New York Area

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant serves wonderful food, friendly service and a nice time. Never disappoints.

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  16. Vincent

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Dolce Vita is our favorite restaurant. The food, service, and ambiance are always consistent. Look forward to returning soon.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love this place however I saw a waitress put a straw in a espresso martini and taste it. She put her thumb on it and sucked whatever came out of the bottom. Didn’t put it back however that’s not cool at all. Talk to your waitresses.

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  18. Matthew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service here was awesome, I came in the off season so it wasn't too busy but there was still a crowd there. The food was also probably the best I've had in the area.

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  19. STEPHANIEM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good as always but the hostess was not friendly. Told her I had a reservation, she didn’t take my name and basically snapped how many . Proceeded to shove us in the middle of all the tables in the back at a two top, where you couldn’t even fit the plates. Other twos were put at four tops. Was our 27 Anniversary, which I put in the reservation, and I guess that didn’t mean anything . Why make reservations, when older hostess didn’t care and was not friendly. Our waiter was very nice .

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  20. JonR

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A terrific date night location, where you can enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk after a delicious dinner.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Waiter was not happy with 20% tip. Total bill was $100 .00 Breakdown $7.00 tax $3.75 surcharge for credit card. Food and drink $90. 00. 20% tip = $18.00 . Don’t think you should tip on tax and definitely not on high credit card surcharge

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  22. DominickM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and attentive. Food all came out great. Looking forward to our return trip

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  23. JerseyJaney

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been dining there for decades and have NEVER been disappointed!!

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  24. SteveM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Dolce Vita has a wonderful location on Ocean Avenue in Belmar across from the boardwalk and beach. The food and service is outstanding. It was the perfect place for a quiet Sunday lunch.

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  25. Mommachase26

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service and food were outstanding literally the best I’ve had in a long time. The staff was very attentive and always smiling. The only downfall was the noise. Granted it was totally packed on a Saturday night but it was very hard to hear my husband. Otherwise it was Amazing

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  26. Grace

    New York Area

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a wonderful meal and wonderful service. This restaurant never disappoints

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  27. RobertH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great anniversary dinner at Dolce Vita. We sharfed the sausage and long hot peppers appetizer. It was nice and spicy. My seafood dish was expertly prepared and delicious. My wife had a pasta dish which was also excellent. Good size potions too

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  28. AmeliaF

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at La Dolce Vita and we loved it! Server was friendly, food was good and being by the beach was an added plus. Will definitely go back.

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  29. BrianG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was great will definitely be back.

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  30. ronalds

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Both of our meals were perfect. My wife had the risotto with shrimp and made a point of taking home all she could not finish. I had a sea food medley and it was made with the little clams that are usually only found in Italy . All the items were tender and perfectly prepared. Saw the appetizers of Callimar at other tables and they are a share portion . Oh, they looked so good !

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  31. Testarosa

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and casual dining. Reasonable prices. Went off-season so I would imagine it's packed in warmer weather. Across from the beach.

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  32. DeborahM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time to La Dolce Vita, which had been highly recommended, and it definitely lived up to that. There were five of us and everyone's meals were delicious. Our server, Michael was so attentive and fun, and the rest of the staff were also terrific! Great location for views of the ocean! Highly recommend!

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  33. PackFan

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was good. Restaurants that hire poor or cheap help at the welcoming desk don’t do themselves any favors. First impressions. It still puzzles me as to why the girl (she was no lady) who greets and sits you would prioritize the phone ringing (they’ll call back) versus sitting us down. We has to wait for a waitress to notice the issue to get seated some 5 minutes later. Not a long time but a poor look.

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  34. BonRichs

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    To my surprise we arrived at 4:15pm and the restaurant was full. I thought an early dinner on a Sunday in September would bring us to an only slightly full dining room, but it was packed both in the dining areas and each of the bar areas. It speaks to the great place La Dolce Vita really is. I am becoming a regular at this point and it's because I cannot remember one dish I haven't loved each time. My guests and I got Clams Casino, a baked Eggplant app, and the Fruit de Mer app all of which were delicious. Really fresh, cooked perfectly and great to start us off along with our drinks which included an Aperol spritz, Cosmo and beer. For entrees we had the stuffed porkchop, stuffed salmon, and chicken Francaise also all amazing. There was a Caesar salad in there at some point too which had a homemade dressing for sure and it was memorable! I've had the salmon before and it is so good, and such a nice serving, cooked to perfection. The service was impeccable with timing down to a T arriving just when we were ready. I can't wait to go back again and enjoy the window seating looking out to the Oceanview and I must try the bar at some point because it looked like a wonderful and vibrant time from what I could see!

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  35. Ilovefood292

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing! We enjoyed our calamari and chicken parmigiana sandwiches! Our server was amazing too!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Seated at middle table in back. Kept getting bumped by busboy, waiters. Bad start. Forgot to return CC. Had to ask for it. Claimed special occasion (49 wedding anniversary on open table reservation. Never acknowledged. Table wobbled. Do I really need to deal with this. Other than that. Bye bye.

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  37. KarenL

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our dinners were very good, but the noise level was very loud! We will definitely be back but hope to go when not so crowded.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always a good meal. Whether it’s a steak, veal park in the bone or one of their many seafood dishes. I never leave disappointed.

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  39. SandyM

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 guests celebrating a special occasion agreed that dining outside on a breezy September mid-week was as delicious as the food! From the soft warm bread to the 4 entrees, everything was fresh, well-prepared and plentiful. The drink & wine menu offered a nice variety at a reasonable price (although we enjoy the off-season BYOB too) We sampled the Chicken Francaise, Crab Cakes, Seafood Risotto and Chilean Sea Bass -all mouthwatering; and everyone needed a box to enjoy leftovers the next day! Shout out to our server Michael, who gave spot on recommendations and was attentive & fun, checking in frequently to be sure we all enjoyed our meal.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was amazing!!!! Great food and great atmosphere.

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FAQs

La Dolce Vita of Belmar is rated 4.5 stars by 1800 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for La Dolce Vita of Belmar

400 Ocean Ave., Belmar, NJ 07719

Additional information

  • Cross street
    4th Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Belmar
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Full Service Bar year round.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
  • Phone number
    (732) 749-3177
  • Catering
    La Dolce Vita provides old-world Italian Cuisine for your next party, barbeque or picnic in the park. We take catering to a new level of quality and completeness. We look forward with great anticipation to providing our superior catering service. <br /><br />
  • Private party facilities
    Want something special? We can accommodate your special needs, letting you choose from a wide variety of items on our catering menu. We offer three pre-fixe menu for private events please see details on our website at https://ladolcevitanj.com/ladolcevita/non-private-special-event-menu/
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