La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.7
250 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Dolce Vita is located in a European courtyard setting at International Shops off Prospect St. Loyal to its name La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), is a place to sit back and relax in our cozy and romantic indoor dining room or our charming outdoor patio to enjoy a hearty meal along with a bottle of wine while listening to Italian tunes. We serve genuine Italian cuisine in a fine dining setting at affordable prices.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 250 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!
Amazing service.
Owner is great

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food is INCREDIBLE!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great festive outdoor atmosphere. They had nice gluten free options as well. The sweet life! Yes, that’s what it felt like. Yum.

AG
AndreasG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going here for 20+ years, and it never disappoints! The last visit was also exceptional, both service, ambiance and the food! Not to mention the prices are very reasonable, way to go!

MA
vipMARCOS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This please, make me feel like Home, Excellent Service and Delicious Food as Always...

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked this restaurant so much we went twice in 4 days! Food is amazing.

A
vipArlene
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just excellent. Food delicious and overall great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot overall! The staff were awesome and caring, food came out quickly, and tasted great for the most part. Wish they had more options for non-alcoholic drinks instead of just Coke, diet Coke, and Sprite. Ambience is really nice, if you're sitting outside in the courtyard it feels like you're actually in Italy. Loved the ambience, staff, and value for money. I'll be back! 🙂

JC
vipJohnC
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very cute place tucked away in the International shops alley on prospect st in La Jolla. Food was average; nothing special or extraordinary. Service was a bit confusing - they brought our our main course before the salad and only realized the mistake once I reminded them. Lively scene for la jollans

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vipBryan
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly friendly host (I think the owner) and staff! The food was wonderful! Blue cheese salad was very unique and a perfect combination of flavors. I had the penne alla vodka, which was one of the best versions I’ve ever had. The other best had the Caesar salad and lasagna....both great,
Try this place; you’ll love it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, tasty food.

SL
vipSaraL
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very loud, rushed dining experience. food was good but decor was shabby. Loud and not ideal for great La Jolla location.

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vipElena
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Atmosphere was very pleasant and the food was delicious. My table share the burrata and carpaccio and both were excellent. The burrata was served with arugula and prosciutto. I had the risotto with mushrooms, asparagus and Italian sausage which was very nice.

TS
TaylorS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really delicious. We tried 3 different salads, all nice sized portions and freshly prepared. It was my first time trying the lasagna and wow- amazing and the portion was HUGE! My friends got the spaghetti and meatballs but substituted the spaghetti with the fresh house made pasta. They really enjoyed that as well. And of course, the cannoli and tiramisu were delicious. Can’t wait to go back!

KF
KeithF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wine selection and specials!

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vipdirk
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in San Diego, hands down. Incredible flavors, amazing staff, great atmosphere. Indoors, outdoors, whatever you like, great seating in a cozy environment. Great wine selection, phenomenal dipping sauce, and great appetizers.

SM
SusanM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The ambiance, the waiters were super friendly and welcoming. And the food was really good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Very authentic. The staff was friendly

SM
ShannonMarieSTL
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! Food was fantastic and loved sitting outside. They were a little busy, but still very attentive and gave us free dessert for our wait. Would recommend 100%

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food!

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cute little place. Food is good, not great. Biggest complaint is the music. It's a weird Euro-Techno-Pop and it's horrible. I can image how this outdoor atmosphere with twinkling lights would be so much better if the music was soft jazz, or Sinatra, or even bossanova. But this annoying techno music really killed the vibe and was entirely inappropriate.

They also charged me for a more expensive wine than I ordered.

Probably won't return. Too many other places nearby with better food and a better vibe.

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vipkaycelldines
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was over the top good! The patio is lovely. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Overall fantastic experience. I can't wait to go back.

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vipStan
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. I highly recommend this restaurant.

MB
MicahB
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! We come every time someone is in town visiting to show them what a small, family owned italian restaurant is really like. The service is very quick and the food is to die for. I have tried 6 of their entrees now and each one has been delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great staff and I loved the atmosphere!

MP
MicheleP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On our vacation my husband and I were looking for a nice place to have a meal together. La Dolce Vita did not disappoint! Great food and service in a casual atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Authentic Italian food, people, service and ambiance! They even moved a table inside for me simply because it was cold. I’ve been going here for years and they never disappoint!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was slow, but the food was delicious!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Amazing food & great prices. I come here every chance I get!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most AMAZING family dinner here. It was absolutely perfect - the food, the ambiance the service. Love that the owners were so hands on. Highly recommend for any occasion :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent authentic Italian food paired with attentive service.

M
Marta
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening, terrific, quiet music, and good food.

DG
DenisseG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and service was on point it was a beautiful place to dine at nigth love it so much thank you

HO
HOSStheFOODBOSS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a wonderful part of La Jolla!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was outstanding food and service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience all around. Best Italian food in San Diego.

KT
KaylynT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delish! Would go back over and and over.

JH
vipJHSP
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn’t think you could find real Italian food in California- this place was legit! The entire staff was friendly, gracious and attentive. Portions were huge and food excellent. Short ribs with saffron risotto and veal dish were amazing and we had leftovers to enjoy the next day. Bread came out hot with a nice olive oil tomato dip. Ok wine selection. Cant beat the cute courtyard that got you off the busy streets and into a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect evening and hidden gem in la jolla!

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vipromj
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

worst customer service ever.

FAQs

La Dolce Vita Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Dolce Vita Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-2524.

La Dolce Vita Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 250 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.