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La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.8
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167 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 167 people are saying
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vipluvkauai
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy and huge portions. Loved the little courtyard the tables were placed in. Our wait staff was awesome and attentive. The tomato soup was amazing!!! Highly recommend.

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Unsatisfied
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to dinner here to celebrate our anniversary. The location is very cute in a courtyard with pretty lights. The server was great. We had the octopus salad and capresse salad for appetizers. The meatballs were a little too hard but tasty. We shared the seafood risotto which was really good. I don’t think we had any dessert. Will come back again

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vipLSPReviews
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita was an incredible experience. The wait staff was flawless, the food - incredible, and it made my wife and I feel like we were on vacation in Italy. Highly recommend and will go back soon.

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vipCurtM
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place, hard to judge the ambiance with Covid-19 restrictions. The staff was friendly and made it was a good experience. The food was very good and a good value.

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LauraA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal! Took the family to celebrate. It was a perfect evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This unassuming restaurant in the middle of a little walkway of shops was an absolutely pleasant and delicious surprise! The food was sooo good and the service was wonderful! If I’m ever in La Jolla again, this would be my first stop!

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vipHappycamper
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at La Dolce Vita many times and have never been disappointed. The food is superb, like being in Italy itself. The service is outstanding. Our waiter has been Carlo the last two times. He is very attentive but not pushy nor overbearing. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who has a love for Italian cuisine.

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vipMary
San Diego
98 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had a special - lobster ravioli and it was excellent and a very large serving. My husband had the seafood pasta and also thought that it was great. We thought that the service was a bit slow but we were there during prime time and the kitchen was probably overwhelmed.

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FoodingBelle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food & outdoor ambiance in La Jolla. I felt like I was transported to a family restaurant in Italy. Especially loved the octopus dish. Thank you to the staff for a wonderful night, we will return.

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vipSDFoodie
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! I had the truffle risotto and my bF had the special lobster raviolis. Food was very good and authentic good italian food. The bread is handmade and so fresh. It’s served with this killer sun dried tomato oil. Service was great. It was very busy and we were glad we had a reservation! Ambiance is romantic but not fancy so you can down casually. Will definitely return!

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vipfildy
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding along with the food. I asked them to make a pasta substituting the risotto ingredients which they did without any fuss. Order anything on the menu-all good

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FarisH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food has a distinct freshness to each dish we ordered. Calamari was crisp and not oily. Eggplant parm was very flavorful, not as heavy as others we've tried. Alfredo was heavy, as you'd expect, but the fresh pasta made it very enjoyable. We loved our meals. While there was a good amount of wine options, we would have preferred more options of Italian wines.

If you're looking for Italian food, you will enjoy this place. Outdoor seating was awesome.

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robertS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual
food and wine excellent
Love eating outside
Some of the best prepared Dover Sole ever!
Alfio and Carlo are great hosts!

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EdwardL
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service. Thank you again!

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OtisQ
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Visited during the pandemic, so outdoor dining. I would have felt more comfortable if the tables were spaced a little farther apart. Food was good but not amazing. They should also think about getting better chairs - after sitting on the hard chair for over an hour my posterior was sore.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved eating on the patio under the string lights near the fountain! Amazing atmosphere for date night and yummy Italian dishes. The braised short rib was one of the best I’ve had!!

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vipRFPHX
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time. Loved it. Short rib pasta great, Bolognese wonderful.Burrata salad awesome. Tiramisu heavenly. We will go back.

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vipVeritas
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely to sit outside and relish fresh food and generous service during the pandemic. Nice work, La Dolce Vita!

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vipAliciaL
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! Great service! Reasonable prices (we did lunch). Loved the outdoor courtyard venue - felt like being back in Italy on vacay, despite COVID. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb! Not to be missed dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The braised short rib risotto was amazing!

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vipkemeva
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely food and quant tucked away spot. The owner Al is awesome!

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vipDelicious
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for my birthday. The owner welcomed us with open arms as we walked up and he was just delightful. We sat outside. We were welcomed with warm bread and smiles. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer and they were cooked to perfection. I had the gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce, delicious! My husband and son had the ribeye which came with risotto and asparagus,they enjoyed their dishes. My sons gf had the fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp and she loved it. The owner came over a few times to check in with us without being pushy or interruptive. I would definitely dine here again and try their many other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is delicious.

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vipBrianH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant!!

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EllenJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This longtime great restaurant has always had a lovely patio area. So glad they’re able to utilize it to the max!

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vipJoJo15
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to find this place while waiting for a table at George’s. It was perfect. Romantic and excellent food. Great service too:-)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! It’s tucked away and we are happy we fell upon it!

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vipEricH
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming Italian restaurant with a quiet courtyard that lends itself to the current outdoor and physical distancing recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here for his birthday. The food was delicious. Everything we ordered tasted amazing. We ordered the grilled octapus, eggplant roll, truffle risotto and clam pasta. We plan to go there again.

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vipMary
San Diego
98 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Al does a great job and, with the circumstances of having to be outside, he has created excellent ambiance in the courtyard. Food very good.

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vipDQQuin
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, due to covid we were outside which was fine just happy to be able to go out and the establishment did the best with the area it has just gave four stars for ambience. Noise level would have been lower except we were next to a table that brought in a microphone for someone’s birthday. Highly recommend this place. Short ribs were great!!!!

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CandiseG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant surprise. Food was delicious, price was reasonable, portions just right and service warm and friendly!

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vipCherylW
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint. Risotto was cooked perfectly al dente. Lots of food for the $$$.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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vipBubbie1
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh and wonderful food. Lobster ravioli amazing.

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Colleen
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming atmosphere in the outdoor patio courtyard. The food is amazing. Go there !

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LindaG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went for Birthday lunch. The veal was outstanding! The sevice perfect.

Thank you for a great lunch.

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vipAZKiwi
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is high quality with a good variety of options on the menu - you have to try to Tiramasu! Outstanding. The outside courtyard is a wonderful setting to enjoy the food and wine. Excellent service without being intrusive. With the background music playing in the evening you could easily think you were in Europe. We'll definitely be back!

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BobE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Eat there, or else! Good food at a very reasonable price in a cool setting!

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 4.8 stars by 167 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.