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La Dolce Vita Ristorante, La Jolla, CA

La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.7
4.7
459 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.

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Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-2524

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alfio Conti

  • Private party facilities

    La Dolce Vita Ristorante is the perfect location for your next special event. No matter the size or budget, we go out of our way to make your occasion a very special one.

  • Private party contact

    Leslie Conti: (619) 787-0532

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    Cave Street

  • Parking details

    Plenty of off street parking. Valet parking across the street. Parking garage next door.

  • Entertainment

    Live music on Friday night only.

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Dolce

  • Tiramisu$8.00

    Lady Fingers Soaked in Espresso Layered with Sweet Mascarpone. Topped with Chocolate Shavings

    • Cannoli$8.00

      Italian Pastry Filled with Sweetened Ricotta and Pistachio

      • Warm Chocolate Brownie$8.00

        Soft Chocolate Brownie Served Warm with a Scoop of Vanilla Gelato

        • Homemade Cheesecake$8.00

          New York Style Cheesecake with a Cookie Crust. With Chocolate and Raspberry Sauce

          • Vanilla Gelato$8.00

            Creamy Italian Ice Cream

            Drink

            • Hot Tea$3.50

              • Affogato al Cafe$8.00

                Vanilla Gelato Drowned in Espresso Topped with Chocolate Shavings

                • Espresso$3.50

                  • Cappuccino$5.00

                    • Coffee Americano$3.50

                      Last updated: February 3, 2022

                      What 459 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

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

                      4.7
                      4.7 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.7Food
                      • 4.7Service
                      • 4.6Ambience
                      • 4.6Value

                      NoiseModerate

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                      1. TG

                        TravisG

                        San Diego

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Cannelloni. Get the cannelloni. That’s all I have to say.

                      2. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Minneapolis

                        14 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        14 reviews

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Food was amazing, service was perfection! We all loved it!

                      3. F

                        msnFoodie

                        Milwaukee

                        3 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent service and food that pleased everyone in our large group. Server was accommodating and friendly (even with our child meltdown!)

                      4. JW

                        JoyceW

                        San Diego

                        1 review

                        vip
                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Food was great and the service was amazing. Nice little hidden gem in La Jolla

                      5. O

                        Omnivore

                        New England

                        227 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        227 reviews

                        Dined on May 16, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This was a special event. It was the after party for our niece's wedding. What was originally a party of ten turned out to be a party of thirteen. Originally, there was some miscommunication. However, once we sorted things out, everything was outstanding. Served family style, everything was delicious. The servers were attentive and gracious. The value for the quality of food served was outstanding. If I was a local, I would be a regular.

                      6. s

                        sarahg

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Absolutely amazing dinner and service!! We are in La Jolla for the weekend and will be going there for both dinners, as our first night was perfection! From the wonderful service from all employees, salad, dessert, and main meals we were impressed! Our new favorite place here!

                      7. RW

                        RuthW

                        Washington DC

                        19 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        19 reviews

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This is an excellent restaurant! Tomato soup, Truffle Risotto and tiramisu all outstanding. Owners are very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely dine there again when in San Diego/La Jolla

                      8. SB

                        ScottB

                        San Diego

                        6 reviews

                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Excellent experience! Great as always! Will return.

                      9. JS

                        JenS

                        San Diego

                        2 reviews

                        4.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience2

                        The food had great flavor and the portions were generous. My lasagna was enough for two people! They should have told us ahead of time that there wasn't any pizza on the menu, as my kids had their heart set on that. Also, any true Italian restaurant should serve expresso! The server was very friendly and we were seated promptly. The inside of the restaurant seemed "old" and could use an update. Not the best ambiance. All, in all, it was OK.

                      10. J

                        Jdubs8129

                        San Diego

                        3 reviews

                        4.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                        overall4food5service4ambience3

                        Portions were quite big but some ingredients were scarce. Added chicken to a pasta dish and literally had 3 small medallions. Shrimp and crab pasta again could barely see the flakes of crab and three shrimp. Flavors great though. Friendly staff although where we were seated no one came back to offer refill on drinks. For the overall experience we think it was worth it

                      11. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                        My dad and I went here for lunch and it was amazing! The portions are huge so think about splitting an appetizer and an entrée with someone if you’re a light eater. I got the eggplant lasagna which was diviiiinnnneeee. My dad got the chicken Parmesan and it was delicious as well. Both came served with a good sized side of spaghetti. Sadly neither of us could finish it because there was so much food. The only thing not great was a bad fishy/sewer smell when we first sat down but went away pretty quickly. No one else seemed to notice so I’m sure it was our table’s location which was at the edge of the outside seating area. Thankfully the smell didn’t return for the rest of our visit.

                      12. MS

                        MSB18

                        Los Angeles

                        91 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        91 reviews

                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Incredible Gastronomic Experience Excellent service

                      13. KT

                        KimT

                        San Diego

                        7 reviews

                        5.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Awesome food, great setting, great service!!!

                      14. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Calgary

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 22, 2022

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        We had booked a table but because there were only two of us we were sat back in a dark corner. The food was mediocre for a medium price. The service was poor. We were really disappointed.

                      15. VM

                        VeronicaM

                        Los Angeles

                        11 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        11 reviews

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                        Great food, everything was delicious, great service

                      16. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Diego

                        4 reviews

                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This is four time we’ve gone in for lunch and we were late, we were able to call and they held our table for 30 minutes past our RSVP time. As we got there they accommodate us and the dining adventure began. I had a glass of sparkling wine and hubby a beer, our 22 year old son paid the Easter Lunch this year.. Please all meals are made from scratch and to order.

                      17. j

                        johnm

                        Washington DC

                        2 reviews

                        4.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        Excellent and authentic Italian food. Fantastic service!

                      18. MW

                        MichaelW

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Was visiting La Jolla for the day and had lunch there with my family. Great quiet ambience away from the crowds. Great food for the price. Staff was very friendly. Definitely agree with others that had reviewed. Will go again.

                      19. TA

                        TavelleA

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                        overall5food3service5ambience5

                        Everything was amazing especially the host he was funny and very attentive, you gotta love the accents!

                      20. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Diego

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                        The plate of the day is very expensive. not worth the amount charged

                      21. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        6 reviews

                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Lovely staff, charming atmosphere, tasty food, good wine. Highly recommend.

                      22. MB

                        MikaelaB

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Atmosphere was cute and staff was very friendly. Food was delicious! Definitely a must try!

                      23. h

                        hughthekat

                        New York Area

                        7 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on April 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food. Energetic staff. Fabulous wine recommendations.

                      24. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Los Angeles

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Birthday , food was fabulous and huge portions. Service exceptional

                      25. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We sat outside in the courtyard for dinner. Really cute with lights and the heaters were key!! Service was friendly and attentive. Food overall was great. They started us with fresh warm bread with a sun-dried tomato oil which was amazing!! We had grilled Octopus and Bruschetta apps which were both fantastic. Pesto fettuccine and spaghetti carbonara were great. We had dessert as well- vanilla Gelato was especially good with the fresh strawberries and pistachios. Tiramisu was out of this world!! Only disappointment was no coffee (they ran out) overall would definitely go back again if I lived in the area.

                      26. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Wow this place is incredible! Definitely me and my boyfriends new date night spot 10/10

                      27. JP

                        JerryP

                        San Diego

                        9 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        9 reviews

                        Dined on April 10, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                        We enjoyed the restaurant. Food was tasty. Waiter was attentive. Fairly loud though.

                      28. LP

                        LisaP

                        Orange County

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 10, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                        Great ambiance inside and outside, service was good. We enjoyed the fettuccine, bruschetta and sirloin. We also ordered the calamari appetizer, which was terrible. We told the waiter and he apologized but did not address it further, nor remove it from the check.

                      29. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Our waiter was sweet and we got good service. The food was amazing along with ambiance of the place

                      30. R

                        Rrbb

                        Chicago

                        2 reviews

                        1.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        We were celebrating a birthday so I’d made a reservation way in advance. They kept telling us our table would be ready in 10 mins but 45mins later it still wasn’t. We ended up leaving to have dinner elsewhere. They should really take a look into their booking system.

                      31. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Diego

                        3 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        I have always wanted to check this place out and am so happy I finally did! Ended up coming here because Puesto was an hour wait. Scored a reservation for 10 mins later. The restaurants has limited indoor seating but takes over this business/shop courtyard in the evening, it’s so cute! Check-in was a little chaotic, they were definitely behind schedule. But there was live music going on so standing around waiting wasn’t too bad. During that take I got to read the menu and it is seemed out of this world & extensive! We ended up ordering the calamari which was delicious, I usually order calamari at each opportunity & definitely loved this one! It comes with a spice to it fyi. I ordered the Pappardelle Al Brasato & my husband has the Lobster Ravioli special! Mine was one of best pastas I’ve ever had. Tons of flavor, the short rib was perfectly cooked & distributed within the pasta. The noodles itself were also delicious, and I make my own noodles from scratch at home. Conclusion- I’ve struggled to find Italian places that are as good as cooking pasta from scratch at home and this place is in my top picks in San Diego, and I’ve almost tried them all! I will be returning and it will be hard not to order the same thing it was so amazing!

                      32. RY

                        RonYu

                        Houston

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great service and the food is always outstanding.

                      33. J

                        Jackie

                        Los Angeles

                        12 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        12 reviews

                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent food in a great atmosphere. It's a little courtyard setting right in La Jolla village. The pasta dishes and pizza were great but the friendly service was also a highlight. Will be going back.

                      34. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 7, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had really early dinner so the place was quiet. Food is delicious and portions are big. We would definitely return!

                      35. s

                        stephen

                        Minneapolis

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 4, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had dinner in their charming courtyard our last night in La Jolla. Food was delicious and the portions were huge. Our server and the host were friendly and accommodating. We'll definitely be going back next time we're in town.

                      36. W

                        Wws100

                        Palm Springs

                        4 reviews

                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on March 31, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Wonderful surprise! We found it thru Open Table and enjoyed eating out on the patio with twinkle lights and the fountain. Amazing food, truly Italian! We will be back next time we are in the area!

                      37. CS

                        CSLB

                        San Diego

                        14 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        14 reviews

                        Dined on March 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing food and service as usual , friendly and attentive service. We will be back

                      38. JB

                        JoyB

                        Warwickshire

                        8 reviews

                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on March 29, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The waiter was really fantastic, he explained menu nothing was to much trouble extremely helpful . The food was amazing . We were visiting from Uk and will defiantly look forward to going next time we’re over.

                      39. GT

                        GabrielT

                        Palm Springs

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on March 28, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great Restaurant, Can't Wait to Go Back. Food Was Amazing!

                      40. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        It was so great, one of the servers was so sweet and gave my friends an I a free slice of cheesecake! I loved it. Will be coming back soon :)

                      Safety precautions

                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                        • Contactless payment available
                      • 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
                        • Staff temperature check required

                      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 459 OpenTable diners.

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

                      Make a reservation

                      2 people

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                      Booked 28 times today
                      Google Map for La Dolce Vita Ristorante

                      1237 Prospect St Ste P La Jolla, CA 92037

                      Additional information

                      • Cross street

                        Cave Street

                      • Neighborhood

                        La Jolla

                      • Hours of operation

                        Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

                      • Cuisines

                        Italian

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Dining

                      • Dress code

                        Casual Dress

                      • Parking details

                        Plenty of off street parking. Valet parking across the street. Parking garage next door.

                      • Payment options

                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                      • Executive chef

                        Alfio Conti

                      • Entertainment

                        Live music on Friday night only.

                      • Additional

                        Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

                      • Phone number

                        (858) 454-2524

                      • Private party facilities

                        La Dolce Vita Ristorante is the perfect location for your next special event. No matter the size or budget, we go out of our way to make your occasion a very special one.

                      • Private party contact

                        Leslie Conti: (619) 787-0532

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