La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.8
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88 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.
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San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an excellent dinner and fantastic service with Rafael as our server. He was very informative and attentive and gave excellent meal suggestions. We will be coming back here again very soon to enjoy the delicious homemade pasta meals😊

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service at La Dolce Vita , my family and I had the most amazing evening . Thank you

OT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service at La Dolce Vita ,I love coming here .

GL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The family and I went to La Dolce Vita while in town. We really enjoyed our experience from the service to the food. My wife had the lobster ravioli that she enjoyed and I had the seafood risotto that was delicious. I have to recommend both specials.

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great service. I had the pappardelle short rib must try , I loved the ambiance

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food great service. We really enjoyed the romantic ambiance , I’ll definitely recommend it to all my family and friends

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and amazing service , the man who runs the restaurant is a pro. Third time we come at This restaurant never disappoints

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy coming at La Dolce Vita , they treat me like family, the food is outstanding and the price for the area is just unbeatable. Love the food . I’ll be back

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just a really lovely atmosphere. Great live music and great food.

c
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect night. An intimate and fun atmosphere. Service is special: friendly, knowledgeable, and gracious. Exceptional food and wine.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

No complaints except the ambiance left something to be desired.

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing evening filled with amazing food and wine , the music on Friday was just amazing. We enjoy the singer Luigi who’s been singing since . The food is spectacular

TM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

There was a singer who could not sing. Really poor and made the dining experience intolerable. The food was a bit overcooked but ok. The noise and music was too much.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by the staff like we were good friends. They made us feel vert welcome and since I disclosed were we’re celebrating my father’s birthday they shook his hand and wished Him a happy birthday. As a die-hard romantic I really enjoyed the ambiance. Romantic Italian music playing softly, the warm lighting. The Moscato was SO good! So sweet and smooth. My parents enjoyed the merlot. They said it was very good. The pasta seems homemade. The bread was served hot out of the oven and olive oil, salt, Italian seasoning and balsamic were on the table for dipping your fresh baked bread! Yum. 😋😋😋😋😋

RS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent ambiance, wonderful and very friendly wait staff.

RR
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's getting 5 stars across the board because the people working there are so friendly. Everything else is wonderful too!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service. Will definitely be returning.

m
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live music was beyond any anticipation. Service superb, and staff interaction very positive

JR
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fellow San Diegans, if you get a chance check out La Dolce Vita Ristorante in La Jolla. The coolest little Italian restaurant in San Diego County, with a live singer every weekend that wanders from table to table singing songs in Italian, Spanish and English, from standards to operatic to contemporary. He's funny, but also a masterful singer. He sang two Spanish songs that my wife requested that her dad used to sing to her when she was a little girl. She had not heard either of these songs since she was 8 or 9. The food is superb, the service is mostly excellent, and it's charming and romantic and fun. Right on Prospect, but tucked away in a little enclave. I've been on this street a thousand times and never noticed the restaurant until a few months ago. It's now among my favorites. You can eat inside or out. Tell the owner/manager Alfio Conti that Jamie Reno sent you. Ciao!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We were disappointed with the waiting period between meals, twe order a caprese salad to start and we waited almost 45 minutes for it then we waited another 45 minutes for our food,
I ordered short ribs oven saffron rissoto what a disappointment just a few bites of the short ribs most of them was fat and not meat.
Could be because was a busy night, we will tried again in another time

OT
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences of my life! Food was incredible. We were treated like royalty. I will take family and friends back again.

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and authentic Italian ambiance , we enjoy everything i our party. No wonder they won best Italian in La Jolla

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great little restaurant. The courtyard atmosphere is great and so is the food. The service was excellent!

SV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to have a good meal with friends and family

KE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I MADE A DINNER FOR GRANMA 80s AND WE RECEIVED EXTRA ESPECIAL ATTENTION
AND A BIRTH CAKE

D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place feels like a family run restaurant in Italy. Very friendly and the food is delicious and fresh. We sat in the courtyard and it was delightfully quiet. Pastas are all house made. We had the veal with mushrooms and the veal Milanese. Both were excellent. We will be back.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here do to our first choice being booked, we are extremely glad we did. The food was delicious, the service friendly and quick, and the outdoor sitting was cute.

k
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Skip the pizza. You’ve been warned lol

EM
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice menu & delicious food. Personal service. Our server from Venice was very charming and attentive to our group celebrating a special occasion.

JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome La Jolla experience. Great, welcoming service. Waiter was attentive and fun. Food was great. Highly recommend the outdoor seating on nice nights.

C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a very nice Italian meal. Owner and staff were great, very nice and couldn’t do enough for us. Highly recommend La Dolce Vita.

OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large party (traveling with family) and had a lovely table in a room just for us. The service was WONDERFUL and the food so tasty(our party was one that had folks of all ages 9-75) and all had a great time.

KM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so amazing!!!!!
Loved sitting outside listening to the music.
Customer service was great! Very attentive.
Places like this are a breath of fresh

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for out daughters’ birthday. Service was excellent, dishes recommended by our waiter were wonderful. Would definitely recommend!

MG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Best tiramisu, will be back soon!

EH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the BEST food we’ve ever eaten. This has become our place to eat when in San Diego! Great atmosphere and very romantic :)

JH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place and the food was amazing!! Hidden gem and very romantic ambiance but even more importantly the service and the people were incredible!! Definitely going back and recommend them to you all!!!

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I’m a regular, I love the food and the way they treat me , I feel part of the family, very reasonably priced menu and excellent food

JR
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a hidden little gem in La Jolla right off Prospect Street, with indoor and outdoor seating in a charming tiny nook in a mini-shopping spot. We must have walked past this restaurant 1,000 times in my life but never noticed it. We discovered it recently. The management here is superb, they simply know how to please customers. The food is terrific, the service first-rate, and the atmosphere is even better, with a singer and keyboardist on weekend evenings. They are terrific, the singer wanders among the tables unobtrusively and charms with his excellent operatic singing voice (in Italian, Spanish and English) and his wit and humor. He brought my wife to tears of joy when he knew and sang a couple of the songs that my wife's father sang to her when she was a little girl. This is a tiny little slice of Italy, you'll love it.

s
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to La Dolce Vita, and I can now say that it is my favorite Italian restaurant. Everything was exceptional!