La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.8
234 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 234 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeithF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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!

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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%

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

Always excellent food!

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
61 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
14 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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

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

Excellent authentic Italian food paired with attentive service.

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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

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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
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
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.

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Dani
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef and owner were very welcoming. Our first time at La Dolce Vita & my son's 3rd. What a wonderful menu full of flavors. Food was phenomenal. Wine choices were great with different vineyards and price points. The owner was so welcoming and continued to check on the patrons to ensure they had a beautiful experience. The outside cove area was romantic and the voice from other tables moderate. What a lovely dining/date experience. Looking forward to another visit when we are in the area!

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PeteW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ludo was on top of it. He was our server and we went with his recommendations on food and wine--couldn't have been better. The ambience was very soothing and despite it being a cold night, the wind is blocked by the buildings. There are so many things on the menu I would recommend going with what the server suggests--it's the first time I've been to a restaurant and not read every line on a menu. Everything we saw seemed like it would be great. If you're looking for a quaint and authenticate Italian place, this is where to go

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! Great food and awesome staff. My favorite Italian ristorante.

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Bookwormfoodie
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It started out great, our wine and apps came to the table quickly. Our entrees took much longer and seemed to have been warmed up in a microwave. The steak was over cooked and the tortellini was not the best. But overall, it was acceptable.

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vipCSLB
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as usual. Thank you for all the effort to make my evening special

CL
vipCristinaL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Super happy. We will definitely be back.

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vipOCDiner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food and the ambiance is fantastic. Restaurant owner Alfio and his team make you feel welcome and valued from the moment you walk in! Other restaurants could take a lesson from them.

Outdoor dining in the courtyard along with the energy among its customers and staff make it a enjoyable evening.

I would highly recommend La Dolve Vita!
Tim

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vipMARCOS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a Diner and everything was delusions, they have an amazing service ...

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SILVIA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service, food was excellent and the ambience was perfect.

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mikkermik
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food and value. Server forgot to tell us there were specials, so we missed out on those options. He also forgot to put in our appetizer order. But I'm not going to boycott the place due to some minor errors. It's a cozy, quaint restaurant, and we will come back for another tasty, reasonably-priced meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alfio is the man! The food was incredible!

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vipMary
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about this place. The food was the best Italian food I have had in Southern Ca and the service was excellent. One of my new favorite spots.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. Service was great, menu had a ton of good choices. I don’t know what kinda bread they give you but it was damn good. Plus the sauce was incredible. Not too expensive, offers outdoor dining, and tastes great. Will go again!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting, and came to LDV again because it was so good and the service was outstanding.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! All of the dishes were delicious, the waiter paired the perfect wines and the service was outstanding!

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 234 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.