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La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.8
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122 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 122 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to find such good Italian food! It was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, attentive owner and great ambiance! We will be back soon Alfio!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, service and beautiful to eat outside.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious!! Best Italian I have had in San Diego!

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DanaM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal here. It is the best Italian food we have had in a long time. Everyone was very friendly as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Almost a quintessential Italian experience. Sort of in the middle of a strip mall but that’s Italian too right.

JM
JasonM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

4 different meals in our group, all were fantastic. Highly recommend the California Pizza!

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vipunlucky
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food options and many wine choices. Very enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First day of them serving brunch and they knocked it out of the park. Food was fabulous!

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sueber
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience! Food was delicious and they were able to adapt a dish to my daughter’s liking. Meatballs were incredible and make sure to eat the fresh bread. Put the carb counter away.
The Italians who run the place are so warm and thoughtful. It was a pleasure to chat with them.

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DinaA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem! Great food, great music, great customer service and experience overall! Definitely worth the drive if you aren’t staying in La Jolla

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and even better service! Next time I am craving Italian I know where I’m going! 10/10 recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a little gem! Ludo was very attentive and it was a most pleasant outing.

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vipNate
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and outstanding service! Felt like we were in Italy!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really yummy spot hidden away in La Jolla. Quiet and delicious, will definitely be returning! The chicken parm is 👌🏼 and portions are perfectly sized. We spent $75 (before tip) for dinner for two with an appetizer, two entrees and two glasses of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great! Authentic Italian and staff was excellent. I had the linguine and clams and my sister had the spa

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I grew up on the east coast so I know good Italian food when I taste it and I can honestly say that this is the real deal. The food was superb and their red sauce was authentic and just as good if not better than some of the Italian restaurants in NYC. The service was 5 star and I felt like a VIP. It was a great experience overall and can’t wait to go back there soon! 😊👍🏻🙏

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ChristopherC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best quality/value ratios in LaJolla.

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vipSDfoodlover
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 2 visits to this restaurant, it has quickly become one of my favorites in San Diego. Every visit brings me back to Italy, from the amazing food and the staff who truly have a love for serving the guests and are knowledgeable about the authentic Italian menu. Even the fresh made bread that they start you off with and homemade spread is amazing. Always a lovely experience. If you drive past the restaurant on the left, there is a parking garage after the first left turn. This self parking garage charges $7 vs. the $15 across the street or higher for valet at George's.

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TheWGuest
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a little treasure we found! We felt like we’d stepped into a little side alley restaurant in Venice. Quaint and nice. The waiter knew it was my son’s bday, and he brought a delicious tiramisu as a surprise! Apps, salad, and entrees were fantastic. We’d definitely head back on our next visit the area!

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vipJanKop
Kansas City
174 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful courtyard setting. Excellent food and service.

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vipMichael
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a hidden gem in the Village of La Jolla. Tucked away off of bustling Prospect, you are transported to Italy as you walk through the door... from the initial greeting by the host, to the atmosphere and attentive service and, of course, the amazing food! Buon appetito!

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Gdub
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita is a hidden La Jolla gem right across the street from Georges at the Cove. It's quiet ambiance, perfect dining music, and several "original" Italian waiters, create a setting as close to Italy that you will find in La Jolla.

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MichelleW
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were family table of 10 in for a wedding. The food, service was delicious. It was quite loud in the quaint house!

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MarkH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are local but had never eaten here. We were shocked by the incredible food, great service, and surprising value for La Jolla. I suggest you tell friends and family to go here rather than the really pricey places across the street.

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RoseE
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service.

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vipllpierce
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is great. Waiters are Italian and provided amazing service. Delicious food and wine. I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review