La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.8
212 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 212 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KaylynT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delish! Would go back over and and over.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience all around. Best Italian food in San Diego.

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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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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

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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
3 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!

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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.

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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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden Gem in La Jolla, the owner Alfio is Simply fantastic!!

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vipMelissaF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining is available at this time. I went with my husband and 4-year-old daughter and ordered the Margherita pizza and Choppino. They were both delicious! The starter bread and dipping sauce is yummy! We will be back 😁 The staff is super friendly and helpful.

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CrystalS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED THIS PLACE! Will be coming back for sure! Everyone that joined me for my birthday dinner also said it was outstanding. Thank you for an incredible way to end my birthday :)

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GabrielH
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noise being one of the ratings I will note that there WAS a nearby table being annoying listening to videos and talking on their cell phones. It boggles my mind that people are so low class. Food was delicious, service was great, decor is very minimalist but maybe a bit too simple for such a high-end restaurant. I would absolutely go again, and recommend it as well!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had doubts eating out, during this pandemic. When we came to La Dolce Vita Ristorante, the host was very welcoming. The outdoor dining area was pretty busy, but all the tables were spread apart. Part of the experience of dining out is great service by the staff. The staff was excellent! and made our special occasion extra special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

La Dolce Vita set up a wonderful experience for my date and myself. The personal attention to seating and overall friendliness of the establishment really lended to the authentic ambiance of the restaurant. The wine was wonderful and the food was delicious. We both really enjoyed our dinner out at La Dolce Vita.

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viplarpap
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous place!! Go there now!! The owner is a prince! The food is really good. And they are open!! Totally safe, taking all the precautions!! Can’t wait to go back.

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PSquare
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!

JJ
vipJesseJ
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian of the sort I love - angel hair pasta with tomatoes and garlic, fresh fish - at a price that is not La Jolla high. Large portions, so come hungry

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JackieF
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect from the service to the food. I love the outdoor dining. Good wine list. A must do in La Jolla.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner served us, incredibly nice gentleman, amazing food. Will be back!

RG
vipRosaG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food, we will definitely come back!

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vipAngelRGG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buena relación precio calidad y el servicio excelente, buena cocina italiana y buena selección de vinos

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vipSdconcierge
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Dolce Vita was an memorable experience. J -our waiter delivered outstanding service, the food was exquisite. Even though we sat outside, the heating was perfect. I will recommend La Dolce Vita to anyone looking for an outstanding dining affair

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vipMarkH
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has some of the best pasta in San Diego but you should make sure you order the "Polpette" meatball appetizer. Their tiramisu was incredible. They have lots of outdoor seating so I always felt very safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in La Jolla! Or San Diego in general for that matter!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing food. The truffle risotto was stunning

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Helene
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly and professional staff, nice ambiance in small courtyard

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was almost just as cute outside! They had heaters so the weather was not an issue! The food was delicious, highly recommend the bruschetta and the bread and oil they bring out before your meal is amazing- I could have bought bottles of it! Very friendly staff and wonderfully attentive. Food came out fast, so if you’re looking to make a night out of it, just note that. Otherwise, wonderful experience and great food!

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GloriaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was wonderfully attentive without being overbearing. The ivolitinni was delightful!
Thank you.
Ambiance was a great escape from our hectic lives!

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GeorgeR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If it wasn't for COVID this would have been 5 stars for ambience. Always a pleasure to eat here.

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 212 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.