Dolce

4.6
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349 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Dolce is a high quality, inviting atmosphere and the perfect Ranch neighborhood hideaway. Intimate and lively, Dolce offers delicious local, rustic wine-country inspired cuisine, fine wine and occasions for joyful gatherings. Our signature fare features fabulous small dishes and entrees prepared in the open kitchen's custom wood-burning oven. A full bar also features an impressive wine collection with hundreds of superb domestic and international selections. Inside, Dolce blends artisan sensibilities and rustic elegance with family-style shared tables offering a convivial dining experience. Outside, warm days and evenings make the Sunset Patio the perfect setting for wine tastings, afternoon brunch and dinner parties. Our sweet and knowledgeable team strives to provide the ultimate dining and wine experience in the true spirit of old world charm and hospitality, even our wines are sold at winery, not restaurant, prices.
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vipJudithJ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to visit Dolce’s and revisit with server, Miles! He’s been there forever and is an asset to the restaurant! Can’t wait to return for a Happy Hour with my girlfriends!!!

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PaulC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food options. I highly recommend!

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vipAdriaC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Dolce! The food, the vibe and Courtney. A winning combination!!

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KimW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, filled with flavor and cooked the way I ordered it. I had the ribeye, and my husband had the cioppino. We finished our meal with chocolate mousse and bred pudding. Our waiter was fantastic. Met our every needs. Everyone was friendly and although it was Valentines evening, everything seemed to run smooth and organized. I will be happy to go back and try more things.

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vipMarat
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner with our kids and our server was really amazing

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vipNancyF
Mexico City
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day so the restaurant was packed. That did not slow down the servers nor the kitchen. Everything was timely, delicious and definitely worthwhile. And I was presented with a long stemmed red rose.

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LauraE
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I liked the food a lot, especially the mussels and bread pudding. But the pacing of the meal was a little slow, though the service in general was very good.

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vipMBRV
Sydney / NSW
41 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gwen did a great job! Thank you.

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Sami
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It was an older crowd. It was super busy for a Friday night. Service was fairly slow.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, and the Monday night Happy Hour menu lasts until midnight. The lamb, cheese plate, olive tapenade with burrata were wonderful! Also an amazing wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the service & the entertainment!

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vipBillF
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The New Zealand lamb chops, though small “pops,” were delicious. The lasagna,also, was very good.

The tapenade was mediocre.

Although the agave mix was fresh, the flavor of the margarita could have been sharper.

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vipmaryv
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best New Years Eve Celebration ever! Loved it all, food decor & staff! Amazing night xo

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vipMBRV
Sydney / NSW
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE was great and Jeff did an outstanding job as always! Thank you!

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vipmaryv
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Dolce!!

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vipDara
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dolce for Christmas Eve was cozy and pleasant. Service was great, food was delicious, and ambiance was animated but at the same time relaxing. . .always a good spot for regular dining and for special occasions!

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vipDiningqueen
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Intimate atmosphere. Great service. Good food and beautiful all around experience

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vipJKenn
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Best food and service in town! Love, Love this restaurant and staff:)

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CindyM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Its a great dining experience and a feel good spot close to home. Can't wait to come back!

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vipPaul
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful date night at dolce. We started with the delicious warm pita bread and hummus as well as the olive tapenade and bread both paired so nicely with the wine we selected. We had the fish special which was trout and the lasagna. The lasagna is my absolute favorite, often stop by and pick it up for takeout, it’s that great!! Overall amazing dining experience server was very attentive but not Intrusive! Love this restaurant, It’s one of those places that never disappoints if it’s lunch happy hour or dinner, they always hit it out of the park!!

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KathleenP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friend and I like to meet for lunch at places in Rancho Santa Fe because it is half-way between our homes. So far, Dolce is my favorite restaurant there. We arrived at 11:30 and pretty much had the place to ourselves. The Catch of the Day was Halibut, so we both ordered that. It was prepared on a bed of quinoa, spinach, and mushrooms and was very delicious. I did have to ask for bread since our server did not offer it to us, but once it came, we were quite happy. The menu is not extensive, but the dishes are presented very beautifully. We will definitely be going there again.

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vipHollyG
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed this neighborhood spot a lot. The menu is varied and the food tasty. It is a welcoming environment and a definite do again.

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vipVino
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We have been here many times before and had great food and service. Unfortunately last night the waitress had too many tables to provide attentive service and the food was not of great quality. Had the waitress had time to ask about our meal, I would have sent the steak back.

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vipALICEL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Saturday night - it was super loud when we walked in with live music and people having to shout over the music. Luckily we were seated outside which was much quieter.
The service was totally fine. None of our experiences was our servers fault. It would have been nice if she’d remembered to tell us what was already sold out - since of course one of us ordered it - and then had to get the menu back and scramble.
However - mostly she was great.
The food was overcooked. So incredibly over cooked and the other dish overcooked and burned and dry that I was surprised she brought the plates out to us.
We definitely won’t go back and will warn others.

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vipGailE
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly, great service and delicious food!
I love our neighborhood spot! The risotto is one of our favs as well as the arugula salad! I love the catch of the day as well! Fresh, nutritious food! Nice portions that minimize food waste too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came to see a long time friend who was providing entertainment for the evening. Fun vibe and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well we are always in search of a great restaurant. The servers are awesome and the food was 5 stars. The best part is the warm fun feeling you get when you are at a real fun party. Everyone is very happy there and it is a COMFORTABLE restaurant. We will be regulars!

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EllenC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice ambience, great gluten free flatbreads. The salmon with quinoa and broccoli was to die for! Above all, loved hearing some of San Diego’s finest jazz musicians—this sets Dolce apart! We’ll be back, with more friends!

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vipHannahD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We hadn’t been to Dolce in a while and went last night. It was great!! New and delicious menu items. We are so excited to make Dolce a frequent dining experience!

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vipDara
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dolce is intimate and inviting--a continual pleasure! Our waiter was fantastic--solicitous, helpful, funny. The food was fresh and tasty and the wine list great. We enjoyed our dinner immensely as always!

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LeaH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I researched a restaurant in the RSF area and Dolce did not disappoint me. The ambiance was great. I sat outside, which I prefer to do, and the music sounds and aroma from the kitchen set the stage for the excellent food. I will return.

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vipSJCFoodie
San Francisco
206 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, very good listener and attention to detail. Food was very tasty. CIoppino was cooked perfectly with good portions of seafood. The roasted vegetarian plate was a bit dry, yet had good flavors.

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vipdineO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Dolce to hear a musician friend who was playing there. It was my first time there. I had a gorgonzola salad and a fettuccine dish with shrimp. Both were excellent. The pasta was fresh. The waiter was nice and helpful. The food wine are not overpriced. People at the bar were having fun. The layout was conducive to listening to a jazz trio while enjoying the food. I'll be back.

Dolce
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you and happy you had a lovely evening. Enjoy live music every Saturday 6:30-9 . Flex Band will be back Sept 21st . Cheers

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vipJUDM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, and really enjoyed the Flex band playing. Fun evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Little loud with kids next to us. Wasn’t romantic at all with the noise and kids.

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vipJKenn
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! We ordered the sausage salumi flatbread appetizer; for dinner the lasagna and penne with sausage/peppers.

The service was great, friendly, tentative, not rushed.

Cocktails were very tasty - especially the “Kentini”. And, the wine was reasonably priced and good selection.

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vipLarryM
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Dolce has been one of my favorites for years. I could count on good food, a varied wine list in a pleasant surrounding. This past Saturday night, I was disappointed. The food was fair, at best, and totally unworthy of a decent eatery. The wine list is shallow, with lots of very young wine, and lacked geographic diversity.
An overall disappointing experience.
I hope Dolce improves, or its off my rotation.

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vipmaryv
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in the West

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vipEvie
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our service was the best part of our experience!! Described as a "neighborhood " restaurant but it was pretty much in a strip mall! Nothing we were expecting so that was disappointing. Table we were at was two tables put together and not very well!!

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vipMikeE
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. So glad to have Dolce close to home.

We will return often and bring friends.

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Dolce is rated 4.6 stars by 349 OpenTable diners.

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