Dolce Ristorante

4.9
1010 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Dolce Ristorante in Charlotte is a classic Italian restaurant serving up family friendly favorites. The atmosphere at Dolce Ristorante is airy and bright with a deep Mediterranean feel complete with Italian style artwork. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner with special cooking classes offered regularly.




Whether you are looking for a pleasant lunch or a lively dinner, Dolce Ristorante has something on the menu to please every palate. Try the ravioli in a parmigiana cheese pink sauce, the Milanese breaded chicken with lemon dressing or the salmone fresh Atlantic salmon in a white wine sauce. Be sure to save room for the Italian cheese cake dessert.


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JillW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dolce's is where you go after you've wasted your money in loud trendy restaurants that you hear nothing but chairs scraping and people yacking and no music. AND, you leave hungry. DOLCE'S does it ALL right.

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JohnX
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend told us about Dolce. We live in Huntersville and wanted to try it. It was worth the drive the food was excellent snd do was the service. My daughter in law is from Brooklyn and thought it was awesome. I highly recommend this restaurant .

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vipSusan
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love Dolce!!!!!L

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KatyM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing! It's authentic Italian and the ambiance is like you are sitting in Italy!

KM
KatieM
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!!!!9

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AdamG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dolce ristorante is my favorite local Italian charlotte restaurant. Thank you.

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vipAlbertC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great
Is one of the places that I never ask for the menu

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vipjazzman
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad meal or experience at Dolce. Always great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is incredible! The ambience and the kind family atmosphere is lovely. The service was kind, professional and knowledgeable. The wine list is impressive! But WOW the food is exceptional!!! Every bite made you smile. So fresh and thoughtfully balanced. We had our honeymoon in Italy and their homemade pasta took us right back. This place is a gem!!

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RobM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I visit Charlotte I have to eat here. Closest to the restaurants I ate in in Florence. Great food and wine! Rita has been such a fantastic hostess.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We made a reservation a week prior to our dinner. We ended up waiting 45 minutes anyways to be seated. The restaurant does not have a good seating system and the owner complained about having difficulties with Open Table giving out too many reservations than the restaurant can handle at a time. The owner mentioned she tried to correct the issue for months, but nothing has happened. Not sure the accuracy here. She kept telling us a few minutes and she tried moving groups of 2 around to get us seated, but people wouldn’t move.

Sitting was a mess. Expect to wait on a weekend at prime time even if you have a standing reservation. If you don’t care, then it’s fine. We were running a half marathon the next day, so we didn’t want to eat late. The difference between sitting down at 7:15 and 8:05 makes an impact.

Overall, the food is really good and the service is fine. We got a free desert since we waited a while, but that’s about it.

I probably will find a new Italian restaurant to go to on weekends when it’s really busy. Not worth the 45 minute wait.

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Cltmomof5
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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GratefulMom
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I had a wonderful first experience at Dolce. The staff was most accommodating as we were a few minutes late due to road closures in the area. The food was wonderful, and it was honestly the best Italian food we have had in quite awhile. Our waiter, Chris, was so nice and helpful with suggestions. Will be back and would highly recommend to others.

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NancyW
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The food was subpar ..I order the same dish all the time but I felt that this time it had hardly any flavor and I remember getting 6 shrimps not 4

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vipRobertW
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing.

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vipThomasI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome on all account's great food, amazing service.

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Didi
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town guests loved the ambiance, food and relaxed warm atmosphere.

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FrancisW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I shared shrimp fry diavilo for an appetizer. I had linguine in clam sauce and my wife had penne carbonara with guanciale. Each might have been the best example of any we've had in Charlotte.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd experience at Dolce, and it was fantastic. I intentionally used the word "experience " as use of any other reference to dining would be an understatement. Their food, ambience, service are across the board incredible, but what separates Dolce from others is the interaction with Rita, the chef/proprietor. She establishes the sense of family during your experience. She is genuine, accessible, and most important, she creates the sense of family whenever you are there. I did not grow up in an Italian family, yet following each dining experience I felt more at home in the "old country". Superb experience.

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JessieG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual. Service is always good. This place is a go to for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a small but cozy family space. The food & service is better than you would get at a place where you might pay 50% more. We found a new favorite Italian restaurant in Charlotte.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Charlotte

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tmbama1
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the food good Italian and 4 of us have different foods, the plates were empty.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When visiting our Grandchildren in Charlotte it’s our favorite Italian Restaurant. Fresh made entree’s, service is spectacular! The owner came out just to say hi to the kids! They have been going to Dolce since they were babies!

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vipHannah
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, authentic homemade pasta! We were also able to meet Rita, who makes the pasta fresh, daily from her mom's recipe in Italy.

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KathyM
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My meal, a special featuring chef-made pasta with scallops, shrimp, spinach and tomatoes was prepared in a heavenly wine and butter (?) sauce, was fabulous and my husband enjoyed chicken Marsala and raved about the mashed potatoes. We enjoy the pace of our meal - we never feel hurried when we dine here.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drink and service

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viprhondac
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner and the staff went all out. Complimentary preseco and a slice of cake. Dinner was fabulous and the chef out did herself with great table side service.

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KingOfSales
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Family dining at its best!

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grillmaster
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get away from the chain restaurants. Enjoy a true neighborhood gem. Food is excellent.
Reminds me of neighborhood restaurant in New York Little Italy. LOVE IT.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & great atmosphere. We will definitely be back!!

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CWHJr
Pinehurst
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All of my guests’ selections were the usual fabulous. My salmon was way beyond “medium”, which I had requested, making me wish I had said RARE that definitely would have gotten the chef’s attention. (You can always cook it more!!!!) the server offered to have it done over but it would have arrived when everyone else was almost done so I refused. The right thing to do would have been to refund of a part of the $23 cost. It was clear I only ate about 1/4 from the middle-thickest area. Disappointed since this has been one of our favorites. Poor customer “consideration”.

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AdrianG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dolce Osteria è diventato il nostro posto preferito italiano a Charlotte. Il cibo è sempre ottimo, pasta fresca, servizio cordiale, buona lista di vini e ottimi dolci.

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Craig
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When Rita greets you as you come in, it's like having your mother greet you for Sunday dinner. The food is spectacular and when the waiter tells you to get Rita's special made desserts, just do it! The tiramisu is the best I've ever had, as was the limincello cheese cake which was delightfully light. Can't recommend this place highly enough!

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vipABM123
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time here!! Service fast and efficient. Food delicious with the fresh pasta. We will be back!!

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DanN
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don't eat out that much but when we do and want Italian we always go to Dolce. It has never disappointed us.

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vipGaryS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is Great !!!

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EricN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried to eat downtown, but more popular Italian restaurants were booked. Found this small place just a mile or so from downtown. Very quaint and the food was excellent. Exactly what we were looking for. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem in Charlotte. The occasion was my wife's birthday, so I wanted to treat her to a special dining experience ... mission accomplished. The food was excellent, the wine was excellent, and the service was ... excellent as well. Rita was on the floor all night, giving this place the feel of a family dining experience... my wife can't wait to return ...

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JackSOLD
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy going to this small Italian restaurant... reminds us of restaurants in Europe. They recently renovated their enclosed patio area...nicely done. Food is always superb and service is excellent. Jack & Ivy.

FAQs

Dolce Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Dolce Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 332-7525.

Dolce Ristorante is rated 4.9 stars by 1010 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.