Dolce Ristorante

4.8
985 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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KathyM
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drink and service

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viprhondac
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
1 review
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
1 review
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.

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We loved it! The people working there are SO kind and sweet! And the food was outstanding! We loved the cheese ball appetizer, the gnocchi and the trout! We will definitely be back again !

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DrewF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal from starters to entrees was amazing. The mussels and bruschetta were perfect. Our server was warm and welcoming and made some excellent recommendations. He went the extra mile to ensure appropriate timing between courses and was extremely attentive. A great dining experience throughout.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
56 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten free options available

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KevinC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional this time and every time. Tremendous food, wonderful staff, and Rita is awesome, like your own private Italian mama.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall we liked it! Ordered the vodka and chicken, she ordered the pesto tree pine nut one; that was amazing!! The meatballs were very good, not the bigger ones I’m used to, but still good. The Bruschetta was also very good! A bit expensive for what you get, but overall I would recommend to a friend. Super friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Charlotte for the weekend and found this place, the reviews weren’t lying! Everyone was perfect. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant I have ever been to in my life. Prices are good and food is even better. The staff is wonderful and we will definitely be back.

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Joels
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in this area. We sat outside and enjoyed it greatly.

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

Always amazing!!

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SamK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon entering the restaraunt it felt open, inviting and warm. The employees greeted us with smiles and invited us to out white, cloth covered table, preset for four. The place was nicely appointed, neat and clean. Once seated, our waiter welcomed us and took our drink order and presented our menues.
Upon bringing our drinks he asked for questions and we had quite a few. He answered them all, left us to decide and came back for our orders. The appetizers were great tasting and seasoned perfectly.
Our meals were extraordinarily delicious, portions were large and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food. We had desserts as well, and ,"WOW!" we all raved about their presentation, deliciousness and portions. This meal was as perfect as it gets. We all enjoyed everything at Dolce Ristorante.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience here for a last minute Friday night date night. We have driven by multiple times but never stopped. We made a reservation on open table last minute and we’re seated right upon our arrival even though we were early. Our waiter was wonderful, attentive, and helpful on menu selections. The restaurant is cute and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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vipDenNick
Charlotte
39 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Dolce never disappoints. From the greeting at the door by Rita, it’s like coming home. Our service from Vincent is always top notch never missing a beat. Our food from antipasto to salad, pasta and entre of swordfish was amazing. Not too mention our Chianti Classico! This is a CLT gem! Mangia Bene!!!

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Pepper
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Unfortunately they were out of Squid...so skipped Appy

Two Pasta dishes one with shrimp the other with lobster meat, were perfectly sauced. I found the "homemade" fettuccine served with lobster to be a bit too thick for homemade and believe as a result was heavy and a little gummy.

Lemoncello cake was light and tasty

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MeghanC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dolce was perfect for a date night out. The staff were kind, the food was fresh and delicious and we can't wait to go back.

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DouglasJ
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family owned Italian restaurant. Small intimate space. Good presentation of mussels in white wine sauce, and excellent veal scalopini. Lemoncello cake was a great finish. Paired it all with a Super Tuscan.

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JaneK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Highly recommend it! Service was great and the owners are Italian and really know food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are wonderful.

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LarryF
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Like being a member of the family

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CharlesP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional Italian food in a casual, friendly environment.

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vip57mgaman
Charleston
312 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, and great service! Will be back soon!

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Jada
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Rita and her staff do an outstanding job every time!

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vipNancyO
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience for two family birthdays! Every dish was unique and fresh and amazing. It felt like going to someone’s amazing kitchen in Italy!

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PATRICIAH
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Restaurant is very small and tight. While the chicken piccata was good and prepared properly, the pasta was just fair.

But more importantly, the pasta sauce did not have a depth of flavor that a good sauce should have. It tasted watered down.

The salad was dry and didn’t seem fresh.

Overall, I was disappointed because this being an Italian restaurant, the pasta dishes should be the best! Doubt we’ll be back anytime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was fresh and good taste. Service was a bit slow. Friendly staff.

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JamieP
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly fresh, delicious, and creative! The executive chef, Rita, even swung by our table and checked on our service and food. You MUST order the limoncello cake!! You won’t regret it!

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 4.8 stars by 985 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.