Dolce Ristorante

4.6
384 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always awesome served just how you order and hot. Best bread in town too Gnocchi are yhe best! Service was great. Thank you!

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R
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service was fantastic with a local staff.

The ambience was nice at first, but eventually two large parties showed up in the back and ruined the mood. It was NBA playoff weekend, but ideally the smaller tables in the back should not be near the larger tables in the back.

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NT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was scrumptious and the service was just right.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and experience!

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LP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm from New York, second generation Italian. I've lived in Charlotte for over 14 years and during this time the only Italian restaurant that truly makes me feel like im back in NYC is Dolce. It is easily the best Italian restaurant in the Charlotte area. The food is delicious and the portions are very generous. Unlike so many other "Italian" restaurants, everything is prepared fresh, with the right amount of seasoning and not salty. The pasta is made daily and the entrees are incredible. And of course, leave room for dessert and espresso! The owner, Marcello, is very kind and freindly. He will make sure that you're taken care of and that you have the best experience. Grazie Marcello per una bella serata!

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an incredible experience!! Valentine’s Day was so special and this place makes it the beat place for the occasion!

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FP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely Valentine Dinner. Visit restaurant regularly and have yet to be disappointed. From the time we are greeted at the door until we leave, we feel comfortable and welcome. The experience and quality of food is worth the price. We will continue to visit on a regular basis.

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SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was top-notch and the servers very friendly and helpful. This is my go to restaurant for great food , Great atmosphere. A true dining experience

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

This was our second trip to Dolce in eight weeks. As usual, the food was excellent, but the service was not good at all. The restaurant was not busy, but we waited a very long time for our food, and once it finally came, we hardly saw our server again. We also mentioned on our reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and no mention was ever made of it. This visit was in stark contrast to our Christmas Eve visit which was wonderful! For the price, it was an unremarkable dining experience.

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B
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most authentic Italian food in Charlotte!!

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PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Dolce recently and were pleasantly surprised. The food was very good and the tiramisu was wonderful. It was one of the more enjoyable dining experiences we have had recently. We will most definitely return.

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BC
Charlotte
41 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was awesome, the restaurant is very beautiful and service was great. Will be back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As soon as I walked into Dolce, I felt extremely welcomed. The staff and manager were very friendly, and I felt like I was in a small restaurant in Italy! The food was outstanding and the service was great. Dolce is definitely my new go-to Italian place. Will be back very soon!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Dolce with my friend for my birthday. The food was delicious as always, the services was excellent too. Also, at the end of the dinner, we had a great surprise by Marcello with a complimentary dessert with a candle. I was extremely excited! Marcello, thank you for your kindness and wonderful hospitality. I highly recommend Dolce!
We will be back soon, thank you again.

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WM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dolce is our neighborhood restaurant. It is always good and we go as often as possible.

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1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dolce was outstanding! The food was amazing from our appetizers to entrees and desserts. Service was excellent and the manager stopped by and made sure everything was going well. Hands down the best spot for authentic Italian food in Charlotte.

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1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dolce was absolutely fantastic! I had the gnocchi (delicious) and I must say, it was the best gnocchi I have ever had! It was very fresh and homemade. The service was incredible and our server was very polite and respectful. Marcello, the owner, stopped by our table and made sure everything was as we desired. Marcello was extremely personable and had an awesome personality. The restaurant provided a very cozy and comfortable environment! Definitely recommend Dolce to everyone and we will be returning very soon!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were completely unimpressed so much so we wont ever go there again! Felt rushed the whole meal.got there at 8 pm were leaving by8:50pm. just recieved our appetizers and seconds later waiter asks if we're done? threw meals down in front of us and tried to take our bread away until I asked for him to leave it,never checked back to see how everything was. Owner came in ,dressed in puffy vest came to our table(smelling like and old cigar) and again took our bread.Then he was repremanding the servers assistant for leaving bread basket and butter on table,I had to interrupt him to ask for our bread back.then server came to ask if we we're done yet. We said not yet, and proceeded to come back every 5 mins to check. We got our desert and check at the same time . He came back 1 min later and grabbed check and we had to tell him we hadent even looked at it.Mean while the couple behind us were their when we were seated and when we were basically being pushed out were just ordering their entrees. Will never be back.I thought resturant week was a wat for people to try the resturant out and then decide if its worth coming back.Well I have to sat paying 35 a head is nott a small price to pay for "trying"out plus wine,and or drinks. then my friend was charged for a refill on his diet coke at 2.50 a pop. NOT IMPRESSED AT ALL. So if you would like to go somewhere for $-$ pricing but want to be out in under an hour I guess this would be your cup of tea but it is most definitly NOT ours!

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JT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Average nothing special

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BT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought going there for the first time during Queens Feast would take away from our experience but it didn’t. Our servers were attentive and knowledgeable. Marcello was extremely personable. We will be going back due to the great food and great staff.

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MT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service excellent foods. Look forward to going back.

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P
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Dolce during restaurant week. Menu did not disappoint. Lamb Osso Buco was one of the best I have ever had around the world. Decor of the restaurant made me feel like I was in a trattoria in Tuscany. The owner came by and spoke to us at the end of the meal which was a nice touch. I can’t wait to go back when they are serving the full menu.

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CS
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal with good ambiance. Great menu choices. Veal was very good.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, wonderful setting, and wonderful food!

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Queen's Feast restaurant week and had a wonderful dinner. The food was terrific and the portions were good. Our server was attentive and friendly. This was our first time there but we will return in the future. I would recommend Dolce Ristorante.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ate here for the first time for restaurant week and there were six of us in our party. The food was very good, but the overall experience was just so-so. When each course was brought to us, the dishes from the previous course had not been cleared away, so it was a juggling act each time. We all had an underlying feeling that we “were in the way” during the entire evening. We had several take home boxes each and asked for bags. Only one bag was brought, so we had to ask again. Just little things like that...

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r
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very pleased with the food and service. Will definitely be going back in the future.

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AC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite -- the only bad thing about dining at Dolce is determining what amazing dishes to choose!!

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KD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was outstanding. My husband and I commented on the fact that our meals were as good as we had in Italy! A must if you like authentic Italian!

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KT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food we have found in Charlotte! We moved here from New Jersey and have had a hard time finding authentic homemade Italian food. You can tell everything is made from scratch, and the flavors were outstanding. Best Italian food I've ever had.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time at Dolce and I have never been disappointed. We came for restaurant week and the food and service was absolutely outstanding even with a full dining room. We made reservations and we had absolutely no wait time before we were seated and attended to. Our server was very helpful and answered all of our questions about the menu. I will definitely be returning to Dolce again!

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RE
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

This was my third time to Dolce. All three times the food was excellent, service attentive. I would never return however during restaurant week. I had brought a date and it was overly apparent the owner was micro-managing the patrons to hustle them through dinner and out the door. We felt rushed and it ruined the mood of my dinner date. I also felt that what they gave up in dinner pricing the MORE than made up in drink pricing. Very disappointing.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Was celebrating my birthday and was seated at an extremely small table. I asked the server if I could get a larger table since we had a toddler with us. She told me she couldn’t even though we arrived early and the restaurant was empty at the time. As the evening went on, there were several parties of 2 that were seated at tables for 4. Was extremely disappointed and as much as I loved this restaurant I am inclined not to go back anytime soon and probably won’t recommend it to anyone based on this experience. I have dined here several times over the years and this is the first time I felt unwelcome. I honestly believe I was being discriminated against. How unfortunate and sad!

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LR
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during Restaurant week . We had a 5:30 pm reservation. We were seated immediately but felt rushed through out dinner. I’m sure this was because it was restaurant week and they had a lot of people to serve that night, but we would have enjoyed our meal more had we not felt so rushed. The food was delicious and we will go back, but not during restaurant week.

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JM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here twice recently and both times had a great meal and excellent service! The lobster ravioli and bolognese were both worthy and our friends loved the fresh fish selections
Cozy, friendly, and we will definitely be returning!

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FP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service should be more leisurely. They rush you through the courses. Other than that it is a great local restaurant.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian. I went for my birthday, the owner greeted us and came by multiple times to see how we were doing. Our server was great! The food was delicious. I will definitely be back!

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RN
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and great food

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great little ma & pa joint...could use a little updates with the decor and beer selections...but overall the food quality, service and comfort of the place sets it apart...

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Always a great choice.

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