Dolce Ristorante

4.7
408 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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were spectacular!

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JH
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food; first time there and we'll be back

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MS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful meal and service! The wine we ordered was not available otherwise great experience.

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NN
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic - we ordered the mussels as an appetizer, I had the Sorrento, and my husband had the gnocchi special. Everything was delicious! Our server, Sacha, was so friendly and considerate. We will definitely be back!!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a slow night in the restaurant due to heavy rain storms. Our food was delicious and our server was knowledgeable and personable

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1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was good. Seemed to be more concerned with the party that was showing up than our small party of two. But everything was timely and delicious so can’t really complain. Would’ve definitely liked to hear about that dinner special that was so enthusiastically told to that party after we had ordered though...

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BD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a while since we visited Dolce. We waited too long! It's the best value in Charlotte the food, the ambiance, the value, is the best in Charlotte!

Keep it up and we'll keep coming back.........

Sincerely,

Bob D......

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Actually ended up eating here two night in a row. Had a wonderful pasta dish. Picked up some friends at the airport, told them about it, and they wanted to know if we could go since they were just in town for the night. Went in and I had the Chicken with lemon and white wine. Was soooo good.

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s
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neat space, great service, excellent food....we really enjoyed our experience.

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CK
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very nice, enjoyable dinner. Good food, well priced. Casual yet very pleasant setting. A true "neighborhood gem" good for either a night out with friends or a relaxed date. Our only constructive comment was that the mains came out a little too fast. Maybe delay ordering your mains or ask your server to hold putting them in a little. But we will not hesitate to go back.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time, customer service was amazing!! Definitely recommend!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to Dolce with a friend of mine who came to visit. I’m so glad we chose this spot! The food was outstanding and the environment was so inviting. The owner, Marcello, was so sweet and sat down to chat with us for a few minutes. I will definitely be back. Dolce has become my new go-to !

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1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The staff and manager were both very accommodating and service was beyond excellent. The food must have been the most authentic Italian we have had in Charlotte. We highly recommend Dolce and will be sure to return in the near future!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

We love the food and have been here several times. Our most recent visit was to celebrate our daughter’s 15th birthday. She died suddenly of a brain aneurysm at 11 and each year we honor her by eating her favorite Italian food. We booked early 6 pm because we brought our 17 month old.
We also had our 12 year old. We felt very much unwelcome from the moment we arrived. Despite our reservation requesting a high chair the table was small and there was nowhere to put the diaper bag. We brought all kinds of things to keep her occupied and she was very well behaved but we had a lot of looks from the staff and got the message loud and clear that they wanted us out quickly. We ordered only entrees, no salads or dessert. And we were there for just 45 minutes. On a sad day we felt even sadder and despite the delicious food, we may never go back because the experience was just so uncomfortable. We are Italian and have spent time in Italy and they always welcome children and family. Dolce seems to just be pretentious and caters to a crowd that we do not currently belong to. What a shame.

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W
Charlotte
51 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become one of our go to places, it is a great place if you like real Italian.

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BB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants. We had a wonderful evening with friends celebrating my wife’s birthday.

We always enjoy the homemade pasta. My wife loves the ravioli.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Absolutely! I wish I had gotten our waiter's name. He was friendly, informative and just a delight to have as our server. The place is charming, cozy. We went on a Sunday evening and I would recommend that. Fridays and Saturdays are very busy as with all popular Charlotte venues. We always rate our food on a scale from 1-10. Ten being the highest. Gave it overall a 9. Huge for us!! Rarely give 10s, so this 9 is a real compliment. A drive from Cornelius, but so worth it. We will be back!!!

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FP
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality and quantity of food is exceptional. Service was outstanding. My wife and I are Saturday night customers, following Church Mass.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot express my pleasure enough. The location is easy to get to, has plenty of parking, and the food is outstanding every time. The staff is attentive and the food and wine is always fresh and out on a reasonable amount of time.

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CS
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE arrived on a very busy night but were greeted and well accomodated for our stay.

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GF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food is really authentic and although, it is a small place, the ambiance is great! I will be coming back for many occasions.

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GS
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Need to clean windows in off time! Film on windows make it feel “unclean”.

Lasagne could use some upgrading. Weak on meat and cheese as is just noodles and sauce!

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to eat amazing and friendly staff, also food was really good.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was scrumptious and the service was just right.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and experience!

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LP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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
2 reviews
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
Charlotte
2 reviews
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 5, 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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Charlotte
2 reviews
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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SC
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 1, 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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