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Loved the ambiance and our server was wonderful but I was so disappointed with the food. For the price point, I expected much more.
Appetizer - aranchini - the texture was perfect but it had an odd flavor, kind of tasted like freezer burn. I don’t think they were previously frozen but maybe the peas or meat had been? I had to ask for a side of marinara (it only comes with a tiny bit) to drown it in.
Salad - arugula salad was very good (best part of the meal). Nice and light with good flavor.
Entree - my husband had the lobster ravioli special. He liked the raviolis but the lobster tail was overcooked.
I had the cacio e pepe (added black truffles) and it was really bad. When it came out, the truffles were missing So I had to send it back. It took a good 7+ minutes to come back and when it did, all the cheese had hardened quite a bit. The truffles were flavorless (waste of $10), the pasta was mushy, and the congealed cheese was unappetizing. I ate a couple bites and that was enough. A box of Kraft Mac n cheese would’ve been more tasty. There are so many other good Italian spots in Dallas - don’t waste you money here.
Food and service both phenomenal
As always a great experience. It was for a birthday with what ended up being 12 guests. Unfortunately my reservation through Open Table did not show up in the restaurants report and I thought we might have a total crisis. However they found a way to work us in, and even accommodated the continually growing guest list. Some of the people stated that it was the most delicious meal they ever had.
Fantastic Italian food, served beautifully, in an unrushed atmosphere. The wine menu is tremendous. It started with excellent bread and cheese. We had salads, appetizers, and meals. Everything was tremendous. And the desserts were also outstanding. We may come back to Dallas just to eat here again.
The food was pretty good, pasta great.
Noise was loud and temperature was HOT! Server was slow and was rude when our table of 10 asked to turn the air down.
This was our second visit, and it was much improved on the first. On the first visit we had service issues. This visit the service was perfect, the food was delicious and we enjoyed everything about it.
Our experience at Dolce Riviera was disappointing to say the least. After waiting awhile for the waiter to first visit our table to bring us menus, We placed a drink order of two glasses of champagne. This was not delivered until after we ordered appetizers and our full meal. To start we had the octopus and the burrata, both dishes were fine but impressive. Before we were able to even get close to finishing our appetizer our waiter informed us that he had accidentally fired our entrees at the same time as the appetizers. Then immediately served us our entrees of Ahi Tuna and the White Truffle Risotto and our red wine. At no point did he make an attempt to take back the dishes and re-fire them for when we would be ready. The fish was bland and disappointing, however the White Truffle Risotto was a bright spot in a bad meal. It was delicious, though also a $60 risotto. Overall we will not be planning on returning, which is disappointing for a beautiful restaurant with great potential.
Beautiful restaurant. Food and service were mediocre.
Really good experience! Mario at the bar took care of us and he was great!
Wonderful service, flavors, wine list, and ambiance!!
Ciao Susan, thank you for your kind review. We look forward to having you again! Dolce Riviera is here for you. Giona - AGM
Food was excellent. Priced appropriate for high end Italian. Eddie was great server. Told him we had a hard stop for a show and he was able to get coffee and dessert squeezed in and bill processed in time. My pet peeve is waiting for the bill. Gratuity decreases the longer I have to wait. Outdoor seating enclosed for cool weather and with metal roof it can get loud, especially with 20 gals celebrating a birthday in the middle. For sure a repeat!
Ciao, thank you for your kind review. I'm glad you got taken care of in a good manner and in a quick way. I will personally let Eddie know what you said. We look forward to having you here next time. Giona - AGM
I knew as soon as I walked into this restaurant, I could live and die there...the ambience was cozy, warm and comfortable yet sophisticated enough for a business meal. Lighting is so key and they nailed it at Dolce with twinkle lights and heater stands with an open flame.
The food was equally incredible: homemade, authentic Italian. I ordered the gnocchi with a truffle cream sauce and it did not disappoint. I could tell it was handmade because ever dumpling was slightly different in size but equally as pillow and creamy. Each bite literally melted in my mouth. The shaved truffles were a perfect savory compliment to the every so slightly sweet cream sauce.
Lastly but certainly not least, the service was perfection. You could tell everyone loved their job, which just makes the experience even more enjoyable for diners. The hosts were even willing to charge a business guests phone for me while we ate.
I would highly recommend Dolce Riviera and will definitely be back next time I'm in town.
Ciao! Nobody could have explained what we strive for any better than you did. I personally thank you so much for your kind words and I'm very happy we were able to paint the picture of what hospitality and Italian cuisine are like. I look forward to having you as a guest again and please let me know when you come back because I would like to greet you with the best glass of wine. Ciao Ciao! Giona - AGM
The lamb pasta was amazing!!!
Ciao Mandy, thank you for your kind review. We look forward to having you again! Dolce Riviera is here for you. Giona - AGM
We absolutely love dolce. Special occasion or not, simplistic food with high end taste. Gnocchi with garlic and Truffles and Fettuccini mushroom with shaved truffles are our go to!
Oscar is the best!!! Knows the menu inside out and impeccable service.
Ciao Thomas , thank you for your kind review. We look forward to having you again! Oscar will be happy to see you again. Giona - AGM
Birthday dinner - delicious food and drinks - complimentary desert was perfect & for $100 I was thrilled with the entire evening despite the weather. Will be coming back.
Ciao, thank you for your kind review. We look forward to having you again! Dolce Riviera is here for you. Giona - AGM
Wife and I visited Dolce Riviera for the first time and really enjoyed it. The ambience is warm and inviting, the service was professional and the food was great. Looking forward to a return visit!
Ciao Gerald, thank you for your kind words. We look forward to having you again! Dolce Riviera is here for you. Giona - AGM
this place is usually great, but total miss today. waited forever for food. orders were completely wrong.
Hello there, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. I wold like to know more about what happened so I can make sure your next experience goes back to be great as it's always supposed to be. Please let me know next time you come around so I can personally take care of you. Giona - AGM
Great please. Ambience is wonderful and the restaurant is really nice - perfect for a brunch. Will be trying dinner next. Food was good too - ordered the chorizo panini!
Ciao Sophie, thank you for your kind words. We look forward to having you again! Dolce Riviera is here for you. Giona - AGM
We had a few errors with our food order but manager fixed the error quickly. Overall a nice experience.
Ciao Roland, thank you for your kind words. We look forward to having you again! Dolce Riviera is here for you. Giona - AGM
Beautiful restaurant with impeccable service and delicious food!!!
Ciao! Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to having you again soon. We are always here for you. Giona - AGM
Gorgeous restaurant and impeccable service. Some of the food was phenomenal (bread, truffle ciabatta) and other dishes were average. Likely will be back!
Ciao, thank you for your kind words. We would love to have you back anytime! We are here for you. Giona - AGM
Wonderful food, excellent service, and a very romantic ambiance. We love this place for date night, one of our favorite spots!
Ciao Lindsay, Thank you for your kind review. Look forward to having you back at Dolce Riviera. Giona - AGM
Birthday! Sooo sweet and accommodating
Tanti auguri again! It was a pleasure to have you and we look forward to the next time. You're always welcome at Dolce Riviera. Giona - AGM
Dinner was excellent, and chef prepared cacio e pepe for us as we had requested. It was excellent along with the rest of the meal.
Ciao Donny and Marie, Thank you for your kind review. Look forward to having you back at Dolce Riviera. Cacio and Pepe is going to be on our winter menu coming next week. So you'll be able to order it any time you want it. Giona - AGM
A great ambiance, and atmosphere, and excellent food.
Ciao Cheryl, Thank you for your kind review. Look forward to having you back at Dolce Riviera. Giona - AGM
Food was great but there was some miserable trans music in the background. We asked to see the manager to tell him that the music was annoying but he never came to the table. We asked our waitress where he was and she told us that he went home. Not accommodating. Another manager came over and he was very nice and agreed about the music and said he would see about getting some beautiful Italian music in the future.
We will try it again as we did enjoy the food.
Ciao Barbara, it was such a pleasure to meet you and your husband. I'm glad you got to enjoy the food, since us italians put a lot of passion into creating a dish and making it. The music is definitely part of the experience and we have addressed it. I would love to see you back. When you do please let me know so I can pass by the table and we can talk some more in Italian. Giona - AGM
Excellent food at a very reasonable price in a very comfortable, attractive setting.
Thank you for your kind review Mark. Look forward to having you back at Dolce Riviera. Giona - AGM
I have been to the restaurant several times. I am not sure if something was wrong, but the service was awful. It took 10 minutes before someone handed us a menu. Half hour to get our first drink that we ordered. The table next to us was even in worse shape than we were. They were apologetic, but it ruined a plan to have an amazing night. Not sure if I would consider the restaurant as my first choice to return to.
Hello there, I'm sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience with us. We are definitely better than that and we learn from our mistakes. I would like to make it up to you in order to re-establish that trust that made you come to visit us many times in the past. Please let me know when you plan on coming back so I can make it fair. Giona - AGM
I met friends for brunch. The menu selection was good, food great, the patio is a must do.
Ciao Linda, thank you so much for your kind words! We look forwarding to having you again soon at Dolce Riviera. Giona - AGM
First time we were there beautiful great food and recommend and return
Ciao Bill, thank you so much for your kind words! We look forwarding to having you again soon. Giona - AGM
I would return because the food and ambiance were quite good. The servers were friendly and helpful, but the coordination between them and the kitchen was way off. We received our entrees minutes after we ordered them and I had only taken a few sips of my pre-dinner cocktail. We felt very rushed, which not how I want to feel during a nice dinner.
I also want to share that when I make a note on the reservation that it's for an anniversary dinner, it would be nice for either the hostess or server to acknowledge that fact. Just a simple, "thank you for joining us on your special day" would have been sufficient. It's a simple way to make an extra connection with your patrons and keep them returning...
Finally, while we did enjoy the food, I would suggest re-working the tiramisu. It was one of the worst I've ever had. It was somehow dry and every bite coated my mouth with cocoa powder.
Cocktails were very tasty and the wine menu was excellent.
Ciao, first of all I wanted to thank you for all the feedback which helps narrowing down what we need to work on and what we are doing correctly. I'm sorry about your experience this time around and especially for not acknowledging your special occasion. I would like to invite you back in order to change that bittersweet taste. Please let me know when you plan on coming back so I can personally take care of your dine out and make it fair. Giona - AGM
My daughter and I had the most amazing meal and wine at Dolce Riviera to celebrate her birthday!
Ciao Melody, thank you for your kind review. Look forward to having you back at Dolce Riviera. It was a pleasure meeting you! Giona - AGM
Great space. Open, inviting and lively. Attentive servers and bar personnel. Would have loved to be able to sit in the dining room as opposed to seating in the bar area, but it was lively in there and generally comfortable. Only complaint was that my husband is a "big & tall" guy and the furniture in this area was obviously selected to give the room a bigger, less crowded feel so, for him, not so comfy. Complimentary bread was awesome as was the Frittura di Mare. For dinner Hub's selected the fettucini bolognese and I had the Sole special. (If you care, be sure to ask how much the specials are because I was a bit floored by the Sole's price tag.) The server took great care in preparing the fish, removing the skin and the tiny little bones. The wine steward was very helpful with a selection of wine. Very attentive and friendly group. We will definitely go back and reserve a spot in the dining room.
Thank you for your kind review. Look forward to having you back at Dolce Riviera. Giona - AGM
Wonderful Italian food! We had the special stuffed squash blossoms appetizer and Dover sole. Wonderful! Pretty, popular spot in Uptown. Would definitely recommend.
Ciao DC, thank you so much for your kind words. We like to have fun with specials. We look forward to having you at Dolce Riviera in the very near future. We start our new menu on October 21st so come visit us soon. Giona - AGM
Love the setting, friendly staff, good food. The menu is a bit limited.
Ciao Amanda, thank you for your nice review. We like to change up our menu very often, matter of fact our new menu starts on October 21st. Come visit us then for some new dishes. Giona - AGM
The pasta was awesome (duck ravioli and truffle gnocchi)! Disappointed in the whole branzino - it was too mushy and had a lot of bones after table filet. It was represented to be served with lemon, olives etc and none were part of the presentation or after delivery. Our server did provide a complete dessert - a very good tiramisu!
The music was way too loud and for a much younger might club like crowd than who were in the dining room overall.
Having been several times and truly enjoying the restaurant I was slightly disappointed this time.
Luv this restaurant and second time dining here. I travel to Dallas in business and took some clients for lunch. It’s so wonderful- food and ambiance. I’ve had dinner there and fun hang out. Everything is yummy.. it’s a must do!
Ciao! Thank you so much for your kind words. They are truly appreciated. Looking forward for your next visit at Dolce Riviera. Giona - AGM
Nice setting, pretty night for an open roof dinner
Service a bit aloof
Ciao Erin, thank you for your appreciating our decor and the open roof. I'm sorry to hear you didn't find the staff friendly or welcoming. Italians are all about that and I'm sorry we didn't deliver that on your visit. We can definitely do better next time you are in. Let me know when you plan on coming by. Giona - AGM