- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
On Sunday, 2.13 & Monday, 2.14, enjoy a special 5-course menu w/ amuse bouche at $125 per person. A vegetarian option for the menu is available. A wine pairing complementing the menu will be available. Guests can enjoy cocktail specials along with complimentary take-home chocolate truffle favors.
I’d been to the restaurant the week before and had a mostly positive experience. This second visit was the opposite. We were seated for about 20 minutes before anyone stopped by the table. Service remained infrequent and inattentive the rest of the night, only stopping by to drop off food or aggressively attempt to upsell us on more food or drinks. We ordered mostly different dishes this time…some were great, but a few arrived cold. Both times were ordered the Jamon Iberico, a signature item on the menu. The first time the ham was abundant, thinly sliced, and mouth-wateringly delicious. But this time, it was a few pieces of grisly meat that most closely resembled jerky. Tough, chewy, and I’d guess half the weight of the previous serving.
Great ambiance though. Would be fun for a drink and snack. But I’ll let a lot of time pass before visiting again to allow them to sort out these growing pains.
My friend and I had a wonderful meal! We chose to share 4 different dishes, and they were unique and so flavorful. I recommend mixing and matching or choosing 2-3 for yourself. Their version of the espresso martini was delicious, less creamy but packed with flavor (kind of citrusy!) We sat upstairs and it was very ambient, the lighting was dim and the music was great. Wasn’t awkwardly quite. Downstairs was bustling and it was packed — for good reasons, the food and restaurant is just wonderful! Would highly recommend this as a date spot or a good place to catch up with a friend.
Best service. Thoughtful and flavorful food. Great vibe. Our new favorite restaurant!
First, the service provided by Ellie was superb! She went beyond the call of duty to provide me with choices given my dietary limitations. The food was delicious and well presented. Noise level could be a tad lower. The prices were a surprise as we made reservations for “restaurant week” and they were not participating at the time. The couple seated next to us had the same misunderstanding. So we paid more than were prepared to. Overall it was a very good night. We will certainly return.
Our server, Julio, was great! The food is fantastic, especially the lamb!
The place is nice and the service was excellent. The food is ok but not the best and the main entrees are way to small for the price. One of the entrees was served before we were done with appetizers and not at the same time as the other entree. The steak was basically cold. They did not ask the temperature we wanted the steak which is odd. And the quail well I am still trying to find it…. It tasted good but it was way way too small of a portion for the price. Still out server was great and made the experience nice. It is a good place if you don’t have a big appetite….
Ambiance and service were good, but dishes came out too fast back-to-back leaving us feeling rushed and not having enough room on the table to fit everything. The Moroccan Spritz cocktail was all licorice taste, which was off putting. And the food, generally speaking, was pretty bland. We probably will not go back for a while, hoping they may fix some of these issues.
I went to Dolce Vida to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday, and I can’t say enough good things about this place! There was ample parking on the streets adjacent to the restaurant, the place itself was beautiful and had really cool murals on the walls inside. The kitchen with a wood burning oven is open so you can see inside while while dining, and the ambiance is excellent! The food was truly delicious, literally everything we had was just delectable! The staff was friendly and accommodating, it was a great experience!!!
One of the top five culinary experiences of my life. This is a must visit space in DC. If you haven’t been here- who are you?
The food was really excellent. Strongly recommend the spanikopita, the chicken and the dorade. Was not a fan of the club techno music that was pretty loud, but otherwise really great spot.
Far less than advertised and disappointing. Nice wine list that is reasonably priced. Excellent attentive service. Overall pretty restaurant and bar area. Food was just OK and pricey. Tried 6-7 different items. Greek salad was just fair. Bambas had little taste and far too much cheese. Beef souvlaki was tasty but a very small portion for the $19 price. Gnocchi was overdone. Best things we ate were the chicken thigh entree and Brussel sprouts, both of which were very good with lots of flavor. Probably will not return given other newcomers in DC.
The special croquettes were fantastic and for a dish that usually is just good this was great and should be added to the menu. The lamb is a beautiful presentation but I think it lacked a bit of flavor so I'd recommend it to others but may pass on it myself. Host staff was very friendly and server was attentive. Busy vibe with solid house jams in background create a fun date or night out atmosphere. Will be back and recommend.
We were seated within arms reach of the kitchen window. Not a great first impression. I don’t get to see my daughter much and had a hard time hearing her
The food was fantastic but the portions were disappointing.
I don’t know a great deal about wine but the waiter was very knowledgeable and was able to make suggestions based on others we liked. I enjoyed it. Based on what I’ve paid for nice bottles before, I think the price per glass was reasonable.
I do not remember the waiters name but he was very helpful and attentive. I pulled my daughters chair out but neglected to take her coat for her and the waiter was right on it.
Parking was an issue. There was a parking garage within easy walking distance but it was expensive.
With tax and tip we were just under $200 for 2 small plates, 2 salads and 4 glasses of wine.
I would go again but not often.
Wanted to support this new restaurant on 14th. The small plates were all great, and came out super fast. Varied wine selection. Excellent service. Definitely give it a try!
GREAT WAY TO SPEND MY WIFE'S BIRTHDAY DINNER. The food was as exceptional as the service!
Horrible and slow service. After almost an hour of waiting to order, we ended up leaving and going to another restaurant. We will not be returning.
Having booked through open table, would have liked to sit at an actual table instead of a high top with little space. Everything else was great, though.
This place has it all.
Ambiance, decor, atmosphere. You will feel whisked away into a place that you never knew you needed to experience.
The service was spot on, the food elegant and deep with authentic and unique flavors, simple with the right ingredients shining all by themselves. Highly recommend the Salt Crusted Dorade. The manager even prepared it table side. Last time I experienced that I was in Venice, Italy.
Thanks to our server Tim and to the Manager Ahmed. You made my birthday one to remember.
Big disappointment and waste of money. Very surprised by the positive reviews. The food is not good enough to make up for the lackluster service. Made a reservation 5 days in advance but it was a scramble to set a table when I arrived on time. My table was in the window and it was so cold that I had to wear my coat and continually get up to warm up with the hand dryer in the bathroom. It took over ten minutes to even be acknowledged by a server. Drinks took over 30 minutes to arrive. Many saucey meze courses but no offer to refresh plates (literally the size of saucers) so everything just meddled together. Had to ask for bread to accompany a $30 charcuterie board that literally looked like it was slapped together from whatever they could find at Trader Joe’s. Server did not wear mask correctly the entire time we were there (cover your nose!!!!). Hard pass.
Cool vibe and delicious food. Staff was friendly and helpful. I would suggest getting there early because it gets pretty crowded and loud afrter 6pm. The steak chop was so delicious and aesthetically pleasing. The churros where bomb, and compliments of the owner because we were celebrating a birthday.
We traveled 3.5 hours to DC to celebrate my wife’s birthday weekend. We plan our trips around food and so I needed to find the perfect restaurant to start our trip. I scoured multiple websites and reviews before deciding on Dolce Vita. I was skeptical about the breadth of cuisines on the menu concerned that they would be expansive but not perfected. As soon as we took our first bites, all reservations were erased and we were transported on a Mediterranean/North African culinary delight with Pavel(Paul) as our knowledgeable and personable guide. We can eat so we chose four mezzes and the Moroccan spritzer to start-the tuna, the sardines, the camerones, and gnocchi with octopus. Each dish shined on its own but at the same time complemented each other. The sardines brought me back to a trip I took to southern Spain 20 years ago. For the birthday girl the gnocchi was the perfect comfort food that brought her back to her grandmother’s kitchen on a cold winters day. Pavel, our genuinely amiable host, then helped us pair a smooth balanced Italian red with our Brussels and Eggplant dishes before we moved to the star of the evening- the lamb shank! Perfectly seasoned and accompanied with grilled and puréed vegetables, it was the most delicious- tender -melt in your mouth lamb dish (or any dish for that matter) we have ever had the pleasure of eating!! We ended the evening with a baked Alaska and complimentary birthday limoncello aperitif! The cuisine itself was amazing but it was the ambience, the attention to detail, the presentation of the dishes, the genuine love for the culinary arts that radiated from the kitchen and the staff to our tables and plates making this an overall 5 star dining experience that we hope to enjoy again in the near future!
Tasty tapas, but some plates had a better presentation than taste. Loved the ambiance and wait staff were very nice and on top of things (maybe too frequently checking on you, in my opinion). I’ll be returning!!
Absolutely delicious meal. I read about it off Eaters December list and it did not disappoint. Quite surprising. Carpaccio was terrific, I’d return for that alone. Also got the moussakka, Greek salad, cauliflower, and the lamb shank! Dinner for two and we were absolutely stuffed. Beautiful resto, great night out, highly recommend.
Amazing food, great ambiance. Wonderful service!
While visiting DC we loved the food so much that we decided to also celebrate NYE here. The 5 course meal was exceptional, presentation like a piece of art as usual & delicious created by Executive Chef, Elier Rodriguez. Trendy crowed with a good vibe. We’ll be back & highly recommend it for those who love fine dining!
We went for NYE and the 5 course menu was amazing. We also had the best service. Greta way to end the year
Perfect! Food amazing, service spectacular! Enjoyed all aspects.
Very loud and the smell of fryer oil was extremely strong throughout the restaurant. This place was more casual then expected.
Great food. Really, really good food. Drinks were nothing special but pretty good. I’m come back for the food for sure.
Food was cold and service was lacking
Awesome experience. Our server was fantastic, food was all very tasty, we had the chicken tagine and the Waygu special. I never order chicken but my son insisted and i was impressed. it was perfectly crispy on the outside with really silky well spiced sauce. It’s expensive but we all enjoyed ourselves and would definitely return.
Great experience, friendly service and delicious food. My favorite dishes were Arroz Caldoso, a Spanish style wet rice, and Churros for dessert. Best churros I’ve eaten in the US, they are the real deal.
It’s great food. Attentive staff and very comfortable space.
Great food! Nice ambiance and our server Julio made all very special for us and advised us on the best menu choices.thanks Julio!
Everything was fantastic, Maryna at the door, Elli our server was outstanding, she has great knowledge of the menu. Executive Chef Elier food is excellent , open kitchen and great execution. Superb experience , will be back . 👏🍾🍷
Outstanding. Wonderful experience. Place has energy, cool vibe, and quality cuisine. Wine list is also pretty good for a tapas place. Definitely recommend. Reservations a must
Loved the Souvlaki, Dates and Carpaccio starters. The tuna tartare and the scallops were not as fresh. Had a slightly fishy taste. The churros and sorbet were delicious. The bread basket was ok. I understand that the restaurant has just opened and the servers are still learning, but it was hard to hear everything over the noise.
Great addition to 14th Street. Plates were unique and all were delicious. Ellie was our server and she was excellent. Will come back again!
Amazing restaurant! The service was fantastic. All of the food was delicious, which is particularly impressive given they only opened two weeks ago. Having places like this open up nearby is why it's great to live in the city. Definitely go!
Tim, our server was great! He explained the food and had a good sense of humor.
Dolce Vita offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-4872.
Dolce Vita is rated 4.4 stars by 63 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.