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Dolce Vita, Washington, DC

Dolce Vita

4.4
4.4
253 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Dolce Vita at its core is an ode to owner Med Lahlou’s cultural heritage from the Mediterranean coast highlighting four countries: Italy, Morocco, Spain, and Greece. The menu transports guests to the coast through both the European restaurant decor and signature menu.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 506-4872

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Chef Juan Olivera

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Came here for restaurant week and I wasn’t impressed. The food was ok, not as flavorful as I had hoped. Our server was friendly but inattentive - we had to ask someone to grab him for us the entire night. I don’t think I’d go back, unless obligated.
  2. S

    Sonnie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    My boyfriend notified the waiter that he has a nut allergy upon sitting down, and asked the waiter if any of the items he ordered had nuts again while ordering - the waiter told us that no, nothing had nuts. After finishing our food, the waiter came back to notify us that yes, our food actually did have nuts in it. My boyfriend began experiencing a tight throat, slowness of breath, and an itchy/tingling tongue. We were not offered any comp on our check, and we had to find our waiter to get our check immediately so we could get home and get him some Benadryl and be near his epi pen. He didn’t want me to cause a scene or be difficult, so we just paid our full check and left, but had this been another patron, this could have been a serious, life threatening mishap.
  3. EA

    EarlaAshleeM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johan was an awesome waiter/server! He was pleasant and great personality. Ordered food from the restaurant week menu. Omgggggg DELICIOUS !!!!! LOVED that Moussaka and the Need Chop 16oz ribeye. Definitely would return!
  4. WB

    WhitneyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing and the food even better! We never felt rushed, meal was well timed. Good experience.
  5. V

    Visitor

    Washington DC

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The variety of dishes on the dinner menu was great and the presentation of food is delightful. The volume in the restaurant is too loud, though. Also, I wish there were more whole grain and legume-based dishes on the menu. Further, I want to know more about where/how foods are sourced.
  6. RH

    RebeccaH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and attentive service
  7. FD

    FoodnDrinkGuy

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    this was our second trip to Dolce Vita. The staff is very friendly. We had a 3pm reservation and were a little confused when our server told us the kitchen was closing and we needed to get our orders in. I realize 3pm is an off time but don't understand why you would take a reservation for this time if the kitchen is closing. maybe take your last brunch reservation at 2:30pm. The food was good, our server was very pleasant and the live music was a nice touch. We did have to hunt down our server to pay our bill. In the future we will make our reservation earlier or for dinner.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Food is fantastic, service is poor. Later in the evening around 9pm they opened the front doors and windows and it got extremely hot and humid inside. I guess they wanted to get people out. Anyway - we got lots of bug bites.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Restaurant was super hot. Perhaps close the front window when it is over 90 degrees out. It became uncomfortable eventually to where we went elsewhere for dessert and post dinner drinks.
  10. FF

    FoodFinder

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Was not the best experience. My friends' steak and eggs were paltry -- four to five very small pieces of overcooked steak as opposed to a full piece of steak. The prosecco is a bit overpriced per bottle. The pastries were good (especially the spanikopita). Overall, okay but I'd prefer to eat elsewhere.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had brunch Saturday morning. A nice mozzarella salad. The Eggs, potatoes, and bacon were excellent. My girlfriend had the Greek Omelette which she said was delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a very good experience for our first time. Great food and enjoyed our server. We’ll definitely be back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing and delicious dinner at Dolce Vita. If you are going to get anything there, I would absolutely recommend the Lamb Shank. It’s soft, melt-off-the-bone, perfectly seasoned. The drinks are also delicious (I had the Moroccan Spritz). The wait staff is friendly and the ambience is upscale and comfortable
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very tasty but expensive
  15. N

    Notverygood

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Wouldn’t recommend this spot. The restaurant itself is very cool but the menu wasn’t nearly as good as it looks and the service was slooooooooow despite it being a relatively empty night. Won’t be going back
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at dolce vita! The food was amazing, size-able portions for mezzes without it being ultra expensive (from DC standards), great ambience and impeccable service. Our party was surprised it wasn’t more crowded on a Wednesday! Our food came fast and the staff was lovely. We went to the bar/ club downstairs after dinner too. Highly recommend!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    This was our second time at this restaurant. We went there once for dinner and wasn’t extremely impressed with the food (a bit overpriced for such small portions), and figured we wouldn’t go back. But we went there a second time (this time for brunch) for a friend’s birthday. The drinks were the best part of the meal. The food was again just okay (portions are very small). The worse part was the service. The staff was friendly, but after waiting about thirty minutes, they brought out my food before everyone else’s — an hour before everyone else got their meals! When they finally brought out the meals for the other three in my party, their food was cold. We didn’t say anything as the staff was clearly aware of the problem because they brought us a dessert and shots on the house. And then the bill came in which they charged me twice for my meal. Let’s just say two visits was enough to convince us not to go back again.
  18. CB

    CarolineB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most fun restaurants I've been to. The food was fun, creative and super yum, the ambiance was fun, even the sommelier was fun. I highly recommend it for small groups due to the mezzes and the larger (sharable, IMO) entrees.
  19. AS

    AudreyS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and the brunch entrees were great! Would recommend and will definitely be back!
  20. XY

    XYZ123

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Social brunch was delicious and the ambience took me back to Italy. Loved it!!
  21. L

    Logan

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We have eaten at Dolce Vita four times. On this visit, the food was noticeably less flavorful. The service was good, but we felt very rushed at times. I hope this is not a situation where the chef who is present on opening day pays less or no attention to the restaurant post opening. We will stop going for a few months and give it another try in autumn.
  22. MT

    MelT

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    Our waiter Julio, went above and beyond! Food was tasty. Decent experience overall. Just don’t sit outside (especially, in the street)!🤨 After all, it’s DC, in the summer time. 😉
  23. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food all around, all dishes of all kinds we tried. Well-made drinks. Good, attentive, and quick service. Definitely would recommend.
  24. MW

    MWay

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and presentation was fantastic. The service (Julio) was excellent as well. We really enjoyed our anniversary dinner there with our toddler (he loves the food as well). It is not cheap but it is a nice place to celebrate important events. The only issue we would suggest is mosquito control in summer if you choose to sit outside.
  25. p

    pkarya

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Fantastic food. Our server was very attentive.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    We love the food, but the service is always lacking.
  27. TA

    TATA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service, and ambiance. The staff was very friendly. Our server, Julio, was impeccable. He was very helpful in his recommendations and gave us the best experience! Definitely recommend and will be back again!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great vibes, service, food and drinks.
  29. j

    jo14

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    A bit disappointing. We had a wide array of small plates and while nice enough, nothing was a real stand out.
  30. FD

    FoodnDrinkGuy

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish it was a pleasant experience. The staff was extremely friendly, service was excellent and the food was not only beautifully presented, it was fantastic.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pastries and the gazpacho were both amazing!!
  32. FT

    FoodieToTheFullest

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    I had high hopes for this restaurant. However, I was let down. The only standout dish was the roasted chicken dish. It was cooked perfectly, was tender and a generous portion. The scallops were very underwhelming. For $20 I was expecting more than 2 to be served on a plate. They just weren’t flavorful at all. The beef chop was extremely fatty and I wasn’t asked what temperature I wanted it cooked. It was served at about medium temp. The ambiance is lovely and the staff are attentive but overall this wasn’t a great value or great tasting meal.
  33. L

    Luv2eat

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A new gem on 14th street. Creative food, delightful staff, and a great space with lots of energy. Great for a date or a night out with friends.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall had a positive experience. Staff was friendly, attentive to handicapped father and the one issue pointed out for steak cook temp was addressed quickly. For the cost of items and extensive wine selection would have expected more knowledgeable staff. Entree prices were high even for DC standards, entrees were between $40-$60. If you want to pay $100 per person for dinner there are Michelin starred restaurants in the city that you could go to for a 5-star experience that goes with the 5-star price tag.
  35. f

    foodlovers

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We sat outside. The service was terrible. By the time the waiter finally came back to take our order, they were out of the dish my husband wanted from the beginning. The bad service really took away from the night
  36. MM

    MelindaM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Ellie knew the menu well, as well as cocktails and wine list. Sharing mezzes and main dish was perfect . So nice to receive a dessert on the house for our anniversary. Delicious food.
  37. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a very nice mean in a fun atmosphere with excellent service. The people watching was a blast. We will return😀
  38. D

    Danielle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The paella was prepared to perfection, made with octopus, shrimp, lobster & mussels. It was flavorful and melted in my mouth... The lamb shank reminded me of a perfect home cooked meal prepared in Marrakesh. Do not hesitate, book your reservation & enjoy a beautiful culinary experience!
  39. JE

    JackieE

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful. It has a unique layout and design. As soon as I walked in there was a band playing music. It gave an old school jazz club vibe which I loved. Our server moved quickly at first but he eventually slowed down to pay attention to our orders. The food was ok, the steak and eggs weren't as flavorful as I would've liked but there were various dipping sauces it came with that made up for it. The potatoes were really good though. My friend had the Crabcake benedict, and again it was ok. Their signature cocktails had a list of which country they were derived from such as Italy or Morocco which was cool.
  40. JO

    JosueO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had been to Dolce Vita for brunch, which was amazing, so I decided to take my wife there for our anniversary dinner. It turned out to be a great choice, as the food and drinks were fantastic, and the service was excellent. I highly recommend Dolce Vita for brunch or dinner!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dolce Vita offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-4872.

Dolce Vita is rated 4.4 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Google Map for Dolce Vita

1610 14th street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Chef Juan Olivera

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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