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Dolce Italian - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Dolce Italian - Philadelphia

4.6
4.6
69 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Capturing the timeless spirit of Fellini’s 1960’s Rome, Dolce Italian truly brings ‘la dolce vita’ to life with its effortless charm and approachable sophistication. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with house-made pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and other signature Italian dishes.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 608-3000

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Dolce Italian offers a private dining room, as well as options for semi-private events in our bar or main dining room. Please email info@dolceitalianrestaurant.com for more details.

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Parking details

    Valet available in front of W Philadelphia (next door).

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

What 69 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LL

    LizLobsterLover

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious bolognese!
  2. NC

    NatalieC

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    So excited to try Dolce after hearing such great thing only to be left disappointed. Well, maybe not disappointed per se, but not thrilled by the experience we had which could be summed up as a solid “C” or average at best. We got a fantastic two person booth near the kitchen so we could see what was going on…only to be greeted with a number of fruit flies buzzing around our food. We went on a Wednesday, so not a busy evening with more than half the tables unoccupied, only to be met with such limited service it was just bizarre. As an Italian restaurant, we were excited to try the food, so here are the do’s and maybe pick something else… Meatball appetizer- three meatballs over creamy polenta topped with red sauce. Overall solid dish. However, for my taste, the meatballs were very dense (and I mean VERY). I prefer mine meaty but fluffy, so these felt heavy in my stomach. Tasty dish nonetheless. Fritto misto - generous portion of calamari and shrimp (more calamari with 4ish shrimp) with zucchini “chips” on the side which were a nice touch. Wish there was wayyyy more sauce provided with the amount of food that was on the plate, because there just wasn’t enough to dip. Also, it would appear the marinara came right from the jar (or fridge) because it was COLD when we were dipping (unclear why it wouldn’t be heated up when you’re eating a warm dish of food…just sayin) Pappardelle alla bolognese - al dente large noodles covered in lots of sauce which was great. Only downfall was when you got further down it seemed that the noodles weren’t mixed enough with the sauce because they formed a clump in the bottom of the dish. Good flavor, but nothing ‘wowing’. Margherita pizza - decent sized pie. The crust ended up being kind of gummy because the crust wasn’t crispy enough, and the mozzarella ended up in these big, congealed balls of cheese because the pizza itself/pan was not hot enough for them to remain melted. Overall, fine meal. Average. Unsure if we’ll be back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Elvis as a server. He was great. Food was delicious.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Elvis had wonderful recommendations! For a la cart we were delightfully surprised about the portions…lots of food!
  5. G

    Geno

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service great and there was a great vibe.
  6. GS

    GarenS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was very nice
  7. C

    Cyn4500

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    The service was excellent; the food good; a bit overpriced. The noise level was unbearable to the point that we would not return. This was caused by the enormously high ceilings (the restaurant was not crowded as it was pre theater dinner; so that was not the problem). There is nothing they can do about the ceiling unless they installed noise baffling materials. It's a shame because it could have been nice. The waiters and us had to yell the two feet between us to be heard. Seating was somewhat uncomfortable and not really cosy -- almost looked like a cafeteria (but not the prices!)
  8. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious! I shared some food with friends before heading out for the night. Can't wait to go back for a proper meal. I will definitely order the ravioli again. Liz helped us and she was amazing!
  9. a

    aaaa

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    The food and service were on par. The place itself designed poorly and doesn’t give you a good feeling. Not going to be back
  10. CB

    ChereeB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It was ok at best. Not many meal selections. Food was ok, pretty basic. I was just expecting more, and thought it was more upscale, than what was experienced.
  11. JS

    JoeS

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding place for a night out
  12. MM

    MarieM

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was delicious. Nice portion sizes and our waiter and the staff were very accommodating. Will be back !
  13. AO

    AaaaOooo

    Philadelphia

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great! Thank you to the wonderful professionals at Dolce. What a great night :)
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. My husband and I visit every time we come to Philly. In a Thursday night the atmosphere was perfect. The food is impeccable.
  15. D

    Damonh

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was social and energetic. Our table host Justin (my term for server) was outstanding, he was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our experience. The menu was varied enough that we were challenged to limit our selections. We all loved everything from the bread(with the accompanied sweet butter spread and olive oil) our appetizers (grilled octopus or meatballs) our entrees (Bronzino or Rossotto) finally to my new favorite Tiramisu. We always look forward to experiencing our home town dining options. Now with our son living in the heart of the city, I'm sure we well take full advantage when visiting from Delaware. However, we will always be happy to make the short walk to Dolce to be guaranteed a fabulous evening
  16. KM

    KevinM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service(Elvis). Food was excellent!
  17. LG

    LeslieG

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent ! We will definitely be back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super delicious, I’m vegan and the server suggested a “custom” pasta it was amazing! The atmosphere is super romantic ❤️ server was amazing I forget him name lol but he was great!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love dolce. Never disappoints!
  20. R

    Ruby

    New York Area

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant & bar very cool looking. Staff very attentive & super friendly. Filet mignon great but way too salty.
  21. MM

    MatthewM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This is my 5 time here food is Inconsistent.just very Disappointed restaurant definitely has the pencil to be great
  22. JD

    JamieD

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, beautiful ambiance and reasonably priced! My new favorite spot in Philly
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very polite and catered to our needs with great service. Food was exceptional !
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    If you’re expecting a fine dining experience this is not it. The room looks like a fancy school cafeteria with cheap chairs and tables. If you know you’re Italian & expect a quality meal, this is not it. The veal was dry, the gravy was salty, octopus was chewy and the drinks were mediocre. Dolce Philly has local competition with talented chefs so they really need to kick up their game. It’s an expensive hotel restaurant that needs to quickly fix their food or they will find themselves on restaurant impossible. If you’re a philly foodie this place should not be on your list.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and drinks were amazing. Our waiter was also extremely attentive and had a great personality. The rest of the staff was warm and greeted us as if they were really happy to see us. :)
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really, REALLY amazing pizza and our server Jason was incredible. Every dish we had was incredibly tasty (meatballs, spaghetti, scallops) and it was a fantastic way to end 2021!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibes highly recommend.
  28. E

    Excellent

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent as well as service. Drinks were delicious but a bot overpriced…even for Philly. Will definitely go back.
  29. L

    Lawrence

    Philadelphia

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Dolce in Miami Beach! So glad we have one here now!
  30. MS

    MarkS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service. Both wait staff and management were extremely helpful with a mixup in our order. Definitely will recommend this restaurant to others. Food was awesome too.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere and amazing food! They had a nice cocktail menu with good variety. Classic Italian fare, the beef carpaccio was fantastic. Try the branzino if you’d like a seafood dish, it was delicious. Don’t believe all the one star reviews, this place became a victim of cancel culture.
  32. B

    Beetle413

    Philadelphia

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great service, good wine, fabulous blue cheese stuffed olives in the martini. It was surprising to learn the inability of the chef to modify a seafood dish (to leave out the calamari and just add extra shrimp). The ingredients came “pre-packaged”. At such a nice venue, the inability to modify and limited flexibility to modify a request surprised me.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My husband and I were on date night it was our first time dining.. food was wonderful. Ordered extra to make sure I had leftovers. Would recommend
  34. GE

    GandE

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my second time there. Excellent service, delicious food and a great music playlist.
  35. C

    Changle

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It’s still new, but they have a ways to go for improvement. We ate breakfast and dinner there. Breakfast: The bacon was terrible. Burn, flavor was off, crumbled when touched. The French toast tasted great but the portion could be x2 to fill you up. Dinner: This is where it missed the mark. The prices are very high for what you actually get. The messed up on the pizza we ordered. We added the half lobster to our rossotto but it was over cooked and chewy.
  36. L

    Lynn

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious our dinner was at Dolce. We had the chopped salad, Pappardelle Bolognese but the star of the show was the Lobster Mezzelune. The service not only from our server Redian was outstanding but from the entire staff. I gave 4 stars only because the cocktails are overpriced which seems to be the current theme in Philadelphia .
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    We were told about this place from their Miami location. The host was the nicest most sweetest person I’ve experienced in a long time. The food was excellent but the service was horrible we had 2 servers coming to the table and it was still bad. I spent a lot of time holding menus while I watched them talk. And trying to order a drink was the worst he brung the last drink ordered at the same time as the bill!
  38. ML

    MichaelL

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really FUN sexy Italian restaurant . Excellent food , service and ambiance. The place was jam packed and didn’t disappointment. Great night !
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a vibey place. Justin was an AMAZING server and Bud was an amazing server in training. Also Andrew with the plate service was 🔥 but in all seriousness the food was amazing and so was the service! 10/10 CJ
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    The space is beautiful, food is great but service not so much. Our waiter didn’t want to be bothered much. We ordered a pizza and a pasta and said we would hold onto a menu to add some appetizers as we assessed our hunger. He said, “sorry I need to put in the entire order” - hm, it wasn’t a prefixed meal but we didn’t car and just ate then went to the lobby bar.

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Dolce Italian - Philadelphia is rated 4.6 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Dolce Italian - Philadelphia

1439 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19110

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet available in front of W Philadelphia (next door).

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

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