About La Dolce Vita - Detroit
High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience.
Detroit, MI 48203
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
If you need to book a reservation for a larger party please contact the restaurant directly. We do require a major credit card to hold tables for parties of ten guests or more. Thank you.
La Dolce Vita - Detroit Ratings and Reviews
From the moment we arrived to the parking lot, to dealing with the host at the front door, and eventually ending with our server and the busboy; everyone at this restaurant was incredibly rude. I booked the reservation one hour before they're closing time. The valet hesitated parking our cars and the host informed us that he may not be able to find us a table because they were so close to closing. I asked him why would they continue excepting reservations from OpenTable if they were not able to accommodate their guests so close to closing. He sat us outside in the courtyard, it was very nice, and before the waiter could say hello he said our kitchen is about to close do you guys know what you want? My friend interjected and said, "hello how are you". He didn't realize that he was, like everyone else, being extremely rude to us. I asked him if it was best if we ate somewhere else and if service was going to continue to be like this. He apologized for his rudeness and proceeded to get us some waters from the busboy. About 10 minutes into waiting for our food the busboy walked up and asked if we were done with our bread and if he can start clearing our table. We said no and that we hadn't even receive our food yet! At that point the waiter brought our food a few minutes later and we proceeded to eat and leave. I feel that this restaurant should stop their reservations two hours before they close, because their staff cannot provide friendly and adequate service to customers coming in at later times. Not to mention, there was a Caucasian couple that walked in after us that not only received their food before us but they received stellar service. They were waited on promptly, they received a friendly waiter, and they even stayed later than we did.I wonder if their experience was like ours?
This was our first time dining here and my girlfriends and I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday Brunch! The atmosphere is very welcoming and the live music, although a tad loud inside, added a nice touch to the ambiance of our dining experience. I will definitely visit again for the dinner service.
Tom, our waiter, was great and attentive. We had the bottomless mimosas and I cannot drink OJ when I told him that initially he was hesitant to get the cranberry mimosa. I appreciate that he was not argumentative but instead verified it and was informed it too would be included in the service. He was great!
We come to this restaurant to celebrate special events. Our dinner this time was a birthday dinner and we once again had a great experience. The food was delicious. The wait staff is always helpful and professional. The decor is so special (love all the old photos!). We will keep coming back!
This is one of my favorite restaurants. The Escargot was unique and delicious. The Asparagus soup was too thick, but very flavorful. The Veal was exceptional. The ambiance was nice, and my friend and I were able to have a nice conversation, because the noise level was very reasonable, even with a full restaurant. Our server, Jasmeen (hope the spelling is correct) was absolutely outstanding.
It was our 15 year wedding anniversary which was mentioned on the open table restervation. We were seated against a wall at a two person table crowded in with four other tables. There were more romanic tables available but they remained empty throughout our dining experience. No one acknowledged our anniversary until the server did when he dropped off the bill. When I mentioned the note made in my reservation regarding our anniversary the hostess said "yes we saw that". So then I was quite dissapointed that while they knew it was obvious that making our special day memorable in the best way they instead blew it off and tainted it with their lack of interest. Our server was short, attentative but not at all friendly. I was never offered the chance to order a second drink. We should have stayed home, I won't be back willingly and would never trust them to honor a special occassion again. Oh did I forget to mention that I had my 40th birthday brunch there last year and they were rude then too, there is no third chance. Clearly they feel empowered by their current status but failure to take interest in every reservation will reflect on their status before too long.
This was my first time dining there. I was pleasantly surprised. It is really hidden and that could be by design considering the area but better signage would help as myself and my party drove past it a couple of times without realizing. That patio is amazing. I wished we could have dined out there but it was an extremely windy day. Perhaps next time as I will be back.
All 3 of us received cold plates of food that should have been served hot. We sent them back only to receive 3 more plates of cold food. What a disappointment!! Our server never came back to make sure we received hot food. I have dined here before and always had a great experience. This experience left a bad taste in our mouths. Unfortunately, we won't be back for a long time.
We went out for Sunday brunch to celebrate a birthday. I was asked when making the reservation if there was a special occasion and I mentioned why we were making the reservation. I wrongly assumed they would make note of that and maybe do something for the celebrant. That one was on me. I should have said something when we arrived but I did not. And they did nothing.
Our table was half in the middle of the doorway between the bar side and the dining side. In spite of the fact that there were many open tables, we were stuck there because other empty tables were reserved. We ate and left before the live music started. If we would have waited, I could have helped the drummer, his setup was close enough to me that I could have helped him play. Needless to say, I am glad I got out early.
The food was good, but not spectacular (which is what we were expecting based on recommendations from others). The wait staff was good, but we did feel like were were rushed out. The bus boy hovered nearby and when you had the last piece of food on your fork, he was reaching for the plate before the fork even hit your mouth. To me that is sure sign the restaurant wants you out of there ASAP. We would have had dessert, but it looked like they wanted us out of there quickly so we passed.
Also, the only parking is valet parking. There are no other options.
Based on our experience, I am not sure we would ever go back.
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