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.
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
Our group of 4 was unanimous in highest ...
Our group of 4 was unanimous in highest praise for the food, service, and ambience. The restaurant is a hidden jewel, mostly out of view from Woodward Ave., across from Palmer Park. The valet parking ($5) in back is reassuring to those who might feel uncomfortable parking on the street. I am surprised that this place has not gotten more attention as one of our metro area's best restaurants.
First time there- tried awhile ago and c ...
First time there- tried awhile ago and could not find it! GPS found it this time, thank goodness. Quick dinner as we were heading to another party but it was fantastic and we will be back! LDV salad was delicious and the lobster ravioli was fabulous. Lovely atmosphere and friendly, excellent service!
Really a lovely evening. Service was exc ...
Really a lovely evening. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the specials offered for 'restaurant week' - which were creative and beautifully plated. Just a great experience overall. Merci...
As posted on their website, ldv is "Detr ...
As posted on their website, ldv is "Detroit's Best Kept Secret".
We have so far never been disappointed even after our third visit. Our friends joining last Tuesday agreed that it was a great experience and probably the best Italian cuisine they ate in a long time.
Attentive, knowledgeable service never intrusive, great atmosphere and ambiance, and the food is very authentic Italian: the Lasagne Bechamel is a dream and plentiful - can be easily shared, the Caeser Salad is prepared table-side fresh from scratch, and the other appetizers are also delicious ...
Toty Viola on the guitar plays jazzy tunes I believe only on Tuesday evenings.
We were celebrating a 97th Birthday and ...
We were celebrating a 97th Birthday and the employees were very accommodating and went out of their way to make our evening a success. All of our expectations were met. Our waitress Jackie could not have been nicer. Some members of our party had dietary constraints and she was very knowledgeable of the menu choices and made her recommendations, which we found extremely helpful. We all had different entrees and they were enjoyed by all. Thank you for making our evening so special...we will be back soon.
The night started out with outstanding s ...
The night started out with outstanding service. They started out by making sure we were comfortable with the items on the menu.
I opted for the Cesar Salad for two which was 'prepared' tableside. It was the best Cesar Salad I have ever had in my life by far.
I finished the evening off with the recommended Lamb Chops and Scampi. Both were very delicious.
I will be a regular from now on.
The only thing I didn't like was the parking. I never do valet and parking on the streets nearby is downright scary.
What a wonderful experience! We came fo ...
What a wonderful experience! We came for the Sunday Pajama Brunch (2nd Sunday of the month) and had a total blast! They even gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne for wearing the best PJs! Our server was amazing. I can't remember her name, but she was just absolutely fabulous! She kept our glasses filled and our table happy. The food came out amazingly quick and was delicious! Thank you LDV for giving us a wonderful Sunday Brunch!
A little hard to find, with no sign on W ...
A little hard to find, with no sign on Woodward, but definitely worth looking for. Great food and flavor in a very comfortable setting. We went before a show at the Fisher and they accommodated our schedule wonderfully. We had their pasta trio of the day, which was delectable.
glad you ask: stuffy, chip in the should ...
glad you ask: stuffy, chip in the shoulder waiter. Bruschetta awful , 2 inches high piece of bread with some tasteless vegetables on top. Chicken picatta for wife and I sent back because chicken was dry, overcooked and tastelles, despite telling waiter we did not want anything else he brought same dish again done in 10 minutes ,another dry chicken and awful. Veal picatta not up to standard. Waiter never offered to take it off bill when he sent first one back and returned with another order of the same, at that point asked for bill and left. Been there before and veal was tough also: Roma and Vince's much better dish. Travel and dine many places so I do not need a waiter like that.
We love this place, and have dined here ...
We love this place, and have dined here probably a dozen times or more. The food and service are always first rate. The only reason I rated Good on ambience is because we were in the back room. The front area and the bar are so much more beautiful - they would rate 5 stars.
We have had the pleasure of dining at La ...
We have had the pleasure of dining at La Dolce Vita on many occasions. It has long been one of our favorite restaurants. However, we had dinner there last Sunday after a show at the Fisher. I think that we were caught in the pre-theater crowd. We waited an hour after our salad was finished for our entrees and when it came out mine was cold. Overall we were there for nearly 2 1/2 hours. How disappointing. I hope this is not a sign of things to come. We will return and hope that this experience was a one time thing.
They had VIP parking in the rear as this ...
They had VIP parking in the rear as this is not in the best part of Detroit, the food was good, pasta and vegetable was a bit cold when dinner came out, the caesar salad made table side was fantastic.
Make reservations, it opened at 5 and was full when we got there at 5:30.
We are still talking about how enjoyable ...
We are still talking about how enjoyable our evening was! Our server Maryann was patient with questions and willing to do whatever it took to make us happy. Table side Ceaser salad for 6 was one of the best we have ever had!! Our meals were delicious and presented nicely. We can't wait to come back for brunch!!
What a charming restaurant. Had not bee ...
What a charming restaurant. Had not been here in a while, and just loved the atmosphere. Caesar Salad, made table-side, was best in recent memory. Pasta was done al dente and perfectly. My wife had Chicken Picata, and it was loaded with flavor. Served it with a sweet potato mash that was equally delicious. Friends had lasagna, that he enjoyed, and his wife had a veal dish that she loved as well. Excellent experience.
I was taking my daughter out to lunch an ...
I was taking my daughter out to lunch and she wanted to try escargot so we went to La Dolce Vita because they have the very best escargot in a puff pastry crust and a lemon butter sauce....terrific! She absolutely loved them and wants to go back. We both had a drink and those were also well made. We both had the daily special and it was a full serving of salmon, 2 pieces of tilapia, shrimp and scallops all served with killer potatoes....just a divine meal.
Our server was attentive and professional throughout the meal making the experience even better.
Anyone who wants a good dining experience should make La Dolce Vita their next destination. They will not be sorry.
This visit on a Tuesday night was for my ...
This visit on a Tuesday night was for my wife's birthday. We started off with a bad taste however when we pulled into unmarked parking lot adjacent to restaurant and parked our car only to be greeted by valet who informed us this was a valet lot and would be $5, unless we wanted to move our car to street parking. In my opinion, Lot needs to be clearly marked if they want to charge valet prices - especially on a very slow night. Outside patio was not opened even though it was unseasonably warm and the website said they had a special on patio on Tuesday Nights with no season specified . We have only been to the restaurant outside patio before and this would be our first dinner inside. We were seated right away as restaurant was not busy and first thing we noticed was that although the live music was nice, it was too loud and too fast tempted for small crowd there. We were competing with music to have conversation. Our waiter was attentive as was the bus boy, however they were TOO attentive! Our salads were served right after we got our bread, then meals came within minutes after that. Two of our three plates were cleared before my wife was even finished with both salads and main courses, leaving her to eat alone. A big pet peeve of my wife's. We basically felt like we downed this special meal and were done in an hour flat which made my wife unhappy. We don't usually eat out during the week and when we do, it is never this nice. The food was very good. But the fast paced rush rush service ruined the specialness of the occasion for us.
Unfortunately, it is not as good as it u ...
Unfortunately, it is not as good as it used to be. Our waitress was not very polished.
She did let us know that the gnocchi is not as fluffy as it used to be, because it's now store bought, not homemade like it used to be. That's a bad sign.
For the second time in a row we found the dining room way over-air-conditioned, way too cold. I see other reviewers mentioned the same thing.
Some stuff was still pretty good, but between the service and the food we don't think we'll bother coming back again.
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