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
We arrived last night a bit early (10 minutes) for our 6pm reservation and were informed that it would be a while before we were seated. Our group went to the bar and had a drink and after 30 minutes we inquired on the status of our table. We were told it might be a bit longer. Ultimately we were seated in the back room that lacked sufficient heat. I asked to have the heat turned on. Dinner took longer that normal. However the food was outstanding. Too bad they ran out of bread! Yes they really did.
I have been going to La Dolce Vita for many years. Unfortunately this will be my last visit. Good luck if you make a reservation.
Four of us went for brunch on a Sunday. We started off with the bottomless mimosas! 3 at the table order the special quiche of the day which they all love. I ordered the salmon hash which I expected to be hash with some salmon. Totally the opposite! If you are a salmon lover this is a dish for you. It was literally all salmon with some hash. Delicious coffee and wonderful desserts!
If you make a reservation or just pop in and try to get a table be sure to ask for Jacqueline! She was absolutely wonderful. She also goes by Jackie.
We've already made our next reservation and have requested Jacqueline for her outstanding service.
The location was an unexpected surprise. Very nice ambience. Artichoke appetizer was delicious, although it was advertised to include spinach, and we had to ask for the spinach because it was not on the plate. Food tasty and presented nicely. Wine prices are reasonable. Interesting desserts. Valet was exceptionally courteous.
I went there with four people for the Detroit restaurant week event. All three of our appetizers including the artichoke, and Caesars salad were tremendous. All three of us enjoyed our main courses which included three types of pasta, A pasta with meatballs and mushrooms, and an Ahi -Tuna. The deserts included ice cream and an incredible apple pie. The service was on point and the piano playing very nice to listen to. We would most certainly go back again.
I wanted to go to this restaurant because I heard they had a fabulous brunch. While I enjoyed my omelette of the day, my mom wanted crepes and they just so happened to NOT have them that Sunday. That was disappointing.
I also judge a restaurant by the quality of coffee they have. Unfortunately the coffee was not great at all
I will definitely give this restaurant another try for brunch but I think I will go in the summertime
The outside and location are sketchy. There was also mandatory $5 valet. We left the vehicle running per the valet's instruction but it was concerning because he was suddenly swamped and given the area, we were afraid someone would run off with it.
We went because of restaurant week, and it did not disappoint! The menu was varied and each one sounded delicious! We were a group of 5 and we each had a different entree except for the lobster cakes. The lamb shank was moist and tender and cooked well done. The seasame encrusted tuna with spicy Thai dressing was also superb! It was tender but firm- so good. And the desert was AMAZING! We each had a different one and the lemon créeme cake was so light and fluffy whereas the chocolate cake was rich but not dense or heavy.
I would come back again, maybe in the summer to enjoy the patio!
Our party of 4 enjoyed the evening very much. Everyone else loved their meal. My meal turned out to be not warm and some parts of the broccoli and potatoes were cold. The meal would have been excellent if it had be freshly brought from the kitchen when hot. I didn't figure out what was off until near the end of the meal so I did not complain at the time. The wait staff was good and perhaps too attentive as plates were removed while still eating, a small irretant. I will return because I like the place. I will just be fussy if not satisfied.
Our party was celebrating both a birthday and a wedding anniversary, and chose La Dolce Vita based on friends' recommendations. We were seated at a nice booth in the bar, just off the main room. This was fine, as it was probably quieter there. There was a pianist in the corner, playing nice music at just the right volume to be heard but not to overpower conversations. People at our table ordered a tableside-prepared Caesar salad, veal Marsala and pasta, and everyone enjoyed the food. There were a lot of good choices, and several daily specials. The ravioli pasta appeared to be homemade, and the sauces good. The veal was tender and had a delicious Marsala sauce; accompanying mashed potatoes were delicious, as was the crisp-cooked broccoli. Wine by the glass was very good and reasonably priced. Service was good, not hovering but there when we needed him. The only off note was that every few minutes the lights in the room would blink, which some of us found quite annoying, and others were able to ignore. Note that the building is difficult to see from the street--watch for "ldv" in neon script, and strings of twinkling white lights; enter the valet parking off Cedarhurst, the side street.
Had a nice Sunday brunch here. Food was excellent (French toast w/ mascarpone & Banana's Foster sauce for 2 of us and a tasty eggs Benedict for our friend). Note the mimosas were just the thing for a late Sunday morning but wish our server would have mentioned at the start that they were "bottomless" and consequently $12 each. But the ambience, crowd and decor were very pleasant and it's easy to see why this almost-hidden spot on Woodward across from Palmer Park has the solid reputation it does. All in all, very enjoyable -- and we'll be back to try dinner and summertime dining in the courtyard patio.
I was there with my daughter and her friend. We had a girls night out to see a show in Detroit and this place had been recommended to me by friends. It did not disappoint! The atmosphere was great. Service was wonderful. We all enjoyed the food very much. Two of us had the lasagna, and it wasn't like every other Italian restaurant. Unique flavored and texture. Much enjoyed!
I love, love, love this restaurant. On this visit, Tina was our waitress, just phanonamal. She went above and beyond to assure our dinning experience was memorable. The food is always on point and the service is always great. Definitely worth trying!!!! Great job Enrico and Antonio.
This was the first time at La Dolce Vita and found the food to be excellent. It is not in the best neighborhood and nearly incognito as one of the letters "L" was stolen from the LDV on the building but fortunately for the good mapping we found it. The server was excellent and well informed and the pasta sampler was great. I will definitely come back again and again.
The food is extremely good. There are others doing creative magic and this is not what La Dolce Vita does. They take standards and make them better than anyone else in the city. The service here for a busy new years eve was excellent. Anthony was our waiter. Even the valet service guy (Mo?) was incredible.
Went for New Year's Eve. We were seated and given a special menu for that evening. We overheard the table next to us asking questions about entirely different food. We asked server and she said that yes, there was another menu and it was up to the hostess if tables were given both menus. We were not happy! Server wasn't happy to be put in that situation either.
Ambiance was good, however the server was not great. He never smiled, might have been new, never gave us the specials, and when asked how the chef's choice lamb chops were prepared he said: grilled, we wanted to know what came with it. Food was good, but for the price not a lot came with it. We also got dessert, they didn't have espresso or cappuccino, just coffee (this is an Italian restaurant, right?) and the desserts were cold but tasted good. Won't be going back, there are better Italian restaurants in SE Michigan.
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