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La Dolce Vita

4-5 London Rd, London SE1 6JZ, England (Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark)
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Ranked #3,240 of 16,874 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark
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43 reviews from our community

70% Recommend
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The food was really good, definitely homemade authentic Italian, with good portion sizes. Staff were very friendly too. We had a taste card so the price was very reasonable, although not particularly cheap without one (I guess average for London). You can use your taste card here on a Friday night too which is unusual.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Pros - Traditional Italian food Cons - Price This is a traditional Italian restaurant located in between Waterloo and Elephant & Castle. The decor is fresh and modern. The restaurant runs alongside the cafe next door. The food is good 3/5 star traditional, freshly prepared Italian food. The menu consists of standard pizza, pasta and meat options. Was quite surprised... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Me and my friends went here for a birthday booking and we used a taste card, that's how we had found the restaurant on the taste card website. It's a nice restaurant typical Italian feeling with the decor etc. the service is slow at that, we waited a while to order our drinks let alone our food; they would benefit... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I had the Calzone and it's rare to find an Italian restaurant with a real authentic homemade Italian taste. Excellent portion size and genuinely friendly service. Prices are nothing unusual for London. Definitely returning with friends when I can.

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Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I have a gourmet meal card and decided to come here with a friend after reading good reviews, we're both students so have a tight budget (hence the gourmet card which gives 50 % off!) The pizza was really good and the waiter was lovely, but the bill was a lot higher than we were expecting. I think I read... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I visited La Dolce Vita a couple of times in the last two weeks. Once a Friday night, once on a Tuesday night, It's a little bit hidden away, in a quiet area and both times we were only one of two or three tables occupied. The food is hearty Italian fare; full of flavour and decent portions. It's not... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I have to admit we would have walked straight past this lovely eatery had it not been for a recommendation from our hosts. An unspectacular exterior pays no tribute to what awaits within. The owner and the chef are highly experienced operators and great sports to boot. They could not have been friendlier and all the food was absolutely delicious.... More

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26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We arrived at our London flat rental tired and hungry. While looking for a small grocery we stumbled upon the best Italian food we had on our trip. It was just opening at 6pm and the manager opened the door as wide as his smile - how could we resist? He recommended a variety of dishes and a bottle of... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We enjoyed an impromptu mid-week dinner here this evening. Ate from the specials menu on the recommendation of the host & were not disappointed. Asparagus, stuffed peppers, pasta, meatballs, heaven.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

La dolce vita is certainly not closed as the previous review wrongly points out. The owner mentioned they closed briefly for a summer holiday. but business as usual.) I loved the authentic Italian food, really friendly owner. Best pizza and coffee I had for a while. Highly recommended.

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