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La Dolce Vita

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1237 Prospect St Ste P, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 454-2524
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 11
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  • 1
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very relaxing setting and good food

We just got back from visiting La Jolla for a couple of days. We had reservations at George's at the Cove, but unfortunately that did not work out for us, so we left. Across the street and down an alley was this little Italian Restaurant that looked very charming. We sat outside in their little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
1momo1
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Encino
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We stumbled across this place while walking around La Jolla. It has a cute little courtyard and has a ton of charm. The food was outstanding and flavorful. The menu had a nice variety. The meatballs in particular were to die for. Seems like a family owned and operated place. The service was good and everyone on the staff was... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The smartest thing we did was make reservations, we were seated immediately, the atmosphere is romantic, there were a three singers throughout the evening, singing around your table, nice and very friendly people, the food was delicious, nothing overdone, your classic italian fare done beautifully in a courtyard setting by a fountain, doesn't get more romantic than that. My husband... More 

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Encino
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We just got back from visiting La Jolla for a couple of days. We had reservations at George's at the Cove, but unfortunately that did not work out for us, so we left. Across the street and down an alley was this little Italian Restaurant that looked very charming. We sat outside in their little courtyard setting and was very... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a small restaurant that requires a little effort to find. Just keep walking east on Prospect past The Spot Restaurant and Bar and keep your eye open for a pleasant little outdoor mall area. Walk into the mall area and you'll walk directly into the outdoor eating area of La Dolce Vita. It is a small sitting area... More 

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We enjoyed a dinner at La Dolce Vita during a brief visit to La Jolla. The food was very good, but what we really enjoyed was the outdoor dining on a beautiful evening. We had a large group, and they quickly were able to accomate us.

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Paris, France
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Lovely surroundings Waiter likable (be careful with optional added) Cooking is good So it's the first time I see the waiter decide the price for his tip on a check. (amount printed on the bills). And as you are a winner you have a line to pay another Tip on CB receive. I don't think that it is honest methods.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Beautiful dinner in a very authentic italian restaurant. The food was delicious. The homemade bread and the sun dried souce was spectacular! Bravo!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The food here was very good, and the service was fast compared to the amount of people and the fact that it was Valentine’s Day. We were very lucky because we did not have reservations. All of our main course dishes were outstandingly good, we highly recommend the lobster ravioli, the salmon, and the chicken. The waiters are nice, polite,... More 

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San Diego, California
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is a really small but charming restaurant. The bread is crusty and good. The Mozzarella Caprese was disappointing. The tomatoes weren't heirloom and they weren't even ripe. There wasn't any balsamic vinegar or delicious extra virgin olive oil drizzled over it. The Salmone Romana was delicious. The salmon was cooked perfectly. We ended our meal with another disappointment. I... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

At La Dolce Vita, you will not only have reasonably priced food, you will get entertained. On Friday nights, you will listen to Opera! I might even sing. It's down and alley with a wonderful feeling of old Italy. Be careful, it gets crowed on Friday's.

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Additional Information about La Dolce Vita

Address: 1237 Prospect St Ste P, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: (858) 454-2524
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $20 to $35
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1237 Prospect St Ste P, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: (858) 454-2524

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $20 to $35
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?