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La Dolce Vita

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400 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719 (4th Ave.)
(732) 749-3177
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10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: La Dolce Vita is family owned and operated by two generations both ZIO...
La Dolce Vita is family owned and operated by two generations both ZIO (uncle) Giuseppe Salpietro and Nipote (nephew) Nicola Fuccilli Invite you to experience their passion for Italian cuisine and culture. The story of La Dolce Vita began five decades ago in a small town in the hills of Sicily. It is from here that co-owner Giuseppe Salpietro brings authentic cuisine, traditions and customs, which come from centuries of good living. La Dolce Vita believes in bringing this passion for Dolce Vita, translates to mean the sweet life, into every dish that leaves our kitchen. It is our goal to make every customer feel like part of our very own family. We at La Dolce Vita believe in family and invite you and your family in to our Restaurant to experience a variety of fantastic taste to please every palate.
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    Very good
  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious, great service, large portions

We went with a large party and the service was great. The food was delicious and the bill was very reasonable for 12 people. We sat outside on a beautiful patio.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Belmar, New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Like a lot of Shore restaurants, they try to make a killing during the Summer. That equates to over crowding, slow service and missing that extra attention that makes a dinner special. Overall it was OK. With so many places to try, I think I will go somewhere else next time.

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Silverdale, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Yes. This is exactly what you think it should be. Across the street from the ocean with a view and authentic Italian tastes and portions. From the fresh bread, oil dip and caponata on the table to the seafood dishes, kid friendly everything and really good desserts, this was a great find. We used trip advisor to find it and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went with a large party and the service was great. The food was delicious and the bill was very reasonable for 12 people. We sat outside on a beautiful patio.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Another great meal at La Dolca Vita on a busy Sunday evening in August....We had a choice of a ocean side table that we had requested but chose to be served at the bar. Had a GREAT lemon drop martini and seafood salad that was fresh and delicious. Have not had a bad meal year in the several years that... More 

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We ate on the outside deck area while taking in the ocean and people watching. Liked the atmosphere. My husband had the chicken parm with ziti, it was the best we ever ate, it's a must to get if you go there. I had rigatoni with meat sauce, they give you large portions also of everything, definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The best oceanside Italian seafood in New Jersey. Service, food and beverages outstanding. The atmosphere just perfect.

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Beach Haven, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We have eaten here a few times and have never been disappointed. The food is good, the wait staff is friendly and the menu is somewhat varied. We enjoy La Dolce Vita more during the non-summer months when it is a little less crowded and it is great that it is right on Ocean Avenue.

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Melville, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We loved this restaurant, sat at a table outside overlooking the beach. The food was great, the martini was right on the money! Our waiter couldn't have been more helpful and made great suggestions for dinner. I plan to go back every time I am on the Jersey Shore.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I based my decision to dine at this place by the menu for a romantic dinner by the ocean. We ordered the Fantasia di Mare which had no octopus and dry with hardly any dressing as it states! I ordered the Rack of Lamb which did not come as stated on the description in the menu. It was not herb... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Great seafood and great appetizers including giant meatball. And really, how many people really know how to make a martini up? They do!!!! You can't go wrong here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 400 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719
    (4th Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Belmar
  • Phone Number: (732) 749-3177

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

La Dolce Vita is family owned and operated by two generations both ZIO (uncle) Giuseppe Salpietro and Nipote (nephew) Nicola Fuccilli Invite you to experience their passion for Italian cuisine and culture. The story of La Dolce Vita began five decades ago in a small town in the hills of Sicily. It is from here that co-owner Giuseppe Salpietro brings authentic cuisine, traditions and customs, which come from centuries of good living. La Dolce Vita believes in bringing this passion for Dolce Vita, translates to mean the sweet life, into every dish that leaves our kitchen. It is our goal to make every customer feel like part of our very own family. We at La Dolce Vita believe in family and invite you and your family in to our Restaurant to experience a variety of fantastic taste to please every palate.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?