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Dolce Vita

10824 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030-4306
703-385-1530
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Ranked #26 of 341 restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great Northern Italian food. Great service. Small and crowded. Informal atmosphere. Prices average, but not great for children.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Visited here for dinner with friends. Took almost 1 hour to get the food. It was fine. The service is pretty bad. The parking situation is a mess and the bathroom smells like something out of the third world; the whole building is kind of old.

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Vienna, Virginia, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We've patronized Dolce Vita for many years. It always serves great Italian dishes and wines. Always has 5 specials in addition to a wide menu. Great service and great food in a family friendly atmosphere.

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Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I have enjoyed lunch and dinner at this little gem of a restaurant over many years. The quality, presentation, and taste of the food is delightful. The lunch specials are varied and reasonably priced for the area. There are quite a few items to choose from for both lunch and dinner. My favorite at lunch is Penne alla Modenese, which... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

THis is a fantastic Little hole in the wall find. Superior Italian food done the old school way - as you like it. Not on the menu, just ask - e.g., Lobster far diablo, no problem. Weekend entertainment adds to the ambiance. Small, so limited seating.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Real deal italian. Using a wood fired oven for many of the dishes. My favorites are the pizzas in the wood oven. Weekends finds you with live music from a strolling musician and an accompanying accordion player. The smell, the vibe, the friendliness of this place is wonderful. Several of the waiters have been here almost the entire time the... More

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Our first experience at Dolce Vita was on July 10, 2010......our wedding night! We had an amazing meal cooked by the owner himself. We decided then to make it an annual anniversary event. We were telling friends how great our meal was and were warned: it's not like that when the owner isn't there. We didn't believe it. We have... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

We were very pleased to discover this great Italian place right in our neighborhood. For is always good, wait staff is friendly without being overbearing. A great family-friendly place.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We have been here many times and have always enjoyed it, but last night it was really bad. Maybe the weather was to blame but we arrived to an empty restaurant and the hostess was friendly, but it was down hill from there. Our waiter was very grumpy, and seemed annoyed by our presence. I ordered my favorite dish, the... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

In this age of restaurants with industrial ceilings and loud decibel ratings, Dolce Vita is a sweet little hideaway restaurant. It's small and would make a good place to go for a romantic dinner. I have been with a friend several times and have found the service to be good. I love their ravioli. However, I can't recommend their lasagna.

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