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“Over-priced” 2 of 5 stars
Review of La dolce vita

La dolce vita
Muthaiga shopping centar, Nairobi, Kenya
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Ranked #145 of 317 restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Italian
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Accra, Ghana
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Over-priced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Pizza was average at best. Wine very over priced and the main courses were disappointing. Starters were not bad but Foccacia bread was just pizza base only. Waiter spilt oil all over one of the party and the owner's attitude was far from helpful. Give it a miss better italian places in Nairobi.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Lovely Italian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Very nice Italian restaurant with an indoor/outdoor seating. The owner/chef gives his personal attention to all their patrons. Normally all Italians are full of life and that's why this place is very famous.

Visited May 2013
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Nairobi
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Really good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

It is one of the better restaurants in Nairobi. I enjoy the location and ambiance. At dinner, there is safe and ample parking.

Very good food. Good wine menu.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Karachi, Pakistan
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61 restaurant reviews
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“My "go to" restaurant in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I absolutely love this restaurant and have been looking forward to having an opportunity of reviewing it on TripAdvisor. The restaurant is a bit out of the way and, at times, I'm thankful for this.

Huge menu, great specials, super pizza, magnificent pasta dishes, wonderful wine selection, superb service -- what more can you ask for?

I've been to this restaurant on a number of occasions and I've never had a bad meal here. My favourite dish is their Lasagne Mare: great noodles, plenty of seafood and not too salty. Excellent!! Great pizza menu (which can be ordered for take out).

You gotta try this place!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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israel
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“Among the best dining experiences in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

La Dolce Vita easily competes on my list of Nairobi's best restaurant experiences. I had very fond memories of it from a few years back when it was recommended by Italian friends and I was looking forward to revisiting. It lived up to all my expectations and put a smile on my face.
La Dolce Vita has been in Nairobi for over a decade and seems not to have lost any of its commitment to food that is as authentically Italian and as high quality as one can get in East Africa. Hopefully it has many more such years ahead.
The restaurant is located below street level in the Muthaiga Shopping Centre on Limuru Road. Unless you know that it's there you may miss it. I didn't see any street level sign indicating its existence. If you see a sign that says Muthaiga Mini Market you'll know that you're there. It would be a good idea to make reservations, as it seems to be a popular magnet for locals and foreigners even in mid-week.
Just walking down to the restaurant level takes you to another, better place with a happy buzz and fantastic aromas. The outdoor seating area is enticing and indoors it is very comfortable. You are warmly received, sometimes by the owner himself or by the talented chef. The staff know their job well and offer knowledgeable as well as suitably attentive service - not something that is always prevalent in Nairobi eateries.
Sorry to keep you waiting about the food, but I saved the best for last. This chef knows his business and offers a variegated, well made, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious menu. It all begins with the clear expertise in handling the basics of Italian cuisine and continues with making the most of products available in Nairobi. Many classics are there and there are quite a few daily specials to cover every taste. I may have had better pizza in Italy (I don't know about Malindi or Mombasa) but I've also had much worse in the mother country.
A nice selection of wines, Italian and others is available and a glass of the good vino is the right medicine for any East African blues. Top it off with some fine Italian desserts and you'll be ready to deal with whatever comes at you.
I'll gladly go back whenever I'm in Nairobi.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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