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“The Mandarin Oriental Standard never fails...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dolce Vita at Mandarin Oriental

Dolce Vita at Mandarin Oriental
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square | 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, Singapore
+65 6885 3551
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Ranked #17 of 7,404 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Welcome to a new era of traditional Italian cuisine at Dolce Vita, presented with a contemporary touch by award-winning Italian Chef Marco Pedrelli from Cesena, Italy. Chef Marco has worked in some of Europe's finest restaurants and he is passionate about retaining the true flavour of traditional Italian cuisine. Freshness of produce and selection of the finest seasonal ingredients have always been of paramount importance for Chef Marco and he translates this belief into his creations at Dolce Vita. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the impressive selection of fine wines available. Dolce Vita has won awards such as "Singapore's Top Restaurant" 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Wine and Dine and "Singapore's Best Restaurant" 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Singapore Tatler.
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“The Mandarin Oriental Standard never fails...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I called to make a reservation a few days before my actual dinner as I intend to surprise my wife by bringing her here for a romantic dinner during our 6th wedding anniversary. We held our wedding reception here at the grand ballroom 6 years ago and I was sure that my wife would love to come back for a dinner.

They had renovated the swimming pool area since (the dolce vita is located beside the pool) and the ambience looked promising when we first arrived. We were warmly welcomed by Vanessa and was brought to our table immediately. She went on to say that she's expecting us and looked very excited. We were surprised to see that they had decorated out table with rose petals; a great personal touch indeed.

We were seated right beside the pool and had a wonderful view overlooking the reservoir and marina bay sands.

While we were ordering, Vanessa made a couple of recommendations and of course, we heeded her advise and we never regretted. Service throughout the dinner was outstanding, not only Vanessa but the other servers as well. I noticed that every plates and bowls served were hot (as the servers were using a napkin to serve them unto our table). By doing this, they ensure that every dishes served were hot since all the food are served on warm plates. I noticed that Vanessa will always asked us if we were ready to be served our next dish and we would wait for another 10-15 minutes. I believed that the chefs only cook our dishes only when we were ready! The servers were really attentive to our needs and introduced every dishes that were served unto our tables. We truly appreciate that as we would really be interested to know what's on and in the dish as these days with fine dining, it can get pretty difficult for us to know what we are eating just by looking at it.

At the end of the dinner, after about 3 hours, we ordered coffee and requested to be switched to the lounge area and our request was immediately entertained by Vanessa who was always so helpful during the entire dinner.

We left the place very very satisfied and impressed with their service standards and food! And yes, there were some very personal touches by the restaurant at the end of the dinner. They gave us a complimentary cake and the receipt was place inside an envelope with personal handwriting on the outside of the envelope! After so many experiences of fine dining both here in Singapore and overseas, honestly this was the first time we ever received our receipts in an envelope with personal handwriting on it. Vanessa even recommended me to use credit cards by certain banks to enjoy a 15% discount on the bill! Great job Vanessa and we left the place feeling so pampered.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone anytime. Be it the food or the service, it's seriously top-notch.

Keep up the good work Vanessa and dolce vita. And yes, in the middle of of dinner, the restaurant manager did walk up to our table to check if everything was fine; another great service gesture!

Thank you Vanessa for making our special day more special and exclusive and thank you mandarin oriental for the great service and food!

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“Great food with wonderful service to add!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Had a wonderful evening last week for a birthday celebration. The service from the minute we stepped in the restaurant was very impressive. We ordered the Blue Lobster Bisque to share (for two) and the portion was quite generous, Tuscan Cacciucco (seafood platter) and Angus Beef Tenderloin for main course and finished with our course with the classic Italian Tiramisu. The soup was light and aromatic with a big scallop at the bottom, one of the best lobster bique I ever had. The seafood platter was very delicious with Maine lobster, king crab, Hokkaido scallop, tiger prawn and cod in seafood and shell fish soup, The Angus beef tenderloin was so succulent and juicy that it melts in the mouth, absolutely one of the best ever. The dessert was a good finale to our 3- courses ala carte dinner. Will definitely be back to try their other tempting dishes in the menu.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Superb in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary here in April. Upon arrival we were shown to our table outside over looking the pool, and the Singapore skyline, it was perfect. All of the staff made us feel very welcome, they were very attentive and could not have done anymore. We had mentioned on booking, that it was our Silver Wedding Anniversary, and our table was decorated beautifully. Our meal was faultless from beginning to end, and we would not hesitate in recommending this restaurant. Although it is not cheap, we found that for a perfect and memorable evening we were certainly not disappointed.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Must Order”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

With new design around swimming pool area, making Dolce Vita become a good ambiance to dine for two or group dining, however, some areas need to improve such as Wine List per glasses, quantity on pouring wine ordering by glass, quantity of food with providing complimentary car park coupon as benefit. Lobster Bisque was our main reason we were there.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantanstic service ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Service never fail here. Staff is friendly and gives good recommendation on the food. The food never fail to please and with a nice view of the pool. It will be cooling at night if you are seated outdoors.

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