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“A Delicious Meal...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Dolce Vita Ristorante

La Dolce Vita Ristorante
San Carlos & 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
831-624-3667
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Ranked #91 of 149 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
San Francisco, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“A Delicious Meal...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

First, this restaurant has moved to a new location - on 5th Avenue, across from the Carmel post office. I had been to the former location several times and always found the food to be delicious and the service excellent. In this regard, nothing has changed. We recently visited the new location with out-of-town friends, who happen to love Italian food. They both ordered the veal chop and loved it. I ordered the seafood pasta, which was generous and served with all fresh seafood, very tasty. The manager, Miguel, is very eager to please and is trying to build business in the new location. So, please do go - you won't be sorry!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Omaha, NE
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“The only thing gourmet was the price”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We spent one night in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a beautiful area that we plan to return to. My husband wanted pizza and, while going thru a stack of menus at our B&B, came across La Dolce Vita which featured “gourmet pizza”. After stumbling around in the dark, and getting redirected after a stop at a gallery, we finally found the restaurant. Our first clue should have been that there was only one other couple in the restaurant. We were tired and hungry, so we ordered a pizza to share. The pizza crust was burned around the edges, toppings were sparse and the sauce was bland. The only thing gourmet about the pizza was the price. Table service was slow and the waiter never checked back with us or refilled our water glasses. I would not return or recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We love dinning here, when in Carmel. My favorite part of their menu are the appetizers... incredible! Skip dessert and save room for them!

Visited July 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Italian Off the Beaten Path”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Found this restaurant across from the post office. At lunchtime, we were surprised there wasn't a crowd. Andrea Bocelli was calling me in! great music. First came lightly toasted bread with sundried tomato dip. Delicious. Then house salad, which was carefully made. A chicken, Gorgonzola and mozzarella pizza was perfectly cooked. I had Bolla Chianti, perfect match. Very nice service.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Livermore, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Where's the flavor?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

This looks like a nice little restaurant. It was right around the corner from my hotel. The staff was nice. I had a spinach salad and bruschetta. The salad consisted of a pile of spinach, gorgonzola, and dressing. The bruschetta was a pile of tomatos on bread. I expected a little more spice and flavor. I'm not sure why I had to wait 15-20 minutes for this since it could be thrown together in about 30 seconds.

Visited June 2013
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