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“Nice atmosphere and nice food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita
Canterbury Road | The Croft, Kennington, Ashford TN25 4DU, England
+44 (0)1233 622 140
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Ranked #5 of 6 Restaurants in Kennington
Price range: $11 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere and nice food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

WE had bought a loyalty card from a company promoting this restaurant and thought we should try it out. Very quiet - only 2 other tables eating at 7p.m - when we arrived, but nice clean dining room and shown to a table promptly. Good choices on menu, had scallops and stuffed mushroom starters, Both good. Chose duck in plum sauce as main and it was perfectly cooked - very tender and just pink in the middle. Other main was chicken which came with nice salad. Other diners also had the discount card and the 2 tables nearest to ours said how good their food was. It got busy at around 8p.m with most tables taken so the atmosphere was good with people chatting and gentle background music. Al in all a very pleasant experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Ashford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“DIABOLICAL EXPERIANCE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

“Diabolical experience”
Reviewed 12 October 2013 NEW
Stay away!!! I booked a table to spend an evening with some special friends I just don't know where to start!!! Bad atmosphere, poor and inaccurate service, shocking customer service, sent our meals out at different times and thought that was acceptable, did not take criticism and argued with us when we tried to express our total disappointment.
The whole experience was shocking and a complete shamballs,we ended up having deserts and drinks at frankie and bennies with was a breath of fresh air.....
ALL IN ALL A DIABOLICAL PLACE. STAY AWAY!!!!!!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic warm welcoming ..!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Iv been coming restaurant for same years now I have never found a fault, beautiful food,very good service!! I give this place 10 out of 10. !!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kent
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Service so slow we walked out”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had often driven past this restaurant and thought we'd like to visit so telephoned to enquire whether a pre-booking was advisable. We were told it most certainly was. We arrived at 7.00pm and were the only two people in the restaurant apart from another couple. We sat at our table for about 5 minutes before we were asked if we would like a drink. After a very difficult conversation with the somewhat grubby waiter as to what a white wine spritzer was, and being advised that the only beer available was Fosters, we ordered and then waited, and waited and waited. After swatting what seemed like dozens of flies for 20 minutes, I'm afraid we walked out. I cannot comment on the food because although we chose what we wanted from the menu, we never got the opportunity to sample it. Has to be the worst restaurant we have ever visited. No atmosphere, no diners and no food. Don't bother.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food and service, but no atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My wife and I went with 3 members of my family, as one of them had eaten there before and she'd had a great time with a large party of workmates. We went on a Monday night and we were the only people in the restaurant. The dining room was very large and with tasteful décor, but the absence of other guests meant the place lacked atmosphere and felt soulless. It was a chilly night and the heating was not really adequate.
On the upside there were lots of options on the food and wine menus at reasonable prices. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food was very good and the portions were generous.
There were notices advertising that tribute bands and other live entertainment events are held at the hotel/restaurant and I am sure that these make for a livelier atmosphere. The owners deserve better than one table of guests on a Monday night, so I hope they can generate more publicity for the restaurant. Maybe they need to take some professional advice, so step forward Alex Polizzi, aka The Hotel Inspector.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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