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$4 - $16
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Italian, European, International
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed August 13, 2022

We went here on our vacation and the place is cute, the food was good and environment was chill. OUR waitress was so kind, however, we asked for more water and we watched the waiter (not our waiter) take it over to the bartender and...saw him refill our bottle in the sink. Then 5 mins later another waiter came and brought it to us. We questioned it because the seal was broken and we didn’t want to drink tap water in a foreign country. The owner came over and we told her what happened and she instantly started yelling at us, saying they would never do that and how we were offending her when we literally watched the bartender refill the bottle, which btw wasn’t chilled as if it had been in the fridge like they said… She was so aggressive and rude. We couldn’t believe how defensive she got and made no effort to make it right (like apologize and get a new bottle that was sealed… probably because she didn’t have any). Definitely a scam for them to save money on purchasing new water containers. We would never return just because of her. Horrible way to end our meal!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022

This was the best food that we had in all of our costa rica trip visiting various areas. The food and drinks were absolutely delicious and so fresh. I wanted to keep going back. The service was also excellent. Wonderful beach view as the restaurant...sits on the beach. It was our most expensive meal of the trip, but we’ll worth it.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

We only hung out here on the beach in front of the restaurant and had cocktails. Delicious cocktails. We didn't order food. Nice space on the beach to hang out and outdoor seating with nice ambiance.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022 via mobile

I stayed for 2 weeks. The first week, I burnt my lily white feet so badly, they puffed up like an elephant. The owner( Jennifer) promptly called her friend to get me some aloe gel from a real aloe plant. She looked after my feet...for days. I cannot describe how beautiful these people are. The staff are amazing and so kind. This.Is.Paradise.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 17, 2022

The place has a nice front beach view. BUT everything else was very bad, the worst hamburger I’ve ever had, the pasta was awful and I ended up with stomachache… It’s like the food was prepared without any motivation.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 17, 2022

Great Italian food, best location on the beach, perfect for daily apero and with kids (big playground inside)

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed April 12, 2022 via mobile

The food was good and I also had a pineapple juice. I'm not impressed by the pineapple juice as it tastes like it's from a can. Most places have "jugos frescos" in Costa Rica, they're made to order and they're divine. The view of the...ocean made this lunch worthwhile. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 9, 2022

Great location and amazing pizzas. The service however was not something to celebrate. One from my table got bruschetta spilled all over her by a waitress - mistakes happen, but there was not really any follow up; no help cleaning her clothing and no extra...bruschetta to compensate the spilled one. There was, furthermore, a misunderstanding between our waitress and our table, so we ended up with an extra plate of ravioli. We thought nothing of it to begin with - again, mistakes happen. But instead of accepting the mix-up, the restaurant insisted we’d pay for the extra ravioli. The whole situation was handled with rudeness and arrogance from what I assume was the manager (our waitress was super kind, she had nothing to do with how the situation evolved). All in all a very unpleasant experience, I do not recommend this place.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 30, 2022 via mobile

Great location, great food, extremely friendly staff. Although we weren't overnight guests, we were able to use the beach section with umbrellas, loungers and a shower. And one of the best pizzas outside of Italy!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

We had a full dinner and a lighter meal at La Dolce Vita. The first night we each had one of the specials -- Nancy had spaghetti and shrimp, I had pistachio-crusted swordfish. Both were excellent. The specials are listed without price, but the hard-working...waitstafft are happy to tell you if you're concerned. The second night Nancy had a hamburger and I enjoyed a shrimp appetizer. Again, both were very good. The location is right on the beach, the ambience hip and casual, the entertainment upbeat. The place was packed, but they found a way to slip us in even though we didn't have reservations. Unlike some popular places, there was no effort to quickly turn the tables -- we were never rushed and had to ask for the check each time. We will undoubtedly return to La Dolce Vita.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 27, 2022

I’m honestly shocked by the negative reviews. We first went for happy hour which consists of a free app with each drink. The app was 2 onion rings, olives and a small slice of AMAZING pizza. The service was good, very attentive, so we came...back the next night for dinner. Set in the trees hung with beautiful lights, next to the ocean, I couldn’t ask for a better setting for any restaurant. A bit pricy but you are paying for this idyllic location. I’ve subtracted 1 star because a few drinks weren’t awesome - I had a bad margarita before ordering their gin & passionfruit cocktail which was incredible.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022

Beautiful location with views of the ocean, which is where the two stars I gave came from. Three of us ordered piña coladas, and they were very bad, essentially tasted like a small bit of pineapple juice blended with ice and rum, they seemed to...have forgotten the coconut, and for 4500 colones (more than the average meal at a local soda or another restaurant) I had high hopes... but alas I was let down again lol. Why is it that fancy trendy restaurants always seem to be the most disappointing? They have an interesting fire show some evenings, but for the price of a single drink, you can buy yourself a 6 pack of imperial beer and just watch the show for free from the beach, which we did a couple of times. Nice views, sad cocktails.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 16, 2022 via mobile

Came with 7 friends on Valentine’s Day for a nice meal. It was a bit expensive but we thought we’d splash out a bit. The entertainment was very good, with a fire show and a singer. I ordered a shrimp pasta which was nice but...small and overpriced. My friend ordered a salmon ravioli from the specials menu for around £20 but when it arrived it was a very very small portion and she was extremely disappointed for the price. The card machine was also broken so you could only pay by cash. However my other friends had pizzas and they were very satisfied with them.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 30, 2022

Great entertainment that evening is what drew us to dine at La Dolce Vita. Real Rob put on a great show. Unfortunately the food was not very good quality and the beer was skunky. We understand that the beachfront location allows them to charge a...bit more but they shouldn't be skimping on the portions sizes and the quality of ingredients if they want to be recognized as a real Italian restaurant. You're better off going to Ahora Si where the quality of the hospitality, meals and entertainment make you feel like you are getting what you pay for.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 7, 2022

We visited over the Christmas holiday and were able to be seated without a reservation - so glad as it was the best meal we had the whole week! Located right on the beach with the lights in the tree branches was magical. We were...a group of 5 and had drinks and appetizers, I also tried the recommended wine, and we all ordered a different dish for dinner. We were offered a small plate of pizza, olives, and a quinoa cake to start. There were plenty of menu options for me being gluten free. Our server was excellent, everyone working wore masks. Afterwards, we were all treated to a limoncello to top of the evening. Fantastic evening!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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