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La Dolce Vita

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$$ - $$$
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1237 Prospect St Ste P, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3614
(858) 454-2524
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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La Jolla, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to this restaurant many times for dinner to enjoy the music. Many customers are repeat entertainers and the music and fun make up for the is average food. I would stick to pastas, which are reasonably priced. When you factor in the free entertainment, it is a very pleasant way to spend a mild summer night- sit... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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147 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't think so. I don't like my dishes, especially when not suited to the food, to be doused in tomato sauce. For what this restaurant pretends to be we did not enjoy the food and felt that this restaurant was overpriced for what it offered.

Thank 31Extensivetraveller
Ft. Worth, TX
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Happened upon this quaint little Italian cafe one afternoon. I was in a group of 5 girl friends. Delicious food, fantastic atmosphere. It really was a dejavu experience of being in the South of France. Highly recommend. I had a vegetable pasta with tomato sauce and broccoli, squash and mushrooms. Delicious!

Thank texjclark
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

First night in La Jolla of five and chanced upon this restaurant. Situated in a courtyard of a shopping area it didn't look promising but was well populated with customers. The food was good with portions that were just right for a healthy appetite but not too large. Service was good too, experienced waiter who knew when he was needed.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Tried this quaint restaurant at the recommendation of a wine-bar waitress (she eats there 3 times per week). Arrived around 8 p.m. and we were seated immediately since it was a Thursday night. The restaurant was pretty empty which made us nervous. The host/waiter was very attentive and everyone enjoyed their dishes. I had the lobster ravioli special. The cream... More 

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San Diego, California
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

My wife and I had a San Diego gift card and found La Dolce Vita. My wife had a calamari steak and I had the daily special, pork belly. WOW what a wonderful surprise. the flavors were amazing. Both were far better then we had expected. The service was first rate. They even made sure when they took pictures of... More 

Thank Michael C
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Ate outside in the courtyard area and the food and service was excellent. I had the cannelloni and it was excellent. A really nice change from the American food elsewhere on offer.

Thank MatP28
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We found this by walking around and asking if a few locals. Loved it, the food was fabulous, fresh and the wait staff was happy to help in any way they could. Loved every bite and would not hesitate to return when in the city.

Thank Kim B
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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223 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

We used to occasionally (4yrs+) visit La Dolce Vita when in the mood for good Italian food. As vegetarians, we would find many options here. The food is good and service is excellent.

Thank hjs25
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Excellent wine, service and food! Visiting the area on business with co worker, but had a free night and came across la dolce vita.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1237 Prospect St Ste P, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3614
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: (858) 454-2524

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?