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“Awesome Food...Great Service!”
Review of Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita
Ranked #22 of 80 Restaurants in Nosara
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
San Diego, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome Food...Great Service!”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

I eat italian food wherever I go and this place doesn't disappoint. The special for the evening was the tuna tartar made fresh from fish that slept in the ocean the previous night. It was the best tuna tartar I've ever enjoyed. It's a bit pricey but the food is excellent. I recommend making a stop here for at least one evening while you're in Nosara. Chao!

We went to dinner early at 6 because we have two small children. The staff was super accommodating and they have hand made high chairs with leather straps and wooden eating tray.

  • Visited April 2012
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  • English first
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English first
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and great service in a unique setting, you'll want to come back again.”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

The owner is completely off the grid, no cell phone, no email, no website! Originally from NYC he started a little slice of Italy in Nosara. The food is amazing, you are started with foccacia bread made with his pizza dough (yummy and thin), I had the Jumbo Shrimp in Garlic and olive oil which was really good, the pasta was done to perfection. His personal attention to every table makes you feel right at home along with the complimentary lemoncello served after dinner. A definate must do!

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank Viajam0s
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Granville, Ohio, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

We didn't expect to find an expat Italian cooking such good Italian food in Costa Rica, but this popular restaurant deserves its good reviews. The ravioli with tallegio-truffle sauce was my kids' favorite, along with the maccheroni with broccoli sauce. The black squid ink ravioli stuffed with seafood in an asparagus cream sauce was also great. The $10 pizzas are enough for two.

Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Margot S
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La Mesa, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Long way to go for mediocre Italian...”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

Dolce Vita is a pretty long drive south of Nosara. I wish I couid say it was worth it, but the pasta tasted canned. The food was moderately priced but the wine! Some of the bottles topped $100' and were similar to Manhattan for the quality /price ratio. Not what you'd expect to find in Nosara.

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank Mystery_Traveller00
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Dallas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good - just not great - Italian Food”
Reviewed March 25, 2012

It may seem silly to expect top tier Italian Food in a beach city in Costa Rica, but I had heard so many raves about this place that maybe my expectations were too high. The staff was attentive & friendly & the service was good.

Here's how I would rate the food: For Italian Food in a Central American beach locale - 9 out of 10. For Italian Food compared to any moderate sized U.S. city - 6 out of 10. Which is to say it was good, just not great. The overall ambience was very good. All seats are open-aire allowing for nice tropical breezes & a relaxed atmosphere. I will go back the next time I am in Nosara, but I will probably order the pizza & just enjoy the atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank Bob L
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