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La Dolce Vita - Downtown

4.8
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313 reviews
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Mex$310 to Mex$500
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Italian
Since 1983 La Dolce Vita has been consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in Cancun, serving fresh sea food & home-made pasta, owned and operated by owners George Savio (founder), his son Tim and Juan J. Casal. Service is refined and friendly, dinner specials change daily to match the season. Our diverse wine list from around the world complements your dinner. Dress code : Casual, no cut off shirtsleeves for gentlemen.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 313 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.7
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vipSoniaP
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the minute we walked into the restaurant until the moment we left, we were treated like family. We were warmly welcomed by the owner of the restaurant by name, as he said he was expecting us. I had made the reservation through the app which is how he knew we were coming. We were sat down and immediately served a complimentary appetizer, which was a delicious pâté with toast. I ordered a lemonade and it was the best lemonade I’ve ever had. Super refreshing with a fizz to it. Caesar salad is amazing. The seafood linguine (different name on the menu) is also great. There was not one dish that could have been better. Do not skip dessert. I repeat, do not skip dessert. If you only pick one, pick the lemoncello. But dessert is my favorite course so I always choose several. After dessert, after-dinner drinks were also complimentary for us. You must try this place when you come to Cancun. Reading other reviews I saw people have been coming for 20 years, and now I know why. Would return to Cancun just to dine at this restaurant!!

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MurrayE
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed or eveving. Service was great, food very tasty and all wait staff were very attentive. The only thing that spoiled the evening was the taxi. Our waiter hailed a taxi for us ( which was very nice of him) however, the taxi tried to chage us 200 pesos for a 60 peso taxi ride. First time we have had a problem in the month we have been here. Sincerely hope it is not a kick-back scheme because we really enjoyed the restaurant. Use caution with the taxi.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, our dining experience was perfect. Excellent service, delicious food. Overall experience was Outstanding!! We will return.

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MarciaB
Cancun
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 4th visit and it was not disappointing. AS per usual, the service and food were absolutely perfect. The attention to detail is fantastic.

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RogerH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Dolce Vita is a very quant comfortable restaurant with a great menu and great food. Service is terrific and the little they include with their meals is just the icing on the cake .

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DianneR
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The entire experience was excellent. The food was absolutely tremendous, the service was over the top, And the Mayan coffee was out of this world. Probably, the best we had in Cancun!

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vipBilly525
Dallas
514 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I first found this gem in 1984. It is still as wonderful today. It is my tradition that every trip to Cancun, I dine here on my first evening. You must not be afraid to venture out of the tourist zone. It is safe and this gem is definitely worth

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Colleen
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always

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vipPaulw
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You Gotta Go! Second go around
Another great meal in a charming restaurant. Every course was delicious. I'm only sorry La Dolce Vita is not in my home town of Media PA. For those of you in the hotel zone, take the plunge, hop in a cab and go to this amazing restaurant at the edge of downtown. You'll be happy you did.

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KathyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We always make a point of visiting here. Love the wine recommendation, food is excellent and service is outstanding. Personal attention is great too.
We brought our visiting family here and they absolutely loved everything we enjoy about this place.

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LindaF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening. The staff was wonderful- friendly and helpful. The little extras they add to the meal make it exceptional. Food was delicious. We go back every year when in Cancun.

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vipPaulw
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You gotta eat here. We've been coming yearly for more than two decades. Although a bit out of the way, it's well worth the trip. Great food and service at very reasonable prices. Our favorite restaurant in all of Cancun

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Jesus
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Como siempre. Felicidades, deliciosa comida y servicio sensacional !
El personal siempre atento y muy cordial !
Los sabores del pescado y pastas, inigualables !
Nuestro lugar preferido para festejar cumpleaños y reunión De amigos !!

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vipKelly9154
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best experience in ALL of Cancun !! The service is outstanding and the food is excellent !! Along with several treats furnished by the owner/staff....quail pate, mini garlic/pesto/olive oil pizza, fresh cheese toasted bread with your entree and to finish off your evening of great dining you are presented with cart where you choice from 12 liqueurs
Including Kahlua, Amaretto, Bailey’s, homemade limoncello (my favorite) and more !!
Thanks for making our vacation the best !!

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AnnetteO
Cancun
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we are in Cancun, we plan at least one visit to La Dolce Vita. The owner, Juan is a wonderful host, always greeting his customers. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. It's a beautiful restaurant and everyone visiting Cancun should put it on their list of must visit restaurants!

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Hawh
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ALWAYSan excellent meal!!

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Jesus
Cancun
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Como siempre, sensacional el servicio y comida
A petición de uno de los comensales, comento y solicita el que los ventiladores necesitan una buena limpieza o cambio de ellos !
Uno de mis lugares preferidos para comer y/o cenar, reuniones de amigos. El trato siempre cordial del personal del restaurante !
Los sabores de la comida son increíbles. Felicidades !!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Without a doubt, the best restaurant we ate at over our whole stay. We ate here 3 times and each was a further endorsement of why this restaurant deserves it's reputation and accolades. The service matches the food in being exquisite. Attentive, but not overbearing. Excellent value and changing specials. Lovely extra touches (garlic breads,bruschetta and final liqueur). Decanted wines and a great menu (food and drink). The owner ever on hand with that personal touch. Easily accessed from hotel zone or downtown by either bus (just ask driver to stop) or cab. The seafood soups are outstanding. The pastas fresh and varied (gorgeous pasta negra with king prawns and oyster sauce). Beware ... you'll leave here sated and wanting more!!.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

With 2 friends from Connecticut and 2 friends from Canada we truly enjoyed our visit and time at La Dolce Vita! The different breads, orange / chocolate sweets and the after dinner drinks were so very hospitable of Juan and always appreciated !
Can’t wait for our return to Cancun next month !!

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vipCC60
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were welcomed immediately upon arrival. The waiter placed an"amuse bouche" plate of pate and bread crusts complimentary. Food was attentively prepared and served. We shared a wonderfully created crepe suzette and cafe affogatto. The owner was pleased that one of us tried the rabbit specialty. He offered us complimentary after dinner liqueur. We were treated like royalty while we dined. We left this establishment beyond satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent t as usual

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vipShlomoC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Bolognese pasta on the island and the pepper corn filet is amazing!!!

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vipliamd
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything you could ask for in a restaurant. Amazing service without being smothered, delicious food, and thoughtful extra touches which you will have to go to find out! Best meal of our trip! Thank you guys so much!

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JMcKechnie
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were a party of 3 adults and 3 kids. Everything was absolutely better than we could have imagined. The restaurant is located in the downtown centre. Most buses running from the hotel zone will get you there. If you are traveling around 6-8 pm, expect lots of traffic slowdowns as hotel staff shifts change. It took us 1.5 hours from the Westin Resort and Spa to the restaurant leaving at 5:45pm. I’d suggest heading out earlier and exploring downtown for awhile before you arrive to eat. Or, travelling an alternate route up the inside of the lagoon to avoid the traffic jams.
One especially thoughtful service the restaurant offered was an escort with a stop sign to help us across the busy boulevard to catch a return bus after we ate. With small kids in tow, this was very much appreciated.

This restaurant is at the top of our list in Cancun. Thank tou❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous dinner. Last night in Cancun and our son wanted Italian. Well worth the trip for homemade pasta. Family owned and the attention to detail is wonderful. We stayed at the Marriott, so the trip there was 45 minutes. Coming back was only about 10. Be prepared for the cab ride if you’re far out of the city. The veal was fantastic and the beef carpaccio with fresh arugula - yum.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Glad we chose this restaurant. Good food and great service made this a fantastic holiday dinner

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michellew
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The staff is very friendly. The food is mediocre. The best we had was the desert and the free entry. The main course linguine we had was watery. Do I recommend this Restraunt? Depends. If you want something out of Mexican food in Cancún but do not want to break the bank, this is not a bad option. If you want enjoy real Italian food, I would not recommend this place. We are a group of six had business lunch there. They have a separate menu for that from 1:00pm to 4:00pm daily.

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vipShlomoC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great hidden gem! Excellent food service was absolutely amazing
Would definitely recommend going

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Jesus
Cancun
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Como siempre, sensacional !
Nuestro lugar preferido. Comida con sabores difíciles de encontrar !
Felicidades, gracias y sigan así !!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our last night in Cancun and craving something other than Mexican. I found this gem of a place on yelp and so happy I did. The whole experience was wonderful. Food was delicious, wait staff so attentive, and lots of complimentary surprises showed up at our table through out our visit.

We couldn’t make up our mind bc everything sounded so good. Best decision to get the appetizer size of the pasta (chipotle pasta soooo good!!) we split that. I ordered the spinach salad as an additional starter and my fiancé ordered the seafood soup, which was a huge portion and so delicious.

Ordered the pizza de Leonardo as well!

Dessert get the chocolate truffle or tiramisu both were delicious!!

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Gjamal
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! The food is delicious, the waiters are friendly and the owner makes you feel at home. Great place to take visiting guests or dinner out with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excelente muy buena atención por parte del staff recomendable muy buenos precios

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BelmarLocals
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This has been our favorite restaurant for over twenty years. The owner, Juan, and his staff look to your every need. The food is ALWAYS spot on with large portions which they offer wrapped to go when you can’t finish it all!!! Some of our choices included linguine with frutta Del Mar as well as Veal Parm with homemade linguine. They have an extensive wine list where you order by the glass or by the bottle. We look forward to perhaps visiting them again tomorrow!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my go to Italian every time I visit Cancun. Stay away from the Hotel Zone fro Italian, cheap and low quality. I am glad they left the Hotel Zone to keep integrity of what was done for their busyness. Why change because tourists want “sterile” food that is not authentic? Take the extra time to visit. You will not be disappointed.

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vipBilly525
Dallas
514 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have dined at this wonderful restaurant since 1984. I loved it then; I love it today. Fabulous service and wonderful food. If you’re visiting Cancun, it’s a must!

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KathrynS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dine at La Dolce Vita every year when we come to Cancun. The owner and staff always recognize us. The service is impeccable and the food is outstanding! (Loved the shrimp scampi I had this time.). Well worth the drive into downtown from the hotel zone.

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vipsbayursbites
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Lost its chi. This used to be a great place for Italian food in Cancun, but no longer. It has been surpassed.

I had a "spicy" Mexican pasta-nothing could have been more bland. My fellow diners food was uninspiring.

There are lots of other choices-we ate elsewhere (in fact it was so good we went twice during our nine day stay).

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RobertK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go here every year for my wife’s birthday. The service and food are fantastic. They also give multiple free sides throughout your meal along with a nice aperitif at the end.

Highly recommended

FAQs

La Dolce Vita - Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Dolce Vita - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01 998 884 3393.

La Dolce Vita - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 313 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.