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Let us provide the perfect spot for your occasion. - La Dolce Vita Ristorante, La Jolla, CA

La Dolce Vita Ristorante

4.7
4.7
608 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Dolce Vita is located in a European courtyard setting at International Shops off Prospect St. Loyal to its name La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), is a place to sit back and relax in our cozy and romantic indoor dining room or our charming outdoor patio to enjoy a hearty meal along with a bottle of wine while listening to Italian tunes. We serve genuine Italian cuisine in a fine dining setting at affordable prices.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-2524

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Alfio Conti

  • Private party facilities

    La Dolce Vita Ristorante is the perfect location for your next special event. No matter the size or budget, we go out of our way to make your occasion a very special one.

  • Private party contact

    Leslie Conti: (619) 787-0532

  • Neighbourhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross Street

    Cave Street

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of off street parking. Valet parking across the street. Parking garage next door.

  • Entertainment

    Live music on Friday night only.

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 608 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Most Booked 1,000-Point Tables

  • San Diego

    Italian

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  1. CS

    CynthiaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the portions were really generous. We will definitely be back.
  2. PG

    PatriciaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and ,had an awesome time The food was delicious, the service was great 💕
  3. EY

    ElizabethY

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great service was great would definitely recommend it
  4. R

    Robert

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Family gathering
  5. BB

    BB37

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wine and company. Georgio is excellent !
  6. NW

    NicoleW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service- wonderful experience
  7. MO

    MeghanO

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous, delicious authentic food. Can’t recommend this place enough
  8. L

    Luv2eat

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming outdoor setting (though plenty of indoor as well). Food was great and servings were quite large. Service was very good and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Reasonably priced as well! We really enjoyed and will definitely come back.
  9. JS

    JodyS

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table outside was ready within 5 minutes of our arrival. We were greeted with enthusiasm. Our server was friendly and efficient, and the food was delicious. We have already recommended La Dolce Vita to our family, and we’ll definitely return the next time we’re in La Jolla.
  10. RB

    RachelB

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal for 10 people with excellent service! Everyone was pleased!
  11. N

    Nightout

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm service, each of four different dishes was well prepared and tasted great. Very nice setting with an open air section which was well protected from prevailing wind. Inside also available but we enjoyed the fresh air and warm patio heaters. Well done!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    We come here all the time but this time was different, our server didn’t want to seat us despite the restaurant being empty. When we said we wanted to be seated(having a reservation) her service was very passive aggress the whole time.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The manager was very nice!! Made for a great experience
  14. GP

    GaryP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Will definitely return and recommend.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food , cozy place !
  16. B

    Brad

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in San Diego!! Great everything - food, staff, ambiance and wine list!! And the owner is super nice. 💚
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming here for over a year and I love every visit. Food is always amazing and service is outstanding. Wonderful place for an evening with a glass of wine and great meal.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant - friendly and attentive staff, excellent food and perfect ambiance.
  19. MC

    MrsCats

    Tallahassee

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Stressful waiter, mediocre food
  20. DL

    DanL

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great food and service
  21. F

    Fred

    New York Area

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arieal (spelling but be off) was a terrific server. She was really hustling with a smile the entire time. Polite, answered questions etc. great job. Food was excellent and cooked with pride. Highly recommended
  22. d

    davec

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager, Ludo, was so friendly, attentive and very funny. Along with the excellent food, he made our experience outstandingly enjoyable.
  23. SP

    SteveP

    Orange County

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at La Dolce Vita, La Jolla. Great food and wines (no hard liquor) bring a wrap if you are sitting outside on the courtyard.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in San Diego.
  25. MR

    MichaelR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pleasant outdoor dining in a sheltered courtyard, very good service and delicious food. I had the ciopino and my wife had the lobster ravioli, both were perfectly prepared.
  26. ES

    EranS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magical atmosphere, delicious food, courteous and professional service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and well priced for the area.
  28. HG

    HectorG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Esta situado dentro de un pequeño centro comercial, donde hay diversos locales, cerca de la playa de la joya. Restaurant regular.
  29. MH

    MarkH

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego that is largely visited by locals. In many ways this feels like a cafe with wonderful waitstaff.
  30. A

    Alexa

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this restaurant. They have the best food, service and lovely atmosphere.
  31. LJ

    LisaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to this restaurant many times in the 33 years I have lived here under three different owners. I think this has always been one of La Jolla's hidden gems. There was a change in ownership about four years ago from one family member to another. The current owner has really upped the game. Food and service are excellent. It is also a great place to host a small dinner party.
  32. CL

    CaliforniaLeslie

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friend and I shared the artichoke appetizer and each had the seafood pasta. It was all very tasty. The server was cheerful and helpful. We shared the limoncello cake. Delicious. Nice place to dine in La Jolla.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food and fabulous service - set in off the Main Street in La Jolla it’s a nice quiet place to have a beautiful dinner Giorgio made our night‼️
  34. DE

    DevonE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has become one of my favorite Village restaurants. Food is always excellent, and the setting is unique. You won't find anything else like it in the Village!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Toronto. Loved everything from the food to he buzzy ambience!
  36. DF

    DonnF

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Wonderful menu. So good we are going back tomorrow night
  37. SP

    StevenP

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Very disappointed by the lack of a full bar, but that’s on our research. Great food; hurried service.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, we had little ones and they brought out their food early.
  39. H

    Holbrookej

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Rich, hearty traditional Italian food. I have had several different entrées, and they are always good.
  40. F

    Fatman

    Las Vegas

    106 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Wanted to try something new and I am tired of chain steakhouses. Read the reviews of this little restaurant and decided to give it a try. Our server was a very accommodating young man. The restaurant was a like a small cantina by the ocean in Mexico. The food…was hit or miss depending on the item. The salads and Calamari were excellent. My spaghetti and meatballs were just edible! No flavor to the sauce and the meatballs were hard and flavorless. The pepperoni pizza was literally the worst pizza ever, and my children’ pasta dinners were very good! Overall, I would go again! They are fair with their wine pours per glass.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Dolce Vita Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Dolce Vita Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-2524.

La Dolce Vita Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 608 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for La Dolce Vita Ristorante

1237 Prospect St, Ste P, La Jolla, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Cave Street

  • Neighbourhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of off street parking. Valet parking across the street. Parking garage next door.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alfio Conti

  • Entertainment

    Live music on Friday night only.

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-2524

  • Private party facilities

    La Dolce Vita Ristorante is the perfect location for your next special event. No matter the size or budget, we go out of our way to make your occasion a very special one.

  • Private party contact

    Leslie Conti: (619) 787-0532

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