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La Dolce Vita

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1237 Prospect St Ste P, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-454-2524
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The people of San Diego already blessed with a wonderful city have I think superb Italian food too at La Dolce Vita. It is not that easy to find but worth doing so. Unassuming and the waiter kept his distance but wow the dishes were superb. And the owner/cook also makes his own wine. Highly recommended.

Thank John M
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Stopped by for a late dinner after a holiday cocktail party. We were welcomed with warmth and given a choice of where to sit. Ambience was lovely - twinkling lights, indoors/outdoors, and the food and service was excellent. We never felt rushed or pressured in any way; just great service. Will definitely return.

Thank gsquared18
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Really enjoyed the indoor/outdoor setting, quick/humourous server, tasty meal and reasonable prices. The live singer was a bonus!

Thank Margot C
La Jolla, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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 

Thank weinpal2015
Brisbane, Australia
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162 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 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 14 September 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 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.

Thank mon2
Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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 

Thank Traveleraz51
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 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
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 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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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
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1237 Prospect St Ste P, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-2524

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