La Dolce Vita
9785 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Fax: (310) 360-1145
Specialties: Private Functions
Price Range : Average
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I discovered this place through Groupon and I'm glad I did. Allow your eyes time to adjust when you first walk in. The building is small and intimate. The staff are very attentive, nice, and polite. The food was delicious.
We ordered the Eggplant Stuffed with Angel hair and Seafood Linguine with Diavolo Sauce. Yummy! The Eggplant was a definite winner and the seafood linguine was one of the best I've ever had. The sauce was lite but not bland and had the perfect amount of spice. Reason for -1 star is because I thought the prices could have been a bit better (a glass of Pinto Grigio was $15) and I didn't like the fact that the "service fee"/tip was included on the bill and filled out for you when you pay with credit. Other than that... I'd definitely recommend this place to a friend.
02/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
After driving by this hidden gem in Beverly Hills for a couple of years, I finally was able to check out La Dolce Vita. I had heard good things about it and a lot of lore related to it's stint as a favorite spot of the Rat Pack. It did not disappoint. Its classic Hollywood past would be enough of a reason to stop in for a visit, but don't be fooled - this is a lovely spot to dine with delicious food and a wonderful ambiance. I had the special ravioli (veal, cheese with a marsala wine sauce full of tender and tasty bits of shiitake mushrooms) - amazing! My friend went with the Veal Scallopine Marsala which was also very tasty. The wine was delicious and the house Tiramisu is not to be missed. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and very polished. Overall it was a fantastic experience and one I can't wait to repeat again very soon.
02/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I had dinner here last week with another couple who are long-time La Dolce Vita fans. We needed to be convinced, because we usually meet at new places, but I am so glad we went. What a gem! About a dozen luxurious booths, warm lighting, unbelievable food and service, all in a setting that is straight out of another time period. It's like a beautiful jewel had been frozen in time, allowing itself to be discovered and enjoyed by a select few. It dates back to the 60s and is a classic. ultra low-key celeb hangout (the night we were there, we sat a few feet away from Nancy Reagan, chatting with friends in a booth with a brass plaque proclaiming it The Reagan Booth!). It's known as Sinatra's home base. No sign out front, just a black door. We felt special just being there. Food was old world Northern Italian made with a true sense of artistry. Even something as omni-present as deep fried calamari was a gift. The drinks were potent and delicious. The salad was made at our table and was literally the best Caesar I've ever had...unbelievable. The owner, Alessandro, a delicate man with a soft voice and a warm smile, dropped by our table. He introduced himself and seemed to genuinely care about the quality of our experience. He told us that, when he bought the place several years ago, his goal was to maintain it as it had always had been, an escape from the real world to a better time. Mission accomplished. We stayed over three hours. We loved it and can't wait to return. Even the valets, who said they have been there for years, were delightful. Thanks, La Dolce Vita.
03/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The food is mediocre and the service is horrible. I was with a group for my friend's 21st birthday. We were all dressed in cocktail dresses and heels and the boys all had on slacks, ties and jackets. She was very excited to go and then the waiters and manager stood over us the whole time and tried to charge us $10 dollars to split a plate. They acted like money was an issue for us because we were a group of young college students and we all felt very offended. We researched the restaurant we knew the prices and we didn't appreciate being judged based on our appearance.
09/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
What a treat to sit in a restaurant that was a second home to Sinatra and other Hollywood legends. While most of the historic LA restaurants have closed or reinvented themselves, kudos to the owners and staff for maintaining the quality of service and food that made La Dolce Vita famous in the first place. The fried clams and veal Milanese were absolutely wonderful and paired perfectly with the sommelier's wine recommendation. An experience I look forward to having again soon with friends. And please don't change a thing! The semi-circular burgundy booths are more comfortable than a Philippe Starck chair any day...
08/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
What do I love about this place? It is real! I would expect Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin to walk in any moment- and I heard they have in the past! Fantastic Italian food and cocktails in a very intimate, yet exciting place. Dark enough to hide, bright enough to be seen. Real booths, real waiters and really good food. Of course, having an real Italian owner is almost not fair!
06/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I will start out by saying I do not write reviews however I felt the need to with La Dolce Vita. As soon as you walk in the atmosphere speaks for itself. It's definitely warm, welcoming, elegant and classy. As for the service I will say the same with the addition of personable. If you know the saying ""You get what you pay for"" well... Ruben surpasses this. He is not only talented but also gifted and this shines as soon as you walk in the door. I studied hospitality-culinary-hotel management here in the states as well as Europe. I have even catered the President. I am very familiar with fine dinning and had yet to have a true ""fine dining' experience here in the states until now. Ruben and I discussed Tiramisu. Every place always states it is the real thing however I have had yet to have the ""real thing"" here in the states. Well.. this changed after eating at La Dolce Vita.. Ruben nailed it! I have the original receipt from Italy and make this myself. I highly recommend La Dolce Vita to anyone regardless of the occasion. Ruben is truly one of a kind!
06/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was visiting friends, and they suggested to dine here. Let me tell you that the setting reminded me of Old Hollywood. It is a very elegant and classy place. It is packed on weekends, you really have to make reservations beforehand. The wait staff is superfriendly, great customer service. The food is excellent. For my next trip to California, I will definitely stop by!
02/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I just left a review for another restaurant and then I got to thinking, ""Did I leave a review on that great place I was at last year?
I and others tend to give a shout-out to the bad places and neglect to give one to the good ones.
I didn't leave a review when I had a fantastic meal there at La Dolce Vita, ast year. I went back the next evening again and had just as good dining experience.
There are previous posts stating bad service and quality at LDV. You can have a bad meal anywhere from time to time.
I was in LA last month. The person I was visiting insisted on going to Mr. Chow's and it was horrible on so many levels, I'm never going back there again. I?m sticking with what I know. I?m going back to LDV the next time in L.A.
Anyway, from the bulk of the eviews of La Dolce Vita it seems like this place is still fantastic.
It's not a see and be seen kind of place and that's an added thing I like about it.
When I was there the food, service and value was extraordinary & I made a point of making a note of it in my PDA. The Maitre D' Ruben who has been there for 35 years treated me like a super somebody when I?m just a schnook from Chicago. I also noted the bartender Trisha was fabulous as I waited to be seated.
Some posters have referred to the place as a retirement home. How shallow and petty. One thing I remember that still brings a smile to my face was the couple sitting in the booth across from me when I was there last year. They had to be in their late seventies. They were dressed to the nines, hair perfectly coiffed. What I noted at the time and what was so endearing was that this was obviously their regular place; sitting in their regular booth, and they were chatting with each other with an energy and fondness for one another that I thought at the time you don't even see in young people these days. It was a great thing to experience.
Give this place a try.
12/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We visited LA for the first time and booked reservations at some of the top restaurants - Cut, Saddle Peak Lodge, and La Dolce Vita, among others. We were very disappointed with La Dolce Vita. We received a cool welcome, were seated next to the kitchen in a cramped booth and tried to talk above a table of 6, with two bratty kids. (Granted - that's not the restaurant's fault - but they did seat us there - and it only added to the disappointment of the entire meal). Appetizers were quickly served, the Caprese salad had more basil than anyone could possibly eat - and the meals were served immediately after we finished. We were only offered coffee at the end - no dessert - and given our check right away. We felt really rushed and finished and were out of there in less than 1 hour -
After dining at the incredible Cut, and the outstanding Saddle Peak Lodge - maybe it was just too much to ask to have another outstanding meal. But - we both left disappointed that we had chosen that restaurant - instead of the many other outstanding restaurants we could have picked.
10/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
La Dolce Vita has some amazing Italian food. Its a great place to meet for an intimate drink, the bar is great and so is the wine list. I've tried just about every dish on the menu and was impressed by all of them. The staff and service is friendly in this classic Beverly Hills establishment.
09/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is place is nice and quiet. Very old school - which I LOVED, but the food and service could have been better. The food was just average to me. I had ordered the seafood risotto, which was salty and grainy. The Linguine with calamari, was yet another average rating in my opnion. Too watery and not enought flavor! If you want to see some old school stars, you're in the right place. Other than that, food is blah and I wanted to throw a peice of bread at our waiter.
08/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have had the pleasure of dining at this restuarant on several occassions. The Maitre' D Ruben makes the dining experience an absolute pleasure and that is before even tasting what is hands down the best Italian food in all of LA. The wait staff is top notch and you will not be disappointed. Definitely put this down as one of those ""must go"" restaurants in LA.
08/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
As you drive down the many streets of Beverly Hills, there are a lot of different restaurants but the most exquisite of them all is La Dolce Vita.The most noticeable distinguishing character is the atmosphere. Walking into this restaurant makes you feel as though you were literally in Italy yourself- the decor with redbrick walls produce a smooth yet flowing look. Another distinguishing factor of the restaurant is the service. Each and every employee has a comforting smile on his or her face and always seats you promptly. However, even if there were to be a wait, the waiters make it worthwhile by having you sit at the bar where you are served calamari if you?d like to start off with an appetizer. Once seated you are asked what type of drink you will be having and your order is quickly taken and served to you at your table. Considering its not a huge restaurant, they have a good amount of waiters and busboys that constantly check on water and drink refills making sure that you are satisfied. They are attentive, quick and bring out the food as soon as possible. Lastly, what I love most about this restaurant is their food. The menu is delicious, light, unpretentious and full of adventure. I have to say, I?ve been to Italy and the food here is the closest to being authentic. It?s flavorful and ?soprendente? (Italian for amazing). From the taste of their raviolis with ricotta and spinach to their tiramisu, this is the place to dine. Forget the reviews that say this is a retirement home, you don?t go their for the other customers but the food. And for those who say you have to wait a long time?maybe you should try making a reservation. Have some patience!!!
08/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Took my wife here for special night out without the kids. Had been wanting to visit for some time and found it completely satisfying. Service was professional yet friendly and responsive. The Steak Sinatra was one of the most flavorful and tender steak dishes, as good as any of the now popular steakhouses, I have had anywhere and the linguine and clams was to die for. Will definitely return.
06/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
this is simple. la dolce vita is world class italian. old school charm, veteran waiters, incredibly cozy room, all the classics, clean food, quality from start to finish. this falls in the same category as giorgio baldi, piccolo/5dudley, la botte no question. must have italian!!!
05/01/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This was my girlfriend's and I first time at La Dolce Vita and I must say it was excellent. I really am confused by all the bad reviews. They all say that they weren't treated like the ""family."" Well let me tell you I am the furthest from Italian as you can get and I've never felt as welcome anywhere. The setting is very intimate and romantic. Just the history in that building is amazing. Imaging Frank Sinatra drinking his wine and slurping his spaghetti sitting in a booth close to yours. (This was his favorite place to eat). Oh, and the retirement home thing I don't get. I'm 23 and I loved this place. Anyway, I had the Lobster Diavoli and it was great, very simple but the more I ate the more I loved this dish. This is a great date spot even though the rich clientele is very obvious and can be intimidating if you not used to the LA scene. Great value and was very pleased with the bill. I will come back very soon.