Dolce Vita

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680 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Now offering Sunday Brunch. Our restaurant and wine bar have been serving authentic Italian cuisine in the City of Fairfax for over twenty years. It all starts with our unique brick oven, one of the first wood-fired ovens in NOVA, and our fresh pastas made in-house every day. The scents of garlic, tomatoes, and herbs follow you through the restaurant as you see the hand-painted murals covering our walls. These personal touches provide a cozy setting that takes you away to Italy and is perfect for any occasion. Our menu has a range of dishes, from traditional Italian offerings to unique personal selections. We are dedicated to using fresh ingredients from our own garden and sourced from other local farms. Dolce Vita always strives to be on the forefront of being creative and offering excellent food and service. All of us here welcome you with open arms and can’t wait to spend more memorable years with you!
What 680 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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4.3
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DaveW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience

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JohnB
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. I am so glad Dolce Vita made it through the shut down as the6 are one of my favorite Italian restaurants!

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vipFredT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I eat at Dolce Vita almost every week. I loved the ravioli with boar ragu special this past Saturday.

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ScottP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We visited Dolce Vita for the first time in years. The food and service are still excellent. We dined under a tent outside, comfortably distanced from other diners. Our server was attentive and made several great recommendations regarding wine and food. We'll be back soon.

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teresas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So authentic! Love Dolce Vita. Staff is wonderful, food is fabulous and the ambiance brings you right to Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was amazing. But we only ever saw 2 waiters handling all the tables meaning we had to wait a long time to order our food, they also messed up our order and we ended up not getting our appetizer till the entrees came out. The auto shop next door was extremely loud although I'm sure if we sat inside it wouldnt have bothered us. Many gluten free options for those with allergies in our party and food came out extremely fresh

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vipPapa
Richmond
93 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

To go out for an enjoyable meal under a tent in a parking lot is weird but very delicious

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vipDDraper
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent, as always.

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vipLGaye
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I love that they will customize any dish to your liking, and all their sauces and pastas are homemade.
There is a lot to choose from on the menu.
The arugula and fig salad was outstanding, as was the homemade tiramisu.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
103 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Shane was very impressive. He was attentive and caring.

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JimS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very comfortable dining outdoors. Food and service were both excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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Wilson
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Our table for two was reserved a few days before inside dining was available. However when we reached the restaurant on time there were no outside tables available. I expected that since we reserved before inside dining was allowed we would have an outside table reserved.
We had to dine inside.
The food was good and the server was competent.

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DolceForever
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great authentic Italian food. Great portions. Great staff. Literally my most favorite place to eat in NOVA.

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LindaZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure. Family and Fido friendly outside. Staff is super nice. Favorite appetizer is Tasca.

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ChristineP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fabulous and the service staff was great. We were eating under a tent in the front parking lot but they did a great job of making it feel like a dining room.

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vipKathy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just fantastic

The staff is super friendly and attentive

Food was over the top excellent

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vipLuvfoodNwine
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal. The food and the service were fantastic!! Definitely coming back as there are many more dishes I want to try. Yum!!

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vipPapa
Richmond
94 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well done food and drink and service.
M wife said the bolognese sauce was superb

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Service was not good and food was not up to par disappointment!

Dolce Vita
Responded on 11 March 2020

Hi there, we're sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. I was wondering if you had any further feedback on your service and food. We strive to serve quality food with great service, so it's unfortunate to hear when we don't hit that mark. We'd also like to make it up to you if possible, so please send us a message when you can and we can chat. Thanks so much for dining with us and I hope to speak with you soon. Best, Meghan - Manager

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viplunchgirl
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Been wanting to have dinner here for years and finally made it. Food was excellent and nice wine selections.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
103 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Nova! Phenomenol, authentic Italian food! Beyond great service, and beautiful ambiance!

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
103 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant and wine bar! Top notch food, wine and service!

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vipAnthonyC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It's a solid restaurant. Good food, good service, great value. Plenty of things for kids to eat (without having a kids menu). We're lucky to live so close to a gem like this.

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Fargus
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Dolce Vita is a little gem in Fairfax. The food is very fresh and tasty. The restaurant was super busy on a Sunday night and the staff did a great job trying to get everyone seated with a minimum wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience1

My friends and I had originally had made a reservation because of an email I received. In the email it said they were having a five course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. It said it would be offering the menu Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But when we were seated our waiter said no that was only for Friday. I showed him the email and all he said was sorry. My friends and I were bummed because every year we do a Galentines day dinner and thought this would be fun.
The food and service were very good but it was very loud because you are packed In like sardines.
I have been to this restaurant/wine bar many times because it does have yummy food but this was very disappointing. Disappointed in the customer service which says a lot about a restaurant.

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jayp56
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First visit and was seated in wine bar area. Had a nice variety of good Italian wines in a tasting (flight). Fried ristoto and grilled artichoke hearts were very nice apps. Tried the homemade pasta with pomodoro sauce and sausage, meatballs and broccoli rabe as sides. Came out piping hot, cooked perfectly with great flavored sides. service was excellent. Will go again to try other menu items.

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MadFrog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Valentine’s Day with a group of 8. We had a later reservation (9pm).
First the good: the service was very prompt and good. Each course was brought at the same time for everyone at the table. Each lady at the table was given a beautiful single red rose stem which was a very nice touch. Also, there were complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries which were good. I enjoyed my vegetable terrine as an appetizer. The bottle of red Valpolicella wine we got was good.
Now the bad: frankly the food (other than the aforementioned terrine) was barely mediocre, almost bad. Several people had the beef tenderloin which was overcooked and dry. I had the lamb and gnocchi - which might have been good at some point but were served barely warm (I’m trying not to say cold, but that’s what they were). Finally the dessert. I had the chocolate mousse trio. The flavors were good, but there, I barely had a teaspoon of each. Barely enough to taste. At $65 a pop for three mediocre courses, served cold - we won’t be back.
As a matter of fact, after we had dinner at Dolce Vita, we went and had a second dinner at a late night Korean BBQ joint...

So, nice staff, very friendly and prompt but they were let down by the kitchen as the food was a total miss.

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TamaraR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

We were here for the Valentines Day set menu. You could tell they were just cranking the food out of the kitchen as quickly as possible. They seemed to be in a rush to take our order, and the first course came out minutes after we ordered (by a different server). First, we were not offered bread. After seeing bread baskets on other tables, we asked for the bread and it was served. The first course was tasty (a brie salad and cauli bisque), but then noticed when the table next to us was served their salad, it had other things on it (and looked more delicious!). Second course was also good, the filet was cooked medium rare as requested, so I appreciated them getting that right. The lamb was also good. No complaints about dessert either. The food was all good, but the service was not. We had a bottle of wine, and after it was opened for us, we poured all of our glasses ourselves.

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RobertN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

On this very busy night I felt the overall experience was very good. I have been there a number of times before. It is my go-to restaurant for elegant dining.

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vipPamM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The fixed price menu was a little disappointing. The food was fine but not fantastic. Out wait staff were wonderful.

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vipMichaelF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dolce Vita remains a neighborhood gem, and while Valentine’s Day proves a test on any restaurant, the management and staff at Dolce Vita handled it with grace and welcoming service.

My 3 course prix-fixe choices were a beautiful Vegetable Terrine, perfectly grilled Loin of Lamb over tender and flavorful gnocchi, and a scrumptious Mixed-berry Napoleon. My date enjoyed the Walnut and Brie salad, the Lamb, and the Chocolate Mousse Trio.

A Red Rose was presented my date at the end of the meal, completing what was (as always) a delightful experience at one of my favorite restaurants in all of Fairfax County.

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vipTheZman
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food was well prepared and presented. Very tasty salads and charcuterie. Delicious pork chop and linguini portofino. Service was fine. Some language issues. Wine list was oddly incorrect which was suspicious. The physical plant was disappointing.

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Eagle1
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always - great food, service, setting. We had a wonderful time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Came in with my wife and daughter and we sat in a nice secluded booth directly across from the kitchen. Our server was outstanding. He had incredible knowledge of the wine. We will definitely be returning

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vipJeanG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The pasta was overcooked for both me and my husband. Food is usually very good there, but this was a surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a good choice. Great food and service.

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DeniseN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Very disappointing. This was one of my favorite restaurants, but I hadn't been in awhile. Major changes in staff, menu options and atmosphere all made this a very different experience. The food is n ok w mediocre, the staff unsmiling, with minimal service, and the wonderful Italian atmosphere gone. I wonder be recommending or returning. Very sad.

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Julesc
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, ambience, and of course, the home made pasta and fair were quite the treat as we celebrated Grandma Jane's birthday! Thank you, Dolce Vita, for a wonderful evening!

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TriciaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food! Busy and a bit noisy on a Saturday night - but good energy. Excellent wait staff! Complimentary valet parking was much appreciated on a rainy evening.

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Dolce Vita does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Dolce Vita also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 385-1530 ext. 0.

Dolce Vita is rated 4.5 stars by 680 OpenTable diners.

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