Dolce Vita

4.6
885 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Our restaurant and wine bar has 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!
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4.5
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MeganK
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Definitely a great little spot with good food. It was a Saturday night so it was pretty busy - service felt a little neglected, however, still good! Lots of options on the menu for those that love Italian food. I will definitely be back to try some of the other food options and maybe spend some time on the wine bar side.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Service was a bit slow. I found 2 hairs in my entree. Manager took it off the bill and gave me a new one to take home

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ElizabethH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We loved our experience with Dolce Vita. We went with our two young kids and were given great kindness from our servers. With pizza and traditional Italian entrees, there were options for both kids and adults.

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MarianneD
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and excellent service! Our waiter, Said, couldn’t have been more delightful and accommodating. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

As always service is outstanding.

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vipwinendine
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic dinner and service from Oscar last night! We have wanted to love this neighborhood place but our first time a couple years ago was not that great and we decided to give it another try. The housemade pastas were wonderful, the marguerita pizza was expert - crisp light crust with a little dip at the end - delicious! Grateful for the valet parking in freezing temps - and the staff were all delightful. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun, authentic Italian. Loved the ambience, service and the REAL Italian food. Went for a birthday party and plan to come again and again.

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vipgreygirl
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best. Love it here. Especially good..banana bread pudding!!!

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vipYierouM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was pretty good. My husband and son mentioned the chicken was a bit bland. Service was fine. Didn't feel very inviting. when I made the reservation, I specified it was a birthday. No acknowledgement what so ever. Server seemed more friendly with other table nearby.

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vipbetht
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and atmosphere we great as was the service! Always our “go to” spot when celebrating something.

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JosephP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dolce Vita has a very nice fixed price menu for New Year's Eve, but they were very accommodating to special dietary needs and preferences nonetheless. The entire staff was committed to ensuring that we enjoyed our dining experience and that everything was just right. The wine bar had dancing and the bar provided generous complimentary champagne at midnight. Overall, an excellent experience.

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PatriciaZ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After visiting Dolce Vita 2x in the last few months it is officially one of our date night favorites. New Year's was wonderful. There was a special menu that was delicious. The oysters were perfectly cooked and my branzino was so tasty. One of the best parts was the staff. Our server Malaysia was on top of everything and so lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Celebration of friend’s bday & New Years

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

New Years Eve dinner with 2 friends at one of our favorite restaurants Dolce Vita! We have always had spectacular meals every visit, but the NYE menu was far less than spectacular. I believe DV should stick to offering THEIR menu because it is so great!

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, wonderful good, great staff.
We love this restaurant!

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vipSisters5
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was cold inside so had to wear jackets. Our server was attentive even though many arrived at about the same time we did. We were happy with her. The food was outstanding as usual, even though we hadn't been there for two years. It was nice that the small plates were also available at dinner.

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RobertH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food as usual. We have never been disappointed. Highly recommend splitting a few appetizers before your main course. The desserts are delicious and very reasonably priced.
Pro tip: on Wednesdays, all wines at $100 or less per bottle are half price.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was excellent. Very attentive. Everyone enjoyed their food. We had a great experience.Thank you Lucy.

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HeatherV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really good food, huge portions, good price, wonderful service.

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ShariG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful as always...wine Wednesdays are the best!

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Anon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent! Restaurant clean and attractive. Parking was an adventure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As usual, the food was excellent and the staff was attentive. I had the chicken saltimbocca on spaghetti and it was delicious.

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vipksdkjlm
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great neighborhood restaurant. We use to eat here once a week religiously but moved away. Glad to see that it has kept the quality. Great pasta, fish, reasonable wine list. All in very relaxing as well.
Try it, you will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Oscar was amazing and made our work holiday party great! Food was phenomenal as well.

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BeenaN
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had large group. The service was prompt and excellent. The food was delicious. Our waiter and hostess were super attentive!! Could not have asked for more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this spot!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Came in and was told that a server would be with me shortly…I had to flag a server down to order and the server rarely checked on us throughout the whole meal. Food was nothing special ordered the baked Brie as an app and it wasn’t really baked..got the spinach fetuccine and didn’t taste any spinach or goat cheese or pine nuts that was on the menu I think they served us something different

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DianeM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As always great food and wait staff. A little noisy though!

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Kevin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome pasta dishes. Even better service. Despite an incredibly busy night, Steve was very attentive to the needs of our party of 10. Much appreciated. We will be back.

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FrankP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was absolutely delicious. Really liked it. Will be going back soon.

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DrRK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good, filling and consistent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great.

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Jerry
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The staff went out of their way to be accommodating with seating arrangements and the host and hostess worked hard to make us happy. Our waiter, Steven, was there when we needed him and help selecting a wine by the host was great.

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RandyH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The noise level is a little high but not a big deal. Valet parking was not good. One of the valet parking attendants was wonderful the other (think he was in charge) was awful. We will definitely go back but will find parking elsewhere

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suzi
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We have been coming to this restaurant for more than20 years. We had not been since before COVID u til last night. The food was ok, but not as flavorful as we recall in the past.

Service was fine, though seemed like it was a little disorganized in general at the restaurant.

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous as always! A gem of a restaurant. Food is A-mazing every time.

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NOVA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Since the last time we ate here they have expanded into the place next door. The room was a bit loud and the place we were seated had lots of traffic walking by - which I did not like. Sitting in the other side would be better. They also appeared to have pared down their menu quite a bit. With COVID, and food supply issues, I can understand it - and while I tend to get the same basic meal every time (and so was not affected), my husband did comment that there seemed to be a lot less creativity in the menu - no special twists or combinations in any of the options. The food was still good, but predictable in its options.

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LisaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Our waiter was horrible! He forgot what our drink order was, brought three out of four, and kept saying “ oh yeah, I’ll be right back”! We saw every table around us turned before we even received our meals. Thankfully we were in no rush and were catching up with old friends but we finally had to call the manager over and tell him what we were experiencing. Romano was awesome and took care of us very quickly.

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Fabulous
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good, portions were small.
Service was slow and unsteady - table had to repeatedly request promised drinks. Server may have been overtaxed with too,many tables

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CindyG
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friends and I met at their wine bar on 11/17/2021 . Oscar was our waiter and he was so Romany delightful! The food was de-lish-ous. We had the Polpette (meatballs) and 2 of their flatbreads, aspargus and calamari. Totally recommend the their calamari and those meatballs. We very much enjoyed the wine we chose. Will I return, you betcha!

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You can order delivery directly from Dolce Vita using the Order Online button. Dolce Vita also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 385-1530 ext. 0.

Dolce Vita is rated 4.6 stars by 885 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.