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Dolce Vita, Fairfax, VA

Dolce Vita

4.5
4.5
1021 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (703) 385-1530 ext. 0

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Let us bring the party to you! Big or small, casual drop-off or full-service event, let us make your celebration something special.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining experts are more than happy to create a custom experience catered to your needs. We offer multiple event spaces to host any of your birthdays, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, corporate events, special functions, cocktail hours, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s & holiday parties!

  • Private party contact

    Cyrus Coleman: (888) 286-5449

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Parking details

    We offer complementary valet service on Friday's and Saturday's

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,021 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. K

    Kristen

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here several times and went last night for our anniversary. The food here is amazing! We have never had a bad experience. Our server, Ollie, was wonderful and was knowledgeable about the wine and the menu. We thoroughly enjoy every time we go.
  2. f

    francesk

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants---food foood, easy paring, & good wait staff not to mention the wine selection.
  3. CT

    CocoThoughts

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 10 yr anniversary being married. They welcomed us and had a happy anniversary note to us that also included our choice of a complimentary toast with champagne or dessert to celebrate our special occasion. The food was exquisite (gamberi appetizer, filet mignon, seafood primavera, and the chocolate bread pudding)! The wine was delicious and our server was great! She helped with choices off the menu and was as pleasant and lovely as could be. Our dining experience was awesome, and we will go back!!! Thank you for making our anniversary so wonderfully memorable!! Colette and Gisele
  4. NV

    NoVATraveler

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food is good. The staff are friendly. The main seating venue is very loud with hard surface ceilings, floors and walls accentuating the voices from many dining conversations -- making having a conversation with someone across the table very difficult due to the background roar.
  5. MG

    MaryG

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for accommodating so many teens on their homecoming evening dinner! They had a wonderful time!
  6. HS

    Hamrocks30Sep2022

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent value. Noise level is a bit high (hard surfaces make sounds reverberate).
  7. EF

    EricF

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Nice interior. Friendly and helpful staff. Good value for money. Will definitely return!
  8. SB

    StephenB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Not the best italian i ever had but damn good.
  9. BM

    BrianM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time there. Great food and atmosphere.
  10. DH

    DonH

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience3
    Food is overall OK, but dinner prices are a bit pricey. Weekday lunch is a much better value. The blood orange margaritas were outstanding!
  11. RN

    RanaN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Riley the waitress was the best part of the night. She was very friendly and took her time with us. Food was and so was the ambiance
  12. EA

    EvelynA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Attentive and friendly staff. The owner stopped by to explain the charcuterie board. The food exceeded my expectations especially for the price. We will definitely be back.
  13. Y

    Yogi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is excellent. The service and ambience are good but can be improved a bit. Happy with the experience. Would definitely recommend and visit again in the future.
  14. K

    Kiheivisitor

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Visiting from out of town, terrific food and service. A little on the noisy side, but still fantastic. Will go again next time we are visiting.
  15. g

    gspc00

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Bad from beginning to end. A very annoying “complimentary” valet service which was so inefficient that cars were backed up both ways Dow Rt 50 trying to turn into the parking lot. The server was a nice bright spot, as was the wine selection, however the wine was served at improper serving temperatures and the food… not good. The bread was stale, mass produced American-style baguette, the marinara tasted as if it were just a can of tomato sauce heated through, and the meatballs… my friend was VERY dissatisfied /disappointed. When we were finally done and leaving, the valet brought the cars but extorted tips from us as she held on to our keys… Never.Again.
  16. AS

    AdrienneS

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a friend's birthday and it was fantastic from the moment we arrived till we finished dessert. It was a lovely touch that they had put a birthday card with a nice note for the birthday girl before we arrived and was very much appreciated. Our server was fantastic and she made great recommendations for our meal and everything was delicious. The peach Bellinis were tasty, too. We will be back again for another celebration soon!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, the service was great. Our Server was very courteous and answer all our questions regarding food.
  18. C

    Cagey

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Byron was our server, he was outstanding. We were spending an evening catching up and we were enjoying our time. Byron was excellent, he was attentive and still gave us our space. The food was delicious and we did not feel rushed.
  19. EA

    EdieA

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed first time there we will go back soon
  20. J

    Julebird

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is always great. Drinks are fantastic and impressive wine selection.
  21. GL

    GuyLarue

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food A bit too noisy
  22. p

    processcolover

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our waitress Riley was fantastic! She was very attentive, patient and extremely helpful. The food and wine options were plentiful.
  23. HS

    Hamrocks30Sep2022

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    La Dolce Vita, August 2022: Good food, good value. Moderate noise level exacerbated by hard surfaces (e.g., floor).
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    First time and simply amazed! Oustanding food, service and friendliness. Staff works well together and management table visit is always great for conveying a sincere interest in consistent great experiences.
  25. s

    svanderzyl

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal at Dolce Vita. Saturday night meal in the wine room was a lovely evening with delicious food and great service.
  26. B

    Brad

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to have a tasty meal with the family or just your significant other. For the most part, the staff is friendly and accommodating. Portions are good for one person, they have a pretty good wine list, and make sure to try their homemade tiramisu.
  27. JO

    JuanO

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious risotto and supa de mare. The service was great and the place nice
  28. J

    Julebird

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice variety of daily specials; grapefruit martini is delicious; service/waitstaff are just great. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  29. HL

    HelenL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our waitress was attentive.
  30. b

    bjamminn

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The penne arrabbiata was delicious! Highly recommend for a special occasion or night out.
  31. EC

    EllenC

    Washington DC

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have had at Dolce Vita and we have been dining there for over 20 years! We both had the Caesar salad; fresh, great dressing and shaves of parmigiana. I had the Linguine frutti di mare, fresh pasta and lots of fresh seafood.. delicious! My husband had Penne Arrabiatta with shrimp; just the right amount of heat, great marinara sauce and perfectly cooked shrimp. Our server is always Jose as we always request him! He has been with the restaurant for many years; knows the menu, wine list , and is just a wonderful person! We had a great evening!
  32. PC

    PeterC

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, the food was delicious and the service was outstanding.
  33. TY

    TinaY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic dining experience! The food and drinks hands down delicious. Dined outside with a dear friend. The service made the experience Emma, thank you for the great recommendations and fir taking the great pics! Romano we will see you a Wednesday Wines. Location is great & they also offer take out! See you DV!
  34. KM

    KathyM

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place, service was wonderful! We had the wine flight specials and it was perfect!
  35. MB

    MBee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Tried Dolce Vita based on being invited to a party that was held there. Made arrangements to go back the next week with friends because the Italian food was so delicious and authentic. The calamari, bruschetta, and "The Fig and Pig" pizza are just a few of the food items I would recommend. The setting is nice and intimate and their brick oven is a work of art.
  36. MS

    MichelleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I have has in a long time! The atmosphere was great as well as the service! We definitely will be back!
  37. KH

    KHSmith

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very knowledgeable. Perfect for family get together!
  38. d

    delraylocal

    West Palm Beach

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A/C was out in main building so we were next door. Service was not what we expected. Food outstanding but ambiance not so nice.
  39. PS

    PamelaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Seating setup was a little strange. Service was not good at all. We did not know where our server was most of the time and we waited a long time for our food. However, the food was delicious.
  40. W

    Wine4me

    Washington DC

    90 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This was the first time I had been back to dolce vita since the pandemic. I have been going there for over 20 years. They definitely need to do something about the lack of air conditioning in the main dining room, they were seating everyone in the wine tasting room because it was so warm in their dining room. The food was not as enticing as I once remember it, perhaps a new chef. I will give it a try again, however it’s not at the top of my list.

FAQs

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

Dolce Vita is rated 4.5 stars by 1021 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 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Dolce Vita

10824 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer complementary valet service on Friday's and Saturday's

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 385-1530 ext. 0

  • Catering

    Let us bring the party to you! Big or small, casual drop-off or full-service event, let us make your celebration something special.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining experts are more than happy to create a custom experience catered to your needs. We offer multiple event spaces to host any of your birthdays, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, corporate events, special functions, cocktail hours, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s & holiday parties!

  • Private party contact

    Cyrus Coleman: (888) 286-5449

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