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Dolce Vita, Washington, DC

Dolce Vita

4.3
4.3
282 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Dolce Vita at its core is an ode to owner Med Lahlou’s cultural heritage from the Mediterranean coast highlighting four countries: Italy, Morocco, Spain, and Greece. The menu transports guests to the coast through both the European restaurant decor and signature menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 506-4872

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Chef Juan Olivera

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 282 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. JB

    JohnB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! Food was super and our waitperson, Daniel, gets very high marks. Second time at Dolce Vita and would definitely go again. Cheers!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The Arroz Caldosa was undercooked (we only ate a couple of bites) it wasn’t even al dentè. The sardines were good and the free hummus and bread. The bone marrow carne crudo was good but we asked for more bread since it didn’t come w any- asked bread from the runner but he never came back. They should serve it with bread. Our server was nice but she forgot when we asked for more tea and a glass of wine. We had to remind her again. We also had to ask for more water. The extra dirty martini barely had any taste of olive juice. The ambience is great here though. I would come again to try the other small bites. And maybe a main chef dish next time. The flan was delicious.
  3. DC

    DennisC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing and the service was very attentive. Can get a little noisy though.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hospitality shown by the staff, from the GM to the wait staff, the ambience of the space, and the food were simply superb. 14th Street has tons of options - but this is undoubtedly one of the very best.
  5. PN

    PerfectNightOut

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary and the staff and owner were so hospitable and friendly. They even treated us at the end with a tiramisu dessert that said Happy Anniversary. The food was incredible, I would definitely recommend this place!
  6. B

    Bolt138

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a very good brunch experience - the service was fantastic and the food was really good. Would recommend the Italian omelette and the pastry basket. You definitely get good value for the food.
  7. E

    Elizabeth

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I’m 25 years old and have a vertical ID because of my state’s laws (I’m a transplant to DC) and they wouldn’t serve me alcohol. While restaurants are free to serve who they wish, it still felt discriminatory and ridiculous. The server alluded to being policed by some external department, which is obviously false considering every other restaurant in DC serves me alcohol without concern, and my ID is a valid legal document so there’s no reason they would get in trouble. It’s not easy for everyone to get a new ID for many reasons — be it money, time, location, etc. — so this is an absurd rule. Just let me buy a glass of wine!!!
  8. B

    Bayuze

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, great food, wonderful wine, pleasant and efficient service.
  9. TM

    TMCsquared

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food. My new favorite small plates restaurant in DC. Very reasonable prices, too!
  10. 1

    1234

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and amazing service. Thank you for making a special experience for my mom and I.
  11. 0

    0123

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, fantastic atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. They even brought out tiramisu after learning we were celebrating a special occasion! Only ding is - they use pretty small water glasses, so my and my companion’s waters stood empty several times. Would definitely go again!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Overall the food was good and the drinks were strong. This made up for the slowest service ever; we were seated and abandoned by our waiter for almost 30 minutes. The restaurant was packed so this was probably why service was so slow. Don't come here if you're in a hurry.
  13. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It is always a delight to find bone marrow on the menu!
  14. p

    perla

    Atlanta

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. Appetizer portions were small but delicious. Service was very good.
  15. J

    Jaco

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    The restaurant ran out of coffee mugs at brunch, so our party did not have coffee until the end of the meal. Similarly, they ran out of wine glasses, so several members of our party had to pour prosecco into their water glasses. Some of the food arrived late. The atmosphere was nice, and many members of our party enjoyed their food. They just didn’t seem fully prepared for that day’s brunch service.
  16. H

    Hambolina

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The service was great, as was the ambiance and food presentation. Where it fell short was on flavor. The smoked pork tasted too smokey that it overpowered the fish, the cauliflower was nothing exciting, and the fish a bit bland. The standouts were the truffled risotto and the Bamba de Papa.
  17. JP

    JoePuzzo

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great options for vegetarians
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    No AC inside, food was good.
  19. KZ

    KhalidZ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Extremely slow service to the point that I waited an hour between my appetizer and entre so I ended up taking my dinner to go.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is absolutely outstanding! We loved everything - the food was amazingly delicious; the appearance was Michelin quality and elegance, the service was super kind and personal. And we got to see THE CHIEF - pure delight! He is from Madrid and brings Spain to DC with most taste and experience! The rest of the staff was also wonderful. Best anniversary celebration ever!!! Highly recommended!
  21. TK

    TedK

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Thank you.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Went for restaurant week was severely disappointed with food and service
  23. AF

    AshleyF

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We came here for Sunday brunch during restaurant week and overall I would say the experience was, "okay." The restaurant week menu was limited, as can be expected, but one of the appetizers was also served as a side dish to the entree. We had no idea and were not advised of that so it was a wasted course. Then, the dessert item wasn't even available and we had to choose something else. Sitting outside was no enjoyable as it feels like the staff forgot you. Of three adults, for all three courses, two items were brought out, then the third much much later. Certainly not served in courses as one would expect.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Beautiful ambiance.
  25. AW

    AbbyW

    Fayetteville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a girls' night and it was everything we wanted. Fun atmosphere, great food, great service.
  26. GB

    GoBlue

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was attentive but not overbearing. The food was good but the plates were uneven. As we had the same entree it was easy to compare the differences in the plates. That said the food was all very good. The tuna appetizer is a must try; the flan and tiramisu are both really good.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dolce Vita is always a pleasure, amazing food, balanced drinks and excellent service.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the steak and appetizers. Def would recommend for a date night or girls night! Will go again.
  29. MC

    MadeleineC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I want to blame restaurant week for this experience, but I’m not sure I can. Some of the food was good, but my steak dish was so full of fat I could barely chew it. The service was truly terrible, and the restaurant wasn’t busy enough to explain the terrible service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Came here for restaurant week and I wasn’t impressed. The food was ok, not as flavorful as I had hoped. Our server was friendly but inattentive - we had to ask someone to grab him for us the entire night. I don’t think I’d go back, unless obligated.
  31. S

    Sonnie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    My boyfriend notified the waiter that he has a nut allergy upon sitting down, and asked the waiter if any of the items he ordered had nuts again while ordering - the waiter told us that no, nothing had nuts. After finishing our food, the waiter came back to notify us that yes, our food actually did have nuts in it. My boyfriend began experiencing a tight throat, slowness of breath, and an itchy/tingling tongue. We were not offered any comp on our check, and we had to find our waiter to get our check immediately so we could get home and get him some Benadryl and be near his epi pen. He didn’t want me to cause a scene or be difficult, so we just paid our full check and left, but had this been another patron, this could have been a serious, life threatening mishap.
  32. EA

    EarlaAshleeM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johan was an awesome waiter/server! He was pleasant and great personality. Ordered food from the restaurant week menu. Omgggggg DELICIOUS !!!!! LOVED that Moussaka and the Need Chop 16oz ribeye. Definitely would return!
  33. WB

    WhitneyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing and the food even better! We never felt rushed, meal was well timed. Good experience.
  34. V

    Visitor

    Washington DC

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The variety of dishes on the dinner menu was great and the presentation of food is delightful. The volume in the restaurant is too loud, though. Also, I wish there were more whole grain and legume-based dishes on the menu. Further, I want to know more about where/how foods are sourced.
  35. RH

    RebeccaH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and attentive service
  36. FD

    FoodnDrinkGuy

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    this was our second trip to Dolce Vita. The staff is very friendly. We had a 3pm reservation and were a little confused when our server told us the kitchen was closing and we needed to get our orders in. I realize 3pm is an off time but don't understand why you would take a reservation for this time if the kitchen is closing. maybe take your last brunch reservation at 2:30pm. The food was good, our server was very pleasant and the live music was a nice touch. We did have to hunt down our server to pay our bill. In the future we will make our reservation earlier or for dinner.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Food is fantastic, service is poor. Later in the evening around 9pm they opened the front doors and windows and it got extremely hot and humid inside. I guess they wanted to get people out. Anyway - we got lots of bug bites.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Restaurant was super hot. Perhaps close the front window when it is over 90 degrees out. It became uncomfortable eventually to where we went elsewhere for dessert and post dinner drinks.
  39. FF

    FoodFinder

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Was not the best experience. My friends' steak and eggs were paltry -- four to five very small pieces of overcooked steak as opposed to a full piece of steak. The prosecco is a bit overpriced per bottle. The pastries were good (especially the spanikopita). Overall, okay but I'd prefer to eat elsewhere.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had brunch Saturday morning. A nice mozzarella salad. The Eggs, potatoes, and bacon were excellent. My girlfriend had the Greek Omelette which she said was delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dolce Vita offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-4872.

Dolce Vita is rated 4.3 stars by 282 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 37 times today
Google Map for Dolce Vita

1610 14th street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Chef Juan Olivera

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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