La Dolce Vita Ristorante

★★★★★
  • 234 1st Ave W

    Seattle, WA 98119

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  • 206-283-2198

About La Dolce Vita Ristorante

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Mon-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm Fri 11am-2am, 5pm-11pm Sat 5pm-11pm

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The food is okay. It doesn't seem authentic at all as far as being Italian. It's a better option than the place next door, and an okay option for being on lower queen anne.

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★★★☆☆

The food is okay. It doesn't seem authentic at all as far as being Italian. It's a better option than the place next door, and an okay option for being on lower queen anne.

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Last night marks the 4th visit to La Dolce Vita and what a disappointment! My wife and I had very enjoyable evenings until last night. The service was slow, the food mediocre and wrong (I will explain in a moment) and our server didn't seem to care about any of it. Perhaps the economy has taken its toll on this small restaurant.

Regarding the food being "wrong," my wife and I had both ordered different chicken dishes and she received my potatoes and vegetables and I her's. When we pointed this out to the server, he said we were wrong and served us. He later said it was a kitchen error. No real apology. No correction. I had to switch the sides onto a bread plate for my wife. Not what I call a pleasant experience. Add to this the server disappearing for a while and I am not sure we will head back. Too bad as we like to support local restaurants. Hope the facility fixes these errors and remembers to at least apologize to the customer as without the patron, La Dolce Vita would have no business.

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Last night marks the 4th visit to La Dolce Vita and what a disappointment! My wife and I had very enjoyable evenings until last night. The service was slow, the food mediocre and wrong (I will explain in a moment) and our server didn't seem to care about any of it. Perhaps the economy has taken its toll on this small restaurant.

Regarding the food being "wrong," my wife and I had both ordered different chicken dishes and she received my potatoes and vegetables and I her's. When we pointed this out to the server, he said we were wrong and served us. He later said it was a kitchen error. No real apology. No correction. I had to switch the sides onto a bread plate for my wife. Not what I call a pleasant experience. Add to this the server disappearing for a while and I am not sure we will head back. Too bad as we like to support local restaurants. Hope the facility fixes these errors and remembers to at least apologize to the customer as without the patron, La Dolce Vita would have no business.

Pros: Nothing this time

Cons: Service, Food

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I brought my girlfriend there for New Year's Eve, looking for a special evening. I got that and then some. This is the first time I've reviewed any place, but I thought that this evening warranted it, especially after last years train wreck.

I found this place online and chose it from the great reviews others had left on multiple sites. They only offered a preset menu for $75/person (but as I found out in years past, so does every place on New Year's). I know, sounds like a lot, but it was 5 courses + champagne.

We arrived 15 min. early for our 8PM res. and the place was packed. We did end up waiting 10 min. for a table, so we had a drink at the bar next door. Looking around the place looked a little old school, until I heard the muzak version of Nine Inch Nails! Ha! The service was incredible, or should I say the "server" because it looked like he had the whole restaurant himself, and yet he was still very attentive and helpful deciphering the Italian language on the menu. It looked like the owner running around helping, very nice guy also.

The food was spot on from the little bite of an appetizer that we were served with our champagne almost as soon as we sat down, to the awesome tiramisu (and I'm a connoisseur). I had the best carpaccio I've ever had, it was made from Kobe Beef! The mushroom risotto, (YUM), came out with the potent smell of truffles. And the Kobe New York (need I say more?). My girlfriend is a vegetarian and they had the whole spread for her too, and she loved it. The only bad part was the little mouse that went scurrying into the bathroom.

All in all a great meal that I will be returning to find. My girlfriend even dragged me into the women's bathroom (not like that) to show me, and the place was a palace, and all the guy's had was a lousy shoebox. I guess they know who to pamper.

Thanks for making 2008 go out with a boom.

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★★★★★

I brought my girlfriend there for New Year's Eve, looking for a special evening. I got that and then some. This is the first time I've reviewed any place, but I thought that this evening warranted it, especially after last years train wreck.

I found this place online and chose it from the great reviews others had left on multiple sites. They only offered a preset menu for $75/person (but as I found out in years past, so does every place on New Year's). I know, sounds like a lot, but it was 5 courses + champagne.

We arrived 15 min. early for our 8PM res. and the place was packed. We did end up waiting 10 min. for a table, so we had a drink at the bar next door. Looking around the place looked a little old school, until I heard the muzak version of Nine Inch Nails! Ha! The service was incredible, or should I say the "server" because it looked like he had the whole restaurant himself, and yet he was still very attentive and helpful deciphering the Italian language on the menu. It looked like the owner running around helping, very nice guy also.

The food was spot on from the little bite of an appetizer that we were served with our champagne almost as soon as we sat down, to the awesome tiramisu (and I'm a connoisseur). I had the best carpaccio I've ever had, it was made from Kobe Beef! The mushroom risotto, (YUM), came out with the potent smell of truffles. And the Kobe New York (need I say more?). My girlfriend is a vegetarian and they had the whole spread for her too, and she loved it. The only bad part was the little mouse that went scurrying into the bathroom.

All in all a great meal that I will be returning to find. My girlfriend even dragged me into the women's bathroom (not like that) to show me, and the place was a palace, and all the guy's had was a lousy shoebox. I guess they know who to pamper.

Thanks for making 2008 go out with a boom.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Too far from my house!

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Walking into La Dolce Vita felt like I was walking into Italy. This place is very inviting and intimate. The traditional Italian food is amazing and very fresh and the service is outstanding.

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★★★★☆

Walking into La Dolce Vita felt like I was walking into Italy. This place is very inviting and intimate. The traditional Italian food is amazing and very fresh and the service is outstanding.

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I took my wife here last weekend for her birthday. The food was excellent, the wine was a perfect complement, and the service (Chris, the owner) was outstanding. The restaurant has a small interior, with fireplace, and is nice and quiet so you can enjoy the company you are with. The food all tasted very fresh and flavorful.

I'm a transplant from San Francisco, and travel frequently. I have to say this was some of the best food and service I've experienced. Top drawer, in every regard. Thank you, Chris.

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★★★★★

I took my wife here last weekend for her birthday. The food was excellent, the wine was a perfect complement, and the service (Chris, the owner) was outstanding. The restaurant has a small interior, with fireplace, and is nice and quiet so you can enjoy the company you are with. The food all tasted very fresh and flavorful.

I'm a transplant from San Francisco, and travel frequently. I have to say this was some of the best food and service I've experienced. Top drawer, in every regard. Thank you, Chris.

Pros: Fresh, flavorful food. Outstanding, friendly service. Quiet, warm, romantic. Perfect in every regard. An incredible find.

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So good! Went there for lunch and wanted to be there for the rest of the day. The staff, the place, the food display all has charm. Good thing its so hidden or it would be full all the time. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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★★★★☆

So good! Went there for lunch and wanted to be there for the rest of the day. The staff, the place, the food display all has charm. Good thing its so hidden or it would be full all the time. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Pros: Charming in every aspect

Cons: really cant find anything to complain about

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Just ate there with six people after walking by and thinking it looked interesting. What a find! We tried lots of dishes -- menu was very creative ("nuovo Italian" or Pacific NW Italian) with fresh ingredients, great preparation, superp service and a good, high value wine lis to boot. Sometimes in life, luck is with you and you find a great restaurant by accident. Tonight was our night -- we lived in San Francisco for 8 years, and this place would do very well there.

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★★★★★

Just ate there with six people after walking by and thinking it looked interesting. What a find! We tried lots of dishes -- menu was very creative ("nuovo Italian" or Pacific NW Italian) with fresh ingredients, great preparation, superp service and a good, high value wine lis to boot. Sometimes in life, luck is with you and you find a great restaurant by accident. Tonight was our night -- we lived in San Francisco for 8 years, and this place would do very well there.

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We had heard that Twain was becoming head chef and we had to try it! We were Twain fan's at the former restaurant he was employed at. He was his usual creative self as he prepared a fantastic white wild King Salmon special, not what you would expect at an Italian restaurant, It was delicious. The food, ambiance, and personal attention was outstanding.
We will definately be back again soon!

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★★★★★

We had heard that Twain was becoming head chef and we had to try it! We were Twain fan's at the former restaurant he was employed at. He was his usual creative self as he prepared a fantastic white wild King Salmon special, not what you would expect at an Italian restaurant, It was delicious. The food, ambiance, and personal attention was outstanding.
We will definately be back again soon!

Pros: Food, Ambience, personal attention

Cons: parking

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How can you not love this place?! The service is personal, friendly and warm. The owner is very accomodating to his guests. The food is amazing! Overall, it's a great place and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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★★★★★

How can you not love this place?! The service is personal, friendly and warm. The owner is very accomodating to his guests. The food is amazing! Overall, it's a great place and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Once I'm home from work, I don't much like getting out in the freezing rain to drive around downtown looking for a new restaurant. My wife does though, so off we went to find La Dolce Vita.

Well... I'm happy to say that it was well worth the drive. These guys do Italian right!! From the warm ambience to the friendly service, to the amazing food, this joint gets high marks from me all the way around.

I orderd a lemon chicken dish which was the best I've ever had. The presention was fun and fresh without being over the top and the prices were quite resonable. The appetizers came quickly and were fantastic. Even the sorbet/white chocolate dessert was unique and delicious.

Minutes from Key Arena this place is a fantastic find. Great job guys!

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★★★★★

Once I'm home from work, I don't much like getting out in the freezing rain to drive around downtown looking for a new restaurant. My wife does though, so off we went to find La Dolce Vita.

Well... I'm happy to say that it was well worth the drive. These guys do Italian right!! From the warm ambience to the friendly service, to the amazing food, this joint gets high marks from me all the way around.

I orderd a lemon chicken dish which was the best I've ever had. The presention was fun and fresh without being over the top and the prices were quite resonable. The appetizers came quickly and were fantastic. Even the sorbet/white chocolate dessert was unique and delicious.

Minutes from Key Arena this place is a fantastic find. Great job guys!

Pros: Fantastic all the way around

Cons: Sure to get way too busy once people get wind of this place

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I love this place! It's hard to find phenomenal Italian food in Seattle, because...well...we're a long way from Italy! We stumbled upon La Dolce Vita for the first time, and I couldn't be happier with it. They have obviously payed a lot of attention to the details, from the decor to the dessert. I had a fantastic halibut dish, with some homemade pasta with the best marinara sauce I've ever had. The dinner was finished with a sorbet dessert that was out of this world. I highly recommend this place; Seattle is lucky to have them.

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★★★★★

I love this place! It's hard to find phenomenal Italian food in Seattle, because...well...we're a long way from Italy! We stumbled upon La Dolce Vita for the first time, and I couldn't be happier with it. They have obviously payed a lot of attention to the details, from the decor to the dessert. I had a fantastic halibut dish, with some homemade pasta with the best marinara sauce I've ever had. The dinner was finished with a sorbet dessert that was out of this world. I highly recommend this place; Seattle is lucky to have them.

Pros: Authentic food perfectly seasoned, Service is amazing, Quality

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This is a hidden jewel of excellent Italian food on lower QA.
Take a date and they will enjoy it. It has been several months since I have been there, but reviewing it makes me want to go back!

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★★★★★

This is a hidden jewel of excellent Italian food on lower QA.
Take a date and they will enjoy it. It has been several months since I have been there, but reviewing it makes me want to go back!

Pros: Small and intimate

Cons: parking can sometimes be hard in the area, but it is far better than downtown

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I can honestly say that the food is the best Italian food I have ever had. This place is AMAZING! Enjoy! and make sure to make reservations to insure you don't miss out on the best place in Seattle!

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★★★★☆

I can honestly say that the food is the best Italian food I have ever had. This place is AMAZING! Enjoy! and make sure to make reservations to insure you don't miss out on the best place in Seattle!

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Great food comes from the heart. these folks have that. A quiet, romantic resturant of quality both in food and wine. I have read a one star review from a very spoiled person that thinks the world revolves around them. I always recommend this place to any who seek a fine place to eat in Seattle.

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★★★★★

Great food comes from the heart. these folks have that. A quiet, romantic resturant of quality both in food and wine. I have read a one star review from a very spoiled person that thinks the world revolves around them. I always recommend this place to any who seek a fine place to eat in Seattle.

Pros: Quiet out of the way local.

Cons: none I can think of

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I have been to La Dolce Vita several times and it never disappoints. If you crave top shelf Italian as much as I do then this is a must try. It is so hard to determine what item on the menu would be my favorite. The fish is so fresh it seems as though the vendors at Pike Place Market throw it directly into their kitchen. I know that the pasta is homemade and the sausage is linked on site, both are out of this world. The Risotto is to die for and is a perfect accompaniment to any of the fresh items on the menu. My wife and I really feel as though this may me the best kept secret in Seattle. Be careful when you dine at La Dolce Vita because you just might become addicted to it! It really is that good!

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★★★★★

I have been to La Dolce Vita several times and it never disappoints. If you crave top shelf Italian as much as I do then this is a must try. It is so hard to determine what item on the menu would be my favorite. The fish is so fresh it seems as though the vendors at Pike Place Market throw it directly into their kitchen. I know that the pasta is homemade and the sausage is linked on site, both are out of this world. The Risotto is to die for and is a perfect accompaniment to any of the fresh items on the menu. My wife and I really feel as though this may me the best kept secret in Seattle. Be careful when you dine at La Dolce Vita because you just might become addicted to it! It really is that good!

Pros: Easy to park, great service, fresh menu.

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I don't even know where to begin. This place is AMAZING! My boyfriend and I recently took our first trip to Seattle and our hotel recommended La Dolce Vita for the best Italian food in the city. We were very skeptical, because Italian is our favorite and we're very picky. The intimate setting is absolutely perfect for an evening with friends sharing a bottle of wine or a night alone with your significant other. I can honestly say that the food is the best Italian food I have ever had. I live in the Bay Area and it breaks my heart that La Dolce Vita is all the way in Seattle. I highly recommend the Shrimp Scami appetizer, Penne Pasta with italian sausage, mushrooms, tomato sause, and cream, and their paninis. I spoke to both the owner and his father and they are excellent gentlemen who put the + to an already A-rated establishment. Enjoy! and make sure to make reservations to insure you don't miss out on the best place in Seattle!

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★★★★★

I don't even know where to begin. This place is AMAZING! My boyfriend and I recently took our first trip to Seattle and our hotel recommended La Dolce Vita for the best Italian food in the city. We were very skeptical, because Italian is our favorite and we're very picky. The intimate setting is absolutely perfect for an evening with friends sharing a bottle of wine or a night alone with your significant other. I can honestly say that the food is the best Italian food I have ever had. I live in the Bay Area and it breaks my heart that La Dolce Vita is all the way in Seattle. I highly recommend the Shrimp Scami appetizer, Penne Pasta with italian sausage, mushrooms, tomato sause, and cream, and their paninis. I spoke to both the owner and his father and they are excellent gentlemen who put the + to an already A-rated establishment. Enjoy! and make sure to make reservations to insure you don't miss out on the best place in Seattle!

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I've enjoyed La Dolce Vita three times now, and can not wait to get there again. A great spot to eat before the Sonics games. The first time, I enjoyed the Wild Boar dish, which was very authentic and something I had never tried. It was very good, and also very different, which I like! There's too many restaurants out there with the same Menu, and I was pleased to see some different items on this one. I've also enjoyed the Filet Mignon dish, which came with a side of very flavorful vegetables. The third time I visited, the special of the day was the Osso Bucco! What a delight! An enormous cut of Veal, that must have been slow roasted the entire day. It was piled on top of a bed of special Rissotto. I've also enjoyed the appetizers. The shrimp scampi is excellent. We also tried a pear ravioli starter, which I had never heard of. I would say that was my favorite, although everything is excellent.
The owner/chef/waiter has always been out to meet and greet us with a smile. He makes you feel like your a regular, and even stayed open an hour late while we enjoyed some after dinner wine. He made us feel very comfortable and at home.

I have never written a review on this site, but after eating here, I felt it was my duty to get the word out on La Dolce Vita! The Sweet Life! Yes Indeed!

2
★★★★★

I've enjoyed La Dolce Vita three times now, and can not wait to get there again. A great spot to eat before the Sonics games. The first time, I enjoyed the Wild Boar dish, which was very authentic and something I had never tried. It was very good, and also very different, which I like! There's too many restaurants out there with the same Menu, and I was pleased to see some different items on this one. I've also enjoyed the Filet Mignon dish, which came with a side of very flavorful vegetables. The third time I visited, the special of the day was the Osso Bucco! What a delight! An enormous cut of Veal, that must have been slow roasted the entire day. It was piled on top of a bed of special Rissotto. I've also enjoyed the appetizers. The shrimp scampi is excellent. We also tried a pear ravioli starter, which I had never heard of. I would say that was my favorite, although everything is excellent.
The owner/chef/waiter has always been out to meet and greet us with a smile. He makes you feel like your a regular, and even stayed open an hour late while we enjoyed some after dinner wine. He made us feel very comfortable and at home.

I have never written a review on this site, but after eating here, I felt it was my duty to get the word out on La Dolce Vita! The Sweet Life! Yes Indeed!

Pros: Food, atmosphere, service

Cons: none

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I went here for the first time with 2 coworkers, and we snagged the one outdoor table. Our waiter was so great at checking in with us and recommending wines and specials. I have never before in my life order "lamb shank," but it was a special last night, and it was ridiculously good. Then the owner and chef came out to check on us also, and joke with us about our waiter. He also told us that they are building an extended deck so they can add 10 more tables to a new patio area. I will for sure be going back and recommending la dolce vita to my friends.

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★★★★★

I went here for the first time with 2 coworkers, and we snagged the one outdoor table. Our waiter was so great at checking in with us and recommending wines and specials. I have never before in my life order "lamb shank," but it was a special last night, and it was ridiculously good. Then the owner and chef came out to check on us also, and joke with us about our waiter. He also told us that they are building an extended deck so they can add 10 more tables to a new patio area. I will for sure be going back and recommending la dolce vita to my friends.

Pros: Parkigng, next to Buckley's, Service, FOOD

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My boyfriend and I went here for the first time last night and loved it!! The service was impeccable, the atmosphere relaxed, and I loved the music selection. It wasn't too crowded, so it was an intimate, relaxed setting. I had a delicious halibut dish and my boyfriend had spaghetti with bolognese, all very flavorful. Also a great wine selection! We'll definatly go back, especially since it's within walking distance.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went here for the first time last night and loved it!! The service was impeccable, the atmosphere relaxed, and I loved the music selection. It wasn't too crowded, so it was an intimate, relaxed setting. I had a delicious halibut dish and my boyfriend had spaghetti with bolognese, all very flavorful. Also a great wine selection! We'll definatly go back, especially since it's within walking distance.

Pros: Quiet, relaxing with excellent service and wine...also good music selection

Cons: I can't think of any cons

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My wife and I had the privilege of dining at La Dolce Vita two weeks ago on a Friday evening before a Sonics game. We tried going to Buca di Beppos, but luckily they were full so we went five minutes west to La Dolce Vita.This small Italian restaurant is anything but your everyday Italian joint.The menu is well rounded and the service exceptional! The owner himself (Chris Frost) was our waiter and he made us feel like we were in our living room receiving five star service.I can honestly say that we have never had a waiter go so out of their way that much to make sure we were perfectly content.As far as the food goes we started with the Pear Ravioli.Having a pasta as a starter is something that I have never tried before but am glad I did.The portion is perfect for two people and the taste was extraordinary.Pear and Gorgonzola went hand in hand to create a perfect appetizer.My wife ordered the Linguine Scampi with Crab and Prawns which I had to try.It was a terrific dish.Unlike most seafood pastas, the Prawns were cooked perfectly and not overdone like at most places.The sauce was seasoned perfectly and not over-garliced which seems to be the norm for every other Italian restaurant.I myself had the Wild Boar "Dolce Vita" with the Bing Cherry sauce and Gorgonzola Gnocchi.Everything on my plate was absolutely perfect.The sweetness of the Bing Cherry sauce complemented the saltiness of the boar.Who ever paired the boar with that sauce is an absolute genius.Even the Gnocchi was cooked to perfection which is easy to over do.For desert my wife and I decided to split their house- made Tiramisu.True you can get Tiramisu anywhere, but even this was outstanding and a lovely end to one of the best dining experiences we have ever had in Seattle.Everything about La Dolce Vita is incredible, from the atmosphere/ service, to the (in our opinion) 5 star cuisine, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in or around the Seattle area.It is truly the Italian gem of the Emerald City.

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★★★★★

My wife and I had the privilege of dining at La Dolce Vita two weeks ago on a Friday evening before a Sonics game. We tried going to Buca di Beppos, but luckily they were full so we went five minutes west to La Dolce Vita.This small Italian restaurant is anything but your everyday Italian joint.The menu is well rounded and the service exceptional! The owner himself (Chris Frost) was our waiter and he made us feel like we were in our living room receiving five star service.I can honestly say that we have never had a waiter go so out of their way that much to make sure we were perfectly content.As far as the food goes we started with the Pear Ravioli.Having a pasta as a starter is something that I have never tried before but am glad I did.The portion is perfect for two people and the taste was extraordinary.Pear and Gorgonzola went hand in hand to create a perfect appetizer.My wife ordered the Linguine Scampi with Crab and Prawns which I had to try.It was a terrific dish.Unlike most seafood pastas, the Prawns were cooked perfectly and not overdone like at most places.The sauce was seasoned perfectly and not over-garliced which seems to be the norm for every other Italian restaurant.I myself had the Wild Boar "Dolce Vita" with the Bing Cherry sauce and Gorgonzola Gnocchi.Everything on my plate was absolutely perfect.The sweetness of the Bing Cherry sauce complemented the saltiness of the boar.Who ever paired the boar with that sauce is an absolute genius.Even the Gnocchi was cooked to perfection which is easy to over do.For desert my wife and I decided to split their house- made Tiramisu.True you can get Tiramisu anywhere, but even this was outstanding and a lovely end to one of the best dining experiences we have ever had in Seattle.Everything about La Dolce Vita is incredible, from the atmosphere/ service, to the (in our opinion) 5 star cuisine, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in or around the Seattle area.It is truly the Italian gem of the Emerald City.

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I would be remiss were I to not to post some feedback for this little treasure.
Because business makes me a frequent traveler to Seattle, service and quality make me a frequent patron of La Dolce Vita. A typical situation find me down the hill at one of the extended stay hotels in the area, a brisk walk and Im ensconced in Italian flare and flavor. It seems the previous review attempts to associate the progressive with the inauthentic. Well, perhaps if you associate authenticity with spaghetti and meatballs you will find that to be case but if youre looking for veal ossobucco, wild boar, fresh and innovative seafood creations, you wont find a superior in Western Washington. The flavors of La Dolce Vita are rich and subtle. Their selection of Italian wines is second to none. If you're looking for true, fine Italian Dining and attentive friendly service, look no further, youve now found La Dolce Vita.

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★★★★★

I would be remiss were I to not to post some feedback for this little treasure.
Because business makes me a frequent traveler to Seattle, service and quality make me a frequent patron of La Dolce Vita. A typical situation find me down the hill at one of the extended stay hotels in the area, a brisk walk and Im ensconced in Italian flare and flavor. It seems the previous review attempts to associate the progressive with the inauthentic. Well, perhaps if you associate authenticity with spaghetti and meatballs you will find that to be case but if youre looking for veal ossobucco, wild boar, fresh and innovative seafood creations, you wont find a superior in Western Washington. The flavors of La Dolce Vita are rich and subtle. Their selection of Italian wines is second to none. If you're looking for true, fine Italian Dining and attentive friendly service, look no further, youve now found La Dolce Vita.

Pros: Great Food, Great Service! The Real Italian

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We ordered the eggplant involtini & Lamb w. pumpkin gnocchi...all disappointing: low on flavor.
For the quality, overpriced.
Service was excellent. Comfortable, bright decor.

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★★☆☆☆

We ordered the eggplant involtini & Lamb w. pumpkin gnocchi...all disappointing: low on flavor.
For the quality, overpriced.
Service was excellent. Comfortable, bright decor.

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Absolutely a must try Italian restaurant!
The Vongole was great - generous portions, super tasty!
Service was great! We walked into the restaurant at 1015pm and the restaurant closes at 1030 and they welcomed us in and served us even though it was 15 mins. to closing. Great ambiance, great place to take your date.

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★★★★★

Absolutely a must try Italian restaurant!
The Vongole was great - generous portions, super tasty!
Service was great! We walked into the restaurant at 1015pm and the restaurant closes at 1030 and they welcomed us in and served us even though it was 15 mins. to closing. Great ambiance, great place to take your date.

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This is my third dinner experience at La Dolce Vita. Like a fine wine it continues to improve with age. From the polished server to the crisp white table cloths adorned with a single red rose adornment it only gets better from here... The salmon on the fresh sheet never fails to impress. I tried the amatraciana this evening and it was excellent! The sauce even outdid my favorite La Rustica's signature dish. The server's attentive but relaxed style enhanced the pleasure of our dining. The tiramisu was heavenly, light as a cloud and probably the best I've had. What a wonderful ristorante, truly a 5 star evening! Thank you!!!

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★★★★★

This is my third dinner experience at La Dolce Vita. Like a fine wine it continues to improve with age. From the polished server to the crisp white table cloths adorned with a single red rose adornment it only gets better from here... The salmon on the fresh sheet never fails to impress. I tried the amatraciana this evening and it was excellent! The sauce even outdid my favorite La Rustica's signature dish. The server's attentive but relaxed style enhanced the pleasure of our dining. The tiramisu was heavenly, light as a cloud and probably the best I've had. What a wonderful ristorante, truly a 5 star evening! Thank you!!!

Pros: Superb ambience, polished server, excellent food!

Cons: parking.

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We saw this restaurant when staying at a hotel around the corner and are so glad we did; what a delight this was! The ambience was inviting and warm, the food was exquisite, and the service attentive and consistent. All in all, one of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time.

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★★★★★

We saw this restaurant when staying at a hotel around the corner and are so glad we did; what a delight this was! The ambience was inviting and warm, the food was exquisite, and the service attentive and consistent. All in all, one of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time.

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I have eaten in many of Seattle's best Italian retaurants and I have to say this is about the best. The five times I have eaten there the food has been exquisite and the service is unmatched. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with comfortable chairs, booths and tables. The menu is creative with rich flavors and superb side accompaniments. They serve the best bruschetta (several kinds) I've had anywhere. The wine list is varied and reasonably priced with many excellent vintages. La Dolce is great place to celebrate special occasions - the staff works hard to make everyone feel special. This is now my regular (and only) Italian eatery.

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★★★★★

I have eaten in many of Seattle's best Italian retaurants and I have to say this is about the best. The five times I have eaten there the food has been exquisite and the service is unmatched. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with comfortable chairs, booths and tables. The menu is creative with rich flavors and superb side accompaniments. They serve the best bruschetta (several kinds) I've had anywhere. The wine list is varied and reasonably priced with many excellent vintages. La Dolce is great place to celebrate special occasions - the staff works hard to make everyone feel special. This is now my regular (and only) Italian eatery.

Pros: great food, excellent service, good location

Cons: none

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Finally, a worthy Seattle Italian restaurant. I've been here 4 times now and I have never been disappointed. Every dish I've had has been spectacular and the quality of the ingredients and food has been exquisite. Do yourself a favor. If you love Italian food and good dining, this place is a must. It is lower Queen Anne's hot little secret.

2
★★★★★

Finally, a worthy Seattle Italian restaurant. I've been here 4 times now and I have never been disappointed. Every dish I've had has been spectacular and the quality of the ingredients and food has been exquisite. Do yourself a favor. If you love Italian food and good dining, this place is a must. It is lower Queen Anne's hot little secret.

Pros: dishes, bread, quality

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La Dolce Vita is a gem of a restaurant that should not be missed! My 5th visit was with a co-worker that was newly introduced to this place and she went back for dinner the following evening. I have never had the same dish twice and have always been delighted. The service is excellent without being overdone - no 'pomp and circumstance' here. If you have not yet visited La Dolce Vita, you are missing out on something very special...

2
★★★★★

La Dolce Vita is a gem of a restaurant that should not be missed! My 5th visit was with a co-worker that was newly introduced to this place and she went back for dinner the following evening. I have never had the same dish twice and have always been delighted. The service is excellent without being overdone - no 'pomp and circumstance' here. If you have not yet visited La Dolce Vita, you are missing out on something very special...

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service

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La Dolce Vita is such a find! From the moment you walk in the door you
feel the warmth and charm of this Italian gem. The staff is amazingly
gracious and attentive--full of knowledge from wines to menu items. Even
the owner will visit your table to say hello--a personal touch that means so
much. And the food...that's the best part!!! From the starter salad to the
entrée to the dessert--everything was amazing! It was hard to pick one menu
item but I'm in love with the chicken piccata! The Dolce salad was
off the charts good, the tiramisu was to-die-for and the burnt crème melts
in your mouth. Our bottle of wine, selected beautifully by our waiter, was
the perfect compliment to our food selection. There's a respectful and
genuine rapport with everyone who works there and they know how to make
exceptional food. Can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

La Dolce Vita is such a find! From the moment you walk in the door you
feel the warmth and charm of this Italian gem. The staff is amazingly
gracious and attentive--full of knowledge from wines to menu items. Even
the owner will visit your table to say hello--a personal touch that means so
much. And the food...that's the best part!!! From the starter salad to the
entrée to the dessert--everything was amazing! It was hard to pick one menu
item but I'm in love with the chicken piccata! The Dolce salad was
off the charts good, the tiramisu was to-die-for and the burnt crème melts
in your mouth. Our bottle of wine, selected beautifully by our waiter, was
the perfect compliment to our food selection. There's a respectful and
genuine rapport with everyone who works there and they know how to make
exceptional food. Can't wait to go back!

Pros: Food, Wine, People

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I want to start off by saying that, hands down!, "BEST!" Italian in Seattle is an understatement. It could be the best on the west coast, if not the best on both coasts. I've been to little Italy in New York, I've been up and down the west coast eating at fine Italian restaurants. The five times that I've been to this little gem of a restaurant have been over the top! I am a West Seattle native, and have been to every fine Italian restaurant in the city,(Il Terrazzo, Assagio, Il bistro,Tulio). La dolce vita is playing Polo, while the others, Hmmm, rugby? In close, this restaurant deserves all the praise, and more! Congratulations to the owner and staff for making me a devoted and satisfied customer! Thank you. David K. Eklund

2
★★★★★

I want to start off by saying that, hands down!, "BEST!" Italian in Seattle is an understatement. It could be the best on the west coast, if not the best on both coasts. I've been to little Italy in New York, I've been up and down the west coast eating at fine Italian restaurants. The five times that I've been to this little gem of a restaurant have been over the top! I am a West Seattle native, and have been to every fine Italian restaurant in the city,(Il Terrazzo, Assagio, Il bistro,Tulio). La dolce vita is playing Polo, while the others, Hmmm, rugby? In close, this restaurant deserves all the praise, and more! Congratulations to the owner and staff for making me a devoted and satisfied customer! Thank you. David K. Eklund

Pros: Best Italian!, great wine selection, knowledegeable staff

Cons: Could use more seats

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I've been to this place about 4 times and it has been consistently amazing. The food is superb and the service is amiable and super friendly. My first time there the owner sat down with us for about 10 minutes and just chatted -- then sent over dessert! Romatic atmosphere -- a great date place.

2
★★★★★

I've been to this place about 4 times and it has been consistently amazing. The food is superb and the service is amiable and super friendly. My first time there the owner sat down with us for about 10 minutes and just chatted -- then sent over dessert! Romatic atmosphere -- a great date place.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: off beat location

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It's hard to remember somewhere comparable to La Dolce Vita. The chef's distinctive, mouthwatering food absolutely blew us away! Although it was a crowded Friday night beofre a Sonic's game, the service was intimate and timely. Phenomenal! The decor, wine, staff, delicious food to the overall warmness of our experience...La Dolce Vita is a MUST for anyone who loves an outstanding experience. Owner, Chris Frost, has made all the right decisions!

2
★★★★★

It's hard to remember somewhere comparable to La Dolce Vita. The chef's distinctive, mouthwatering food absolutely blew us away! Although it was a crowded Friday night beofre a Sonic's game, the service was intimate and timely. Phenomenal! The decor, wine, staff, delicious food to the overall warmness of our experience...La Dolce Vita is a MUST for anyone who loves an outstanding experience. Owner, Chris Frost, has made all the right decisions!

Pros: Amazing food!, intimate setting, staff

Cons: NONE

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Ordinarily Im not compelled to write reviews but for La Dolce Vita I feel its warranted. Id been planning a big night for an approaching two-year anniversary; tickets to the ballet at McCaw Hall were secured, flowers, everything but the fine dining. I stopped in and was introduced to the owner, Chris Frost, who invited me to sit down for a glass of wine to discuss how to make the evening as perfect as possible. On the big night we both decided on the specials. I had a halibut while my wife had a salmon ravioli. Both dishes were rich, fresh, well prepared and our server, Andrew, matched us with a bottle of wine that fit the tastes perfectly. The entire wait staff wished us happy anniversary and we were treated with complimentary tastes of dessert wine. Rarely is an evening at McCaw overshadowed by the dinner that precedes it.

2
★★★★★

Ordinarily Im not compelled to write reviews but for La Dolce Vita I feel its warranted. Id been planning a big night for an approaching two-year anniversary; tickets to the ballet at McCaw Hall were secured, flowers, everything but the fine dining. I stopped in and was introduced to the owner, Chris Frost, who invited me to sit down for a glass of wine to discuss how to make the evening as perfect as possible. On the big night we both decided on the specials. I had a halibut while my wife had a salmon ravioli. Both dishes were rich, fresh, well prepared and our server, Andrew, matched us with a bottle of wine that fit the tastes perfectly. The entire wait staff wished us happy anniversary and we were treated with complimentary tastes of dessert wine. Rarely is an evening at McCaw overshadowed by the dinner that precedes it.

Pros: Tremendous Value, Great Staff, Amazing Food

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Everything about our first visit to La Dolce Vita exceeded our expectations. The menu is extensive enough to satisfy the adventuresome, yet it still provides several of the "Italian" basics. The wine list is expansive and the staff is knowledgable enough to offer meaningful suggestions. Not only is the menu terrific, but the service is especially excellent. This is a great place for a romantic evening, special event, or for those evenings when packaged speghetti and canned sauce is out of the question.

2
★★★★★

Everything about our first visit to La Dolce Vita exceeded our expectations. The menu is extensive enough to satisfy the adventuresome, yet it still provides several of the "Italian" basics. The wine list is expansive and the staff is knowledgable enough to offer meaningful suggestions. Not only is the menu terrific, but the service is especially excellent. This is a great place for a romantic evening, special event, or for those evenings when packaged speghetti and canned sauce is out of the question.

Pros: Attentive Service, Creative Menu, Tasteful Ambiance

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My husband and I were attending a show at Key Arena and wanted to try a new restaurant beforehand. We hit the jackpot! La Dolce Vita is wonderful. The setting is quiet and romantic, the service is out of this world and the food is scrumptious. Chris (the owner) made us feel like we were guests in his home and Andrew (our server) was very attentive and made sure we always had what we needed. The rest of the staff was great as well. The prices we just right for the quality and amount of food you receive. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a warm, delicious plate of Italian comfort food! It is a great place for a date or for a family meal.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I were attending a show at Key Arena and wanted to try a new restaurant beforehand. We hit the jackpot! La Dolce Vita is wonderful. The setting is quiet and romantic, the service is out of this world and the food is scrumptious. Chris (the owner) made us feel like we were guests in his home and Andrew (our server) was very attentive and made sure we always had what we needed. The rest of the staff was great as well. The prices we just right for the quality and amount of food you receive. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a warm, delicious plate of Italian comfort food! It is a great place for a date or for a family meal.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Hard to find

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My wife and I were headed to the Key Arena for an event and on the way we stopped by this restaurant we've never heard of for a bite to eat. A look at the menu and we were sold. We both ended up have specials though. She had fresh halibut stuffed with crab and basil with this amazing sauce, and I had a roasted veal chop with marsala and portobello mushrooms. Our appetizers were great aswell, manilla clams with a very delicate white wine sauce, and a Dolce Vita salad with fresh strawberries and gorgonzola. The owner Christopher Frost has the personality alone to make your experience wonderful. His staff is charming and attentive, there wine list is the has the BEST VALUE IN SEATTLE. A must try, we'll definately be back. Just nice to have a great restaurant where you feel comfortable.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I were headed to the Key Arena for an event and on the way we stopped by this restaurant we've never heard of for a bite to eat. A look at the menu and we were sold. We both ended up have specials though. She had fresh halibut stuffed with crab and basil with this amazing sauce, and I had a roasted veal chop with marsala and portobello mushrooms. Our appetizers were great aswell, manilla clams with a very delicate white wine sauce, and a Dolce Vita salad with fresh strawberries and gorgonzola. The owner Christopher Frost has the personality alone to make your experience wonderful. His staff is charming and attentive, there wine list is the has the BEST VALUE IN SEATTLE. A must try, we'll definately be back. Just nice to have a great restaurant where you feel comfortable.

Pros: Christopher and staff, Specials, Wine

Cons: hard to find

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La Dolce Vita is a great dining experience that benefits from a wonderful serving staff and food that is to die for. It was a very personal and inviting environment that was enhanced by the wonderful lighting and decor. It is a great place to bring a date for a romantic evening or wonderful for a nice family outing. Chris (the owner) did a wonderful job of making us feel at home while our server Andrew never missed a beat. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone headed to the Seattle Center or for anyone just looking for a wonderful dining experience.

2
★★★★★

La Dolce Vita is a great dining experience that benefits from a wonderful serving staff and food that is to die for. It was a very personal and inviting environment that was enhanced by the wonderful lighting and decor. It is a great place to bring a date for a romantic evening or wonderful for a nice family outing. Chris (the owner) did a wonderful job of making us feel at home while our server Andrew never missed a beat. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone headed to the Seattle Center or for anyone just looking for a wonderful dining experience.

Pros: Management, Serving staff, Food

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Intimate lower Queen Anne trattoria serves a rotating menu of ravioli, risotto, gnocchi, veal and chicken to an upscale crowd.

 

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