About La Dolce Vita - Detroit

17546 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48203
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High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Cedarhurst

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(313) 865-0331

Website:
http://www.ldvrestaurant.net/

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
If you need to book a reservation for a larger party please contact the restaurant directly. We do require a major credit card to hold tables for parties of ten guests or more. Thank you.

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La Dolce Vita - Detroit Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great food, not-so-great mimosas

Dined on April 24, 2016

The seafood quiche was excellent--and with the potatoes, we could have easily split it. The restaurant has a signature coffee with cinnamon which we did not care for but if you like a bit of cinnamon in your coffee you'll enjoy it. The mimosas, however, left almost everything to be desired. The orange juice was watery made-from-concentrate. For $6, they could serve mimosas made with really good orange juice and still make a nice profit.

Tags: great for brunch
food3
ambience5
service4

A fantastic atmosphere with great servic ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

A fantastic atmosphere with great service and good food.

food4
ambience4
service4

The food was good. The service was great ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

The food was good. The service was great. The entertainment .was really good.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Like the ambience and decor as well as w ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

Like the ambience and decor as well as wonderful food.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service5

The food was ok. The service was very go ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

The food was ok. The service was very good

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love this place! Besides authentic Itali ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

Love this place! Besides authentic Italian Cuissean, the quaint Tuscan style of the building sets the mood for a great dining experience! Excellent service and knowledge staff! One of my favorites :)

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Never disappoints!

Dined on April 3, 2016

Brunch is so good and great fun. Always outstanding food and service!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food1
ambience4
service3
value3

I love this restaurant but don't order perch.

Dined on April 2, 2016

My perch was served sandwiched between a sauce and mashed potatoes so it was soggy and didn't taste like perch at all.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

great dinner at la dolce vita

Dined on April 2, 2016

we went to la dolce vita for my friends birthday. we had a great time. the food was great and the service was great too!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Very impressed

Dined on April 2, 2016

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary it was the best experience ever . Going back to celebrate my birthday this month with the rest of the family .For sure they will love the food like we did. Also will bring some friends so they can also experienced what my husband and I did .

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Good italian food

Dined on March 27, 2016

Nice place to meet up near ferndale/detroit. if you can hit them up during restaurant week it's a great bargain. I hear their brunch is phenomenal. if you go during nice weather try to snag a spot outside. A little pricey but service and food are good.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Old School Elegance

Dined on March 27, 2016

Travel back in time to when Palmer Park was the place to live and you will find a neighborhood gem! Fabulous branch menu, solid dinner menu, beautiful surroundings and attentive service. The ONLY issue is finding the restaraunt. On east side of Woodward across from Palmer Park, but entrance is through alley off side street. Valet parking so it is safe. Treat yourself to an old school night out.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3
value2

3/26 meal

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

One meal came cold and had to sent back. Another meal, the vegetables were lukewarm. Do not think waiter was attentive as he could have been.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Our experience at dinner was outstanding.

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

For first timers, be warned that it is hard to identify the restaurant off Woodward. Look for a grilled outdoor seating area as you get near. Access to valet parking is through an alley north of the restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Favorite Detroit Restaurant

vip
Dined on March 20, 2016

When doing to downtown, this is our favorite restaurant on the way.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service3
value4

Worth the drive

Dined on March 20, 2016

We have a La Dolce Vita in Shelby Township, about 3 miles away. Yet we drive almost 20 miles to visit the Woodward location because the ambience and the waiters make dining there so enjoyable.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Sunday morning brunch

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

The food is great and I love the bottomless Mimosas and live music. The atmosphere is loud and a bit chaotic -- so it isn't the right place for you if you are looking for a quiet, intimate brunch. Also -- be prepared to wait a bit for your table even with reservations.

Tags: great for brunch
food4
ambience1
service4
value4

Great food, noise level excessive

Dined on March 13, 2016

The music/noise level is conversation-prohibitive. We love the food, the service and the setting. However, when the music is playing it is difficult to have a normal dinner conversation.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Lunch With A Friend

Dined on March 8, 2016

Lunch was absolutely delightful! I would most certainly dine there again. It would have been more fun to have been in the midst of others in the restaurant. We were the only two people there after another two or three people left before we were served.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service2

This was the first time my friend had be ...

Dined on March 6, 2016

This was the first time my friend had been to LDV. She ordered the salmon hash. Although she liked it, she would have preferred her eggs fried instead of poached. I really enjoyed my eggs sardou! Impeccable as always.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

La Dolce Vita - Rocks Detroit!!

Dined on March 6, 2016

I love this restaurant. I love the food, the ambience, energy and great service. I have not had a bad experience, the most fun for brunch I have ever had. I would highly recommend this restaurant...come, this is the place to be seen. Small but mighty!!!! Bring your friends and family and enjoy the great jazz and meal to boot!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Average

Dined on March 4, 2016

Service was good. Food, tasteless. Appetizers, calamari good, stuffed mushrooms, good. Artichokes, tasteless.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Don't miss

Dined on February 28, 2016

Great food in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Consistently good and professional service. Definately my go to place before and after downtown cultural events.

Tags: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

This was an awesome place to go for Brun ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

This was an awesome place to go for Brunch. Live music and the service as well as food was top notch. I truly enjoyed the area and the atmosphere. It was on point and I encourage anyone to have a reservation if they plan to attend because the wait times are long and the live band makes for a great interactive experience.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

A Detroit Gem!

Dined on February 28, 2016

La Solve Vita, offers great service and food for the sophisticated foodie. If you are looking to dine in less than2 hours, this is the place. La Solve Vita , expects servers to flip their tables every hour and a half. This is my only downfall with this restaurant. After our time was up, the server was quick to let us know, that we had to leave. Bummer, for everyone at our table.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience2
service2

It was a real disappointment. The porti ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

It was a real disappointment. The portions were small and pricey. The sauces were bland. We won't be back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great experience!

Dined on February 27, 2016

Nice place, good food and good service. Want to go back to try the outdoor patio seating.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Wonderful restaurant in lDetroit

Dined on February 18, 2016

Consistently good food and great menu. I've never been disappointed by La Dolce Vita.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentine date night

Dined on February 15, 2016

My wife and I had our very first date at La Docle Vita nearly 8 years ago. Our Valentine's dinner was fabulous...from the service, prompt seating at our reserved table, to the ability to order from a full menu versus a truncated Valentine's menu. This place is very romantic, and a great value for the dollar. Live music in the bar filtered through the restaurant. Nice leisurely dinner with my bride, highly recommend this place for authentic italian.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Strange neighborhood, but great restaurant

Dined on February 14, 2016

Went here for a Valentine's brunch. We both got the shrimp benedict. Very tasty. The only downside to this restaurant is the area it is in. It seems randomly plopped in the middle of a run-down residential area. Not very pleasant to look at, and didn't feel very safe parking my car on the street. Ended up being fine.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great first time experience.

Dined on February 14, 2016

Made reservations for a special Valentines Day date. The brunch, service and ambiance is fantastic. Can't wait to go back with friends for dinner.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great spot for the missus and I to celeb ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Great spot for the missus and I to celebrate Valentine's Day. We had a wonderful brunch, great service and food was perfect.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nice place

Dined on February 14, 2016

In the heart of Detroit! When you walk in you would never think it would be that nice on the inside. Great bar, service was excellent. Glad I picked this for valentines day.

Tags: romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service2
value4

Nice but expected more

Dined on February 14, 2016

We went Saturday night before Valentines day. We arrived on time and the table was running behind 15 minutes. Our server was friendly but not urgent. Cocktail sat empty and we never were offered bread until our entree arrived. No butter or oil offered. Good food but it was not quite what we expected .

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Loved our meals and the service was exce ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Loved our meals and the service was excellent! We will definitely be coming back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love it!

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

Everything about this place is top notch. The service is impeccable. Food is second to none. With all the nice places to go in Birmingham this is worth the drive to Detroit.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

Time limit to your dining?

Dined on February 13, 2016

We arrived and were seated at the table next to the door on a ZERO degree day with only two other tables seated. We were told by the hostess that we would only be allowed an hour and a half as they were "busy" as it was Valentine Saturday. I questioned her and she just snapped back the same statement. We watched her seat other guests who did not have the comment made to them. There were an average of 3-5 tables open the entire time we were there. Server was good, food fabulous as always. We received a nice greeting by waiter John as he had recognized us from our several prior visits. We did not rush but did not enjoy our visit after the hostess put us on alert as to just how busy busy was....or was not. I wore my coat the entire meal....a cozy warm back wall table would have been nicer. We will return. Hoping the hostess gets schooled as her blatant disregard for grace and common courtesy is non-existent.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Caesar - Marsala - Tiramisu...Simply the Best!

Dined on February 12, 2016

Truly a hidden Gem in the north Woodward Corridor of Detroit. We passed the small blue ldv sign for years. Fortunately we discovered that behind the sign was one of the best Italian restaurants in metro Detroit. The table-side Caesar salad is a must - we order it every time we go. The other absolute must order item is the Chicken Marsala. We guarantee you have never had a Marsala sauce anywhere near as good as La Dolce Vita. The Chicken Marsala completely brings out the "Dolce" of ldv. Finally, never end a meal at ldv without a deliciously fresh piece of the house-made Tiramisu.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

Seating in the backtoom

Dined on February 12, 2016

Our overall experience at la Dolce Vita was fabulous! But, when one enters a restaurant with an early reservation, it is quite rude to seat you in the back room that is empty while the front dining room had more than enough empty tables to accommodate the two of us. I objected and was seated in the front dining room.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

A Gem

vip
Dined on February 11, 2016

Whenever we go downtown from Bloomfield Hills, we usually have dinner here. If we didn't think it was great, we wouldn't come back.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem

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