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Dolce Vita, Fairfax, VA

Dolce Vita

4.6
4.6
1082 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 29 times today

Dining areas

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 1,082 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

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  1. S

    Sincere

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good, moderately generous portions, and of high quality. They service was very nice.
  2. j

    johnw

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful. Our server Brit was fantastic. Thank you for a wonderful evening
  3. DB

    DBurn

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing! It was difficult to get our waitress’ attention but overall great!
  4. NF

    NatalieF

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This restaurant is underated. Excellent, non-Americanized Italian food with great homemade pasta. The arrabiata and fra diavolo sauces are actually spicy, unlike at many places. The special with lobster, fettuccine, and fra diavolo (or aurora sauce) exceeded my expectations with a LOT of lobster for the money. We enjoyed the bruschetta and tiramisu as well. The atmosphere on a Friday is tough for a date night, though. It was hard to carry on much of a conversation. It's also a very casual crowd. We'll be back in jeans midweek for an awesome meal without a pretentious atmosphere.
  5. ED

    ED19

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night out! Service was incredible, food was delicious, and price was very reasonable!
  6. MG

    MelissaG

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Went here to celebrate my birthday with a girlfriend. Wine was great, food was subpar. May come again for drinks but will eat elsewhere.
  7. SU

    SUZANNEP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had 4 different meals in our group and everyone loved their meals. Would definitely recommend and will go back. Awesome experience and great food.
  8. LL

    LovinLivinAtTheLake

    Richmond

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here. Dolce Vita was highly recommended and did not disappoint! Looking forward to a return visit.
  9. P

    Path

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Treated at the door, told table was not ready and we could wait at a table by the front door and enjoy a beverage while we waited. Friends ordered beer and we ordered wine. Almost immediately after receiving drinks our table was ready. Upon seating noticed quite a difference between our pour of wine and those at other tables. Our server was quite busy and difficult to find when we needed something. Not the best experience. Have been here many other times with a much much better outcome. I will put this dining experience as just “one of those things.” Will return and hope for a much better experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and service was good. Hard to find good Italian spots nearby but this is one of them. Will definitely go again.
  11. G

    Greg

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and beautifully remodeled.
  12. ID

    IDavis

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service.
  13. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner on the NYE prize fixe menu with tastings!
  14. D

    Devo

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    on a very busy night, the food was fabulous, the service impeccable
  15. BC

    BuzC

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They put on an exquisite New Year's eve dinner. One of the most enjoyable we have had in years! Buz Carpenter
  16. VR

    VanR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Went in for new years eve dinner. Called ahead to ensure they were offering the normal menu for our 4pm reservation. Was rudely interpreted by "the manager" while ordering and was told they were not set up for the normal menu eventhough the hostess gave us the normal menu at our table. He then confirmed the kitchen could make our food. Fried zucchini came out with an empty ramekin assuming it was supposed to be marinara. Food was fine nothing special. Not a pleasant experience and won't be going back
  17. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. We were celebrating my son's 21st birthday, and they had a flight of Italian wines to try. Husband got seafood risotto that was so rich and fabulous. I had Saltimboco, son had pizza, and other son had milenese. Everything was off the charts.
  18. AW

    AlexW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve. Fantastic menu. Amazing service. We love this place.
  19. V

    Verde

    Washington DC

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pleasant neighborhood restaurant with great brick oven pizza and nice pasta choices.
  20. F

    Fran

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been patrons of Dolce Vita for 25-30 years. We find it to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Northern Virginia .
  21. A

    Archit3ct

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We got together with another couple of friends to celebrate Christmas and the end of the year. The Fig and Pig pizza was our appetizer and it’s a favorite of ours. We had two bottles of the Brunello de Montalcino, which was gorgeous. Two had baked ziti from the wood burning oven, 1-penne with sausage and asparagus, and I had the salmon with mussels clams and linguine. Every dish was delicious and we had some leftovers for today’s lunch. We also shared one tiramisu between us for just a little bite. Attentive service and lively atmosphere.
  22. JP

    JoePuzzo

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic Italian! Yummy salad, nice bread, great pasta.
  23. MC

    MCreview

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great flavored food. Moved through quickly but not rushed to be able to make a show after dinner.
  24. PH

    PatriciaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wine bar area is cozy and quaint. Our waitress was super. Food and drinks were lovely with nice portions. The mussels were the best I have ever had.
  25. J

    Joanne

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent! We will be back.
  26. B

    Beefeater

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday treat
  27. J

    Julebird

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Hard to believe but at 7 PM, they were out of bread! Very busy, so not the usual level of service. Also felt rushed. Usually, a bit more attention and care to get special requests correct. Food is very, very good and great wine selection for sure.
  28. A

    Annette

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a full house - every table taken but worth the wait! Excellent food!
  29. TC

    TaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is very good. I got the lasagna and my husband and son got pizza. The pizza is thin crust the way my husband likes and he was very satisfied as was my son. My lasagna was like my homemade from scratch lasagna which is my favorite, so needless to say it was very tasty. We had a party of 12 and the service was excellent. Will definitely visit this place again.
  30. T

    Tatianaw

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our servers were excellent. We got sat quickly at our table. We arrived early for our reservations and the two women bartenders were friendly and quick!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! Food was delicious, atmosphere cozy and festive. Service was great and everyone was friendly. It was a wonderful date night!
  32. SS

    SusanS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed by Dolce Vita! The food is always excellent, and the service is great as well. Their house made pasta is delicious and the meat and seafood dishes are also phenomenal. Can't recommend it highly enough!
  33. W

    Wade

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the service by Kevin was outstanding. We met a friend for lunch that we had not seen for quite some time. We took a long time catching up and we never felt rushed. Thanks to the team at Dolce Vita.
  34. M

    Magalirga

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant, food was good as well as service.
  35. RM

    RobertM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent, with nice selection and impeccably prepared and plated. Service was a little slow and would have liked them to check in with us more frequently.
  36. DB

    DeniseB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner with the extended family before we went back home. Food was excellent and service was fabulous. Definitely coming back!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and a great meal. The salmon was the favorite tonight. So good that we will be back soon for more.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently amazing and the service is always impeccable. I love how welcomed my family and I feel every time we visit.
  39. JG

    JeffG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Everyone from the host/hostesses and wait staff and valet attendants were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The food is incredible and very reasonably priced. This might be our new favorite spot!
  40. D

    Dalee

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint home made Italian with a flair. Worth the drive

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 4.6 stars by 1082 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 29 times today
Google Map for Dolce Vita

10824 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030

Dining areas

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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