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La Dolce Vita - Detroit, Detroit, MI

La Dolce Vita - Detroit

3.9
3.9
1792 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (313) 826-6051
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous
  • Area
    Detroit
  • Cross Street
    Cedarhurst
  • Parking Details
    Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 1,792 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Detroit

    Great for outdoor dining

1,792 Reviews
  1. jayg

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible service we were late for concert. Worst waitress in the world. Smallest bloody Mary I have ever seen as it was served in a 6 oz highball glass. no olives, pickles, only a lime. In this day of craft cocktails? What happened it WAS such a good brunch choice.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not fine dining as it once was. The renovations are horrible , no ambience , bright lights that flickered , The noise level was terrible, you had to shout to talk at same table. The service terrible , all four of us felt rushed , our waiter never checked on us and food had gone down , too salty and veal piccata was very think and worst I have eaten. our bottle of fine wine came after meal served. I have no problem spending lots of money on good food/wine , not here anymore, after many years of loving this restaurant, not any of us are going back. .

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Incredible service , food and drinks! Inside Dining area could use an update in time but a non issue as long as the service and food remain the best with the patio !

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  4. NickO

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was pretty good, maybe not for its pricepoint. The back half of the restaraunt ambience wise was far lesser than the front, and much louder as well. Service was good.

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  5. RonnieH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I made a reservation at LDV to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I hadn’t been to LDV since 2018, but I had recently heard wonderful things! I have to say that my expectations were exceeded! Our waiters Jason and Leo were phenomenal!!!! They offered wonderful suggestions, and all of our food was fantastic! The ambience was lovely, and the parking safe and light so well it was like being at Comerica park at night. This is truly a beautiful and delicious restaurant just a short run down Woodward! I can’t wait to return soon.

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  6. GeraldM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed myself and I enjoyed the food your food was accident I had lamb chops mashed potatoes and broccoli it was so delicious the lamb chops were so tender you could tear them like a piece of paper I will be going again and telling people about it great place to eat the best food I've had in years

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  7. aamikkola90

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I hate to have to leave a negative review. We dined here often prior to re modeling. Have never ever had and issue. I had ordered the breakfast pasta and added shrimp. The pasta was so salty it burned my lips so bad I couldn't eat it. Our waitress was nice and took it off the bill without being asked to. We also ordered two meals of the steak and eggs. The steak was literally the size of a golf ball and cooked incorrectly. The only meal that correct was correct was the poached eggs and shrimp. Just super bummed at this visit. I won't be back anytime soon but will give another try come summer where we can eat outside. We also missed the entertainment they play during brunch. It just wasn't the old Italian vibe just bright and loud.

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  8. AmberM

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had reservations and still had to wait over 45 minutes for a table. What’s the point of reservations? The beef tips were amazing. The risotto a little salty but wonderful. The Rose Martini was great. It was very busy so the food took a while to come out but it was not a huge issue. I just wish reservations meant something. I’ll go back on a less busy night.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We waited 2 hours for our food to be served. The waiter kept apologizing and said it would be right out… 2 hours later. Would not go back to this restaurant.

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  10. SuzanneP

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very slow coming out. I felt terrible for the waiter. We had a show at the opera house and left an hour and a half to eat and barely got there. Two entrees and an appetizer.

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  11. KarinaP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carlos was a great server. Seafood chowder was great.

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  12. BobH

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Freshly renovated, La Dolce Vita is back, though it's never gone away. It has been several years since our last visit to this hidden oasis on Woodward. We returned to see if our old favorite spot was still as good as it used to be. The service is as wonderful as I remember it. Jason, our bartender and Carlos, our waiter, were both friendly, welcoming and excellent at their jobs. In fact, the whole staff seemed to be well trained to add to the already wonderful ambiance of the fresh new decor. The food has always been on point. The steak tips in gorgonzola sauce and toast points was excellent. We somehow managed to save room for dessert and the limoncello cake topped off a wonderful evening and dining experience. Molto bene, LDV. Gratzi!

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  13. skaner

    Detroit

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and love the new renovations of the restaurant. Elegant and more energetic . Food was very good (Lasagna and filet ) Will be back.!

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  14. doubleT

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice valentines day location. The cocktails were amazing.

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  15. JaclynK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such a nice time on Valentines Day! Food and service were excellent!

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  16. LexLou

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for Valentines Day. Very beautiful restaurant inside, Atmosphere and Customers Service was outstanding. My girlfriend order the lamb chops with mash-potatoes. Mash-potatoes was overly salty, but the lamb was good and I ordered meatballs with pasta, which imo i didn't care for. 5 for the Atmosphere and Customer Service... 2 for the food.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine’s Day 2024, was special because of this experience.

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  18. TomG

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I had been here for brunch before and was craving their lasagna but their new menu didn't offer it. Bummer! However, the salmon hash was terrific. Our overall experience was good but we did not like the choice of new wall and bar colors. It lacked the warmth and coziness the place once had. They should rethink their design.

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  19. ShalikaS

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time celebrating GALentine's Day. Stetson was so accommodating, and the staff was friendly and amazing with service! We love brunch and this is definitely the spot!

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  20. Marie

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been here before and loved it so much, but this time was a disappointment. We had the gnocchi and the sausage penne. The penne was fine, but there wasn’t much of a sauce, just a lot of olive oil. And the gnocchi was very salty. The tiramisu was great. My water glass also had lip stick on it and took a while to get replaced. The server was very nice and helpful.

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  21. JodyT

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The menus was very limited. No specials. No management circled the tables and asked how things were. I had pasta that was significantly undercooked. The woman next to us had the same experience. Had one drink and server didn’t come around again for more than 30 minutes to see if we wanted anything else. Server was nice but it was a bad experience for what used to be a great Italian place to eat.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for my birthday dinner. Staff was fantastic!!! Food was very good, we had the grilled artichokes and shrimp appetizers and they both were amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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  23. RebeccaB

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Brunch. Emery was geat. However, the mandatory valet parking for 7$ when there were 2 other tables there is a bit ridiculous. We had to wait longer for our vehicle than if we walked to it ourselves.

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  24. Shene

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Anton, our server was great, but the timing of our food was unacceptable. The reservation for 5 people was at 5:30 and we were all there by 5:40. We did not receive our food until 7:30 or after. I was starving and needed food to take medication. I brought 3 people who had never eaten at the restaurant. It did not make a good impression.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and already planning to come back!

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  26. JaniceT

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had the calamari and artichoke appetizers and split the cavatelli ai funghi pasta (mushrooms). All food was delicious. Asked for bread and a basket was brought, along with a dish of olive oil and parmesan. Our server was very attentive and kind. The new owners need to finish updating the restaurant and add artwork to the walls. A piano player for the piano would be a nice touch. Bathroom needs to be cleaned and updated. The outside patio looks very beautiful with all the lights.

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  27. Hfactor

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Veal was chewy, inedible. Service was not prompt, had to leave the table to get check, dessert/coffee not offered, had to tell them to get the credit card with bill. Valet charge for parking immediately behind restaurant is $7. We paid with a $10, got 2 fives back and was told he didn't have change. Not true, fishing for a tip. Went into his booth when we insisted and came right back with change. The food was getting worse the last time I was here last spring. Same stunt pulled by valet then too. Chandeliers were flickering, it's now annoyingly bright in there. Won't be back.

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  28. CathyR

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An iconic restaurant which has been our favorite for years. The renovations completed recently have done nothing but make this place even more of a fabulous experience!!!

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  29. PennyT

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I was very disappointed to see the interior of the restaurant. I have been a frequent diner for many years and was dismayed to see the new interior. All of the lovely character and charm has been removed.

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  30. JimS

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The new decor is a disappointment. It is sterile and does not have the warm and cozy feeling it used to have. The food was fair. The back room was extremely noisy. The servers were nice and attentive but the overall experience was not satisfying.

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  31. Virginia

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kevantay (sp.) our waiter was AMAZING! His service, friendliness, knowledge, and recommendations were superb. His recommendations made our dining experience outstanding. Megan was so friendly and helpful. She did an amazing job on our cocktails. Both of these people deserve high praise. We didn't meet the chef and the team but the food was awesome.

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  32. ChrisG

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a hidden treasure! Had not been to the restaurant in years and found it to be more appealing and pleasurable than years ago. Easy to get to and high marks in all categories.

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  33. KevinK

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very pleasant brunch. The service was great. Not a big deal, but the prices online are quite outdated.

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  34. LynneD

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It appears there are new owners. Service was good, but the food was subpar and not up to the standard that La Dolce Vita is known for. The shrimp, scallop saffron risotto was not edible due to the amount of salt in the shrimp. Poor quality scallops, were not seared. It was such a disappointment. We will not return to the restaurant we use to love.

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  35. WarrenP

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Thought at first we’d walked into the wrong building: pink, blue, white walls and …red trim? Lights up full strength. Former ambiance gone. Why?? Tried to keep an open mind but food not up to usual standard either. Veal piccata was deep fried. Friendly staff but overall so disappointed-this was our favorite restaurant for many years, where we’d go to celebrate special occasions. Sadly, won’t be going back RIP LDV☹️

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  36. CathyR

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is exceptional as always. The tired interior has been beautifully redone. I will most definitely be back soon!

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  37. RebeccaU

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was quite good, but service was lethargic at best. Not the typical standard I've become used to when dining her.

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  38. DavidG

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I've been eating at LDV for the past 25 years, it's now under new ownership which has inspired new staff, new chef, and new decor. The food is just a mark off from before, it lacked flavor, (it did go right through me), the service is a bit slower then it was before and the decor is a complete change - (as of early January 24 it is not yet complete) it lacks the coziness it had in the past and you'd better LOVE the color PINK! Pink is everywhere and quite distracting and if it's not your favorite color will be off putting. I'll give it one more chance in the summer, before I decide if another classic has been changed for the sake of change.

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  39. MarkM

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food and I like the new look of the restaurant.

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  40. ValC

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lasagna and service were awesome, as usual from this well-established favorite. Tiramisu was decadent. However, it appears they are undergoing some changes. We were told they "threw in the dumpster" the espresso machine and have not replaced it. How do you have an Italian restaurant and no espresso? No coffee of any kind, I mean you couldn't even spare $50 to run out and buy a Keurig? They aren't putting the white tableclothes on the tables anymore, just bare tables and they aren't pretty. It was a little disappointing as I was hosting some friends who had never been there before and I feel like I oversold the experience a bit. I won't give up on you, La Dolce Vita! I just hope you progress with the remodel or whatever you are going through.

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La Dolce Vita - Detroit is rated 3.9 stars by 1792 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for La Dolce Vita - Detroit

17546 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48203

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Cedarhurst
  • Area
    Detroit
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Complimentary valet parking for lunch Tuesday-Friday. $5 Valet parking for dinner Tuesday-Sunday $2 Valet parking for Sunday brunch.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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