Dolce Vita

4.5
706 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Now offering Sunday Brunch. Our restaurant and wine bar have 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!
What 706 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

They opened the regular dinning area and it was bright, loud, and our server rushed us through dinner and tried to up sell us on everything.

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vipMikeN
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Been here many times and today food was way off. Everything came out cold and didn’t taste good. Could have be a different cook/chef for lunch hours.

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vipPapa
Richmond
96 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding
Outdoor heaters

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Cannot recommend the food here, it is bland. The dishes are not presented authentically and lack true flavor. The servers are very nice though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its been a while. Used to go quite frequently when i lived close

The food was beyond superb snd the service was fabulous

Glad you are open and surviving in these crazy times

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rozwyler
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late birthday celebration

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vipEllenC
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Dolce Vita for many, many years and the food keeps getting better! Our server Jose is fantastic and has been there for a long time as well. His suggestions are spot on.. I asked about the scallops or one of the specials and he steered me toward the scallops. They were cooked perfectly, accompanied by broccoli i and butternut squash polenta..heaven! Another in our party had the snapper special which was a beautiful presentation and she said it was very good. Others had pasta dishes, all were served piping hot . A great evening with great food and friends!

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vipViennaJim
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Pandemic restrictions requiring tent and outdoor dining expose diners to considerable traffic noise, but food quality and service adequately compensate.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Night out with my daughter

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vipMarkJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch

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vipErikT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service were very good. Only problem was that it took 20 minutes or more past our 7.30 reservation for seating which was except able but when 9.30 came around the staff opened the doors in 40 degree weather to bring chairs in from outside and left them open until we said something. Would have been nice not to feel like we were being rushed out. Overall a good night though.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
114 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good, authentic Italian meal and wonderful service! We love it here!

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Protaa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Large choice of wines. Great service. Id definitely go back

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Julebird
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food yummy; salad with figs delicious1

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Teamanderson3
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice set up outside. Waiter was a touch over worked but did a nice job. They have a reasonable priced wine menu with some nice choices. The portion and price was very good. The quality of food was good. We will be going back.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
114 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and staff are exceptional

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vipMikeN
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall good food and wine but for the price point, service feels more like a diner than fine dining.

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vipIreneZ
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the outdoor seating. Food was delicious and portions are always perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. They never fail to deliver great food and service.

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CatF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The fried calamari was tasty but the marinara dipping sauce was flavorless. The chicken piccata was surprisingly bland, considering how much garlic (which I love) wafted in the air. The piccata was overpriced for what it was and I make a better on my own! We ate outside in the make-shift patio, which was in the already small parking lot. Luckily, we can walk there so we didn't have to park. It is a good spot, but not as flavorful as I expect Italian restaurants to be (but I am from New York).

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
114 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Michael and Cyrus! Service and food were excellent. The wine was great too 😌

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vipJorgeM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Decor was ok, server took forever to come over for our orders and was horrible (forgetting things, not being friendly, bringing wrong drinks or dishes, etc.). Food on the other hand was delicious.

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vipPapa
Richmond
97 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pario/parking lot. No matter
Great service good food

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RichardH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch. Come into Fairfax for Dolce Vita. Genuine warm friendly greetings, from the front of house to the wine bar keeper. Actual _dinner_ music, not hurry-up/get out; makes a real difference. And the food. Been several times, never disappointed. Good value.

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DaveW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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JohnB
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. I am so glad Dolce Vita made it through the shut down as the6 are one of my favorite Italian restaurants!

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vipFredT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I eat at Dolce Vita almost every week. I loved the ravioli with boar ragu special this past Saturday.

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ScottP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited Dolce Vita for the first time in years. The food and service are still excellent. We dined under a tent outside, comfortably distanced from other diners. Our server was attentive and made several great recommendations regarding wine and food. We'll be back soon.

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teresas
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So authentic! Love Dolce Vita. Staff is wonderful, food is fabulous and the ambiance brings you right to Italy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing. But we only ever saw 2 waiters handling all the tables meaning we had to wait a long time to order our food, they also messed up our order and we ended up not getting our appetizer till the entrees came out. The auto shop next door was extremely loud although I'm sure if we sat inside it wouldnt have bothered us. Many gluten free options for those with allergies in our party and food came out extremely fresh

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vipPapa
Richmond
97 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To go out for an enjoyable meal under a tent in a parking lot is weird but very delicious

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vipDDraper
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent, as always.

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vipLGaye
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love that they will customize any dish to your liking, and all their sauces and pastas are homemade.
There is a lot to choose from on the menu.
The arugula and fig salad was outstanding, as was the homemade tiramisu.

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vipfcpdcop3423
Richmond
114 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shane was very impressive. He was attentive and caring.

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JimS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable dining outdoors. Food and service were both excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engagement

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vipWilson
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our table for two was reserved a few days before inside dining was available. However when we reached the restaurant on time there were no outside tables available. I expected that since we reserved before inside dining was allowed we would have an outside table reserved.
We had to dine inside.
The food was good and the server was competent.

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DolceForever
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food. Great portions. Great staff. Literally my most favorite place to eat in NOVA.

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You can order delivery directly from Dolce Vita using the Order Online button. Dolce Vita also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 385-1530 ext. 0.

Dolce Vita is rated 4.5 stars by 706 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.