Dolce Vita

4.7
751 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!
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4.6
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EricK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Our server was knowledgeable and the supporting staff was prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice Mother’s Day dinner at Dolce Vita. The food was delicious — muscles in red sauce, rice balls, homemade pasta, veal chop over risotto... All were delicious and our waiter, Oscar, was friendly and attentive.

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SarahR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were very happy with our visit. They were incredibly busy on a Saturday night, the place was full - they're trying to get back on their feet and its a little bumpy. They went from covid=no one in the restaurant to "covid's over"=everyone in the restaurant, and they clearly don't have quite enough staff yet, but let's cut them some slack and give them a month or two to catch up. We had a great waiter and a lovely experience. Food was delicious. We will definitely be back. Let's all be patient with these restaurants as they find their way post-pandemic.

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Nina
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Very light and delicious. Homemade tiramisu was wonderful and so was the arancini and fettuccini carbonara.

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vipBuzC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful lunch with friends in a quiet environment with superb service and food! Will definitely come back again.

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vipALT1
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was top notch. Great menu, and delicious food. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because my husband ordered the "Choose Your Own Pasta" and the kitchen didn't add the ingredients he requested. They quickly sent out what was missing.
Love this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have eaten here many times and it has been a favorite. This time it was extremely expensive (most ever), my hanger steak was mediocre, service OK but far from the past. It will be awhile before I return.

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CarrieR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just discovered Dolce Vita last weekend for dessert after having eaten dinner at a nearby place. We decided that night to come back this past weekend for dinner. It's so sweet and pleasant. A hidden gem. We sat on the wine bar side at the bar and had very nice service from Josh. The food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and terrific service

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Jules
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! It was the first time 8 moms got together and Dolce Vita did a fabulous time. We were the only table in the restaurant (they did not have anymore outdoor seating available) and we felt safe. The waiter and all the other restaurant workers wore masks and on Wednesdays it's half off wine bottles so we had 6 bottles! The food was delicious and we had plenty of food from appetizers, main course and dessert!! Happy to be with our friends for the first time in over a year and will be happy to return in the future!

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2319
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner with cousins we had not seen for years. Very enjoyable meal even with COVID restrictions in place.

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StellaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and value. Courteous staff and prompt service.

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LeightleyCrew
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful Dinner and the service was super friendly! We will definitely be back!

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VAGIRL67
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love coming here friendly staff really good food, great wine selection.

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MarkW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The create your own dish was excellent. I had the cheese ravioli, scallops, steamed spinach with garlic in the white wine sauce. The sauce was a little watery and would have been better if it was much thicker. The cheese ravioli, scallops and spinach though were outstanding, as was the garden salad and bread with olive oil and grated cheese. Next time I will ask for a thicker white wine sauce and also try the atmosphere in the evening.

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WendyR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was spoiled growing up in an area that had excellent Italian food and I have traveled to Italy as well. Unfortunately it is hard to find really good Italian food in Northern Virginia (at least the way I know it). THIS PLACE is where we go! We LOVE the food here, and the service is great as well. We always see the same servers, so they must be doing something right for their staff. They make their limoncello in house, believe it or not. The bacon wrapped shrimp in lobster cream sauce and the lamb lollipops were amazing. I think what I like best is you can make a reservation and be seated within 5 minutes (if not immediately) of that time. They have kept their patio open year round since Covid started (with heaters), so we have felt very safe here and are able to make a patio reservation (most other places don't guarantee patio seating, but they will). Just go, it's a little gem!

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PaulB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always great there. They were a little understaffed so we had a little wait on the food. All good, they are still rebounding from the COVID scam.

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vipDavidH
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant has a lot going for it, but it needs some noise dampening.

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WillS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent find. We have been looking for a great Italian restaurant and we found it in Dolce Vita. This will be on our regular rotation.

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Kristen
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. Food is amazing! It is quite small so you should get a reservation. We have been here twice and both times it was amazing.

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ElizabethH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved that there is more than one area to eat, a reg restaurant and the wine bar.

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vipPaulH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding place for a quiet meal and conversation. The quintessential neighborhood Italian restaurant. The staff was superb and the food quality was excellent. Portions were just right. Dessert was also perfect for the meal. A great place to end a busy day or to bring family for a lunch or dinner.

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vipMonumental
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on a the patio and truly enjoyed our meal, service and experience. Can ALWAYS count on Dolce Vita to be great.

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vipEllenC
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with friends and it was so nice to see the restaurant doing well! Our server Jose is wonderful he has been with Dolce for a long time and does an excellent job. He knows the menu and wines well and has great suggestions. They had a squid ink fettuccine special with calamari and sausage which was excellent! I don’t eat meat but they were very happy to give me shrimp instead of the sausage. Other choices were Penne arrabbiata which was also cooked perfectly with a nice bit of heat to it, and a seafood fettuccine. We shared an excellent bottle of red wine and had a delightful evening!

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VeronicaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, all right people in our party enjoyed their dishes, even the kids.

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EnriqueT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service was excellent. We had a great time the only small pitfall is the price of the meals were a little higher than expected.

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MichaelF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We drove 20 miles from Ashburn to get here. Food was “lick the plate” delicious. Our waiter was very good however. It took 40 minutes to be served our entrees. Waiter told us it’s because takeout is prepared by same chef as fine dining and they were getting crushed on a Friday night with takeout. My wife noted the party seated after us was being served before us. Not sure why we had to wait like 20 minutes after a salad and bread course to get the main entrees. They do serve some of the best in Italian Fare.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to finally get out and enjoy a good meal. We appreciate you making our evening special.

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Marisa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our search for our neighborhood Italian spot has ended. This is OUR spot! We have driven by many times and finally gave it a shot on Valentines and wish we had tried years ago. It was a wonderful experience start to finish. Place was jumping which was great to see and the wine bar had such a great vibe. Riley our server made it so much fun (we have small kids so don't get out that much) and had great recommendations. Appetizers, salads, and entrees were all excellent (better than anything we've had in DC and half the price). Great portions and everything was cooked to perfection. And VERY reasonable - 3 glasses of wine and 3 courses for two was barely more than $100! Don't make the mistake we did try this neighborhood gem ASAP!

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vipbetht
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether lunch for one or a dinner celebration with many, Dolce Vita is always consistent. Good neighbor restaurant my family and I enjoy!

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PhyllisS
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here and was quite pleased with the food. Excellent service throughout our meal. Though some diners down from us spoke loud and obnoxious, we had a wonderful time and will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was simply amazing

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ChristinaU
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, and the service was exceptional!

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Not2Fussy
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great fresh pasta. Calamari was best we have had in a while. The Alfredo sauce was a little bland but the Americana pizza was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Excellent wine choices every time I’ve dined here!

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EricK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Good food.

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ToddF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The service was excellent, the food was good but not great and well proportioned, but the prices were really quite high. I've had better meals at Carrabba's for less than half the price. Not a bad experience just considerable more than we expected to pay for the quality of the food.

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ChristineZ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious foods. We did indoor seating. Workers are all wearing masks. They are all nice and friendly! Will recommend

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onasisf
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food, the food, the food...... definitely the food. It ruined our Christmas Eve dinner.
Completely bland (all 3 dishes). One of my guests was served undercooked chicken (it’s hard to undercook breaded chicken)
The pasta seemed like it had been blanched last week and reconstituted prior to serving it.
The cream Prosecco sauce in my dish was more like heated heavy cream added to the plate without a single grain of salt, pepper or garlic.
Not sure what happened to this place, food used to be decent. Oh well, is off my list now.

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vipIDavis
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service. Will definitely return.

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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 4.7 stars by 751 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.