Dolce Vita

4.6
850 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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Ring in the New Year and celebrate with us at Dolce Vita. Come and enjoy our Special 4 Course Dinner, Prosecco toast and DJ. Details can be found at www.dolcevitafairfax.com

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Come and enjoy this Christmas Eve with us at Dolce Vita! We will be offering holiday specials to include our delish 7 Fish Stew. Details and reservations can be found at www.dolcevitafairfax.com

What 850 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
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suzi
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have been coming to this restaurant for more than20 years. We had not been since before COVID u til last night. The food was ok, but not as flavorful as we recall in the past.

Service was fine, though seemed like it was a little disorganized in general at the restaurant.

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! A gem of a restaurant. Food is A-mazing every time.

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LisaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our waiter was horrible! He forgot what our drink order was, brought three out of four, and kept saying “ oh yeah, I’ll be right back”! We saw every table around us turned before we even received our meals. Thankfully we were in no rush and were catching up with old friends but we finally had to call the manager over and tell him what we were experiencing. Romano was awesome and took care of us very quickly.

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Fabulous
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good, portions were small.
Service was slow and unsteady - table had to repeatedly request promised drinks. Server may have been overtaxed with too,many tables

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CindyG
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends and I met at their wine bar on 11/17/2021 . Oscar was our waiter and he was so Romany delightful! The food was de-lish-ous. We had the Polpette (meatballs) and 2 of their flatbreads, aspargus and calamari. Totally recommend the their calamari and those meatballs. We very much enjoyed the wine we chose. Will I return, you betcha!

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JeanA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch. Delicious food and attentive service!

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DeannaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We had a wonderful evening!

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StevenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

We have been going there for 30 years. Last night the service was atrocious. The wait time for food was the worst experience ever. We ordered drinks and you think they would have asked us if we wanted another and never got that either. Complete disappointment. We love the food but having this sort of wait was really sad.

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AmyD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to gather with family for dinner around the DC area

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GrandMaster
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and a quiet ambient. It is a good place to have conversations and be able to hear the other person(s).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Pasta was overcook

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vipPapa
Richmond
101 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why go anywhere else?

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Karla
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our service from our waiter could have been a lot better. Understandingly so, it’s expected that a Friday night will be busy. However, we didn’t even see our waiter for 25 mins before getting our water and never brought bread over. I had to ask a half hour into waiting for him to finally bring it over. Never checked on us about meals and came towards the end to see if any refills were needed. I wish we would of received better service to have had a better experience.

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KathleenT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant. My 2nd visit and my meal and service was top notch. We sat on the wine bar side and the noise level was moderate due to the fact that all the tables were full. The parking lot is small, so getting into the lot was challenging , but worth the short wait as they have valet parking and we were taken care of right away. Clearly others like this restaurant considering how crowded it was. Totally recommend going here and will definitely return.

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Jerry
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot for my team. Generous portions.

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delish. Great service! Definitely, will return

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TLom
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat at a high top in the wine bar area and enjoyed some flights of wine, an array of appetizers, and dessert. It was a great later-in-the-evening spot for a date night. The staff/management were great and we appreciated the time they spent talking with us.

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DolceVitaOct2021
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good Italian restaurant. Were seated in the noisy bar area. Food was excellent.

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vipTomG
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Food were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Wait staff was stretched thin.

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vipKevin
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining here and the great service

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vipEricK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Can't wait to go back. Great atmosphere.

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vipOtto
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our party wined and dined in the Dolce Vita Wine Bar side of the establishment as opposed to the restaurant side. Our waitress had a dazzling smile and gave us helpful suggestions on food and drink. We enjoyed the cicchettis (Italian small plates) and half-priced wines on Wine Wednesday.

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vipKevin
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for dinner date, great friendly service, food is fabulous, nice wine selection

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vipJulebird
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is consistently very good.

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LamarR
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. I would definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was nice. The area was very open which makes a date night less of an experience for a couple. But the wine bar atmosphere was nice and the team seemed energetic to assist and wait on the patrons.

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bigstack
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wish they had table clothes and was quieter but otherwise excellent.

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vipKyonshi
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was not great. They were slow to refill drink orders Very slow.

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Karen33
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly EXCELLENT meal! Food was fabulous, as was our server. One in the party was new to the restaurant, so server gave history of restaurant. Had the chicken Marsala- excellent! For dessert, we all had ice cream with a shot of espresso over it - wonderful! Had forgotten how much I love this place - will be back soon!!

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vipPapa
Richmond
102 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great server
Fair prices

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EllisH
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A little loud, but the food was fantastic. I’ll be back for lunch.

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NickS
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Excellent food, but service was extremely sparse and many larger parties who arrived after my wife and I were receiving appetizers long before we had even ordered. It was very noisy, so if you’re looking for a serene environment it may not be the place. If you’re looking for a bustling Italian restaurant, then this is the place. We will definitely come back, and hopefully the service is better next time.

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vipPeteR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a good meal...new expanded space makes it even more enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food everything was delicious. Very friendly staff. Nice renovations but could a little brighter in the dining area. Love the view of the kitchen! We will be back again and again!

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Ccgene
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice ambience as long as you request to not sit in the kitchen area. Waitstaff seemed young and inexperienced but enthusiastic. Food was fine if a bit overpriced.

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ICEBOX
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a gem! Great selections on food and wine. Service was fantastic, loved getting recommendations from the staff. Clean & friendly.

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vipMike
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was a great server and was passionate about dolce vita. He was very well versed on the menu and wine options. Lunch menu had options ranging from meatball sub to pizza to chicken Marsala.

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MelissaW
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat outside due to a member of our party being concerned about indoor dining. The restaurant inside is very inviting & romantic.

Our server was a little slow to check on us and didn't clear plates promptly on our small table. He was extremely pleasant and helpful when asked about the menu, however! (Oscar)

The food was delicious, but expect about a $10 bump on all entre's from normal higher end restaurants.

Loved the Calamari, the wine selection and the homemade pasta!

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vipScottM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and fun restaurant, but steak is inconsistently prepared.

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 850 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.