Dolce Vita

4.6
812 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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MelissaW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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PatA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Good food, average service, extremely loud-hard to have a conversation. Recommend you dine on the bar side of the restaurant. Better look and a little quieter.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place!

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vipJulebird
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Not our usual experience- lots of mix ups with orders for a number of dining guests around us and including us. One cocktail we ordered was predominately ice. Waited quite awhile for napkins and silverware. Things were just off.

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JimmieA
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Dolce Vita has been our go to lunch place for over 20 years - and during this time, we have never been disappointed. Food and service are always great.

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vipQuest
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our waiter brought the wrong entree to one member of our party - he missed what she said. Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been looking for an everyday Italian restaurant since we moved to NOVA last winter. We finally found it! Steven was the most accommodating server, the food was great, the wine was great. We will definitely be back again and again. Thanks for an enjoyable lunch! The new wine bar looks like we want to try that too.

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vipDianeK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & delicious food for our family gathering! Thank you Dolce Vita.

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vipKevin
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fabulous, drinks and wines great. Service and staff are great. sit outside or inside and has nice bar.

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Rich
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was great— our server Brian was very friendly and knowledgeable. Food excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food. Very please with the restaurant and the staff members. The bartender is great. She remembers us as repeating customers. Awesome service and good food. Will definitely come back again.

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Foodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and we loved the Sirpasso wine that was recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks food and service good

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vipKrisW
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem in Fairfax. We sat on the wine bar side and it made the evening. Our waiter was excellent and offered all the right advice. The food was delicious and the wine selection true Italian wines. A great place for lunch or dinner for any occasion

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RaieP
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! The food was outstanding! Half price wine bottles on Wednesday was an added bonus we didnt know about! I will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very great atmosphere. Food was wonderful and drinks were amazing.

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vipLisaE
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently amazing. The dishes are extraordinary, the ambiance is very quaint and it never disappoints! Fantastic, high quality food every single time!

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ColleenH
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Next time we will have to sit in the bar area which was more lively...but we still enjoyed our experience. Our waiter was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and engaging. I wish I could remember his name!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waitress was super sweet and attractive. We love supporting this small business!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience1

Service was horrible. Wait staff too busy socializing with each other and one person outside. Not interested in us as customers. Very expensive for what it is. Bartender standing watching sports. Unhygienic practices. Fallen a long way from what it use to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to our server for being so patient with us. Great experience as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Dolce Vita.. its my go to place!

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PamK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated early for our reservation. Excellent food! The only negative thing I would say is that the tables near the front brick pizza oven, it was pretty hot.

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LindaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently amazing every time we go to Dolce Vitae

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vipKevin
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Josh. Food was great. Bar tending drinks was slow. But we enjoyed our dinner and will be back.

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AS997
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service was friendly. Overall very positive experience.

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jzzerbabe
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Bonus that wine was half an price for bottles. I’ll definitely return

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April
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service! We were delighted by this hidden gem and will definitely be back.

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MamaK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was a great surprise for us. It was 0.1 mile from our hotel so we were able to walk over without worrying about parking. Our reservation was actually for 30 minutes later, but they sat us right away! Our teen girls ordered different versions of the gnocci. My oldest ordered the spicy sauce and it was definitely spicy! She loved it though. My husband ordered the lasagna and liked it. I had the baked ziti but requested it to be meat free. It was good. For dessert my daughters ordered the creme brulee and tiramisu, but we all agreed the BEST dessert was the banana bread pudding that I ordered. It was amazing!

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vipJaniceC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous Italian food and very friendly staff.

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EricK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! The 1/2 price wines on Wednesday always drag us in that day.

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parm0613
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only draw back was the noise level. The food was great and our servicer was friendly.

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat here ever time I am in Fairfax. The food is great, the marinara sauce is amazing, and the wine selection is decent. Staff are super friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. The restaurant decor is very pleasant.

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AGonz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food. Excellent service. We were a group of nine. It was so good everyone was eating and it was quiet. Now that tells you how good the food is when you are focused on your food. Desserts were delicious. We especially liked the Berries with cream- cake was soaked in berries. We will be back.

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MarkM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Reserved a table for our wedding anniversary, hoping to be seated in the main restaurant area, which had open tables when we arrived AND when we left.

But no, we got shunted out into the wine bar area. Maybe just as well as it was cooler out there.

We asked the waiter to not rush things. Still, appetizer is STILL ON THE TABLE when the salads arrived. We told him explicitly to keep it slow as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Too bad for us, I guess.

Incidentally, the alfredo sauce? I could have done better. Caesar salad? I've had better bottle dressing. Too bad Joe and Ricardo sold the place instead of shutting it down. The new ownership is clearly in over its head. And incidentally, shouldn't an alfredo dish get an offering of grated cheese?

Won't.
Be.
Back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

It was our first time to come back after the pandemic started. The appetizers were good but the entrees were not what we are used to. They were bland. I ordered the Veal Saltimbocca and it had no taste. I ask for salt and not even that fixed it. The Vongole pasta and Chicken Parm same thing. I hope it was just a bad day for the cooks. We won’t be coming back for now.

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vipIntlTaxLwyr
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great Italian food with outstanding service. The bartender/server Lindsey was fantastic with the drink and food recommendations. Will go back again and again.

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BelissimoSep2021
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Dolce Vita is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Pasta with seafood was excellent. June 2021.

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Bethanybot
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Accommodation with our baby coming. Try the tiramisu!

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 812 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.