Dolce Vita

4.6
794 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLisaE
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 July 23, 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
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PamK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 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 July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently amazing every time we go to Dolce Vitae

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vipKevin
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 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 July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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jzzerbabe
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 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 July 13, 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 July 9, 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 July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous Italian food and very friendly staff.

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EricK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 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 June 27, 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 June 27, 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 June 27, 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 June 26, 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 June 26, 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 June 26, 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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LaDolceVitaJune2021
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 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
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipVincentO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We have been dinning at Dolce Vita for several years and miss the extended menu they had. The waiter was not as knowledgeable with the wine and did not asked how we were enjoying our meal until we we half way through.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place! Felt so good to be back with friends enjoying the food and wine. We had Josh as our server, if there is a better server I have never met them. He made our experience spectacular.

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AFPirate89
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were great. Josh is a great server making many suggestions that made the experience all the better. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My compliments to the Chef and kitchen. Our salad, two apps, and main course where simply delicious! My wife’s dirty martini was very good but my margarita seemed watered down and lackluster. We ate around 4:30pm and while the food was awesome to sunlight pouring in really showed the interior could use an update. Everyone was very nice and again the food was excellent. I’ve never had a bad meal here.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and really enjoyed the food and service on the patio. Tasty marinated tomato salad, asparagus and meatball appetizer as well as pizza. Aperol spritz was refreshing. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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vipStephanieQ
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service. Authentic Italian in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

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RayG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Lunch menu a bit limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average

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vipLisaE
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently exceptional! Everything is always superb, fresh and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Oscar, our server, was wonderful. I great experience all around. We will definitely go back.

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TheresaA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Warm atmosphere. Food Good. Wait staff attentive. A bit noisy as it filled up. Fairfax City Restaurant week menu was an excellent selection for the fixed price. Nice evening out with neighbors in a long time.

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KarlaH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Local traditional Italian restaurant. Nothing fancy but the food is good and the people serving are really friendly. This is what a neighborhood restaurant should be.

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KelseyJArt
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service. This place is a treasure in Fairfax City.

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JefferyJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy, high quality food and great bar. Nice dining room and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurants. I’ve never complained but this time I ordered a rockfish pasta dish in a white wine sauce that was very dry. The tomatoes were the redeeming ingredient in this dish.

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LillianC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for providing the perfect place for a long overdue gathering of friends!

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TonyC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Oscar was a great server. Coming from NY, this is a solid Italian spot. The menu isn't jammed packed so they can select what they want to do, and do it well. It was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Too loud, service very alow. Been waiting for the bill no one cAme by.

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

Dolce Vita is rated 4.6 stars by 794 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 reservations at the moment.