La Dolce Vita opened its' doors in Beverly Hills in 1966. The biggest celebrities in the world lived only moments away, and La Dolce Vita literally ... More
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita opened its' doors in Beverly Hills in 1966. The biggest celebrities in the world lived only moments away, and La Dolce Vita literally became their second home for decades to come. Regulars included the Sinatras, the Reagans, the Pecks, the Douglases, and the Bloomingdales. It hosted every sitting US President since the Kennedy administration, and was known as a haven for titans of industry and finance. Deals were made with a handshake, and everyone was certain to arrive on Thursdays for Osso Bucco. Now, La Dolce Vita moves to the future, following a seven month 'facelift,' during which the restaurant was restored to its' original pristine condition, reprieving the original menu, recipes, and decor. La Dolce Vita arrives once again as a popular dining and entertainment destination, now home to young Hollywood and those seeking the traditional cuisine of Italy. Once again a Los Angeles classic, with regulars arriving on Thursdays for the infamous Osso Bucco.
The best of the best, can't get any better than this. Real waiters and captains. Ruben is great. You might even spot an important person every now and then. Best food, well made cocktails, great service. Try the calimari salad and the steak Sinatra. ISSSSS THE BESSSSSSTTTTTTTT !!!
I suffered an inexcusable experience with La Dolce Vita. I made a reservation almost 2 months in advance (52 days to be exact) to secure a dinner for my girlfriend’s birthday. I scheduled her birthday plans around this reservation which was to be the grand finale of the day. We flew into LA the night before and the first voicemail I received when we landed was that our reservation was canceled. I was immediately upset as this effectively left me no time to reserve a table at a more hospitable restaurant and, as a result, clearly ruined our birthday plans. I was confused why they would wait 51 days to call to tell me that my reservation was cancelled; do they not review their books regularly? Surely, it seems that accommodating confirmed reservations would be a priority at any quality restaurant, so I called for an explanation. Kim answered, I explained the above, and again she said our confirmed reservation was canceled. She offered no explanation as to why she waited until the last minute to notify me and offered no compensation in any form for their incompetence. Instead she said it was “a tough economy;” I was stunned by such a shameful cop-out. So, I asked to speak to a manager. The next minute or so was filled with a back and forth with the basic message that he would tell me the same thing and “has worked there for 40 years” (I guess somehow implying that he is above speaking to upset guests on the phone or spending time to alleviate customer concerns). I insisted on speaking with him and it was at this point that the true character of this restaurant was exposed. In one classless statement, Ruben said “there is nothing we will do for you, don’t call me again” and then hung up. Obviously, I was offended and now feel compelled to share my story with other would-be diners since the restaurant’s management does not care and would hear none of it. A simple google search reveals plenty of alternatives in the area. There is certainly no need to trust any important dates with La Dolce Vita.
A fabulous place to wine to dine, although expensive. Its an Italian restaurant with perfect ambience, dimmed lights and red booths. They serve some of the best wines and deserts, I was highly impressed with the service. Located very close to UCLA.
This place is great. We stumbled upon it one night and now it's one of our favorite dinner spots. The food is great, there isn't a dish on the menu that I wouldn't recommend. The veal shank is so tender it melts in your mouth. They have a huge selection of pastas and a couple of great salads (try the ceasar salad, it is so good!). The service is always great and the Maitre'd always does his best to accomodate everyone, no matter who you are (it is a good spot for celeb sighting too). A must if you are in the Beverly Hills area!!
Avoid this place, unless you are in search of some celebrity spottings. I am Italian and I know Italian food. This aint it. The service was horrible. Absolutely horrible. Every single time we wanted something- we had to wave them down. Then on top of that- they would still walk off and come around 10-15 minutes later when they felt like it. Avoid the deserts as well. I have never in my life, had such bad food. Bottom line- go somewhere else. In fact, even the reviews they list on their website, are not that flattering. And the last one they posted, is a few years old.
I have been dining at La Dolce Vita since 1969. In my opinion it is the most exciting and wonderful restaurant in the world. In the old days there were countless times in which every booth contained a famous person. Sinatra, Regan, Sammy Davis, all presidents just to name a few. I literally saw almost everyone that was anyone at La Dolce Vita over a period of years. The second you enter the door anything is possible. The dining experience was the best part. Milk fed veal, ooso bucco on Thursdays, aldente pasta, I could go on and on. The only thing I miss is my pal Jimmy Ullo the founder and the brains behind everything. Without him none of this would have happened. He went to Italy every summer to bring back the best ideas. He trained the chef and worked the front door. He had CLASS! He was Sinatras best friend. Without Franks help and support none of this would have been possible. The new owners realize all of this and are doing a fine job. Go there! If your there late in the evening you might even see Frank sitting in booth #1 with a hat and cigarette!