Atlanta >Food & Dining > Dolce Enoteca Y Ristorante
261 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3036333.793701 -84.396187
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast
Good service, bad atmosphere, poor food – I booked a reservation here based on some friends recommendations. My wife and I were seeing Kooza and wanted a nice dinner before. I will say I was very disappointed in the dinner.
To start, when you walk in you are greeted by two teenage girls wearing next to nothing. My thought was that I will have to remember to check out where my daughter works because there is no way she will ever wear that little.
We were seated quickly. Then we noticed the female servers wore tank tops with their bra straps showing. For a moment I thought we'd walked into the chicken wing place where the girls orange shorts.
The atmosphere: Dark and loud. The music was cranked up which made it difficult to have a conversation. It was very dark and hard to tell what you were exactly eating.
The food: The bread was good. But I would have expected the salami to be of at least Boar's Head quality, not Oscar Myer. My wife had egg plant Parmesan. One piece of egg plant on a pile of over cooked pasta. I've had better at the Olive Garden, and for a lot less. I had the veal. Again, it would have been nice to see what I was eating because it was hard to tell the meat from the fat. The mashed potatoes where ok, but nothing to come back for. I still don't know what the crunchy stuff was in those potatoes. Again, light would have helped. I will say the martinis were good.
So, very loud, very dark, and the food was very poor. I do not recommend anyone going.
My opinion, don't waste your time or money.
Great early evening service – This was our first time, so I want to be clear that we arrived at 6pm on a Saturday night to a 1/4 full restaurant. So with that in mind, service was well timed and very polite. I was a little nervous over the lack of clientele at that time and had seen some of the previous poor reviews, but soon realized we were in for a treat. Our waiter was well informed without sounding scripted and made some great suggestions. The Blue Moon Margarita should not be missed. And the Burrata was yummy. Could have had a few more pieces of bread with it. We found the wine that we desired for the meal and it did not seem over priced. Portion sizes were good for the Lobster Ravioli and the Pork Tenderloin leaving us room to share the cheesecake dessert. Loved it!!! Our waiter timed his service and checks perfectly and laughed with us over the 80's music selections as we tried to guess who might be next on the list. We were entertained and well fed. It is worth a try at least as an option during your visit to Atlantic Station if not for a night out on the town.
Nice romatic Sat night – I made reservations on Saturday night for 2 people. We were seated right away. It did take quite some time to get our waitress originally, but once she greated us we had good service. We both had salads and entrees as well as drinks. All of the food was better than average. Arugula salad was great and both the chicken parm and linguine with clams was excellent. Lighting was very low but it was romantic. I would recommend this place for a date or an evening of dinner and people watching. Menu is a littel pricey but nothing abnormal for Atlanta with great food and atmosphere.
Save your money, skip this place entirely – Like many of the other reviewers, I found this restaurant to be highly overpriced and overrated. I was taken there for my birthday and really regret it. While the ambiance and decorations are great, cool bathrooms don't make up for what the place lacked. Drinks were overpriced, but that's not surprising in Atlanta. The food was awful; they seemed to mess up the simplest items! My sister ordered the calamari and asked it not be spicy, unfortunately the dish was very spicy when it showed up almost 45 minutes later. My parents had the pasta and were not impressed, they said FIGO tasted better. I got a strip steak and was shocked- when I pay $30 for a piece of steak I expect it to be a good cut and not overcooked to the point of dryness. As another reviewer commented, we had 2 servers which made things extremely confusing. It seems we never got what we needed for the table (silverware, napkins, etc). They tried to make the experience better by giving me a free dessert, but I don't think I had more than 2 bites. It was bland and I didn't want to waste the calories when I could go to Brusters and be more satisfied. Overall, I would not recommend this place to anyone who appreciates good food and fine dining. For the money, head over to Antica Posta- real Italian food.
great specials on monday – Monday nights are half off (except for drinks). So go crazy with the menu! Try everything if your stomach allows it. I loved the clam linguine and my soup. I don't think it's too much Italian, but it does give off an American kick to it all. Dark and cool, the music is good and the atmosphere is nice and relaxing.
The BEST Italian restaurant in Atlanta! – The ambiance, the food, and the service were absolutely amazing. We had the steamed mussels, ultimate bruschetta, and the braised veal breast. It was the most delicious, authentic Italian food I have experienced outside of Italy. You MUST try this restaurant!
great service, new menu – I came into Dolce (my 5th(?) time) with my husband and four friends last Tuesday night and was delighted to see not only a brand new menu but also a very snazzy looking gentleman crooning Sinatra tunes from the VIP area overlooking the main floor! Apparently, this is a regular Tuesday event called "Sinatra Night", which, on top of the 50% off deal they have going on Mondays, makes us want to come waaay more often. I have to say, I'm shocked at some of the more negative reviews because I've NEVER had a bad experience. My service is always friendly and efficient (thank you, Keith and Liz!!), the food is amazing every time and the ambiance is to-die-for. I tried the new grilled watermelon appetizer with panzanella salad and saffron dressing, and had the crispy crab and ricotta gnocchi for my entree. Both were beautifully presented and extremely tasty. We already have reservations for this evening. Can't wait!
Relaxing hang out – i was very surprised by dolce. From the outside, it looks like a restaurant that seems pretentious BUT the experience was far from it. I had a fantastic time there! i went with 5 of my friends (wait wasn't bad at all) and we all had delicious food and the service was fabulous. It was our first time there so we asked the waiter what he would rec. the waiter reccommended entrees as well as the wine to pair with it. A lot of high end restaurants in atlanta are expensive with very little food. dolce's price was worth the food portion they serve. the two guys i went with were very satisfied with the food amount, and these are college guys i am talking about. i saw a previous review stating that the lobster ravioli wasn't good. However my friend ordered it and she loved it and had portions to take home. overall, i would say this is a good restaurant to hang out with friends. its a relaxing and fun atmosphere.
chic and comfortable atmosphere, creative and delicious food! – while the reviews below are mixed, everyone that visits dolce can agree that the decor and atmosphere are incredible. often when i go to places for special occassions, i'm slightly underwhelmed by the less than impressive atmosphere. atlanta's restaurants are majorly lacking in the decor wow factor. BUT, dolce attempts to fill in the gap with a mainroom that is really there to impress. the food doesn't fall short either. i'd really suggest the grilled watermelon...sounds wierd, but when i had it, i was shocked i had never heard of it before. it tasted like it had been in a marinade and was absolutely perfectly sweet! dolce is also one of the rare non-seafood focused restaurants that has more than one (delicious) fish option. i'd go with the salmon because the method changes constantly, and i've yet to order it when it hasn't been cooked to perfection and seasoned wonderfully. GO!
Not Food Allergy Friendly, Terrible Service – This was my first time to visit Dolce and I brought a long 3 friends so we could try out the 50% dinner promotion on Monday. We started off with the antipasto and bread which were both very good. My boyfriend ordered the strip steak. I ordered the scallops originally. I had stressed to the server that I was extremely allergic to tree nuts and to please not include the pine nuts in the arugula salad. Instead my salad comes out covered in walnuts. To add to the chaos we had two servers, each who had no clue what was going on. I told them to just get me the lobster pappardelle instead. So upon waiting almost 20 mins for my food while everyone else was eating, I was beginning to be a little irritated. The pasta was nothing special, mixed in a watered down tomato/cream sauce, bland and had little lobster meat. We decided to all order dessert (the lava cake and gelato). I again, stressed I was extremely allergic to nuts and to please not put them on the dessert. The cake came out covered in them! The server was very embarrassed and angry because she said she even wrote a note to the chef. So they took up our desserts and brought out new ones. The server said the chef said they were not nuts and instead "candied orange," which was a lie because all 3 of my guests my original dessert and said they were definitely chunks of walnuts. I didn't even bother to complain about not recieving any type of discounts for our messed up food, I just wanted to get out of there. This place is neglectful, over rated, and definitely not friendly to customers with food allergies! Don't waste your money! I have had the opportunity to dine there again and have everything free, but I do not know if I will give Dolce another chance after how I was treated.
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