Detroit >Food & Dining > La Dolce Vita
17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI | Directions 4820342.420244 -83.106437
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm;Sun. 11am - 3pm
Dangerous... – Maybe the place is a nice restaurant with regards to food, but it is located in a very unsafe area. I was mugged next to the restaurant's parking lot and their armed security would not do anything about it. They didn't even call 911 since "it takes cops forever to get there"... Terrible experience that I would not want anybody else to have.
Excellent overall restaurant – If you have not been to this restaurant, you are really missing a great experience. The bar is excellent. Jennifer was very attentive. As for the restaurant, Anis our maitre D' was top of the line. He had great recommendations for dinner and the menu itself is skilled and diverse..whether you are in the mood for pasta, fish or veal. I would highly recommend this restaurant. It was great location for our corporate meeting.
A refined lounge-like atmosphere makes for a relaxed, Italian dining experience. – In Short
High ceilings and romantic twinkling lights create a chic atmosphere, perfect for a drink and appetizer at the bar or a full dining experience Old-school Italian fills the menu, with an infusion of creative appetizers. Order the Caesar salad and have it mixed at your table. Main courses are standard, from eggplant parmesan to fettuccine alfredo. The eggplant lasagna--substituting thinly sliced eggplant for pasta--is a welcome twist on the original.
you would never know that your in the hood – Great spot! Don't let the neighborhood scare you. Your in the right spot. As soon as you turn the corner you have found your "good life". Fish is a must as is the table side ceasar salad. Drinks are pricey. Sunday brunch is excellent. Try getting there on the second sunday of the month for their pajama brunch. All you can drink mimosa or bloody marys. New Chef studied under Wolfgang Puck. Don't try to save money by not valet parking. In this area you must.
It is just beautiful – I love that place. This is all I say about this restaurant. If you don't go even once - you miss oone of the best spots in Detroit. I coul not believe this restaurant was there. Mc Nichols and Woodward??? Who would go there? Oh ..... when you are at the restaurant you feel like you are totally different city !!!
LDV - Hit or Miss – LDV has definitley hit the mark on occasion, but sometimes tends to be hit or miss. On Valentine's Day our meal and service were both excellent, but I have also been there on two other occasions with larger groups where service has been fumbling and haphazzard at best. The outdoor patio more than makes up for it though. If you're not in a huge hurry, this is the place to go even though the area is questionable, to say the least.
Only at The Vita! – I absolutely love this place! I've been going to the Vita sparatically for the past 3 years. It's one of my favorite places for dinner and drinks. For that matter, just drinks, too. Jennifer behind the bar is possibly my favorite bartender. She definitely knows how to treat a lady!
The food excellent. The atmosphere is dimly lit and very romantic. Great for a higher end first date! The filet with shrimp scampi is amazing!
Everyone should try this place. Spring and summer is nice because you can sit on the christmas light lit patio. It's a little piece of heaven in the middle of Detroit. It's just lovely.
good meal - nice setting – It was a good meal in a nice setting. The bar especially is pleasant to look at. The menu could have been a little more innovative, but the specials were more interesting. Another reviewer mentioned a "diverse clientele". I am assuming they meant a gay clientele. This was more evident in the bar than in the dining room, and I suspect is more evident on Fri/Sat than other nights of the week. I was there on a Sunday.
Overated – The atmosphere is good and food is good, not great but good. The dessert's are bad, so is the coffee, which I have tried multiple times. I think they like to put on that this is the place to be and it's limited seating because they made me wait 15 minutes, even though I have made reservations and there were plenty of open tables. The valet is $4, but as I walk out my car is right there - it's not a great area though.
Ambience great; valets SUCK – Had a nice meal and a drink at the bar afterwards and then a tacky money-grubbing valet ruined it hustling for big tips. Great songstress singing jazz in the bar.
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