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La Dolce Vita

180 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7P9, Canada
+1 613-233-6239
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible4%
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Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
180 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7P9, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious food cooked by an experienced talented Chef! Wonderful atmosphere with lovely staff! Excellent location on Preston Street! Comfortable and relaxing place to eat Decadent deserts or healthy choices as well! Feels like Home. We had the best dining experience and I would choose this...More

Thank Judi G
Management response:

We're so glad you enjoyed your meal with us at La Dolce Vita! This is exactly the impression we hope to leave with our customers. We appreciate your comments and thank you for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed 11 April 2017

I've been here twice now and I've enjoyed both visits. Service is excellent, staff are very accommodating. Food is delicious, well seasoned, rich sauces, and generous portions (Bolognese, lasagna) Environment is very relaxing, clean. I will definitely be returning for a third visit.

Thank jdw862
Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We are so glad to see you are enjoying the food and atmosphere. We look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed 3 April 2017

Everything we tried during our visit was delicious, and all the food that was coming out of the kitchen and going to other tables looked fantastic as well. I would definitely eat here again, and would try anything on their menu. The owner is fantastic,...More

Thank Stephanie L
Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your meals and your evening! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I came to La Dolce Vita for dinner, largely because we found a substantial gluten free menu online. 'Gluten free' and 'delicious' do not often come in the same sentence. We ordered the manicotti and a chicken/tomato cream sauce (can't recall the...More

Thank Courtney L
Management response:

We're so glad to hear you both enjoyed your meal! Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We will be working on our Gluten Free menu in the next little while and hope to add some new goodies to the list! We...More

Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We took our daughter here for her birthday. The food was fantastic and we received personal service from the new owner. There is a large gluten free menu and some of the best Italian food in the city. We will certainly be back.

Thank Grant R
Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to La Dolce Vita and look forward to serving you again! Paula and Chef Nelio

Reviewed 15 February 2017

My Wife and I visited La Dolce Vita yesterday for the first time, and it won’t be the last! It is a quaint little restaurant with fifteen tables and an open kitchen. It is perfect for a romantic evening reminiscent of “Lady and the Tramp,”...More

Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thorough review! Your feedback is invaluable and will help us to create the type of experience we want all of our guests to enjoy. Please let me know the next time you plan...More

Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

On a visit to Ottawa, a google search lead us to this restaurant as it had many gluten free choices. Unlike most Italian restaurants which usually have just penne with a tomato sauce, this restaurant offered cannelloni and manicotti plus others, cheesecake for dessert and...More

Thank hola2010
Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are always happy when we know our guests have left satisfied. It is our hope to offer even more options for those who are gluten intolerant in the coming year. We look...More

Reviewed 16 December 2016

So I ordered a vegetarian lasagna which came with garlic bread and a side salad. The garlic bread was so badly burnt to the point of being black on the bottom it was inedible. The lasagna itself was quite sloppy, but the flavour was simply...More

Thank Kelli O
Management response:

Hi Kelli, We thank you for your review and we are sorry that you did not enjoy your meal overall. You are correct that the Tartufo is not one of our homemade desserts. We do make our own New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake, gluten-free Chocolate...More

Reviewed 4 December 2016

I've been coming to this restaurant for 30 years when it was under a different name but still carries many of the same menu items. The Five Cheese pizza is my favourite, no tomato sauce but plenty of hazelnut pesto to give it such a...More

Thank Grivola
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here for gluten free pizza and were surprised to find they had gluten free pasta, also! I had the gf lasagna, which was probably the best I have ever had, and my husband had gf pizza, also delicious! Great service, very sweet,...More

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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
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11:00 - 14:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7P9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-233-6239
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We invite you to dine with us at La Dolce Vita where you will find traditional Italian cuisine served in an intimate, warm setting. We are delighted to carry on the traditional items you've come to love over the years and look forward to tempting you with some fresh new flavors, brought to you by Chef Nelio, with his flare for Mediterranean cuisine. As well, we are proud to offer options to those with special dietary needs and offer a full gluten free menu.