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Il Dolce

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1902 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-5543
+1 949-200-9107
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were introduced to Il Dolce by friends a few years ago, and we have been back several times, many times running into other friends, and even once those same friends, when we visit. Il Dolce is that increasingly rare animal in the restaurant world -- a true family operation. The street-side location and simple interior don't... More 

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Roberto B, Owner at Il Dolce, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very nice review. More 

Costa Mesa, California
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155 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

This restaurant specializes in Neopolitan Pizza, but also serves several pastas and other Italian. The pizzas with a sprinkling of fresh herbs are incredible -- the fresh herbs go wonderful the yeasty crust. Save room for dessert. They have both tiramisu and - my personal favorite - affogato. This place is right across from Triangle Square in Costa Mesa, and... More 

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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

I grew up in Italy, my family still lives out there, I moved to the Costa Mesa area in 2009, and the thing I miss the most about Italy is the food. Yes, I miss the food more than my family. But when I get my cravings for a good pasta or pizza I come to Il Dolce. I understand... More 

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Roberto B, Owner at Il Dolce, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, We have Italian culture, because our family is from Piemonte , Italy. More 

Newport Beach, California
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

The top Italian eatery in Orange County. The squash ravioli is among the best I've had, including trips all over Italy. And the pizza's are so much better than anything in the area, it's worth every cent. The atmosphere is low key and casual, so a perfect pre-movie meal.

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Roberto B, General Manager at Il Dolce, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, we appreciate that.. More 

Corfu, Greece
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015

the best pizza in the california coast, great location and also the owner and staff were great. I had an excelent dinner!!! 10 points

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Roberto B, Owner at Il Dolce, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for coming, we hope see you again at Il Dolce. Roberto Bignes Chef-pizzaiolo More 

Irvine, California
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59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

Staff, pizza and pasta are great. Everyone is happy, relaxed. Not fancy, but so worth a visit. And they honor reservations timely! Seem to have new liquor license

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108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2014

This has become our go to Italian place. It should have a line going out the door considering how great the food is. This is 5 star food in a 3 start casual restaurant atmosphere. The food seems expensive for the ambience but worth it. I like the flank steak more than the steak at Flemings or Maestros. That being... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2014

Il Dolce is a great local place for great pizza and calamari. They do make delicious and authentic pizza in a wood burning pizza oven. It's rarely crowded so you never have to wait for a table and the service is always great. I just think the menu is a tad over priced. The pizzas range from $18.00 to $20.00+.... More 

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Irvine, CA
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

This is a little out of the way place, with a casual interior, one of our favorites, and certainly our favorite pizza. The salad with boiled calamari was fresh, tasty and a real treat! Their bread tastes homemade and the wine list is excellent.

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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

The skirt steak was the best I had in OC, fugazza or fugazzeta, (not to confuse with Italian Focaccia) onions need to be blanched or lightly sauteed in olive oil, no raw onions. Beef empanadas very oily, very g Service excellent, very good apple tart dessert

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 50
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
12:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1902 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-5543
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-200-9107
Winner of the Golden Foodie Awards for Best Pizza in Orange County California 2012 and 2014, main cross streets is Harbor Blvd. And 19th, right on the corner. We serve Cocktails.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?