400 Ocean Ave N Belmar, NJ 07719

Celebrating Italian Heritage and Culinary Excellence

Our Story

At La Dolce Vita, we pride ourselves on being more than just a restaurant; we are a family passionately devoted to the rich culture and exquisite flavors of Italy. Founded on the traditions brought from Sicily, we invite you to experience our history and culinary expertise.

-Giuseppe & Nicola (Founders)

Our Roots

 La Dolce Vita is steeped in a rich history that began in Sicily, Italy. Our founders brought with them not only their family recipes but also a passion for authentic Italian cooking. Today, we celebrate our heritage by sharing these traditional flavors and stories with every guest.

Meet The Family

Behind every dish at La Dolce Vita is a team of dedicated chefs and staff who consider the restaurant a home. Our team’s commitment to hospitality and quality reflects in the smiles and satisfaction of our guests, making every dining experience special.

Our Philosophy

Our commitment goes beyond serving food; we strive to create an atmosphere where traditional Italian culture and modern dining converge. We maintain the highest standards of quality, sourcing ingredients locally and from Italy, to ensure that every dish served is a reflection of our authentic Italian roots.

Sustainability Initiatives

We believe in protecting our planet for future generations. La Dolce Vita actively engages in sustainable practices, from reducing waste in our kitchen to choosing environmentally friendly packaging, aiming to minimize our ecological footprint.

Awards and Recognitions

Over the years, our dedication to excellence has been recognized in the culinary world. La Dolce Vita proudly holds several awards that commend our commitment to authentic Italian cuisine and superior dining experience.

Kind Words

Our dinner last night at La Dolce Vita was the best I’ve had at the Jersey shore ever! We requested outdoor seating and were promptly seated. The food, and wine were all delicious and our server, Sotero P, was knowledgeable, attentive and beyond patient ! Despite being indecisive about dessert and another round of drinks, we never felt rushed . The shrimp with risotto was superb and the chocolate cake was outstanding. We can’t recommend this gem enough!
Lisa Olsen
I fell in love with this restaurant, the staff were very helpful and friendly, the food was tasty, good portion, fresh, the atmosphere was pleasant. I had a great time, this is my favorite place for when I go to the beach or have a romantic date.
Melissa Checo

We live nearby and La Dolce Vita never disappoints us. We love the sunroom across from the beach.. you can feel the ocean. I was there a few weekends ago with a group of 6 friends and Jim Cramer from Mad Money was sitting one table away. That was a treat for me since I have watched him for many years. The food is always amazing and can rival most NYC Italian restaurants in quality.. Service is very friendly and accommodating.

Valentina Gabela
I have dined at La Dolce Vita many times as it is one of my favorite restaurants. The service is always excellent and selections are plentiful. Everything they serve is terrific. You can’t make a mistake. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, you are never rushed! I highly recommend you give it a try!
Evelyn Quinn
Celebrating my birthday with Darlene & Dori at La Dolce Vita in Belmar, we had a blast … excellent service with our waiter Michael, he really made our night extra special loved his positive energy excellent food and great atmosphere!
Sherry Frederick

Strong drinks, delicious bread, prompt and attentive service, and overall great atmosphere. We loved the stuffed salmon, and for the quality and portion of food, the price was right. The bussers were also on point. Would come back 10/10

Jessica Anast

My family and friends come to La Dolce Vita at least weekly during the summer and sometimes multiple times. The staff is always professional and welcoming; however, Jess in particular stands out. She always welcomes us with a great big smile which is so appreciated. Her cocktails are always perfect and continually makes great suggestions. La Dolce Vita is fortunate to have Jess as she brings so much value! Also, the food is so delicious!

Anna Rogers

Cute little spot by Belmar Boardwalk. My SO & I ate here for lunch & sat outside. We didn’t want “boardwalk” Food & opted for something with more healthier options. Where we sat, there were some tall flower/tree pots that offered some privacy from the public eye. Service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive & friendly. We both ordered salads & there was nothing left at the end. I’d come back here again & try other entrees on the menu. Overall I thought we had a good experience & atmosphere was nice.

This place had a phenomenal Italian seafood menu. It was difficult to choose a dish, because they all sounded amazing. Great atmosphere (we ate inside but still had beachy views), friendly staff, and perfectly-cooked scallops, shrimp, etc. The mussels were huge! A must-go in the area for a more formal dinner.
Gabriella Mangino
The food and staff was amazing. We Will definitely come back. Recommend the four layer carrot cake. Delicious.
Shane Stankiewicz
Always a family favorite! Great fish, salads and meat. Veal chop with penne vodka is one of my favorites and my wife loves the fish. Plenty of Italian wine, too.
Ryan Beliveau
We had a fantastic evening! The food was absolutely delicious and our server was attentive and pleasant. Everything was served quickly, and the ingredients were fresh! I had the gnocchi al pistachio, which I loved. For our appetizers, we had the fried calamari, and stuffed mushrooms (special). Other tasty main courses eaten were veal francese, veal parmesan, and Gamberoni alla Scampi. Dessert was the citrus cheesecake (special), and the chocolate cake. Honestly, everything we ate was perfectly cooked! I look forward to dining here again.
Michelle Attilio
Have been dining here for years, stays fantastic, great cocktails and good. Service has been great forever and we will continue coming back. Thank you for years of consistency.
Nick Fusilli
Went here for dinner tonight and it was excellent! I had the Burrata alla Pesto; pictured here and it was delicious. You can really tell that it’s fresh and homemade. My friend had the Petto di Pollo Rollatini and raved about how excellent it was! I hope to come back soon and dine outside.
Marisa Viggiano
This place has always been packed during the summer so I’ve avoided it for years. It’s location is right across from the beach which makes the view and experience very serine. We finally went and the food was delicious, service was great and very friendly. We will definitely be back. It’s worth the experience. All pandemic guidelines are followed as well.
Rima Samman

Awesome Italian restaurant right on the beach in Belmar. My branzino was super delicious as was my wife’s rigatoni Bolognese. Great service and fantastic outdoor seating.

Nils Paellmann

Great first meal and experience sitting at a friendly, casual bar. Where a very talented and personable young bartender Lyla provided excellent service. I had a very reasonable priced bottle of Zenato Baby Amorone and Linguine with no less than 30 posilipo baby clams in a light white wine sauce with garlic. Off the charts!

Wayne Gibson

The place had amazing ocean views, and the food was just fantastic! Mike, our waiter, was top-notch, and the hostess was really nice. Can’t wait to come back for round two!

Sam Tirelli
Everything was delicious and awesome service by our waiter and bussers. $8 Tito’s Tuesdays for mixed drinks and martinis was great too. Party of 7 and everyone enjoyed their meal. Dessert is a must and tasted homemade, the carrot cake was the best carrot cake we all ever had.

Very good 👍. Your choices of pasta, seafood and steak made it hard hard to decide on an entree! Right on beachfront, view was great.servers were busy. Pricey, but definitely worth the money.

Naja Tobias

Pretty amazing spot! We had the avocado burrata to start, paired with a glass of Inscription Pinot Noir. For entrees, we had the Branzino and Orecchiette, complimented by an amazing bottle of Barolo. The bottle of wine and the burrata were recommended by our server Bill G., who was absolutely wonderful! He was funny and inviting, which created a lovely atmosphere! As a person with allergies, he assured me I would be safe, which is a great piece of mind.

Quinn Burton

Perfect lunch spot. But then again perfect anytime spot. This was the second time we had the pleasure of dining here and it is by far the best place with a view of the water and also an amazing environment for a family to have dinner together. Highly recommend it anytime you’re in town or also highly recommend it if you’re in a neighboring town and just don’t want to be disappointed by other places!

David Thomas