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Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 08:02 AM

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    rameniac RE: Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 10:33 AM

    been there once... it wasn't that memorable. more a place for trendspotting in a dark room. i completely forgot what i ate... something with prosciutto i believe, but that should say something about how good the food was.

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      LisaStitch RE: rameniac Apr 30, 2007 10:43 AM

      I went for dinner there once and have to agree - not memorable. Service was really nice, and there was a nice sommelier, but I had a glass of wine at the bar when waiting for the rest of my party to arrive, and it was practically 80 degrees. Maybe because of the flames behind the bar. I can't remember what I ate for dinner, probably a steak. We had some Kobe beef appetizer thing to start, which was fine. Thankfully I was on an expense account, because it all seemed overpriced to me.

      There are far better dining experiences in LA.

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      LudBag RE: Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 11:05 AM

      I agree with the other reviews: nice atmosphere (though very dark), forgettable food. The wait staff and sommelier were extremely nice and the restaurant didn't feel pretentious. I had one of the specials, buffalo, which was decent but nothing great. My boyfriend had the osso bucco which he enjoyed as well. Though the food was good, it wasn't outstanding. The food alone would certainly never bring me back; there are plenty of other restaurants in the area with better food fare.

      1. Clare K RE: Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 12:09 PM

        From my experiences, terrible service, overpriced food ($45 for pasta?) and totally pretentious to boot. There's no good reason to go to Dolce, IMHO.

        Clare K.
        http://rainydaysandsundays-c.blogspot...

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          Timabruin RE: Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 02:26 PM

          Thanks for the feed back. I am trying to find a real swank place WITH good food my 10th wedding anniversary. Any suggestions for the Santa Monica area??

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            LisaStitch RE: Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 04:47 PM

            Via Veneto on Main. I took a friend there for his birthday in March and we had the most wonderful perfect dinner experience there, start to finish.

            The Ivy still has its fans - myself one of them, big time.

            I also hear Michael's is wonderful and has a romantic patio, though I haven't been yet... I plan to get there this year.

            I've also heard wonderful things about Caffe Delfini up on Channel Road. A friend of mine with great taste has been both here and to the nearby Giorgio Baldi and he much more prefers Caffe Delfini.

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              Nicole RE: Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 05:37 PM

              Agree with the Dolce detractors--it's all about the pretentious scene, not about the food. I'm not sure if it qualifies as "swank," but you might want to look into Jiraffe in Santa Monica--excellent food.

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                hazelnutty RE: Timabruin Apr 30, 2007 06:13 PM

                What about Rustic Canyon or Canyon Rustic? Verbila reviewed it and it 's supposed to be really good...

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                  mollyomormon RE: hazelnutty Apr 30, 2007 06:28 PM

                  Here's my review of Rustic from this weekend. I like it okay, but like I said in the review, it's unpleasantly loud.
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396582

                  For good food and swank (with good service) in Santa Monica, I'd suggest Abode or Chaya. I also think that the food is good and that The Penthouse is swanky, but the service is generally so terrible that it's really not worth to go there for anything more than a drink at sunset.

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                    Ndelible RE: mollyomormon Apr 30, 2007 07:44 PM

                    Try Melisse in Santa Monica; good service and excellent food.

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                      LisaStitch RE: mollyomormon May 1, 2007 09:34 AM

                      Rustic Canyon is great but yes, loud, and not what I would call "swank" or special enough for a 10-year anniversary by any means. Would be good for an early pre-dinner drink though, when it's less crowded/loud.

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                  issey RE: Timabruin May 1, 2007 12:14 AM

                  As mentioned by others the food is not great. If you interested in trying it out go on a Monday night. The whole menu is half price! For half off it's worth a try;-) I agree on Melisse...yum!

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                    vinoveritas RE: Timabruin May 1, 2007 12:15 AM

                    Although Dolce may be more about the scene that it is about the food, if you're itching to try it, get in there on a Monday. It's a little known secret that on mondays the entire menu (excluding drinks) is half price! It's a good way to soak in the incredible scene. Try the grilled cheese pizza or the eggplant parmessan, those are certainly the most stand out dishes. But it's not a place you'd go to the food, at least not since the original chef left. But, he did open his own place which is also worth trying, all' angelo, it's great italian food.

                    1. hch_nguyen RE: Timabruin May 1, 2007 07:10 AM

                      I took a bunch of out of town friends there. They wanted to soak up a little scene; otherwise, chowhound that I am, I never would've gone there. The food was most definitely overpriced and blah! The appetizers were pretty good but forgettable. I have no recollection of what we had. The pasta seafood dish that was my entree I remember vividly because the sauce was so watery and bland. It was more like broth than sauce. You could've put it in a glass and drink it because it was so runny and it had about as much flavor as a glass of water. Our server was very classy and friendly though, not snooty at all. If you're going there for scene, though, Dolce is sorta past its prime on scene IMO, although admittedly I am no scenester, but I can recognize one when I see one. Those types of places do not have a long shelf life. I think even if you're there expecting little from the food and a lot from the scene, you'll still be disappointed. We were there on a Saturday night, and there just wasn't much going on. Couldn't even people watch and definitely no celebrities....

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