About Us

Dolce Vita at its core is an ode to owner Med Lahlou’s cultural heritage

from the Mediterranean coast highlighting four countries: Italy, Morocco,

Spain, and Greece. The fusion menu is Lahlou’s most ambitious concept yet,

with dishes transporting guests to the coast through both the European

restaurant decor and a signature menu.

The main menu is divided into three sections with an upscale meze

selection, salad and vegetarian options, and large dishes from the brand

new wood fired oven.Menu highlights include the “Piraeus Market Pick,'

a seafood platter inspired by the namesake coast in Athens that’s served atop a

wave-like eggwhite & salt base and the “Lamb Shank” which is enveloped in a

smoke glass covering. The restaurant also features an expansive wine list

of 150 bottles, as well as a signature cocktail list with early crowd

favorites like the “Moroccan Spritzer” which highlights Tanqueray, Massaya

Arak, Mandarin, Mint Syrup, Prosecco, and Club Soda and the “Pick Me Up”

which includes Vanilla Bean infused Grand Marnier, Mr. Black Cold Brew,

Coffee Liqueur, Espresso, and an Orange Peel.

Designed by Lahlou himself, the grandiose entry level interior of the

restaurant compliments the detailed menu with hand-painted murals on the

walls, electric blue velvet chairs, and an open kitchen where guests can

watch our chefs at work. Upstairs guests can find the

chef’s table adjacent to the wine cellar amidst a more intimate and sultry

dining room.

Our Story

Lahlou Restaurant Group was founded in the early 2000s and is known and

beloved across DC for its five current locations: Lupo Pizzeria, Lupo

Verde, Lupo Verde Osteria, Lupo Marino, and Tunnicliff’s Tavern. The team,

led by restaurateur Med Lahlou, adds their sixth location with the opening

of Dolce Vita. This is the team’s third restaurant on DC’s popular 14th

street, and their second opening on 14th street in 2021 after opening Lupo

Pizzeria in June.