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
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.