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Il Dolce

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1902 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-5543
+1 949-200-9107
12:30 - 21:00
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Sun 12:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Corona del Mar, California
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150 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The pizza is very good, but we wanted the pasta for sit down dinner. This place has changed for, unfortunately, the worse. The lasagna looked good, lots of sauce and cheese on top, but underneath, a little pasta with no ricotta and mystery pulverized meat. The ravioli special sounded great, but such a small serving for $20. And you have... More 

Thank JeffBransford
Roberto B, Manager at Il Dolce, responded to this review

We are sorry about your last experience, but let me clarify somethings for you. First, our lasagna has the best ingredients like angus beef grass feed and Italian ricotta cheese and in a good balance with the pasta dough, sauce and melted mozzarella. Secondly, our ravioli are large and round and like other fine pasta dishes the amount is right... More 

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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

This restaurant is so worth the drive. It's not that the pizzas are cooked in a wood burning pizza oven or that the chef knows how to create a true Neapolitan pizza dough, but that the resulting dish is never disappointing. The Chef/Owner creates a crust that is light and slightly charred, delicious, just the right amount of chewiness. His... More 

Thank putovi
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 

Thank K E
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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157 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 

Thank FineDinerPatty
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank Jochen S
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
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.

Thank dk2000_10
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
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

Thank wenceslaotorres
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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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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

1 Thank pinewood2005
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121 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank shrink711

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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
US$15 - US$50
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
12:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?