La Dolce Vita Ristorante
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***** 1/11/2019   Angela
Great Italian Restaurant-Charming atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly service.
We ordered the Rice Balls, Calamari, Fettuccine, Bolognese, and Gnocchi dishes which were all fantastic! Good wine selection. 
Finished with a rich and decadent flourless chocolate cake slice.
There is a great speakeasy downstairs with a wonderful selections of drinks. This is a real hidden gem to come and check out!
Worth the drive.

*****   1/12/2019  Krystina
Just spent a great afternoon at Heritage Square. First I spent a few hours doing some work at Heritage Café. They have great Mochas and an adorable shop. 
Then I had lunch with a friend at La Dolce Vita. The entire atmosphere is so idyllic. Reminds me of some time I spent in upper Michigan at Mackinac Island.  The bread and bruschetta was fresh and the fettuccine Alfredo was amazing. Our server was extremely attentive and friendly. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. They played Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand which set the atmosphere perfectly. Earlier this week I visited the 1901 bar which is in the basement of La Dolce. Being obsessed with the early 1900s I absolutely love this bar! Reminds me of the steam punk birthday party I threw myself last year-A mix of Victorian and vintage style. The bartender is ridiculously nice and even has some of his own artwork hanging on the wall - what a lovely personal touch! As soon as I walked in, he turned on the fireplace for me. I love places with character and La Dolce and the 1901 bar are full of it.

**** 1/5/2019 Christy
We had dinner there last night and it was spectacular! Per our wonderful server's suggestions we started with a delicious spinach salad, and crispy calamari with a wonderful dipping sauce. We then enjoyed the fresh halibut special and chicken picatta. Too full for dessert but when we return again, soon, we will make sure to save room.  There was also live music downstairs in their lounge which we stayed for a bit  an enjoyed after dinner.

Feb. 17 2018 Wow! 

What can I say! Your place was amazing, you were amazing, and the evening was just perfect!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of our whole family. It was a very special night we are truly grateful.

Thanks again, Cheri~(and all of the 50th anniversary party)

Jan. 9 2018

Dear Michelle,  Everything was wonderful! My family said it was the best they ever had. The gluten free stuffing and gravy was heavenly. Thank you so much! Yvonne

Dear Michelle, Thank you for making my "60th event" a smashing success. The food was perfect not to mention delicious. Warm Regards, Randy (Aug. 2017)

Michelle and La Dolce Vita, Thank you very much for working so hard to make our big day such a special one. You guys did an amazing job and that means the world to us. Thank you, Cathie and Estuardo. June, 2017

Dear Michelle and Team, thank you for opening your doors to us and allowing us to learn from you. We had a lot of fun bonding as team mates. We learned a lot from you and your team. I hope to see you again in the future. With Gratitude, United Fresh Aug. 2017

Michelle, I wanted to thank you for your hospitality hosting our United Fresh Leadership program dinner and cooking class. Wehad a wonderful time learning how to cook and during our special dinner the next evening. Thanks for having Mrs Laurent tell her story in her beautiful turn of the century costume. Your staff went above and beyond to make sure our experience was the best it could be. Thanks, United Fresh Leadership class"23" Mr. Winton Phoenix Az. Aug 1 2017

EXAMINER: Oxnard: A Glorious Getaway

JUNE 4, 2013
After a restful night’s sleep, our group members had the choice of a variety of activities in the morning and I chose the cooking class at

La Dolce Vita Ristorante along with my writing colleagues, Linda Kissam and Tom Plant. We had a truly amazing cooking experience in a picturesque setting in Heritage Square, a quaint area of restored Victorian homes, including a wine tasting room and shops, located near historic downtown Oxnard. La Dolce Vita, which means “the sweet life,” more than lived up to its name. The restaurant features Italian and Mediterranean fusion cuisine and is open for both lunch and dinner.

We watched the restaurant’s owner and Executive Chef, Michelle Kenney, cook four delicious treats and we sampled all of them. We started the morning on the restaurant’s sun-dappled patio with bubbling limoncello champagne cocktails that were refreshing for the warm sunny day.

Michelle is an entertaining and charismatic teacher who makes cooking seem easy and fun. Our dishes included spicy sausage in puff pastry, caramelized onion and fig bruschetta, and asparagus and goat cheese mini fritattas. (What an ideal way to start the day!) The best tribute to these delicious dishes was that my friends and I prepared them a few days later for a party and we were met with rave reviews. Not only were these appetizers unique and tasty, but they were easy to prepare. Our cooking class concluded with chocolate molten spiced cabernet cakes that were magnificent to behold and the perfect dessert to top off our delicious appetizers.

We all certainly had fun learning how to cook and then taste these wonderful treats. The class ended all too quickly because of our tight schedule. Most of Michelle’s cooking classes run about three hours, are $55 a person, and include a hands-on cooking lesson with wine. An added bonus is that participants can enjoy the dishes they’ve prepared. Cooking classes are offered about once a month and a schedule can be found online. Privately arranged classes are also available.

5 OUT OF 5 RATINGS as reviewed by our guests

"Located near downtown Oxnard, this restaurant is located in an area of restored Victorian homes. The atmosphere is outstanding, like having dinner in a different era. The service was "right on" and our meals were cooked to perfection. After dinner, we visited a nearby wine-tasting room in the same Victorian block, and learned that the restaurant, the wine cellar, and a nearby playhouse, provide organized evenings with wine tasting, a meal, and a play. We will be back for the full program!"    

Another Review by travel writer Mary McGrath 11-4-12 travel-oxnard-las-affordable- beachside-community/

See Chef Michelle Put together our award winning Salsa on KTLA 5 July 2012.

Southern California Restaurant Writers Award for the fifth time. Again in 2013 and again in 2014 at the 40th anniversary awards dinner.

Sunset Magazine

Downtown Business of the Year from the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce 2011.

2nd year in a row Best Customer Service from Talk of theTown.

Best Customer Service

Testimonials and Reviews

Thank you so much for yesterday's party. It could not have been more perfect. You have many new admirers and future patrons. The service was exceptional. I don't know how the servers managed it but it was 5 star all the way. If our friends could have licked their plates, they would have. I can't thank you, your chefs and servers enough for making our party the best!


Hi Michelle – Just wanted to thank you so much for the lovely buffet you arranged for us on Tuesday, July 12. I know you went out of your way to provide it for us since you no longer have the buffet on Tuesdays, and I so appreciate it! The food was as always just delicious – every dish totally perfect!

My friends and I truly enjoyed getting together and your tasty food made it all the more special! Thank you so very much!!!

Chris Dvorak

Dear Michelle, 

With the Holidays and work, it's been really crazy!!! I just wanted to say thank you very much for putting on such a fabulous dinner and party for us. Everything was perfect from food to decor to music! We all had a great time! They said it was the best party we ever had!  Those who were not able to make got to enjoy your food because unbeknownst to me, Dr. Oster bought a tray of sausage lasagne and dropped it off for the staff in ICU/CCU. They all raved about it!! Thanks  and hope that we can do business again with you!!! Our family will be there again and again! Happy Holidays and God Bless!
Sincerely, Helen CMH Christmas Party 2010

Outdoor Decoration

Surprising opportunity to dine in style without dressing up or motoring a great distance.Extremely pleasing decor with a hint of color to mute the formal nature of the restored mansion in which the establishment resides. Service was way, way above average. The chef has made interesting menu choices with superb execution. If you are anywhere nearby, this is BIG for Ventura County

Donna D.

We've eaten here three times. The food is consistently good - homemade taste and quality ingredients. The atmosphere is very elegant. We have found it moderately priced for the value. I love the bruschetta.

Salinas, CA Five out of Five Stars

This little restaurant is located in a craftsman style home that was moved to Heritage Square in Oxnard. The food is truly wonderful. It is a little bit Tuscan style along with the usual Italian fare. The LDV bar is very cozy with a fireplace and live entertainment. One of the best hidden gems in Ventura county.

Pat 1/13/2011

My friends and I all had such a great time for my birthday. I want to thank Michelle for that. We even got up there to sing! (a group effort.) The LDV Lounge is fantastic; the atmosphere, the employees, it was all what I had hoped it would be. Thank you again, and a special thanks to Jose, the bartender. He really took care of our drinks and made sure everything was good. I will be back! :D

Dean G. Port Hueneme, CA

Supper Club Concert

Supper Club Concert 2010

Michelle, oh my gosh- Friday night was SOOOOO Fun! Everyone at our table was funny, the food was really good and somehow made it to the table HOT- which is an achievement in itself! Great job.

Hewson Heather

Dear Michelle,

We loved the supper club.  The music was fantastic!  Your menu was perfect.  Something everyone could enjoy.
Thank you Pat and Bruce

Dear Michelle and  La Dolce Vita Staff
 KABC  Talk Radio Morning Show Hosts
Los Angeles, Ca.

Your restaurant is amazing and the food was unbelievable. Thanks again for an amazing evening. I will definitely be back. John

The taste of the food is only out done by your kindness. Dayna and I are enjoying the cook book very, bery much and cant wait to be at your table again. Kevin and Dayna.

KABC Talk Radio Morning Show Hosts

Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner and all around great time. I will certainly be back to your beautiful restaurant. Debra

You get a free pass to heaven for feeding this crowd! Doug McIntyre 

 You Guys Rock! Going back to my regular diet of ramen has been really tough. Thank You Again, Awesome! Mike

Im still dreaming of your pot roast. My Wife thinks its a bit wierd, but your food and company were a real treat. Thank You! Rob

All of the KABC Talk Radio Morning Show Hosts L. A. Calif.

Holiday Set Up

Dear Michelle,
The 146th Aero-Medical Evacuation Squadron wishes to thank you and your staff for the enchanting evening we had for our holiday party and we look forward to dining there in the New Year.

Mary Lou
Port Hueneme

Dear Michelle,

I have to tell you, Allen and I came in last night to eat dinner at your restaurant and well WoW!!!! We absolutely LOVED it. It was the best meal we've had at a restuarant in a very long time. We were so impressed. We left even more excited about our reception. And we will definitely be back many times before our wedding. :) So thank you for the great experience and service. Although we had to celebrate Valentine's Day a day late, it was so worth it!

Sincerely, Michelle Sankman

Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for helping make our "mommy shower" so special. We had a wonderful time, the food was a treat and Laura was especially helpful. I wish you all the best and will be seeing you soon.
Best Regards,
Sylvia Elenes ~ Oxnard

Ready to Eat

We have just returned from a WONDERFUL two days in Oxnard and my birthday celebration was THE BEST! I can't thank you and your staff enough for such a great evening. I just wish you and I had taken a picture together. THe dinner was superb and Jerry and Laura and the others were wonderful to put up with so much. Our group loved everything and thought the restaurant was so good.
I hope the New Years Eve group enjoys themselves as much as we did because I coudn't have asked for a better birthday bash ~and it was quite a party! Surely one to remember.
Thanks again for all of the hard work and for making us all feel like family.
Holly ~Quartz Hill, Ca.

Ready for Dinner

Dear Michelle,
Just wanted to let you know that my family enjoyed a delicious meal at La Dolce Vita last month. We were so surprised and delighted to find a Barbaresco maed in our tow Neive! We also produce barabaresco, on a small scale, but would welcome you to our cantina on your next trip.
Angelo and Mary Sassi
Neive, Italy

Dear Michelle,
Thank you so much for the magnificent party, Change of Command Dinner. Everyone is calling to compliment and tell me what a great time they had. Everything was just perfect and I couldn't imagine a better start to my commodore year.
Thanks again,
Judy ~ Commodore 2006 Pierpont Bay Yacht Club Ventura Ca.

Hi Michelle,
Just wanted to let you know we loved the dinner at the Pierpont Bay Yacht Club Change of Command Dinner. The room looked great, the favors were cute and fun and of course the food was fantastic! Thanks so much for all you do for us! Take Care and Hope to see you soon.
Lesley ~ Treasurer Pierpont Bay Yacht Club 2007 Change of Command Dinner

Wedding Reception

Dear Michelle & Staff,

 What a beautiful day we had! Truly, our wedding celebration turned out so lovely and special. We ar so happy with how the day went. Thank you for creating such a wonderful space for us. Thank you for being accomodating  with all the desserts, flowers, fondue and yes the goldfish! The food was fantistic and everyone dined well. It was truly a great place for the reception. Much thanks to your staff - especially the newly wedes! Much luck to you both!!

In Gratitude,
Francine and Hugo ~ Goleta, Ca.

Westlake Village, Cal.

Dear Michelle,Thank you for contributing the wonderful desserts and appetizers to our Food Share Cocktail Party. We and our guests thoroughly enjoyed every morsel. Ivy and Jerry, Westlake Village Cal.

Delicious Meal

Conejo Valley Historical Society

Conejo Valley Historical Society
Newberry Park, Ca.

Thank you for welcoming our group of Stagecoach Inn Docents for lunch last Tuesday. You were very understanding about the changes in the time and numbers. We also appreciate your willingness to accomodate us with separate checks. I received many positive comments and Im sure many of them will return to your delightful restaurant.
Rozz Gold