Dolce at the Highlands is an Italian California restaurant in Carmel Valley at The Village at Pacific  Highlands and has grown into a cozy neighborhood hot spot. Along the way we’ve become the go-to place for regulars to unwind for cocktails and friendly gatherings for wine tasting and some serious wood-fired cuisine.

The inspiration behind Dolce is to provide high quality with ease in all we do. From our fine wines and full bar, fabulous small dishes and entrees, exquisite meats and cheeses, to our artisan furnishings, our sweet and knowledgeable team strives to provide the ultimate dining and wine experience in a warm and whimsical environment.



We get produce from local San Diego farm, Chino Farms to ensure you are getting the freshest ingredients. We source our seafood from Pacific Shellfish in La Jolla. They sell only seasonal, available fish. If they didn’t catch it that day, it’s not on the menu. And our meat is from Newport Meats out of Orange County which sources only the best meats from across the country. Using local ingredients allows us to create some truly unique Italian dishes that leave you fully pleased. 

  • Our menu is prepared daily to ensure the quality of our ingredients

  • We support local, sustainable practices, organic produce, and local farms

  • Dolce’s culinary team is committed to delivering the ultimate California farm to table cuisine

  • All of our food is made from scratch in-house



Enjoy Dolce’s fine selection of wines and handcrafted craft cocktails! We take great pride in offering you a wide variety of different wines and our talented and friendly bartenders are here to craft you the best cocktail you’ve ever had.

We also have a great selection of wine for retail sale. Perfect for dinner at home and your favorite social gatherings.  And if you’re looking for something special, give a ring and our knowledgeable team is happy to help you select just the right vintage.

Offering A Great Dinning Atmosphere

Beautifully designed restaurant. The entry way, the imported light fixtures, natural wood from all over the world. Come see the beautiful decor and atmosphere yourself.

Press Mentions

Del Mar Times – long awaited Dolce opens in Pacific Highlands

Giving Back To The San Diego Community

Dolce at the Highlands is dedicated to helping the local San Diego community and we actively donate to many great organizations in the area. Some local orgs and non-profits we’ve donated to include:

  • USO San Diego
  • Scripps Polster Breast Cancer Center 
  • San Diego Police Foundation 
  • Friends of the Power House
  • The Boys & Girls Club of San Diego
  • Scripps Health Foundation 
  • Solana Beach Schools Foundation 
  • Francis Parker School
  • Willow Grove Elementary School
  • Torrey Pines High School
  • Horizon Prep School
  • Rady Children Center
  • Promise 2 Kids
  • NSW Family Foundation
  • Connect Med International

Meet The Chef


A native San Diegan, Rhoelle began her culinary journey at the Art Institute in Mission Valley. After school, she joined the Dolce Pane E Vino team as an intern and after one year became the Sous Chef under Chef Jon Weimann.  Wanting to expand her background in cooking and in particular, Italian Cuisine, Rhoelle left Dolce for Newport Coast to cook at the prestigious Pelican Hill Resort and its Signature restaurant, Andrea. There, she trained under extremely talented Italian and French chefs, cooking for the elite of Orange County.  When the call came from Tony and Steve for Rhoelle to return to the Dolce team as Executive Chef for their second location, Dolce at the Highlands, she saw it as an opportunity to help the company grow by bringing home her newly acquired skill and knowledge of fine dining Italian, Farm-To-Table Cuisine. Rhoelle is extremely happy to be back in her hometown and can’t wait for her guests to experience the warmth, spirit and delicious food that the Dolce family has to offer.  

Meet The Owner Of Dolce at the Highlands


Czar of Mirth and Merriment, Owner

Anthony (Tony) brings many years of worldwide restaurant research to Dolce, where he has traveled nearly ten million miles experiencing the best in standard and fine cuisine, as well as the finest wines from around the world. As a management consultant and a business author, Tony’s passion is learning from the best, and in turn creating environments where the most talented team of professionals strive to provide an unprecedented dining experience, filled with warmth, quality food, and service – and yes, Mirth and Merriment.