Every bite is an event. Each meal is an occasion. Each flavor is a celebration. Enjoy the sweet life.
— Michelle Kenney, Executive Chef, Restaurant Owner

Eat and Drink with Us

Michelle Kenney, Executive Chef and owner with her husband Greg, creates a beautiful atmosphere in an extraordinary restaurant. Nestled in Heritage Square, housed in the original McGrath craftsman is La Dolce Vita 1901.

Rustic Tuscan decor inside and southern California-style patio dining outside set the experience. Kenney has updated her Italian-Mediterranean family recipes, infused them with today’s best products and created an exciting menu.

Dine-in, order out, cater your next event and visit our 1901 Speakeasy downstairs for Prohibition-era craft cocktails, bar bites and weekend entertainment.


Every Meal Is A Celebration

Savor La Dolce Vita 1901 and experience our beautiful restaurant at Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard. Our food is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. We have an extensive wine list and a highly trained staff. Call now for reservations. See the menus >>

A Catered Affair for Love or Business

La Dolce Vita 1901 will arrange every aspect of your event from set up to clean up and everything in between. We love large banquets, intimate parties, bar tending and serving your event. Our experienced and courteous staff will make you feel completely at ease. See the offerings >>

Classic Drinks, No Password Needed

Experience the classics and our history as you explore the craft cocktails that fueled Prohibition’s secret drinking — the 1901 Speakeasy. Intimate, friendly and serving crafted cocktails that feature house made liquors. Live weekend entertainment sets the mood. Visit the lounge >>

Cooking Classes

Learn More of the Joy of Cooking

Explore new tastes and experience learning in a beautiful environment. Taught by a working chef. These Award-winning cooking classes, with easy to follow instructions, are for people who love delicious food. Join a group or create one of your own. Find classes here >>

The Cookbook


Original Recipes for The Sweet Life

La Dolce Vita’s Chef Michelle Kenney makes many recipes available. Buy La Dolce Vita Recipes for Living the Sweet Life. Here are favorites from the restaurant and 40 years of family history. You will treasure this collection for your cookbook shelf. Take The Sweet Life with you.

Our Place

More Than a Historical House

This hidden jewel, La Dolce Vita 1901 and 1901 Speakeasy, is the best Italian Mediterranean restaurant and bar in the west county. This is the anti chain, found in the vintage McGrath house, nestled in Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard. Read about us >>