Fontana's Italian
Fontana's Italian

Fontana's Italian

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fontanasitalian.com/
  • Phone: 4087250188x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday
    11:30AM - 9:00PM

    Friday
    11:30AM - 9:30PM

    Saturday
    5:00PM - 9:30PM

    Sunday
    4:30PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Edgar Duran
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Specializing in Pizza, and Pastas plus Gluten Free Choices featuring Lobster, Shrimp, Clams Vongole Mussels, Chicken, Meatballs, Lasagna Ravioli, Gnocchi, and Eggplant Parmesan. Entrée's such as Organic or Wild Salmon, Steak, Mary's Chicken, Rack of Lamb, Scallops, and Scampi.

    Homemade Desserts: Tiramisu, Berries Flambe, Profiteroles, Warm Apple Strudel with Vanilla Gelato, and Chocolate Lava Cake.

    Lunch Features: Hot Meatball Panini, Fontana's Burger, Club Sandwich, Baked Crab Sandwich, Portabella Sandwich, and Calamari Caesar Salad.
  • Private Party Facilities: Let our Event planners take care of your needs for Parties of 6 to 150, with such events as: Rehearsal Dinners, Engagement Parties, Wedding Parties, Engagement Parties, Graduation Parties, Bar Mitzvah, Christenings, Business Conference Luncheons, Cocktail Receptions, Farewell Parties, Life and Memorial Celebrations.

    We have been serving our guests especially in the communities of Cupertino, Sunnyvale, MT. View, Santa Clara, San Jose, Saratoga, Campbell, Los Altos & Los Gatos.
  • Private Party Contact: Chelsea Alton 4087250188x
  • Special Events: We want to help you make your event a success. With Fontana's authentic Italian food and our professional, courteous staff, we guarantee that you will be happy with your choice of Fontana's Italian for your special event.

    Fontana's Italian can accommodate groups of any size in our main dining room. Depending on the day and time, we are able to reserve our semi-private dining hall located in the front of our restaurant. There is no minimum charge or rental fee for this space. We invite you to work with our managers in order to best serve your special occasion needs.

    Some of the events we hold include Rehearsal Dinners, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Receptions, Showers, and Celebrations of Life and Success!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: DeAnza Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a lot with 300 spaces for the shopping complex, including 43 spaces just for Fontana's Italian.
A word from Fontana's Italian
Established in 1984. The word "Fontana" translates from Italian to mean "Fountain". The Fontana restaurant is named after "Fontana Rossa", a quaint mountain village outside of Genoa, Italy. It was known as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus' mother. Fontana's owner Charlotte Chiapellone's grandfather, as well as two other families, the Moscone's and the Mangini's, came from Fontana Rossa to San Francisco in the early 1900's. One of the members of the Moscone family became the mayor of San Francisco; his memory is still honored by a plaque in the piazza wall in Fontana Rossa for his financial generosity to the village church. Mangini became a prominent name on the San Francisco Peninsula. The Chiapellone's were involved in founding the Burlingame Garden Center and others were involved with the San Francisco Sunset Scavengers.
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Fontana's Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (55)neighborhood gem (52)great for lunch (45)good for groups (36)fit for foodies (30)romantic (30)great for outdoor dining (20)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • My favorite Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been coming here for years when ever there is a special occasion. I even had my rehearsal dinner here. The food is always good. The skirt steak is my favorite. The service is always good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were at Fontanas to celebrate a birthday of a dear friend. Service was excellent from the outset and we tasted several appetizers. The specials of the day were excellent. Wine list was decent and we found a lovely bottle of Zinfandel. We rounded off the evening with profiteroles. All in all a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    SSPaVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were 11 people. 2 came an hr late because of traffice from SF. The waiter was super accomodating & helpful. Everyone loved their food. Couldn't be better. Thx Fontanas
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely over-all experience
    5918y
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have always loved Fontana's for the food, the ambiance, and the service. Noise has always been a problem for me, both at lunch and dinner, so we go early whenever we can. When the restaurant is moderately quiet, the food tastes better, the ambiance looks even lovelier, but the service will always remain as good as you could find anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place I would go any time
    WednesdayLunchDuo
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Often sit outside in the nice garden-like setting; the fountain masks any street noise. Great service - attentive but not overbearing - with good suggestions and never any attempt to rush you. Many good dishes, nice wine selection that is affordable by the glass. Pasta dishes are uniformly delightful, salmon was superb (and wild the time I tried it), deserts are all a perfect ending.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very good place for lunch
    Sandy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I went there for a casual lunch invite. The food and service were very good. I will surely come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvthefood
    be4theopera
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is a good place for a special occasion or before an event . We come here before going to Flint Center. Appetizers are great to share & entrees presented beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Service
    CooknFreshFoodLover
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have gone to Fontana's for years. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is nice. I do think the food is overpriced. The quality has not changed much in the past decade, but the entre pricing and corkage fees have doubled. We would go here much more often if the price were more competitive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    SeatTaken
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is a favorite place for my girlfriend and I. It seems really out of place when you drive into the parking lot but the service, interior, and food are really worth it. The service here is AWESOME, very attentive but not overbearing. Prices might be a bit high, but for me the service and food are worth it. They have some REALLY good deserts. ENJOY!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    RonAnne
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fontana's has always been a favorite "go to restaurant" for special occasions or out of town guests. I enjoy the ambiance especially the painting on the back wall. It reminds me of a dear friend that has passed on. I always look up at the painting and say "Hi Bob".
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Quissential Italian inside and out. Love this place. Found it strange, however, that there was no veal on the menu. The outdoor seating area is rteally nice, and we opt'd to sit there instead of inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AndThenVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fontana's is a neighborhood favorite. The Gorgonzola salad is usually great, but it wasn't as good Friday night. Different chef?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and great services !
    Luv2dine99
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It's great food and excellent service and I will go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    table is too small for two and sittings are too close that we hear conversations that we don't need to hear.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the food not so consistent
    TwinsMomVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    on a previous visit, the mushroom ravioli was to die for... melt in the mouth. this time the filling wasn't the same, and the outer pasta shell seemed just a little under-cooked... still had hard layer on it... NOT al dente but under cooked. A diassapointment for sure especially for the price the charged I'd expect much higher quality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Margaret
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've been going to this favorite for many years....it's excellent food and service make sure it has a loyal following. I've never had a bad meal here but of particular note is their Artichoke Appetizer, Meat Balls, Lamb, and Desserts....their Tiramisu is the best in the Valley and, as a special, they sometimes have Bread Pudding which cannot be passed up, it is excellent with a perfectly made whiskey sauce! I just love coming here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cbadventure
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice evening. Our server Megan was wonderful!! Food was enjoyable and atmosphere relaxing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • menu is getting somewhat stale...
    OpenTable Diner Since 1999VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    while the menu is getting somewhat stale, the food is well prepared and served courteously....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BAD SERVICE & OVER PRICED
    rdmcd
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    ORDERED THE SPECIAL COD $34.00 FOR A 1/2 POUND OF FISH . TOTAL RIPOFF. ALSO PUT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND THEY DID NOTHING
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu better than before!
    anon
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I ordered the special fish, and my husband a shrimp and polenta entree. Both were very good, but the polenta was truly outstanding! Would love to know how to make it myself like that. Our son and daughter-in-law raved about the breads, and we really enjoyed them, too. Thanks for a great dining experience, the finale to a week of celebrating our 50th anniversary, so this meal had to really be outstanding to wow our jaded appetites after a week of parties, dining and experiencing good venues with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need a little refresh...
    LMSVER
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went for early dinner with family on Saturday. Menus are bit tattered - needs replacing. Service was good. The place filled up later - seemed our waitress was running around on too many tables. Think they need more runners for the food so they are served HOT. Food over was good - shortribs was very good as well as the fish (link cod) special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner with Friends
    Joanie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our reservations was available on time, we were given table options and seated quickly. Our server was attentive but and timely without being in our face. from the drinks to salads, to main course to dessert with a birthday candle everything was served at the proper timing and hot. all our meals were cooked to perfection. We can't wait to have another excuse to return to Fontana's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solidly "OK"
    GirlsNightOUtVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The service was excellent, and the restaurant is quite lovely. The bread and oil they give you is quite delicious. Our entrees were only ok. The skirt steak had a very weird sweetness to it, which was also on top of my steak and gorgonzola pizza. The veggies that came with the entrees were not exciting at all - needs an upgrade to this portion of the menu.
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  • Always a favorite
    Goes4Food
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Three of us had the Scampi Saltati and enjoyed the delicious Crab Polenta scampi and yummy sauce. we have eaten her for years and have never had anything less that a great meal. One of our party had a pasta with sausage and thought it was very good not excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta pasta
    ChefrjVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great place for pasta. The pasta is always cooked perfectly with a great selection of sauces.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every dish "I wishI ordered that"
    MamaP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    As each dishwasher placed on our table,I thought I wish I ordered that. Everything was excellent n every way!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    tastetester
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It seems Cupertino restaurant options are limited in this area of Cupertino. Fontana's met requirements nicely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive down the peninsula
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fontana's still serves the BEST Scalloni Steaks ...... although it's no longer listed on the new menu ...... but they will make it for those long tie customers who made it the second most popular dish ..... don't ask me why it's no longer listed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • missing a dish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    No longer served - pasta taglioni, and it is missed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant restaurant
    Katie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great service, good food, perfect for both family and business meals
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    dave
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Overall, the food is extremely good - you may have a hard time finding better without spending much more. Somewhat short wine list, but good variety of good quality wines. Very friendly and attentive service without being intrusive. No question, we will return whenever we are in the area. We enthusiastically recommend the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TastersChoice
    TastersChoice
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I have been to Fontana's 4X in the past 2 weeks. Each time, the food was consistently excellent! This time, I brought my grandchildren and daughter, and the service was superb! The waiter brought extra plates, water, milk, for the children; and they were flattered that he treated them in a very adult manner. Of course, the apple strudel with caramel sauce and creamy ice cream at the end of the meal was tops...the best dessert in Silicon Valley!!! The warm foccaccia was a very nice beginning to a delicious lunch too! Delicious from beginning to end!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Lunch
    Bill
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great spot for a quiet business lunch with good food and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality Italian, Relaxed Atmosphere
    NotEasilyPleasedVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fontana's never fails to deliver the highest quality dishes. I've never ordered anything that was less than fantastic. They also have a great wine list that has exceptional wines at very reasonable prices. We really love how fresh and sparkling everything feels.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Very Enjoyable
    JimAlynn
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We love to come to Fontana's. Very comfortable italian decor. Food is very good. I am never disappointed. Service is very good. We dine at Fontana's 3 - 4 times a year (and we live in Sacramento).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AndThenVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Fontana's is a great neighborhood favorite. The food is good and the service is alwys friendly and good. From reception to goodbye, we feel at home there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Night Date Night
    DACupertino
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Took hubby out for dinner. I go here often for lunch & occasional dinner with friends, but he has refused to go because he found hostess & waiters pretentious. We live in Cupertino where there are few nice restaurants so I wanted him to try again. I got the table I requested. Hostess was friendly while seating us. Mushroom ravioli: pronounced best ever, actually tasted like mushrooms, served on a bed of spinach. Added a shrimp topper - a bit overcooked. Roasted chicken: preferred their rotisserie chicken to the roasted, sauce generous but too herb forward, roasted potatoes needed to have crisp exteriors, generous side of asparagus, still enjoyed it. Waitress pleasant and on top of it all. Hubby will return! Good meal, minor dings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely birthday dinner
    Wostenzel
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great food, attentive service, a special salmon/scallone entree from the kitchen, and a perfect, quiet booth along the wall for quiet conversation. All in all, a perfectly lovely evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food was a little salty, but we ordered a mozarella and house tomato salad that we shared as an appetizer and it was really good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Food Local Gem
    TryAlexandersVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Fontana's is an Italian restaurant with a good balance between traditional Italian fare and typical American foods. We split this combination ordering a rib eye steak and the lasagna with meat sauce. The rib eye was cooked exactly as requested. In contrast to many restaurants that believe a steak is merely grilled and served relying on the customer to add 'steak sauce' (yuk), this steak was seasoned very well. The lasagna was cooked perfectly and was very flavorful. They include Pecorino cheese which I really like in a lasagna and the meat sauce was well-balanced (not too much meat and a nice compliment of tomato sauce). They have a good wine list with selections to match one's likes and budget. This was a very good dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.