Fountain Restaurant
Fountain Restaurant

Fountain Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia/dining/restaurants/fountain_restaurant/
  • Phone: (215) 963-1500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:

    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am

    Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am

    Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm



    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm



    Dinner:

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    (Closed Monday and Sunday Night)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Global, International
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 18th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, (Valet Park Fountain for aditional cost). Numerous private non-affiliated lots in area or self parking.
A word from Fountain Restaurant
As one of the country's only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards recipients, Fountain Restaurant has earned national acclaim for its impeccable service and cuisine. Set within a modern, yet warm atmosphere surrounded by local artistic works, diners are treated to a view of the stunning Swann Memorial Fountain along Philadelphia's renowned Parkway Museums District. Fountain Restaurant is considered one of the city's – and the country's – best restaurants, having been rated the number one restaurant in Philadelphia by Zagat Survey and receiving top honors from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Robb Report,and Bon Appétit.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Fountain Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (55)romantic (41)fit for foodies (34)notable wine list (27)scenic view (16)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (10)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (9)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Overpriced. Hard to see the Value.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I knew the place was expensive, but I just didn't see the value in the experience. Service was not timely as we waited a noticeably long time before offering to take our order. Our table for three was set to be a round rather than a square (extensions were raised) which made our table discussion seem a little awkward. I noticed that tables were arranged as alternating squares and rounds. To bad we were not asked if we had a preference. Finally, I personally prefer my meal setting on a full size placemat or table cloth, but they use a small circle pad to accept the dinner plate. Everything else, glasses, silverware, etc. is on the table. I suppose it works, but it seemed odd, and not ideal for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Still one of Philadelphia's best restaurants thankfully without the "trendiness" and false hype of many other well regarded area places
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Rich
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The service in the fountain is by far the best I have ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why I would not go to the Fountain restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I had lunch and dinner there the same day. Lunch was fine but not particularly interesting. Dinner was very disappointing..esp considering their rating. The food was bland, and after asking for salt and having two shakers not function, I gave up. The service was terrible..so slow. It took four hours to have a two course meal. Wonder how long it takes for the tasting menu? I would never go again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Kind of disappointing
    pjmiller60
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I had a business lunch this past Tuesday and The Fountain is a lovely restaurant but my order was underwhelming. I had the Lobster Chopped Salad which consisted of a heap of shredded romaine lettuce with several very small pieces of lobster and some ranch dressing for $38.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    jules
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were celebrating the end of our honeymoon by having dinner in one of the best restaurants in the city, We really enjoyed the chefs tasting menu. It was so delicious. I loved the first course the most! potato leak soup. DELISH! The service was wonderful. They really made us feel welcome. The pork was amazing as a main course. They even gave us some cookies for the road since were had just got married. They made us feel very special. A great place to dine if you want a culinary experience with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • effd
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I enjoyed my dinner very much. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. The restaurant was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    love2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    While staying 2 days at The Four Seasons in Philly, my husband and I decided to have dinner here our last night. We are so glad we did; what an incredible meal! My beetroot salad was outstanding and the hen breast entrée flavorful and moist. My husband chose the semolina & ricotta gnudi as his starter and the sea scallop w/ braised veal cheek duet as his entrée. To say he thoroughly enjoyed each would be an understatement! We will be talking about this meal for some time to come and want to give kudos to the chef and his staff; all deserve the 5 AAA Diamond rating they have received!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbelievable Food Experience!!
    GreggVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent Restaurant!!! Chef 's menu was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shirley
    Shewe
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Met for a business meeting breakfast. Very delighted with the service, the food and the ambiance of the restaurant. Always good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great food and service as you would expect from a Four Seasons!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was greatly disappointed with the service at the Fountain. The servers did not know much about the food. The water glasses were filled only once with no one coming around to pour more. The wine service was poor, no one refilled the glasses and the sommelier was unavailable to help with selection of wine. The food was average quality - equal to a neighborhood restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected excellence, got mediocrity
    Golfer74
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had lunch on the weekend (Sat). Expected a special occasion, excellent lunch. Started with rolls that were not fresh, and difficult to chew. Salads mediocre, too heavy in dressing, nothing special added. Entrees (Salmon) were OK, on par with a typical good restaurant. Dessert also OK, on par with an average restaurant. Service was above average but not special in any way. The price was ridiculously high and definitely not worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Anniversary Dinner!
    ItwasFABULOUS
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed our Anniversary Dinner at the Fountain Restaurant. Every person we came into contact with was friendly and welcoming. The woman who kept bringing us food was so funny, she was the best part of our time there. I really wish I had gotten her name to give kudos to the restaurant. She brought out a nice dessert sampler for with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the plate. The food was AMAZING, we had a very lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Staff is excellent. Very friendly and inviting. Food is so so.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This has become the grandaddy if Philadelphia and it never fails to deliver. Impeccable service and outstanding and elegantly presented food HIGHLY recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Perfect!
    RJS123VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Fountain Room has been my go-to restaurant in Philadelphia for business lunches. The restaurant is elegant without being stuffy. The service is always amazing as is the food and the presentation! You can't go wrong. It is not even that expensive comparatively speaking. My clients are always impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When you want to dine fine.
    johngVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is the dining room at the Fairmont Hotel. I have always found the Fairmont Hotel dining facilities to be of the highest quality and to have excellent food. The service is always outstanding, although at times a bit overbearing. But you're paying for, you might as well enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Fountain continues to provide wonderful food, superb service, and a lovely atmosphere. May it remain as is when the Four Seasons moves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    phenomenal service, but food was just average...and at over $50 per entree, it should be excellent, but just wasn't. Not even close really. From the salads to the entrees, my wife and are were disappointed. Very blah... Went to the butcher and singer for the baked alaska, and that salvaged our eating night on the town.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Place For Dinner.
    Drdree
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Front Bartender Gary, Can Make Some Out Of This World Drinks. We Had The Five Course Meal, With The Wine Tastings. Everybody That Works At The Fountain, Really Treats The Guest Great. Old World service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The Fountain is my favorite Philly restaurant! The exceptional food, presentation and service are consistently of the highest quality.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EdwardVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Fountain has for many years been at the top of our list of fine Philadelphia area restaurants. Although in almost all respects it stays there, the service was not up to its usual standards. I suspect the person who takes orders was simply overloaded. Usually, the staff anticipates what we want or need. This time, we had to wait while the waiter did "bookkeeping" and eventually ask for things, such as ordering our meal, wine refills, etc. It's still a great place to dine, and I hope this was an "off" night for the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    There was a fairly noise bar near the restaurant which was not so bad but I could not say it was perfect because of it. Otherwise it was perfect. We had the tasting menu which was pretty reasonable at $80 for this quality of food. I won't go into the rest of the meal although it was spectacular but the desert was very different and amazing it included a corn cake and corn ice cream. Doesn't sound too amazing, try it. One last thing this is one of the few restaurants that lets you do some substitution with the menu,a nice feature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish it was
    Nanook
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have waited for years for a special occasion to warrant spending the amount of money necessary to go to the fountain. I was set for the best food ever. It was good but both meat dishes were overlooked to the point where they took the entrees off the bill. That was nice but no excuse for poor cooking. The dishes were beautiful and very delicious but not outstanding which was a big disappointment. My husband and I both cook for a hobby so we know great food when we taste it. We so wanted this to be a mind blowing experience but alas it was not to be. Perhaps they will improve by our 50th anniversary. It was only 40 for this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had anniversary dinner at Fountain restaurant and everything was excellent from the squash soup to the tomato salad treo, to the main courses for my wife and I. Waiter very attentive but not obtrusive and made special arrangements for desert to be delivered to our room. cocktails were also terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 1056 reviews are from the Fountain Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Nice Experience
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Very pleasant experience. Relaxed dining. We both had the tasting menu, one with the wine pairing. Professional staff, food cooked well and well mannered fellow diners....what more could one ask for?
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  • Disappointing
    Veggiegirl25
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Terribly overpriced...5 and 6 dollars each for iced tea and coke is outrageous!! Brought one wrong entree out of four and then said she forgot to tell him of the change. 29.00 dollars for a green salad with a sprinkle of pistachios! Will not return!! 4.00 for a scoop of peanut butter!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Phillydiners
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday at Fountain. Staff made her feel special with a happy birthday welcome from the maître de and the waiter. We enjoyed the three course price fix menu with wine pairings. The pace of the courses, wine selection, and delicacy of the preparation was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Jake
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything went very well, one of the best restaurant experiences we've ever had - it has become a must for every time we visit Philadelphia. The staff went out of their way to meet our special diet needs, and was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. They were flexible, and let us order off the fixe menu and the entre menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Fountain
    ArleneVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have been to The Fountain at least a dozen times over the years and it has never disappointed. I brought two out-of-town guests who were staying at the Four Seasons for dinner following a wonderful visit to the Barnes Gallery, located across the Parkway. My friends are fussy about everything from where they sit in a restaurant to the food and of course the service. They raved about everything, making the experience a proud Philadelphia moment. A visit to the bar, located just outside the main restaurant, was relaxing and elegant. I would give the place six stars were the sixth available. If you want to impress someone on a special event -- my husband's graduation dinner was here 20 years ago -- The Fountain is the perfect venue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An excellent dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    One of the things we planned in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary was to take some very special friends to the Fountain Restaurant for dinner. It was the perfect choice. The ambiance is one of comfortable, quiet sophistication. The service is attentive and gracious but unobtrusive. The food and wines were nothing less than excellent. Our party all agreed that we should treat ourselves to a special evening like this more often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • fabulous food
    dancing1954
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food at the Fountain met all of our expectations. We don't usually spend that much for dinner out and we expect a lot for the price. The food did not disappoint in any way. The dishes were delicious and very creative. Every ingredient was prepared exactly right. The service was not as good as we had expected. Several times we asked for things and then they did not arrive (more bread, ice for the water)for quite some time. The waiter who poured the wine did not know how to pour a bubbly wine. None of these things was very bad and we found most of the waitstaff very personable and helpful, but with those prices we expected closer to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a special occasion
    Foodbuff
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were treated like royalty from the moment we walked in the door. The food was on a level above anything I have ever had - the paella was just fantastic. The staff knew instinctually when the opportune moment to check in with us was. Their demeanor had this way of making us feel like we were VIPs. We'll definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More vegetarian options needed
    mgordon
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Only one vegetarian entree on the menu- polenta, which my wife, a vegetarian, does not like. They did prepare a nice plate of vegetable for her-very good, but not exceptional or very creative. Many restaurants of this caliber now have full vegetarian menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful and special meal!
    ktk19147
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My first time here, but wanted to celebrate in style a friend's big birthday and we both had a wonderful meal w/ great service, quiet but classy ambience, and a variety of very tasty dishes. My friend was most impressed and thought both the meat and the sauce of his entree were exquisite. I very much enjoyed my scallops appetizer and the fish entree, which had a great melange of flavors and a pretty presentation. The desserts were also quite rich and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kolki
    Kolki
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We celebrated our 30th anniversary and we were not disappointed at all. From the start, the service was excellent. I had the chef's menu(5 course dinner), and my husband had the red snapper. We did not have to ask for anything. Our waiters were very attentive. They even surprised us with a nice celebration for our desert. I highly recommend the Fountain Restaurant especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fountain Restaurant, Philadelphia
    jackdoc
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This is a perfect place for a special occasion. It was a special birthday for my wife and there were other "special occasions" being celebrated at the same time. It is expensive but worth it. Not only was the food extraordinary but the presentations were most attractive and the service was impeccable. We strongly recommend the food, the wine, the service and even the cutlery. My wife's Cod was wonderful. Do not forget to save some room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointed
    GeneVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Still a beautiful place to dine. But the food is overly complicated and engineered. Service was attentive but a bit stiff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Arjay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Food worth the price, service outstanding. The wine list is good but absurdly overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.