La Fondue - Saratoga
La Fondue - Saratoga

La Fondue - Saratoga

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafondue.com/
  • Phone: 4088673332x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:15pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:15pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:15pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:15pm

    ***Just Dessert Chocolate Fondue only is served (Sunday-Thursday) between 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm and (Friday-Saturday) 10:30 pm -11:00 pm on a first come first serve basis! (No reservations will be accepted=please walk in!).
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, French, Swiss
  • Executive Chef: Wine Director: M. Cutler
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: There is convenient public parking located behind La Fondue in the parking districts. Lafondue has a valet parking service located in front of the restaurant on Friday & Saturday Nights.
  • Private Party Facilities: A special occasion warrants a special dining experience. Lafondue offers private dining for up to 12 guests and larger semi-private rooms for 20, 28 and 36 guests. All are ideal for special events. Or, if you would enjoy dining al fresco, take advantage of our 2 outdoor year round patios(heated and covered) with seating for 24 guests each. Each patio has 19th century reclaimed Provence Farmhouse tiles, Phillipe Starcke chairs and a wonderful Alpine setting!
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 4088673332x
  • Entertainment: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are BYOB (No corkage fee!). All other nights BYOB is $25 per 750 ml, including all holidays. We have two dog-friendly patios with doggy tie downs and complimentary filet mignon trimmings. Double burner tables are available for 5 or more persons.
  • Special Events: Mon,Tues and Wed nights are BYOB (no corkage fee!-except holidays). Valentines Day and NY's Eve are special prix-fix packages. Closed: July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas Nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th
  • Public Transit: None
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is convenient public parking located behind Lafondue in the parking districts. Lafondue contracts "Veritas Valet Parking Services" to valet park your car, located on 4th street, Friday & Saturday Nights.
A word from La Fondue - Saratoga
The NY Times editorial says "La Fondue is the place to go in the South Bay"! Consistently named the "Best Restaurant", "Best Special Occasion" and "Best Romantic Restaurant" in San Jose by the likes of The San Jose Mercury News,The Metro, The Silicon Valley Concierge Association, and The Wave Magazine. La Fondue brings quality service together with an eclectic chill vibe that caters to the "communal experience" we all crave. Nestled in the Saratoga foothills, Mitchell & Tracey Cutler founded La Fondue Restaurant in 1992 as a boutique dining environment. A kind of Alpine wonderland meets Beverly Hills/19th century Paris lounge kind of vibe. Colors of crushed crimson, gold and royal purples blend with champagne oak and European antiques. La Fondue specializes in international fondues. Come, celebrate a memorable evening!
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La Fondue - Saratoga reviews from OpenTable diners
291 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (247)romantic (224)fit for foodies (122)good for groups (80)neighborhood gem (68)late-night find (36)hot spot (30)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (21)great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (7)scenic view (4)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Excellent, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was amazing! Our waiter had awesome recommendations and knew the menu very well. My only complaint is that we took the waiters recommendation to take the salad to go (good idea, lots of food) but then forgot to give them to us. Which is both our faults. But all in all such a great date night place. Glad I finally checked it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our server was excellent. Love the spinich salad with all the cheese. Best salad ever..a few nuts added would be perfect.:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sarz1066
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    If you get the 4 course meal, ask for boxes early for half your salad and half your meat because you can't really take the cheese or chocolate home easily and you won't want to miss out on dessert because you're too full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    NeilVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    La Fondue maintains its knack for great food and a wonderful ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It was so dark that you could not read the menu without using the candle from the table to see. Some patrons used their cell phones as a flashlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Fondue
    birthday
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We have been to Le Fondue about 15 years ago, We went there to celebrate my wife's 60th Birthday. We previously reviewed the menu and various types of cheese and cooking methods so we wouldn't struggle with decisions later. The menu was very full of various items ranging from chicken to alligator. The only problem was that the place is very dark, to ensure a romantic encounter and difficult to read the menu. That was resolved by the waitress holding the candles for us.Even after reviewing everything above we still had narrowed and ordered our food based on recommendations from the waitress. They work as a team there, so you always feel special. Food and dessert were spectacular and we will be back in Nov. to celebrate our 20th anniversary
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The ambiance was great but the food was horrible along with the service. Will not be back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1 word. .. AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the service to the food to everything about this place, it's utterly amazing. I'd go into detail but there just isn't enough space! The antelope is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go-to dream date adventure!
    liziheartshautecuisine
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My husband and I have been dining at La Fondue for nearly 8 years now. Whenever there is a special occasion, my first thought is, "How can we work in La Fondue?" The dinner/dessert format is an elegant yet straight-forward treat--it hasn't really changed in 8 years. Incredible spice and beer/champagne base combinations make the cheese fondue a delicious, indulgent adventure. The wild game meats are an expedition in and of themselves, from alligator to antelope to wild boar. And the chocolate fondue mirrors the excitement of the cheese experience, with lots of options for flavoring. This restaurant is set apart by its quality of food, ambiance, and artistry. It is *not* like the others, and you will adore it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Slam
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Came here for an anniversary dinner. We were seated promptly in a nice booth where we were able to sit next to each other. The service was great and so was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be so much better
    kattwoman
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I've gone there probably 20 times. This last visit will be my last. The cheese fondue was very thin and didn't taste like a good pot of sticky stringy cheese as it should. More like a cheese broth or sauce. The dippers were very mediocre. No blanching of the veggies so they were very firm and the flavors weren't brought out. And because the cheese was thin, the bread cubes got soggy as soon as you dipped it in the cheese. My husband and I didn't eat half the pot, which we normally finish!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, fun, service!
    AnnS
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was our second visit to La Fondue and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We had the combination meal for 2 which included 2 salads, cheese fondue, a taste of all the meats/seafood, chocolate fondue and a bottle of wine. It is way more than enough for 2 and even for our group of 3. Everything was delicious and service was excellent. We so appreciated the recommendations given to us by our server David who was attentive and helpful and yet not overbearing. The servers all work together to keep tables cleared and food refilled. Definitely request the grill for cooking the meat/seafood/veggies. A very fun place to go and a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but not cheap
    loveFondue
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have been frequenting this restaurant for the last 20 year, never a bad moment but I save it for special occasions as its a bit pricy.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice anniversary dinner with kids
    Vinylfever
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and service. We were joined by my daughter and boyfriend who recommended toe restaurant. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating is an event at La fondue
    livetoeat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a great time at La Fondue. I say a great time as we were there almost 3 hours. The time spent was very enjoyable even with a 6 year old and her parents and grandparents. The service was just right; the 3 courses we ordered came at just the right times and spending an evening eating was just great fun for all 3 generations. The restaurant is a little dark for us older folks. Bring a small flashlight or your smart phone with a light to read the wine list and even some of the extensive menu. It is a bit expensive, but when you consider the cost/hour, it is a bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service but......
    Specialplace
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very noisy, hard to communicate with my wife across from. Food is wonderful, and Brad really took care of us. We will of course go again, but not as often if it were more intimate, and we were able to coomunicate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and different
    Abalone8
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The waiter was very knowledgeable but a bit fast with the words...but was polite as I had to get a word in.... Food was very tasty but was told I smelled like garlic the next day.....my fault.... :) Ordered a bottle of wine and waited 15 minutes or so and had to get another waiter to get the bottle for us.....he apologized....(our waiter) over all good but after $300 + for 2....it will be a while for us to go back..... Thanks, Tom
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience!
    Feathertuscadero
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The service quality of the food is unbeatable. The staff is always great. This place, in all the times I've gone there, has never been a let down in any way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Fondue Is a Neighborhood Gem
    Cameron228
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been coming to La Fondue for nearly 25 years, yet it still rates consistently as not only a neighborhood gem, but as a the most romantic restaurant in the eclectically trendy Bay Area. With food such as cheese, veggie, meat, and chocolate fondue, this restaurant is sure to please foodies, kids, parents, and the romantics in all of us. My children were first introduced to fondue at age 1 1/2, with the caution that the pots were hot. My eldest son could say fondue before he could say "Mama". We still go to La a Fondue together for birthdays, and special occasions. Sometimes as many as 12 of us come in. La Fondue is worth the time, and we love them for being the most consistently wonderful experiences we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time for all
    Craig
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a large party and had a great time! Service was a little slow but the food made up for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    Jake88
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our servers were awesome. Very sociable and knowledgeable. Upbeat attitude.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a lovely time. Choices of food were very good. I appreciate that we were challenged to try new meats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant is gorgeous, the food is delicious and the wait staff is really nice. The prices have gone up quite a bit and it's hard to keep the total meal cost under $100 for 2 people. For me, this is a 1-2 times per year dining event.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for Special occasions
    Bucketlist2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Purchased the "Fondue Experience" off of Living Social and it was worth every penny! Everyone should try this at least once. It allows you the oppty to try Every single meat, fish, chicken they offer and we got a bottle of wine with our meal. My boyfriend took me for my bday & it was awesome! Bon appetite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for a special occasion
    PWG1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went there for my wife's birthday and we used a gift certificate we got as a wedding gift in 2002. Great service from the hosts to the service team. Checked up on us, but we're never hovering. Great place foe a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dimly lit romantic dining
    SouthbayMax
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant has a very romantic ambiance. Lit only by four candles at each table, the dimly lit room encourages a quiet dining experience. My dinner included a salad, cheese fondue, exotic meats, and chocolate for dipping your favorite fruits and treats. I would definitely recommend this venue when you don't mind spending just over a hundred dollars a couple.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Expectations-sad results
    Had2Say
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband and I went for our 11 year anniversary. We were expecting a romantic place where we could both just relax and enjoy each other's company. Turns out the cheese tasted bad- we tried too. The bread was cold, it was too dark and we talked more to the waiter than to each other because the waiter is so highly involved . We also found out we had to cook the meat ourselves! It was totally not what we expected needless to say we opted out of the cheese and meats and just had dessert. If we had gone just for dessert it would get 5 stars. The dessert was delicious, but it was still a wreck. I don't think we will ever be back there. It was too pricey , for food that had no love in it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wedding Anniversary
    BooplovesBear
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our first time at La Fondue. We were celebrating our 23 years of marriage. What a wonderful place and very romantic. Our server was excellent and the food was great. I love the salad that we started with. Different than any other restaurant , was so good! The chocolate fondue was to die for!!!!! First time we ever cooked our dinner at our table, was an experience. We enjoyed. We left feeling very full and satisfied
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dipping stuff in cheese is good
    electrox3d
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    dipping stuff in cheese is good. you get to dip it and ask for more and dip some more. you also get to dip stuff in chocolate. that's super good too. all super high quality cheese, stuff to dip, and chocolate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service
    peachmango
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was very good. We, a table of 6, ordered a variety of meats. Some didn't please so many, others pleased all (pork). Clean and pleasant restrooms. Some remarked that the amount of chocolate in the dessert was smaller than other visits but after the few thousand calories we had in the other 3 courses, I guess they were doing us a favor as we had cleaned every dish and then polished off the chocolates. No one left hungry but everyone wanted to eat more, it's just that their stomachs wouldn't allow it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasions
    fred
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Took my daughter there for her 16th birthday....perfect place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasurable Evening
    Gratefuldiner
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    As returning diners, we were again delighted with the total experience. From the first welcoming words to the delivery of boxes of salad and desert to take home, we had a most pleasurable evening. This is a lovely place for a leisurely evening. And with no corkerage fee on Monday evening it becomes even more of a lovely yet not overly costly night out
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Place for Special Occasion
    jeangam
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We wen't back to celebrate 2 year anniversary. We ordered the Feast, it was a lot of food, but a good way to try a variety of meats (6). It is a bit noisy inside, if you want a quieter experience I would dine outside.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stepping back in time to the 70's
    stanfordprof
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I feel like I stepped back in time to the 70's with 70's decor, music and food. The service is okay but a bit too rehearsed for my taste. It's more performance than service. I would rather less talking from waiters so that I could talk with my friends. Really, fondue is not that difficult that we need long instructions. The fondu was fine. Loved the buffalo meat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique dining experience.....
    letseat64
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always look forward to dining at La Fondue. Came with a friends from L.A. first time for one , third time visit for the other friend. They love the ambiance, decor , unique dining experience and most of all the chocolate dessert fondue!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    fonduefan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have dined at La Fondue many times and always loved it. However, this time I was repeatedly disappointed. We choose the La Fondue combo option and wanted the fish swapped out. We said we were flexible with any beef/pork/lame option. However, when the meat appeared a repeat of one of the chicken options was on the plate and a sorry from the waiter. Paying $98 for mostly chicken did not feel like we got our money's worth for sure. I also have ordered the punch cooking method may times, this time it was like cooking in potpourri. The waiter was not very helpful in offering an alternative until we insisted. Several times during the meal we found it hard to get any server's attention.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOT IMPRESSED!!!
    tigerlily
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was an overpriced gimmick!!! The menu was confusing. The drinks were overpriced. I got half of a glass of mediocre white wine for $13. The cheese fondue was ok, but the bread was stale. We had to cook our own food on a hot plate, that was only hot in the very middle. The dipping sauces for the meat likely came out of a jar. The chocolate desert fondue came with marshmallows, cookies, snicker bar, 1 piece of banana and one strawberry. For the price of the meal, we expected better quality food. My husband and I were celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary. We left there extremely disappointed. We will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great romantic date night
    Greggers
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant for a romantic special occasion. The ambiance, service, and food are designed for an experience... Not just a meal. You will be doing some of your own cooking, and you will like it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    Ajdiaz
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I come here for our anniversary and her birthday! We love and enjoy everything about La Fondue! We definately come back!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the place was nice
    nice
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    it mentioned it was a small place but it didn't seem small to me. My first time there, it was nice, I would go back for the cheese and chocolate only. The meats didn't impress me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate