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La Fondue - Saratoga
La Fondue - Saratoga

La Fondue - Saratoga Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafondue.com
  • Phone: (408) 867-3332
  • 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: French, Swiss, Fondue
  • 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 (408) 867-3332
  • 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 & Promotions: 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!Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed our anniversary dinner here with a special we purchased from Living Social. This included all three courses and the meat course included everything on the menu. We had so much food, we ended up taking about half of it home."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I absolutely adore the food here. The pesto cognac cheese fondue is my favorite . . . it's very flavorful and creamy. The spinach salad is superb, and I like to nibble on it throughout the meal. For the meat portion, I don't love having to cook my own food, but my friend was happy to do the grilling, so that worked out fine. If you don't love cooking, order the smallest amount of meat possible. For dessert, I had the milk chocolate with Frangelico. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! (A word to the wise . . . if you don't like lasers and techno music, avoid the techno room.)"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I came here to celebrate our 5th year wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect. From making a reservation to the service and the food. Making a reservation here was super easy. The service was outstanding. Our servers explained the menu and how everything worked around there since it was our first time there. The cheese and chocolate fondue were delicious. We had so much fun dipping our foods into the cheese and chocolate! The restaurant's decor was cute, and I love that the restaurant keeps their lighting very low, which sort of creates a very romantic feel to it. Overall, I would definitely recommend La Fondue to my friends and family."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The worst thing I could say about this wonderful restaurant is that I don't care much for the decor, but I think it's meant to emulate the style back in the 60s and 70s, when fondue was so popular. Everything else I loved! The service is wonderful. The menu has a great variety, everything was very fresh and serving sizes generous."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was great, although maybe a bit pricey for melted cheese and chocolate. The environment of the Saratoga restaurant is best summed up in three words: gaudy, dark, mysterious. The interior decorator clearly wanted to barrage your eyes with black and gold, showy decorations. The (very) minimal lighting is more harmful than beneficial; we were lucky enough to be sat a table with a lamp this time. Overall, good food that will get you full, great service, wide selection, fun."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Le Freak is amazing! Great food - cheese fondue, meat, and dessert! Great date night!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great place with a completely unique dinner experiance; the cooperative cooking effort is a great way for an intimate first date or a great social experiance with friends. Salads are excellent, eat two bites then stop - you will need the room for the rest of the meal. Main course has many styles - we like grilling the best and some truely exotic meats are available - even if we completely forgot which was which Star of the show is chocolate Fondu for dessert Staff are helpful and friendly and seem genuinely interested making sure you have a good time."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We have gone there a few times now. NEVER a disappointment. A very special treat. The food is so fresh and always a 10."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Salads are always great but don't get too full. Main entree is ok.. the cooking part is a little bit too much work for my liking but it's fun with a group and the dipping sauces are great. The dessert is always my favorite and the chocolates were to die for.. Love this place for special occassions."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I have been going to La Fondue for years and while the quality of the food is excellent, it just seems like the portions are getting smaller & smaller."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our server Mike was super friendly and attentive. In addition to our regular server, the other employees checked in on us and had great attitudes too. :) I was already full before we got to the chocolate fondue."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Have gone multiple times, food was delicious as always but the portions seem to have gotten smaller for everything and now there are caps on the amount of dessert you get with your chocolate :( never use to charge for extra goodies! Still one of my favorite places though"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We visited for a celebration on 7/11 for a 5:45 PM res. for 2. There was an accident on 85, so I called at 5:25 to let them know we were hoping to arrive at 6 PM due to traffic. The hostess said that it was not a problem at all & that they would not give our table away. We arrived at the hostess stand at 6:04 PM to find the restaurant not very busy, & the computer screen with a LOT of blocked availability. The hostess started to grab our menus for our normal table, but the manager came over and told her no. He looked at us & said "Since you're late, we gave your table away & you'll have to sit outside." I explained, & he refused to listen/budge. TERRIBLE manager; we had to sit at a table on slanted ground uncomfortably."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I wanted to take my best friend out for a special birthday dinner so I chose La Fondue, the most unique restaurant in the area. We starved ourselves all day but still couldn't come close to finishing all of the delicious courses. I always forget how much I love this place. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is energetic but private at the same time. You can see and feel the energy without hearing everyone's conversations. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and they encourage you to take your time and enjoy your experience. Oh and forget about the wine, this place offers the best cocktails in town."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I don't think I'd pay full price for the package, but it's great as a livingsocial deal. We took 4 people and bought food for 5 and we were still completely stuffed. I recommend the white chocolate with toffee for dessert."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "It was my Birthday and we had a great night, great service and food was good! Very reasonable and a fun place to go."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "always a fantastic experience! the service was tremendous (friendly, timely, etc) and the meal progressed perfectly given it was fondue:)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "it was good food and had a blast with friends! we got the livingsocial coupon that contain all different kinds of meats. great service and great wine to pair with food"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We have been here many times, generally for a special occasion. Not much has changed recently, but there's no need. Service is always excellent, and if you enjoy fondue, this is the place to go in the San Jose area."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We chose la fondue for our 1 year anniversary since neither of us had been before and had heard excellent reviews of the place our reservation was at 815 we got there early about 730 and was told we would be seated till our 815 reservation... no problem! So we waited only to see walk ins show up and be put on the list for about the same time 815 shows up and the walk ins were seated before we were and we were not seated until 840 much after our reservation we even discussed leaving and going to applebees were we knew we wouldn't have to wait! How romantic...however wanting the day to be special we decided to wait after we were sat our expierence turned around for the best."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the night. The atmosphere is very interesting, conducive to quiet elegance yet interesting enough to spark conversation re the accoutrements. The food is very good but the fun is in the experience of cooking your own food, taking your time, and enjoying every morsel. It is fun experience and every nite is an adventure"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We've been to La Fondue countless times. This last time, we experienced the best overall service we've had in a very long time. It appears, once you tell the server you've been before they show limited effort. Although the server on our last visit knew we had been before and were using a Living Social deal, she still had recommendations and checked on us continuously. Unfortunately, numerous times at the end of our meals, we've forgotten our to-go salads and this time, she remembered before we had to. The extra effort was noticeable and very much appreciated. Really was a fun experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We walked in the manager was sitting at the front desk &didn't make eye contact. The manager made a point of telling me that making a request for multiple burners was pointless because they don't guarantee those table for parties of 4. I explained that I understood it was a request & not a guarantee but had requested because of severe allergies. He continued to hassle me about it. I didn't see a point at him lecturing me on the request if they were able to full-fill it. Our server and others that assisted were great. The one complaint I have about it is that the portions of Cheese and Chocolate continue to to get smaller and smaller. We feel like the price has increase but the portions have been smaller."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "La Fondue was a great fun food experience!!! All the good was delicious and the service was great, the only issues I had was it was too dark inside to see your food cooking, which made it hard to tell if it was done and there was cold air blowing on me the whole time, other than that I had a blast and stuffed mysekf!!!:)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I love this place! It is a great place to go with a group or on a date and enjoy each other's company with a fun meal. Everything from the salad, to the chocolate, and the service are always great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything was great, the waiter knew EVERYTHING and more, desert was amazing BUT it was soooooooo dark we had to cook with our cell phones. Not a super fun thing to do when u are trying to have a nice evening with friends. Hard to read the menues and cook the food. That's the only complaint. They did bring us extra candles (obviously because the manager didn't was to turn up the light the slightest bit) but it still was too dark."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "La Fondue was a fun and exciting new experience. It was Fon due to the exotic meat selection. I tried Kangaroo and Texas Wild Boar for the first time, and enjoyed these specialty meats. I also ate Alligator and it was just as good as the time I ate it before in Louisiana. The pesto Swiss cheese was a perfect start. The dipping sauces were delicious. And the decadent chocolate fondue dessert was irresistible!! Cream puffs, strawberries, and marshmallows are just a few examples of what you dip in the chocolate! Can't wait to go back to this beautiful restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Fondue brings back great memories and La Fondue made it all real. The food was wonderful with a lot of options to choose from including scallops, and aligator. The service was the best I've seen in a long time. The entire staff worked as a well oiled machine to keep everything running smoothly and the unfamiliar guests from burning their dinner. I highly recommend this experience."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Somewhere mid-meal, I looked at my 2 companions and said, "wow, I'm actually paying them to make my own dinner!" I was somewhat kidding, but looking back, a day later, that is indeed what occurred. The ambiance is very nice, romantic, in fact, not quite the right lighting for cooking and making sure your meat is cooked through, and not quite right to see the menu. I was quoted a price for adding a third person to the Fondue for Two price, that turned out to be $12 less than the actual charge on my bill. When I questioned the waiter, his response was, " sorry, I it turned out to be higher than I thought!" Wow, (for the 2nd time), I could hardly believe my ears!! So unprofessional!! I was livid by this time!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our first waitress was terrible. She started talking and didn't make any sense. I had a coupon for the wrong place, and she suggested we leave. That wasn't going to happen, I had a party of 10. My friend got up and talked to the manager. He got another waiter who was awesome. I think his name was David. His initials are DM. He got a $100 tip and earned it!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had the combination dinner which consisted of 4 courses, salad (we took ours home), cheese fondue - we picked the pesto cheese and it was fabulous, then the meat and seafood course which we simultaneously grilled and cooked in lobster bisque, then the incredible over-the-top chocolate fondue desert. Every thing was perfect."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Went there at the last minute and were one of the first in the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and took good care of us."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This place has a great ambiance. I recently took my SO here for dinner and we had an awesome time. Good food, great service & a nice romantic setting. Definitely a bit pricey @ ~$150 for the two of us, but worth the experience and great for scoring major points (she dug it a lot.)"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "La fondue was a great experience for me and my family. The restraunt was fantastic and had wonderful service. I highly recommend for a great date night or special occasion such as an anniversary. Five stars across the board!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Awesome place to relax and enjoy a great meal!! Make sure to try one of the mixed drinks.."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful but he seemed to disappear for long periods of time. We wait over 40 minutes for our drink order, we had to ask other employees for help."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The service we had was "off." There were six of us and a normally long dinner turned into over 3 hours this time. Our waiter seemed to forget about us at times during the evening. Food was good and the experience of eating fondue was a treat."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "La Fondue has always been and will always be a family favorite. Wonderful food, great ambiance and always an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "La Fondue never disappoints. Love the Chef Salads and always enjoy the great grilled meats and chocolate dessert!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I definitely recommend getting the combination for 2. You get a lot for ~$50pp. If you try some of the more exotic meats, I recommend the elk and the shark. I found the alligator very gristly. The "4 cheese" fondue comes with nutmeg, and it's a really delicious autumnal fondue."
    Dined on 6/15/2014