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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
La Fondue - Saratoga reviews from OpenTable diners
298 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (255)romantic (227)fit for foodies (123)good for groups (85)neighborhood gem (56)late-night find (41)hot spot (24)kid-friendly (24)notable wine list (23)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (7)scenic view (4)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, excellent service!
    Craig
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We love the food here and have been coming here for years! The service was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time!
    vickyn
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a great time. It was our first time at La Fondue. The food was wonderful. I was worried that they tell you to expect it to be a two hour experience that it was drag on too long, but I loved that we were able to eat slowly and take our time with the food. The food was wonderful. Absolutely loved the Stinky Rose Cheese Fondue, we had the surf and turf entrée. Again, wonderful! then came the chocolate dessert fondue. you can never go wrong with chocolate!! Todd was our main server and he was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful with food recommendations. I have Celiac Disease and have to eat gluten free. He was very attentive to that aspect and recommended the items that would be best for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    La Fondue is always an interesting place to dine. The full fondue meal takes at least 2 hours. The menu is a bit confusing due to all the options available and the menu layout. The food is great. Save room for dessert. The decor is eclectic. The gold handgun and assault riffle lamps seemed perhaps more appropriate for one of Saddam Hussein's palaces -- but I was told by the waiter that the decor changes periodically so maybe some of the tackier items wont survive. The noise level is good; there's background music and general clatter, but you can easily talk to everyone at your table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much food!
    maw531
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Come hungry or you will be uncomfortable! We had 5 in our group, we ordered two packages, everyone got salad, 2 cheese fondue, the pesto and 4 cheese, we ordered 2 plates of meat/fish choices, and then the choc fondue. Everything was delicious. I just wish we had ordered less.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Service and Ambience OK
    Fancy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was fair with our main server being assisted by 3 other runners. Either our server was lazy and had one of the runners do most of his work or the runner was being trained, but either way, there was a lack of coordination. After a cocktail I ordered a beer from one of the runners, not sure when it came but it was placed on the far side of the table where I couldn't reach it. The salads came up and were just thrown down on the table and was immediately followed by the cheese fondue, creating a rushed atmosphere. The grill was brought out by one of the runners, then our server came out and looked a little horrified and took the grill away. For dessert the chocolate was mixed early and we waited nearly 10 more minutes for it to heat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant
    shodoshan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place makes all other fondue restaurants pale in comparison. It has been my favorite restaurant for 13 years and will probably stay in that #1 spot as long as it's around. Each room of the restaurant is decorated slightly differently - all with panache and flair. The food is unbelievably delicious, and just try to walk out of there without a stomach ache from eating too much - I bet you can't do it. Even the salads are to die for, with their lemon tarragon dressing being the only salad dressing I've ever liked. You can't go wrong with La Fondue. It's perfect for dates, celebrations, and small groups. Don't even try to go there with more than 8 people though - it's horrid for big groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Normally great
    Aussieinusa
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm often a huge fan of La Fondue, I came for my birthday and whenever we have visitors in town we usually take them here. However this particular time was not so great. They didn't have the table ready for the time we requested - the waiter introduced himself but then never came back until the end - he seemed a little out of it as well. Overall the food was delicious however the service was just not up to standard this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not at all what we expected
    Eric318
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Reading the raving reviews (awards for most romantic place in the world, best French restaurant, etc.), this place sounded totally ideal for a super romantic, classy and unusual dinner date. It turned out to be a rather average, yet slightly unusual joint, but no way near anything the reviews lead to expect. The good: nice fondue. some of the decor The not so good: tables too wide for a romantic date, the salads very average, the ... guns, the ... spiderweb (yep, right there next to us), the waitress taking our bottles of champagne away before we had finished them off. The way off expectations: this is NOT a super romantic place for an unusual date. The family with kids jumping up and down the sofas at the entrance clearly gave that away.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    Sherbear
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    La Fondue is the perfect place for a special occasion. A little pricey but worth the splurge once in a while. The service was outstanding, and my son had a ball trying some exotic meats. A great time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland fondue,despite creative names
    HckolbVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The fondue was surprisingly bland. Given the creative titles for the dishes (e.g. "stinky rose", suggesting lots of garlic), we ended up eating a "soup" of liquid cheese, prepared for us at the table, that tasted really like nothing. We cannot recommend this to fondue lovers. The ambience and service were good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everything was outstanding. I would have liked: * salt on the table * better lighting
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • la fondue has changed
    LiyndaL
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Loved to dine here for special occasions. Recently we took the kids and grandparents, a party of seven. Ordered three combinations, drinks and had a bill close to $1000.00. Since we were seven, they could only fill one of the pots of the cheese and chocolate 3/4 of the way. Rediculous. Even the full pot was not full. Not sure if it's worth the $$ any longer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific!
    ez2please
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    La Fondue is one of our favorite restaurants. We always cocktail and dine here when headed to the Mountain Winery for a concert. Terrific as usual!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    happydog
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always a favorite. Superb food and service! Fun restaurant for romance or small group fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st wedding anniversary
    MrsH
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had an amazing time here for our first anniversary. Our server, Brandon was great! Very nice staff, great food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our service Matt was impeccable! He was knowledgeable and made great recommendations to us. Food as always was delicious!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gone downhill!!!
    xmaseveVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have been going here for years and have seen many managers come and go. The current managers is one of the most inept, rude ones I have come across. I will not be going until he is replaced. The menu has changed and the portions have shrunk. These very odd salads are forced upon you with the cheese fondue. The price has gone up from $38 to $50 and portions have shrunk. They servers seem frustrated and dippers are slow to come (intentionally). They now limit extra desert dippers to 4 per pot of chocolate. When we complained to the manager that things have changed, he told us that each pot of chocolate was meant for 2 people and we had 3 people to a pot. It's a pity! Used to love this place and the staff.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A very different dining experience. Quite fun! But a little too dark and a lot too chilly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday treat
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This place is expensive so we reserve it for special occasions. The cheese fondues are my favorite part of the meal. Funky decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Bday celebrations
    Cydster
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My friend wanted La Fondue for her birthday dinner and she should it was going to just be 2-3 of us going. I was able to round up a few people and surprise her with a birthday dinner with 7 other people. Half the group had been there before and half had never heard of the place. The newbies were very lost in the beginning and there was a little fear in their eyes. Our servers helped them feel comfortable and explain the process. The table was tight for a group of 8 (I think the table is meant for 6) but we are a close group so that was not a problem. We were all close to the food. Great cocktails ( loved the French Pear martini!) and a good wine list. It is a place I love to go too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Eatmgirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have been going here for 5 years and love it every time. The service is great and the atmosphere is amazing!!! Go here if you can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ShyGirl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Jeff, our server, was friendly and awesome. He helped us get settled into a lovely booth in the back room and explained the process of ordering the 4 course meal. He gave us top notch service and even took the time to take a very nice photo of us (at my request), as it was a special occassion. My boyfriend, who can be very particular about food quality, loved this place! Thank you for making the evening so special. Well worth the money spent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My fave place for fondue, but $$$$$
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is my favorite place to go for my birthday. Haven't been there since they changed their menu and raised their prices. We were in sticker shock after we opened our menus and ordered less than we normally do. It's a little too dark and noisy (my dad had to shut off his hearing aids), but the fondue is still quite good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just plain fun!
    metalmax
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Nice place for a date. Be prepared to eat.... As in a LOT! There's a lot to choose from on the menu, it can be daunting- but the staff does an excellent job helping explain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Concert Dining @ La Fondue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Incredible assortment of foods and a fun experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the List!
    TrinityB13
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This is one of my most favorite places. I enjoy every time like it was the first time also! We frequently done with Stephanie who's service is such caring quality! We have come to enjoy her just as much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.