La Fontaine Restaurant
La Fontaine Restaurant

La Fontaine Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontainerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6509682300x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: Su-M 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Hasan Yildiz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire about catering for your event our meeting. We can create menus according to your event and budget.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Villa Street
  • Public Transit: CalTrain: The Mountain View stop is two blocks from the restaurant.
    Public Transportation: The VTA bus stop is in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking: We recommend the 4-story parking structure behind the restaurant (enter on Cherry).
    There are also other parking lots along Cherry or street parking.
A word from La Fontaine Restaurant
Spiced with the flavors of Italy and France, La Fontaine serves an array of pasta dishes, entrees (with chicken, veal or lamb) and seafood specialties. Whether you're craving something creamy, spicy or succulent, there's a dish for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out our full bar, happy hour specials (M-F from 5-7pm) and live music (Fri/Sat nights).
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La Fontaine Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (11)great for outdoor dining (10)special occasion (9)romantic (8)good for groups (7)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Erratic Quality - Pleasant Ambience
    BusinessDiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The outside dinning ambience was pleasant with good food presentation. My companion said the Chicken Paillard was tasty and hot when served. My short ribs were tender, seasoned nicely but barely warm, and the meat had an "off" taste - not quite freezer burn but old. This was a business meeting so I could not afford to appear finicky by sending the ribs back - so I ate bread. Only half the outside tables were occupied and the multiple servers were polite but it took two requests, and what felt like forever, to get the bread basket replenished. There are plenty of other restaurants on Castro Street so I do not plan to return and have let my friends know that while pleasant the quality was erratic so they might enjoy another restaurant better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice French Restaurant
    Siyu
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I would say this is an authentic French restaurant. I and my friend enjoy the meal from the appetizer to dessert. Meanwhile, in the bar, two ladies laughed really loudly and continuously during our dinner, it was the most loud laughing I had never met. I didn't really mind, but I had to speak loudly to make the beautiful young lady facing on me hear well. So if you are looking for good foods, here is for you. If you want to have a romantic dinner, I won't recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, as always
    rodc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Another delightful meal, well-presented and thoroughly enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service!
    rodc
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    my wife and I ate dinner here and we were shown immediately to our nice table. The servers were prompt and courteous, attentive to our every need. The menu had many intriguing items and we found the food to be very tasty! We will definitely be back soon! It also looked like there were plenty of items on the menu for the kids, so we'l bring them next time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful intimate restaurant
    Victoria
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I love this restaurant for lunch and dinner, whether it's a large dinner party, a work lunch, or a romantic dinner with my sweetie. The restaurant is small and intimate with attentive waiters (but they don't hover!) who are content for you to have a quick meal or a two hour dining experience--whatever you desire. Don't miss the goat cheese appetizer because it's spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Father's Day Lunch
    KWlovefood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I wanted to have French-Italian food for my Father's Day lunch and found La Fontaine on Castro Street. The restaurant has been opened for about a year but there are only a couple of reviews about it. We found the bartender/waiter extremely friendly and helpful. He spoke with a lovely European accent and was attentive throughout our dining experience. We enjoyed our drinks and every dish we ordered especially the fantastic dessert choices. At the end, I was treated to a free glass of Cosmopolitan served in an artistic cocktail crystal to celebrate my Father's Day! My wife was happy to pay the bill which was quite reasonable considering the quality of the food and the wonderful service. I must go back for dinner soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Children
    Oliver
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Out of control children. Management did nothing to stop the noise. Ruined for everyone else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Opportunity
    SWood
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was OK, but nothing special. The staff were attentive. The location is great and the outdoor dining nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine selection and service
    JWalT
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We've dined at La Fontaine a few times in the past year, including New Year's Eve, and have always left satisfied. The wait staff is attentive without hovering. They provide excellent wine recommendations and the menu is diverse. Is it French or Italian? As they say, it's a fusion. They use an interesting combination of ingredients and unique sauces, pay attention to presentation, and, if you want it, a variety of pasta dishes. Portions are relatively generous. There's nothing unique about the dessert selection, but often decorated with fresh fruit and always tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dr
    notthatfussy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    From the review we expected a good, if not great dinner. Unfortunately, our entrees were below par. The ribs were fairly dry, and not tasty; the duck didn't have much flavor either. The profiteroles were good, though small. For a restaurant on Castro in Mt. View to be half-full Saturday night, we are not the only ones who think it's time for a new chef or a menu review.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the La Fontaine Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great start
    Winston
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This restaurant is relatively new and could use improvements in service and food. My seafood boulabaisse was lukewarm and bland. I had them reheat it in the microwave. The others in our party also thought their dishes were too bland. The service was great with drink ordèrs but slow after that. This can become a terric dining option with some minor adjustments.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lenore
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Menu was quite varied. We had four people and we ordered different dishes. All were quite good. Staff was friendly and service was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy this time
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I always enjoy La Fontaine, but for some reason this time, the music was playing at too loud of a volume and it was not easy to have an enjoyable conversation. I have not had this issue there before
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    When I have someone coming from out of town, I always impress them with the food and service here!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for quiet lunch
    Mike
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Had lunch with a friend at sidewalk tables outside restaurant. Very nice and good for conversation. Not hurried at all. Good service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • taps
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We were a party of 10 on a Sunday night, our table was ready and wait staff were also. Service was prompt and unobtrusive. Food was very good, except one pasta dish was a bit dry. We brought our own wine for the main course, but did order a bottle to share before ordering. Corkage was a reasonable $15/bottle. We enjoyed dinner very much and will go again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French/Italian Fusion
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This restaurant serves the best of what France and Italy have to offer. Definitely not your usual pasta place! The Salmon Wellington with beurre blanc sauce was innovative and satisfying; both my date and I enjoyed it. We shared the house salad with Italian olives and found it just the right prelude to the dinner.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian food in Mountain View
    mvdenizen
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    If you've been waiting for a solidly decent Italian meal in Mountain View, La Fontaine is the answer to your prayers. Bread came first, and it was a great start. The olive oil had a nice blend of herbs and spices, surprisingly spicy. The cobb salad was fresh and vibrant, with sweet fresh tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and perfectly cooked bacon. The angel hair pasta was well-cooked and well-seasoned. I got mine with clams (instead of chicken or shrimp) and they were fresh and meaty. The sauce light yet flavorful. There was enough pasta for 2 meals. The gnocchi was perfectly cooked, with sauce that was super creamy. Drinks were well-made and delicious. Service was casual and delightful. We plan on making this a regular dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice atmosphere, bland food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It's a happy place, with decent service and an upbeat vibe. But the food is bland. I was looking forward to enjoying the salmon Wellington, but its looks far out-shined its taste. Likewise, the bruschetta of smoked salmon and artichoke sounded great, but was merely adequate (bread, cream cheese, a sliver of lox and a sliver of artichoke: that's NOT bruschetta...it should have olive oil & rubbed garlic, not cream cheese!). Dinner for two will easily cost over $100. For just a little bit more you can avail yourself of a truly upscale restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful find
    beelia
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great food, excellent service, quiet enough to have a long conversation. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always excellent food and service
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    It is nice to have a good ciOntinental restaurant in the heart of the ethnic area of Mountain View- food and service and wines excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food
    MarieHeleneVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I have mix review about this place. Some dishes were average and some dishes were below average. Appetizers were good and the bouillabaisse was ok. However my husband had the veal cutlet . This dish was bad: the sauce was wrong and the veal was thin and no taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    ComfortFood
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Carrot and potato soup was wonderful, and seabass was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Difficult to find Cordon Bleu, Yes!
    BfromCAVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I love the Cordon Bleu which is difficult to find in the US. I like that the kitchen is so visible in the restaurant behind glass. On Saturday night, the live music was entertaining and created a nice atmosphere. Some reviewers were talking about the menu choices being traditional, I rather enjoy some real tasty classic preparations, Cordon Bleu being one of them. The service was impeccable and we will certainly come back, often :-).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth coming back for
    Debgok
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This cute little French-Italian fusion restaurant is unique for its neighborhood. We sat outside on a cool evening, but when it got colder, they gladly moved us in for our main course. The calamari was very fresh and crisp and everyone was happy with their entres. I went with a group of die-hard "foodies," so there's a lot to be said for that. The short ribs are particularly good and the menu has something for everyone. Overall positive experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent food - easy location
    SusanK
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This restaurant is on the edge of a remodeled mall with lots of parking. The staff is exceptionally friendly and inviting. The menu items are tasty.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have been to La Fontaine twice and both times the food and service were great. It is nice to have a good Mountain View for something non- Asian! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent both in
    bari68
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was excellent both in presentation and taste - Service was superb - a must dining experience- Plan on going back many times!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic food, well-prepared
    LaurahVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Not an exciting menu, but a good range of choices. I had the chicken Cordon Bleu, my husband the veal saltimbocca. Both were delicious. Our friends had the game hen and the trout special and were very happy. We tried several appetizers as well. My favorite was the mushrooms with polenta, but all were tasty.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is AMAZING.
    Jessica
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had the shrimp appetizer, salmon and veal saltimbocca - TO DIE FOR. Seriously, the best Italian food I have ever had outside of Italy. Nick and Hilary gave us rockstar service, drinks were divine. The atmosphere is excellent, beautiful lighting, romantic feel, and the acoustics didn't make us feel like everyone could hear our conversation. A big plus! Have dinner here sometime, you won't regret it! In fact, I'm sure you'll be back for more!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    SemimagicVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We weren't actually looking for a spectacular restaurant when we made our reservation. There are a lot of good restaurants on Castro St in Mountain View. Visually, La Fontaine does not distinguish itself from many others. However, the staff was warm and outstanding. The menu was great and food superlative! The décor was clean and up-scale but not spectacular, probably limited by the long/thin dimensions of its allotted space. Not bad, just not up to the outsanding food and service! We will definitely go back! Excellent value, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    BirthdayBob
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We were at La Fontaine on a Wednesday evening, with the end of the office-party crowd whooping it up (8 people at a table), and not many other customers. The greeter was also our waiter, and seemed to be managing the staff too. Our service was prompt and friendly, but neither the service nor the table settings was "special" in the way one appreciates for a special event. We had the goat cheese and caramelized onions (and more!) and the eggplant gratin for starters. Both delicious, the goat cheese dish outstanding. We had fish -- a red snapper special and the Salmon Wellington -- both good, but I really liked the Wellington. We chose a white wine, Pecorino Salva, by the glass, which was a wonderful accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around excellent
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    My friend and I really enjoyed this restaurant. It is one of the few non-Asian restaurants on Castro Street and we found the food excellent. I was especiallly happy to see a restaurant that can offer chicken that is not chicken breast--the Coq au vin was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    drdon1996
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    This is an amazing place. If you are looking for quick service and a rushed meal then stay away, go to McDonald's. If you are looking for great food, great wine, and a relaxed atmosphere, then this is an excellent restaurant. My wife and I both enjoyed everything about La Fontaine, I have been looking for a great dill sauce served with salmon for some time and found it here. The spinach salad was incredible. The bottle of Italian red wine was perfect with our entrees. The texture of the creme brulee had the perfect amount of creaminess that this dessert is supposed to have. The one negative would be the tv over the bar but even that is smaller than most and not as in your face. We will be coming back often!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A relaxing, pleasant experience
    feedme
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Two of us ordered the risotto of the day, Poulet Cordon Bleu (going old school for a change of pace) and a Caesar salad. Everything was well-prepared and reasonably-priced. The service was friendly and competent, as was the pacing of the courses. The room was quiet and attractive. Perhaps, most important, La Fontaine is one of the few places on Castro St. serving European cuisine, let alone French, at reasonable prices. All in all. We had no surprises, good or bad. Just a pleasant neighborhood restaurant that we'll return to. Note that three stars is not a bad review for me. Three is my average score for a "good" restaurant, which I believe is how the scale is supposed to work. Others seem to grade on an easier curve.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu a little boring
    Jean
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    they need to add more variety, especially with pastas. Choices are dated 70's and 80's.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    BusinesslunchesVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The service was excellent. They greeted us; immediately brought our daughter crayons, a special cup, etc. Accommodated all requests for a smaller spoon for our little one, etc. Very gracious. To me, service is AS IMPORTANT as the food, sometimes more important. We weren't blown away by the food. My husband enjoyed his meal, I had the special arugula/truffle oil salad which was very good. My pasta (capellini pomodoro) was swimming in sauce, but it tasted good. Good bread. The gelato seemed a bit stale.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Pleasant service!
    BdayBoy
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Wife and I went to la Fontaine for my birthday. Being a vegetarian I was glad to see many choices for me. I was tempted to try them all. Tried a few and liked them all. ;) Lighting and music choices were so so. But the waitress service was very good. She was very courteous and even out dessert on the house for me (b'day). Overall a good choice!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely.
    MVDInerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    I took a friend for a birthday lunch this week. It was a quiet, blustery day on Castro St and the restaurant was not as busy as usual. Service was warm, friendly and quietly celebratory -- our server whisper/ sang a happy birthday to her bearing a complimentary desert. She was thrilled, the food was delicious - light yet flavoruful, and we left feeling pampered and a indulged. What not to like?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our go-to spot for dinners
    jkff
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We go here every week for dinner and the staff already remembers us. There's a reason for why go here so regularly: the experience is consistently very good, and the prices are moderate. Some things to try: * The grilled octopus (appetizer) is one of the best things I ever ate, and it is *that* good every time. Seriously, buy it. * Carmenet reserve chardonnay is my favourite wine so far (I'm by no means a wine snob, but I really like this one - it's similar to the chardonnay from Willam Hill and from Artesa wineries in Napa). * The best dessert is Profiteroles - pastry with warm chocolate on the outside and cold ice-cream on the inside. They're delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate