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La Fontana Coast
La Fontana Coast

La Fontana Coast Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontanacoast.com
  • Phone: (609) 486-6088
  • Hours of Operation: Open Daily for Dinner 4 pm to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday until 11 pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bujar Daku
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: 10 to 100 people
  • Entertainment: Opera Nights. Call for information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Thanksgiving Dinner; Valentine's Day Dinner; Polar Bear Plunge Weekend. Reopen March 22, 2012.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 50th Street
  • Public Transit: Trolley stops during summer season
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Fontana Coast
La Fontana Coast brings fine dining to the shore. Beautifully located a block from the beach in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, La Fontana Coast brings a wonderfully breathtaking Mediterranean style ambiance to the Jersey shore, complete with an elegantly infectious Southern Italian seaside villa decor with an amazing view of the ocean. La Fontana Coast prepares deliciously authentic and classic Italian cuisine served with charm and smile, where guests can let their hair down, relax and take a vacation from their vacation. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and an appetite for classic fine Italian food and homemade desserts and get swept away al La Fontana Coast. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Arrived early for a 7:45 reservation (via open table) but didn't get seated until 8:30, very disappointing; food was good though so if you don't mind a wait this place is for you"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "La Fontana Coast is a wonderful restaurant in Sea Isle City. We used to eat at the original location in Strathmere, but this location is closer to our house. It is a high end restaurant with a dressy casual flair. And the food is amazing! We have eaten there numerous times since the restaurant opened and have had great meals every time. The hardest thing is deciding what to eat. Recently, we tried a penne pasta with vodka sauce and it was insanely delicious - lick-the-plate (I should have!) delicious. The staff is always happy to accommodate requests and are quite flexible with regard to reservations (we changed our numbers three times). They are also welcoming to children. Love this place! It's our family favorite."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have a real issue with servers adding the gratuity on to the check. First of all, its offensive. Extrememly. Yes I am offended. And in most cases, the server shoots themselves in the foot cause Im a good tipper and they wind up getting less of a tip. To me, the service is never as good because they know they are getting 20%. Happens every time and this was no different. The server was pleasant enough, however, messed up quite a few times (forgot my drink refill, brought the parm cheese we requested half way through the meal). I guess thats why he added gratuity, cause he wanted to make sure he got his 20%, 20 % he most certainly DID NOT deserve. The food was very very good, espec the Chicken Fran, best Ive had in years."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very poor staff whtrained pat definitely trained by the nasty owner- customers are obviously not very important to them apparently. Long wait times for any service at all. Multiple requests were required for simple basics like water, bread, ice bucket... 45 minutes after ordering, we were informed one of the dishes were no longer available, then they forgot one of the other dishes completely! Owner came out to see if everything was ok, ten started refuting our claims that we had to had multiple times for the above items, and basically started yelling and arguing with us as we were trying to eat our meal. Would never go back or even consider subjecting somone else to this type of treatment."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "very good italian food at reasonable cost. great service . really cannot go wrong"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "we had an enjoyable surprisingly good albeit pricey food our first night on vacation. They accommodated our request for outside dining and our waitress who was a Northeastern student was pleasant and efficient Esp since we had a 3 yr old and 11 week old . However announcing specials without the price is a major dining faux paux. We 'd return for sure!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I'm regular to LaFC, consistency is in the fabric of this restaurant. Food is always great, service the same and the staff very friendly. While vacationing in SIC, this is a must go too restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Was terrific at first, but this past dining experience was poor. Restaurant was empty and they put our party of 3 people in the back corner area right next to a table with 4 loud kids. Waitress was hard to be found. My sister and I wanted to split one of the pasta dishes and they told us as they delivered the plate, it would be a $9 charge for that! We were offended they ultimately did not charge us, but the $9 fee was ridiculous! Not planning on going back soon!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food is very good and atmosphere is very appealing .We enjoy very much going there and also that we can bring your own wine"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We dined at La Fontana for our anniversary. The food never fails to impress -- interesting, perfectly prepared. Unfortunately that's where it ends. The tables are on top of each other, so there is no such thing as a private conversation. The noise level also can get loud when there are large tables seated. The service is ok. The restaurant looks out on an abandoned-looking building, so you don't go here for the view. What you do go to La Fontane for is the FOOD, which is very good."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My husband and I love this restaurant. The food is great and the servers are very friendly and pleasant. Can be noisy inside when crowded so we mainly enjoy the outside dining in the summer."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our reservation was waiting! Dinner and service were great! We will be returning soon!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We visited on a Friday evening of restaurant week. They were pretty busy but service was good. We both chose to order from the special menu and were pleased with our choices. The red sauce on the mussels was garlicky and was great for dipping with bread. The eggplant appetizer was also good. Will return again. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Have eaten here before, but reservations never met. Tonight, my reservations were honored and food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was great as was the wait staff. They have made substantial improvements in the noise level since they opened a couple of years ago. It is a little cramped in terms of the tables locations for inside dinning. It was restaurant week for we had the four course fixed price meal which had just the right portion size. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Our dinner was wonderful...food was delicious and the service was great. The menu has a wide variety of offerings to choose from. Highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed their restaurant week price fix special. It was wonderful! Even though it was very busy staff was pleasant and efficient. We will be back again!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A gem! Great place! I've been there several times in the past few weeks and the food has been consistently good. The owners walk around and make sure all the customers are happy and pitch in cleaning up tables. Love it!!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Very nice server. Food quality was great. Staff was overly attentive. Felt a bit rushed. I will definitely go back again, but want to try it on a weeknight, not weekend. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "homemade pasta and their veal are just wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This is our Go-to BYOB in Sea Isle City. The fresh, house made mozzarella is outstanding. Whether its the risotto, the seafood pasta specials, or the house Veal Parm, we've never had a bad meal here. Only downside is there are so many tables, its difficult at times to have a conversation since its so loud. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Dinner was good. Our waiter was new and it should. I do suggest that you ask the price of the specials because they were notably more expensive then the items on the menu. We were a bit sticker shocked at the bill."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great Northern Italian Food BYOB. Several in our party had a stuffed flounder special that was out of this world. The shrimp risotto was also very tasty. Highly recommend. We had an early reservation so noise level was not an issue."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was fantastic as was the service. And the best part is it's a BYOB! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "A little too noisy. Hard to converse with your own table. But food and service is outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "great food- adequate service -very noisy! but would go again................."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Everything was fresh. The portions were perfect size. We shared an appetizer of veggies, meat and cheese, highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great dining experience, food was excellent. Like the BYOB"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It was girls weekend in SIC . There was a very nice price fixed menu with many options. Food was great loved the antipasta salad the bread and the crab meat angelhair pasta was great and a very large portion. Can't wait to be able to sit outside and enjoy there awesome food"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "If you're looking for a great restaurant in SIC aside from a fish joint, which I also enjoy, then La Fontana Cost is the place to go. It's a good upscale change for dining in SIC."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Always a winner at La Fontana Coast, you can expect a lively crowd, great food and specials for this BYOB!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "usually have a wait even with a reservation but the food is always worth it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went with special flat bread topped with mozzarella arugula and more appetizer, and then the fabulous flounder francaise on angel hair with capers, cherry tomatoes, and crab meat. Truly delightful."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Always Love La Fontana Coast for consistency and great Italian Food! BYOB is great too for you to bring your favorite bottle to your meal! I am a local and locals know the best places to go!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food and service. Veal and pasta dishes are the best!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Dinner for Valentines Day. BYOB and great food. Tables were close together but the service was outstanding. Food came very quickly and tasted awesome."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was fabulous Service likewise . We've eaten there several times and in Buja'rs other restaurants and the quality is consistently high . We would highly, highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been to La Fontana Coast in Sea Isle many times. Their food is always delicious and their service is excellent. Nice outside seating in the summer, too. Gets packed in the summer so be sure to make a reservation. Was pretty crowded the other night, too, even though it was the off season at the shore (Dec 28th). It seemed less loud this time, too, even though they were crowded. It looked like they put up sound dampening panels on the ceilings and walls which really seemed to help."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Not a lot was available to us for Christmas Eve at the shore, but we found that La Fontana Coast was open and just a short drive from our home (Stone Harbor). Food was very good, wait staff attentive. Appetizers were excellent, entrée portions were a bit large, but yummy. We were not aware that it was BYOB, but they offered us house wine, which was very nice. Would definitely go back, although I am sure in the summer, it must get very crowded!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great local restaurant. Food was wonderful. Service was great. Had a terrific time. My mother who has been to Italy said that the Gnooci was better here than any she had ever had."
    Dined on 12/24/2013