La Fontana Coast
La Fontana Coast

La Fontana Coast

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontanacoast.com/
  • Phone: 6094866088
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily for Dinner 4 pm to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday until 11 pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
La Fontana Coast reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)great for outdoor dining (66)fit for foodies (55)good for groups (46)special occasion (36)romantic (20)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Food above average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Ambiance is very pedestrian. This is not a fine dinning experience. Place run like a higher end pizza establihment. Food quality above average. Size portions and value very good. Food preparation and flavor above average, nothing special. Best quality, BYOB. Two visits will not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Shore Dining
    kegen
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of the best Shore Dining Spots, with lots of Very Good Italian dishes. Plentiful and Savory, if weather is Ok there is dining available outside!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    SeaIsle
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have dined at La Fontana several times, as just a couple and with friends, once as a large group. The food is always amazing with wonderfully fresh seafood and veggies. Service is great, and we look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    four of us dined at La Fontana and each of us enjoyed a delicious meal. The food was well prepared served nicely and tasted very good. It is a great restaurant and they are very accommodating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Popular neighborhood haunt
    PacoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    La fontana Coast is a nice restaurant with good food, in a convenient location. Unfortunately it's pretty much the only game in towN and gets very crowded. There didnt seem to be any point in making a reservation, as we still just had to wait with everyone else. We were seated at 8:15 fo a 7:45 reservation, and there were other groups with 7:45 reservation time that were seated after us. The servers hustled and were friendly, but the restaurant suffers from trying to take everyone who comes along. Byob is nice,but I think next time iI'd rather eat at home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Msmazz
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first time there. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honeymooners
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    LaFontana is always consistent...Great Food, Good Service! The tables are very close together but no one seems to mind since the food and service are really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheryl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food & service was fantastic. We are only in the area once a year, but we always choose La Fontana Coast for our evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MLPAVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent as always ! Best to go early or late to avoid crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent specials, one fish, one pasta. Superb. Really. Service was top drawer. We are regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovey
    Lovey
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent dining experience all the way around. Dinner was absolutely delicious! I inquired about switching out one pasta for another in the dish and no hesitation whatsoever in fulfilling my request. I'm only sorry I was visiting the area and don't live nearby or I'd be a frequent diner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    BYOB nice feature. Veal parm is patties ord chicken instead. V parm was soft
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overflow crowd
    GimmeSomeSpace
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant has to accommodate less patrons to improve the overall experience. We were jammed into a corner with 8 inches between us and the next table. The instant one person has taken their last bite, their plate is swept away. It is anything but relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Italian BYOB!
    Jules
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Six couples and six fantastic meals! We all ordered different apps and entrees and I have to say all were outstanding. You have to love a restaurant that has an arugula salad on the menu, fresh pasta, fresh fish & seafood...all impeccably presented, delicious and paired with your own wine...can't ask for anything more. The service was very good and our waitress was pleasant and knowledgeable. Will definitely be back next time we're at the shore! ; )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    KooshyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been dining at Fontana in Strathmere for over 10 years and this location did not meet our expectations. The description of "set a few steps from the beach " dining is deceptive, if "a few steps" means two blocks from the beach only if you dine outside and look up the street. The maitre' d seemed as if he had somewhere better to be and told us to "hold on" while we provided the name for our reservation. One of the members of our party has a gluten intolerance and I realize the last place we would want to eat is an italian restaurant. However, please do not advertise you can accomodate all diets, we were told the only GF option was the risotto. The food is good, but we will not return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Doni
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love this place. We celebrated my husband's birthday here and totally enjoyed it. The food is wonderful and the service is great! What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening at the beach
    Diane
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food was delicious. We both had pasta, and it was cooked to perfection and delicious. My Cesar Salad was the best I've ever tasted. Even the bread was delicious. I like the fact that it's BYO, and an all around very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Michelle
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fabulous dinner to end our summer in Sea Isle City. The portions were big and the food was outstanding. A little bit of a wait for our meal but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BEYOND FABULOUS
    BEATLEFAN7
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    WE HAD DINED HERE EARLIER N THE WEEK AND THE FOOD AND SERVICE WERE BEYOND FABULOUS...WE CAME BACK AGAIN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. THE SERVICE WAS NOT AS GOOD AS EARLIER IN THE WEEK BUT THE FOOD SUPERB. G EARLY AND MAKE A RESERVATION... A REAL GEM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trade - Offs
    PhilMeup
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was quite good, especially the Veal Francese - and I will gladly return. However, they do "pack them in like sardines," and the noise level is troublesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Italian in SIC
    PleasureinSIC39VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Love to sit outside. Great Food!!! If you like Gnocchi's this is the place for you, I love the Sorrentino but that is a personal favorite. Great Milanese, Bolognese etc.. A must try it's Great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is consistently very good
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in SIC. The food is consistently very good and the service experienced and attentive. The dining room is tight with tables in order to accommodate the crowds in the summer, which is understandable. This does contribute to the noise level. I hope they stay open on weekends in the off season!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    Dineemup
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was really good. Service was great. My pasta special was wonderful, but it was way too overpriced ($37) compaired to the prices on the menu for similar dishes. So make sure you ask how much the specials are before ordering. I dine out often and I usually order specials, so I was prepared for a higher price then the menu, just not that much higher. Thankfully the meal was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Sea Isle City
    TBone
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful BYOB. I've been here many, many times and it never disappoints us. You consistantly get a great meal. Love the arugula salad, all the chicken and veal dishes. Our favorite is the gnocchi, both red and white, a must try. Also, a really good Bolognese sauce. Only complaint is that it get very full inside and then gets so noisy you have to shout. But a small price to pay for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best in Sea Isle City
    MrPEsqVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Of course, it's also the only one of its kind in SIC - upscale Italian. La Fontana Coast really packs them in pretty much every night of the week. And on weekends, they turn over about 150 seats a full 3 times. Amazing. But there is a reason. Reliably fresh and well prepared Italian fare with lots of seafood, chicken and veal choices, reasonably priced and efficiently served. BYO is a big plus - drink the best for less. Sidewalk seating (half the seating capacity is outside) does not offer a great view - location is on the main drag and it's not surrounded by anything special to look at. But they dress it up with palm trees and umbrellas and it's just a great place to have dinner al fresco with friends and family in the summertime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic food
    Theposturecoach
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    though pricey, the food here has been extraordinary ever time we've eaten here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Ang78
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything was wonderful. This was our 3rd time here and we can't wait to go back. Food was AWESOME and service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    KTav
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My boyfriend and I have been here several times and it is always great. It's a byo, which we like, and has a relatively large menu. Recommend the veal dishes especially the veal fontana. Everything we have ordered has always been delicious, hot, and the bread is great. It can be loud on busy nights but you can be seated outside which reduces noise level a bit. The specials are ever changing and always awesome. Look forward to returning soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DdubsVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We came in late on a weekday and it was quite empty. There was just one party of 8 inside. They sat us right next to them. Although they were not boisterous we had to contend with talking over one loud speaking guest at that table. There were 3 in our party. Our apps were brought out staggered, as were our entrees. Not a long time in between, but unnecessarily staggered One in our party ordered seafood risotto. There was enough rice to resemble a small mountain in the Himilayas. The dwarfed ring of seafood was chewy and rubbery. 2/3 of the meal was left. An order of veal franchise was fine - but nothing special. Tilapia was gushy. We had to rush out when the smell of some deodorizing product from the bathroom overwhelmed us.
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  • We had a great group event
    mprince676
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    There were 10 in our celebration dinner party. We had a well chosen table set up for us in advance out of the way of the regular business of the restaurant and were immediately served once our party began to arrive and get seated. We took advantage of their prix fixe special meal selection for the evening. The only confusing part was that our entire party had to choose that instead of a la carte. No matter, the entrees were all excellent and several people had more food than they could eat. We will certainly be back to this location again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beach Eater
    Campy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Above average for the shore. Priced right, BYOB, Friendly staff. I received good service on a night when there wasn't a seat open in the whole restaurant. I will return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The meal was superb
    nyvacationers
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We vacation in the area every year and make it a point to stop by for dinner. thie year the resturant was overflowing on a Thursday evening, our open table reservation was ready on time. Service good for the crowd. This environment lends itself to an longer meal time, but that was fine because it is not fast food. The meal was excellent and the chef made a point to come by and say hello before we ordered and again after the meal to make sure we enjoyed everything. This was our third year stopping and we by will be back again next year.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Shore" to please
    ElleKay
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    LaFontana Coast is always a great time, an excellent meal and the best place for a nice adult meal in Sea Isle. Can certainly accommodate children, but it's a nice place for the grown ups to have a wonderful night out with amazing food from start to finish!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service!
    SalJunebug1VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We started with the beet salad of the day which was plenty for 3 of us! I had the shrimp risotto and loved it. My husband had pasta with seafood and our vegetarian son had pasta with marina sauce. We enjoyed dessert and coffee. Water was replenished regularly. Everything was wonderful. After eating the fine meal and experiencing the good service, I understand why people exiting the restaurant when we arrived were kissing and thanking the chef! It is also a BYOB!!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    Doni
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We go here because the food and service is consistently great! We always feel welcomed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very nice, white table dining in Sea Isle City - a bit noisy inside, but you can carry on a conversation with your dining partner(s). Wait staff was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Les58VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We ate outside on a beautiful evening although the inside looked very crowded and noisy. Enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is fabulous! We went two weekends in a row. Great outdoor eating. We received complimentary limoncello both times. Best place in Sea Isle to eat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    TommyHo
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Solid menu and excellent food/service. Our dinner was memorable. Love the BYOB!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rough Start but Good Ending
    Chris77
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The restaurant seemed to get hit with a lot of patrons at once and there seemed to be terrible communication between the managers and the servers. We got seated right away but it took quite a while for anyone to notice that we were there. However, once it was clear who our server was, she did a great job of keeping on top of our needs. The food was absolutely delicious - I tried a pasta special stuffed with fig and gorgonzola and it was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.