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La Fontana Del Mare

La Fontana Del Mare Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontanadelmare.com
  • Phone: (609) 263-7700
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bujar Daku
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater for parties of 10 people and up.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private dining options for business meetings, birthdays, weddings & rehearsal dinners. Please contact us directly for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Bujar Daku (609) 233-9660

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Uncle Bill's
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from La Fontana Del Mare
La Fontana Del Mare was first opened in 1998 by Bujar Daku, the head chef and Gani Daku. It is a landmark restaurant, only a block away in small town Strathmere (midway between Sea Isle City and Ocean City). It is a place where diners by the sea can get a splendid taste of Italian from the City of Brotherly Love in a round-about way. The restaurant offers adjusted menus for all kind of diets, therefore making the place open to everyone. We are also accessible to those with disabilities fulfilling the ADA requirements.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "First trip was there last year and we were hooked! We were 4 adults and an adventurous teen and everyone found something they enjoyed. Grab a bottle or two of your favorite wine and go - you won't be disappointed. Sadly we can only go once a year."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great dinner and BYOB Option, Veal Fontanta was cooked perfectly, house vinegarette was delightful and even though you won't need it with the portions being as large as they are, I'd recommend a side of sausage in marinara - it was just a great dining experience for the beach out side of the hustle and bustle of ocean city or sea isle"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We were going to share the calamari appetizer but our waiter said it was too small to share. Well it was plenty big enough. We both ordered the veal special and at $36.95 thought it was pricy and just so-so. Veal a bit chewey. Our waiter was efficient but seemed sad. Maybe just a bad day but made it less enjoyable for us."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "If you want to come off the beach after a great day, get a little casually dressed up, go to La Fontana. Strath mere is the quintessential small beach town and then you enter La Fontana and you forget you are at the beach, which is ok for a little while. The wait staff comes over and opens that favorite bottle your brought along tells you of the specials and your night begins. Great food follows at a great pace and as you leave they genuinely thank you for visiting with them. Don't miss the Veal dishes, pastas are excellent, seafood was also a star. A great great night!!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great food as always. Service and ambience enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food is awesome !! Very good all around!! Best in Strathmere"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The waitress, Bettina, was rude & annoyed when asked for a kids menu. She informed us it was unavailable. When asked questions about the items on the menu - she said "whatever it says there." Individual side dishes were ordered for the kids & 2 entrees for the adults. When the food arrived, the pastas were very under cooked, & the chicken was over cooked & could not be cut. The string beans tasted & smelled like fish. We tried to get our waitress's attention but were rebuffed. We could not finish our meals. The check was brought to the table & the waitress charged each kid for an entree they did not order. When this was disputed, the waitress argued with us. The manager said he had no knowledge of what we had so he couldn't help."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Delicious meals, excellent portions, knowledgeable and personable waiter. 4th time there and enjoyed each time"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We have been to this spot before. The staff is charming and terrific. Appetizers were great although the olive oil brought with the bread tastes more like cooking oil. This time we ordered 2 of the specials; a fish and oso buco. The meat was tender and flavorful but the risotto was tasteless and mushy, boiling hot in the middle of the serving. It had clearly been zapped in the microwave. The fish looked beautiful, served with a tomato sauce. It too, had very little flavor and was boiling on the inside. The green beans served with it were grey from being over cooked. We you pay $40 for an entree like we did with both of these you wouldn't expect the quality we received."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I live in neighborhood and am sad when it closes for the season. Excellent food and atmosphere . Bujar continues to produce excellent food and reservations are actually honored . We had a great evening."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Consistently excellent Italian food that includes a lot of seafood dishes. Service is very good and the waiter was very knowledgeable. Food came out at the proper temperature. Desserts are tasty and made on site. Never disappoints. Not your typical beach restaurant."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Dinner with family during vacation in sea isle. Scallops wrapped in bacon were excellent but waitress only brought 1 order instead of 2. She rectified situation and gave us a 15% discount. Veal dish and pasta special were very good"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was very good. Waitress was very good; other wait staff was a little rough (may have been a language thing.) Had an 8pm reservation for 6 people and sat immediately on a Saturday night in July (maybe we got lucky?) Would highly recommend. Be prepared though - it is pricey."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have dined at La Fontana every summer for the last 4 years. The food and service is always excellent. Kid friendly as well. Our waiter Rilind (goes by Roland) was very attentive and friendly. Looking forward to returning for another great meal."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Dinner was fabulous. Food and service excellent. Hidden gem. Will definitely visit Rittenhouse location at home."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We ate early (6:30pm) to avoid the crowds during the July 4th week. The restaurant was pleasant and just slightly formal (not a bad thing) . The waiter and other staff were attentive without being too friendly or pushy. We had good veal dishes, something you don't find in many restaurants anymore. BYOB is nice. The restaurant has several others in its family of restaurants. We would go back for another meal in a heart beat."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It's hard to find good food at the shore but La Fontana Del Mare had exceptional dinners."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food here was amazing and we decided that it was our favorite restaurant at the shore. Their angel hair pasta was the thinnest I have ever had and was amazing. Their special arugula salad was gourmet quality and their special lobster ravioli in a blush sauce was the best! I hope they put both items on the menu every night. The dinner was topped off by a complimentary glass of homemade Lemoncella that was excellent. We will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "we love to come here. The food is always good and service is very good also."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a great time. Worth talking about our server Vigan that made our night even more special A++.."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We are fans of both La Fontana Del Mare and La Fontanna Coast. The service is courteous and they keep your water glasses full before you need to ask. You genuinely feel like they are so happy to have your business! Food is fresh, delicious and nice portions. We love it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Chose La Fontana for Mother's Day dinner. Not crowded. Dining room was not quite 1/2 full. Music was a little loud. Food was excellent. Service was very good. Would recommend."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our favorite Italian Restaurant at the shore. Enjoyed the grilled octopus special for appetizer. Little pasta hats stuffed with figs an Gorgonzola topped With shrimp and scallops in a light rose sauce was awesome."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We ate at La Fontana in Strathmere this past Friday. The food and service were very good. Nice to BYOB. The place was still quite crowded even though the beach resort streets are empty now. Everyone down here must be at La Fontana for dinner!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "My family and friends love La Fontana Del Mare. We were seated immediately upon arrival. The waiter, whose name escapes me, from Albania, answered all questions and was very helpful to those undecided when choosing their meal. Gnocchi Sorrentino is out of this world. We always have a delicious meal."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "My wife and I are long term patrons of La Fontana de Mar. Traditionally, the food is/was excellent and the service prompt and professional. Unfortunately, on our last vist, the service was horrible. Long wait fro the server to show at our table (we actually asked another server to have our server come to our table), long wait for him to take our order, and to bring us our check. We were very diappointed. The managemment needs to fix the service issue!!! Now on a positive note, the food as always was excellent. Well preparted, nicely prosented. Unfortunately, the service issue generally spoiled the dinner and our vist."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Having been here before we were looking forward to introducing some friends to this place. It was a mistake to have gone. The Open Table reservation meant nothing. When we got there on time, we were told it would be 10 more minutes, which is acceptable on any Saturday nght. However, it was just short of an hour before we were seated. The special appetizer of the evening looked and tasted like it had been prepared hours before and kept in a warmer. The ingredients and flavors were indistiguisable. One of our parties entree was so poorly prepared and over-salted as to be inedible. Location is everything and this restaurants proximity to Ocean City makes it popular despite its misfires. I can't say we will return."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "It was a slow night, only about 6 other tables. They were very accommodating for my vegan husband. I'm not sure they would have been on a busy night. Food was good. Service was good except they didn't give us our 20% off as advertised on the sign out front. It read 20% off total bill for diners between 4-6:00pm. We were seated at 5:20 and got our check at 6:30. After bringing it to the waiters attention we received the discount. Would return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "We had to wait an hour after our reservation to be seated and they were out of the vegetable lasagna which I ordered. The hostess brought glasses outside and opened bottles so we could have some wine while waiting for our table. We were treating our friends who had not been there before. As always, the food was superb and the service was excellent. We had clams, pasta, risotto, and two people ordered a veal special, which they really enjoyed. Despite the long wait, La Fontana did not disappoint. We always enjoy our meals there."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Great place to find a bite to eat that is not your standard beach fare."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Good food, not overpriced, in a resort. BYOB makes it really good."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "Upon arriving for our 7 pm reservation we were immediately seated. all three in our group throughly enjoyed our meals of osso bucco, red snapper and seafood medley over pasta. The first two were specials that night. Although the meal was not inexpensive, it was worth it especially when you consider normal prices for dinner at the beach. The added bonus is that it is a byob. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "Easy to park, greeted right away and all seats have room. Great to be able to have a conversation without speaking loudly. The food is fresh and spiced just right. So many Italian restaurants complicate their dishes, not here. Simply delicious!"
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "We had three generations at the table, and everyone enjoyed the meal from apps to dessert. We took a tip from people who frequent the restaurant and ordered a pasta dish to share family style, which was a great idea because none of us had pasta as an entree, and having a little penne as a side dish to our seafood was perfect. Our waiter was very nice. I'm sure we will go back again."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Always a delight to dine at LaFontana! Consistently good, over the years."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "This is a local and tourist favorite in Strathmere.. My husband and I have loved it for years and the food has always been stellar. The menu has it's scrumptious stand-bys that have been customers favorites from the beginning, but the chef never fails to come up with the most amazing flavor combinations.. a MUST for any foodie!"
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "Enjoyed gourmet food in this delightful restaurant we have been here several times and we are never disappointed with the food or service. We have never eaten outside but it looks great. We ate earlier than usual and the noise was lower than usual because it wasn't packed yet. However, there were more children. Thankfully, a parent took the one crying baby outside. We would recommend the food to anyone."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "I was recommended La Fontaine by a friend to take my daughter for her birthday. The Atmosphere was perfect - upscale but casual (I wore a baseball cap). The service was perfect, attentive but we were left alone to eat. Food was great but the tomato sauce was a little sweeter than I prefer. Other than that, perfect! I will be back!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "We were a party of seven. Four of us had the red snapper special. The snapper and vegetables were fresh and well-prepared. The folks ordering pasta enjoyed their meal as well. I have had dinner here many times in the past and the meals have always been reliable (though not particularly inspiring). My minor complaints would be that they served milk (instead of half & half) and their desserts were from Bindi (instead of fresh baked from a local bakery)."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "If you are in OC or Sea Isle, best food you can get and it is a BYOB."
    Dined on 8/14/2013