La Fontana Del Mare

La Fontana Del Mare

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontanadelmare.com/
  • Phone: 6092637700x
  • 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 6092339660x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
La Fontana Del Mare reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (36)neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (26)good for groups (19)romantic (13)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (6)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A Must Stop
    Drew
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of the must stops when at the Jersey Shore, the food is outstanding and priced very reasonable, our reservation was for 8 PM we arrived 10 minutes early and were seated immediately.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant nite
    Tish
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very satisfying meal delivered in polite and timely manner. Would recommend to a friend. Enjoyed red snapper and my lady enjoyed seafood and pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good and bad
    RustyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Only complaint is honoring reservations. We know this and compensate since we live in neighborhood. Be prepared to wait 1/2 hour even with reservation getting pricy as all ala carte. Food worth th waite
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wendy 910
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food as always. Since Todd has been on board the reservations are always on time . We can walk to this restaurant and it really is a gem. I had the lobster ravioli and man was it good. I recommend this restaurant to anyone. Being BYOB just adds to the fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    there was only a 430,500,and 900 reservation avail on opentable. 5 is a bit early for us but took it anyway. when we left at 615 there was plenty of space to sit. not sure why we could not get a later reservation. I cannot trust your website anymore to make reservsations very disappointed with the time frame available and what was the real truth. please email me on this,i would like to know your side of this error. Maria Leone
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Gina
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Risotto is the best! Love all of the Fontana's in Strathmere, Sea Isle and Avalon!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    NeverBetter
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Fantastic experience, fantastic dinner, fantastic price, fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luperduper
    Luperduper
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The six of us were given a round table....a big plus! The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. We actually had such a terrific time that we were the last to leave...and they didn't push us out. We all look forward to more visits here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Delicious food. Nice atmosphere and BYOB. Perfect chicken and veal dishes!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat!
    Golf2XS
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner and BYOB Option
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK not great.
    ddrewVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent start to finish
    Mjploveslife
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Odiebeans
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food as always. Service and ambience enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food
    Batman1964
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food is awesome !! Very good all around!! Best in Strathmere
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Alan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Go on and try it. You'll love the food. My wife and two boy's are also foodies. We must have spoken about the restaurant a half a dozen times or so that week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arrogant service, very poor food
    Genie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent BYOB Italian Restaurant
    BYOBforMe
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Delicious meals, excellent portions, knowledgeable and personable waiter. 4th time there and enjoyed each time
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment
    Soos
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining Down the Shore
    OysterLover
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for family
    Cudablg
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ocdining
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • family tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Dinner
    MS32PM
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Dinner was fabulous. Food and service excellent. Hidden gem. Will definitely visit Rittenhouse location at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    TomC
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Suziep7
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It's hard to find good food at the shore but La Fontana Del Mare had exceptional dinners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant at the shore
    HealthyMom
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlover
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    we love to come here. The food is always good and service is very good also.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Rickconti
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a great time. Worth talking about our server Vigan that made our night even more special A++..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently a Great Experience
    njBeachYOGA
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the La Fontana Del Mare reviews archive.
  • Nice place
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summers over
    KarenKVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    GZEE
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I are long term
    BobFVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Great..
    mpageVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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.
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  • It was a slow night, only
    Out2eat
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the wait
    GMRCAMVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to find a bite
    Eddie
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Great place to find a bite to eat that is not your standard beach fare.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.