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La Fontana Siciliana
La Fontana Siciliana

La Fontana Siciliana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontanasiciliana.com
  • Phone: (206) 441-1045
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Fuenzalida
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Fontana Siciliana
La Fontana is an urban oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Belltown. As you step into the courtyard you are drawn in by the bubbling fountain and the aroma of Sicilian cuisine in the air. La Fontana has been a fixture in Belltown for over a decade. Proprietor Mario Fuenzalida’s food philosophy of utilizing the freshest ingredients prepared to order ensures that every meal is a pleasurable and memorable experience. The wine list has been specially crafted as a showcase to the food; it features quality Sicilian and Italian wines that highlight the unique flavors of La Fontana’s menu.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, romantic atmosphere, excellent service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have loved La Fontana for many years and recently travelled 6 hours to dine there on a special occasion. The food was exceptional and our waiter made the evening memorable. Very old world."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "If you are looking for a restaurant that will give you the feel of Italy and a food experience that will leave you wanting to come back, try La Fontana. This is a quiet, European style restaurant with excellent food selection and wonderful service. We would go back because, every time we do, it is perfect."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Took out two teenage granddaughters, who are slightly picky eaters and they both finished off the chicken cannelloni, I had the veal special with roasted shallots and the veal was tender and the sauce favorable. The service was friendly and efficient, he took time to answer questions for the girls. The setting was very nice. Overall a enjoyable experience with good food and good service"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Very authentic and intimate setting. This place is perfect for a romantic date. Great wine too!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We took our two teenage kids to La Fontana Sicilianna for an early dinner on Friday night. The restaurant is a hidden gem. The small courtyard was very quaint and pleasant; the restaurant was quiet @ 5 pm but was filing up by the time we left at 6:30. The staff was very pleasant and food was fabulous. Will return soon!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This restaurant was exactly what I was hoping for. I was looking for an Italian restaurant featuring Southern Italian food. The food was marvelous. That has an orange caprese which I had never even heard of before and that I am still craving. It was so good. The waiter was very attentive but not intrusive. The ambience was exactly right. More intimate and quiet. I couldn't have had a better experience."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food was a bit of a disappointment. My party and I were really underwhelmed by the quality, portion, and price of the meal. The setting is really quaint and romantic feeling so I would say it's good for date night, but I would think twice about the food. My fettuccine with mushrooms had a price tag of $22.85. For what you're getting, it's seriously not worth paying the steep price tag of this joint. I think Yelp should change the price tag to $$$ instead of just $$. If OpenTable would allow me to type more, I would have more to say, but unfortunately I'm only allowed a certain number of characters. Overall, I don't think I will be coming back."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I am not a big favorite on Italian food, as a matter of fact I never select to eat Italian on my own. The times that I have eaten at an Italian restaurant was for either work or a friend's suggestion. Well now that has all changed. The food and service here was excellent. I will be back!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The service was gracious and charming and the food was excellent: the risotto with mushrooms was outstanding, and the other dishes were all quite good. The place was untrendy, uncrowded, and authentic to the way small restaurants are in Italy...."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This place reminds me of a NYC restaurant--it is located in the courtyard of a brownstone. It is very intimate with divided dining rooms; the food is excellent as well as the service. They had live piano music in one of the rooms. The only drawback was they don't serve alcohol and I can't drink wine."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Intimate atmosphere, wonderful service, great menu, reasonable prices and terrific food. What more could you ask for? I took my Valentine sweetheart there and she Loved it! Will absolutely eat there again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went here for Valentine's Day having recently traveled through Italy. There were many comments comparing this establishment to quaint, rustic Italian restaurants, but we unfortunately did not see the connection. The atmosphere was uninspired, the service was fine, and the food was just okay. Like many have commented, it may be a little pricey for what you get."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Any restaurant that can be a bit off the beaten path and be in business for over twenty years in a foodie place like Seattle, must be doing something good. The wait staff helped with a wine selection, gave enticing answers to our menu questions, and were there when needed. And the food, it was very good, and I think very reasonably priced. We travel down from Alaska several times a year and try to find new dining experiences each time. I think La Fontana will have to a repeat experience for us."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food and service was great. The dining room was intimate but not crowded. The wine was fantastic. We had a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was very good, mine was fantastic I had the wild mushroom fettuccine w/truffle oil, and the mixed greens salad. My husband had the Caesar salad and the chicken special and it was ok. The only real downside was our server had a regular at the table behind ours and so every time he came yo our corner of the restaurant he was making eye contact and talking to them and completely skipped over our table, we got very cursory service. He never even made eye contact with us, as he was always flirting with the woman behind us. It made for a very annoying evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food here is good, quality ingredients prepared traditionally, but certainly not cutting edge or exciting Italian. Service is very good. We were disappointed a bit by the "romantic" atmosphere that we expected from reading some of the reviews; not sure that brick walls and glass-surfaced tables (no tablecloths in the room where they sat us) equates to romantic. This is a slightly above-average Italian eatery for Seattle, with lots of better ones in the city."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was good, but I think I will try staples on the menu next time. The chef was willing to change the sauce on my meal to a lemon-based wine/cream sauce. It was good, but had too much lemon in it. My husband got the special which was salami, mozzarella, and asparagus rolled in a chicken breast. My husband said it was excellent, but I did not like the brown sauce they put over it. The table we sat at was very unstable. It rocked back and forth if either of us on either side put any weight on it. I would suggest fixing it, because the rocking table distracted us through the entire meal."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food is good. The wine is interesting and different. Quaint, old world feel to the restaurant. But our night was made by Mario. Knowledgeable, friendly, and very Italian, Mario is the chef/server who brings it all together in a delightful way and gave us the feeling that we had just spent a few hours dining in Italy. Wonderful experience overall."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went with wife & daughter for a birthday dinner. The place is beautiful and the food is very good. We took the mushrooms risotto, cheese tortellini with pistacchio and lemon sauce, and spaghetti butter and cheese for the child. Service was excellent and the ambient is quiet and good to have a relaxed conversation. Quiet ambient. It was a cold night and we've got a table aside the window. It was some cold, I woudl recommend an inside table if you suffer from cold. Other than that, it's a very nice place to go and a true nice spot in that área of Seattle. Wine list is full of wines from Italy, so that's also good to try something different."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "You will not be dissapointed in any way. We. Had risotto (which was the best we ever had) and prawns, pasta with marina sauce....excellent! It felt like we had just experienced a meal in an Italian cafe."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We found a Groupon deal and came here the last night of our honeymoon. It's pricey, but we really felt like we had just walked out of Seattle and into Sicily. The food was understated but perfect, the wines were excellent, the service was friendly and personable, and the cheesecake was the best I've had. Definitely worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We just got back from Europe and we were hoping to find a place here in Seattle that would transport us right back to Italy! And La Fontana did it! The food was amazing, the service divine, and we felt just like we were dining in a small bistro in Europe! I would recommend it to everyone!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal tremendously. The atmosphere is lovely and the food very good."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "One of the few quiet restaurants left where you can actually visit and have a nice conversation! Food was very good and we had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The food, ambience, and service at La Fontana is always excellent. The seafood is fresh, the pasta a perfect al dente and the risotto creamy and rich. The service is top notch and the ambience makes you feel like you are dining in Italy--especially in the summer when you can dine al fresco by the darling fountain in the court yard."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "The first thing my wife noticed when entering the courtyard outside the restaurant was how much it reminded her of Italy. The same can be said about the interior. The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. The atmosphere was quiet and romantic. We will definitely return when back in Seattle."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The food and restaurant is over-rated and over priced. I never knew a restaurant could screw up chicken marsala (also said their specialty dish), but they did! It was very salty, and the sauce was more of a gravy instead of a sauce. AND, the waiter thought he could memorise our order (2 of us), and had to come back because he forgot."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Walking into the restaurant you immediately understand why La Fontana people call this one of the most romantic restaurants in Seattle. The front room is so intimate, exposed brick, small tables and quiet lighting. The wait staff were very attentive, the host was also our waiter, he knew the wine list well and recommended a delicious wine. The pasta was handmade, held its structure and was delicious. The Wild Mushroom Risotto was smooth and creamy, perfect! I highly recommend La Fontana!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Unremarkable food, that was edible, but rather bland and unsurprising. And overpriced to boot. Service was fine."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We've enjoyed La Fontana for special occasions. This year we invited fussy friends and they loved it. A hit all around."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was wonderful but it was too dark as well as the furniture was old and wobbley. Table and chairs obviously need of replacement. Parking is terrible. Unless you are able to grab street parking, parking lots south of the restaurant iare $15 - $20. Belltown now being expensive to park."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "An extremely great find in Belltown. Much more relaxed atmosphere than expected for the location; comfortable, warm and inviting. The Sicilian style food was especially good and seemed authentic. Will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This is a nice little restaurant but the food is not spectacular."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Great little place, highly recommend when your looking for all around meal and ambiance. Sit in Mario's section he's a super fun server."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "sad to say, place was extremely poor overall. we had a online deal for 60 for 30. simple night out. a drink each. so we decided one app to share, and nice choice entrees. Garlic bread. so sad to be even on a plate, moms at home can do better, let a restaurant even try to say that is garlic bread. went for veal parm and chix parm. a common dish, chicken dish, was meaty, just too much sauce. cheese was barely melted. veal version, worst one i have had. will never go back for that, or anything else. first the cut, i doubt it was fresh. zero flavor, poorly cooked. no crispy texture. then in a bath of sauce. im talking about swimming, underneath, and on top. cheese on this one, not even cooked. nice try guys, avoid it. try other places"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Wonderful, beautifully prepared and presented southern Italian food. Everything was so fresh and tasty. The waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable and pleasant. Reminds me of being in Sicily. Don't know why it took me so many years to come back. Definitely won't take as long the next time!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I've never had a bad, or even adequate meal here. Only fantastic!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "It's a small restaurant, perhaps about 10-15 tables. Definitely make a reservation or else you may not be able to eat. We had a special appetizer which was Amazing....however our waiter did "yell" at us for not eating it in the traditional way. It only made me laugh and thought it was nice that he took such pride in his food, however it did get old after he mentioned it for the 3rd time. Dinner was yummy, homemade pasta was light and done well. Desert was lacking however. Tiramisu had way too much creame and the which chocolate cream cannoli just wasn't doing the job. I believe in the summer they put tables out in the courtyard and thought it would be so pretty to come back in the summer. A good expensive restaurant to take a date."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "On Christmas Eve, we decided to treat ourselves to a quiet dinner out. In keeping with the Italian Christmas tradition, I ordered seafood. The prawns were fine and pasta with fresh tomato was so delicious and tender that I ended up eating nearly all of it. They offered several varieties of wine by the glass (the Cab was full bodied and satisfying). I intend to explore an excellent wine list on future visits. For those that haven't been to this restaurant, it is rustic and romantic but is also kid friendly. The tables are probably 75 years old, the windows have lace curtains. Chef will cook to order for those with allergies or specific needs. Go. Enjoy."
    Dined on 12/24/2013