La Vecchia Fontana
La Vecchia Fontana

La Vecchia Fontana

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lavecchiafontana.net/
  • Phone: 6099677708
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving dinner daily at 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bujar Daku
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th and First Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from La Vecchia Fontana
La Vecchia Fontana brings fine dining to the shore. Beautifully located a block from the beach in Avalon, New Jersey, La Vecchia Fontana brings a breathtaking Mediterranean style ambiance to the Jersey shore, complete with an elegantly infectious Southern Italian seaside villa decor. La Vecchia Fontana 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 at La Vecchia Fontana.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
La Vecchia Fontana reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)fit for foodies (39)special occasion (34)good for groups (32)romantic (13)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food and service are as good or better than any restaurant in Philly. Everything is always fresh. Most occasions, I don't even look at the menu, but order from their specials which are always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian Food in Avalon!
    BatFamReviews
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We've dined here twice in 2014 already and the food is delicious! The restaurant is a small BYOB and definitely worth the visit. We recommend reservations as it can get quite busy. You are certain to enjoy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPERB
    JerseyansVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Hidden Gem in Condo Complex in Avalon! Travel 45 minutes to have their pasta specials. Heard they own two others restaurants in the nearby towns. Highly recommend this restaurant to All!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed our meals, but...
    galkelVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    ... we had to wait almost a half hour beyond our reservation time to be seated. This could be a problem "in season".
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Food but at Avalon Prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a pleasant meal at the Avalon NJ location of this Italian byob. The food was better than our last meal at their Philadelphia location. The dining room is pleasant and not beachy which is nice. Problem is prices are very high given the food that is served. Had a spinach gnocchi special with shrimp and scallops but at $36,00 not worth it. There were not that many shrimp or scallops. It is still pasta! Octopus appetizer was good and priced ok but still at the high end. The prices overall are higher than Phila location. Understand that Avalon is a market where you can command those prices but at those prices we will not frequent it often even though we own a home in Avalon and are there on weekends and other times throughout the year.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but overpriced
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    In typical Avalon fashion, the food was mediocre at best, completely average, but the prices are exorbitant. Our 2 salads came to #30! The entree prices are usuall for Avalon but the quality was simply average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Typical Shore Restaurant
    steakloverVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Have dined here on several occasions. Went last weekend because only Italian that was open in the off season. Ordered the special pasta which was outstanding, but disappointed when got the check and was charged $37 for a pasta dish. Even Il Mulino in New York City does not charge that much for pasta. I guess I should start asking the price of specials which I never do. Did have an enjoyable night as the place was quite lively. Wait staff seemed a little overwhelmed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent nite out
    JAvalon
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    This is a very popular restaurant with the older, upscale crowd. Tucked away in a corner of Avalon that you would not see unless you know its there, the dining room is attractive, but not large. It fills easily on a weekend nite, with dressy casual diners. Everyone in our party of 4 much enjoyed their food. The Italian offerings are diverse. My traditional veal parm was perfectly prepared, and the side pasta was al dente and hot. Excellent service. I'm always concerned when the waiter doesn't write out the order, but it all came exactly as requested. The only negative would be a high noise level. Its pricey also, but that's always ok when the food and experience is worth it, as this is. Looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    MPV1
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great food! Probably the best Italian at the beach. You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • on the plus side - the food
    bitemeVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    on the plus side - the food here is very good - in fact, some of their sauces and soups are outstanding; also, the servers are always pleasant and very attentive considering that it gets very crowded in the evenings on weekends. on the negative side - the prices here are very high - even for Avalon, which we always expect to be higher than similar restaurants in the city
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmmmm, mmmmm, good!
    R4Reservation
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Never disappointed with food or service! Their pasta, risotto, veal, seafood, salads are all wonderful. Actually, everything is! They also have terrific specials each time we have been there, which was around 8 times over the summer! We only wish they would open another restaurant in Stone Harbor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food,! Terrific
    R4Reservation
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Wonderful food,! Terrific service! ...music & noise level too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise+
    BlueHen76
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We were warned about the noise level and LVF did not disappoint. Even at 6:30pm, the place was packed and the decibels up. Convenient walk to location if you live in Avalon's north end. Easy parking. Good Italian at Avalon prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but......
    Eric44
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    This was not my first time to La Vecchia Fontana and it won't be my last (best Italian on the island) but my wife and I had a reservation for 7:45pm on Saturday night and we had to wait 55 minutes to sit down. We knew there was an issue when we pulled up and saw about 25 to 30 people waiting in the lobby. I am not sure if they over booked or not but something was not working - they did bring a complimentary appetizer to the table for us and offered us wine glasses to have a drink while we waited. There was a party of 3 that came in and had an 8:15pm reservation and they sat down before us.....the hostess said that our table was not ready yet? You do not seat a party that has a reservation after someone - I don't care the size of the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waited one hour and 5 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    I've been here twice. Food was great both times. Last Saturday (9/7) we had an 8 o'clock reservation for 4 people. When we arrived, the lobby was packed with people all of whom also had reservations as early as 7. We waited for 1hour and 5 minutes for a table. When we finally were seated, a complimentary antipasto was placed on our table as an apology for the wait. Nice touch but the damage was done. Although the food is very good here, I would not recommend until they solve the reservation problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good but the restaurant
    Laura
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Food was good but the restaurant was very loud, I often could not hear what the person across the table was saying. I thought that LaFontana in Sea Isle was quieter -easier to talk with those in our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!
    JacquiL
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Food does not disappoint...we've been to all but the Sea Isle "Fontana"s and the food is just outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Delight for Avalon
    RSVPVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Food was wonderful, staff very accommodating. Glad La Vecchia extended their reach to Avalon from Sea Isle. A wonderful replacement for the much missed Stella Rose. Labor Day Weekend was very hectic with less staff on hand. This should be addressed in advance by taking fewer reservations. Some had to wait an hour after their reserved time to be seated. Fortunately, we changed our time to 8:15 & only had to wait 15 minutes. Hopefully, not a problem during regular season.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All four of our entrees were
    Ellie12
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    All four of our entrees were delicious. Service was excellent even though our waitress told us she was doing double duty as hostess and waitress as they were understaffed because students had returned to college.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to Avalon dining
    JoeS
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    La Vecchia Fontana is a great addition to Avalon restaurants. The food is consistently delicious, and the service is top-notch. The only problem continues to be the noise level, which I believe they know, and the wait for a table (even with a reservation) on more popular nights (they need to book their second seating times a bit later). I just hope they stay open through the fall and maybe weekends in the winter too !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and fabulous
    GMRCAMVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Excellent food and fabulous service were reigning at this restaurant. A few items were sent out to our table, complements of the chef, including a delicious antipasto plate. Even though LaVecchia is BYOB, we were served a delicious, refreshing after-dinner drink. While there were noise-absorbing tiles on the ceiling, it was still noisy due to two large groups surrounding our table. I think the Fontana group has opened another WINNER.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always enjoy going to LaFontana
    peaches
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    We always enjoy going to LaFontana restaurants. The service and food are always excellent! They always remember repeat customers and treat them very well. We know we can bring guests there. They are always consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale shore dining
    Bill
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Good menu and some great specials. Very pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    DineAdvisor
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Tucked away under a condo complex is a great little restaurant. Seemed little a lot of regulars this night. Very good food great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian food in Avalon.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    The best Italian food in Avalon. Really enjoyed our meals. Service ws outstanding. It was a little noisy, but that did not bother us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    One it our favorite restaurants at the shore... And the best of the Fontana restaurants. Great menu and ther specials are always creative and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal - Loud Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We had an outstanding meal (Chilean Sea Bass and Veal Chop) The owners need to put up some acoustic panels on the ceiling to try to absorb some of the noise. That is the only downfall we say about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & service!
    R4Reservation
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    We have never been disappointed with the food or service at La Vecchia! The risotto dishes, lobster ravioli, veal, eggplant parm, frutti de mer, & homemade gnocchi are all fantastic! However, we give it low ratings in ambience because the noise level is not " energetic", it is extremely loud! Not really a place to enjoy a quiet dinner. Last weekend they had entertainment---2 women with lovely operatic voices, but, once the restaurant became 2/3 full, their voices were almost impossible to enjoy, even just as background music. That all being said, we will definitely return, because the owner & wait staff are very friendly, good, & accommodating, and the food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bigeye's View
    BigeyeViewVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    Excellent Italian fare at reasonable ( for the NJ shore) prices. Our table of three enjoyed soft shell crab, lobster ravioli And talapia. All portions were very tasty, carefully prepared and of generous proportion. Waitress was attentive and helpful in explaining ingredients, sauces, etc. This is the best of a long line of restaurants at this location and is on par with its three older siblings ( Citi in Phillie, Coast in Sea Isle, La Mare in Strathmere). Like them the noise level can be very energetic even when the restaurant is not completely. full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    SophiaSpeaks
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    My third time at La Vecchia was another outstanding dining experience. Again, the service and food were excellent. Again, the noise level was a bit too high to have comfortable conversation . . . neither of us could hear each other the first time we said something. Also, the tables were pretty close together . . . which was not a bad thing because we ended up having recurring conversation with the two women sitting next to us. BUT, if there had been a large table . . .or someone fussy, loud or obnoxious next to us, it would have been hard to ignore. For those reasons, I wouldn't consider it a romantic or special occasion place for a couple. All this criticism aside, I intend to return as regularly as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were big fans of La Fantana
    Georgie
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    We were big fans of La Fantana del Mer, but we had moved to Stone Harbor 5 years ago. The number of decent restaurants in the area did not compel us to drive back to Strathmere. It was wonderful to see this addition to the 7 mile island scene. The combinations of fresh sea food and pasta were wonderful and as we remembered them. Open all year La Vecchia will be a frequent destination for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously Italian
    JerseyansVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Traveled an hour to try this restaurant...The food was excellent and the portions were large. I never eat pasta out, but we had two superb pasta dishes......Can't wait to revisit to try another dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    La Vecchia Fontana is a welcome addition to dining in Avalon- the home of overpriced, mediocre restaurants. The two veal dishes that we had were excellent (I could cut the ossobuco with a fork!), as was the spinach salad. We will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad signage
    AvalonBob
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Had trouble finding this restaurant. It turns out I was right in front of it but didn't realize it until I called the restuarant! They leased a space inside the lobby of a condo building (formerly a motel). There is no signage that's really visible from the street, especially at night. The entrance is shared between the occupants of the condo building and the restaurant. It's a little dim and not vibrant enough for restaurant guests. Inside, though, they created a beautiful atmosphere. It has a real Italian feel to it. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. I give this restaurant high markings but recommend better signage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge disappointment
    MikeS
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    I have been to most of Bujar"s restaurant and was always very pleased but what a disappointment this was. From the long wait with a reservation to the less than average meal to the deafening noise in the restaurant led to a terrible night out. I wonder if Bujar even visits this location as it not the way any of the other locations are run. Beinging an Avalon resident for 20 years the thought of not having to travel out of town to enjoy a good Italian meal was a welcomed change. Needless to say looks like I still have to leave town.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's just ok
    SoHungryVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I often dine at their Sea Isle and Strathmere locations. I was so excited that they were opening in my beach town. However, after dining there three times, it is not nearly as good as the other locations. Hostess is very unfriendly - never even saying hello or smiling. Doesn't exactly make me feel welcome. I thought my meal was expensive. $35 for seafood pasta dish is more than most other items on the menu and it was just average in taste. I don't plan to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellant and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Food was excellant and the restaurant is very nice inside. The noise level made it difficult to enjoy the experience. It was so loud I could not hear the waiter recite the specials. I hope they can do something to alleviate this problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as sibling
    Josh1kVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    This third in the Fintana group, now in Avalon, is small, nicely decorated place with friendly attentive service. However, the food is not up to the standards of the original and the Sea Isle City branch. The chef needs to be better trained in the basics for this to be as good as the others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avalon's Best New Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    This is the best new restaurant in Avalon, hands down!! BYOB. It's a very small restaurant and it gets crowded, so reservations are a must. The service is a little bit slow, but they are new, so I'm sure that will improve with time. Great food and the BEST Tiramisu I've ever had!! We will be going here a lot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't have their act together!
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    They did not honor our reservation on time. They tried to sit 4 of us at a table for two. They sat us at a table for six and then asked us to get and wait in the lobby because a party of six came in with a reservation. We waited in the Lobby another 15 minutes until a party of 4 left. The service was slow and poor. Would not go back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic