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
149 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)great for outdoor dining (70)fit for foodies (56)good for groups (51)special occasion (35)romantic (20)hot spot (20)kid-friendly (12)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Food as really really great, BUT
    TIPPING
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I have a real issue with servers adding the gratuity on to the check. First of all, its offensive. Extrememly. Yes I am offended. And in most cases, the server shoots themselves in the foot cause Im a good tipper and they wind up getting less of a tip. To me, the service is never as good because they know they are getting 20%. Happens every time and this was no different. The server was pleasant enough, however, messed up quite a few times (forgot my drink refill, brought the parm cheese we requested half way through the meal). I guess thats why he added gratuity, cause he wanted to make sure he got his 20%, 20 % he most certainly DID NOT deserve. The food was very very good, espec the Chicken Fran, best Ive had in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amateur Service- Rude owner
    RoeblingfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Very poor staff whtrained pat definitely trained by the nasty owner- customers are obviously not very important to them apparently. Long wait times for any service at all. Multiple requests were required for simple basics like water, bread, ice bucket... 45 minutes after ordering, we were informed one of the dishes were no longer available, then they forgot one of the other dishes completely! Owner came out to see if everything was ok, ten started refuting our claims that we had to had multiple times for the above items, and basically started yelling and arguing with us as we were trying to eat our meal. Would never go back or even consider subjecting somone else to this type of treatment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another very good meal
    KevinOMalley1VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I'm regular to LaFC, consistency is in the fabric of this restaurant. Food is always great, service the same and the staff very friendly. While vacationing in SIC, this is a must go too restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything we hoped for
    SpitdocVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    we had an enjoyable surprisingly good albeit pricey food our first night on vacation. They accommodated our request for outside dining and our waitress who was a Northeastern student was pleasant and efficient Esp since we had a 3 yr old and 11 week old . However announcing specials without the price is a major dining faux paux. We 'd return for sure!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid
    mac1VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    very good italian food at reasonable cost. great service . really cannot go wrong
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has gone downhill
    SeaIslefoodie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Was terrific at first, but this past dining experience was poor. Restaurant was empty and they put our party of 3 people in the back corner area right next to a table with 4 loud kids. Waitress was hard to be found. My sister and I wanted to split one of the pasta dishes and they told us as they delivered the plate, it would be a $9 charge for that! We were offended they ultimately did not charge us, but the $9 fee was ridiculous! Not planning on going back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is very good
    StanVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food is very good and atmosphere is very appealing .We enjoy very much going there and also that we can bring your own wine
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great ... nothing else
    gem57
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We dined at La Fontana for our anniversary. The food never fails to impress -- interesting, perfectly prepared. Unfortunately that's where it ends. The tables are on top of each other, so there is no such thing as a private conversation. The noise level also can get loud when there are large tables seated. The service is ok. The restaurant looks out on an abandoned-looking building, so you don't go here for the view. What you do go to La Fontane for is the FOOD, which is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joey
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My husband and I love this restaurant. The food is great and the servers are very friendly and pleasant. Can be noisy inside when crowded so we mainly enjoy the outside dining in the summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Our reservation was waiting! Dinner and service were great! We will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Jag3VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We visited on a Friday evening of restaurant week. They were pretty busy but service was good. We both chose to order from the special menu and were pleased with our choices. The red sauce on the mussels was garlicky and was great for dipping with bread. The eggplant appetizer was also good. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Have eaten here before, but reservations never met. Tonight, my reservations were honored and food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was great as was the wait staff. They have made substantial improvements in the noise level since they opened a couple of years ago. It is a little cramped in terms of the tables locations for inside dinning. It was restaurant week for we had the four course fixed price meal which had just the right portion size.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loveitalianfood
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Our dinner was wonderful...food was delicious and the service was great. The menu has a wide variety of offerings to choose from. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Fontana
    Perches
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A gem! Great place! I've been there several times in the past few weeks and the food has been consistently good. The owners walk around and make sure all the customers are happy and pitch in cleaning up tables. Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Very nice server. Food quality was great. Staff was overly attentive. Felt a bit rushed. I will definitely go back again, but want to try it on a weeknight, not weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Lisa
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We enjoyed their restaurant week price fix special. It was wonderful! Even though it was very busy staff was pleasant and efficient. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great byob
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    homemade pasta and their veal are just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as usual
    RedWineLoverVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This is our Go-to BYOB in Sea Isle City. The fresh, house made mozzarella is outstanding. Whether its the risotto, the seafood pasta specials, or the house Veal Parm, we've never had a bad meal here. Only downside is there are so many tables, its difficult at times to have a conversation since its so loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Dinner was good. Our waiter was new and it should. I do suggest that you ask the price of the specials because they were notably more expensive then the items on the menu. We were a bit sticker shocked at the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 89 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 191 reviews are from the La Fontana Coast reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Meal
    Kathmandu
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great Northern Italian Food BYOB. Several in our party had a stuffed flounder special that was out of this world. The shrimp risotto was also very tasty. Highly recommend. We had an early reservation so noise level was not an issue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    MariannVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food was fantastic as was the service. And the best part is it's a BYOB!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and byob
    Bubbly1VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A little too noisy. Hard to converse with your own table. But food and service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food- adequate service
    aimless
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    great food- adequate service -very noisy! but would go again.................
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Everything was fresh. The portions were perfect size. We shared an appetizer of veggies, meat and cheese, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience, food
    beachculture
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great dining experience, food was excellent. Like the BYOB
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Weekend SIC
    gwynne
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It was girls weekend in SIC . There was a very nice price fixed menu with many options. Food was great loved the antipasta salad the bread and the crab meat angelhair pasta was great and a very large portion. Can't wait to be able to sit outside and enjoy there awesome food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the City
    kegenhoffer
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Always a winner at La Fontana Coast, you can expect a lively crowd, great food and specials for this BYOB!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    usually have a wait even with a reservation but the food is always worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went with special flat bread
    John
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Went with special flat bread topped with mozzarella arugula and more appetizer, and then the fabulous flounder francaise on angel hair with capers, cherry tomatoes, and crab meat. Truly delightful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    kegen
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Always Love La Fontana Coast for consistency and great Italian Food! BYOB is great too for you to bring your favorite bottle to your meal! I am a local and locals know the best places to go!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great Dinner for Valentines Day. BYOB and great food. Tables were close together but the service was outstanding. Food came very quickly and tasted awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian food in Sea Islw
    BIGALfromPHILLY
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food and service. Veal and pasta dishes are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fabulous Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was fabulous Service likewise . We've eaten there several times and in Buja'rs other restaurants and the quality is consistently high . We would highly, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We have been to La Fontana Coast in Sea Isle many times. Their food is always delicious and their service is excellent. Nice outside seating in the summer, too. Gets packed in the summer so be sure to make a reservation. Was pretty crowded the other night, too, even though it was the off season at the shore (Dec 28th). It seemed less loud this time, too, even though they were crowded. It looked like they put up sound dampening panels on the ceilings and walls which really seemed to help.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    Jerseygirl
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Great local restaurant. Food was wonderful. Service was great. Had a terrific time. My mother who has been to Italy said that the Gnooci was better here than any she had ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place for Christmas Eve Dinner
    beachfam
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Not a lot was available to us for Christmas Eve at the shore, but we found that La Fontana Coast was open and just a short drive from our home (Stone Harbor). Food was very good, wait staff attentive. Appetizers were excellent, entrée portions were a bit large, but yummy. We were not aware that it was BYOB, but they offered us house wine, which was very nice. Would definitely go back, although I am sure in the summer, it must get very crowded!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    EaglesFan
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We always look forward to dining at La Fontana Coast as the food is always excellent, the service splendid and the total ambiance makes for a fun dining experience. La Fontana has made 5oth street the place to eat in Sea Isle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Evening for Two
    Bella22
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    My boyfriend took me to La Fontana Coast for dinner. The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were generous! The ambience was beautiful and elegant as it was decorated for the holidays. The staff was top-notch and very friendly. We were given complimentary homemade Limoncello with our desserts which we enjoyed very much! La Fontana Coast was an excellent choice my boyfriend made for our romantic evening! We will definitely be coming back here to dine and also recommend this restaurant to our family and friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Superb!
    njBeachYOGA
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    This BYOB has become our favorite restaurant in the Cape May/Atlantic County area. The only negative is that it will be closed in January. The staff is attentive and cheerful, food fresh and delicately flavored, the seats are far enough apart that you can hear each other speak and the complimenatary homemade Lemoncello is the icing on the meal. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.