Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Enjoy Traditional Italian Cuisine at its best in the Fontana, our resort casual grille featuring outdoor dining in a tropical fountain centered courtyard or indoor seating surrounding and open kitchen with a wide variety of specialties.
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TA
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellence in all respects. Incredible attention.

b
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world enchanting hotel, & food quality amazing, always a good memory & long to return back for enjoyable meal,

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Por service, late on bringing the food, not worth the trip

NI
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I made a reservation at Fontana, expecting it to be a fancy restaurant, where people dressed up. Since it is at the Biltmore Hotel, I thought the ambiance at the restaurant would match the luxury and beauty of this grand hotel. However, when we arrived, there were people dressed in everyday clothing, shorts and some even in sandals. The area where we were sat was very empty and it felt like we were in the middle of a hallway. There were no decorations, nothing pretty to look at, no music playing in the background. I was looking forward to a fine dining experience, but was pretty unimpressed by the feel of this restaurant. I expected it to be a little pricey, but that’s what usually goes with fine dining. However, this was not what I expected, and it’s unfortunate. The food was decent, but also not worth what you pay for in the end. I hope that whoever goes, doesn’t expect a formal, fine dining experience, because this won’t be it.

BW
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - as alwsys

CR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The hotel is really great but we were disappointed by this restaurant. The meals were tasteless and basically cooked.
We tried Cascade and 19th hole restaurant that are also located in the Biltmore and both were much better than this one that was supposed to be fine dining.

RN
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wife’s birthday on Christmas.

M
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The service was very slow.The waiter spilled oily food on my purse and it left a oily ring on the leather. Will not be coming back. Really disappointed.

RM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was good, the service not so good. They brought the food before the wine, and then they brought the wrong wine. We ordered the steak medium raw and they over cooked it. They didn’t bring us bread, we had to ask for it.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We chose Fontana Restaurant at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL to spend our Christmas Eve dinner with the family. The food was superb, however the service was not good at all.
They first put us in area that didn’t merit the Biltmore Hotel, we requested to be changed, which they did after a half hour wait.
The service in general was not very good. Many of the items in the pre-fixed menu were no longer available, we had to choose whatever they had left. Our wine selection from their menu not available either, we had to go with a different wine.
The general experience was not what we expected, especially for what they were charging per person.
You expect high standards from a reputable place, maybe is not a good option to go to a restaurant for these type of dinners during the high holidays.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was lovely, only the lack of staff, we noticed there were not too many servers, so we had to wait too long for the desserts and decided just to take it to go, since our 3 yr old was getting restless!
But, we love love La Fontana restaurant and we will be back!

S
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. I like to go there for breakfast. The buffet is great and quick

OT
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Good value and even honored the table I requested!

J
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service and the ambiance were good. Unfortunately my wife’s main course was not. A pasta dish on the specials of the day was very dry and short on seafood. She returned it and decided not to replace it with a different dish since we’ve being already at the restaurant for a while. On the other hand the drinks, the appetizers, my main course and the desserts were pretty good. Not a 100% positive experience, but it is a good restaurant.

G
Miami
72 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I eat here most Friday nights. Close to my home, not noisy, good food, interesting specials and usually good service. This night service was very efficient as most diners were needing to be finished before Gables Stage.
Not for those looking for a bill under 100 for two.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was cold and the service was terrible. Will never return.

SE
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful to have a meal at Fontana

SE
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Always lovely environment and great food.

VC
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eli is an extremely courteous and professional manager. We were pleased to be greeted by him during the beginning of our dinner (celebrating our anniversary). He was very nice, welcoming, made us feel very welcomed. The Fontana Restaurant is very lucky and fortunate to have a caring progressional manager of his caliber. Thank you again!

J
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My group and I were pleasantly surprised by how great an experience we had here. Although Fontana is in the Biltmore Hotel, the menu and wine were not overpriced. We sat outside and the weather was perfect. Everything we ordered was delicious. This is a great place for date night or any special evening.

L
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food, beautiful place to enjoy Miami.

JM
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorites venues at this fantastic hotel.
JM

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The waiting was awful the food took forever the waiters were lost. They pay for a wine glass because the wait

RD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Part of the restaurant is on a beautiful courtyard. When we were there, though, it was not very pleasant. The restaurants had its own, rather loud, music track, and there was also live – very loud – music coming from a wedding reception elsewhere in the hotel. It was actually quite wonderful after both musics ended an =d you could hear your dining companions speak. Service was fine, but a little slow at times; the food was abundant, but a little uninspired.

ED
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch menu available weekdays is a great deal. The setting is wonderful and the food as well as service exceptional. Well worth the experience.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Great waiter - food...not so great. Tasted like chain restaurant food. Bland, chewy, 100% unremarkable.

i
Miami
105 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at the inner patio, ambiance very nice, the food excellent and the service awesome. Great recommendations from Luis. My father in-law, who is a finicky eater, got a chicken breast with potatoes that was not on the menu. My father in-law just asked and he said yes, we can do that , without having to go and ask the chef and voila, it was delicious. Excellent all around, but Luis made it even more special!

M
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food in a casual (business casual) setting. After dinner, take a walk/tour around the grand Biltmore Hotel. A great find on a typically busy Saturday night in even busier Coral Gables restaurants. Valet parking.

A
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the cheapest in town but it is worth every penny. Fresh and delicious, i went with a party of 6 people so I tried a bunch of what they have to offer.

G
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular special seared tuna with a sauce of tomatoes olives.

BC
Naples
39 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside in the beautiful courtyard with the “Fontana”. The service was very committed and attentive.
The dish selection is good but a little pricey. They have a good wine selection with really fair prices.

- Fresh tuna tartare, avocado, pea sprouts, watermelon radish, bell pepper dressing
Good quality, but the sauce was to sweet

- Curly spinach, feta cheese, watermelon, cranberry, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, lemon vinaigrette
Fresh, good balance between sourness and sweetness. Too much cranberries

- LASAGNA, Bolognese sauce, béchamel, parmesan cheese
Good, not special (pricey, $24)

- POLIPO, Wood-roasted Spanish octopus, fingerling potatoes, salsa verde
Great taste, only the salsa verde isn’t the right companion.

Overall a great evening. We’ll come back.

LA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The place is beautiful, food was delicious but my ravioli plate was not very big, my moms risotto was a good size though.
The service was a little slow, and I was located on a poor spot when almost all restaurant was empty.

DM
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have dined here many times have have always enjoyed it immensely. The whole "vibe" of the Biltmore cannot be explained in mere words. You're literally dining in history. Countless others since 1926 have had occasion to have a meal here. Fontana does not disappoint. Only downer was the from desk/hostess staff. We arrived for a 6:00 p.m. reservation (which is quite early by Miami standards) and at first were the only guests there. We were told that we would be seated right away after advising that we preferred an indoor table. Another hostess came in and grabbed two menus only to put them down and begin stapling miscellaneous papers. Other guests arrived and the same occurred. Four parties were now waiting to be seated. We eventually were seated at a very nice table. Our server was excellent as was the food. Great place, other than first contact with staff.

S
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Disappointed. It was very hot inside, food and service were just not good. I will not go back.

J
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dining experience. We celebrated our anniversary, while still being able to be part of Miami Spice experience. The meal was delicious, though the wine was very expensive, even by the glass:

IV
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was exactly how I imagined it to be. Great and friendly staff. Will definitely go again. And ofcourse the food was fresh and delicious

M
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

G
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very nice and was very helpful with my mom’s birthday dinner

RI
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food and service were ok but we were overcharged with some charges we didn’t recognized

OT
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice setting. Loved the patio seating. Service was excellent but food was average

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