Fontina Grille

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Fontina Grille, in the King Farm, offers the best of the best when it comes to oven-fired pizzas, fresh fish, gourmet pastas, bountiful salads and sandwiches. The granite bar divides two dining areas. To the left, a full service carry out counter offering everything from pizza and pasta, to ribeye steak and Lavazza coffee and cappuccino. To the right, the casual but elegant dining area can seat about 125 people, with a back area for semi-private parties and corporate events. Fontina Grille also offers private and corporate catering, with a variety of options to suit any budget.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was wonderful. Felt our waiter was pushy. Had to tell him to leave my dinner plate when he was trying to take my salad that I was still eating.

T
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian for the price.

DC
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We had pizza, salad and wine. The server was attentive and professional. The service was prompt until the pizza was t,o be served. Delivery of the pizza was a bit slow.

NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My Rockfish special was perfectly cooked and delicious, my wife's gluten-free pizza was one of the best she's had, and our server was attentive and personable.

BA
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant - fine service - lots of free convenient parking - fine Italian food - and large portions.

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Reservation wasn’t ready for 15-20 minutes after we arrived. Once we were seated everything was excellent.

BN
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Fontina Grill! It's one of our favorite restaurants.

t
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our time at this neighborhood gem. The food is always good and it’s convenient for us.

SD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was great but even with a reservation, the wait was over 15 minutes. Very crowded on a Saturday night and it seemed that the host/hostess was very disorganized regarding whom to seat. Once we got seated, our server took awhile to get to us. Understaffed and maybe overbooked?

G
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good in all ways. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. We will be back.

SF
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to go to Fontina Grille for an interview. The place had just the right amount of noise so that it was obvious that our conversation was not being broadcast throughout the place but at the same time the noise level was not so high that we could not hear each other perfectly well. The food, well it was fantastic, lighting levels were mildly subdued however reading menu was easy. Atmosphere was professional -- dress casual -- but a suit and tie or Jeans and Shirt would all be fine. Basically it is the kind of place that suits every occasion and should be on your list of places to meat, greet and eat be it casual or semi-formal. Service was very sensitive to the fact that I was trying to have a serious conversation and therefore did not interrupt but would quietly wait until the correct moment to come our table... that is the kind of service that money cannot buy. I have been to far higher end restaurants that were absolutely intrusive in similar conversations to the point that I did not wish to leave a tip but here at Fontina Grille, well the social intelligence of the server that we had was 100% spot on and I most certainly plan to return specifically when I need to converse and do not wish to be interrupted and at the same time require table service!
I lived in Italy for 10 years, specifically in Florence (Fierenze) and in Genoa (Genova). The food at the Fontina Grille sent me back in memories to those days, thank you!

RB
Washington DC
648 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I usually order seafood at Fontina because it does it particularly well as it starts with very good ingredients and prepares them simply to bring out the natural flavors. The crab cake appetizer is done without lots of cloying binder and the sushi grade tuna is grilled rare on request. While the salads are always fresh, I am not a fan of most of the dressings other than the basic vinegar and oil. The list of wines by the glass is short, but well chosen and reasonably priced. The service varies a great deal from server to server, but after a few visits one soon knows who combines efficiency with friendliness. The decor is too brown for me (brown floors, brown furniture, and a number of brown walls). The restaurant is often very noisy at lunch because the buffet draws a large crowd during the week. I avoid the busiest day: Friday.

NI
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meat lasagna and shrimp fra diavolo were excellent.

NA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The restaurant was very crowded. There were too many people in the queue trying to get in. Even though we had a reservation, we waited close to 20 minutes. The place was very noisy. I think due to the crowd the service was slow. The food was ok. We may have just hit a bad night. A slower week night might be better..

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had an evening out with friends. Restaurant was very noisy as there was a private party going on. Very difficult to carry on conversations. They need a separate party room. Good was good but we’ve had better.

KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience with outstanding entrees. Debbie is a Jewel!!

G
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently very good. All aspects. What else can I say?

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a friends birthday and our third person was late. The waiter was so understanding, you could tell it didn’t bother him at all.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for lunch and were surprised to see they had a buffet option. At $11.99 the buffet was an outstanding value! I ate at least $12 worth of mussels alone! The food was great and the staff and manager were great too!

V
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavor profiles of the cuisine was impeccable. I definitely will be going back.

FM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there before. Always satisfied. Very lovely staff

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great neighbor restaurant with excellent food and a very relaxing atmosphere. We come here frequently and have never had a bad experience. The wait staff is pleasant, accommodating, and efficient. Our daughter loves their pizza.

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I had veal parm and my wife had eggplant parm. Both dishes were plentiful, but the taste was just so so in both cases. Service was excellent and good value. Would I recommend is a Maybe.

BA
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food that is expertly prepared. Very good value for the prices charged and quality received in

BN
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Fontina Grill is wonderful. Food was great, service was excellent, and the atmosphere is very friendly.

ML
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for date, meeting an old friend or just cause you don't want to cook dinner tonight.
During good weather they have an outdoor patio with a European flair.

G
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, management and values. What else is there to say.

OT
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful meal on a Sunday afternoon for our first visit; calamari were tasty, as were the mussels and we both had terrific pasta dishes. We were so impressed we are taking the family next Sunday for a birthday celebration!

V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service were both good. Restaurant has a nice ambiance.

L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My family loves the Fontina Grille. We would recommend it to families as they have a very kid friendly menu and their bread is delicious! I do wish there were a bit more separation between the bar and the tables as some bar goers can be quite loud and rambunctious using adult curse words with children sitting very close. However, the food is delicious.

P
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 8 women celebrating a birthday. Everyone had a dish that they commented was very tasty and delicious. The pizza and sauce was yum! I highly recommend the Brooklyn Blackout cake for dessert!

G
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food and wine all good. A lot of choices. Excellent service. Only downside was people who can not put down their phones. They want to share stuff continually making noise and just being annoying. Just enjoy your meals.

5
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have been going to Fontina for well over 10 years... Food is very good... Service is great! While there is a wide selection of entrees and appetizers to select from, I wish the menu changed from time to time... I guess after 10+ years, I know the menu all too well!

BB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I rated down a bit for food because we ordered the sea bass and definitely got a halibut or cod instead. It would have been nice if they at least said they ran out instead of making it seem like it would pass off as Chilean sea bass and just assume we wouldn’t know the difference. We didn’t say anything because we did eat it all and it was still tasty - although not worth $27. Probably won’t go back for fish now that we know how they operate. The rest of the food and drinks we had were good and the ambiance - sitting outside was relaxing and nice.

KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Rockville! Best Food, service and atmosphere ! Everything is fresh and delicious. Management there is tops too! Always welcoming!

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and wonderful service! Cannot wait to return. The only odd thing was the carrots were very crunchy and would be better if they had been tender for my elderly father in law.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall we had a very nice experience. Pastas are amazing here and the service is excellent. However, bruschetta was disappointing.

MG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious, would go again, and soon!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As good as always. Count on Fontina Grille for flavor, quality and good service over and over again.

P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Love going here for dinner and special events.