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About La Fontaine Restaurant

Spiced with the flavors of France and Italy, La Fontaine serves an array of pasta dishes, entrees (chicken, veal, or fish) and seafood specialties. Whether you're craving something creamy, tomato-based or succulent, there's a dish for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out our full bar and happy hour specials (M-F from 5-7pm).

186 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, French

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:00pm

Dinner: Su-M 5:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm

Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Villa Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 968-2300

Website:
http://www.lafontainerestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please inquire about catering for your event our meeting. We can create menus according to your event and budget.

Parking Details:
Parking: We recommend the 4-story parking structure behind the restaurant (enter on Cherry).
There are also other parking lots along Cherry or street parking.

Public Transit:
CalTrain: The Mountain View stop is two blocks from the restaurant.
Public Transportation: The VTA bus stop is in front of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Hasan Yildiz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Fontaine Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Live Music (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

We started with the crab cakes, which were fantastic. Split the Caesar salad which was topped with anchovy filets... if you like ancovhies then you’d love this salad. Then for our main course we ordered the beef Wellington and the special, pistachio crusted halibut.

Both out of this world! The beef Wellington was incredibly rich and melted in your mouth... and the halibut was perfect. All of the extras paired well together and the Sauvignon Blanc sauce was on point.

Ended the night with a nice espresso and the lava cake... great way to end a great dinner.

Also, our waitress was amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was good but sitting next to bar was a nuisance. They have this tiny and noisy door on bar which is used by staff every 30 seconds. We were sitting next to it and it spoiled whole experience. We could get view of overflowing trash can whenever door was opened.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

They open on Thanksgiving and the food are good. It is a nice little place to have a family holiday feast.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food, good sevice, would come again. Thank you La Fontaine! I’ll recommend this place to my friends, without a doubt.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Dishes were a disappointment. Did not resemble the pics shown on website. VERYexpensive for mediocre dishes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Noise. Packed. Great food. Good service. Limited but good wine list. Cocktails were short on alcohol. Not a place to linger due to noise and how tightly it’s packed. Popularity speaks to the good food it has, but once again...noisy and tight.

Especially when the music starts playing... time to leave.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service was generally poor. Our waiter seemingly looked over at us and our empty plates then failed to stop by even though he wasn't attending to any other tables at the time. The only one who paid any attention to our table was the very polite person who kept our water glasses filled and cleared our plates.

The portions were good for us which means they would be much too small for anyone else as we usually take home leftovers from any other restaurant.

The saving grace was the food was well prepared and very tasty.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was our first time at La Fontaine -- we have wanted to try it. We had a great time. We were celebrating my Aunt's birthday and we all enjoyed the food, the energetic dining room, and the service - Nick was fantastic and did a great job taking care of everything.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our second visit to La Fontaine. Although the menu had changed, once again every dish was outstanding. Service was excellent. It was crowded and lively, so the noise level was fairly high.
Prices are on the high end, but the delicious meal was worth it. Two of us had the pistachio-crusted lamb chops (heavenly) with wonderful roasted potatoes and somewhat overdone mixed vegetables (the choice of vegetables was perfect, and their being overcooked was the only negative for the experience). My sister had the halibut special, which she said was delectable. My husband had the capellini, which he loved. I had the eggplant gratin (divine) and two of us had the caesar salad, which they deemed excellent. The basil lemon drop and blackberry mojito were unusual and lovely. We were all too stuffed for dessert! I can't wait to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It's a really out standing experience in the restaurant. Food was delicious. It was my girl girlfriend's birthday, she was happy there.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

La Fontaine was OK, but too expensive given the quality and quantity of food served. I expected excellence (given the price tag and the reviews) but it was just OK. Actually a little meh. I won't go back.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Waiter service was good, but we had to wait close to 1 hour past our reservation time to get a table. A glitch in the reservation system we were told.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Staff was extremely patient with us. We stayed a long time chatting.
Lunch menu was good. Lots of variety. We all enjoyed our food.
I would go back, esp. with a group.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We've been here twice now and the food is consistently good. The service is outstanding. The wait staff is friendly and engaging.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great Food and wait staff, will go back the next time in town.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was attentive without being obtrusive throughout. We shared appetizer, salad, pasta, and main course and they made the effort to divide the dishes where feasible (salad and pasta) and provide sharing plates otherwise. This was a nice complement to the food. The burrata and tomato appetizer was very good but had perhaps twice the balsamic vinegar it needed. The Caesar salad had particularly strong anchovy fillets (I do prefer the anchovies integrated but understand that many people don't care for anchovies even though they are essential to Caesar salad), very crisp lettuce, and properly prepared croutons. Again maybe a little more dressing than was needed. The mushroom ravioli pasta course was spectacular -- with 6 large raviolis it was a lot even when shared as a pasta course. The beef Wellington was one of the most tender pieces of meat I've ever encountered, properly medium rare throughout. However, the crust was a bit soggy rather than flaky -- really the only significant disappointment of the meal.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was ok. I thought the special sole was bland. The waiter was very good and brought me melon and prousutto which was ok. Melon was not done enough. But they tried. I wouldn't return as there are too many other restaurants to try!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

VERY disappointed in the lack of service. It was as if our waiter forgot about us. Our food was cold when we finally got it, and it was definitely NOT worth the money or our time to dine there.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service was slow but the food wasn't bad. Took quite a while to place my order but the seafood pasta wasn't bad but the clams were really small. The restaurant was extremely noisy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Nick the bartender is great! Food is solid across the board

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The restaurant was clean and everything, but my steak had an odd flavor. Do not get me wrong, I'm almost positive that I'm just not used to the spices in the food. Other than that everything else was delicious.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food is not hot, not even warm. The bread is cold, the seafood is also cold.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great menu options - plenty of pasta combinations, fish and seafood, and fun cocktails. I found the gnocci a bit bland, but the ravioli and focaccia with balsamic dipping sauce were awesome. Loved the basil lemon drops!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Very noisy inside, but we moved out to the sidewalk tables and had a great time. The octopus appetizer was the best.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Too noisy could'nt hear myself speak. Never go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Every time I bring anyone to this place it is always excellent. This reservation I asked for a quiet table. They noticed this request and went the extra effort to call me. It turned out they had an entertainer playing so he made a note to give us a table away from the music. Nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We wanted a new culinary experience in Mountain View before the play at the Performing Arts Center with Theatreworks. This was a find!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We visit La Fontaine frequently and it never disappoints, good food and wine in a nice setting. I recommend the octopus appetizer, tasty and tender. The meat balls, both appetizer and entree, are fabulous!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My wife was craving some Beef Wellington. I searched for restaurants in the South Bay that served it, this one came up with some great reviews.

La Fontaine's version of Beef Wellington is a bit non-traditional. Instead of the beef being completely encased in a nice fluffy pastry, it is "wrapped" in some type of pastry, leaving both the top and bottom of the meat exposed. I can speak to the flavor of the dish being excellent. The beef (prime filet mignon) was superb, a perfect medium-rare. Was served with portabella mushrooms on top which were very succulent and earthy. The puff pastry... Was soggy.

Really, we came for what we thought would be a traditional beef wellington... ended up with something that tasted pretty damned good, but was not what we were looking for.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Eric and Hassan make the dining experience wonderful. Excellent presentation and great service. The service staff are friendly and inviting. Nick mixes the cocktails and offers suggestions.
Be here many times and will continue because of the people and food!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

It wasn't too busy when we arrived. Salads we decent and our main course (both had different ravioli entrees) was delicious! Service was great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great food, large portions are a very reasonable price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Good French food, with some nice out door seating in downtown mountain view. it felt like a european experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food and service was Excellent!!!
Specially that beef wellington, the meat was very juicy.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

My wife and I had dinner here. After splitting a very good salad, we each had an entrée.
I ordered the steak frites (a rib-eye steak with shoe string potatoes), while my wife ordered
the duck breast served on a bed of wild rice and asparagus. Her duck breast was fine.

Unfortunately, my steak frites was a major disappointment. First, it was much smaller
and thinner than at any of the number of times I had it in the past. Second, it didn't have
that wonderful taste that it had previously. Third, the potatoes were short - not long and
slender shoe string potatoes, as they were in the past. Fourth, I received a very small portion
of ordinary, small French fried potatoes. Fifth, because the price of the steak frites went from $15 to $33 over the five or so years I've been dining at La Fontaine, I found my entrée to be a very poor value and will never order it again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great food and outstanding service--prompt, attentive, courteous. A great place to gather before the theater.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Very creative list of menu items, prepared well. We really enjoyed the meal here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had a very nice dinner among friends, we will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Service was pretty slow where food and drinks came out at different times for different people. Drinks didn't taste good and had to be sent back. Portions of the food was cold for a few people. For example, the meat would be hot, but the vegetable and potato was cold. This was an expensive meal and wasn't worth it.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food was fantastic - vegetarian friendly. Started with the caprese and the strawberry-mango spinach salad - very fresh. Thoroughly enjoyed the mushroom truffle ravioli and the tagliolini calabrese - had a nice kick. Tiramisu was great though I'd skip the chocolate flourless torte - too sweet and not that yummy. Dinner made up for the subpar dessert. Service was decent. Only real negative is the place is VERY loud. Wish we'd sat outside.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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