La Fontaine Restaurant
Food was good , nice ambience . Service was slow in the beginning ,even though we were the only table in the restaurant . Entrees arrived quickly .
Got to restaurant early and were seated immediately. We had the lamb chops, coq au vin, linguini with shrimp. We had to refrain from licking the plates. The food & service were excellent. A diverse menu. I have already recommended La Fontaine to friends. I haven't stopped raving about it.
It took the server 10 minutes to greet us. Table was missing utensils and bread plate and we had to remind staff to get us these one at a time. Not all of the menus were given to the table and all guests.
We had a nice Mother’s Day lunch with my family. Restaurant was surprisingly empty when we first arrived but it started to fill out later. Squid appetizer was amazing as was the lava cake. My gnocchi was so so. Pretty pricey for the quality of food but service was excellent.
Excellent service, excellent food in a vibrant area. Our server always had a smile on his face. Staff cleared our plates efficiently and kept our water glasses filled without asking. I enjoy coming here, especially on special occasions. Will be returning to enjoy another meal.
Food was mostly good. but the flies and peeling paint in the restaurant was a turn off.
The portions were small and the risotto was under cooked so we had to sent it back. The people were nice, but not attentive to us, even though we were 1 of 3 tables on a Sunday night. I had to ask the water to be refilled and they seemed to want to push us out by constantly asking if we are done with our food while we were talking. and eating
$100 for 2 appetizer, salad, 1 entree, and a desert seems way too pricey for this place. Would not recommend and I would not go back again.
You absolutely can't go wrong at La Fontaine, it is our go to place before we head over to the MVPAC.
My sisters & I enjoyed our time w/you on the 27th of April. Attentiveness was excellent & service was great.
La Fontaine is a very nice place for Sunday brunch. It’s quieter than most restaurants in the neighborhood, an easy walk after the Mountain View Farmers Market and the Eggs Benedict are a perfect dish for brunch.
We came here before a Theatreworks show so arrived around 5:30 before the restaurant was busy. The staff was very welcoming and well trained. I had reserved a table outside, but it was a little chillier than expected so we sat inside. We all had drinks, appetizers and a main course. The food was good - based on our meals, I think your best bet here is to go with pasta. I had chicken paillaird and it was a bit dry but the pasta dishes looked amazing. The portion sizes are generous without being huge. I feel like La Fontaine is a bit of a hidden gem along Castro Street and well worth checking out if you like Italian or French food.
Absolutely my favorite restaurant! Great food! Great Service. One tiny negative - its can get really noisy at times making it difficult to communicate.
Excellent business meal! The service by Judith was excellent and perfectly attentive. The meals were prepared correctly and were delicious. I recommend the Beef Wellington! Only downfall was the espresso machine was out of service.
From the staff, to the appetizer we had, the main dishes, to the outstanding dessert, everything was top notch!
Our meal and service (female server, Dani?) were exceptional, especially considering the size of our group (7 women). Everything was served promptly and correctly -- even the silly "extras" that some of the guests asked for. We'll be back! Our one annoyance is the noise level.
One of the last quiet places to have dinner with my spouse on a busy Friday night! Thank you!
The service and fare was spectacular!
I truly enjoyed my visit and will definitely eat here again when I am in the area!
I will be recommending La Fontaine to all!
Best Italian I’ve ever had, this place is such a treat. Best best best. Everything on the menu that I’ve tried, has been the best version of that dish, that I’ve ever had, anywhere.
La Fontaine is our favourite restaurant for special occasions. This visit was for my birthday.
First time there for a girl's night out and we were very happy with the food. Service was good but a bit slow but I think it was just Friday night!!
Nicest service ever. They were very attentive, but not pushy. I had an excellent lunch ever served by equally wonderful, pleasant people.
Just one little comment. In a restaurant with a French name, it would be nice to have a choice of a few more French wines. Luckily, there was a very decent Sancerre and that did the job.
La Fontaine is quite fun and I plan to go back.
Delicious octopus, perfectly cooked. Inventive entree (fish bowl). But an Italian restaurant that has no cappuccino? How can that happen?
We had burrata, grilled octopus, carpaccio and the special, halibut. The halibut was falsely advertised as "pan-seared", when it was prepared regularly fried. It was ok, but not outstanding, and the vegetables and mashed potatoes that came with it were lukewarm - maybe they're been sitting on the plate, waiting for the fish to be cooked? The burrata and octopus got very high marks. Nicely presented and flavorful. The carpaccio was good; just the right amount of, thankfully small arugula, capers, and dash of dijon mustard. Our servers were attentive and prompt, the general atmosphere is cozy and not too loud.
Service was horrible, our dinner took 2.5 hours for entrees and dessert. We had to track down the server just to place our order. The meat entrees all ordered medium came out cold, extremely underdone and purple in the center and had to be sent back. The coffee we ordered never came and at that point we just wanted to leave. The food feels like frozen items that are heat and serve. Never again.
La Fontaine has 3 of the most interesting (and delicious!) salads that I've ever found in a restaurant. So if you're trying to be good and eat salad, this place gives great choices. But I have to admit, I find it difficult to pass up their Sole Almondine. Buttery, with lemons and capers, perfectly cooked fish. Just add a nice white wine and it's perfect!
Food was excellent, quite noisy when we first arrived, super packed as well. By the time we wrapped up our meal with affogato (not on the menu, but very well done by request) and port it was quiet and perfect for conversation.
Items are over priced given that food was average. Ambience also good noting extraordinary.
The worst experience I had recently. Waiting time for entre is too long, too crowded in the restaurant, we had to seat in the middle of restaurant and too close to others tables, also people comes and go all time around the table.
Love this place place. Great food, great people
Went for a nice brunch on a Sunday at 1:00, there were about 6 people there. We ordered 2 Bloody Marys, and 2 Eggs Benedict. They have several types of Benedicts to choose from, so we thought it was their specialty. The manager made the Bloody Marys, since there was no bartender. He had no clue what to do. They had tomato juice and lemon juice and a few olives, that tasted rank. We had to ask for hot sauce and vodka, which he charged extra for. Then came the Benedicts. They are made with regular bacon, which was barely cooked and very floppy. They eggs were almost hard boiled, the hollandaise, was orange and had the consistency of velveeta (it was obviously from a jar), and the has brown were frozen pre formed patties that were soaked in oil (served without any seasoning). No server, only the manager and 2 cooks, so the service was poor. It was hands down the worst brunch I have ever had. It’s not a cheap restaurant, the bill was $70.00!
Ordered 4 plates with my Afghani girlfriend. I grew up with a Catalan grandfather and Sicilian grandmother, and have dabbled extensively in French cooking.
The veal meatballs with polenta were so so. I can make better meatballs, as can my girlfriend in an Afghani style. The smattering of polenta was a bit of a joke. Nobody loses money by giving a healthy scoop of polenta.
The beet salad with arugula was very nice, but slightly underdressed. My partner added some of the balsamic and olive oil intended for our bread, but I refrained and tried to get hints from the citrus vinaigrette. Decent amount of goat cheese but I always want more.
My Grandma made Gnocchi. I make Gnocchi. These were no better, but plenty good. They were swimming in a bowl of cream sauce with mushrooms. I'm glad the sauce was light, and it thickened when I warmed my leftovers.
The Salmon Wellington was very nice. Bed of risotto was understated, but nicely cooked broccoli and cauliflower to accompany, and it was my partner's favorite. I wanted the puff pastry to act more puffy, especially since I was departing from my avoidance of wheat. But the dish satisfied flavorwise.
Hasi had never experienced Creme Brulee. She noted that the top was like a layer ad ice. I enjoyed the infusion of Grand Marnier. Slam dunk. Espresso was tasty.
Attentive service. Even at 9 on a Sat night I expected more of a crowd, but was happy to be with my beautiful date in a comfortable space.
We drank little, but the Chianti by the glass at this date is a beauty.
Just made some polenta to repace what was missing, but otherwise you must check this place out. Trust frankmaestro and do it.
Great food, friendly service, nice presentation.
Clean and quiet restaurant.
Haven't been to this place since the last name change. Won't be back. the food is abysmal. greasy rubbery calamari, bread that i would not feed to the dogs - stale and looked like it was leftover from another table. seafood tastes like it was cooked and reheated over and over again. several shells "decorating" the plate were empty. I heard the server take a plate of shells from the next table saying " we need these for tomorrow". I thought he was joking... NOT. tomato sauce was flavorless. the place was packed. I have no idea why. it was BAD.
My reservation for 5 ballooned to a party of 10, and then to 12 w 4 children to celebrate a friends' birthday.
Changes were handled smoothly and service was fantastic. They were total pros, taking the kids' orders immediately and serving them first, no fuss at all about half orders for them, making napkin creatures amusing the kids, even helping one cut up his lamb chops. Our wines by the glass were excellent, Starter salads were fresh, bread w oil tasty, escargot was good as well.
One friend felt her braised short ribs were not flavorful enough, but the rest of us really enjoyed our dinners. Orechiette w bacon and peas, pistachio crusted lamb chops, prawn linguine, and a seafood dish w mussels were quickly polished off completely.
They presented a lovely tiramisu w candle for our birthday Doc and were overall patient and friendly all around.
Definitely worth coming back for more.
Christmas Eve dinner
It was our first time & this place did not disappoint. The food was good & the staff was super friendly.
Beef Wellington was the best we've ever had. So tender and incredible. Worth the money. How come I can't cook a steak that well? If you don't like truffles, do not fear the truffle mashed potatoes. Just a hint of truffle flavor and wonderful.
Service was outstanding. We will go back again and again!
Truly a great little-hole in the wall as it feels like.
But it is one of those holes, catering to fancy taste.
French and Italian dishes are just delightful.
Poulet Aux Champignon was so well crafted; chicken is tender and juicy with the most creamiest sauce!
Such a lovely place.
We had a lovely dinner at La Fontaine. The wine list is excellent, the food was fabulous, and the service was excellent. It's very popular so was noisy and somewhat difficult to hear my companion. The lighting in the evening is also quite bright; the atmosphere would be much better with dimmer lighting. I'll definitely return but more likely for lunch than dinner.
Decent experience. Expected a mellow vibe instead the place was loud and more lit up than we expected. Middle of our dinner, we smelt something bad (guess from restroom). Bad experience..