La Fontaine Restaurant

4.4
414 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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).
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ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good , nice ambience . Service was slow in the beginning ,even though we were the only table in the restaurant . Entrees arrived quickly .

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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YR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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p
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

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.

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P
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You absolutely can't go wrong at La Fontaine, it is our go to place before we head over to the MVPAC.

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RY
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My sisters & I enjoyed our time w/you on the 27th of April. Attentiveness was excellent & service was great.

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SE
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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CC
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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EM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely my favorite restaurant! Great food! Great Service. One tiny negative - its can get really noisy at times making it difficult to communicate.

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RC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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V
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the staff, to the appetizer we had, the main dishes, to the outstanding dessert, everything was top notch!

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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JG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the last quiet places to have dinner with my spouse on a busy Friday night! Thank you!

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Fontaine is our favourite restaurant for special occasions. This visit was for my birthday.

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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!!

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HN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nicest service ever. They were very attentive, but not pushy. I had an excellent lunch ever served by equally wonderful, pleasant people.

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J
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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C
Central Coast
83 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious octopus, perfectly cooked. Inventive entree (fish bowl). But an Italian restaurant that has no cappuccino? How can that happen?

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KW
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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KH
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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AM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Items are over priced given that food was average. Ambience also good noting extraordinary.

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U
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

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V
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place place. Great food, great people

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B
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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!

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f
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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LJ
Hawaii
43 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, friendly service, nice presentation.
Clean and quiet restaurant.

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L
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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f
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time & this place did not disappoint. The food was good & the staff was super friendly.

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TT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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..

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