La Fontana Coast

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La Fontana Coast brings fine dining to the shore. Beautifully located a block from the beach in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, La Fontana Coast brings a wonderfully breathtaking Mediterranean style ambiance to the Jersey shore, complete with an elegantly infectious Southern Italian seaside villa decor with an amazing view of the ocean. La Fontana Coast prepares deliciously authentic and classic Italian cuisine served with charm and smile, where guests can let their hair down, relax and take a vacation from their vacation. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and an appetite for classic fine Italian food and homemade desserts and get swept away al La Fontana Coast.
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EM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

we have been to both the Strathmere location and Sea Isle location. Both locations overbook their reservations and then make you wait an hour or more to be seated. this last time we got seated pretty quickly but then waited over an hour and a half for our food plus the food isn't worth the wait. when we asked to speak to the manager , they said he wasnt available and offered us a 35$ gift card, 1 dessert and lemochello ( by the way there were four of us), not worth the aggrivations.

GJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten there twice now, and each time was great. Clearly well understood since, even off season line for walk ups until 9 pm. One of the best restaurants on the Southern Jersey Shore

UV
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at La Fontana Coast. Our waitress, Kate, was really wonderful. She gave us time to make our selections, was very courteous, answered our questions and was attentive but not overwhelming. I had the Risotto Funghi, it was delicious especially because mushrooms are one of my favorite foods. Served quickly and steaming. My husband had the Risotto Scampi, just the right amount of sauce and nice large shrimp. It was not a busy evening so we had a very relaxing dinner, enjoying each other’s company over a delicious meal while listening to Italian music. We will be back for sure. Ciao!

MH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Those waiters, bus people and especially the hostess worked very hard. Delicious food. Can’t wait to go back

PB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinners; Bianco our waiter added friendly enthusiasm and menu recommendations. And continued throughout the evening.

J
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! Sacchetti pasta and Osso Bucco specials were phenomenal!! Homemade tiramisu and gelato was a great ending !

c
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a family dinner on Labor Day. Everything was great! Our only qualm was that we did sit for about 10 minutes before someone came over to open our wine. Besides that, really a great restaurant — even for kids. No kids menu online, but my niece was able to order a child’s size meal.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food but my pasta with shrimp could have been hotter.

T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Many things went wrong. The service was horrible. Our first time. Very disappointing. After waiting almost a half hour for our reservation to be seated, the staff was not friendly or welcoming. We waited with no server for almost 20 min. We did not get our water or wine opened until an hour after our reservation! We did not get served dinner until 1 1/2 hrs after our reservation and with 2 little ones this was a huge problem. They fell asleep on my lap while I ate. I requested a manager and no one ever showed up to our table. We never got to celebrate the birthdays with dessert and no one acknowledged that we were celebrating anything after I specifically mentioned it on our reservation. The food was good but not to eat after 10pm when we had an 8:30 pm reservation with children! It was a holiday weekend I understand but reservations should not have to wait ever! There needed to be some capable in the kitchen so that the owner or manager could handle the hostess stand and the over half hour delay of reservations waiting. When a server sees that a table has been neglected a management member should come out right away to address the issue and make it right so that we would want to dine their again on better circumstances when it is less crowded. We saw no one and no one apologized or tried to redeem our unsatisfied experience!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We had a 7:30 pm reservation, party of 5.
We normally enjoy La Fontana, have since they opened.
This night was terrible.. over booked, waited an hour for our Appetizers. Not to mention just an hour for a table, that I needed to hold with my credit card.

KC
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

They overbooked the restaurant, which we have experienced more than once. We had to wait about 40 minutes after our actual reservation to be seated. They then put three of us at a 2 person table right next to the sidewalk. It would have been ok, but there were so many people waiting for tables, that we had people standing about a foot away from our table while we were trying to eat - not ideal! The food was very good and our waitress was very good also.

m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was very cold, service was super slow, food was luke warm and overall it was a big disappointment!

CG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

love this restaurant. it is my go-to place and favorite restaurant. the food is always delicious. our waitress took extremely good care of us; i told her that i was allergic to shellfish enough though i ordered the veal dish, just in case. she did check with the kitchen and learned that the Caesar Salad although did not contain anchovies, did have them in the dressing; so i was able to cancel my salad and prevent an allergic reaction!

two things could be improved: this time there was not any Ricotta Pie on the menu which we always like to order (the last time it really wasn't as good as before though and more of a cheesecake than an Italian Ricotta pie)--would love to have a real Italian Ricotta pie on the menu. and, secondly, we were, as others, were sitting near a vent and it was rather cold and drafty. we asked if something could be done and did notice that our waitress informed the owner or person at the front desk, and, it appeared that he may have done something, like adjust, the temperature or fan, but, probably not, since it still was as cold and drafty as before.

JC
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Our server made good suggestions and was very helpful. Great experience

BM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always wonderful and consistant

a
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and our servers were very friendly!

FF
Philadelphia
221 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food on the extensive menu is very good and the room is very attractive and rustic near the brick wall where we were seated. . I would definitely return, but offer a few comments for improvement:
1. If they take the time to give out a specials sheet, it should have the prices of all listed items.
2. The server should carefully check the bill when presented. They ran out of a more expensive appetizer and then added it onto the final bill. It was removed only when I spotted the error.
3. Monitor the noise level. We were seated near a birthday party of 16-18 in the center of the dining room. When the group was singing to the child, someone was encouraging the group to yell across the table as they took pictures, etc. This went on for 10-15 minutes and was a total distraction. This should not have happened and someone from management should have requested they not interfere with the other patrons enjoying their own meals.

SW
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were very good but the restaurant is very loud!

KO
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

As a regular SIC resident we have the luxury of trying all the island Resturant’s food quality is #1 on the island be patient it is worth the wait in prime season

R
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always attention to detail when presenting and preparing food at LaFontana. Excellent service and food selection. Fantastic.

AL
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We waited over an hour for our confirmed reservation from Open Table! The hostess actually yelled at the patrons to get out of the waiting area of the restaurant because it was too congested and it was affecting the air conditioning. The place was totally packed and it appeared that they were accepting walk ins which pushed those with reservations into a long wait. The service was slow, rude and the food was cold! Overall, a miserable evening! Never again!

LM
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I have a summer home in SIC, and brought family members here for their first time. The food was delicious, as always, but service could have been more attentive. I personally hate waiting for a reserved table. No matter the time of year, the number in your party, I always have to wait for my table here.

S
Philadelphia
163 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Adequate meal. I think they skimp on their portions. We enjoyed our stay.

AB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

It was extremely hot inside the dining room to the point I could not enjoy my meal. Even the male servers were completely sweating through their shirts. It was to the point where it was stifling and there was no acknowledgement of it by staff. I cannot comment on the food because I was quickly trying to finish my meal to get to a place with air.

KC
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken milanese was excellent. We went later in the evening and sat outside so it was quiet and comfortable. Our waiter was excellent.

OT
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous, best food in sea isle

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu and delicious product. Could use more wine stands - bucket took up too much space on table. Small negative for a wonderful evening.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service

B
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service.

FG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had to sit outside due to the high noise level. Wet seats from the rain. Chilly. Not optimal.

B
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly delicious from appetizers to dessert ~ limenocello was a great finish!! Definitely returning! Highly recommend

JL
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was pretty good, not great; Angelo, our server was great! Big disappointment was after dinner coffee - served in tiny cups half full and coffee was weak and horrible tasting and $2.50 a cup for maybe two mouthfuls. It was a birthday so they did serve a tiramisu and sang, which was nice.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Took too long to get food

PJ
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant in Sea Isle City NJ!!!! Definitely my favorite. Everything is homemade and cooked fresh.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

A
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is exceptional; however, if you don't go early, you will be waiting for a long while. Very crowded and very noisy!

JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal is SIC

e
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

You will not be disappointed with the quality of food. Loved the calamari appetizer and the pasta carbonara is the best in Sea Isle. My husband ordered off the special menu. Wonderful watermelon and feta salad and scallops wrapped in bacon. We always love BYOBs so we can pair our meals to our wine tastes. This is a great venue to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. My only complaint was service deteriorated mid meal as a large party arrived. Took awhile to get the check and even longer for processing payment

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a definite go too!! Always good.

C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

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