La Fontana Del Mare

4.7
471 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
La Fontana Del Mare was first opened in 1998 by Bujar Daku, the head chef and Gani Daku. It is a landmark restaurant, only a block away in small town Strathmere (midway between Sea Isle City and Ocean City). It is a place where diners by the sea can get a splendid taste of Italian from the City of Brotherly Love in a round-about way. The restaurant offers adjusted menus for all kind of diets, therefore making the place open to everyone. We are also accessible to those with disabilities fulfilling the ADA requirements.
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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. Very pleasant wait staff. Severe overbooking of people this weekend (before Memorial Day)!

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Iglee was great

Service was beyond expectation

Price for specials was somewhat high

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BJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both enjoyed the “specials”. The short ribs and pappardelle was excellent

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JM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was good. There was a musty smell that wasn’t there the last time I visited the restaurant

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CH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining here. Everyone was very friendly and the service was outstanding! The food was delicious, we had the fried mozzarella, salad and a sausage, pepper and onion dish which was a special that night. All the appetizers were great! Then we had grilled calamari and I had my favorite veal parmigiana which was really good. Price wasn’t too bad either. We will definitely go back !!

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Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Always a great meal!

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BJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great coming back after a long Winter. We are looking forward to many meals there this Summer.

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AJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great

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MK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My family goes to the La Fontana restaurants often because we vacation in the area and the food is always good. The service is lacking. Whether we went for dinner on the off season or in Mid-July or August, we always had to wait upwards of 20 minutes to be seated even though we had reservations and arrived on time. Our waitstaff never returned timely with drinks or to check on the table after dinner was served. My family and I will continue to go here because the atmosphere is nice and the quality of the food is good.

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BI
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A little bit disappointed this time. Had a group of 8, one celebrating a birthday. I reminded the restaurant about the birthday earlier in the day, but it was never passed on to our server, who by the way wasn’t in a very good mood. But it was busy. The food was good though. I usually go to the othe location in Sea Isle which seems more organized. Still would recommend.

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DT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Very very expensive for pasta!!! Salad special consisting of arugula, beets, melon and a slice of pancetta was $20!!!! Very overpriced!!!

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AL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant came highly recommended but we were very disappointed.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our meal this past Saturday night was really good. The service was excellent, very friendly staff. We would definitely eat here again.

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J
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best veal you could cut it with a fork.
Angle hair pasta was the best had to be home made.

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GW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Terrific food!! Innovative and authentic. Special lobster ravioli with huge knuckles of crabmeat and a delicious sauce. The fresh Jersey mozzarella salad had basil, fresh cantaloupe and prosciutto with balsamic glaze.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food the pasta it was a very fresh i be back

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SL
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal here! One of our fave spots at the shore!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a very delicious dinner tomight. My only complaint is that it is very noisy.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We visit this restaurant once a year during our annual trip to Ocean City. It never disappoints and serves the best fried calamari. We’ll be back.

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OC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was very good but the service was poor. Once we got a waitress, after sitting for a while, she seemed attentive at first but after we got our food, we didn’t see her again until we asked someone else for the check. We had to ask others to fill our water, get us a dessert menu, and get us leftover containers. We really thought she had left. We sat outside and it was very tight and loud.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavorful & fun seafood focused Italian, BYOB. Sophisticated yet laid back ambience for beach-y outdoor dining with family & friends. Delicious salads & pasta dishes, capturing the best of the season. Friendly & attentive staff.

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M
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time there. The place was very nice. Entrees were very good for the money. The Antipasto was not so great. Only had a couple pieces of cheese and 1 kind of meat. The rest was fillers of cucumber and beats which could not be in an antipasto at all. Bacon wrapped Scallops were small and very pricey.

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D
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love LaFontana and look forward to going every summer.
We had the salad special of tomato, mozzarella cheese, cantaloupe and prosciutto and it was delicious.
The prices, however, seem to be climbing as everything is a la carte.

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FS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Will definitely return. We sat inside but porch was nicely shaded and very very clean.

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FA
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new menu looks awesome! As always, service was awesome, food was prompt and delicious!

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DP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The prices were high compaired to what you received. Entrees were all ala carte.
There was too much gravy on the veal special.

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OT
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at la fontana del mar, the food and service was great. The patio outside is amazing, definitely coming back !

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KD
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Outside seating. Byob

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KG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Excellent food service and ambiance. Have frequented this Gem of a restaurant for 20+ years

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RC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Menu was very similar to the restaurant in Sea Isle City. Food was good and didn't feel as crowded as we do at the other restaurant. Noise level was as advertised, loud. Service was fine. I also read on previous reviews not to put your fork down or staff would pounce. That was true. Would go back. Parking was a minor issue.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the food and service, they always have a wonderful menu!

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BJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always wonderful. They honored our request on our Open Table reservation for a particular table.

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J
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The linguini in the pescatore was cooked perfectly. Great meal.

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Todd and Angela.

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K
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved the outdoor dining space. Definitely puts this restaurant up on my list. It used to be very crowded inside. Three at the table had veal and all said were excellent. I had the seafood risotto, which was sort of bland. Would have liked a more interesting sauce.

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MR
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. The specials and the menu offers excellent variety. Our negative was it was loud.
The noise level of conversation of surrounding tables and the loud air conditioning fan made conversation difficult and the meal was not relaxing.

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D
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great family meal during our vacation. Everything was delicious. We loved the specials.

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OT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice dinner. Outside was very quiet except for the speaker over our heads.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Little noisy. Service a bit slow but attentive

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Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Not enough staff. Food was outstanding. Specials were very expensive.

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