La Fontana Del Mare

4.3
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.1
ambience
4.0
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was for a special occasion a birthday. We received a confirmation, a follow up on the day of the reservation and when we arrived the restaurant was closed and probably closed for the season. So we tried their other restaurant in town and that one was closed even though their website said it was open. Our birthday was totally spoiled. Someone dropped the ball in taking a reservation for a closed restaurant. Next time we will call the restaurant instead of using open table.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

They seemed to overbook and service was affected. We love it and will go back

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vipseaislecity
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The deck dining is wonderful just as the food is!

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vipseaislecity
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff was attentive and unobtrusive. The Italian bread was good and our dinners were delicious and the portions generous.
The evening could not have been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal overlooking the bay in Strathmere

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ColleenC
Atlantic City
34 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Gnocchi were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Had an 8:15 reservation and wasn’t seated until 9. Sat at the table for 15 minutes before anyone came over. Service was terrible. Waiter came to take our order, drop off food and give the check he never checked on us once. He forgot to bring us our drinks too. Food was just ok.

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vipClarkP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience3

Arrived at 7:55 for 8 o’clock reservation, was told would be “a few minutes”. Checked back at 8:25 and was told next table is ours, checked yet again at 9, was told my table was “almost ready”. When I asked how open table showed them as having reservation open every 15 minutes from 7-8:30 and there are 59 people waiting when I arrive at 8. Manager said “I don’t pay attention to open table, I just go I order of customers arriving! Unbelievable! Food is good but not worth over an hour wait!!

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Rockdog
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A fine place But a long wait 45 mins from reserved time . Nice Decor a real Italian Feel

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vipfdthird
Las Vegas
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a pre 40th Anniversary dinner, our daughter and her husband took us for a lovely dinner at La Fontana! Excellent

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andrea
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The food was good but both myself and I got sick. Too much garlic.

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PatriciaL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We had a reservation on Saturday night- place was packed- reservation setting was 30 minutes late. When we were finally seated-we were a party of 5 , sat at a table for 4 on the patio. I asked them to bring another chair and place setting and when they bought the chair, my sister sat down and the chair broke in half-she proceeded to hit the ground, although the wait staff apologized, the manager never came to the table to investigate if she was okay. The wait staff was slow, no wine glasses were on the table , so we used the water glasses and had to asked several times for additional glasses and water. there was no bread basket provided, so after asking several times-the worst bread basket I ever saw was bought to the table (stale white bread and packages butter). It took at least 30 minutes for dinner to come- the specialty lobster ravioli had no lobster at all. They must have run out and substituted spinach and cheese ravioli with shrimp and scallop in the sauce. The veal dishes were the best. In addition, the rest room was so filthy that we could not use it and the door was wide open so it was impossible that management was not aware of the situation. It is hard to believe that this restaurant has been in business for 21 years, I do not recommend dining here.

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KellyW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD
EXCELLENT SERVICE
FUN HAPPY CROWD

LOVVVEEEEEE THIS PLACE

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vipNancyc
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Did not enjoy the atmosphere, because it was so noisy that it was not relaxing or enjoyable .
The food was very good and the service was great, but
The owner needs to remodel the place and address the noise situation.

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EllenS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible! There is nothing positive that I can report. It started with someone taking 2 parking spots — yes that’s right - and when I asked a waiter standing out in parking lot he said just park them in and when they want to leave they will have to come back in and they will announce it. So in other words I would have to interrupt my dinner to move my car? Weird! So parking was an issue. We were seated on the porch and waited and waited and waited before a waiter walked over. We were served a basket of awful bread and water. Finally they brought out appetizer. Inedible — as it was covered with gnats and flys. We left and so glad we didn’t wait around to continue one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had.

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EPMK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We had reservations for a party of four. The small room we were going to be seated in had a party of 40. I said to the hostess”this room is going to be very loud”, she said that. I said d Well I can and I would lije to be seated in another room. She said she could only seat us outside, fine, it is a nice night ! Within a few minutes we were struggling with fruit flies, hundreds of them. Every single employee had no solution, never happened before. Thats the biggest lie. I went in to talk to mgr. He said there is nothing they could do. He said they never had this issue. Total lie.

If they cant resolve this major problem, they need to hire a professional to find a remedy.

The food was ok, our wine was filled with bugs and a zillion where landing on our food.

Mgr came out and gave us a $50 credit towards our meal. La Fontana will never see my family or friends ever again. Nothing nice to say about La Fontana in Strathmere.

This issue needs to be resolved for all patrons.

Another family got up and left.

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SusanH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I have been going here for over 15+ years and this year was awe full. Let’s start with the hair that came out of the bread basket. The vent behind me had 1+ inches of dust which was disgusting. No ice bucket for wine and it got warm. What happened to oil with herbs for bread. We ordered appetizers and main course. We liked the appetizers, my entree was good, my husband ordered lobster ravioli special and swears it was frozen not fresh? I cannot say. Our waiter NEVER checked on us once asking if we liked the appetizers or entree... it was soooo long we decided on no dessert. It was great that we didn’t because it took 45 minutes to pay our bill??? I was extremely disappointed and am not sure why it was such a bad night. Little things are gone??? The dirt is unacceptable. I gave up 3 other restaurants I wanted to try but tried to be loyal. Hopefully it was a bad night but I’d have to come again to be sure? Not sure what to do next time. Always loved this place.

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Scott
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good value and excellent service. Xxxxccxccccccccccccccccc cxxxcxxc

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RichC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Waiter was not very attentive and was slow to bring us our food. The waiter servicing the tables on either side of us provided much better service to his diners. Even though the people seated to my left were seated about 15 minutes after us, they received their food much sooner than we did and were actually finished their dinners and left the restaurant at the same time as us.

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vipDouglasK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. We’ve been there several times and so far all dishes, appetizers and main courses have been excellent!

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AwesM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Will definitely recommend and be back!

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vipblue2
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread should be better.

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Goody
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We had heard good things about this restaurant, but were largely disappointed. We invited friends that we had not seen for awhile and we were very dissatisfied with our choice. To start, the greeter at the reservation desk was not very welcoming. The restaurant was so noisy you could not hold a conversation. Twice my guest said that his entree was over -cooked, and it he waiter apologized, but did nothing about it. The other 3 entrees were okay, but not anything to rave about. I doubt that I would go back.

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vipjosephp
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid Italian food with a very nice outdoor deck. Noisy but nice for dinner.

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ZoeC
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal!

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vipLittlemo
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I both enjoyed the artichoke appetizer and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals! Everyone from the moment we walked in the door was extremely welcoming and friendly. Our waitress Peggy was very attentive and helped make our dining experience enjoyable!

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Beach
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We started off with the mozzarella appetizer and a salad so delicious!! The Italian bread does seem like a white bread but I still liked it. My husband had the fish/special and he said it was so good. I had the cappellini with lump crab meat, but their lump crab is not lump. Very very small pieces of crab meat! My husband finished with a cappuccino and a tiramisu he raved about that all the way home. The noise level was so loud I couldn’t even hear my husband talk because there was a party of 15. Several people left the dining room. The service was excellent!! rated a four star because of the noise level and the lump crabmeat.

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GregT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the shore area, this is a go to as they take reservations, the food is good, waiter was outstanding, byob, as very enjoyable evening. Sat outside. A bit windy, but still very nice.

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HothC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!! Love eating on the porch. Food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food and service but the prices are out of control. Expect to pay shore prices.

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SusanT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We ate inside because it was hot. We were seated under an air conditioner that dripped. We asked to be moved and they accommodated us quickly. Service was good. I had the branzino fish that was excellent. My husband had the crab marinara sauce, MP. The sauce was delicious but the crab flavor was lost. The bread could definitely be improved upon. It is BYOB. We did not have dessert but did have decaf cappuccino. They were fine, we would have liked a stronger flavor. Overall, we will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wait staff was super friendly.
The food was good and the restaurant was large.
Lots of big parties and we didn’t feel overwhelmed.
We will be back when we come to OC.
Ps its BYOB.

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vipanthony
Philadelphia
192 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Been here many times. Food is always great. Service is questionable at times based on how busy they are.

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MelissaK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was excellent. We had an early reservation (5:00) on a Sunday and had most of the restaurant to ourselves. Restaurant was packed by 6:00. Try the Tiramisu; it’s delicious!

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vipKaren
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Had an 8:15 reservation - didn't get seated until 9:00!

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vipByebyeBetty
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We went for my son’s birthday. In my open table reservation I mentioned his birthday and requested outside seating. We were seated inside and they never did anything for his birthday. It was so loud that we couldn’t hear each other talk. We were excited for Italian bread and it looked like Wonder bread. My husband did like his veal Parmesan. My son’s fettuccine Alfredo had no taste. The server came to our table twice - once to take our order and once to leave the check. I couldn’t wait to leave.

One and done!

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Deborah
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had a previous bad experience at this restaurant. Wanted to give them another chance. We do not recommend this restaurant, nor will we be going back. Also, while eating our meal, I received a message indicating we were a no show for our reservation. Not happy about that either! Sorry La Fontana... .we are NOT fans of your restaurant!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Will definitely return soon!!!

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GenevieveS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience - Service (Tini) and food were fabulous. Party of 4 and we all enjoyed.

FAQs

La Fontana Del Mare offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 263-7700.

La Fontana Del Mare is rated 4.3 stars by 575 OpenTable diners.

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