La Fontana Del Mare

4.5
518 reviews
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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
18 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always.
Never disappointed.

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S
New York Area
193 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazing dinner and such great service.Perfect night.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

If you are a true Italian you will hate this place! Our ancestors are turning over in there graves! Stay home and cook yourself and save on the way over priced food!

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MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Wonderful food and service! We got engaged there and love to keep the memory going!

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable... It is so good

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Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food can’t get better Italian food than here at the shore

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SF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the byob. the ambiance of the restaurant is great. friendly and wait staff was fantastic

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here twice thus far this summer and experience was very very good. Our waiter both times was Iglee who was excellent

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F
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, very nice service, great location. Staff is very friendly, good selection of specials.

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MH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful...as usual!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation at 8:30 for 6, seated outside immediately. We ordered the fried mozzarella, fried calamari and caprese appetizers. All were delicious. Thought the fried mozzarella was amazing with the sauce. My wife and I split one of the risottos and veal Parmesan. Both were very good. We ended with tiramisu and a cannoli...fantastic. Our waiter was great. During our dinner a crazy thunderstorm rolled through and one of the blinds would not go down. He offered us another table immediately. Some of the bad reviews mention service and not being seated immediately. It is a byob in a shore down. It is very unpredictable how long some people will stay to enjoy beverages and it is always packed. You are at the beach...relax and enjoy.

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service for being seated was quick, however the tables were squeezed into a room which made me feel as if I was sitting on top of another party. The food was delicious but for portion relative to price, its about $3-$8 overpriced per plate.

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KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Consistently overbook! Waited one hour with a reservation that was held with my credit card, that’s the last time I’ll go, the food is not worth the wait!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Wait staff overwhelmed. Not enough space to more around comfortably. Outside dining groups too large and too close together it was very difficult to get to the reservation desk.

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MK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food great place to have a very nice dinner with friends.

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JJ
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great food. In sleepy Strathmere/ no views but you can count on a great meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Soup was only just warm. Clams and pasta not a great value for price charged. Waitress messed up final pay attempted to split the bill when she did not see the gift card used for final pay along with one credit card for balance..

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SL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

delicious I had the artichoke appetizer it was delicious! My entree was the chicken saltimbucca, the service was terrific

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and setting. Always friendly wait staff, with consistent attention to detail. Warmly greeted by the owners and everyone makes us feel right at home!

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service, food and caring about our satisfaction is what guaranteed our return. Not a single complaint!

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EF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone had a wonderful time. Several in the party ordered the Lobster Ravioli special & it was delicious. The Scampi Risotto was a stand-out. La Fontana's version of mozzarella sticks with a pesto based sauce was was amazingly good. The calamari could have been a bit crispier.

The server, who was excellent, recommended the Tiramisu for dessert. She said it was her favorite and the most popular dessert at the restaurant. We certainly could understand why - it was the best Tiramisu I ever had.

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N
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my “go to” place when I’m down the shore because it never disappoints. The wait staff are warm,friendly and efficient. I ‘ve tasted almost every item on the regular menu and the “daily specials” are always a wonderful new combination of flavors. I always recommend making reservations

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OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal great service very friendly staff

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DD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food always good. Service good. We eat here multiple times during the spring and fall. Always enjoy our meals.

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r
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Reservation management was a challenge. Seating was 20 minutes after the reserved time for 2 - service was painfully slow - an hoir for meals to be presented from order - food was good but not exceptional. Best you will do at the shore despite the shortcomings.

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always delicious food and great ambience

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KR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great and food was excellent. Didn’t realize it was a BYO. Next time we will bring booze.

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k
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good food and atmosphere. Staff attentive. Would recommend.

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AS
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined at Fontana for many years . The halibut special served with capers and tomatoes over pasta was outstanding. Price was a little high yet well worth the cost.

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal! They never disappoint.

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ND
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent overall value for seashore resort dining. Menu was comprehensive and the food was very good. Highly recommend it.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Incredibly noisy. Could not hear our fellow dinner guests. Meal was rushed by servers. Very disappointed.

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d
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I would recommend that the restaurant slows down its service a bit. I understand that it gets very crowded this time of year but I was there with company and as soon as the salads came, so did our entrees. The feeling was that we were bring 'rushed' out of the restaurant. Also, we were advised that there was a salad 'special' that evening and I ordered the arugula salad special. I was surprised to see the salad cost $17 dollars each. I think the server should have mentioned the cost of the salary if it were going to be twice the cost of a regular arugula salad.

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C
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always excellent and the service is impeccable. We enjoy coming to this restaurant and the one in Sea Isle very much.

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a beautiful night and had a great meal. The veal parm was outstanding and highly reccomend it! Service was great, it’s BYOB so stop by the Deauville across the street and grab a bottle of wine to compliment your meal.

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FS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Langostinos excellent. Gnocchi Gorgonzola excellent.

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n
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiitng to be seated was a bit chaotic but once seated service and food were incredible.

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DW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Party of 6. 2 hot apps served cold, 2 apps incorrect and 1 not delivered. This process took 45 min. No resolution - so we left. Have been there in the past and the food was good.

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R
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitstaff, very knowledgeable and attentive, but not too much.

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JB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great, service quite slow, extremely noisy- would request to sit outside next time.

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