My husband was hesitant to try based on some negative reviews but he was pleasantly surprised. We were seated right on time even though the restaurant was packed. The food was delicious and served piping hot. Staff was friendly and courteous. I enjoyed Penne Alle Scampi — jumbo shrimp in a creamy marinara sauce . We will be back and we will bring our wine next time.
Hands down, this is our favorite restaurant when we come to the shore! You get a warm welcome from Todd and it just gets better. Seasonal salads are amazing! We just had the arugula with pear, goat cheese and walnuts. Fantastic! The entrees are all so good. My favorite is the Pollo Alla Fantazia - it melts in your mouth.
Delicious every time! Always enjoy the service and the chef.
As usual, the servers were pleasant and the food outstanding. We shared a salad- portions are ample! The seafood pasta special was yummy and we took home enough for lunch the next day.
We have been to this restaurant several times and never have been disappointed. Great food and service!
I like La Fontana. Food is always very good, however they don't take reservations very serious. Go here on an off night. Its a great value with BYOB so its always crowded. So don't be in a hurry.
Although located off the beaten path and somewhat out of season, La Fontana was packed on a gorgeous Saturday night. Providing both indoor / outdoor seating , a robust menu and 5 star food , La Fontana gives patrons a consistent delightful meal on every visit. Inside seating at this BYOB can be a bit noisy so opt for outside (covered) if the weather permits.
Nice restaurant for the shore area. A little pricey. The nice part is that it is a BYO.
It was fabulous absolutely the best salad we ever had and the meals were fantastic
From the minute you are greeted at the door to the minute you leave... you can enjoy every minute of your time here. Attentive to your likes and they are like family!
Very pleasant dining experience, variety of choice 's pasta, meat & fish. It's a BYOB which I love! It's not open all year around so try it before they close for the season.
Really enjoyed our evening there with great food, good service and relaxed atmosphere.
First time there. Had 7:45pm reservations and weren't taken until 8:30. Noticed some people didn't have reservations and seemed they were being taken before ones with reservations!!
Our love affair with La Fontana is OVER. On our most recent visit, we arrived at 7:35 and checked in for our 7:45 reservation. Directed to wait in their overcrowded parking lot with. I seating, we joined a group of very unhappy guests. We watched as people arrived after us and after a friendly check on with the host, were seated before us. The hungry, disgruntled crowd became unruly watching this happen. The waitstaff were valiantly trying to keep up with this obviously SEVERELY overbooked restaurant. The food was ok but we were so upset about the conditions of the wait for a seat and delay on getting our meal, we couldn't enjoy it! Unfortunately this is the second time I have had a bad experience with this former gem. Alas, while the
food is generally good, the stress of the lack of a reservation system and subsequent stress on the kitchen and waitstaff , unduly long wait for the food means I will not be returning!
Benny made it a pleasurable experience. Food was great
Restaurant was hot because they said AC broken. Waiter opened windows then shut them when another group was seated and complained. Veal Parnes overlooked and pasta tasted left over. Was charged for for sodas and only had water??? Also was expensive, over 160.00 without tip for four people. Very dissapointed. Have been going to all of the Fontina restaurants and always liked them.
Will not be back. Food was unimaginative. Service was horrible. And to top it off sat next to a table of loud, rude and obnoxious quests.
Just a great place overall...great specials too
we visit La Fontana Del Mare and La Fontana Coast every time we come to New Jersey for vacation. The food and service is outstanding.
Very nice food and service. We all had an enjoyable evening and a very good dinner
Everything was delicious, and staff is always on point. Always a wonderful experience for reservation to check.
The fish special and the ravioli special were extremely overpriced. In a shore dining guide it was not advertised as byob. The bread was not served warm. It did not taste fresh.
Food was great, menu priced well. Just not sure all specials need be set at $39.99.
Our reservation was set for 8:15. We were still thrid in line at 9. I called the Maitre D to let him know that we left and he yelled at me for leaving. Before he HUNG UP on me he shouted that I have NO idea what it is like to do his job.
I've eaten here many times in the past and always enjoyed my meal. In fact, I was there ten days ago and my meal was very good. Saturday night was disappointing on all fronts - the food was not good (I'd had a similar dish in Buona Vita that was far superior), the service was not great and the dining room was over crowded - with the staff moving around tables and disrupting the guests. They need to use the winter to update the restaurant - replace the old stained carpet and provide some space for guests waiting for tables. The guests eating on the patio had groups standing around their tables waiting to be seated -- not a nice night out.
First time at this BYOB establishment. Food was a nice assortment of Italian dishes, with plenty of seafood choices. My penne w shrimp was good, although would have preferred more of a blush sauce than red. Grilled calamari appetizer was good, although was expecting more of a grilled octopus. This was not my favorite. Would definitely try this restaurant again.
Always pleased with the food here and they did not disappoint on this visit. The only negative is that we had to wait 30 minutes beyond our reservation time.
We had reservations but it didn't matter. We still had to wait. The restaurant was so crowded and loud that we could not enjoy our meal. There were three of us and we could not talk to each other without screaming. We were seated in a large room that hosted a birthday party for a large boisterous crowd of maybe 30 people. They had no business putting this group in a room with other diners. They should have had a designated space. It's pretty bad when the environment is so unpleasant you can't wait to leave as soon as you sit down. The food was okay, nothing special. You can get the same or better at a dozen area Italian restaurants without the circus atmospher.
Always a great meal . A bit slow this time. Waited for each course except
Fabulous main courses prepared exceptionally well. Likely one of the best, most consistent restaurants in Southern New Jersey for a great Italian meal in relaxed setting
We waited half hour to be seated with a reservation. The wait was outside with heat and tons of bugs. The risotto was very bland and would not recommend to anyone.
My husband and I dine here as a twosome & with our 3 boys all summer long. It's a local favorite. The food is delicious, the host is always friendly & professional, but the service can be spotty depending on your server. During this particular evening our waitress told us the specials, opened our wine and took our order. Great start. However, she then brought out our salads & not a minute later, she brought our our hot appetizers. It was bad enough to have two dishes sitting in front of us at once, but we were seated at a small, 2 top table so we were forced to play "rearrange the table" to accommodate our 5 plates (my DH had the muscles which comes with 2 large bowls) This is a big NO-NO. The server should have paced our meal appropriately. It made us feel rushed to eat the food quickly. Oh and we had to ask for water, twice... the bus boy/girls should be bringing bread and filling water. Not enough to keep us away, but I hope they read this review and have a chat with their wait staff. Pace the meal so as to not make the diner feel like they're being rushed out. Thank you!! :-)
Good Italian food. Loved the eggplant.
Noise level is very high inside so be prepared. Waitress was sweet but extremely hard to understand.
We had made reservations and as soon as we arrived we were taken back, it was a Saturday night and the restaurant was full plus there were people waiting outside. The waitress was attentive and friendly and the food came out in a timely manner and it was fantastic! Will definitely go back!!
Great food great service never had a bad meal there
Always great food and awesome service!! Our group of 6 ate salad, pasta and seafood. The food didn't disappoint.
We loved everything about the food, and our server was adorable. My reasoning for the four-, rather than five-, star rating was based on the fact that they seemed to run out of menus, and they kept trying to get ours. Several of the servers came to our table and grabbed our menus ; we had to grab them back and explain that we hadn't ordered yet and still needed them. We did feel a bit rushed to order because of this. Otherwise, it was a great experience.
It was fabulous. Fantastic food. Some of the best Italian in South Jersey.
A great spot just over the bridge from Ocean City in Strathmere. The food is very nicely presented and the quality is excellent. The best part about it has been the ability to be seated as soon as you arrive (with a reservation) and the professional wait staff service. This is a BYOB but we like saving the money on overpriced drink menus and considering that OC does not allow any liquor at all, it's a must to leave and make a short drive to Strathmere if you want to enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner. I have been three times thus far and never disappointed. A nice change from the mediocre dining in the area offering creative dinner specials and a full menu to choose from. Worth it!
Great food. Good service. Restaurant was noisy, but it was also very busy.