La Fontana Della Citta

4.3
1470 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Jersey Shore pilgrims might be familiar with La Fontana Del Mare ("The Fountain of the Sea"), the award-winning restaurant in Strathmere. Owner Rafael Kupa is excited to bring his most popular dishes to Philly at this new "Fountain of the City," a 100-seat BYOB right off Rittenhouse Square.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1470 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNancy
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food there!!!

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vipSherriM
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. The mussels were delicious. I had the Bronzino special over homemade fettuccine with tomatoes and capers. A generous portion. My husband had the Caesar salad & Salmon entree. My son had the mushroom & roasted peppers appetizer and the risotto shrimp scampi.

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Drumtale
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience3

1. I really liked La Fontana until my last visit. It started with a mouse that entered our outdoor hut. I realize that being outdoors, this can't always be controlled. If that had been all, there wouldn't have been a major objection from me. We mentioned it to the staff, but no offer to move us to a different table. (It wasn't busy that night.) 2. The second issue was that I dropped the container after dinner with the food I was taking home and it opened on the floor. Again, I take responsibility for that but their staff saw it happen and didn't do anything to help me clean it up. They literally just stood around watching. No offer to see if I needed any help. 3. Lastly, I noticed that they automatically add 20% tip to your bill. If you add another 20% when you sign when paying with a credit card, they are making a huge tip. I've never been anywhere where 20% is added automatically for a party of two. I find this to be taking advantage of customers who don't read their bill carefully. I used to recommend this restaurant. Not now.

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BeverlyF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience from start to finish. Caring staff, excellent food. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our meal was delicious! Our waiter was charming and funny. We ate outside,the inside looked a little dated and it was a beautiful night. There were four of us and we all loved our meals!
All 4 of us said we would definitely go back!!

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Julia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and fast service. Delicious food at reasonable prices.

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NancyRR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food. So glad I brought my New York guest to such an outstanding restaurant. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

The restaurant was outdated and had missing wallpaper on. The wall . The first impression was the bread . It was so stale and old . Had to ask for a drink multiple times. Among other things. There were gnats flying around the table landing on the food . Order the bruschetta cause I was dying for some decent bread . Figures if they charged me $10 I would get the fresh bread. Boy was I wrong . Almost lost a tooth trying to eat it . Could barely manage to eat one piece and threw the rest away . Ordered the “special” they charged me 37 dollars for 3 small scallops and 5 “lobster ravioli” which were more cheese and barely any lobster if any at all . Food was mediocre and over priced and service was inattentive. Until the end when 3 staff members asked us if we were finished in a 10 min time period when we were the last people there . They also all managed to get changed and sit at the tables in the front and stare at us . While we are out desert that I ordered for my friends birthday . If they would have paid attention they’d know we also didn’t want to be there anymore but we needed a cork for our bottle of wine. If you want good Italian food head over to ristorante aroma . The food there is amazing and while not cheap you get the value and service you deserve . This place on the other hand was a waste to be honest .

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vipAmyG
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Gnocchi is wonderful! Service was prompt and friendly.

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MaliniM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. It was just so hot out that all of us were sweating ha! I wish it was a cooler night, but the food and service were perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Redian was the best!!

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DEBP
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We had the special of the day which was a white fish over fettuccine with capers, artichokes and tomatoes. It was excellent. We both ordered the special and would both recommend it. The service was a little off. Had to ask for ice three times.

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KimberlyS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I was staying in the area from out of town and chose this restaurant because of its proximity to my hotel and the availability for a solo diner reservation on open table which is rare. As soon as I got to the restaurant, the maitre’d and waiter were exceptional. Again, I’m sensitive to being a solo diner but they insured that I had a nice table and received the best in service. I had a branzino special and caprese salad. The preparations were simple and fresh and just delicious.

My one critique is that the restaurant is a “bring your own bottle“ operation when it comes to wine. I am not critiquing that model but that this was not indicated on open table whatsoever. I wish they would add a notation. It didn’t ruin my dinner not to have wine but I had just been at the corner market five minutes prior and could’ve easily picked something up.

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vipGastronomer
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal here. Classic Italian bread. Bruschette Alla Fontana was refreshing with plenty of flavor especially the roasted peppers in the center of the plate. The gnocchi with pomodoro sauce was delicious. The Risotto Pescatore in white wine sauce was perfect with meaty mussels and clams. The Villa Puccini pinot grigio we brought paired perfectly. The service was great and our waiter attentive and pleasant. We will definitely be returning when back in Philly. A++ for the Chef, owner and staff!

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KeriS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome servers/hosts, delicious food. I would come here again.

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vipkfm1
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant

Great food and reasonable prices - my favorite is the linguini pescatore and my wife's favorite is their signature Bronzino, a mild white fish.

In addition to regular dinners we have held 3-4 family gatherings there for 20-30 people

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vipfoodie
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipCraig
Washington DC
820 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Huge portions, Caesar salad should be an entree, linguini with sausage was perfectly prepared.

Ervis did a great job!

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vipRhondaC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an awesome restaurant! The food is excellent and the service is also. We sat outside in a pod which really helped since it started to rain. They do a great job and I would strongly recommend to anyone looking for great Italian food.

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RobertP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent we had the Branzino with a side of gnocchi and both were delicious. We also had a veal dish and it also was tender and flavorful. My family and I will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for restaurant week. All good was served very hot and waitress and staff worked hard to serve in the pouring rain!! Portions were okay. Overall great experience!

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MiriamR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went during Restaurant Week and were made to feel we were part of a conveyor belt. The food came out so fast that we really didn’t have anywhere the appropriate amount of time to enjoy each course.
The food was well prepared and this would have been an enjoyable experience if we weren’t so rushed.

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DebbieT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I visited the restaurant based on a segment I was on FOX 29 with Kathy Orr my experience was NOTHING like what I saw on the show. Food Salmon portion size extremely small very over cooked a very disappointing experience

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vipjw12345
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We ate outside with my parents and couldn't have had a better evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week everything we had was excellent. The could have added another shrimp to the risotto it was the entree and it only had one shrimp. We will return anyway.

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Opbe
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I've been here a few times. The food is decent and it is a BYOB. Service is always pretty decent too. I would not suggest going here for restaurant week they give very small portions of food compared to other restaurants participating. I ordered mussels and they only gave me 6, the pasta was like 2 noodles, 1 ravioli and 3 gnocchi and they only put 1 shrimp in the "shrimp" risotto.

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MariN
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The code and pollo piccata were great! Service was inexperienced, but the cannolis made up for it.

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RozB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Visited during Center City restaurant week, $35 for for course meal. We found street parking at no additional cost. They offer both in/out door eatting. Outdoor option includes enclosed tent or just outside. It was two of us, we asked for outdoor tent. But apparently, out door tents are for 3 or more in a party. But, we saw 3 different couples and a couple of girlfriends be seated in enclosed tent!!!

Staff was masked. Service was was poor.... after much back and fourth, we asked for a manager, was told there was no manager on site!! In shock asked again, theres no one to speak too, no assistant manager (AM)! He says, Oh yeah, there's an AM... the waiter got the assistant manager, who served us the remainder of the evening.

this is a BYOB place, the salad was not fresh, completely welted, the stuffed eggplant was delicious (we were told if purchased separate/ in addition to meal it would be $28, the mussels in marinara sauce was delicious, the three pasta dish was alright, tomato penne was Spicy, i dont eat spice, so a warning would have been nice. We had the veal which was horrible, the gravy and texture was way wrong and there was only one shrimp. We had the shrimp risotto which was ok, it was extremely creamy and had only one shrimp. Desert portions are super small, we had chocolate cake and candy coded ice cream with chocolate chips, which were pretty good! They auto added a 20% gratuity.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! The meal was fantastic from beginning to end, and the staff were all incredibly friendly. We look forward to coming back!

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vipAwtumnskids2
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were placed in basically a heat tent. It was unbearable. They moved us with grace. The food was ok, my chicken was very thin and over cooked. The pasta sampler was delicious and the desert was yum. Overall, it was an ok experience that was definitely made better because I was with my friends.

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vipDanD
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been here in over five years and we couldn't have been more delighted! The food was exceptional and the service was efficient and friendly. We will return and bring friends! Thank you for a lovely evening in the city.

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Shari
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! Service was good. Nice outdoor seating.

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lane
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

It was terrible.

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Jamguy
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch eating out of the mainstream but only steps away from the hubbub where we enjoyed a very full delicious meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and everything was delicious. Thanks

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DarrylM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious it was cooked to order and hot, we really enjoyed our meal...great restaurant will definitely be back!!!!! 10 STARS!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The decor was a tad old. There was trash under the table and table tops were not cleaned promptly when guests left. Several utensils had food on them prior to use and the windows are dirty. The food itself was good. It wasn’t hot upon arrival, just warmish.

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TylerB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great stop during restaurant week, gnocchi was incredible!

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Hildym
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! We will definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Remy was amazing! Provided great recommendations for entrees and made us feel very special as it was our first time dining here! Would definitely come back with friends in the future.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Fontana Della Citta using the Order Online button. La Fontana Della Citta also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. La Fontana Della Citta also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 875-9990.

La Fontana Della Citta is rated 4.3 stars by 1470 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.