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About La Fontana Siciliana

La Fontana is an urban oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Belltown. As you step into the courtyard you are drawn in by the bubbling fountain and the aroma of Sicilian cuisine in the air. La Fontana has been a fixture in Belltown for over a decade. Proprietor Mario Fuenzalida’s food philosophy of utilizing the freshest ingredients prepared to order ensures that every meal is a pleasurable and memorable experience. The wine list has been specially crafted as a showcase to the food; it features quality Sicilian and Italian wines that highlight the unique flavors of La Fontana’s menu.

120 Blanchard Street
Seattle, WA 98121
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 441-1045

Website:
http://www.lafontanasiciliana.com/

Executive Chef:
Mario Fuenzalida

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Fontana Siciliana Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (14)
Authentic (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Casual (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Business Meals (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

I had the calamari and did not enjoy it. The prawn pasta was good. Wine selection was excellent.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 16, 2018

While on a trip to Seattle we made reservations for 6pm dinner. Only 1 other table was occupied as it was still early in the evening. The service was quick and efficient. The menu selections were ample and authentic for Sicilian cuisine. Only one disappointment was the lack of coze (mussels) on the menu. To which the friendly waiter informed was only available as a special of the day option. Unfortunately on this day it was not the special.
The star of my meal was the risotto la Marsala. The playing presentation was lacking as it appeared similar to an oatmeal. However the taste more than made up for presentation. Perfectly cooked risotto with plenty of tender chicken in a delicious Marsala sauce. I felt the pricing was a little elevated. But not completely unreasonable. The atomosphere was pleasant and authentic. We definitely would return but would coordinate our timing to match the timing of mussel availability

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our waiter didn’t get our order right and forgot to bring us one of our dishes. When we asked about our dish his response was “in an intalian accent , sorry it’s not coming”. He didn’t even attempt to order it and get it over to us and he hardly apologized for it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We ate here for NYE looking for something small and romantic. While the service was outstanding and our waitress very kind, efficient, and helpful, the food left a lot to be desired. For the price I was expecting very good quality and taste, but did not get that. All of our food was just meh. Very small portions and not very tasty at all. We ordered appetizers, salads, and entrees and still left very hungry. Not worth the price at all. There are so many amazing, authentic Italian restaurants in Seattle, we will not be back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE dinner was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food & very good service. Parking can be a challenge but enough (relatively expensive) parking lots close. Just allow some extra time

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

My favorite Italian place in Seattle. It has a great outdoor dining area for those nice summer nights.
Great service, better food.
The food is all great, except for the Italian bread, which you cannot find (as far as I can tell) on the west coast.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Perth / WA)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Met family here for dinner - food was creative - esp enjoyed the risotto with roasted chestnuts - really good with nice holiday appeal nice Italian wine selection - picked out a nice barbare - not too $$ - all together nice evening

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

First and last time to this restaurant. There were 4 of us for dinner. Drinks and appetizers came out quickly. Then all went bad. We waited and waited for our main course. Our server never told us what was going on with our meal. Noticed that the table next to us was served the wrong meal. This was an omen of things to come. Finally our first two dishes arrived. The chicken was cold and the pasta was luke warm. There was very little flavor. No presentation at all. The other two meals came 10 minutes later. One of those was the wrong meal. By this time the the first two meals had been eaten. We were comp’d the appetizer.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Brought my parents for their anniversary and it felt like we actually went to Italy. Delicious food and great ambiance!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We have been coming to La Fontana for several years &are never disappointed with the service or the food. The waiters are very versed on the wine list as well as the food choices. They are attentive but not intrusive. Then there is the food! Oh the food!! So yummy! The Melanzana & the Bruschetta is so delicious! The pastas are fresh & well presented. The ambiance is so quaint & cozy; the brick walls & the courtyard are so cute.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I have always wanted to try this restaurant as it has a cute courtyard and a warm interior. We were a party of 7. Although there were unoccupied tables in the room the staff put together 2 tables of different sizes - like a kid's table and an adults table
We were all adults.
The service was either rushed or non-existent. Our waiter didn't come back after serving us for a good 10 minutes to see if we needed anything. Some of us wanted black pepper or some parm but he was too late. I think if we were a smaller party without a guaranteed 20% tip they might have treated us better.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We planned a date night and wanted a small intimate atmosphere with excellent service and fabulous food. La Fontana Siciliana more than met our need. Our server was very attentive to our needs and helpful when we requested his selection advice. La Fontana Siciliana is now our favorite date spot in Seattle.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great ambiance, food and service. They were happy to accommodate two vegan diners and we loved the house wine we chose.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Beautifully prepared and presented food, with exceptional ingredients. Fantastic wine selection, particularly Italian wines to pair with authentic Sicilian food. A delicious meal, from appetizers to entrees to desserts. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance to match the food experience. If you savor excellent food, you must experience this gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 11, 2017

As always the ambiance and service is outstanding, food is authentic. However, this time there were a few surprises: $16.00 for a starter salad(ouch) and desserts that had alcohol in them without disclosure. Great romantic spot with original brick walls, old hardwoods, in the heart of belltown. It is a hidden gem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food and service were phenomenal!Loved the bruschetta to start off the night. The lamb medallions were melt in your mouth good. Loved the tortellini gorgonzola. Shared a piece of cheesecake and an espresso for dessert. Very high quality food. Wine selection was great. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tapas, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very friendly staff and fresh food. Think it was too expensive for what it is.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My husband and I thought the food was extremely ordinary, not really any better than what we could've made ourselves at home. I was also surprised that entrées came with nothing. We were underwhelmed with the service. We do not plan on going back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We dine at this restaurant every time we visit Seattle. It is a quaint place with tons of ambiance and great food. Our server, Journey was incredibly attentive and took great care of our group of five people. The cream of mushroom soup was great as was my main meal of tortellini with gorgonzola sauce. The food quality is always steady and delicious. We will be back again for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was delicious!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious pasta and cabernet. Can't go wrong with that

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Stopped in for a business dinner with a couple of colleagues. The employees were all extremely friendly and helpful. Food tasted great, and service was fantastic. Will definitely be returning.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

La Fontana Siciliana is my favorite Italian restaurant in Seattle. The tortellini Cefula is my favorite - the creamy pistachio sauce has just a hint of lemon. And you can’t go wrong with their risotto either. So far I have not tried a dish I didn’t like.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is not a very welcoming establishment. We felt from the moment we walked in that we were not the customers they were expecting. This was even more apparent with our waiter. His interactions with us were lukewarm at best, but he definitely showed more interest in his other tables. We have lived in Seattle for over 5 years, share the same neighborhood as the restaurant , but until tonight have never encountered a restaurant where we felt unwelcome as a gay couple. It was unnerving to say the least and very disappointing. The food was mediocre. Spend your money elsewhere.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I go to La Fontana Siciliana every time I visit Seattle. The people are so nice and the food is always excellent!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great dining experience all around.

Waiter may have taken a bit too long to take order but my date and I were talking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Romantic with fantastic food. Highly recommend! Save room for their deserts too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great good, quaint atmosphere, and excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

My Risotto Marsala was under done and the chicken tough and chewy. Kinda unusual all previous visits were really good. I didn't tell server. I don't send food back. I order something else next time

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Quiet, cozy, unpretentious Belltown restaurant with delicious and authentic Sicilian fare. We plan to go back.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went here for my girlfriend's birthday. The interior is cozy, there was a lady playing the piano loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to disrupt conversations. The food was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Charming , warm interior with brick walls...menu and service perfect for conversation with friends or family.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Live Music, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Interior of the place was a plus; food:
House-sausage pasta was great, so was the one with wild mushroom. Risotto was in delight texture but the taste of rice itself reminds me of aged grain. Black-linguini with salmon was just ok, the pasta can use a little more gluten.
Bread they serve was slight stale, a day old maybe.
Wonderful ambient, live piano was wonderful.
Service was ok. Had better in town.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Consistently excellent. Don't be in a hurry; this is the kind of food to savor and enjoy. Great wine selection and knowledgeable wait staff.
I've been before numerous times, it never fails to impress with genuine food that makes you want to comeback. Thanks to Journey, Brian and Mario. Looking forward to my return to La Fontana Siciliana!
DH

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We probably caught La Fontana Siciliana on a bad night. The wait from placement of our order was 45 minutes. The kitchen was obviously overloaded on this night, whether due to a shortage of kitchen staff or something else, we do not know. Our server was polite but also very busy on this night. When our food was delivered, there was an apology for the delay, and the server pointed out that an order for a larger group had been placed just before ours. The food itself was alright but not great and not worth the long wait. We will be hesitant to return. Again, it was probably an off night and possibly had something to do with the week end. I would not generalize from our experience to a view of the restaurant overall. Go and see for yourself. Perhaps you will have much better luck, and quite a number of reviewers have.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

First time here and a great local find just a few blocks from Pike Place. 12 tables in total, this seeimingly-family-run restaurant offered a great meal at reasonable pricing.
Bruschetta was ok, nothing unexpected but the tomatoes, at the end of the season, seemed like semi-ripe imports vs overripe locals.

Chicken marsala was very good, with a side of pasta accompanying. My Sicilian wife who teaches cooking classes throught her shrimp fra diavlo was among the best she’s had outside of Siciliy, with very large shrimp. Friendly service and solid food in a neighborhood setting. We’d return here again in a heartbeat. .

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food. Great people. As always.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Pretty decent Italian food at prices that are not crazy. The atmosphere was cozy...brick wall interior, live piano. Server was attentive.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food. Loved our visit

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