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La Vecchia Fontana

4.5
4.5
755 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Vecchia Fontana brings fine dining to the shore and is beautifully located a block from the beach in Avalon, New Jersey. La Vecchia Fontana brings a breathtaking Mediterranean style ambiance to the Jersey shore complete with an elegantly infectious Southern Italian seaside villa decor. La Vecchia Fontana prepares and serves deliciously authentic and classic Italian cuisine. Here, guests can let their hair down, relax and take a vacation from their vacation. Bring your favorite bottle of wine, an appetite for fine classic Italian food and homemade desserts to allow yourself to get swept away by us here at La Vecchia Fontana.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 967-7708

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bujar Daku

  • Catering

    You can choose from 3 menus for we can help create your own special menu

  • Private party facilities

    You can book a party for birthdays, rehearsal dinners or family reunions!!

  • Private party contact

    BUJAR DAKU: (609) 233-9660

  • Neighborhood

    Avalon

  • Cross street

    8th and First Ave

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 755 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Jersey Shore

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. a

    avalon26

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, it was a great meal and service was outstanding.
  2. J

    Jackson

    Atlantic City

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian restaurants in Avalon. We travel to eat at this restaurant Plus when on vacation. Highly recommend it if you want an excellent meal.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent however the bathrooms could use a little more attention to.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food as always, tonight we had the flounder special which was so good, and great service too!!
  5. B

    Bill

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pleasant experience in a quiet setting with good food choices and reasonable prices.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Started at the hostess stand, menus kind of strewn all around - no hosts ever showed. We had to go inside and flag down the ONLY server to seat us. We did have a reservation but they didn’t ask or seem to care. We got water right away and then nothing for a long while. Finally took our order and then disappeared again. Another long while. The food was not worth the wait. Neither of us finished our meal. My husband went to the restroom & they cleared the table. Now the server has time to care if we are satisfied with our meal. I gently told him no & asked for the check. He pressed as to why we were unhappy, which was fine. I understood he was very busy & didn’t complain about the wait. (How much can one server do)? We were not happy with the food. My husband had shrimp which he didn’t like and I had a veal dish that was awful. I told him the veal was chewy and appeared to be a frozen patty. He said he didn’t understand what I meant? How do you misunderstand a frozen patty as opposed to veal medallions in an Italian restaurant? I told him it was ok just please bring the check. Which he did along with a huge piece of tiramisu (to go) with his apology. The only reason I gave two stars was because I felt sorry for the server. Should really be one star - no ambience & bad food. Nice server but not a good server. We did not even think about the tiramisu, right in the garbage. Sad, don’t waste your time!
  7. PM

    PatrickM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the service was top notch.
  8. J

    Jennifer

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best Italian on the island! (And there’s A LOT). Great food and service EVERY TIME.
  9. b

    bezecoop

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    good value
  10. JM

    JenniferM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food is amazing and is always consistent. It’s summer at the shore so it was busy and so the servers were hustling to keep up. They kept up pretty well considering. All the food came out in a timely fashion and we all had a fantastic meal.
  11. n

    napleslady

    Naples

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very nice experience as always. A great neighborhood trattoria. Great waiter, delicious food, extensive menu. Only negative, the building needs a total cleanup, redo. Maybe soon because the island has peaked,maybe, real estate value.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really delicious and very reliable. Love this place.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing and Roni was delightful!!
  14. d

    dining

    Philadelphia

    156 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    156 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    It was a tale of two chapters. First, Service is very important to you, you may wish to think twice about this restaurant. We came into the restaurant and nobody was there to seat us. After 5 minutes some woman came up to us and seated us. We were given paper menus while the rest of the restaurant appear to have hardcopy menus. Then we realized approximately 8 to 10 tables mostly with four people per table and there is one waiter managing the entire restaurant. In fact, we had asked questions initially to the person for seated us when she came up 10 minutes after we were seated and realized nobody was waiting on us whatsoever. additionally, when One person in our party was extremely clear and delivered that they wanted to have a salad and their appetizer to be brought out with everybody else’s entrées, the Whalen brought out a salad and then two minutes later brought out the appetizer before anybody had been served any dishes. She explained that she would likely mussels and clams and the south with everybody’s entrée as she had just told him minutes earlier. Thus, if service is what you’re looking for, you may wish to call the restaurant before you show up and ask How many servers there will be managing the sometimes 8 to 10 tables. Second, the food was great. Everything was well prepared and we thought that compared to some other restaurants the prices were somewhat less. Octopus was very good as were the saladand sirloin carpaccio. Additionally, entrées and pasta were outstanding. We really enjoyed the food portion of the night if we could get around the fact that there was one waiter for an entire restaurant. The irony is that there are other restaurants that we have been to during our stay who have the exact same owner with more than enough service. It’s amazing that they cannot pull a server or two for this restaurant to make it a acceptable dining experience Grade C overall dining experience Grade for food A-.
  15. NY

    NYCvisitor

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hidden gem. Located at the street level of a condo building- took a minute to locate. Glad we found it. Nice place, really good food. Marina sauce was delicious. Veal medallion Special was a bit pricey but delicious.
  16. MJ

    MrsJM

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super tasty and great service
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Food and Service!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great as always. Service a little slower than usual but that is to be expected at this time of year
  19. FS

    FrankS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Second time there on this vacation. Each time we had great service and excellent food. A bit noisy but would definitely recommend.
  20. TS

    TedS

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This is the best kept secret in Avalon. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. Our new favorite place to dine in Avalon. We’ll definitely be back!
  21. a

    avalon26

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael, our waiter was superb. The food was excellent and served in a timely manner from the kitchen.
  22. UM

    UnhappyMimi

    Columbus

    49 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We live in Avalon in the summer, so this was not our first visit. My husband ordered iced tea and lasagna. The waiter told us they were out of lasagna and didn’t get their shipment in of ice tea (?!) but if we came back next week they should have both. I can’t remember what he settled on but he was less than impressed. I ordered veal Oscar. It was fair, and unfortunately, something didn’t agree with me and I was up for 4 hours that night. We did enjoy the bread and caprese salad. I was prepared for slow service based on recent reviews, but it really was about the same as in other restaurants in town…average.
  23. a

    avalon26

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    I dine here every Sunday with at least a party of 6 or & persons. The entire summer has been excellent with Michael as our server This past Sunday, he was not there and it took 3 hours to get served. One entree was wrong and had to be reordered and another finally came out cold and had to be sent back for a reheat. I kept making excuses to our party that this was an exception to the usual excellent food and service.
  24. D

    Debbidoo

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Food was very good. Service and attentiveness very attentive poor. Cleanliness was terrible.
  25. SG

    SusanG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious- the lobster ravioli special and the Pommodo Fritti app was to die for. We will be back!
  26. M

    Marc

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    This restaurant is a gem, but lately as for most it struggles with lack of employees. They try to pack in every table and can not keep up with the demand. Food is still good but slow and at times you feel forgotten. I would caution those that want a nice peaceful dining experience, and at the moment do not pick weekends.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on vacation with our family and enjoyed it last year so we came back again . Very good food and nice people working there ! Only 2 waiter’s but they did a great job with all the tables filled !!
  28. G

    Golftec

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Slow service after 15 minutes still hadn’t been waited on. There was a big group that took the complete effort from the server. We ended up just leaving and going to another restaurant.
  29. m

    mmpbmom

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Short staffed like everyone else but did their best and pleasant. Louder than normal due to drunk pickle ball foursome. Food excellent as always. BYOB. No dessert menu available to read ourselves and then no tiramisu as offered.
  30. a

    avalon26

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Michael, our waiter was outstanding!!!
  31. A

    Alex

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Best Calamari with 2 Jumbo Shrimps that I ever had. Wife and Sister enjoyed their Salads and Salmon entrees. My Veal Rollatine (sp) was very good. Only complaint was that the server, name withheld, never mentioned prices went way up over those listed on the old, dirty menus.
  32. B

    Bac51

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    they were attentive . overall good experience
  33. P

    Porter

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Driving up, we were surprised that the restaurant is in a condo building & the entrance is in the lobby so the atmosphere is a bit unusual. Once inside the restaurant it is plain but attractive. FYI it is BYOB & there is nothing I saw stating this in the Open Table description. Overall, the food was good & Italian host authentic but it lacks some pizzazz.
  34. B

    Bevy

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    It is true, the building the restaurant is in, appears to be a condo and the restaurant is off the main floor lobby. But that said, and the all but missing ambiance, is made up for with the delicious food and fine service! Pomoddora Fritos, a fried tomato served with red sauce, pesto and burrata cheese was excellent. My salad was a special that evening, with arugula, prosciutto, and sweet watermelon and cantelope topped with a raspberry vinaigrette which was perfect! My veal was tender enough to cut with a fork, and hubs seafood pasta was perfecto. Try the lemon cello sorbet for dessert! Oh yea….BYO.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    No hostess. Finally figured out how to get seated. Was waiting a half hour. Other party came in. Waiter told them about the specials. We asked what about us. Waiter arrogantly responded he would be right back and was not right back
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice place with good food.
  37. j

    jth2131

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The entree was excellent. Service good. No complaints.
  38. MM

    MikeM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great value! Service was fantastic too!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was perfect. Server made great recommendations that were all delicious. Entrees and starters were all perfectly prepared and presented. Pomodoro Fritto was excellent as was the Vitella Al Fontana. Everything was delicious and portions were just right. The dining room is small and there were a number of large groups so the noise level was high. Probably not as bad when there are smaller groups. Service was friendly, attentive even for a busy night. Probably the best dinner I have had in Avalon.
  40. C

    Chez

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Not a very welcoming place as it is attached to an old motel and looks like your in a meeting room. The atmosphere was not very good and it took way too long to get our main course... I think they simply forgot to put the order in. With all that being said, the food was very good, came out nice and hot and we all had a nice meal. If they had better location this this would be an very good place to go.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Vecchia Fontana using the Order Online button. La Vecchia Fontana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 967-7708.

La Vecchia Fontana is rated 4.5 stars by 755 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for La Vecchia Fontana

700 First Ave, Avalon, NJ 08202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    8th and First Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Avalon

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bujar Daku

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (609) 967-7708

  • Catering

    You can choose from 3 menus for we can help create your own special menu

  • Private party facilities

    You can book a party for birthdays, rehearsal dinners or family reunions!!

  • Private party contact

    BUJAR DAKU: (609) 233-9660

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