La Vecchia Fontana

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$30 and under
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Italian
La Vecchia Fontana brings fine dining to the shore. 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 deliciously authentic and classic Italian cuisine served with charm and smile, where guests can let their hair down, relax and take a vacation from their vacation. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and an appetite for classic fine Italian food and homemade desserts and get swept away at La Vecchia Fontana.

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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed. I have enjoyed this restaurant a number of times in the past. No more. We had a reservation and arrived and there was no table for us or for many others. Many people wiating in the lobby were in the same situation. They had serously overbooked and people were standing/waiting everywhere! Management was no where to be found! The burden of the mess fell on the waitstaff. One of the Worst exaples of mismanagement/lack of management i have ever witnessed.

I won't go back and will discourage others from going.

G
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food . Friendly staff.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very very rushed. The appetizers were delicious but we were not even done eating them and our dinner came out. Our dinner was very bland and had no taste.

M
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always a great dining experience at LaVecchia Fontana! Thus, it is one of our favorite go-to spots at the shore! Food is fresh and plentiful, and it’s BYOB!

a
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly waitstaff and meals are consistent.

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Management needs to regroup. We were seated over 45mins late. Horrible management of expectations by hostess who said “just a few minutes”. Waiter made up for it and was wonderful. Food is always very good. The place is very loud so be warned. They seem to have done all they can to mitigate noise but still hard to hear yourself think.

JF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good good but L O U D!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The steak and shrimp were excellent. Bolognese was pedestrian and bland. Pomodoro sauce was good. Caprese salad had MUSHY tomatoes which is unconscionable in south Jersey. That alone was very disappointing. Overall we eked out a positive meal thanks to the service provided by Mikhail.

AG
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an exceptional meal!

B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as usual good dinner and good service one of the best BYOB in Avalon look forward to our next visit

AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Great veal, great service, everyone so friendly and thoughtful! Love it!

d
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Even if you have a reservation at this restaurant they make you wait at least 1/2 hour. I think they need to address this a bit better. Especially when there is nowhere to sit down.

f
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We were a party of 6, orgiginaly we were 4 but I changed it, but someone dropped the ball and we had to wait. The hostest did her best to get us in, she was great.
The server was fair our one big complaint is he brought out 5 meals and the last one was 5-10 minutes later. We noted on the open table request that there was a birthday, we told the server also. NOTHING was done. If you can't say so.
The noise level was not acceptable for dinning.
The food was ok, but not worth the cost.
Would I go back NO

M
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pasta and fish

m
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We cleaned our plates! Loved the Rigatoni with Bolognese sauce. Delicious meal!

KK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and well prepared. The menus need sprucing up - waterstains and old looking.

s
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bolognese sauce on pasta was extraordinarily delicious.

GH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent!

BO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We are frequent patrons. Always very satisfied. Renovations are very nice and adds to the ambiance. This is the first time in all our years of dining here that one of our meals was disappointing. The salmon was over cooked and greasy. But 1 subpar meal out of 100 is not bad.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The main course was very tasty but a modest serving. The night’s special salad was overpriced. The service was good.

J
Poconos
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always good and the atmosphere is always loud.

BV
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorite restaurants! Consistently great food and wonderful service!

CR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was very accommodating and we had a very nice meal.

j
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

superb in all respects; well worth a visit. would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice dinner out.

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food outstanding , never felt rushed would recommend to everyone .

t
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food noise is a bit much but then again, it’s Avalon!

WP
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice, intimate local place with great food.
Can be noisy.
Recently renovated and window tables have AC vents overhead that blast down cold air on the table. They occasionally dripped condensation. This is a real issue that needs correction.

BR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server and food were excellent!
Just coincidentally, we booked at 5:15 and enjoyed a wonderfully quiet dinner in a nearly empty diningroom. As we finished, the place suddenly filled between 6:00 and 6:15. It became quite loud. While we appreciate the positive energy in the room, we were grateful to have enjoyed our amazing food in peace and quite before the crowd arrived.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, consistently excellent food and great service.

F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and parking was very easy. The waiter and service were on point. You go there for the food not the ambiance which is just fine for a nice meal at the shore which is a BYOB. I will go again and book this whenever we need to meet friends in Avalon. It will not disappoint.

D
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Shore establishment with a city feel. Clean and crisp table linens and wait staff wanting to please. Excellent price point

M
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always good. Ask for Raquel as your server. She is the best.

KB
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall this is one of my favorite restaurants in Avalon. However, our experience on Saturday was sub par. The noise level was beyond terrible. It is typically loyd, but this was the worst i have experienced. Our spaghetti side was late to the table and about 1/2 of the portion we have received in the past. Finally, i ordered coffee with cream. Apparently they ran out of milk/creamer and replaced it with heavy cooking.cream. Needlessly to say, it was horrible. They replaced my coffee...The next cup was ice cold.

We will go back, as this seemed to be a one off bad night. If it happens a second time, we will have a decision to make about returning in the future.

BG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every meal we have ever had there has been great. Will be back soon.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent however I was surprised by the smaller portions than last year.

J
Atlantic City
127 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at La Vecchia Fontana. The pasta dish we both had was absolutely delicious! Our waiter, Giovanni, was delightful and helped us with our selection of food. This restaurant is as good as any Italian restaurant in AC and we wish it was closer to us. It is almost an hour drive. We will definitely be back before the end of the summer. Highly recommend this restaurant!!!!

B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter Giavanni was excellent

J
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All four of our appetizers and entrees were wonderful. The menu has a great variety of selections to please everyone. This is probably our 4th or 5th visit to this restaurant in the last several years and this may have been the best yet. We'll definitely return again.

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall the food was excellent and the service was very good. There were six of us and one ordered the seafood special that was just OK.

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