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La Vecchia Fontana

4.4
4.4
738 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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 738 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Jersey Shore

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Jersey Shore

    Italian

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  1. TS

    TedS

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!
  2. a

    avalon26

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    UnhappyMimi

    Columbus

    47 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  4. a

    avalon26

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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 !!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. a

    avalon26

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

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

    Alex

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 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.
  13. B

    Bac51

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    they were attentive . overall good experience
  14. P

    Porter

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice place with good food.
  18. j

    jth2131

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

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

    MikeM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 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.
  21. 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.
  22. BP

    BobP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and atmosphere was cozy.
  23. GC

    GailC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was good, although they did not have lasagna, which was on the online menu and the main reason we went there. Our server, Caroline, was very helpful in suggesting alternate entrees. Seafood entrees are expensive, partly due to the rising costs this year.
  24. J

    Jimdog

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food is excellent. Wait staff, not so much. Great menu selection.
  25. PM

    PatM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Friendly service - great food!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience.
  27. HM

    bestofHMB

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, sweet Caroline was so nice and fun and attentive. She recommended the Lobster ravioli special and it didn't disappoint.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!! Everything our party of 6 had, was amazing! Mike (our waiter) is always charming and funny. Can’t wait to get back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We will not go back. My Penne with Shrimp was okay but too salty. The four medium shrimp in the dish were good. They were out of the lasagna. We had to ask for bread, which was dry. My husband liked his Vodka Penne. Our friends had the salmon but said it was just okay. It had a heavy sauce on top. It was quite loud inside, but there was a loud table behind us, which was probably part of the problem. The service was okay.
  32. JB

    JonB

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The restaurant was full so the atmosphere was energetic, but not annoying. The two servers and busser did a very good job keeping up with everything.
  33. J

    Judy

    Philadelphia

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistency good One of my favorite restaurants
  34. AS

    AprilS

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Server was great. Overall service was a little slow. Kitchen messed up order twice. But we weren’t in a hurry and enjoyed the meal! Dining room got a little warm. Overall, I would recommend!
  35. k

    keving

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great job!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I’m sorry the food was not very good. This is a place not owned by Italians
  37. B

    Beachnut

    Philadelphia

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service was top notch as usual. So noisy at times we couldn’t carry on a conversation. First time we ever noticed the noise. Although it didn’t ruin our meal, it was very annoying.
  38. SD

    SueD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive staff and cozy ambiance makes this an outstanding experience!
  39. M

    Mowork260

    Atlantic City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Wife would have preferred salad plates for our sharing but salad was delicious
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Place was dreary looking needs an update. They don’t have anything to drink but water and teas. Not even a soda. Thought that was weird. One of the girl waitress had no personality and seemed snobby. Maybe she was having a bad night. Other tall waitress even though was not our waitress asked us how our meal was. There was a girl going around with water and were asking her questions but didn’t speak English we don’t think. Food was excellent. A little pricy. No wifi either. Would not go back.

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 4.4 stars by 738 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


Booked 11 times today

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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