La Vecchia Fontana

4.3
490 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Serving dinner daily at 4pm
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Phone number
(609) 967-7708
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bujar Daku
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Catering
You can choose from 3 menus for we can help create your own special menu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th and First Ave
Additional
Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 490 People Are Saying
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3.8
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4.0
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took a long time for food to come. But food was delicious when it got here.

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MR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this place! But know that even with a reservation you will be seated later - at least 20 minutes. The restaurant is BYOB so guests take their time with dinner! The arugula salad is a fresh way to start your meal, the mozzarella sticks are the best in Avalon and every entree I’ve ever gotten has been fantastic. The specials are pricey (over $30) and high quality. My husband loved the lobster ravioli with shrimp and crab.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Worst service possible. 50 min wait and 3-4 reminders to the waitress, who admitted that she kept forgetting, to bring us our sodas. Finally had the bus girl bring them. Over an hour to get our entrees. Place was overbooked for 3 servers to handle the crowd but we noticed how our waitress doted on other customers but ignored us. Instead of getting mad, we made it a game and laughed about it, counting the number of times she went to other tables or timing the minutes between her disappearances in the back. It was better than getting angry. Food came after an hour of waiting. It was ok. I liked the spaghetti. Chicken Parmesan was ok. Lasagna was terrible and my friend didn’t eat it. We told the bus girl when she cleared the plates. The waitress came by and asked what was wrong with it but didn’t offer to do anything. I had to ask the manager to take it off and he was very nice and took it off the bill without hesitation. But food wasn’t worth the wait. Not returning.

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t
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

we had better service and food when we went during the summer
They did not give us a salad this time which was given to us in the summer
Our portions were slim and our waiter forgot to check back to see how everything was, and never offered us coffee after we finished our dinner, he was in a hurry to get rid of us, so he can seat the next reservation

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ER
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

prices high for what you get. Server nice but didn't listen- we asked to share a salad and he brought on 1 plate. Also only 2 of us and he reversed the entrees. Didn't open wine quickly or refill bread/water

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RD
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

La Vecchia Fontana is one of best restaurants on the island . We had dinner there last week , and several times earlier this Summer . On each visit , the food was very, very good , and the service was fine . One of our AV/SH favorites .

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OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fiz does it all

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service was excellent!

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J
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Avalon, New Jersey. The food is excellent, the service was excellent and the staff, very friendly.
Make sure you make reservations at least a week in advance during season, very busy!

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e
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

My husband and I were on our last night of vacation. We looked up on open table as a place to be cozy and romantic. There was no one to greet people when they came in so didn’t know what to do. I guess was the waiter pointed to a table but did not speak. The room was hot and very uninteresting. They sat another couple behind us. They were loud and obnoxious towards each other. This went on our intire dinner. There was one waiter to do everything and he was not friendly at all. The food was good but nothing special. We will not be back. Someone came in for take out when we where there that could be a option

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SO
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Would like to see another server added. Both times we were there it was 10 minutes before anyone approached us.

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P
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was decent but the service was a disaster- no hostess, took forever to get wine glasses and water and we had a different waiter every 15 minutes.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Extremely noise. There are some sound panels installed but not nearly enough. A shame food is excellent. Server was very nice and friendly. The noise level just makes it a less than great experience.

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d
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a negative experience at LaVecchia Fontana. Our waitress made everything seem like an inconvenience. From an extra bread basket to a recommendation on an entree. She was not the least bit friendly. Although our food was good, it put a damper on our entire meal.

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SI
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Candidly I was disappointed. While the food was very good, the service was very poor that night. Perhaps because they were short staffed but it was not acceptable. Several requests for a wait staff person to place the order, getting menus, bread, water etc. More concerned about getting people in the door, dinner took well over two hours with a 7:45 PM reservation. Seating area was cramped, VERY loud and not conducive to conversation. Perhaps another night would be better. I did enjoy the food and when it finally arrived it was hot and fresh. But the service issues overshadowed the meal itself. Had heard many good things and was looking forward to our first visit.

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KS
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Could be absolutely the worst experience we have ever had in a restaurant... so bad that I spent 20 minutes figuring out how to do a review so I could warn others about the horrible service and food we were served last night (August 25,2018)...

We had an 8 pm reservation for 6 and arrived on time.... the reservation was made 12 days prior...we were shown to a table right outside the kitchen door... a round table that was adequate for 4 people but way too small for 6... our waiter “Fiz” appeared and handed out menus... he opened our wine and when we went to pour the red, the cork had broken and the wine could not be poured (“Fiz” did not inform us of the problem and when we asked for help, he was irritated and walked off saying he would decant the wine,.. he dropped off a carafe later with the wine (and the cork pieces) inside... we ordered at approximately 8:15 pm... “Fiz” dropped off bread and then disappeared for the next 70 minutes... we noticed that all tables around us had been served and tables that arrived 30 minutes after us were already eating.. we flagged down a waiter (Fiz was nowhere to be found) and he assured us that we were next table to be served... about 10 minutes later, one dish was delivered and then 5 minutes passed... “Fiz” now reappeared and barked that he was the one cooking our meals and that he was doing the best that he could... the other 5 meals came out one at a time and in 10 additional minutes everyone was served... no one apologized or even stopped at the table... it seemed that they though we were being unreasonable?

The food...... was decent but seemed to be thrown on the plates... each plate looked a mess and there seemed to be no proportion to the entrees... 3 Chicken Piccata dishes were supposed to be served over angel hair pasta... the pasta was over cooked and the 3 dishes together did not have enough pasta for even one serving... they delivered the check and never said another word... I wish I had more room to expand

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was good.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The la Fontana group restaurants are my favorite down the shore. The calamari was amazing. The pasta special as usual Was delicious. Our waitress was very nice and provided everything we needed in a timely fashsion. I highly recommend this restaurant for dinner down the shore!

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BR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointed in the meal. Portions were smaller than previously and more expensive. Server was rude and appeared completely uninterested in us or his job. Errors in the order(forgot a salad) and still charged for it. Disappointing!

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I had the Chicken Milanese. It was overcooked and dry. Even the Arugula Salad that topped the chicken was dry. Two other people in our party had the Chicken Francais which was over cooked as well. The only good thing about the restaurant was it’s BYOB so we did enjoy the wine. We will not return to this restaurant.

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a
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely hands down the best meal we had on the island. The home made pasta and the various sauces each of us had were cooked to our taste.
3 days later we are still talking about the meals!!!
Service was also terrific.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Italian food and our waiter Fizz was a delight. Pleasant service and tasty food. It's a byob with linen tablecloths and people pleasing - a happy place. Dress upscale casual is always best.

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AM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I will never go back to La Vecchia Fontana again. You feel like you are in a cave. Shades pulled all the way down, low ceiling. But the worse was how hot it was, very little air conditioning. The waitress said she would say something but it never go any better. Our faces were red when we left from the heat.

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JM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very noise and a/c not working well. Overpriced; service was good.

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KS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS. Very friendly waitress. I had the chicken francaise over angel hair pasta. I wanted to lick my plate. Hubby had veal parm. He loved it, along with the meatball app and the fig app. All were wonderful.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food it was outstanding . I will be back soon.

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n
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were seated promptly by curtious staff. Their service is excellent. The food was good. Caprese appetizer was fresh and tasty. The lasagne was satisfying. The atmosphere is a bit quiet. We would return.

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B
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best Italian dinners we’ve ever had. Great selections, wide menu. We’ll definitely go back again.

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CG
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was too warm and noisy. It improved once a large group left. Food and service was good. Interior could use a make over.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here we loved it, food was great service as well we had homemade spinach gnocchi was outstanding , flourless chocolate cake delicious we enjoyed everything . Definitely we’ll go as many times as we can this summer.

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JR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I would rate it higher but the AC was broken in the hostess area and the restaurant was very warm as well . Our waiter was slow and they ran out of ice . We had a party of 6 and they took the liberty to add 20% gratuity to the check which is not appropriate. Food was good and came out in a timely fashion

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C
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Buyer beware. Italian restaurant with typical but nicely done fare. But when get a special ask for the price. Prices are in the 18-28 range so you’d think the specials would be in the range right. How about a plate of pasta with some crab meat for 40.00. I’ll buy the crab traps and make my own next time. This unknown price til the check came ruined the meal. My bad but server should describe prices when price is double everyone else’s meal at the table.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Food was awesome!! However it was so hot in the restaurant we couldn't wait to leave. Even the staff looked uncomfortably hot.

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PB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Terrible, the only positive note the waitress was great, hair in my wife’s dinner, penne a la scampi with shrimp,replaced with another bowl but did not put in shrimps,finally got right with 3rd bowl,had to wait to be seated but 2 other 4 foursomes come in got seated right away asked the hostess what is going on,a lot of empty tables, said that waiting for a 2some to leave I said you got to be kidding, we got seated in 30 seconds,terrible

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B
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our server was excellent but our busser definitely had an attitude. Except for that all was very good

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N
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While being at the beach for the summer, we visit LaVecchia at least once per week, sometimes more. It is our favorite place here in Avalon!! Food is delicious and service excellent. Very welcoming environment.
We will be back in the off season too!!

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D
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a delicious meal including a career salad, gnocchi sorrentino ( melt in your mouth deliciousness) and lobster ravioli special ( outstanding) . we had to request bread, which was forgotten, and the busser was a bit pit out. Server was a family member, very friendly, knew exactly what to recommend. Priced $$$ for Italian, as u would expect in Avalon. Food was wonderful. Downside-- VERY noisy, so not romantic, and tables are VERY close together. It is a byob, which we love. We will definitely return!

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J
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are incredible! Our very favorite restaurant anywhere!

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Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there.I fall in love with mozarrela apettizer and lobster ravioli.Service was great

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