La Vecchia Fontana

4.2
433 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
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Additional
Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Thu - Sat 4:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 433 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent Father’s day dinner. Service was great and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The noise level is just way too loud. Food is great

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Meal & service was fantastic

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Eat here regularly and it's always outstanding food, and exceptional service.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We’ve eaten here many times over the years and have always had great meals
Highly recommend

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I would not recommend dining at La Vecchia Fontana, we should have left when we requested a glass of ice 4 TIMES, before we finally got it, and when appetizer was placed on the table there was an ant on it. Had the fixed price menu, still trying to figure out why desert was not served individually nor were we asked which dessert we wanted. There were 4 of us and 3 different desert plates were put on the table. We had to divide and share deserts one of which we did not even want. Staff not customer friendly either. Noise level terrible. One and done, very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

It is the best food, with great service!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

So happy we chose La Vecchia Fontana for our restaurant week dining! Well definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great byob with friendly staff and they made it a fun evening! It has great authentic Italian food and their limencello cake is delightful!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Good as usual.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Very average food quality

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Loved it, great service & great food

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Delicious as always . Friendly courteous service . Nice atmosphere & cinviently located
Be back again !! Connie & Bill

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The chef did a great job with a menu for restaurant week. The four of us enjoyed a variety of dishes and all were excellent. It was busy but know issues with having resonable conversation. We enjoyed our visit.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

As usual great food and great service in a comfortable atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

One of our favorites in Avalon. Food & service s always very good. They train their staff well and out waitress, Kate, was particularly attentive & professional. The artichoke appetizer was wonderful as were the mussels & halibut.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food was great as always but for some reason we were very rushed by waitress. Very anxious to remove dishes, very anxious to leave the bill and never offered a second cup of the $3 coffee. We were entertaining friends so that was disappointing especially because we constantly rave about this restaurant. We will be back in 10 days so hopefully things will be back to normal.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We love Vecchia Fontana and go several times each summer. It is a family favorite for their wonderful Italian food. You really have to be patient even if you have a reservation - we had a 7:30 reservation and were not seated until 8:15 (personally I think they book too many large groups). And it is very loud in there so not the best for conversation. Watch the prices for the specials (halibut special was $40!). Otherwise don't hesitate, definitely go!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great place for wonderful authentic Italian food! The staff does hurry you along getting food quickly to the table but no breathing room between courses. Otherwise we enjoy coming to the restaurant and will continue to return for years to come!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Most enjoyable!!!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Treasure in Avalon offering delicious generous meals with added bonus of being BYOB. Recommend inquiring about the price of the specials which seem to run a little higher than regular menu items. That said, the specials truly are special. A new family favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very good food and great service! It is a byob and nice to dress up. Staff very nice 👍

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service was fine when we first arrived. Our waiter was attentive and we received our salads and dinners fairly promptly. Once the restaurant got more patrons things went downhill. We were entertaining the idea of dessert but after 30 minutes with no attention , we decided to forego that course. My sister had to actually go to the waiter personally to get our check. The food we ordered was delicious but the lack of service kind of colored our overall experience. The restaurant had only 2 servers. If many reservations are going to be accommodated then more staff needs to be available.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We dine here frequently and this is early in the season. Food was excellent as usual but the service was very slow. The wait staff were running so the problem was lack of sufficient staff for the volume of customers.
Look, if you don’t have enough staff either cut back on the volume of patrons or you will suffer from poor a review that was completely avoidable.
Still recommend and will continue to eat there.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I never usually leave reviews. This is my first. We are Italians who cook all the time & rarely satisfied with eating Italian food out. These people are the real deal. Every meal so far, excellent. They can cook for me anytime!!

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We arrived at 7:30 for our reservation. No one took our name and we waited 45 minutes with no table . We looked for waiters to see about our table, but they keep saying you need to wait. Total disrespect.
We ended up leaving with no one ever would acknowledge the reservation we make on Open table . Open table .. What is going on here???

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent meal, best I’ve had in Avalon

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was incredible. Veal was amazing. Salad appetizers were humungous.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a fabulous dinner. Brian was an amazing waiter, kind, attentive and really nice to talk to. We began our meal with two tasty apps; eggplant and stuffed long hits. Both delish. The veal was melt in your mouth tender. My husband had a salmon dish with marinara and seafood that he really enjoyed.
Wonderful dinner, looking forward to next time!

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant was NOT OPEN and we had a confirmed reservation last night with open table that we made a week before. This is totally unacceptable and extremely disappointing for open table to have the restaurant on their website and for the restaurant to be taking reservations when there were clearly closed with a sign on the door that said open year round. Read through the previous reviews this had happened before .

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I can not review La Vecchia Fontana because it was NOT OPEN. Two other cars arrived in the parking area, and left. How can Open Table and La Vecchia accept reservations, confirm them, and report that we were seated, when they were not open for business. Poor show for both of you.

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1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We made a Sunday night reservation on 1/14. The place was closed when we got there. From reading other reviews, we may have been lucky.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent service and very friendly staff; celebrated New year's eve on 12/31.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Another good meal at La Vecchia . Food is always consistent. The special salads are interesting, creative and tasty. It is a bit pricey but it is Avalon where everything is pricey. They seem to do well with large tables and as a two we have rarely been impacted. We commend them for staying open in the winter.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Always enjoy dinner here. Food and staff are excellent. It really is a neighborhood gem!

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We were looking for a local restaurant that would be open on Christmas Eve and La Vecchia Fontana was one of the only ones. While the food was terrific, perhaps they should not have been open...we were the first ones there at 6pm and only two other reservations came in around the same time. Our party of five was the last to leave and immediately following our departure the waiters removed their ties and began cleaning off the tables (the restaurant is all windows and we could see them from the car). Just a little interesting to say the least. Our waiter was fine, but we could tell that they would have rather have been someplace else.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Another good meal at LaVecchia. Great pastas and seafood risotto was enjoyed by all. Service was good and reasonably well-paced. Wish there was a way to soften the noise level. The best and most consistent Italian food in Avalon. Love the fact that they stay open most of the year. We applaud it for doing that.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

This was our first time dining here and we enjoyed the experience. The food was very good and as was the service.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Good local restaurant. Not too busy when we arrived but got very busy. Seemed like only 2 waiters working who were very busy. It is byob which is great. Appetizer special was $18 which would’ve been nice to know..we didnt ask and waiter fidnt offer..good but pricey..4 scallops wrapped in bacon. Portions are big.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Very enjoyable meal with the lively staff and great deserts and cappuccino coffees!

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