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La Vecchia Fontana

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412 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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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 412 People Are Saying
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4.5
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3.9
service
3.8
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3.9
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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 đź‘Ť

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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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1.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Our reservation was made for 8pm and we did not get seated until 8:53pm, we told our friends about how wonderful the food was at this restaurant and finally brought them along with us. we arrived at 7;45 for an 8pm reservation and no one was at the hostess stand until 8:15 pm to check us in. Then we had to stand in a hot lobby until 8:53 when our name was finally called to go to a table. nothing was done for us in a way of a complimentary appetizer or dessert for the long wait and we all complained about the wait. We go to this restaurant frequently. We were very disappointed in front of our friends in regards to the wait since we all rushed to get there by 7:45.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a great time with friends. Food was great. Was very noisy but could still talk.

The only concern was we had reservations and it appears a group came in without reservations but they were able to buy their seating by tipping the Host .... I know there was a group of 4 in front of us with reservations for 7 pm and they had waited for 45 minutes and got upset and left .. Our reservation was for 7:30 and were seated at 7:50 so that was not too bad. However group who did not have reservations were seated before others with reservations. Not appropriate.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

My Veal Parmesan melted in your mouth. It was excellent. We split a Caesar salad which was also excellent. Exceptional dressing....Our waiter, Alex, was fantastic. It was my friend's first time there and she had a wonderful dinner, too. We will definitely be returning.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food -excellent appetizers, salads, and main dishes were perfect.
The restaurant was very loud .

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

I love this place. I would eat there every night if I could. The service is almost always spot on. Not this visit however. I hope they are listening. They have an amazing thing going but people are not willing to pay top dollar if the service is bad.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

We waited for 35 minutes for a 7:30pm reservation .... understandable that a restaurant at the shore on a weekend will be busy, but there was no where to wait except for a dingy lobby of a condo. No bar, no ambience. Thankfully once seated we had good service and our meal was excellent. A bit overpriced, but excellent.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2017

Just delicious food! Service was top notch as well.

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3.0Dined on September 5, 2017

The food this evening was superb as usual. The only reason for a downgrade on ambiance and overall this time was that their was an irritating condensate leak from the HVAC over our table for four which bothered our guests. Needs to be corrected.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been dining here since it opened in Avalon and this was the best meal ever. Food was excellent. Good service. Special salad was fantastic . Wonderful combinations of greens, fruit , beets and cheese. Seafood Risotto was fantastic as always. Excellent veal francaise. We will be back especially now that summer crowds will be gone.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2017

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Have been here many times since they opened and have seen some variability in our satisfaction. On the plus side the food is usually good and the wait staff competent in an above average environment for the shore. The waiter will tell you of the specials, but will not tell you the price unless you ask. This time pwe went with old friends we have not seen for a year. The waiter was AWOL after telling us rhe specials and took a long time tp take our order. The food was, as usual, good but the waiter was talking to friends when we were trying to pay the check. Someone else noticed this and finally came over to take it. The restaurant is in a single room and it has hard room attributes so large can be noisy. The mussels were small and tasteless, but the rest of the food was good, especially the veal dishes. Prices are somewhat higher as is expected at the shore, but there are restaurants about as good which can be found within a fifteen minute drive from this one. We have been to all the restaurants run by this family, but none has been as high a value as the Philadelphia one, La Fontana d'Cite.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

FOOD WAS EXCELLENT BUT ROOM WAS SMALL WITH LOW CEILINGS WHICH MADE IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Good food and service
Had to wait 30 min for seating
Restaurant was very noisy - excessive - and that would be a reason not to recommend it.
Needs to be addressed

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Dinner was very good. They have a good menu also. It is good for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Birthday celebration

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2.0Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a reservation and then had to wait for thirty minutes before being seated!!

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2.0Dined on August 9, 2017

The place was unbearably noisy and the two of us were squeezed in-between a table of 12 and a very noisy table of six. The waitress was OK, but was rushed and was not particularly attentive. We did not even have salt and pepper on the table and I had to get a set from another table because no one was paying any attention to us. We were not offered any cracked pepper for our salads and had to ask for that and wait again before we could began to eat the salads.
My Caesar salad was warm and tasted like it had been sitting there all day.
My sister selected Veal Milanese and said it was tasteless and she found four or five lemon seeds in the sauce. My Veal Parmesan entrée was fried to the plate and the side of spaghetti looked like a tangled -up glob of yarn with the sauce baked into it. I am used to a nice sauce on top of entrées not a fried dried up mess.
When the waitress brought our bill we settled the tab and waited and waited for someone to take the cash. We finally gave it to another waiter and left only to find our waitress having a nice break in the lobby.
I would definitely never return and I do frequent Stone Harbor with my husband and other family members frequently.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

We celebrated our son's birthday-and his 1 year old daughter was helping us with the party! The staff was so inviting and accommodating.As usual, Bekim entertained us with some delicious appetizers and fabulous entrees. It is hands down THE best ristorante down the shore!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2017

Fabulous food and would diffenitly be back.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Outstanding dinner and great service.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Outstanding dinner

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Arrived for dinner at the scheduled time, no one was there. Eventually a waiter seated us. Salad for one was overpriced for one at 15.95. Dinner specials were announced, my wife ordered the lobster ravioli, was surprised at the cost at the end 40.00. Seriously overpriced. When our dinner was almost finished we noticed other tables getting bread, we asked the waiter at the end and he said oh yeah the delivery was late, didn't even care we didn't get any bread. We will not for sure to go back, bad uncaring service and overpriced at 115.00 for two.

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