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Fontana Restaurant, Holywood, County Down

Fontana Restaurant

4.6
4.6
236 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Simple Food, Cooked Well, Enjoyed By All.
Fontana is a favorite in the neighborhood. Always serving the best of fresh local ingredients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Fontana is that perfect place for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    028 9039 7977

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michal Gabrysiak

  • Neighborhood

    Holywood

  • Cross street

    High street and Shore road

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Holywood Train station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wine

What 236 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Innovative

  • Northern Ireland

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top class food and service! Was a lovey Sunday afternoon treat and will definitely return!
  2. WH

    WayneH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Very good food, the interior needs a refurb but the food was excellent.
  3. B

    Bobodada

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurant in Northern Ireland, very friendly staff, food was delicious (the beef was cooked perfectly !). We will definitely come back !
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend
  5. JC

    JoanC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John Dorey and roast cod were fabulous! BlackBerry pannacotta was excellent too. This restaurant deserves its reputation for high class cuisine.
  6. BM

    BruceM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Overall a very good meal - its a great spot - a little noisy at times but that was particular customers, & you cant do much about that (tho a great restaurant I was in once, had lighting that went very bright above the noisy table/s). Service & food first class, and only suggestion to improve the offering would be a better variety of gluten free desserts - a GF apple crumble would be fabulous as an alternative to the bland panna cotta or creme brulee which are fairly standard! AND NORMAL humans (non GF !!) have been known to actually eat and enjoy the GF made with corn flower options, so shouldn't go to waste.
  7. CG

    CatherineG

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely lunch with 2 friends on Friday afternoon. Food was very good as always. Lovely attentive & friendly service.
  8. J

    Jacquelinev

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always great! The mid week special is exceptional value. Great for celebratory meal without the large price tag for a luxury meal.
  9. GH

    GordonH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a thoroughly pleasant dinner at Fontana. The food was excellent, the service was attentive without being intrusive and the cost was reasonable,
  10. DE

    DEIRDREL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crisp white linen, excellent service and superb food make this a ' go to' restaurant for any occasion. Unbelievably good value for money.
  11. M

    Michael

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Visited for Sunday Lunch. Only 5 tables taken so very quiet yet seated at a table at the entrance to the kitchen. Nice tables were left empty. Ordered Lamb but none left! With only 17 covers at the service??? Repetitive techno music on PA system totally out of character with the restaurant. We had to wait at least 25 mins between courses even when we were the only table left in the restaurant waiting for our desserts and coffee. Would hate to be there if it was busy. Not the fault of the waiting staff, the chefs were really slow but did seem to have time to chat away to themselves and other staff. Owner/Manager seemed oblivious or uninterested. I don't complain at the time as prefer to review restaurants initial offerings. Definitely wouldn't recommend this restaurant and won't be back.
  12. GD

    GordonD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Portion size has really dropped (starters and mains). Restaurant cutting too many corners- therefore it is sadly not what it used to be.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable
  14. JB

    JamesB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent meal and first class service. Very good choice of wine by the glass. We look forward to another visit.
  15. EC

    EilishC

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent tasting menu and staff very attentive to dietary requirements
  16. MM

    MartinM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great restaurant! Casual (in a good way) and friendly service, delicious food, a great wine list and a lovely environment. And this was the Christmas menu! Looking forward to my next visit.
  17. JM

    JohnM

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All food perfectly cooked and well presented on warm plates. Staff very attentive.
  18. KG

    KateG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a warm welcome we received on arrival from the most courteous, friendly staff. Food as always was superb, will definitely come bac
  19. WI

    WILLIAMH

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I’ve had much better meals in Fontana. This restaurant like most at this time of year is making the most of high volume business and who can blame them for doing so.Unfortunately as happened on this occasion,I found the quality of the food,presentation and service to reflect the strain being placed on the restaurants resources.
  20. SG

    StevieG

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful evening with friends at Fontana, our favourite restaurant in Northern Ireland. The ribeye steak was amazing, and the Christmas Pudding was a delightful surprise. Great service as always and relaxing ambience made it special. We’ll be back again very soon!
  21. d

    donp

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first Xmas Dinner at Fontana, fabulous as always, it was a lovely way to celebrate their 25th anniversary, where did the time go!
  22. C

    Christine

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Interesting menu. A bit expensive but worth it.
  23. PP

    PeterP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyable lunch,service very good overall 4 stars
  24. A

    Audrey

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food and excellent service. very pleasant staff and good atmosphere. We will return. Thank you
  25. MS

    MichaelS

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience, staff very good , food excellent
  26. JC

    JackieC

    N. Ireland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service at Fontana, consistently good.
  27. C

    Crofter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Despite living walking distance away, we hadn't visited since before the pandemic. we were delighted to find so many there on a wet winter Wednesday night Food and service remain excellent.
  28. CR

    CarolineR

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Food was excellent but it was very cold in the restaurant.
  29. d

    drinxs

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was superb could not fault it. Great vibe and good spacing between each table so you never felt cramped or verging into other peoples conversation. If I was to nit pick (so clearly not a massive issue) was the wait between starter and main course. I will definitely be back
  30. GR

    GRETAJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. Been quite a few times and always enjoy
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Unfortunately the experience was not as good as we expected for the prices. The cocktail whiskey sour was like watered down whiskey and had to be sent back twice, overcharges for beers, food smothered in butter after saying I don’t like butter, sticky toffee desert served in a plain white bowl (like a cereal bowl) and half a scoop of ice cream , very disappointing . Ordered 2 coffees and they never came , forgotten about. All in all over priced for a very disappointing meal in Holywood.
  32. F

    Freyja

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The food did not taste well and portions were small, I left feeling hungry.
  33. SV

    SheenaV

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular meal with friends, we went for the mussels and prawn risotto for Starters filled by the chicken and duck dishes. The food was outstanding, beautifully presented and wonderful flavours. Friendly service as always. Great spot.
  34. G

    Garyk

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another top dining experience at Fontana - the set menu with wine is superb value, and service excellent as usual.
  35. JA

    JillA

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Unfortunately Fontana didn’t step up to the mark expected. A really quirky and modern entrance however when inside very dull, uninteresting and lacking atmosphere. When the waitress was asked what wine was on offer she had no idea of names or descriptions but offered to show us the label on the bottle. Starters arrived, all good. However when the main courses came it was disappointing that two of them were luke warm. One was edible the other was not resulting in a main being returned. This was taken back to the kitchen and returned to our table approx 3 minutes later seemingly having been reheated in the microwave and still not hot enough. A kurt ‘sorry’ was offered. No further acknowledgment of the poor standard of food served was given. On the positive side, most of the staff were pleasant. I’m afraid I will not be returning to Fontana in the future.
  36. MM

    MarvellousMartin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food quality was excellent Really must go back more often
  37. LH

    LauranH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very warm welcome. Nice white tablecloths. Food was fabulous as was service. Highly recommended.
  38. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty sunday lunch - we had 3 courses, the right amount of food and all delicious, really good value for £28 - lovely atmosphere, pleasant staff, look forward to our next visit.
  39. RJ

    RoryJ

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing eating experience. We can't wait to go back.
  40. GH

    GennineH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, staff were very friendly and accommodating.

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Fontana Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9039 7977.

Fontana Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 236 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 8 times today
Google Map for Fontana Restaurant

61 High Street, Holywood, County Down BT18 9AE

Additional information

  • Cross street

    High street and Shore road

  • Neighborhood

    Holywood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Holywood Train station

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michal Gabrysiak

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wine

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