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Fontana Restaurant, Holywood, County Down

Fontana Restaurant

4.7
4.7
432 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 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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 432 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Overall

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Food

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Value

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Healthy

  • Northern Ireland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

432 Reviews
  1. GeoffR

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quick, professional and cheery service with excellent locally produced ingredients. Yes, it was a bit noisy but the restaurant was full (including one very big party) but everyone was enjoying themselves.

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  2. AnnK

    N. Ireland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Fontana for a late lunch. The menu offered a reasonable choice of dishes. The staff were friendly, welcoming and attentive. The restaurant and seating was comfortable and there was a good spacing of tables to allow for privacy. The food from starters to coffee was delicious, so overall we had a lovely experience and would have no hesitation in recommending Fontana.

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  3. BJ21

    London

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good meal. Food was all served well. Service was good. An enjoyable evening.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service staff very friendly would recommend and will return

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  5. JohnK

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, imaginative and fabulously fresh! Service absolutely on point as always.

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  6. Elrinav

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was amazing and food very good as well - they were very understanding of my allergies and made sure my food was tasty and allergen free. We had a lovely dinner and will definitely be back in future!

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  7. JiltedJohn

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Fontana several times and it is consistently good both the food and the service. The food was particularly good this time. Our table was right beside the toilets which wasn’t ideal but I did book last minute so can’t really complain. I don’t drink but they offered a non alcoholic Gin and Tonic which was really good. It might be nice to have more options for non drinkers…

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  8. JonPat

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We particularely enjoyed the lack of noisey background music. The music was very suitable and extremely quiet. Our table for 2 was set so that neither of were starring at the wall. We'll be back.

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  9. Dino

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fontana didn’t disappoint… Food was delicious, scallops were amazing… Service and attention to detail fabulous

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  10. MattA

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal we had an interesting lasagne without lasagne 😂. Portions a bit small but still nice

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  11. LornaG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, excellent menu. Friendly staff. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.

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  12. MelanieS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely quality food and very nice staff, I have used this restaurant on a number of occasions for special events and every time it has always been lovely.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fontana was very good and offered many classic dishes - steak, scallops, duck - that were all very solid, but did not knock my socks off. The staff was very friendly and attentive. They had a wide selection of gluten free options and went the extra mile to ensure we knew what was safe to eat. Overall very solid classics.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and quality of food were very good. Unfortunately there were some noisy diners in last Friday night ( apparently celebrating a birthday). That spoiled the atmosphere for us.

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  15. NealG

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michelin Rated location set in a beautiful tranquil Building with lots of beautiful architecture. Entrance leads into a lovely Restaurant past the open view cooking area. Menu is split into two options with either 2 or3 Course pricing or full ALa Carte selection. Food and service was excellent and like any high quality restaurant you pay for what you get. Service charge included in final price. Braised Beef and Salmon preceded by Goats Cheese Starters was the preferred choice and Drink prices not outrageous for such a lovely venue. Thank you for a lovely evening

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  16. HeatherM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, my Asian salmon was moist and sweet with a hint of maple and cumin. Service excellent. Highly recommend

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  17. BJ21

    London

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely evening. Good selection on menu of both starters and mains.

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  18. RenH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely service and adult atmosphere. Generous portions of beautifully cooked and well presented food at an affordable price. Certainly will be coming back;)

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  19. JohnA

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The slow cooked beef tasted bland , would benefit from some spicing , scallops were very good as were the deserts .

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  20. Seamuj

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful evening. Great food and lovely setting, great service

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were at Fontana last night with friends and we all throughly enjoyed the food which was excellent as was the service.

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  22. ivanm

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food excellent , with plenty of choice , friendly staff

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  23. AnnaA

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful meal. Wonderful food. Excellent value for money in a top restaurant. Staff were attentive without being intrusive.

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  24. SaraD

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my second time eating here and the first for my friend. We ate off the fixed menu and it was just fabulous as was the Rioja. It's an open kitchen which was spotless and the chefs were accomplished and friendly as were the staff. Such a lovely place we will definitely be back.

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  25. stephanieg

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is always fantastic and the staff are great. Food is outstanding. It was a quiet lunchtime in January but I think that’s just indicative of the hospitality industry post-Christmas. I really hope they ride out the storm and stay open as they are one of my favourite restaurants ever!

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  26. EdwinaH

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food with good choices, and staff were lovely as always.

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  27. KathrynM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual suberb in fact we have rebooted for the 3rd time.

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  28. PeterK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The mid week Prix Fixe menu is just what is required to get through freezing January Wednesdays. Excellent value for really delicious food and the bottle of red offered as part of the deal was really nice.

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  29. LynnJ

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasure to dine in this restaurant. Food and service consistently of a high standard. Waiting staff always pleasant, attentive and helpful.

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  30. HeatherH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant and food and service were just fab 😊

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  31. ClaireH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff are lovely as always and the food was very very good indeed, great value we had the set menu for two including bottle of red which was fab and daughter had 3 courses - delighted and a brilliant evening we will be back!!!!!!!!!

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  32. EleanorM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoroughly recommend and will be back . Food was absolutely delicious.

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  33. PeterT

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food. Outstanding service. A very special place.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb meal and fantastic service. Highly recommended.

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  35. KathrynD

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful meal once again for our anniversary. We had breads to share and then steak and lamb for main. It was beautiful. Staff very friendly and attentive. Water glass filled up numerous times. Highly recommend

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  36. SusanneD

    Madrid

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & Service both excellent. Loud idiot at next table, but that’s not the restaurants fault.

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  37. JulietC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. Superb chefs and staff who make you feel extremely welcome each time. The food is out of this world, and you feel like you could be anywhere in the world..a delightful escape from the norm

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  38. Scarlett

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly, helpful staff, tasty food, comfortable surroundings

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  39. JimC

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, beautifully cooked and superb presentation. Knowledgable, friendly staff. Comprehensive wine list. You can't compromise on quality and Fontana certainly don't. Best restaurant in North Down and much further afield.

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  40. PeterH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A hard review to write as we have been going here for almost 20 years with rarely an issue. Restaurant was not full yet the service was v slow, I had to go and ask what the delay was for the main course. One meal had to be sent back as it was not cooked to the order and the other meals were over cooked and poorly presented. The turkey main course looked like it had been slopped onto the plates and was not particularly appetising. Did not order desert due to experience. Such a shame particularly as it was my 60th birthday.

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FAQs

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

Fontana Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 432 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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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