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Fontana Restaurant, Holywood, County Down

Fontana Restaurant

4.7
4.7
416 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 416 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Overall

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Food

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Ambiance

  • 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

    Romantic

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

416 Reviews
  1. BJ21

    London

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. JeanN

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, very good service. The ambience was as expected at this time very jolly.

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  26. ValerieM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fontana is a little Gem in Holywood, excellent food, good service. Wine perhaps a little to expensive.

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  27. JanieR

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal. Probably the best Christmas dinner I've ever had. Great wine and fantastic service.

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  28. CharlesR

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food accompanied by friendly, professional and prompt service.

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  29. TammyT

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended Fontana for our 2 year wedding anniversary dinner. The service was fantastic from start to finish. The food was absolutely sensational and the selection of cocktails / beers was brilliant. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We will definitely be back!

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  30. JoeC

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was lukewarm Service very slow Whole thing grossly overpriced

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  31. JackP

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was attentive without being too fussy and food was beautiful without being too dainty. Left very satisfied and hope to be back soon.

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  32. Alex

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable. 10/10. Will be back asap and will be telling many people about our meal here. Never tasted anything as tasty

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  33. KathrynM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit to Fontana in a month and again excellent food service and very relaxed .Thank you.

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  34. Carole

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, we had a lovely evening and we were delighted with the whole experience

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  35. MarkMcG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Steaks were very tasty but both were quite gristly which was a shame, couldn’t even finish

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  36. JoanC

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had excellent food this evening- my roast cod was super and the other guests were very pleased too. As the restaurant filled up about 8pm the noise of people chatting became very loud- it was quite difficult to keep up a conversation! Maybe just joyous Christmas spirit! 🎅

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  37. GlynisM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely space between tables Comfortable seating Welcome from staff Delicious food. A great evening Thank you

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  38. susieWong

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was refreshing to see a restaurant with traditional values

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  39. BJ21

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food as good as ever. Service great. Overall a good evening.

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  40. donp

    N. Ireland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hands down best restaurant in Holywood, has been for many years. Excellent attentive staff and good value, try it out!

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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 4.7 stars by 416 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 5 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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