La Fondue - Saratoga

4.4
4631 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
La Fondue is located in the center of Saratoga Village on Big Basin Way at the corner of 4th Street. The restaurant’s interior reflects a new interpretation of European design that avoids cliché interpretations. La Fondue offers a unique fondue experience serving over 50 different types of fondues served tableside. We offer a “chill out” dining experience, a little bit glamorous, a little bit classic. Try our Wild Game, Kobe Flat-Iron, or Private Reserve Filet Mignon cooked in one of our four cooking methods. Then top off your evening with a decadent chocolate fondue dessert. Mood and food at its best.

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Experiences

  • Late night Chocolate only

    $38.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    For a limited time, we will be bringing back chocolate only! This experience will include a pot of Chocolate Fondue, two sets of dipper plates, and two glasses of dessert wine to pair!
  • A Taste of Everything

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Join us at La Fondue to experience an array of meats with our “Le Freak” entrée! This experience starts your night off with a bottle of champagne to pair with your choice of one of our delectable cheese fondues prepared for you table-side. The wait staff will then give an in-depth explanation and demonstrate how to cook your entrée in one of our 4 cooking methods. To then finish your evening with a delightful pot of chocolate fondue. Making great memories last while experiencing every flavor on the menu! Taxes and a 20% Service Charge will be included on the final bill.
  • Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Menu

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Join us at La Fondue for our holiday prix fixe menu and start your evening with a glass of sparkling wine! Valentine's Day guests will be enjoying our 4 Course Menu for $135 per person. This menu will feature our Dungeness crab 4 Cheese Fondue and our Flaming Tortoise Chocolate Fondue. Cancellations; 48 hours advanced, cancellations made after 2/12/21 or no shows will be charged full menu price. The Prix Fixe menu will be the only available menu this evening.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4631 people are saying
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Deanna
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at La Fondue and we had Trevor as our waiter. He was very personable and had great recommendations! He guided us through the menu and our meal and was able to help with anything we needed. All the food was delicious! We will be back again and, when we do, we will ask for Trevor! Highly recommend!

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CarrieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

For what we are paying it is a good value. the seats look a little worn or stained in some areas and it seems that the light level is very dark. That is fine but it is so dark it makes you think there is something that the restaurant may be trying to hide. The staff was really nice and fun. they accommodated us well I try to come at least once a year to eat here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Reserved a table for 4, and the other party ended up bringing their two teen daughters and our reservation was adjusted. This was pretty much the only positive thing about the experience.

We were seated in a weird corner of the restaurant that was way too dark (whereas the rest of the restaurant was normally lit) and seated next to 3 large groups who were incredibly noisy. I suppose it’s not the restaurant’s fault for the noise level but it seemed like we were purposely sat in the “ugly” corner, whether it was because we were dressed too casually or we had teens with us (the tables around us had screaming kids). Either way, it’s discriminatory and absolutely disgusting behavior.

Overall, the food was barely above average and not in line with the price tag. Entree portions are very small but quality is decent to good. Price tag should have gotten me high quality ingredients, though. The variety of bread, fruits, and veggies for the fondue were very limited and everything seemed kind of old and limp like they were forgotten in the back of my fridge.

The server mixing our cheese fondue made an absolute mess on our table by spilling cheese all over and didn’t even clean it up, not even a quick wipe. We were also served the wrong wine. When it came to the entrées, the server dumped half the meats onto the grill instead of just letting us do one at a time so we could keep track of what we were tasting. My friends who had been there before said that wasn’t typical service and it seemed like they were rushing us.

I would not recommend this place to anyone. It’s a huge rip off for hit or miss quality, flavor, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and extremely friendly staff. I will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was a bit slow and the food wasn’t as good as we remembered. Overpriced for the quality and quantity

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Chrystalb
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Happy your full menu is back. Thank you so much. 💓

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, great service. Cheese was mixed perfectly. Breads, fruits and vegetables all fresh. Thank you

KG
KimberlyG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I have a lot to say about our dinner last night and I have to say that none of it will be favorable. From the start, the waitress wasn’t very helpful with a somewhat complicated menu that you literally had to use a flashlight to see. Overall, it was gimmicky. They fill you up on salad, then chunks of bread to dip into the cheese. This is obviously designed to fill you up on cheap stuff so they can skimp on the meat and fish., which they did. We wanted filet mignon. The portion we got for 3 people was less than a 3rd of an actual steak. No, sadly this is not an exaggeration. I thought things would improve with the chocolate course. It was okay but we thought they would have had more fresh fruit with it instead of marshmallows and cookie dough, and stuff you could buy in any grocery store. It could have been special, but it wasn’t.
When you go to a restaurant with 4 $$$$, you expect excellence (at least we do). We’re happy to pay a lot of money for a great meal. This would have been more acceptable if it were 2 $$, but to pay over $400 for 3 people for what truly would cost less than $100 to put together made us feel a silly for making the trek from Alameda for my birthday. Not one of us would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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birthdaydinner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Always good food, service was ok. Filled our own water and champagne was room temp. Poured our own glasses as well. It's not so easy to share with dairy allergies....

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dominickd
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was top notch. This is a great place to take a date for a romantic dinner.

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deet
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

New Year's Eve we arrived at 8:10pm for our 8:15pm reservations for outdoor seating. We were told to wait inside where at least five other couples and a party of six were also waiting. As far as I could tell, no one was offered a drink while waiting.
At 8:35, I inquired how much longer it would be, the host said he could seat us now. When the host started walking away from the outdoor seating, I reminded him our reservations were for outside. He said, "Oh, outside? You're going to have to wait a lot longer for that." So we agreed to sit inside. It took over 15 minutes for the server to come to the table. Another 15 minutes later our server brought glasses of water and the food items for dipping in the cheese fondue (the second course of the meal). The food just sat there as we waited for, and then ate our salads.
The staff member said they typically serve 100 people on a weekend night, on New Year's Eve, they had reservations for 300. Seems management got a bit greedy and didn't consider the impact it would have on the customer's experience or the servers' workload. Unacceptable at $135.00 per person plus gratuity.

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DavidL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Way overpriced for what we received, we were told the 4 course dinner was all we could order and was charged $413 for dinner. First and last time there

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vipOTReviewerWithThumbs
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

New Years Eve Prix Fixe menu. Service was excellent. Food was ok. Atmosphere is eclectic. Extremely loud. Hard to hear across one’s table. Price/value is way off. Very expensive for what one gets. Surprise 20% “Service Charge” that I did not see noted in advance. When I asked about it, the server represented it as a gratuity. I generally tip 20% or more anyway but I do not like a surprise “service charge” that is not spelled out ahead of time as is not my choice.

I will not return.

One can spend the same money and get better food and experience elsewhere with no coercive non optional service charge.

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Gogomi
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

On open table web they had new year fixed menu and standard menu but when I get there I found I they only have a fixed menu. Dinner was for 4 people for almost $750

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We did the prefix New Year's Eve fondue experience. Honestly I was expecting fondue through the whole thing but the entree wasn't described very clearly in the menu and it was more of a hot pot experience. The staff was pretty fantastic and when it was clear we just needed to go our server was able to get us out. I've got to say though for the price the proportions were ridiculously small. We made it clear that we didn't like seafood so they omitted it but didn't actually increase the quantities of anything else for us to eat. For the entree we actually had to cook the raw meat ourselves all the raw meat was laid out on the same plate and not separate and to me that's just food safety no no. I definitely wouldn't come back again because everything was pretty flavorless except for the chocolate fondue which was amazing. Like literally nothing was seasoned and even though they put salt pepper and not making the cheese it's still just kind of tasted like bland cheese. If you've been to La Fondue before and he loved it definitely check out this location because the service is stellar. It just didn't meet my expectations for either flavor or for portion size given what we paid for the experience. Also I would just like to add that their outdoor seating is not really outdoors it's definitely separate from the main indoor dining area but it's not enough ventilation and they don't seat you six feet apart if that is important to you.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a family Christmas time destination. A very unique and fun place to dine in high style.

SJ
vipSJDyner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Was a good experience but could improve in some areas. We were greeted at the door with “Do you have a reservation” not “Welcome! Good evening!” Or anything else. We were told we were seven minutes early but could be seated if we wanted. We were sat in an area with some very noisy groups so after considering, asked if we could be moved. We were promptly reseated into a quieter section but near the kitchen. Wait staff was pleasant but they had not tried several of the types of fondu methods ( there are only four). Food was very good. Overall it was a nice experience but further training and focus on the basics of a hospitality experience would elevate the experience and make it more in line with the price level.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and it was better than what I was thinking. Get the La Freak. I got to try so many different meats that I would have never tired before. Plus you get the cheese fondue, salad and dessert with it.

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Jules
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of the worst dinning experiences I have had in a long while. Waitress was very stand-off-ish and was not helpful in aiding us navigate the menu even after we told her it was our first time there. We bought cocktails/wine as soon as we sat down and she asked us again if we wanted refills before she told us our meal came with a free bottle of champagne. For such as expensive restaurant, the experience should have been better, especially for very mediocre food.

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AllieL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wow, what an experience! This place was a wonderful and fun date night. It is interactive because you are involved in cooking your food which tasted amazing!
The only downside is that they were very short staffed (which is common these days cause of the vid) which made it challenging to chat more with the waitstaff. But overall a great experience and will definitely visit again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining here. My kids love it! Great food, staff and wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner. The ambiance the food and service are great. Very enjoyable experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allana was the greatest!

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RialenaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I did not enjoy the dining experience. Neither did the other four guests that joined me. I found this restaurant to be an extremely expensive dinner for a below average experience. We were disappointed with the loud noise level, and the low level lighting was a nuisance since we struggled to read the menu and cook the food. It was a completely underwhelming and regrettable experience. There was nothing about the food or venue that makes me want to return. I have been fortunate to dine in a variety of cities in my travels throughout the world. I am open to all types of cuisines and settings. This restaurant stands out, but only for negative reasons. It tops my list for least favorite dining experience ever.

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RichardE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner good but way to expensive

KK
KirstenK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions. The food was great and the service was as well. We enjoyed our special evening!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

service was horrible, we weren’t even brought waters and had to ask twice. no napkins were on the table

KA
KimberA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

My family of 4 was seated at a table in an area that looked like an old porch. The floor was not level, we sat in plastic outside chairs & the table was stuck in a corner. I think the table was meant only for 3 ppl bcs the knobs for the burner we’re right where my son was sitting-the server kept asking him to stand up so they could adjust the burner. The lightening was so dark that we couldn’t see if our meat was cooked or not & the noise level was deafening. For the amount of money we spent it was definitely not worth it. Very disappointing

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Phil
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, food was delicious, and the ambiance was superb. Highly suggest to anyone looking for a lovely night of good food and a great atmosphere!

JL
vipJeanetteL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been eating at this restaurant over 25 years. It is absolutely incredible! Delicious every time!

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vipRobin
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Overall very poor. The salad and the items for dipping and sautéing were pre-made and not fresh. The salad especially was tired and could have been sitting around for hours. The menu is a confusing mish mash and the server gets frustrated when diners cannot decide how to proceed. The staff was young and disconnected. The ambiance is old, overdone. The floor under our booth was greasy and sticky. They charge way too much for the poor ingredients. The wine list is completely inadequate. I would never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food quality is just as good as before but service has decreased quite a bit. Definitely not the 20% service that is automatically added to the bill.

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Dinner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Only thing is that the bill included a service charge— automated tip I guess

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vipPaige
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

One of our burners was not working. Understaffed -our server was nice and professional but she couldn’t keep up. Not her fault.
The meat quality was poor especially the swordfish scallops and filet.

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TSea
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly, helpful and attentive. Our overall experience was great from start to finish! Allot about 2 hours, this is not a dinner to rush through.

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BradM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was an OK experience. You need a PhD to figure out the menu if you have not been there before and our clothes picked up a lot of the cooking oil smells during the evening. The food was good and there is a wide variety of options. It is a leisurely dining experience that works well when you want to take the time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy our dining experience at La Fondue, as it’s not an average, run of the mill experience. We had a brand new server the evening we dined, and although she was lovely and did a good job for her first night serving, she was not terribly attentive. Now, keep in mind, this was a Saturday night, so we know the restaurant was quite busy, so it was understandable. It’s just, when you’re dropping a couple hundred dollars for dinner, you do kinda expect your server to be fairly attentive. In any case, our overall experience was very nice. We had a good meal in a less noisy part of the restaurant, so that was great. My only other complaint with La Fondue is the ventilation system in the restaurant. It is terrible!! We always leave there smelling like greasy food and you can literally see the smoke from cooking meat floating in the air. Not pleasant!

All in all though, we had a great evening. Good food, good company, eclectic ambiance and a very sweet server. We will definitely be back….

JB
JaimeeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat. I always come here when back in the Bay.

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ScottS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Fondue is a totally unique dining experience! I highly recommend it

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La Fondue - Saratoga is rated 4.4 stars by 4631 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.