La Fondue - Saratoga

4.6
4247 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

La Fondue in Saratoga has a lovely, verdant and pampering location that makes it ideal to stop in at for many people.



You can get plenty of different types of fondue from cheese to beef to chocolate at La Fondue. Choose a complete meal or order à la carte. Selections include chicken, vegetables, as well as more exotic meats like the wild thing, which includes alligator, antelope, buffalo, kangaroo, wild boar and venison. There are also surf and turf options. There is an array of different salads, as well. For dessert at La Fondue, many chocolate versions are served with fudge, amaretto, Frangelico and different liqueurs.




Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Swiss, Fondue
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Corkage Policy: Mon-Tues-Wed, for every Combination Dinner Purchased, one corkage fee is waived.
Free Corkage is NOT applicable for Cheese & Chocolate Diners

We do NOT offer Chocolate ONLY fondue. Please join us for a 4-Course Combination Dinner
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Phone number
(408) 867-3332
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
A special occasion warrants a special dining experience. Lafondue offers private dining for up to 12 guests and larger semi-private rooms for 20, 28 and 36 guests. All are ideal for special events. Or, if you would enjoy dining al fresco, take advantage of our 2 outdoor year round patios(heated and covered) with seating for 24 guests each. Each patio has 19th century reclaimed Provence Farmhouse tiles, Phillipe Starcke chairs and a wonderful Alpine setting!
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Private party contact
Manager: (408) 867-3332
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Catering
There is convenient public parking located behind La Fondue in the parking districts. Lafondue has a valet parking service located in front of the restaurant on Friday & Saturday Nights.
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Cross street
4th
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Public transit
None
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4247 People Are Saying
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JP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall experience. Our servers were very pleasant and attentive, food was wonderful.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Came here after 10 years and the service has drastically declined mainly because of a bad waiter Justin. Not to be picky, but how can he poured a very expensive Pinot and failed to pour in one of the glasses? On our second bottle, i told him please just leave me the bottle and i will do the serving. He was slow and unattentive. So, needless to say, one bad/mediocre waiter means we are not coming back O

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have gone there several times service has always been good staff all seem to like there jobs. If you want a quite dinner go early it does get louder as the e ending progress

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PV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Good place but used to be more intimate, private and cozy, or at least that is how I remembered from the last time we went there a few years ago. The new ambience is nice but not as appealing for the price of the food. You are eating on top of other people, as I mentioned no privacy way too open concept and uncomfortable furniture and setting. Service is good, they treated us really well.

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s
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places for special occasions, and business dinner. Great way to taste different foods and you get to cook your own food so can't complain if not cooked right.
We always try different methods and meats.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We much enjoy going to La Fondue. The food quality is great, and so is the service. Our only complaint is the lighting. The place is dark and the lights are too low making it difficult to cook.

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V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always. Servings are rich. Definitely come with a good appetites

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GT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted something different for a 19th birthday! La Fondue was perfect, engaging menu and wonderful food. Thanks for the experience!

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LT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the whole experience.

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e
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my fiancé’s birthday. It was both of our firsttime there and we loved it! Great service! We did the 4 course Le Freak option with a groupon offer. We will definitely be back some day!

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C
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was amazing so friendly and helpful. When I asked for a lot of something he brought me a big serving of what I asked for and waiters don't always do that. Only thing that could've been better is if they would have put us at a better table. Thought a table of 4 was going to sit next to us later, but about an hour after we got there they sat a couple there. I was upset about that because I wanted to sit next to my husband and not across from him.

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We always love going to la fondue, however this time, the table we sat at took forever for the burner to get hot, it took a long time to be able to cook our food plus as we cooked, due to the food being cold to start it cooled off quickly then took a while to get back to temp. When we mentioned it to our waitress she stated that the table was notorious for taking a long time to heat up. This to me shows they aren't doing the necessary up keep which is disappointing. We will go back, but request to not have that table.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Table and seats are not proportional so you sit too low and can't see the pot or grill properly. Cheese selection was good but grill was way better than pot. Deserts were really good.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, our servers were amazing. They truly made my wife’s birthday even more special. From start to finish everything was impeccable!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to stop before a concert at Mountain Winery!! If getting a full dinner allow for sometime about 1.5 hours bc you cook your food and don’t rush this experience can it is a LOT of food so give yourself time to enjoy it!! Nice decor and staff is friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Valet was no where to be found and the parking down there is really bad. Food is always great but service tonight was subpar- we asked for additional toppings to dip and by the time they brought them our fondue was gone. They also forgot to turn on our burner - if we didn’t figure it out ourselves we would have sat there for 10 mins waiting for a grill to get hot that would have never gotten hot. The place is always super dark so bring your iPhone to read the menu. And lastly leave little kids at home- when a meal is $300+ I’d prefer to eat it without your kids jumping on the bench seats or screaming when they get bored. Trust me- I have kids and I waited till they were old enough to behave themselves to come here.

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CJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is great!! Its a fun place to go to for an anniversary, Birthday or a First Date. The opportunity to have great conversation while you are cooking your own food--its just a ton of fun!!

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I used to LOVE this restaurant but sadly, it has gone downhill. I attribute this to poor management. Our seafood entree was fishy. When we told the waiter, he did not seem to care - nor did the manager (Samantha Simons) who told us "maybe we'll see you again, maybe we won't!" Our meal was $160 for two. Not including the wine. When I used the bathroom, it was a mess.
This is an upscale fine dining restaurant that used to be one of the best in the Bay Area. There is no excuse for bad management who are rude to patrons.

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DN
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for over 15 years, and each time I'm left almost more satisfied than the previous. It's one of my favorite restaurants I've ever been to and my favorite fondue place by far (this from a person who has lived Spain and had great food all over Europe and Asia). I would highly recommend this place to foodies especially and for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. I can’t wait to go back.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love you folks. We are there for most of our family birthdays and always receive the best treatment.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Not sure why a high end restaurant would offer PBR on draft...there are plenty of reputable light beers that won't cheapen the beer menu. Budweiser, Bud light, michelob ultra, Stella.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It always delivers

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun. I used a Groupon and got the Le Freak. SO much food. Tasty, and fun to do. Not sure if I would go back...but it was totally worth going and checking it out.

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers Chloe & Julie were exceptional. Chloe explained the process of the cheese cooking like no other server has on previous visits and Julie also explained details of items as well.
Keep up the great work, it was a pleasure dining at La Fondue as always.

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OD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very slow but super friendly. Unique concept. Good for groups.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

This has been one of my favorite restaurants for over 20 years. Unfortunately this time my experience was not good. There were three tables that had many young children dining. It was incredibly noisy, so much so that my friend and I could not communicate with each other well. One table had 5 kids. The children were loud, standing on the seats, standing outside the seats to cook. This is an expensive restaurant where I come for special occasions and expect to have a pleasant atmosphere. If this is a place where people now select to bring their children for a fun outing, I suggest the restaurant place them in an area together (there are several rooms) where they can be loud and stand on the seats and outside their tables in order for them to be able to cook their food.

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BA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really a unique experience! Recommend the Groupon deal for the "Le Freak" meal - wild, exotic meats and seafoods ($155 for two people, includes a bottle of champagne) - the menu price is $325 and you are expected to tip based on the menu price... the service is good, good parking, nice place. Expect to spend at least $100 per person.... you won't leave hungry!

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exotic and a special atmosphere. This is a fun place for friends to enjoy something fun and intimate.

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Our family enjoys coming to La Fondue for special occasions yes. We took our out-of-town friends here on Monday night for their 25th wedding anniversary. It had been a good year since we've been there and it seems as though there has been a change. The chef salad was much smaller than I remember and it seems the dipping items were much less as well. The chocolate made up for it though. At this price point I may fine a new go to place.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous from start to finish.
The cheese, the salads, the Entreè, the chocolate, And the service Fenomenal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Service started off really Great, then after we got our food the service wasn’t service at all. We didn’t see our server till bill time.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was okay but service horrific. Had to wait an hour for our reserved table then didn’t get served for another 30 minutes, rarely saw a waiter for the rest of the night. This service level is unacceptable for the prices they are charging. Will not be returning and recommend you go somewhere else.

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JA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a nice quite room. Some of the rooms can be very loud and not private for that "special occasion"

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

smoky and insufficient ventilation!

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B
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Although the service was excellent and the ambiance was great, we came here to eat and the food was fair. I can’t recommend coming back for the price and quality of the food. I hate to write a review like this but it’s the truth. None of the meats were seasoned, the salad was just Ok and even the cheese was average. I will give high marks to the dessert!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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EV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was outstanding! Next time we will come for just the cheese and chocolate fondue. We were both so stuffed by the end of the meal we practically needed to be rolled out of the restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was Adam and michelle. Had a great experience!

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