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La Fontana

4.4
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84 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary European
LaFONTANA welcomes you with a truly enjoyable atmosphere and the comfort of great food.
Enjoy with family and friends, sharing delicious selection of in-house made fresh pasta tossed in the most fragrant sauces, wood oven baked pizza made the true Neapolitan way, and tasty dishes showcasing the seasonal offerings of our territory!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 84 people are saying
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4.5
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4.2
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JoeD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pizza was great pasta was just ok was easy to get table

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AbsolutelyT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service in such a beautiful spot. The food is delicious, I just feel a lot of the dishes could use some salt or some other punch of flavour. Still one of our favourite spots!

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DianaD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place! Food was amazing and good customer service.

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TaraA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burrata cheese and tomato appetizer was soooo delicious! And the covered patio overlooks the river. Would definitely recommend this place!

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Pearl
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

peaceful,setting on lower patio. Waiter very knowledgeable about the menu and wine/ beer selections. all areas clean especially for covid pandemic. staff very pleasant

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MattM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in two weeks; incredible service, food and ambience.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had the option of substituting fresh made gluten free pasta before. It was amazing! Thank you. View from the patio was beautiful

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DanielL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with amazing service... We love going to LaFontana

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TracyM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Excellent food !

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Rebecca
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a pleasure to pass an afternoon on this idyllic patio. The riverside tables are wonderful.
Amazing service, incredible food, friendly faces.... cannot wait for the next visit 🖤

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Jennyr
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot.. great covered patio along the river. Loved it

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KatG
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all the safe gluten free options! Fresh gluten free pasta, dining along the river - such a great experience :)

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SuzanneM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice evening on the deck for our party of 6 to celebrate our daughters birthday. our waiter was friendly and very positive. we enjoyed our meal and appetizers. It was our first time eating out over the past several months. Great pizza!

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Sher
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very slow service. Ordered 3 varieties of Pizza with very little flavour.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sharon and I always enjoy the food atmosphere and the hospitality from all the staff. Highly recommend stopping by when in Elora

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Daphne
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was very nice. Two of our entrees were good. The two pastas were dry and bland.

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AmandaD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing! Our server was lovely. It was noisy because we ate on the crowded patio on a weekend, during Covid lol Only issue we had was that open table let us reserve within a half hour, when we arrived at the restaurant, they said they did not take reservations that close to arrival time. The reservation service and restaurant need to get together on that. But it was a relatively quiet, quaint place, just off the busy main street (which was nice, no one rubber necking to see what you are eating! lol). Delicious and amazing Gluten Free Options. My husband is celiac and he had lots of choice. They make their own GF pasta in house! How amazing is that! Was a great place for a date for my husband and me. Would recommend to everyone.

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Susie
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to this lovely restaurant. We had a table overlooking the river, which was beautiful. The food and service were excellent. Very unique.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

La Fontana is in a beautiful setting by the river in Elora. Great ambiance ! Wonderful service....our waiter was outstanding. The only disappointment was the dish that I had ordered. The pasta was dry and undercooked with only about 6 thin slices of sausage.
I would not order this dish again. My grandson's choice was excellent though (braised beef ribs) and he thoroughly enjoyed them. Next time I will try one of their pizzas which are supposed to be very good.
Apart from the one disappointing dish it was a very enjoyable evening though and we will definitely go again !

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SharonM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group shared an amazing burrata, then enjoyed wood oven pizzas and dessert. The covered patio was comfortable and had a lovely view of the river. Servers were professional and attentive. Highly recommended!

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ShannonN
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice romantic spot by the River. I had the Boat Belly, one of their signature dishes. It was so tasty and the presentation was amazing.

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LauraC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The view of the river was fantastic!! My husband and I have found our new favorite spot!

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CathyL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Good salads, the pizza looked yummy, baked in the woodfire oven. The roasted duck was very yummy, but it was quite a while before we were served. The atmosphere in March was not enjoyable, due to bright fluorescence lights, and patio chairs which may work great in the summer but are not the most comfortable indoors. Great service, however, they were overwhelmed and cancelled the Eloralishcous special mid-way through my husband's meal when they realized they ran out of deserts and made it our problem.

Summertime would most likely be a different experience as they are beautifully located on the river. They have tough competition with many other fine dining restaurants in the hood.

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JudyC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The pizza was very good. Felt the waiter shouldn’t have to tell us that your signature drink ingredients were not available. The tables seemed REALLY close together.

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Kelsey
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Elora. Beautiful location and the food is delicious - great quality and fresh ingredients with exceptional service.

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RICKC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It’s always a great evening there… Food is superb service is excellent, although this time the server is new and a little over the top needs to back off a bit .
The small plates are excellent for sharing with a group or with your special significant other… Pizzas are signature and spectacular!

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DavidA
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food is amazing

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MelissaT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! James was super and had some great recommendations.

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AshleyM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went for valentines day and it was busy as expected. The food was amazing. It was a set valentines day menu and we ordered one of each option per course and shared. Wow! Delicious! Our server was awesome. He was charismatic and really added to our experience.

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lisas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We have dined at La Fontana on 2 other occasions and loved the food and the staff.
We chose La Fontana again for our Valentines Dinner. We were so disappointed in the service, food and value we may never return to this restaurant again.
No alternatives were planned for someone who prefers not eat fish or snails, Portion sizes of the food were very small and the price was very high. The beef tenderloin was served bloody and no steak knife was given just a butter knife. The same fork was used for every meal and at the price or each coarse a new set of silverware should have been offered. Our waiter never asked us once how our food was, the upstairs room was cold and dinner took over 2 hours, a lot of time was spent staring at the fake flowers
Waste of good hard-earned money.. If your going to la Fontana for the pizza you'll find, don't go on a special occasion you will be highly disappointed and ripped off

La Fontana
Responded on February 19, 2020

You're definitely entitled to your opinion, yet you need to realize when you come around offensive. For as much as we can understand that you didn't care about our set menu offering, your review is absolutely based on your personal experience. If cannot appreciate the care we put behind serving our guests and offering a comfortable atmosphere, we completely understand if you didn't come to our restaurant anymore.

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AnnetteV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seating was a little squishy. Otherwise all was excellent.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic service with a view of the river. We will be back!

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KathyB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great. Only negative was that it was freezing in the room and our pizza got cold very quickly. Otherwise was great, would definitely go back in warmer weather.

La Fontana
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for your kind review Kathy. We actually were finally able to fix our furnace, which malfunction caused the cold dining room.. I'm sure that for your next visit you'll have your food nice and hot!

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DanielP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

This was the second visit to La Fontana, the first experience was excellent. After the first time we decided it would be the the perfect place to go for my parents 40th anniversary the occasion was noted on my reservation. The first time we were sat downstairs it was over all an amazing experience food, service, ambiance etc. The second time we arrived we were seated upstairs, it is not a nice place to be seated for a nice dinner. The lighting is excessively bright, no view, very secluded and there was a party there so we got stuffed in the corner of a very loud room we were lucky it ended shortly after we got there. The service was very slow. The first time we went our server was very knowledgeable of the entire menu, the second experience our server only really knew the drink menu. The meat and cheese boards were excellent, our mains came out about 5 minutes apart my parents received theirs first and my girlfriend and I a few minutes later. 3/4 of our meals were cold, my mother really seemed to enjoy the pasta she ordered. The server was also very rush rush with trying to get our orders when we were trying to have a nice night out. My girlfriend is an employee at the Elora Mill and we were going to take my parents there but loved La Fontana so much the first time we decided it was a sure thing. We were hugely let down I genuinely felt sad that we took my parents to celebrate their 40th anniversary there I cannot express how extremely let down I was. It’s not a cheap place to eat the service and food did not live up.

La Fontana
Responded on December 12, 2019

Dear Daniel, I'm quite sorry to her that you did not enjoy your second visit at our restaurant, as no matter where you are seated we pride to offer a nice service. Your celebration was noted and we seated your party where we felt would have been more comfortable. I'm sure if you asked to have a seat in our main dining room with a view, we would have been able to accommodate you. Nevertheless, please understand that we pride to offer great service all the time and hoping to have you back again.

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EldonH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

La Fontana in Elora is a small space in an older home. It's not exactly cozy with lots of windows and tile floor, but intimate.
Our server was young but eager to please. We were able to share a pasta and share a pizza. Both were delicious. The pasta was al dente with a spicy sausage sauce. The pizza cooked in a wood fire oven was amazing! Lots of proscuitto.
Another experienced waiter came by and talked us into a chocolate dessert. It was outstanding. Several layers of different chocolate, dark, white, chunks with salted caramel, dusting of chocolate. So interesting and creative! Our only disappointment was the americano coffee. It was weak and watery. Otherwise, we enjoyed it and look forward to going back in the summer to enjoy the patio.

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DCRP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Pizza and duck were ordered. The duck was awful - overcooked and dry. Needed to wash it down. For everyone's sake, please take it off your menu. Prosciutto pizza needed more time in the wood oven. Really, truly wanted to like it as our waiter was energetic and attentive. Food was just too atrocious.

La Fontana
Responded on November 19, 2019

dear DCRP, With all due respect to your taste, I feel that you are exaggerating calling our food atrocious, and frankly offending my chef's hard work in preparing our dishes. If you truly had such an issue, you should have brought up your concerns with my staff during your meal.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were both awesome, lighting a bit harsh- only complaint

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Kristine
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food! It takes a little while to prepare but is really worth the wait so give yourself extra time to really enjoy your meal! Every dish is creative, well thought and and beautiful to look at!

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Rebecca
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a special place.
Attentive service, delightfully delicious plates, and a welcoming atmosphere.
xx

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JoyceB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of 4 order the wood fire pizza and the sweet and spicy sausage pasta. Everyone enjoyed their choice and said we would return. I had the pasta and it was the best that I've had in a very long time. It had the right amount of heat and didn't scrimp on the sauce. The service was amazing and the host and server were very pleasant to talk to. It was also so nice to be able to book a table online! We definitely will be back to try one of the other dishes on the menu

FAQs

La Fontana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (226) 384-2300.

La Fontana is rated 4.4 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.