La Fontana - West Ashley

3.9
50 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Restaurant week for La Fontana:
3 for 20$
Rollback from 2011
1/7/21 through 1/17/21

Italian restaurant in Charleston SC, Charleston SC Italian restaurant, Italian restaurants near me, Best restaurants in Charleston SC, authentic Italian.
La Fontana offers lunch and dinner, as well as a pizza menu. As of right now, we are only doing large pizzas to go. Those in the mood for pizza will find many delicious options at La Fontana, such as the Bianca, margherita and meat lovers pizzas. Those looking for something more tradition might enjoy the spaghetti and meatballs, cheese manicotti or lasagna al forna with homemade sauce.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice host, engaging and chatted with us! Food was amazing, truly authentic Southern Italian cuisine and they take their time to prepare the food..you won’t regret coming here!!

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AnnetteM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. What a great experience!!

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WendyP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Having worked in the customer service industry for 32 years, it saddens me to say that this restaurant had the absolute worst service I have ever seen in my life.
The hostess appeared to be the manager on duty. When we arrived 5 minutes early for our 6:30 reservation, the hostess told us to wait a minute while she told the people that came in after us,without a reservation, they could go sit “over there”. She proceeded to tell us that she could only seat us a table by the window because of all the reservations she has. I reminded her that WE were one of the reservations, but the window table is fine. She proceeded to seat us at a different table. We were not acknowledged after that for 20 minutes, no water, no silverware, no menu, no eye contact from anyone. The only reason we saw someone after 20 minutes was because the table next to us asked their server to help us.
My friend ordered a drink and was told they were out of the main ingredient for that drink. And we ordered an appetizer and 10 minutes later, we were told they were out of that as well. So we ordered a different appetizer, which ended up being to only food we received from here. The appetizer landed on our table 1 hour from after we sat down. It appeared that the table next to us had complained and asked for a discount and were told no. I asked the hostess to come over so I could express our disappointment and concern, and she had the nerve to wave her hand at me and tell me she “didn’t want to hear what I had to say!” I promptly asked our server to just bring us our check as we were no longer waiting and had never felt such disrespect. He brought me the check, which included the meals we hadn’t even gotten! I told him we weren’t paying for those and he went and removed them. We paid our bill, I left a large tip for the server that had tried to be helpful. The hostess is ‘a friend’ of the owner and I’m afraid she will take this restaurant down.

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Gina
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food really is authentic! The eggplant parmigiana and the meatballs are just like my mom makes it! The sauce is excellent! The service was excellent as well. We will return soon!

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KristaN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went out of their way to take us home when we could not find an Uber during the flooding from the rain. Excellent customer service and an amazing wholesome staff who treated us like family.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious Italian food. Wait staff was friendly and provided excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Took excessively long to get our food when they weren’t overly busy. Couldn’t even get my salad until 45 minutes in and I had to ask for it.

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vipRJM1
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and Fabiana was just wonderful. She made suggestions off the menu and the artichokes were outstanding!

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AndrewB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

First off, I booked outdoor seating and someone who seemed like a manager/owner firmly told me I didn’t book outdoors, then proceeded to argue with the host in front of me. Afterwards the manager person came to our table and started whining to me and my date about that employee multiple times. I ordered Shrimp Scampi and it was way too salty, watery, and the shrimp was tough. Nothing about it was more special than a microwave meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They couldn’t find our reservation which was unfortunate, but they had plenty of seating so it didn’t really matter. They don’t have a computer system so I think what happens is if you make a reservation a few hours before then they don’t know that you made one and write it in their little book. Other than that, the food was absolutely delicious!! I’d go there again, but I’d call and make sure they got my reservation first!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It’s become a Charleston favorite. Fabians is authentic. The saltimiboca di vitello relible and special. She is improving the wine selections.

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vipDiner
Oklahoma City
44 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Our first impression was the hostess acting extremely stressed out that OpenTable was down and that "someone was texting her the reservations"...and she couldn't find ours. Then we were seated and it took forever to be greeted and served...one waitress kept waving at us on her way to another table. Finally a waiter (Vinny) came in all rushed and made his way to our table and proceeded to tell us that his car had broken down. His next three trips by were excuses about not having any bread to serve and when the basket finally arrived there were four very small pieces of room temperature bread. It took right at an hour and ten minutes for our food to arrive. Would seem a little on the unacceptable side for such a small place with so few patrons that night. The food was mediocre at best. Very little "italian restaurant" flavors in any of the dishes. No apologies for the wait from anyone. Would definitely be a place we won't return.

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Skippy
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Gravy was some of the best I have had. Only issue was that they were short handed but the staff provided excellent service given the limitations.

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JohnR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Shrimp scampi was unacceptable. Shrimp overcooked and tough. Sauce was watered down and salty. Sent it back to the kitchen. Replaced with lasagna which was ok...but not great. Bill was $80++ Service was stiff...had to ask for wine. Seats need reuphostering. Not at all what we expected based on Trip Advisor ratong.

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RobC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food in a relaxed family atmosphere. Worth the try

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Walt
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Our first visit to LaFontana. Excellent service by Vinnie but the portions sizes were too small and both the red sauce and Alfredo sauce were soupy and not as flavorful as we were expecting. There was very little chicken in the chicken Alfredo entree. If it was wasn't for the excellent wine pours, Italian bread, and superb service we would've been disappointed.

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DebbieL
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food. Bread was stale, my tea didn’t even taste right

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Hannah
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect dining experience for my parents celebrating their 61st Anniversary. The waitress, Robyn was amazing and catered to their special needs. The food was delicious and the ambience was perfect. We look forward to returning.

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vipCandiceH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love La Fontana! It is a great little Italian restaurant with moderate prices. It is so convenient when my husband and I must visit MUSC and we come in the night before. We hit La Fontana on our way into Charleston. You can usually get a reservation. They are not booked months in advance.

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JakahiaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service was great and we will definitely be back.

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LeighAnneM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

7:15 reservation, by 7:50 we were still not seated. There was one server in the entire restaurant. Not one table had food on it. A couple had bread. So much for celebrating our anniversary there. No covid protocols either.

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Samm
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Terrible service, average food, and expensive prices. They had one server/host for 13 tables... I could go into many, many details, but spare yourself and your wallet and go downtown Charleston for the same price.

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JoeyF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Was there a total of 2 1/2 hours. Waited 1 hour to get our salads and when main course arrived it didn’t taste good at all. Was supposed to get a dessert and after waiting 15 mins for it I told waiter to put it in a to go box. 10 mins later he never came back, so after $100.00 later we just left. First time we have been there and it will be our last. Food was very low quality to nasty. We couldn’t even finish half of it.

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ScottI
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Terrible service. Good food. Not the same place as it was 5 years ago.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time here and will never go back. Took a hour to get our food, got bread and oil after about 30 minutes but had to ask for silverware rollups after 40 to finally get napkins. Waiter must've been cooking because we barely saw him on the floor and he rarely checked on us or filled our drinks. Eggplant was mushy, food cold and sauces thick as wallpaper paste, as if sat in window forever. Made a joke of how long it would take to get our box and check and that took at least another 10 minutes after we asked another server passing by. Almost forgot to mention the dried sauce on the wall. Never go here!!!

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AdaD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our server acted like he was on coke, our food (even the bread) took forever, and everything tasted bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the evening very much. The food was great as usual, the server was great in every way and the ambience was perfect for a delicious Italian meal.

KH
vipKevinH
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very nice as is usual. See you next time we are in town!

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viperikw
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robyn was an amazing waitress Made the evening special

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Stonopup
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We usually enjoy eating here. There were three of the four of us that came for the pizza as listed on their online menu. We were informed that pizza was only being prepared for carry out. I don't understand why they couldn't make one for the table. My friend ordered the lasagna and was very disappointed in the serving size. Overall, the whole experience was disappointing.

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vipgetcat
Charleston
107 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The prefix menu was not a very good choice for the restaurant Italian food is not raw pokey bowls PJ did not do a very good waiting on us but when Vinny came in he did an excellent job we appreciate that and John came out and said hello hopefully next time we come it will be better We have come to this restaurant for as long as it’s been open we started in North Charleston with them and moved over understand Covid has made things tough and we look forward to a better year

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Dt1234
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were short handed on staffing, but really worked hard to provide us service !!

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FrancisW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our experience at la Fontana Italian

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This might be the best italian joint in Charleston, no joke. This is a no frills joint, just good service and great food at a great value. The dishes are simple and delicious. As of covid 2020, they haven't been serving alcohol, so you get to save some extra cash by bringing your own bottle of wine. They don't charge a corking fee. ENJOY THIS NEIGHBORHOOD TREASURE!

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vipMLK524
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was not good, food was awful and took forever! And they didn’t have a current liquor license so they couldn’t serve alcohol

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KatyH
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had to give it poor review due to the fact that we went for our first date night in months, (due to Covid-19) . We got there and asked for a wine menu to have a nice bottle of wine with our dinner and was told that they were waiting to get they’re liquor license back and could not serve any alcohol. We decided not to stay and eat, it just wasn’t the kind of night we had hoped to have, you know, drinking water with a nice Italian meal. And I was looking sooo forward to eating there, it looked so good online. It’s been hard getting out to explore the fine dining in Charleston since we moved here April, so it was a real disappointment . Guess that’s why we were the only ones in the restaurant when we got there.

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Shay
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Very nice waitress. Food took longer than usual. Will return.

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Bayislandco
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

They had lost their liquor license so no wine available. Seats very shabby and torn. Very dark. Would not return, but hostess was very nice.

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KellyN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Looks like a family run establishment and you can tell the home cooking in the food taste!

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MorganL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The place has a musty, old, wet smell. Very old and did not seem the cleanest. The waitress was not that attentive. Food was ok but nothing to rave about.

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La Fontana - West Ashley is rated 3.9 stars by 50 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.