The Fountain

4.0
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Recently renovated, the Fountain Restaurant unveils a menu that is designed around the best locally sourced ingredients providing patrons with a meal that is truly “farm to table”. From private dining to communal seating, the Fountain Restaurant has the perfect table to enjoy a meal prepared with passion, paying homage to the diverse ethnic influences of the region.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am-11:00am; Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am-11:00am

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am-11:00am
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Phone number
(408) 998-3982
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Hsia
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Cross street
West Fernando Street
Additional
BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 89 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre and place was a bit noisy even though it wasn't super busy. Not terrible, just not great.

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SA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was extremely slow.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful brunch. I would have liked more offers to fill drinks; water, juice, coffee creamer. Otherwise good service overall.

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AM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Sunday brunch was pretty good overall. The dessert and hot food was not as good as on some previous visits. Especially the desserts seemed to be significantly reduced from before. The fresh seafood and sushi/rolls was very good and fresh.

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MC
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fountain worked out great for our brunch with friends. The food was excellent as was the service. We felt very comfortable and relaxed and were pleased to be able to take our time visiting with friends.

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CW
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Saturday Brunch - service was terrific, good variety of food at the buffet, dishes were delicious. The brunch and bottomless mimosa prices were high.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We originally picked the Fountain based on its Sunday Buffet. The buffet was looking "old" and half empty at 10 am. We opted for items off the menu, but the menu itself was relatively limited.

The waitress handed waters and juices across the table over people instead of walking to each seating. She broke a glass at a nearby table. The waiter himself was extremely impatient.

Overall horrible experience. I will never go back or recommend to a friend or family.

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B
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is very beautiful and service is amazing. The Sunday Brunch was great with lots of choices and value.

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AA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I had a chicken caesar salad that was one of the worst I have ever experienced. The lettuce was cut in wedges that were difficult to cut. There was almost no dressing on the lettuce and the worst feature was the chicken. The chicken included a drumstick attached (on a caesar salad?) and was so dry it was inedible. I took one bite and left the rest. A thoroughly disappointing lunch.

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BS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

My family was sick on Mother's Day, so we came here for a belated Mother's Day Brunch on Memorial Day. I was happy to find somewhere that had a buffet 7 days a week! The buffet options were good and tasty (omelet station, waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit, oatmeal, yogurt). Some extras they had were smoked salmon and cheeses. The price for food was okay, but a bottomless mimosa was $25! That is by far the most expensive I have ever seen a bottomless mimosa. My main issue is on ths day the fire alarm kept going off for about 1/3 of our meal. When I mentioned it to the manager, he apologized and blamed the kids there for a conference downtown. I was surprised they did not offer to comp something. It was really loud and we almost left because of it. Overall, a nice place if you want a buffet, but I would drink elsewhere!

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an early Mother’s Day luncheon with family. Our waiter Sergio was very attentive to our group of 6. The eggs Benedict were excellent. The decaf coffee was fresh and our “ appetizer” waffle with fruit and maple syrup was delicious. Overall, it was a lovely dining experience.

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LZ
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for Saturday for brunch. There are two choices: buffer or menu. Because no many choice, so we ordered from breakfast menus. My husband ordered Omelet with top : avocado, bacon and mushroom. $17. Tast was good. I asked that was bakery basket and the waiter said he don’t know what have today. I ordered The bakery basket , which were croissant and muffin. $7. Coffee was $5 a cup, can refill.

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SJ
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brunch for my daughter’s 23rd Birthday and the food was very good, as well as the service. For $39 the buffet included fresh juice, latte, sushi, omelettes, pastries, and we were even able to get an order of French toast off the menu from the kitchen.

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OT
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter in law to celebrate an early
Mother’s Day. I had not been to the Fountain in a few years. They renovated it so it was very fresh and cheerful. Menu was small but they had some nice salads and paninis. The food took a little while to be served but it was fine. The Caesar salad was very nice and the turkey club panini was also good. And we split a chocolate mouse flourless cake. Yummy.

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BE
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Did not like French toast. No waffles at buffet bur had them before and they wee great. Ran out of coffee. Server said he’d return with new carafe. Got bill but no coffee until grabbed other staff. Great shrimp!

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IL
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The staff was very helpful and kind. Atmosphere was great. The food was so...so...wish they would of had more of a selection of food and desserts.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was fairly bland and not cooked properly. A coffee carafe that was put down after I asked for coffee was $10 because my wife had a cup. That’s crazy. When I let the manager know, he apologized but didn’t offer a refund...

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p
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Definitely not worth the money not much of a selection at all

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LD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went their for breakfast while staying at the Fairmont, and their breakfast and brunch selection is extensive, and the food is prepared very well. I'm an oatmeal-for-breakfast fan, and their oatmeal plate is the best I've ever had. Steel-cut oatmeal, plus a bowl full of fresh berries, plus smaller containers of raisins, slivered almonds, and brown sugar. Plus it's right next door to the San Jose Museum of Art, which I went to after breakfast and saw some marvelous exhibits!

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FD
Phoenix
84 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for lunch while airing for my job to start. Had two small plates and an iced tea. $45 plus tip! Ouch! Both dishes were good and different from others I’ve had so that was great.

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FF
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was mediocre and the menu prices outrageous for the quality, even for the Fairmont. Service was slow and very sporadic.
Menu prices on Open table aren’t correct- breakfast buffet is now $39, bottomless drinks $25 (I doubt you’d get your money’s worth on bottomless drinks- good luck flagging down a server).
It was super loud and difficult to carry on a conversation.
We won’t be returning and wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We like the atmosphere at the Fountain, through its reincarnations over the years. The server has been on the staff a long time and while he's expert at handling large parties, I thought he was a bit abrupt and somewhat rushing us.

The food is excellent and made to order (crispy bacon requested and received, for example). But the bread basket was a disappointment. If you've ever been to Mimi's, their bread baskets are true to the impression one would have of "basket" with at least three varieties of pastries & breads. In ours, we had one croissant and one cheese danish, which in my mind we could have ordered separately. I recommend mini-pastries to fill out the basket, or don't call it a basket!

I prefer ordering off the regular menu, so this too was welcomed, in addition to offering the buffet brunch. The restaurant was decked out for New Year's Eve, so again, the ambiance was pleasing as were the classy touches: individual jars of jam and pretty teapots.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Christmas brunch

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place for lunch meeting

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here for brunch every year before the Nutcracker. There are always good choices for everyone, including the kids. highly recommend

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SC
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We are staying at the Fairmont San Jose where The Fountain is located. Being that we had an early flight, The Fountain was a convenient choice. The food was good but the prices were incredibly high, even for a hotel restaurant.

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p
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch quizzically prepared and highlighted only by the excellent service all the staff were providing…

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Used Opendoor to reserve here. It was Sunday so there's a mix of waiter service and brunch. I also believe they were shorthanded as the waiter took awhile to take our order. Our food was top notch. I ordered the Eggs Benedict Plate. it was delicious. worthy of coming again. THanks to Fountain and the Fairmont.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our twentieth anniversary breakfast and were meant to feel like we were at home. Delicious food and drinks! Gorgeous desserts.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an enjoyable and relaxed lunch! Our server was fabulous- they weren’t busy so we were a little disappointed that it took longer than expected to get our food - but once we did, it was well worth the wait! The presentation was beautiful and the the taste was amazing - delicious!! This place turned out to be a hidden gem!

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was very relaxing and the service and staff were great.

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KB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a special event and the Fountain helped us by giving us a quiet private seating area. The food is fresh and tasty. Service was great. Love the smoked salmon!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

A good choice for breakfast, The food is wonderful. The device is very friendly. I have marked t down a few stars because the coffee is terrible - The have the cheek to charge €6 for a machine-made (not barista) single espresso of detestable quality.

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LB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Highly recommend.

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OD
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I can't really assess anything because the restaurant spontaneously closed in the 5 minutes between the time I made the reservation after looking online for a place in the area and my walking to the restaurant. It looked OK from the entrance, but a bit annoying to waste the time to go there only to find that they decided to close the restaurant rather than honor the reservation they took just a few minutes earlier.

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LG
Sacramento
62 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We opted to order off the menu instead of the buffet Sunday brunch. My husband had the croissant french toast and it was excellent. I ordered the scramble and I wished that I had ordered the french toast. Service was very good.

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OT
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The hostess was wonderful. The meals and service were unremarkable.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a while since I've been to The Fountain at the Fairmont, but as usual it was very nice. I don't think there are that many restaurants that offer Sunday "buffets" anymore. I guess that's an "old school" thing, but it was Father's Day and I wanted to take my husband out to a nice buffet. The service was excellent. The food was very good, the desserts could have been a little better. There were many families there and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best brunch buffet in the South Bay. Period. This has been one of my go-to's for many years, having celebrated almost everything here -- from a day-after-wedding brunch, to various get-togethers with friends, to mother's day and father's day, and on and on. The food is excellent --delicious and fresh, with a wide variety to satisfy all palettes. And the service is impeccable with attentive and friendly staff.

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JP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The décor was lovely - really kind of felt like you were sitting in a fountain. My three girlfriends and I were attending brunch at 11:00 on a Sunday and half the restaurant was empty - so not overly crowded; however they did try to smoosh us between a bunch of seated tables. Nonetheless, host was very accommodating to our request to sit in a less crowded area. We ordered from the menu in lieu of the brunch - is wasn't the best meal I've had. The eggs were slightly rubbery and bacon greasy. We had to ask for more cream for our coffee on several occasions and adjust the balance of our table ourselves with two napkins. Our server was very nice, just a little less than attentive.

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