About La Fontana Coast
La Fontana Coast brings fine dining to the shore. Beautifully located a block from the beach in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, La Fontana Coast brings a wonderfully breathtaking Mediterranean style ambiance to the Jersey shore, complete with an elegantly infectious Southern Italian seaside villa decor with an amazing view of the ocean. La Fontana Coast prepares deliciously authentic and classic Italian cuisine served with charm and smile, where guests can let their hair down, relax and take a vacation from their vacation. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and an appetite for classic fine Italian food and homemade desserts and get swept away al La Fontana Coast.
Sea Isle City, NJ 08234
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily for Dinner 4 pm to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday until 11 pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Opera Nights. Call for information.
10 to 100 people
Trolley stops during summer season
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Special Events & Promotions:
Thanksgiving Dinner; Valentine's Day Dinner; Polar Bear Plunge Weekend. Reopen March 22, 2012.
La Fontana Coast Ratings and Reviews
After being elated to find a nice restaurant open in the off season, I was disappointed to discover that their website claim for an ocean view must have referred to one of the paintings inside of the restaurant. There was no hope of glimpsing the ocean from their location. The waiter brushed off my question about the website claim. Not a great start to experiencing the restaurant for the first time.
The specials sounded appealing. I ordered the veal one and my friend ordered a chicken dish from the standard menu. Service was attentive and not rushed allowing us to order and eat at our own pace.
The bread was cool. With so few people in the establishment, why won't management take the extra appreciated step of warming the bread? It is such a small thing to accomplish that is so appreciated by diners.
The food was just OK. To our surprise, both dishes seemed to be swimming in the same, unremarkable brown sauce. It completely overwhelmed the taste of the veal in my dish.
I have eaten at one of their other restaurants, in Avalon, and felt the food served there was far superior to my meal at their Sea Isle City location.
Our Dinner at La Fontana Coast was unfortunately a little disappointing.
The restaurant was completely overbooked, so we had to wait with 15 other people for about 25 minutes until we got seated. They didn't clean any of the tables, so eventually every table around us was full with used dishes and dirty, even though the customers had left a while ago. The food was good, but also not worth the price. The ambiance was very nice, we met some nice people at the tables around us, what saved this evening! In general: good food, nice ambiance but very disappointing, chaotic organization!
Food was absolutely delicious! We started with the Caprese and Spinich Salad. Both were delicious. The salad was perfectly dressed. The Pollo Alla Franchese was amazing, so light and tender! The Vitello Milanese was very good but a bit tough. Topped off dinner with lemon sorbet with limoncello, perfect ending to a great meal. It was very crowded and very noisy. It wasn't the best place to celebrate our wedding anniversary but you could beat the terrific meal.
This was my first time at La Fontanna and I was not disappointed! I had read and heard good reviews about this restaurant but getting a reservation during the summer season is difficult. But my wife and I happened to be vacationing in Sea Isle in September so we thought we'd make a reservation to judge for ourselves. The service was very good, the waitress was attentive and the quality/quantity of food was very good. I would recommend La Fontanna to family and friends especially in the off-season.
We had a reservation for 8:15 but were not seated until 8:55. Luckily it was a beautiful night but had it been raining it would have been a major problem...there were at least 50 people waiting and all seemed to have reservations. They really need to do better with the over-booking. 10-15 minutes is acceptable but 40 minutes not good.
With that said, food was very good and service was great!
Our favorite Sea Isle Restaurant. On a busy Saturday evening this
restaurant performed graciously and professionally .The service was extremely pleasant
and effortless. The Food was outstanding..Our starters of Bruschetta and Fried Calamari set the tone and the Veal Medallions piccata style was without a doubt the best Veal I have ever had and My wife loved the Bronzino served off the bone..we look forward to becoming regular visitors at La Fontana Coast.
Party of 8, everyone enjoyed their meal, the scallop wrapped bacon was great to share and the best I have had, they had a sauce on top that made a difference. Steamers and calamari good as well. Three of us had special Grouper which we all enjoyed, others enjoyed their entrees as well. Third time I have dined there and will go back again.
Franz was our waiter and he was knowledgeable and friendly. He did a great job! We were out with friends we hadn't seen for a while and opted to sit outside. Seating was comfortable and covered. We were potentially threatened with rain that never came, but they were very accommodating and would have had room for us indoors if we had needed it. This was not the first time we ate here, and we continue to enjoy the food very much!
Dinner was absolutely delicious- we were all more than pleased with the service and each one of our courses. The specials were incredible, especially the lobster ravioli. My only comment would be it's a little crowded and loud as they take advantage of every single open seat, especially during the busy season.
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