Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel

4.6
1027 reviews
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Italian
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  • Romance
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Enjoy Traditional Italian Cuisine at its best in the Fontana, our resort casual grille featuring outdoor dining in a tropical fountain centered courtyard or indoor seating surrounding and open kitchen with a wide variety of specialties.
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Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience

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AM
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a family dinner for three. For Italian food we believe it is one of the best in Miami-Dade County, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was serene. La Fontana is always on target.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Our reservation was for 8:30 pm, but we were not sat until at least 8:45. Our table was dirty, but we didn’t complain. The restaurant didn’t seem busy at all, but it still took a long time for a server to approach and take our drink order. The server (I’m pretty sure her name is Jessica) seemed uninterested in making recommendations and almost bothered that she had to wait on us. The best service was actually from the manager that cleared our plates. If it wasn’t for the manager, I probably would have given this restaurant 2 stars.

Overall, there are far better restaurants, with better food and service in Miami for a quarter of the price.

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VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The ambience at the Fontana was wonderful. It made for a special night.

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CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I prefer this place than the over priced Italian resturant that exists in another part of Coral Gables. Much better food, service attentive but not overly and customers aren't packed in to a small room. Plenty of ambience and music.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was great with the exception that we anticipated sitting outside for breakfast but wasn’t able to. We also sat for a good 20 minutes before they took our order and 45 minutes before our food came out. We went with our two kids and they were complaining the food took forever to come out. We would come back again because the food was delicious and they treated us well. Beautiful Hotel

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JN
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary dinner at Fontana was excellent

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OT
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Appetizers were great. Service was terrible.

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AM
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful, lush courtyard and fountain in a gorgeous historic hotel. Food and service was excellent!

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BB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Always good at The Biltmore. Great food, great atmosphere, great service

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TK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Graduation celebration. Seats were folding chairs...very uncomfortable. Service was attentive but rushed. Wine offered was not what was selected...server argued. Server insisted that we order our entrees when we ordered appetizers because the chef was expecting a large party...not really our problem. The cost was about $95 per person with tip...appetizers, dinner and wine...no desert.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

The other seven entres were mediocre at best. I had the octopus. It was bad. Like when you get a bad mussel or clam. I sliced off one tentacle for my wife to smell and verify. I called the waitress and she promptly took it back, leaving the one tentacle on my wife's bread dish. By this time I had lost my appetite and ignored the waitress's several exhortations. The bill came and the server brought it to my attention that she had removed the octopus from the bill (I certainly hope so!!). No other concessions were made, such as a drink or dessert. Despite the very pretty ambiance, we will not be returning.

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MT
Miami
100 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

While we normally enjoy dining at the Biltmore’s two restaurants, last night’s experience at the Fontana was disappointing. We were hosting a relative from out of town and were looking forward to an evening of excellent service and great food in a very special setting. The service and food met our expectations but the setting (outside under the awning) was marred by a very loud FaceTime conversation at the table immediately next to ours. This was annoying and interfered with our ability to carry on a pleasant conversation. After hoping the “disturbance” would end we finally complained to the maitre d’ and requested that the table be asked to finish their FaceTime call. When the call continued we were told that the table could not be asked to end the call but that we could move to an inside table to avoid the noise. We were nearing the end of dinner and chose not to move but when asked if we would like coffee or dessert we declined asking simply for the check in order to leave the restaurant as quickly as possible.

I am not sure if management would have had another reaction if we were having dinner in Palme d’Or; I certainly hope so.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An incredible experience in an incredible place. I took a friend there for a birthday celebration. She was overwhelmed by the hotel site and the overall experience. the food selections are unique and delicious. It is a great place and great experience.

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S
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My 51st Bday.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Atmosphere 5. Food 1.

Amazing courtyard. Beautiful.

But.... steak tasted rancid. Fish was mealy. Cold potatoes
Dessert was fair. Coffee was good.

Server nice but ignored the

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AV
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it food was delicious and it was very romantic.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The restaurant and hotel are beautiful. I used to love this place, but they changed several items on the menu and the food quality dropped immensely. It's such a pity because this was one of my favorite restaurants! The chef should go back to the menu from a couple of years ago which was amazing, I went there about 4 times back then and loved it every time. Didn't like the food anymore.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food took a while.

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JM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always Great

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BB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service and never had a bad mean. When weather is good outside is bar none the prettiest courtyard with the views of the moon. Always enjoy!

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EG
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful place. Unique setting in Miami. Food & service are good, although service can sometimes be a little slow. Sitting in the courtyard by the fountain can be very romantic, but we’ve also been there as a family with our toddler & enjoyed ourselves very much. Be aware that the menu on Open Table is their old menu. There is a new menu now, which is good, but I prefer the old one. Overall, we love this restaurant.

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SB
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best, Fontana offers the best outdoor dining in the Miami area. The service and food are consistently good, though sometimes the bill is a little difficult to decipher.

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G
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Spectacular sea bass special with over Swiss chard.

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S
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the breakfast at the Fontana (Biltmore Hotel). We went there for my mother's birthday. Great ambiance and a good breakfast. The only downside was that they marked our reservation as "no-show" with OpenTable, whereas I specifically mentioned our reservation when arriving. Other than that a great location with good food.

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AQ
Miami
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful set up, good service, food above average, a warm welcome

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ND
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere! Our dinner was amazing and the service was wonderful!

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BW
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambience by the fountain was beautiful, the server courteous and helpful; the food plentiful and tasty. Will visit again in the future.

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DV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

wonderful moment beautiful place
thank you has emilio meal delicious

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Cigar smokers ruined the atmosphere. Restaurant policy must forbid smoking or we won’t return.

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FA
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always love this place and keep coming back again and again. Beautiful ambiance, fabulous food, excellent service! Fontana never disappoints!

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K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food. We enjoyed the chef's selection. Nicely times between each course. Great way to begin our visit to Miami!

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CB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Teok my wife And the adult kids for a elegant birthday dinner at Fontana. Once again it did not disappoint as a go to Sparks for a special occasion. If the weather is nice I recommend an outdoor table in the historic Biltmore courtyard next to the fountain. There was a special event going on upstairs but rather than detract from our dinner we enjoyed their music to make it even more enjoyable.

Service was very good. We started with carpaccio and seafood appetizers. The duck was the best I’ve had ever. One of their specialties is a grilled octopus which is huge, crispy and tender. Overall I consider Fontana one of the top restaurants in Miami. The fact that it’s based at the historic elegant Biltmore Hotel adds is an extra bit of ambience with a stroll through the restored lobby and dramatic pool deck.

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OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef Pepi...truly amazing!

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dining experience. Food was delicious, outdoor seating was beautiful. We also had a firework show during dinner because of a wedding at the hotel.

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LC
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We were outside & the setting is spectacular. Service & food were excellent.

We have been there before & will return.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant, food and service was amazing. The only think, I would have wished for as it was the birthday of my wife, to receive a little surprise with the desert like other fine dining restaurants do.

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OT
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent food - wonderful service

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z
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic dining setting outdoors with view of stars and moon in garden setting. They accommodated our large party. Pasta entree gnocchi was incredible. Top quality wine list. Very efficient service. Would highly recommend this restaurant during a visit to Miami area.

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SA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always we had a very delicious dinner served by an extremely courteous and dedicated wait staff in an absolutely gourgeous and very comfortable outdoor environment.
Extreme pleasure with a mild breeze outside beside the very famous La Fontana Fountain under the stars.
PRICELESS!!!

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