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La Fontana Del Mare

4.6
4.6
815 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

La Fontana Del Mare was first opened in 1998 by Bujar Daku, the head chef and Gani Daku. It is a landmark restaurant, only a block away in small town Strathmere (midway between Sea Isle City and Ocean City). It is a place where diners by the sea can get a splendid taste of Italian from the City of Brotherly Love in a round-about way. The restaurant offers adjusted menus for all kind of diets, therefore making the place open to everyone. We are also accessible to those with disabilities fulfilling the ADA requirements.

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Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 263-7700

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Bujar Daku

  • Catering

    We cater for parties of 10 people and up.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private dining options for business meetings, birthdays, weddings & rehearsal dinners. Please contact us directly for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Bujar Daku: (609) 233-9660

  • Area

    Strathmere

  • Cross Street

    Uncle Bill's

  • Parking Details

    Private Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 815 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Child Friendly

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Italian

  • South Jersey Shore

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • South Jersey Shore

    Italian

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  1. b

    bobcomfort73

    West Palm Beach

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The baby octopus appetizer consisted of the entire octopus, head and all, plus grilled artichoke hearts, onions, and tomatoes. It was spectacular. You have to get over consuming the head/body, but as long as you can, it will prove delicious.

  2. L

    Lacey

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful meal. The service was a little discombobulated between multiple servers/helpers. I think we only saw our actual server once or twice the entire night. The artichoke appetizer was amazing, and the pasta carbonara was delicious!

  3. JE

    JEFFD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    We have been going there for over 15 years on an annual basis and we were very disappointed in the food this time. Don’t know if they’ve changed Chefs or what the issue was. We are considering next year going to a different restaurant.

  4. MK

    MKoc

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service by Angela as always, and exceptional food!

  5. MG

    MikeG

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Fantastic service from Sylvester. We dined outside under the pavilion and enjoyed our entire dining experience. We'll definitely be back. Thanks

  6. A

    Annalisa

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience1

    We had a 8:30 reservation and did not get seated until alittle after 9. Waiter was doing the best he could with too many tables to serve. Food came out at reasonable time frame. Food was delicious!

  7. JM

    JackM

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AC was kicking had to wear my light jacket inside other than that place and food are awesome

  8. V

    Valerie080

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just great friends out for a great dinner. Totally recommend this restaurant. Food selections are plentiful, prices are within reason, service is great, and it’s delicious.

  9. M

    Maria

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    La Fontana Del Mare is a favorite in my family because the food is always excellent. Service is good too.

  10. JS

    JasonS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    We have eaten here numerous times over the years and the meal has always been outstanding. This time it was not. We had 8 guests and the opinion was unanimous. Either the chef or the cooking staff has changed since last season.

  11. AR

    AngelR

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great friendly service

  12. JM

    JackM

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate outside everything from the Appetizers to the Dinner and Deserts was outstanding.

  13. JO

    JoanneO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Services was slow, waiting 20 minutes for one cup of coffee and cannoli

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We had a reservation for outside seating. They went to sit us inside and I asked to please sit outside. We were at a table at the top of them steps. It was a little awkward and uncomfortable but we made the best of it. There were several tables open along the railing so I’m not sure why we were sat at the steps but again we made the best of it. The food was good as always. The service was a little slow but that allowed us to enjoy our food and time together. It’s not the type of restaurant you want to go to if you are in a rush anyway. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to enjoy your time and have a great meal. The food is always wonderful and the staff are amazing.

  15. DD

    DonnaD

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Excellent food. Noisy but fun.

  16. BI

    BobI

    Atlantic City

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Overall, very good experience for an early (545 pm) Sat night dinner for 4 people. Some pros & cons to share: Pros: Reservation at 545, arrived 555, and seated right away Service including waitress and servers were very engaging, knowledgeable and friendly Food was very delicious! Cons: Very noisy in the large room. Some tapestries on ceiling, but did not seem to dampen the sound Very expensive. Got the portobello mushroom with crabmeat and cheese. Very delicious, but it was $24 for 1 mushroom. We shared and I enjoyed my 2 bits at $3/bite.

  17. MC

    MaxC

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The octopus wasn't crispy enough and had a slight odor to it. The short rib special risotto was good, but the meat wasn't tender and I left it. The Orange Roughy was cooked well, bu the crab imperial on top was lacking. Good service, but at $350 for 2 adults and 4 children, I won't be running back so quickly.

  18. D

    Dinesaround

    Philadelphia

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice dining experience in Strathmere. Food was delicious and our server, Angela, was great.

  19. MG

    MikeG

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Food & Service

  20. LG

    LynnG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is always great and service was too!!!

  21. NB

    NormanB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food and service and BYOB is a big plus. Sylvester was a great server.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    We enjoyed our dinner, however customers should be told pricing of specials without asking. Appetizers were excellent.

  23. MK

    MKoc

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Angela was awesome! Great service and delicious Chicken Fantasia!!!

  24. AB

    AmazinBob

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    Food was excellent. Priced right for the quality. Service was extremely slow. Server was extremely polite and apologetic and was hustling to make things better, but the restaurant was understaffed. Probably not its fault. We would have appreciated a visit from the manager to let us know they were grateful our patience, but that didn't happen.

  25. C

    Craig

    Philadelphia

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fabulous experience all-around once again at La Fontana Del Mare. We were seated upon arrival at our outdoor table on a nice night. Our server, Angela, was full of personality and very accommodating. Everyone in our party of four was literally raving about our appetizers, entrees and desserts. I would start naming the dishes but the truth is EVERYTHING on the menu, and the specials, are always great at La Fontana!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food was excellent

  27. KG

    KathleenG

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always excellent!

  28. W

    Weegwow

    Atlantic City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    L a Fontana never disappoints. The staff, the food, the ambiance is all great! They truly try to accommodate everyone!!!! We will be back as always…

  29. SH

    StillHungry

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Disappointed. My wife ordered chicken franchaosi and she receive four ample pieces that were good but that is all she got. The next day I checked the menu and it was supposed to be served over cappelini.

  30. MK

    MKoc

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful dinner with great service by Angela and Ahmed. Chicken parm was delicious always.

  31. SC

    StephenC

    Atlantic City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food as usual. Waiter vey good.

  32. MK

    MKoc

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Joe was a great server!!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day…excellent, as usual.

  34. MB

    MicheleB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was delicious!! It had been a while but so glad we were able to go back!

  35. VM

    ValerieM

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this restaurant. Always have a perfect meal!

  36. V

    Valerie080

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food was delicious! Beautiful variety and delightful specials. The restaurant was packed - surprising for mid-April at the shore. The wait staff were very stretched but did a good job making sure the patrons were seated and fed. Highly recommend dining here.

  37. v

    vino

    Philadelphia

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great specials and fresh pasta, the Bolognese never disapppoints.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food and service, beautiful location.!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great location and access to restaurant was easy.

  40. DP

    DebP

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food never disappoints, and the service is superb! The veal parmesan and salmon on spinach entrees were excellent. Looking forward to sitting on the patio when the weather warms up.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

La Fontana Del Mare offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 263-7700.

La Fontana Del Mare is rated 4.6 stars by 815 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 35 times today
Google Map for La Fontana Del Mare

1 S. Commonwealth Avenue Strathmere, NJ 08248

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Uncle Bill's

  • Area

    Strathmere

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Bujar Daku

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (609) 263-7700

  • Catering

    We cater for parties of 10 people and up.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private dining options for business meetings, birthdays, weddings & rehearsal dinners. Please contact us directly for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Bujar Daku: (609) 233-9660

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