La Vecchia Fontana

4.5
685 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Vecchia Fontana brings fine dining to the shore and is beautifully located a block from the beach in Avalon, New Jersey. La Vecchia Fontana brings a breathtaking Mediterranean style ambiance to the Jersey shore complete with an elegantly infectious Southern Italian seaside villa decor. La Vecchia Fontana prepares and serves deliciously authentic and classic Italian cuisine. Here, guests can let their hair down, relax and take a vacation from their vacation. Bring your favorite bottle of wine, an appetite for fine classic Italian food and homemade desserts to allow yourself to get swept away by us here at La Vecchia Fontana.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 685 People Are Saying
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Food
4.5
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipNOTWORTHTHETRIP
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friends from Harrisburg were visiting.

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Mike
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Mario is the best, such fantastic service. Food is always prepared to perfection.

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Lasvegasdiner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They had 2 employees running the front of house, & they did great considering it’s just the 2 of them! I think they’re both Italian, which added value. It is BYOB, which means they don’t sell any alcohol. Make sure to pick up wine from Fred’s Liquor down the street first! The Arugula Salad was excellent and large enough for my husband & I to share. I tried the salmon, which was really good. I especially loved the sundries tomatoes in it. My husband had the Bolonese, and that was also very good. The prices are high for Italian, but seem to be the going price for meals in Avalon. I would stop by again!

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MaryAnn
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

We like to order appetizers and when they r served we Oder dinner they would not allow us to do that. They say it will be timed right but so many times my dinner is cold because it sat in the kitchen till we finished appetizers. I did not get that warm welcome felling from when we walked in

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Donna
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Waiter very nice. Food ok. Nothing note worthy. Salads tasty and very large. Bread not fresh. Unfortunately even though restaurant had less people, we were last seating, certainly our table and the table next to us was very chatty, so one has to start talking louder to here over the other table and vice versa. Reservations were easy to make on open table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Given the staffing issues, two servers handling front podium and restaurant it was very smooth. Some
Wait time, but we were seated promptly and finished up in 1:30 min. Food was excellent as always. I don’t like that they have eliminated the angel hair pasta on many dishes when it use to be included. Our last trip there was a service/staffing disaster so it’s good to see they have learned to operate with short staff and/or not overbook

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Understaffed from a hostess perspective, but the thin wait staff did an excellent job managing all of the tables and food for everyone in the restaurant. Food was excellent, and the service was great.

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vipKathleenW
Atlantic City
28 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is amazing, be patient, only 2 servers and no hostess. Go with a relaxed vibe, wait and enjoy a great meal!

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vipBillO
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious and service timely and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience on a Tuesday night. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Very good food. Quite busy and I think they were short-staffed but they did pretty well keeping up.

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KenS
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Extremely Noisy!!! Understaffed. Meals served with large amounts of brown gravy smothering the flavor of the dish. Have eaten there several times hoping it would get better but no improvement over the past years. The sister restaurants are much better. Our last visit

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RichM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

The special wasn't worth the price. Everything else was pretty good.

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vipateoutlastnight
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an incredible meal here last night, and have enjoyed this restaurant several times over the past two years. Although stuffed into a tiny room in an unassuming hotel, the food itself would bring you back. But in the face of a staff shortage, the 3 servers/hosts/bussers/takeout clerks (and I’m suspicious also helping in the kitchen) managed to entertain the entire dining room, briskly take our order, and deliver with perfect timing an expertly prepared meal.

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DianeC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve never seen servers work so hard in my life ! They were amazing. The food was incredible too. We had chicken parm & the special , seafood stuffed raviolis topped with lump crab meat. So delicious & great portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Our waiter, Mario is the best. Food is always very good. We dine there often!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service…food was tasty and hot!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food was excellent with generous portions and superior service,

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! This little restaurant knows how to perfectly accommodate a big party. It was 7 of us on Sunday night and enjoyed everything. We tried several appetizers and all of us got different entrees and enjoyed it. Our waiter Mike made the night pleasant being prompt and funny with all the members of the table. Will definitely be back!

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WalterL
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Small room, too many large parties and far too much noise. Food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service in this little restaurant in the shore.

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BarbaraD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with exemplary service. All of the dinners served were enjoyed by our party of 6. The appetizers were terrific! The calamari was tender and lightly breaded. We also enjoyed the buratta with peaches, plums, arugula and balsamic. The service was amazing...no wait for our reservations. We will definitely return in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

The wait staff was phenomenal!

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vipLongtimeOTVIP
Tampa
285 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We visited here for the first time (been to several of the sister restaurants) to celebrate our niece's 21st birthday. The location is a little difficult to find, right within the condo building. It's not widely publicized but they are a BYOB. Very nice welcome by the hostess and then great job by the server welcoming us and reviewing the evening's specials. The mussels and clams was an excellent appetizer, great for sopping with bread! Everyone enjoyed their pasta dishes, seafood special and the branzino was very tender and flavorful.

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vipIManTickets
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was easily one of the top restaurants I've ever been to and so glad I found it on Open Table. I ordered the artichokes appetizer and could have definitely had that just for dinner, it was so good. I decided to be boring and ordered the chicken parm for dinner and OMG it may have been the best ever. So tender and tasty and the sauce full-on flavor. I can't wait to get back!!

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vipRCSEsq
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Mike, CJ and Mario provided excellent customer service. The chef prepared scrumptious dishes. Enjoyable evening!

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AnthonyP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food prompt service

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vipPatriciaO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fast service and good food

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AdamW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don't usually write reviews for anything, but this restaurant has some of the best food I've ever had. Every single person in our group cleared every plate put in front of them. We went early so it was a bit less crowded, but the whole place filled up by the time we were done. 10/10 would eat there again

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vipJojoe
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good meal. Food was beautifully presented. Worth returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent dinner. 7 guests and everyone ordered different entrees and enjoyed them. Service was excellent. Will definitely visit again.

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ChristineH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was incredible. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. We cannot wait to return.

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Izzy
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We has to leave before we even sat down. We have our name and reservation time. No response to when we would be seated. Waited in hot lobby for twenty minutes with no acknowledgment that we were there and waiting.
Just an awful experience.

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vipMarc
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

This is a gem of Avalon, I always enjoy eating La Vecchia Fontana. Due to the employment issues this year the service was struggling to provide exemplary care but the food is still amazing! We are hopeful they will get back to full capacity in the coming months.

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DaveR
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was delicious! I had the pasta special. I think they were short staffed the night we went. The hostess was busing the tables. You can tell the servers were overwhelmed. Our experience, though, was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Chicken in the truffle sauce omgggg 🤤

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Bobc
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Everything was fine. Service almost too good as we felt rushed. Our meals were good quality. Better options in Avalon if you’re looking for an excellent meal, party ambience or romantic evening.

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vipDebraK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service but we didn’t notice it was BYOB

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely love La Vecchia! Highly recommended.

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vipBeth
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food is always good but last night wasn’t the best. Ambiance sure could use a little more.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Vecchia Fontana using the Order Online button. La Vecchia Fontana also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 967-7708.

La Vecchia Fontana is rated 4.5 stars by 685 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.