We went for valentines day and it was busy as expected. The food was amazing. It was a set valentines day menu and we ordered one of each option per course and shared. Wow! Delicious! Our server was awesome. He was charismatic and really added to our experience.
We have dined at La Fontana on 2 other occasions and loved the food and the staff.
We chose La Fontana again for our Valentines Dinner. We were so disappointed in the service, food and value we may never return to this restaurant again.
No alternatives were planned for someone who prefers not eat fish or snails, Portion sizes of the food were very small and the price was very high. The beef tenderloin was served bloody and no steak knife was given just a butter knife. The same fork was used for every meal and at the price or each coarse a new set of silverware should have been offered. Our waiter never asked us once how our food was, the upstairs room was cold and dinner took over 2 hours, a lot of time was spent staring at the fake flowers
Waste of good hard-earned money.. If your going to la Fontana for the pizza you'll find, don't go on a special occasion you will be highly disappointed and ripped off
Seating was a little squishy. Otherwise all was excellent.
Delicious food and fantastic service with a view of the river. We will be back!
Food and service were great. Only negative was that it was freezing in the room and our pizza got cold very quickly. Otherwise was great, would definitely go back in warmer weather.
Thank you for your kind review Kathy. We actually were finally able to fix our furnace, which malfunction caused the cold dining room.. I'm sure that for your next visit you'll have your food nice and hot!
This was the second visit to La Fontana, the first experience was excellent. After the first time we decided it would be the the perfect place to go for my parents 40th anniversary the occasion was noted on my reservation. The first time we were sat downstairs it was over all an amazing experience food, service, ambiance etc. The second time we arrived we were seated upstairs, it is not a nice place to be seated for a nice dinner. The lighting is excessively bright, no view, very secluded and there was a party there so we got stuffed in the corner of a very loud room we were lucky it ended shortly after we got there. The service was very slow. The first time we went our server was very knowledgeable of the entire menu, the second experience our server only really knew the drink menu. The meat and cheese boards were excellent, our mains came out about 5 minutes apart my parents received theirs first and my girlfriend and I a few minutes later. 3/4 of our meals were cold, my mother really seemed to enjoy the pasta she ordered. The server was also very rush rush with trying to get our orders when we were trying to have a nice night out. My girlfriend is an employee at the Elora Mill and we were going to take my parents there but loved La Fontana so much the first time we decided it was a sure thing. We were hugely let down I genuinely felt sad that we took my parents to celebrate their 40th anniversary there I cannot express how extremely let down I was. It’s not a cheap place to eat the service and food did not live up.
Dear Daniel, I'm quite sorry to her that you did not enjoy your second visit at our restaurant, as no matter where you are seated we pride to offer a nice service. Your celebration was noted and we seated your party where we felt would have been more comfortable. I'm sure if you asked to have a seat in our main dining room with a view, we would have been able to accommodate you. Nevertheless, please understand that we pride to offer great service all the time and hoping to have you back again.
La Fontana in Elora is a small space in an older home. It's not exactly cozy with lots of windows and tile floor, but intimate.
Our server was young but eager to please. We were able to share a pasta and share a pizza. Both were delicious. The pasta was al dente with a spicy sausage sauce. The pizza cooked in a wood fire oven was amazing! Lots of proscuitto.
Another experienced waiter came by and talked us into a chocolate dessert. It was outstanding. Several layers of different chocolate, dark, white, chunks with salted caramel, dusting of chocolate. So interesting and creative! Our only disappointment was the americano coffee. It was weak and watery. Otherwise, we enjoyed it and look forward to going back in the summer to enjoy the patio.
Pizza and duck were ordered. The duck was awful - overcooked and dry. Needed to wash it down. For everyone's sake, please take it off your menu. Prosciutto pizza needed more time in the wood oven. Really, truly wanted to like it as our waiter was energetic and attentive. Food was just too atrocious.
dear DCRP, With all due respect to your taste, I feel that you are exaggerating calling our food atrocious, and frankly offending my chef's hard work in preparing our dishes. If you truly had such an issue, you should have brought up your concerns with my staff during your meal.
Food and service were both awesome, lighting a bit harsh- only complaint
Fantastic food! It takes a little while to prepare but is really worth the wait so give yourself extra time to really enjoy your meal! Every dish is creative, well thought and and beautiful to look at!
Always such a special place.
Attentive service, delightfully delicious plates, and a welcoming atmosphere.
Our table of 4 order the wood fire pizza and the sweet and spicy sausage pasta. Everyone enjoyed their choice and said we would return. I had the pasta and it was the best that I've had in a very long time. It had the right amount of heat and didn't scrimp on the sauce. The service was amazing and the host and server were very pleasant to talk to. It was also so nice to be able to book a table online! We definitely will be back to try one of the other dishes on the menu
The food and service is always great! This is my favorite local place to eat!!
The service was fine but our pasta came undercooked (NOT al dente as the kitchen insisted). Rather than making new dishes when we complained, the kitchen tried to reheat the dishes. Not good.
Dear Eleana, unfortunately is quite impossible to please everyone taste when it comes to food. Obviously you prefer your pasta cooked longer than what our recipe is, and that's definitely your personal liking. We pride ourselves not wasting food; therefore as you needed to have your pasta cooked a bit longer, we took your dish and finished it in the pan (not re-heated) for the time needed, and re-plated it as freshly made. If this is not good for you, that's definitely your personal opinion.
Another outstanding night out on the patio. The Olive Garden salad has amazing flavours and texture of olive soil, hats off to the Chef. This is must try!
The wood fire pizza and pasta are always amazing !
We shared a S’mores for desert and once again excellent! Their Chef is making very creative dishes.
Wait staff are on their A game.
Absolutely wonderful! I could go on in detail about each dish but it's not really necessary because they we all outstanding.
Jer is a highly capable chef with thoughtful attention to composition and whimsy. Excellent!
Great waitress and great food!
Wood fire pizza is amazing. James’s staff makes the experience very enjoyable!
I would recommend the pasta dishes. We did not like the pizza that much.
A very good menu selection. The staff are inexperienced and could use training. Was very disappointed we could not reserve a table outside. The decor could be updated - the yellow patio cover looks old and dirty.
Thank you for your compliments on our food selection; in regards of your disappointment of not being able to book the patio, this is one of our policies that should be respected. Our staff is definitely young, yet some of the most passionate individuals I had the pleasure to work with, in my years of restaurant experience. Please refrain to publicly comment on our decor, i'm sure it didn't affect your dining experience and you may not be aware that there are high cost for replacing the canopy.
While the pasta is home made ...it is heavy and as such not great to ea. The pizza was terrific.
Great little place - fantastic pasta and service was also very good. Will definitely return.
Great food and price points and wonderful atmosphere with love music on the patio.
Nice atmosphere, knowledgeable server and excellent food.
Loved the ambiance. Felt like I was at someone's home. The food was amazing so hard to pick an entre'. Staff fun and accommodating. I'll be back so much more I want to try. I've already told all my friends! Reasonably priced. Excellent experience 👍
They were not prepared to make any accommodations to the menu due to my wife's dietary restrictions. Ended up paying $14 for a few leaves of arugula with olive oil. She had sent a message to them the day before asking what they could do but didn't get a response.
My dish was the 'Wild boar', but was simply pasta with a tomato sauce with a couple of chunks of meat on top. Very little creativity. The 'Lamb Ragu' looked better, but nothing special.
Nice setting and the people were very nice, but again it seemed like they wanted to help my wife, but when we asked if some changes could be made to existing dishes they were unwilling to do any.
We did what we could to help, as on our menu we don't have choices that would have accommodated your wife's diet more than what we did, we would have had to purchase specific ingredients to accommodate your situation. You were told this earlier that evening, before your reservation, and decided to come in anyway. For as much as I can understand your disappointment, it was your choice to come in anyway and, obviously, our restaurant is not the right fit for your situation.
Dangerously hot in there today. That's my only real complaint.
Food was amazing and so was the service. Great location right on the river.
The only negative thing I can say is that we were sitting on a patio and we can smell the garbage bin witch is located not far from the patio.
I had a kale pasta with pumpkin seeds & my 3 companions had a pasta with asparagus. We were all pleased with our meals stating they were delicious! 2 of my friends chose desserts - one was chocolate based & the other was a strawberry. They thoroughly enjoyed them & they were very beautiful to look at!
La Fontana fit us in on a busy festival weekend and took great care of us. The servers were down one person due to a keg accident, but they covered for their fallen comrade beautifully and we had a great time. Fantastic service, atmosphere, and an amazing meal. We loved the fresh pasta and the really unique varieties of oven pizza.
A bright cozy space with great food. The prosciutto pizza and kale pesto pasta was especially good. Wine list had a lot of great choices to choose from. Servers were very friendly. Would definitely visit again if ever we’re back in Elora!
4th dining experience at La Fontana and the meals have been good overall.
The menu selection is very good, service is friendly and portions are generous.
The food is flavourful and thoughtfully presented.
I particularly enjoy their pasta. Fresh made, tender with some bite.
The pizza is delicious, all the food is good but the pizza is amazing! We had 3 waiters for a table of 5, all we're very friendly and professional but there was disorganization in fulfilling requests but we were ok with it because they were so polite and the food was so good. Other tables were offered bread to start, we were not. Unsure if this is confusion during startup but we left full and happy and will all be back. Don't expect perfection but it's a delicious meal served in an incredibly friendly and scenic atmosphere.
Wonderful place to take my Mum for her 79th birthday. Definitely will be back to enjoy other items from the menu. Love the home town beer on tap, but I thought it was a little pricey. All the other dishes were priced great, but $16 for a glass of wine? And a pint of beer? Next time I'll just have to have a meal and skip the drink.
Absolutely phenomenal. Great location sat on patio ambience and atmosphere relaxed and friendly. Servers tend to everything without being over bearing. Our server Tod was exceptional and most importantly the food PHENOMENAL!!! And reasonably priced as well. A definite return to spot for Italian !!!!
We dined in the evening as a party of three and the table was made up as 2 round bistro tables. This made it very difficult for the third person to dine as they were sitting in the middle of two round tables. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Our server was very helpful with the menu. I would recommend that you get a few bigger tables on the upper deck to accommodate parties larger than two that want to dine outside but not on the patio.
Wait staff overpowering. Wait staff wouldn't leave us alone. Waitress would ask you something then another wait staff asked the same thing more than once during dinner. This ruined the experience.
Food was just o.k. Water glasses too small and no ice. Atmosphere on patio quiet nice. Would probably not go back.
Dear Anonymous, I usually don't look at negative reviews with much effort, but this one is quite offensive... Your comment and attitude is what ruins it for a restaurant wanting to provide the best care possible.
Excellent!!! Was very busy but the food was great! Would highly recommend it. Great pasta, pizza and dessert! Nice location in downtown Elora.
Pizza was excellent along with the chocolate dessert. Atmosphere on that patio was great, our only complaint was the patio seating. The chairs are back breakers!
Sorry, felt it was way too overpriced for what we got.. seemed chaotic the night we were there.