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Fontana

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Californian, Irish, Seafood, Eclectic
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61A Hight Street, Holywood Bt18, Northern Ireland
02890809908
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Simply wonderful...

We have been many times in Fontana and have always had a superb meal, but this time was simply stunning. The scallop and foie gras starter was one of the best starters I've ever had and the lobster main course was fresh, full of flavour and cooked perfectly. Cannot recommend this place highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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  • Special occasions
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We have been many times in Fontana and have always had a superb meal, but this time was simply stunning. The scallop and foie gras starter was one of the best starters I've ever had and the lobster main course was fresh, full of flavour and cooked perfectly. Cannot recommend this place highly enough...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Always a treat, imaginative menu, well informed staff, excellent wine list, in immaculate surroundings. Well done Fontana - to have been consistently good for so long and make it look so effortless is a credit to the owner. Wishing you many more years of success.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Tried this place on Saturday night after rave reviews from friends. We didn't have a reservation but they were able to give us a table no problem as it was early. We opted for the a la carte menu but there was a set menu available also which was good value. I had the goats cheese to start which was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

From start to finish everything was perfect. Food cooked and presented beautifully, nice selection of wine and friendly knowledgeable staff. Will definitely be back, good work guys!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

we arrived on a cold evening and it was warm inside....lovely. The staff were friendly. The food was excellent. I had salmon and it was cooked to perfection. My son had steak and it melted in the mouth. All four of us finished our dishes and all in agreement that it was superb. The price was also very good as... More 

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Holywood, N ireland United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Two of us dined here for Sunday brunch with a gift voucher we'd been given for Xmas. Initially we decided on only a main course, but the menu was so appealing we thought we'd try a starter as well. Our starters were the goats cheese bruschetta & the duck rolls - both were just fabulous! We anxiously awaited our mains... More 

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Shropshire Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Fontana opened especially for a post-wedding pre-booked lunch for about 30 people. There was a very good choice from a substantial menu; food arrived promptly; very tasty indeed; excellent, friendly, attentive service; good wines, topped up frequently; cosy and comfortable. Could not have been bettered.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

What a fantastic restaurant!!!! A pre-Christmas hangover of mammoth proportions, a seasonally sustained period of over indulgence...much of which had involved some terrific food and you have one last meal to join...your body and your mind wants a break...there can't be anything on the menu you haven't eaten in the previous week somewhere else. And then you walk into Fontana.... More 

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Holywood, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I have time and time again asked Fontana about whether or not they ethically source and stun their lobster. Each time they have failed to reply. I can therefore only assume their lobster is boiled alive. If you can live with that then enjoy your meal.

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Killyleagh
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22 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It's a few years since I last visited and I was excited to return. The first thing I noticed was that the restaurant wasn't particularly warm. I am always impressed if there's an immediately cozy feel when you come in from outside. Not so this evening. The menus offered were for either a set Christmas meal or full a la... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 61A Hight Street, Holywood Bt18, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Holywood
  • Phone Number: 02890809908

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 49
  • Cuisine: Californian, Irish, Seafood, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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