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“Very good” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fontana

Fontana
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3200
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Ranked #14 of 270 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Granada
Description: One of the few remaining Miami locales offering traditional English afternoon tea, the Biltmore is arguably the most elegant venue, with its soaring vaulted ceiling, magnificent lobby and majestically mantled fireplace. The refreshing repast is served daily and is complemented with and elegant harp weekdays and music of an accomplished classical guitarist on the weekends. During the holiday season guests can expect themed pastries.Reservations are recommended.
London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Fontana is set in a beautiful court yard with a mssive fountain in the middle and the most beautiful vegetation .
Good food and great value.

Visited April 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Henrietta, New York
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113 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“An unforgettable experience! Like something you'd see in a movie!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Fontana, at the Biltmore Hotel, is one of those places which seems like it exists in a land apart from the everyday world. As I walked into the courtyard, my eyes drawn from the fountain, upward to the graceful archways and tall palms swaying gently in the breeze, I felt like I was in a movie set in Italy or Spain. Every nook and alcove holding a small table with a stained-glass votive candleholder was a photograph begging to be taken. It was love at first sight, and instantly a favorite. It was magical and enjoyable even while there for a business dinner...I couldn't imagine how much better it would be to go back sometime with my husband or a group of friends!!

As we were seated, one of our party asked the host to tell us some of the history of the Biltmore Hotel, which he obligingly did, spending a good ten minutes regaling us with some of the ghost stories that the staff has collected over the years. Whether you go for that kind of stuff or not (the courtyard and the grounds weren't spooky in the slightest, but rather sumtuous and romantic) it was very entertaining and the attention to detail in the host's introduction of the Biltmore was only the beginning of a wonderful night.

The service was absolutely impeccable. Perfectly groomed, serious yet friendly and attentive, the waitstaff at the Fontana, dressed in dark attire, are the perfect example of professionalism. Polite, quiet, and anticipating your requests before you make them. Drinks are refilled quietly, chairs are held out when you leave or come back to the table...things like that can't help but make you feel pampered.

The food was amazing. From the appetizers - plates of cheese, olives, and roasted garlic...and several types of fresh, homemade bread - to the main course (I had half a roast chicken with arugula salad which was 'to die for') everything looked beautiful, and tasted just as good. And surprisingly, it was very reasonably-priced.

The atmosphere is second to none...as dusk falls, the string lights and candles seem like a scattering of stars around the courtyard, and each table feels snug and welcoming and private.

This is really an excellent place, and one I hope to visit again!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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College Station, Texas
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nice place to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Breakfast buffet in the morning and woderful Italian restaurant in the evening. The staff was wonderful and very attentive.

Visited March 2013
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United States
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Lunch today at Fontana was incredible. Rosemary & garlic marinaded olives, as well as an assortment of fresh artisanal breads were brought to the table with our drinks. I ordered the sea bass amandine in lemon butter sauce with grilled asparagus and it was absolutely scrumptious. My friend ordered the seafood salad and she loved it. The service was excellent. Lunch was on the pricey side (about $70 for the two of us) but for the quality, we felt it was well worth it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bucks County, PA
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Dinning to the Melody of the Fountain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Delightful meal, fine wine, wonderful company. Fontana provided the setting, food and drink for a memorable evening. The moisture of the fountain was an added delight to skin parched by winter north. Service was attentive but not obsequious. Prices were comparable for the setting.

Visited March 2013
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