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“La Fontana-Excellent Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fontana

Fontana
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3200
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Ranked #6 of 281 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Aventura, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“La Fontana-Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We are locals from Miami and this is one of the Best Italian restaurants around - great atmosphere and service, wonderful new menu and amazing new Chef Giuseppe Galazzi who saw to our every need. I never remember names but wrote his down so I wouldn't forget. Love love the food there.

  • Visited May 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Atlanta, GA
Top Contributor
428 reviews 428 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
“Beautiful Courtyard and Fine Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We were treated to dinner at Fontana, located in the historic Biltmore Hotel. We dined at a large table adjacent to the beautiful courtyard, under cover because the weather looked iffy. Because we were not in the air conditioned part of the restaurant, there was a large floor fan just in back of us moving the humid air at approximately the speed of a class one hurricane. I asked the server if it had different speeds, and voila, things became quite comfortable. The service was languid but good and the food was excellent. A gargantuan wine list led to some pleasant discoveries. A fun time was had by all.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Two superb experiences”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Have been twice and will be back. Great food and drink (even the simpler pastas are sumptuous), dignified Old World service. Ask to sit in the courtyard if weather permits, but remember this is south Florida and a sudden shower might present itself (if so, the attentive staff will take care of you). Even on a holiday weekend, had no difficulties getting seated and served meticulously.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
42 helpful votes 42 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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Henrietta, New York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
134 helpful votes 134 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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