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“Great then not so great”

La Fontana Italian Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 712 Restaurants in Blackpool
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Established for over 20 years, experience a true taste of Italy at La Fontana in their modern Italian Courtyard Restaurant, set beneath a twinkling starry night sky, complete with roof slates, decorative trellis and of course, La Fontana - the fountain after which the Restaurant is named! Enjoy the first class Italian cuisine & warm Mediterranean ambience brought to you by long-time owner Franco and his team of loyal, passionate staff.
Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Great then not so great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've visited this restaurant twice in 2 weeks. The first time i was with my 2 kids. It was quiet as we were one of the first customers on a Sunday evening which i planned on purpose as we'd been to the beach. The service was superb and the food was great. The waiter was very tolerant of my lad asking him lot's of questions.
I booked for 12 lads the following weekend for a Saturday night. The food was still great but this time the service was not good at all. We had to wait a long time for the main course, which i did not mind so much as there were a lot of us and the restaurant was busy and it is better than being served too fast. However following the initial beer order which was ok we had to wait over 20mins for more beer and that was after asking repeatedly. On the second time of being asked for drinks the waitress explained she was busy but there was another waitress setting up a table and i asked her if she could serve which she did. No new customers did actually come to that table. Why could we not be served drinks first? When the pizza's and other food were served i had to ask for the pepper when it was clear it was not coming. Normally i am asked if i want pepper in an Italian.
The food was great though so don't let my experience of the service put you off as the previous week the service was excellent. |The house wine is also decent for house wine. All in all it is great value for money. Just that poor service on my last visit which let them down.

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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Genuine find. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Thought we were going to have to go to bed hungry after failing to find somewhere to eat at 10 o'clock on a Sunday evening. Then we found La Fontana!! Even at that time on a Sunday evening we were made to feel welcome. The staff (especially Stefano) were just so friendly. And our food was absolutely first class. The steak cooked exactly as I had asked for, and so tender no need for a steak knife! Sublime! !
Not if, but when, we return to Blackpool, this will definitely be our first port of call.

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Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very Very Good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

My family love Italian food so before our short trip to Blackpool I looked online for Italian's and also looked at the reviews, we didn't book just walked in to be given a warm welcome by the waiter. We had a very nice meal and my 12 year old son ate every bit (high praise indeed) as he is very fussy. Great service from start to finish with a complimentary liquor, even called us a taxi when we were ready to leave. Very good value for money, we were a party of 3, we all had a starter, a main course, 2 sweet's 2 rounds of drinks and the whole meal came to £51.00 (bargain).

  • Visited October 2013
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very good meal in a lovely place, with attentive and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were in two minds about where to eat on Clifton Street, having eaten at other venues and enjoyed the experience. We are now fans of La Fontana. Excellent 'early bird' menu, great food, most efficient and pleasant waiters...all in all a lovely meal in a central location for a good price. We will certainly be happy to return. And not just for the complimentary Sambuca! Grazie!

  • Visited October 2013
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wakefield
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Bellissimo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

Lovely, lively, tasty,.... no wonder it has been there so long, No booking unless there are 6+ but you don't have to wait long even when they are busy, which is most of the time. The complimentary raspberry sambuca at the end of the meal was a nice touch......Just try it

  • Visited October 2013
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