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“Pleasant courtyard, great bruschetta, uneven service” 4 of 5 bubbles
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La Fonte
Ranked #63 of 95 Restaurants in Ojai
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Ventura, California
Level Contributor
334 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Pleasant courtyard, great bruschetta, uneven service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

The staff quickly made room for our party of six on their courtyard on a busy Labor Day Saturday night. We arrived early which paid off since the outdoor seating filled up. We met several servers during our meal, and service seemed disorganized, but we forgot all about that when the bruschetta arrived loaded with heirloom tomatoes, basil, and flavorful olive oil, with the bread grilled perfectly for a wonderful taste combination. Pizzas were very cheesy with lots of toppings, and the salads fresh. I will eat here again just to have the bruschetta and to sample more menu options although we waited a really long time to get our credit card back. But, who is in a hurry on a warm evening on a pleasant courtyard in Ojai?

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
“Worst service anywhere”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

I've eaten here more than a dozen times - there's limited selection in Ojai, so anything new is a nice change. The service here started out pretty bad, but we figured they just had to work out the kinks... The kinks, it seems, got worse. The service is consistently awful, almost as if there's no training at all. It's bizarre, because the owners also own Monte Grappa which has great service and great food. I never like to write bad reviews about somewhere local, but buyer beware, I'll never go back there.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Eda L
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Santa Barbara
1 review
“Pleasant, casual atmosphere with courteous service, but.......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

The entrees are good to excellent. The shaded outdoor courtyard is very pleasant and quiet. The staff is courteous.

We would have given this restaurant a higher rating had it not been for hygiene issues:

* NO PAPER TOWELS nor SOAP in one bathroom, and no soap in the second bathroom. We notified staff about the lack of soap and paper towels, but when one member of our party visited the bathrooms later, no one had attended to these problems.

NOTE:   La Fonte's wait staff & kitchen staff share these restrooms with customers. QUESTION: Where does the staff wash up after doing their business?

* We asked if we could have bread and a little olive oil. We waited for about 15 mins, but our server failed to bring bread and oil. We finally asked another server who eventually arrived with bread.

* PANINI: Before placing an order for a Panino, make sure that an your Panino will be made by an experienced Panini maker.

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  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Bill S
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Hartford, Connecticut
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497 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Nice for good italian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile

We biked there for lunch...had great lunch salads in the outdoor cafe.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank joel r
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Burbank, California
1 review
“Great Food and Good Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

My husband and I went to this restaurant as my daughter and son-in-law had been there about a month before and raved about how good the food was. So we decided to go there with all of our family to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We all ordered different dishes and explained that we would like to have it family style so we could all have a taste of each dish.
They were very accommodating and the food was absolutely delicious. We were given a tiramisu on the house and we proceeded to order almost one of each dessert listed and I must say that the cheesecake was outstanding! We had a very enjoyable evening and will go back again for another occasion.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nelliebee123
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