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“Elegant Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fontana

Fontana
Ranked #24 of 325 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Coral Gables, Florida
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Elegant Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

The Biltmore is a beautiful place. You stand on the sidewalk and you can't help, but stare at this beautiful building in the middle of a neighborhood. It is amazing. The pool is magnificent and the restaurants expensive, but good.

Visited October 2012
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English first
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

It's on the expensive side (as is almost everything at The Biltmore) but it is worth it. The food is good but the service is outstanding. The service staff is very well trained and it shows. If you get to sit outside on a mild evening, all the better. How can you not admire the beauty of this property?

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Thank Alan S
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New York City, New York
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“La Fontana, a consistently superior restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

My wife and I have eaten at La Fontana, the Biltmore Hotel's courtyard restaurant, several times in the past three years. We've never failed to have a superior meal there, beautifully prepared and served with the utmost courtesy and consideration. The weekday breakfast buffet is also exceptionally good. (You should do the Sunday brunch buffet once in your life, but be forewarned that it's insanely lavish--if you go there on Sunday, you won't feel like eating on Monday.) Needless to say, the Palme d'Or, the hotel's "fancy" restaurant, is also wonderfully fine, but we'd just as soon eat at Fontana, truth to tell, and usually do.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Carlos, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“basic food for a ridiculous price”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

got hungry at night, and picked up some appetizers to go. Salad had NO dressing, and meat and cheese was just so-so. Cost $ 70.00 for a snack

Visited December 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

After a morning at Vizcaya, we decided to lunch at the Fontana Mediterranean restaurant located on the ground floor of the Biltmore Hotel. There was a definite 'wow' factor as the door opened onto a hacienda style courtyard, with large palm trees, plants and a beautiful central fountain.
The waitress, Hilda, was friendly, efficient and made good recommendations. We asked for a family photo after our meal and she posed us in front of the fountain for a lovely photograph. A real character, who contributed to our memorable lunch.
The food was excellent, from the breadbasket with four different types of bread, each nicer than the last, to the Burrata salad (Caprese),which consisted of the best mozzarella I've ever had the pleasure of eating, creamy and textured, along with juicy tomatoes and roast peppers to the freshly made pasta, followed by a proper expresso macchiato and accompanied by perfectly chilled white wine and Panna water.
Food heaven.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank roscco
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