sautéed calamari or mussels, spicy marinara, garlic, linguini
fresh mussels, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, white wine
foccacia, tomatoes, olives, onions, olive oil, goat cheese
The penne a la vodka is amazing. It has bacon in it, which makes it so much better than traditional. They have gluten free pasta and zoodles available to make their pasta dishes gluten free. The house dressing for salad is very flavorful as well. They also have great pizza.
This was my second experience with Fontina Grille. My first experience was a carryout order. My first experience was much better than my second. In truth, it was partly my idea to substitute Zoodles for pasta. Bad choice! It made my sauce watery and therefore, tasteless. The server acknowledged this after the fact. I wish she would have warned me ahead of time. In any event, I will definitely return for another meal. Just no Zoodles!
The staff could not have been more accommodating.
Perfect evening. I wish maybe one more heater was on. I was still very cold eating my food. But Mo was extremely nice! Second time here and all the staff are very nice. And food was amazing, as always! Definitely returning!
Spectacular service from Moe and the best Italian dishes I've had in a long time. I can't wait to visit again.
I read Yelp reviews on Fontina Grille many months ago and meant to dine there for some time. I try to follow the changing COVID-19 regulations across DC, MD and VA for restaurants but missed news coverage for Montgomery County MD.
My significant other and I arrived at Fontina Grille for an evening reservation. Imagine my surprise when we were led outside to a tent for dinner. I was at a loss for words and wanted to turn around to go elsewhere but my SO was having none of it. Thankfully, the tent was well heated and we were seated under a patio heater.
For an appetizer, I ordered crab and artichoke dip served with tortilla chips and my SO ordered meatballs. The portion size of the dip was really small and topped with so much cheese that it was off-putting. After two bites, I removed the thick layer of cheese which made the dip better. However, the amount of crab was minuscule but I really liked the chips. My SO’s appetizer contained three sizeable meatballs wrapped in cheese. I tried a piece and thought they were heavy, tough, and didn’t take like it but what do I know. He loved the dish, ate all three and said they were filling.
For an entrée, I ordered shrimp risotto without tomatoes and Caesar salad. The salad was terrible and not edible; the dressing was homemade, salty and off-putting. The risotto was good. My SO ordered minestrone soup with grilled salmon with pasta. He ate the soup and enjoyed it but was too full to eat the rest of the meal. He took it home, re-heated it and said it was good. He also had an apple martini and liked it.
We asked about a military discount but it is not offered. However, we did receive a complimentary slice of the Brooklyn Blackout Cake. We started to eat it, but it was really cold making all the chocolate hard. We took it home and ate it at room temperature with vanilla ice cream. The cake was to die for.
Great food. The mussles are superb. Wonderful Caesar salad and tasty pizza. The wait staff is so nice, pleasant to visit with.
Amazing and patient staff. We talked for hours on the table and there was no rushed feeling. Second time here on location and will always recommend.
Best heaters in town. Safe dining with open tent and plenty of great heaters.
Love the service and the food!
I’ve never experienced a bad meal. The food is always tasty and the service impeccable. Melissa, a server, is amazing. She adds her personal touch by remembering my name, what I drink and the way I prefer my chicken Caesar salad prepared. I’m always greeted by management and like when they come around and talk to their patrons.
We love it... great food, great service, beautiful environment and nice owner
I went to the restaurant to celebrate my younger twin sisters birthday. We had a great time. The staff and waitress was very attentive and helpful. Also, the food was served very fast and hot.
Great service and delicious food!
Highly recommend. Outdoor seating make it safer dining. Outdoor heaters make it warmer in cold weather.
I sat outside Sunday for brunch. I had the steak + eggs with a side of manchego grits and red sangria. The steak was juicy and tender. The sunnyside up eggs were just right. The fries were crispy outside and tender inside. And the grits and sangria complemented my main course perfectly! Sorry I don't have photos - I was too intent on eating it!
Good atmosphere. Nice Italian restaurant. We enjoyed are food and good service.
Simply a great place to dine. I have been going there for 15 years. Always reliable.
Our server Moe was great and the food is always delish!
I frequent this restaurant a lot. I’m never disappointed! Stuff mushroom appetizer was delicious😀
Service was wonderful. We weren’t rushed and the food was excellent!
A group of four had a delightful experience eating at fontina in the patio. The food, service and safety of the circumstances were terrific.
Food taste very poor... from 7 different orders just one the vodka pizza was good
We were there for lunch. The service was excellent and attentive to Covid. The outside is under a heated tent on the sidewalk (people using the sidewalk can walk through). We ate inside where the tables are well spaced, and diners are seated well apart.
All the items we ordered were good sized portions, well cooked and full of flavors. I would order all of them again, except that there are a lot of other items I want to try!
The Mussels Caprese and the Wild Mushrooms Antipasti were amazing. They offer several options for additions to salads and pasta dishes, such as grilled shrimp, salmon, flank steak, and pasta substitutions (in-store-made, whole wheat, gluten free).
They are celiac-friendly in that many of the items on the menu can be made celiac-friendly. I ordered a take-home pasta dish that proved to be safe, though like most restaurants, the gluten free pasta was a little over cooked (not al-dente). Maybe this is a personal taste issue.
For desserts, the Creme Brulee was large, well flavored with vanilla and had a delicate caramelized sugar top, and the Bomba was a showy decadence of chocolate and vanilla gelato enrobed in dark chocolate. It was topped with whipped cream and a bit of chocolate sauce.
We will be going back.
The food here is always delicious. The tent accommodation outside was actually rather noisy and took away from the atmosphere. Overall we like it, though, and will be back.
Fantastic experience. Wish I’d gone there weeks ago we they reopened.
Very good food and Mohammed was very nice and friendly
Delicious food; service inconsistent from visit to visit but usually good.
Perfect place during the pandemic. Tented open air seating outdoors. Love the atmosphere. Reminds me of European countries and how they eat everyday.
Food was delicious and service timely.
The food was rather expensive for the quality and the service was slow.
Fontina Grill is our go to Italian. Always excellent even in these trying times. Service and food were excellent. Mussels were very plump and tasty.
No world can express the very very good place I was the day
Food so delicious to be honest I ordered 3 different dishes
Pasta and steak because everything was so delicious
Mo was an amazing waiter. The only concern I had was I wasn't provided small plates for my party and I for the bread. I love the food, I love the service and I love the RESTAURANT!!! I can't wait to visit again soon.
IT WAS MY FIRST VISIT AND AND ENJOYED THE EXCELLENT FOOD, SERVICE AND AMBIENCE OF THE RESTAURANT. I WILL VISIT AGAIN SOON AND I DO RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO ALL.
It was Sunday night so they were not so busy. We walk to the restaurant as it is half a mile from the house. I ordered the fried zucchini for appetizer which is so so because it was a little over fried. But the crusted rock fish did the trick for me. It was perfect. So I give it 4 stars for the food. I have been coming here almost every other weekend since they reopened from COVID shutdown. It’s a neighborhood gem!
Food was not fresh/tasty
This place never disappoints me. The service is superb, the food is excellent, the setting is wonderful.
We were having an early dinner. We hse to dine inside because it looked like rain. After we were seated it, no ine came to get our drink order for a long time. There was no oneelse eating inside. Finely we got the attention of someone who was passing through the dining room. The food was good, but e service cotinued to be lacking.
Great menu selection and the food taste amazing. The carbonara and the Sea Bass are highly recommended. The staff is so courteous and provides top class services
Drinks were great. Steak was dreadful and made me sick. Service was terrific.
Birthday dinner. Enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere with tables being distanced. Server was amazing.
Fontina Grille offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 947-5400.
Fontina Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1075 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.