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Fontana Restaurant, Holywood, County Down

Fontana Restaurant

4.8
4.8
114 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary European

Simple Food, Cooked Well, Enjoyed By All.
Fontana is a favorite in the neighborhood. Always serving the best of fresh local ingredients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Fontana is that perfect place for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.

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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00–14:30 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    028 9039 7977

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Michal Gabrysiak

  • Area

    Holywood

  • Cross Street

    High street and Shore road

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Holywood Train station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway, Wine

Menu

Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 pm -3:00 pm

Main

  • Soup of the Day, Freshly Baked Bread£4.95

    • Fresh Zita Pasta, Chilli, Broccoli, Shallots, Garlic, Olive Oil, Flat Leaf Parsley

      • Small Plate£8.50
      • Large Plate£13.00
    • Frittata, Spinach, Potato, Goats Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts

      • Small Plate£8.50
      • Large Plate£13.00
    • Roast Cauliflower, Crispy Gubbeen Cheese, Pearl Barley

      • Small Plate£8.50
      • Large Plate£13.00
    • Pan Fried Salmon, Baby Boil Potatoes, Green Beans, Chive Beurre Blanc

      • Small Plate£8.50
      • Large Plate£13.00
    • Duck Confit Risotto, Blue Cheese, Wild Mushroom, Thyme, Red Wine

      • Small Plate£8.50
      • Large Plate£13.00
    • Turkey Piccata, Toasted Ciabatta Roll, Artichoke Caper Slaw Spinach, Parmesan, Skinny Fries

      • Large Plate£13.00

    Last updated: 1 February 2022

    What 114 people are saying

    Overall ratings and reviews

    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

    4.8
    4.8 based on recent ratings
    • 4.7Food
    • 4.8Service
    • 4.7Ambience
    • 4.5Value

    NoiseModerate

    Loved For

    • Northern Ireland

      Best Food

    • Northern Ireland

      Best Service

    • Northern Ireland

      Best Ambience

    • Northern Ireland

      Best Value

    • Northern Ireland

      Fit for Foodies

    • Northern Ireland

      Healthy

    • Northern Ireland

      Neighbourhood Gem

    • Northern Ireland

      Romance

    • Northern Ireland

      Special Occasions

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    1. BR

      BRETTT

      London

      3 reviews

      5.0

      3 reviews

      Dined 1 day ago

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Cheerful kindly service, delicious contemporary menu, excellent cocktails and an elegant room; what’s not to love?

    2. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      London

      1 review

      3.0

      1 review

      Dined 3 days ago

      overall3food3service5ambience3

      Excellent service, the staff lively and professional. Food avarage, long waiting time for the main. Overal pleasant evening.

    3. JC

      JimC

      N. Ireland

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined 7 days ago

      overall5food5service4ambience5

      Fontana is the best restaurant in North Down and probably a lot further afield!! Food is simply outstanding and the presentation superb. Service can sometimes be slow eg we recently waited 40 minutes for our starter! When it came, though, it was excellent and there was not a long wait for the main course which was also quite superb.

    4. E

      Endamac

      New York Area

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined 7 days ago

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Great to have Fontana back and firing on all cylinders. Great food and the service from our wonderful friends Adam and Fiznic formerly the Ivory dream team was the icing on the cake.

    5. SG

      StevieG

      London

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined 7 days ago

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Amazing restaurant. Never disappoints in either food, service, ambience, or value.

    6. TH

      ToniH

      N. Ireland

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 13 May 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Food is excellent. Service was superb and attentive. First time dining here but will certainly be back.

    7. CW

      ChrisW

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 12 May 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      A really wonderful place to eat,relax and enjoy. Every detail covered and superbly delivered.

    8. A

      Ando

      N. Ireland

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 12 May 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience3

      Excellent food and service, this restaurant never disappoints . Perfect for a romantic dinner for two or any special celebration.

    9. JR

      JamesR

      N. Ireland

      3 reviews

      5.0

      3 reviews

      Dined on 4 May 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Had the 3 courses for 2 with the bottle of wine last night. Fantastic meal, wine was excellent and service brilliant. Great value for money and I would throughly recommend!!

    10. L

      Lynsey

      N. Ireland

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 30 April 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      The food was amazing and our waitress, Agata, couldn't have been more attentive. We had the scallops to start which were beautifully cooked and paired with truffle mash and kale, followed by a melt in the mouth ribeye. A truly special evening to celebrate our anniversary.

    11. NK

      NicolaK

      Dublin

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 30 April 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Lovely relaxed meal, it has a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant was recommended to us and didn't disappoint.

    12. F

      Flossie

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 27 April 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience4

      Food was excellent. Set menu is great value. Highly recommend.

    13. JC

      JoanC

      1 review

      4.0

      1 review

      Dined on 23 April 2022

      overall4food4service4ambience5

      We had an excellent meal on Saturday night - the scallops were delicious. We were very slow to be served but were very happy with our attentive waitress.

    14. BJ

      BJ21

      London

      14 reviews

      5.0

      14 reviews

      Dined on 16 April 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Good to see Fontana back to great food and service. Lovely evening.

    15. TW

      TimW

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 16 April 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Friendly staff, high quality food, great menu. No such thing as a bad meal at Fontana

    16. F

      Fiddy

      London

      5 reviews

      5.0

      5 reviews

      Dined on 14 April 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Fabulous everything from cocktails to dessert wine. Could have picked anything from the menu and been happy with it. Set menu incredible value and will return soon to try it. Very good service from Adam and we were not rushed. I liked the fact that we had the table for the night and were not rushed between courses and therefore the evening felt like a night out. Lovely decor and good buzz as every table was occupied.

    17. JC

      JackieC

      N. Ireland

      7 reviews

      5.0

      7 reviews

      Dined on 14 April 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      A warm welcome, exceptional food and great service made for a very good evening at Fontana. The A La Carte menu offered something for everyone and my party selected from right across the menu, all agreeing that the food was very special. Happy to recommend.

    18. LG

      LyndseyG

      N. Ireland

      1 review

      4.0

      1 review

      Dined on 6 April 2022

      overall4food4service5ambience4

      We had a lovely meal, staff were very helpful and friendly. Fontana is one of our favourite restaurants for fine dining.

    19. RF

      RaymondF

      1 review

      4.0

      1 review

      Dined on 2 April 2022

      overall4food4service4ambience4

      Good menu. Well prepared and in lovely pottery plates. Staff very pleasant

    20. JM

      JudithM

      N. Ireland

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on 27 March 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      We had a family lunch for Mother’s Day. The food was superb, the service was fantastic and so friendly. Fontana is always relaxing and comfortable and a perfect venue for a celebration.

    21. JK

      JohnK

      London

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 27 March 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Mothers Day lunches can be pretty standard fare…NOT in Fontana! The menu was really varied with Fresh local produce in evidence everywhere. I opted for the Crispy Thai Beef salad to start which was outstanding…with a perfect zing to it. Others reported variously the Tomato soup and the Prawn and Chilli Risotto as perfect! For mains, the Dover Sole was really outstanding, Steaks were cooked to perfection and all the sides were delicious. Adam who looked after us was superb….really knowledgable, friendly and genuinely delighted that we were all having a great time. Indeed the whole team went out of their way to make sure the two Mum’s at the table were thoroughly spoiled. Great value, great fun and exceptional cooking! We’ll be back soon.

    22. MM

      MartinM

      New York Area

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on 26 March 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      We received a friendly greeting as we arrived and we’re shown to an attractive, roomy and comfortable table. The waiter offered us some water before taking our drinks order. My wife had the chicken liver parfait and I had the tomato soup with Parmesan cheese. Both were absolutely delicious. The main menu looked great, but we went for one of the specials for our main course - slow cooked Jacob’s ladder (short rib) of beef in a chimichurri sauce. Again this was very special. We also picked a couple of vegetable side orders, and these were obviously prepared with care, because they were also delicious. We had no room left for dessert! Once again we were absolutely delighted by the food, the service and the ambience. We’re looking forward to the next time!

    23. JU

      JULIEW

      New York Area

      9 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      9 reviews

      Dined on 17 March 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Fabulous dinner at Fontana as usual. Staff were very friendly and service was superb. Our favourite restaurant by far and we can't wait to return. Just book a table you will not be disappointed.

    24. HM

      HazelM

      Ulster, ROI

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 11 March 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Absolutely amazing! First time, but will definitely be back!!!

    25. LY

      LizY

      N. Ireland

      5 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      5 reviews

      Dined on 11 March 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Fantastic food snd service, great vegetarian selection! Highly recommend!

    26. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      Phoenix

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on 9 March 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      The food and service were excellent! The restaurant has a lovely friendly atmosphere and set menu was brilliant value for money 👍🏻

    27. RB

      RichardB

      London

      2 reviews

      4.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on 3 March 2022

      overall4food4service4ambience4

      Great restaurant. Inventive, well presented food cooked by chefs who seem to care. Good wine list and excellent service.

    28. CO

      CONORD

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 25 February 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Very accommodating even despite the fact we didn't say in advance that one of the party was vegan. Great service.

    29. SC

      SoniaC

      N. Ireland

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 25 February 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Excellent meal as usual at Fontana. There was a slight issue with the lamb for one person, but the staff very swiftly got it rectified and were very courteous. Thank you

    30. MM

      MartinM

      New York Area

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on 25 February 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Great food, lovely environment, relaxed feel, and friendly staff. This is not a cheap rest, but it is a great restaurant!

    31. PM

      PaulM

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 18 February 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      A very tasty meal and excellent service Highly recommend Fontana Holywood.

    32. DM

      DavidM

      N. Ireland

      10 reviews

      5.0

      10 reviews

      Dined on 17 February 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Service was excellent , menus had a fantastic range of choices , food was exceptionally good as always. It’s not cheap but it’s worth it !

    33. JU

      JULIEW

      New York Area

      8 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      8 reviews

      Dined on 12 February 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Great night at Fontana. Valentines menu was exceptional.

    34. KH

      KeithH

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 5 February 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Excellent Food, Excellent Staff, always a convivial dining experience.

    35. GH

      GeorgeH

      Edinburgh

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 22 January 2022

      overall5food5service5ambience4

      We were pleased to be back in one of our favourite restaurants and it is as good as ever.

    36. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      N. Ireland

      1 review

      4.0

      1 review

      Dined on 15 January 2022

      overall4food4service4ambience4

      Food was very tasty and the service was good. Before booking I read the menu online, and there was a fillet steak available but when I arrived the menu only had a ribeye steak which was a little too fatty for me personally but was still very nice! Overall 4 stars.

    37. JU

      JULIEW

      New York Area

      8 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      8 reviews

      Dined on 31 December 2021

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Fabulous NYE dinner last night. The food was superb. The team are brilliant and very welcoming. A hidden treasure that has become our favourite restaurant. Looking forward to our next visit. 5 star experience all the way.

    38. P

      Peter

      Ireland

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 30 December 2021

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Very cosy restaurant, with a brilliant steak. Great service too

    39. JR

      JamesR

      N. Ireland

      3 reviews

      5.0

      3 reviews

      Dined on 18 December 2021

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Absolutely gorgeous meal and great value for money. Very attentive service. Can’t wait to return

    40. GE

      GeraldE

      London

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on 18 December 2021

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Third time at Fontana's, again all I can say id superb, great steaks, really good prawn risotto and a superb white tiramisu . My dear better half was a bit disappointed at the Christmas dinner which lacked roast potatoes, stuffing, ham etc all the usual accompaniments however she was delighted in her rib-eye. Thank you for another terrific meal.

    Safety precautions

    • Cleaning & sanitising

      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
      • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
      • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
      • Contactless payment available
    • Physical distancing

      • Limited number of seated diners
      • Distancing maintained in common areas
      • Extra space between tables
    • Protective equipment

      • Waiting staff wear masks
      • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
    • Screening

      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
      • Staff temperature check required
      • Contact tracing information collected

    FAQs

    Fontana Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9039 7977.

    Fontana Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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    Booked 4 times today
    Google Map for Fontana Restaurant

    61 High Street Holywood, County Down BT18 9AE

    Additional information

    • Cross Street

      High street and Shore road

    • Area

      Holywood

    • Hours of Operation

      Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00–14:30 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:00–21:30

    • Cuisines

      Contemporary European

    • Dining style

      Casual Dining

    • Dress Code

      Business Casual

    • Parking Details

      Street Parking

    • Public Transit

      Holywood Train station

    • Payment Options

      MasterCard, Visa

    • Executive Chef

      Michal Gabrysiak

    • Additional

      Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway, Wine

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