Saratoga >Food & Dining > La Fondue
Disappointed. This was not a good place to treat my employees for our Christmas dinner. There were six of us and it just wasn't the right setting for a group that size. I think I might have enjoyed it if I'd been there with just one other person. It was quite expensive for what it was. I was expecting the atmosphere to be more elegent. I thought it was a bit tacky and over-priced. Ordering for a party of six seemed to require a PhD. We really aren't under-educated dummies, honest. My recommendation would be to go there with no more than four. The food was good but over priced.
Spendy and worth the splurge. I have been to La Fondue on many occasions. Last week was the first time I had stepped foot into their new location - which I really enjoyed. It is much brighter than their previous spot. Everything here from the salad to dessert is wonderful. This is a great place when you want to eat and enjoy great company and conversation over a long dinner. I will say, this is a lot of food but, you don't have to eat it all! Pace yourself for dessert. My favorite part is the cheese! La Fondue offers various cooking methods for your meats and definitely a wide variety to choose from. If you have not been, try it out. There is plenty of parking behind the restaurant or you can opt for valet!
My All-Time Favorite Restaurant. When I want to go somewhere for a really special occasion (anniversary, best friend visiting from out of town), it has to be La Fondue. I absolutely love this place. Plan to spend quite a bit of time and quite a bit of money, but more than worth it. Definitely make reservations! A month in advance if you want a specific date and time, even longer for Valentine's Day. The ambience is lovely and very romantic, with low lighting and secluded tables with a lot of privacy. Every single course is delicious, from the salad (choose your favorite) to the cheese fondue with fruit and bread (again choose your favorite), to the main course, to the absolutely to-die-for chocolate fondue dessert. Unlike some other people, I dislike the grilling method of cooking. It's boring! The whole point of eating at a "fondue" restaurant is to eat fondue-style, and this way everyone gets to cook their own food and eat at their own pace, which is a lot of fun. Try the less well-known meats, they're terrific, and haven't you always wanted to say you've eaten ostrich and bison? I wouldn't recommend La Fondue for young kids (who may not want to spend 2+ hours eating dinner), but my 10- and 13-year-olds love the place. You can also make reservations for dessert only, which I wish I could do every night. A big vat of chocolate of your choice (milk, dark, white) with the option of a liquor of your choice as well, along with a huge plate full of cookies, marshmallows, fruit, cut-up candy bars, you name it -- if it goes with chocolate, they have it. Plus they'll ask you which were your favorites and bring you more. You'll walk out of this restaurant a bit poorer, a lot fuller, and with a big smile on your face.
Best Fondue in town!!. I first made a reservation two weeks before the actual day I chose to go with my husband and the girl (Katie) I spoke to was a bit unprofessional when she handled my reservation by phone. She sounded like she was goofing off with another female co-worker and did apologize for her behavior, but kept being unprofessional. I later confirmed my reservations for 2 with another employee by the name Ali (very professional). Having dinner at "La Fondue," has been my very first experience although my husband ate here twice before with business related. The atmosphere was very professional, friendly and the place was clean. I loved the dark lighting with candles lit on each table and thought it was very romantic. I liked it how all the tables were apart from one another and that each table were able to have their "privacy." Our waitress was very friendly and outgoing that she explained to my husband and I how everything worked. She even suggested what kind of wine we should have or rather we had any questions for her to answer for us. The salad, the cheese fondue, the meat and as well as the chocolate fondue was very delicious I'm sure my husband and I will definately come back here to enjoy another meal with his parents who don't live in the Bay Area in near future. I definately recommend "La Fondue" for everyone and should try it at least once. La Fondue accepts Reservations for up to 1 month and is very important to have one.
This place is terrific! The food is really outstanding and if you've never tried fondue then this is the place to go for your first attempt. You can order individual items off the menu but I prefer to go with the "Fondue Feast". It's a LOT of food but since this is a once every 3 or 4 month place (mostly due to price and the time it takes). They start you with a very good salad and then you move to the cheese fondue. They have a great selection to choose from and they make it at your table, telling you all the ingredients that go into it. After that you move to the "main course". In the "Feast" you choose 6 different meats ranging from chicken to shrimp to buffalo and elk. I would HIGHLY recommend that you choose the grilling method of cooking. We've tried the more traditional style fondues for the meat and you really just end up boiling the meat - the grilling adds much more flavor (although it can be a little smokey). After that you're on to the chocolate. It is delicious and they give you a great assortment of goodies (rice crispy treats, apples, bananas, marshmallows, snickers, etc) to dip. You really can't go wrong here. Don't forget that Mondays and Tuesdays are BYOB (bring your own bottle) nights - bring a bottle of wine (or two) and there's no corking fee!
The atmosphere is eclectic and very nice. It's a great place to go for a romantic dinner or to hang out with a couple of friends (if there's more than 3 of you ask for a 2 burner table). The service is consistently great to excellent. The servers tend to tag-team the tables so you usually don't have to sit too long between refills, etc. The pace is quite a bit slower than most restaurants so go when you have the time to enjoy the meal. I wouldn't recommend this place for younger kids (maybe under 8 or 9 years old) since the meal takes awhile and you have a hot burner on your table. Parking is usually OK - better on weeknights than weekends.
Excellent food, great ambience!. We loved our entire experience! Food quality was excellent, selections were impressive, wait staff was good, host was a little short and acted snooty, but overall, a great evening! Worth every penny! Try the exotic meats, ostrich, venison etc...an enriching experience!
Fun place to dine, the place to be if you're a chocolate lover!. I've heard of this place for years but never tried it as the idea of cooking my own food doesnt sound too appetizing. It turned out to be a great experience. There's not too many restaurants in the Bay Area that have as many varieties of wild game such as boar, buffalo, ostrich and vension on the menu. The wine list and salads could use improvement but most go there for the main course and chocolate fondue (yum!) anyway. I'm not a cheese lover, so I found the cheese fondue a little wierd. I dont know if I'll be back, but am glad I checked it out. Its a great date/birthday place!
Fabulous chocolate!. Great atmosphere, the food ws wonderful and the chocolate was absolutely delicious! Our server was very nice although a little forgetful on one occasion. Overall a great experience and a wonderful night out.
Does the fondue experience get better than this?. What can I say other than I thoroughly love every dining experience I've ever had at La Fondue. Make sure you go there hungry because you get amounts of food that are proportionate to the price. And save room for dessert!
Good food, fun experience, rude staff.. Fun if you can ignore the staff who act like they aren't working at a restaurant for a living (nothing wrong with that, but don't act like you're higher class than the people patronizing the place you work at). Our waiter was friendly, but I did notice a couple other waiters who weren't so good, and the guy at the front acted like he was either socially disabled or had a hearing problem when I told him my name and that I had a reservation for two at 7:30. Apparently don't offer free soda refills, and each glass is 2 bucks. I asked for what I thought was just a refill and it ended up being a whole additional soda order. Not a big deal, because I have no problem just taking $2 off the tip for each glass, since no free refills for 3 cent sodas is just silly.
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