Saratoga >Food & Dining > La Fondue
14550 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA | Directions 9507037.256395 -122.034624
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM Friday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM Saturday From 04:00 PM To 10:30 PM Sunday From 04:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Expensive – Fondue is a fun night out for us but it is expensive. The food is good however and we enjoy the atmosphere. Service was good but could have been better.
Not very understanding towards the military – My husband is deployed to Iraq and he emailed them twice to get a gift certificate for me for V Day. This is one of my fav restaurants and knew I would enjoy this. They never emailed him back then finally did after a third and final email stating this will be our last time visiting this establishment. The email (from the manager) states, what exactly is it your looking for. DUH, so we may pay over the phone with a credit card since he cannot go in there himself and get it. His parents went in there for him and did get a GC, but I will never eat at this place again. Poor Customer service
Overpriced & Tacky – Ugh... where to begin. First off, I have had better fondue out of a plastic bag from Trader Joe's at a fraction of the price. This place is not only over priced, but pretentious for no reason. The wine list is totally predictable and over priced as well (shocker, I know.). The owner (who happened to be there the night we went) who has the air of being pompous and narcissistic, thinks this overpriced, tacky hole is God's gift to the epicurean community. The whole vibe was overly-pretentious for no reason what so ever. No one who worked here was friendly to us as we entered the restaurant. The attitude was just as unnecessary as the over priced fondue, not to mention I felt sick for an entire day after eating at this establishment. There are so many other great friendly reasonably priced restaurants in the bay area. Avoid this place like swine flu.
Hype is what they are serving and boy at a price. It starts at the parking lot ($6), then $9 for a cocktail (which you are going to need because the wait in between to see your waiter and bus boy are long ones). The $30 cheese fondue, $10 salad, $50 meat choices, $20 dessert. $175.00 with tip. We couldn't help but think this meal must cost them no more than $20 granted someone should be paying for the stove and lucite chairs we were sitting in and then there is all that slicing.
I told the waiter to express to the chef (?) ( food cutter or meat marinader) who ever is back there that the teriaki meat was beyond salty. Word did get to someone that came to the table to confirm it was salty. No concession was made only an apologize and so all I could do was to drink as much water as I could and carry on.
The most disturbing part of the meal other than the too bright overhead lights on the front patio was the fact that our finished dishes sat for at least twenty minutes before they were cleared. When they were finally cleared the technique is to stack the plates with the food on them in front of you. Flatware and food still on them and some sauce dishes on the very top to finish it off. Does anyone use a tray here? I have never eaten in an army barracks but my guess is they use this same technique of clearing dishes off the table. We were not the only ones...stacks started to appear at all the tables. For what we were paying we did not need to see this.
As we left I couldn't help but notice the cocktail glasses from the beginning of the meal were still there still full of ice. Hype at a price.
I for one am not buying it....again.
Made my b'day extra special! – We went to La Fondue for my birthday and to have a quiet romantic night together. It was absolutely fabulous. Started on the four course meal, with huge yummy salad. I had to stop myself from eating it all...i would have never been able to finish the rest of the meal that was coming by. The cheese fondue was next and since I was pregnant, they didn't use the usual champagne with cheese, but just broth. It was really tasty. Then the grilled meat plate n' finally the sumptuous dessert.- chocolate fondue...it just made my day totally extra special. The server was great and her suggestions really worked well for us. We loved it and highly recommend it to everyone who wants to have a romantic dinner with the special someone!
Learn to cook for a price – You have got to be kidding! You pay this much and cook your own food. Only in America, only in San Jose area can this restaurant survive. Maybe for desert I'll have samores and we'll tell stories around the campfire. Never again. What a rip off. I would, however, like to invest in the restaurant. No chef required. No professional wait staff required. Make it look sort of like Marakesh and serve Swiss fondue. What a racket. I wish I had thought of it! I'm sure the profit margin puts McDonalds to shame. Owner is laughing all the way to the bank and patrons think they are being sophisicated. Plenty of turkeys for the plucking in Silcon valley.
just great – Looking for something different, a special spot for a special night. Well take it from me, La Fondue is fun, food excellent, and staff always friendly.
oooooozes deliciousnes.... – From the moment i walked in the front door I knew i was in thew right pla. La fondue oooooozes deliciousness. Appetizer was a 10, salad a 10, dinner a 9 and dessert a 10.5. Service was unobtrusive and attending. I felt like i was in Paris the entire night. Loved it, loved it, loved it........
CHEESY atmosphere and service to forget – I'd rather be at Red Lobster. That was the thought swirling around in my head as I tried to enjoy the ambience and my friends. The food can maybe pass as okay at best. I was in a group of eight being waited by half a server. I can't remember what the salad was called but it resembled something like a Pazookie dessert from
BJ's. There was a hint of lettuce underneath big scoops of carrots, cheese, and younameit. Unfortunately I didn't care for the salad as much as I do the dessert from BJ's and I truly love eating my vegetables. Steak and chicken was smothered in a way too salty teriyaki sauce...boring. The food overall out shined the waiter if you can believe it. This guy must have decided that waiting tables wasn't his thing during our meal because he just wasn't very good at all. When you experience true fine dining, you expect tables to be cleared between courses and concerns like "my food is hardly edible" to be met with at least a hint of concern. This sort of behavior would have gotten me fired from the fine dining restaurant I used to work at years ago. I guess I shouldn't be asking so much after spending a measly five large on dinner and maybe tips are not as important as they used to be. Is there an all you can eat king crab night at Red Lobster?
great menu and service – La Fondue offers one of the best dining in the bay area. If you are a real food lover and not just looking for hyped up cafeteria food, you will love this place. The Foie Gras appetizer is out of this world and changes seasonally. The lamb is the best I have ever had with its divine sauce. The new beautiful bar gives one the opportunity to dine in a less formal setting within the restaurant where one can sample the lovely appetizers.
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