sautéed calamari or mussels, spicy marinara, garlic, linguini
2 savory crab cakes, tartar sauce
fresh mussels, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, white wine
The eggplant Parmesan and the chicken piccata were excellent. We had an 18 month old and the server was very friendly and accommodating to her.
We were disappointed. The pasta had too much sauce. We ordered a wild mushroom pizza but got a truffle oil pizza that was drowning in oil. The server did give us a complimentary dessert, however he was brusk and rushed the entire meal. The restaurant was not that busy for the number of customers.
The service was excellent. The staff was very accommodating to our wish to eat outdoors, bringing extra heaters when it got chilly. They also made several suggestions for entrees (veal and chicken piccata, and salmon were highly recommended). All were OK, but we found them to be a bit too acidic and not very well balanced in flavor. This could have been because it was a Monday night when perhaps the best chefs were not on duty. We may try Fontina again on a weekend night, but we were not overly impressed on this outing.
Decor is nice, with options to sit inside and outside. The pasta is made well but the sauce could be made at home. My dining partner and I had fettuccine Alfredo (mine with chicken, hers with shrimp). Definitely Alfredo sauce that can be made at home.
Great birthday dinner for my wife’s Mother. She was so happy with the dinner.
Fontina Grille is always the best! Great food, great atmosphere, great staff. They never disappoint.
I dine in at least once per month. What's not to love. Fontina Grill is a neighborhood gem.
Food and service were good. A little loud despite not. Wing very full
Fontina Grille is a very good neighborhood restaurant. It uses very good ingredients and prepares them simply. The crab cakes appetizer is outstanding, but the pasta sauces lack the richer flavor that is found at a number of other Italian restaurants in the area. The quality of the ervice varies from server to server. I highly recommend Melissa, She is friendly, but professional. She has an excellent memory. I was surprised when, after not eating at Fontina for almost a year, my water came without ice as I prefer. I am not a fan of the too brown decor: floors, some walls, tables, chairs. I always ask for a window table so I can enjoy the bright outdoors. The absence of the buffet tables during the pandemic has reduced the noise level as scores of people no longer stream by the occupied tables.
Always a pleasant experience. Food is very good and prices are just right. Waiter required some practice.
Fresh and good quality ingredients on the menu. Food lacked garlic and pizazz! Bar was great. The service was non-descript.
Always an enjoyable meal
We came here to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The food was great and we had a nice time. The only reason I gave four stars was because the waiter would disappear for long periods of time.
The food is really good and the service is outstanding. Drink orders are quick and arrive back at the table while you’re still looking at the menu.
Great server, super attentive. Food and wine were good
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.
Fontina Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 947-5400.
Fontina Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1089 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 reservations at the moment.