Fontina Grille

4.6
1169 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Fontina Grille, in the King Farm, offers the best of the best when it comes to oven-fired pizzas, fresh fish, gourmet pastas, bountiful salads and sandwiches. The granite bar divides two dining areas. To the left, a full service carry out counter offering everything from pizza and pasta, to ribeye steak and Lavazza coffee and cappuccino. To the right, the casual but elegant dining area can seat about 125 people, with a back area for semi-private parties and corporate events. Fontina Grille also offers private and corporate catering, with a variety of options to suit any budget.
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vipCurlilox
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is amazing and friendly all the time. We take our dogs and they make it so easy!! Great place!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed the food, weather and drink. Our server was attentive and prompt.

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VickiB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Reza, was very attentive. Food was excellent...risotto is a must try. Fabulous! Highly recommend. Will definitely be returning.

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vipLenny
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waiter was very good. We told the waiter were visiting with a friend who we had not seen in a long time and he did not rush us in any way. The food was properly paced. There was one problem when our friend said she would keep her fork after our appetizers were finished. The waiter said he would take her fork and replace it. But her brought her entree without bringing a fork. She sat for several minutes without a fork until I had to get up and find the waiter so that he would bring her a fork. There was another problem when I went to the men's room and when I came back and told a different staff member that the waste paper basket was full and needed to be emptied and the floor needed to be mopped. When I returned to the bathroom over an hour later, no clean up had occurred. But overall, a pleasant dining experience.

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vipNina
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our absolutely favorite restaurant! We go here all the time because the food is delicious, the prices are reasonable, the service is excellent, and the owners are so friendly and cordial!

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DavidF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as usual, from the bread to the salads to the main plates -- penne con broccoli with a little extra garlic and parmesan crusted chicken. My wife had the grilled romaine, which looked so good that I may just have it with grilled chicken next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We took my mother for her Birthday dinner. The service was great! Our waiter was excellent. The food however, was mediocre. It was overly salty and my minestrone soup had remnants of meatball in it. It felt like they made the same base for marinara and minestrone and just added some vegetables into the minestrone and called it a soup. That was disappointing. The pasta dishes were ok but overly salty. The carrot cake was lovely and our waiter was so considerate to bring Mom a candle to celebrate.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff accommodated us for our preferred seating situation, checked on us frequently and got all the orders and requests correct. Kid friendly. Food is fantastic and there was a cash back deal with BOA card I noticed. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Service was excellent! Our waiter was simply AMAZING! The bus boy was great as well. The food however was subpar- no flavor from the appetizers to the entrees. 4 out of 4 people didn’t like the food… A complete waste of money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was phenomenal. I got the penne vodka and it was the best I’ve ever had. Pizza is really good too. Reza is the best server there hands down! Food comes out piping hot.

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ValerieD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My father is elderly, uses a walker, and they seated us immediately at an accessible table. Good, interesting food, great staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with friendly service, fantastic food, and good pricing. We were able to book a party of 10 for dinner online (an option not offered by most restaurants) and they fit in an 11th person the day of our event. We absolutely recommend Fontina Grille and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. We drove an hour to come here and will be back! Crab and Artichoke dip is amazing!

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vipDeborah26
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fontina is our local go to spot. The food is delicious, reasonably priced and the owners, Jad and Ali, make everyone feel special!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipSanketS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The server went above and beyond to remake my gluten free entree. The food was delicious - we’ll certainly be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Great menu options especially salads

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LoveFG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fontina Grille (FG!) is great! The food and service are always excellent! The staff always make us feel at home and takes great care of us! Thanks to Ali, Jad and the whole team!

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vipDick
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service, and great food at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staffs and services

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PWilliams
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want great food and a great night out, Fontina Grille seems the place to be!
Our food was beautiful and tasty, and the service was spectacular.

YOU MUST TRY THE BRUSCHETTA (omg-amazing)!

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vipLAbg
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The servers were awesome. Bread was under par this time, but other food was great.

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Luvgoodfood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner and everyone loved their meals. Service was good and prices were very reasonable. Great variety on the menu and perfect sized portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came upon Fontina Grille accidentally and discovered a gem. Superb Italian food. During peak if covid in 2020, I ordered take out. This was my first dining at the restaurant, with family. We shared the Antipasti Misto, trio of calamari, mozzarella caprese, and bruschetta. Delicious! One ordered the Chesapeake, chicken breast with crab, spinach, mozzarella, fettuccine in alfredo sauce. Another ordered caesar salad with shrimp. Both enjoyed. I ordered chopped salad to share and chicken parmigiana with vegetables. I've had the parmigiana, both chicken and eggplant, as carryout but 1st time for chopped salad and will definitely order again. It's hard to choose, I've had the Shrimp Fra Diablo, Shrimp Risotto, Chicken Cacciatore, Penned D'Napoli, Baked Ravioli, Cioppino w white wine sauce, Crusted, Rockfish, pizzas (Puttanesca, White, Al Fresco, Wild Truffle, New Yorker), Tiramisu, Blackout Cake. I'm working my way through the menu, everything is amazing. The service was excellent as well, timely and vigilant of needs. Great outdoor atmosphere. A foodies delight.

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lovelife
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love italian food and this place has everything we could dream of, definitely going back to try more items of the menu.

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BarbaraK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went at about 1:00 p.m. on a Sunday; inside was very quiet (too hot outside to eat). Parking out front is hard to find so just go to the back where it is plentiful; I had the wild mushroom burger which was supposed to come with sauteed onion but it came with a whole bunch of raw red onion which I just scooped off. The burger itself was okay -- not great. It does not come with any condiments and the wait person did not offer any. Our wait person was polite and checked on us at the usual intervals. For two people, the total bill was $40.00 (including a coffee and dessert).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reza was an excellent waiter and the penne vodka was out of this world good - best I’ve ever had!

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vipChristineC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Yummy pizza and good place. Service was good as well but there were some stain in plate.. not hygiene

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vipTigger
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good to see the restaurant busy early on a Saturday evening after the pandemic. Staff was very friendly, efficient and polite. A few items were unavailable, but I have been seeing that at most restaurants (and frankly, other places) recently as a result of the continuing ripple effect from COVID. Great substitutions were offered, and we enjoyed a delicious meal. Noise level was moderate but we were able to still have a pleasant conversation without difficulty. Always enjoy Fontina Grille.

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for brunch. It was a first visit for my friend. He loved being able to try the various glasses of sangria for one price. And he just about melted when he tasted the bacon-wrapped dates. He also enjoyed the ground lamb skewers. I, as usual, loved my eggs Benedict w/ smoked salmon, and manchego grits.

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SharonC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time catching up with a friend. Calamari were delicious!

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vipJocko
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in the area

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vipDrMikeB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant surprise. Good selection, food and service.

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CarolF
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There was an extensive menu. Everything we ordered was delicious and our waiter knew when to be attentive and when not to. We had a lovely and tasty evening.

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RobertE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dining experience. Food was well prepared and the service was great. We’ll be back again soon.

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Onl1neReview
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, nice service. Has indoors and outdoors seatings. Has available parking.

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txzag
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and excellent food. Look forward to going back

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RP23
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

This was our second outing since the pandemic started. I took my two kids out for dinner after a local class. We made a reservation for 7:00 pm outside and were seated promptly. The evening went downhill quickly from there.

All I ordered was a salad and two kids meals (literally fries, chicken tenders, and a small cheese pizza), yet it took 45-50 minutes to receive our food. In that time, our waitress didn’t check on us, remove used bread and oil dishes, ask if we needed anything, or explain/apologize for the wait. I finally asked for the kids’ desserts to go, because it was so late and I just wanted to leave. Until that moment, I don’t think it even dawned on our waitress that our service was really poor.

To make matters worse, two tables behind us got into a loud fight. From what I could gather, a few “regulars” told the table next to them that the kids at that table were out of control and the parents were terrible people. Truthfully, the three tipsy “regulars” were more loud and annoying than any child there, and the waiter’s reward to them for their rudeness was to joke with them and fill up their drinks more. No apologies were offered to the other patrons who had to sit through the fight, in which the waiter even participated.

My salad was good, but nothing exceptional. That was about the only acceptable part of my experience. It’s really too bad, because we don’t live far and we’re in the King’s Farm area twice a week. If this experience wasn’t so awful, I’d have been back regularly, but no way!!

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vipKosherchef
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The Fontina Grill came highly recommended. Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations.
The bread was stale, the olive oil with parmigiana was bland. It needed some herbs and seasoning.
The wild mushroom appetizer was good. We enjoyed the figs in it. The salad that came with our meals was over cheesed.
The main courses were fairly good. The sauce on the linguine with clams was bland. It needed garlic, herbs, and salt. The shrimp fra diavolo was not Nearly spicy enough.

FAQs

Fontina Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 947-5400.

Fontina Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1169 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.