The decor features celestial frescoes and fancifully shaped furniture (the chairs are more like velvet-covered thrones) in regal purples, rich golds, ... More
The decor features celestial frescoes and fancifully shaped furniture (the chairs are more like velvet-covered thrones) in regal purples, rich golds, and midnight blue. A fine selection of 50 fondues, both entree and dessert, are prepared from premium ingredients at your table. The wait staff, which undergoes rigorous training in the art and science of fondue making, is personable and efficient. The diverse clientele includes Silicon Valley professionals, families with wide-eyed kids and college students. The wine list is a small but fine selection of California vintages with some imports for good measure. A good bottle starts at $11.
welp here's the deal...ya it's unique..and ya
the food's good (not great)....and ya the ambience is ok...but my share of the tab for 2 with a bottle of wine split with another couple was 210.00 and the main course comes
all raw so the idea is your cooking it yourself in a boiling pot of some sauce at the table and you half to pay attention to how long the chicken is in and how long the steak is in...so for 210.00 i don't want to worry about the cooking! Not impressed. It was not a 210.00 meal!
When I called for my reservation I was kindly told that patio seating was all that was available this seemed fine. I would find out later that this would be a mistake as the inside décor is necessary to distract you from what they are serving at the prices they are serving it at.
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.
My hope was the chocolate fondue would help me forget all else and I could leave with a smile on my face ....not. Evidently, our fondue never did steam as the waiter checked back three times (he would not leave the goodies till the steam started). Come to find out there was never any water in the pot. As it slowly burned in front of us we desperately try to flag someone to turn it off. We finished off our most expensive tasting marshmellows and headed for the door ( or wait we are already outside the door). 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.
It is a beautiful place and I am sure it came at a cost and as long as they have customers buying into the hype and ignore some of what I experienced they will continue for another 16 years.
I for one am not buying it....again.
This is not your traditional upscale restaraunt where they wait on you hand and foot. Now that you understand that, the place is great. Cuts of meats and vegetable were great. If you want some real flavor I recommend the garlic mixture. I recommend that you grill all of your food, the other method is basically boiling your food. This place is fun and interactive! The price is steep but the portions are HUGE.
As far as service goes, I thought it was great. they did lose my reservation and I was worried that I wa going to be treated rudely or turned away but they realized I was not lying and they found me a spot promptly, despite it being a busy Saturday night.
I can not recommend this restaraunt. The treatment of service from management is rude -well there is no customer service. It's not worth being treated this way even if the ambiance is nice. The ambiance gets spoiled by the management.
Totally uninvolved servers, poor quality of food, noisy, expensive and a complete waste of time. Need to know anything else? If you're looking for novelty: go. If you;re looking for quality cuisines, fine dining, attentive service and being treated like a guest don;t bother.
great cozy ambiance of an atmosphere. the service is great and friendly there and the food was delicious (from beginning to end). first time ever trying fondue, and i'm glad it was at the saratoga one!
La Fondue is great for special occasions. Make sure you are good and hungry. We ordered the Fondue Feast and what a feast it was. I had the salad with sweat & sour with blue cheese crumbs. My wife had the honey mustard. Our consensus was the sweet/sour was excellent and the honey mustard still quite good. Next, we had the blue tomato fondue which was awesome. Our server told us the stinking rose was also very good and popular, and other reviewers have commented this is quite good. Next were the meats/seafood and we chose the grilling method. This is the most popular method. You get to choose 6 from a list of about 18. We had swiss chicken, teriyaki sirloin, ahi tuna, spicy ahi tuna, filet mignon and shrimp. A word of caution, be careful not to overcook the filet and the ahi. Both are best medium rare, and it's easy to overcook if you're not careful. The meats were all quite good, particularly the filet, shrimp and ahi. The grand finale is the chocolate fondue dessert. We chose the decadent one, which was terrific. Our waitress was very personal, very helpful and just an allround joy all night. We tipped her quite generously. I have seen many of the other reviews commenting on the rude help, but we have been to La Fondue 3 times in the last year, and we have had good servers each time. Highly recommend it, but be prepared to spend some money, and roll out of there quite full and content.
Its an experience. I love it because it is so different than every other restaurant and it is so good. The food is great and its menu has many choices of meats that you can try. You get a lot of food and the service has always been very good. It is my favorite restaurant.
This restaurant is a "must" for anyone in the Saratoga area -- or within driving distance of Saratoga. It's an extremely popular restaurant -- I highly recommend getting a reservation well in advance. We find it most fun with a group of 4 or 6 -- that way you can get the greatest selection of entrees and try 2 different cheese fondues. Be warned: the portions are big, the salad is huge and delicious. You won't want to miss the chocolate fondue for dessert, so don't overdo it with the buffalo, chicken, shrimp, or steak teriyaki fondue.
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