Fondata 1872

Average price $65
461 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

based on 461 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.9/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Stephen m.
    Stephen m.
    • one review

    Food was excellent with a huge rap for the char grilled brocholini. Manager was very generous in providing a complimentary drink due to a slight delay in service. Added bonus for our 21st wedding anniversary

  2. Kathryn G.
    Kathryn G.
    • one review

    A friend visited on the weekend and mentioned how fabulous the food was. It's was our wedding anniversary so we tried it and we were very impressed. Gr8 food, friendly staff, attentive service and really lovely atmosphere. Can't believe we haven't been for years. We'll be back. Thank you.

  3. Karen W.
    Karen W.
    • 2 reviews

    Beautiful food, wine and ambiance. Can be somewhat noisy. Have been numerous times and will go again. Looking forward to being outside on a warm summer’s evening

  4. Melissa C.
    Melissa C.
    • 4 reviews

    Fondata is one of our 'go to' places - food is always consistent and the atmostphere is lovely. They have the best arancini ever! Highly recommended for dates, friend catchups and celebrations :)

  5. David F.
    David F.
    • one review

    The occasion was my wife’s birthday. We had a lovely time - the staff were most welcoming and the food was excellent. We will coming back soon and will be booking for New Years Eve!

  6. Robyn P.
    Robyn P.
    • one review

    Fondata was beautiful , the food outstanding the service and atmosphere outstanding had a beautiful evening and the desert to die for!!! thank you so much.

  7. Hanabi H.
    Hanabi H.
    • one review

    The restaurant has an incredibly gorgeous view of Dandenong Hills. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. Although the menu is limited but I still find it interesting. I loved my main course the most, unfortunately the dessert was a disappointment as it wasn’t as good as last year - 2018. I ordered the exact same thing but the chef this year - 2019 didn’t do a good job because he used cheaper ingredients. The lighting makes the atmosphere very romantic and warm but it’s definitely not great for taking photos.

  8. Camille M.
    Camille M.
    • one review

    What a delight! I lived locally and visited the old Wellars many years from the 1990s through to 2011. Returning today, we were treated to amazing service, food and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The renovations are fantastic and the new team and owners have brought the class back with Fondata 1872, just as it was in the early to mid 90s. Loved it - we are coming back!

  9. Gayle M.
    Gayle M.
    • 2 reviews

    The staff were friendly and service was professional. Our mains were substantial and delicious. Desserts were outstanding. I enjoy perusing the changing wine by the glass list. Love this local!

  10. Cheryl w.
    Cheryl w.
    • 2 reviews

    Great Service, ambience very good wine list and staff are very professional & obliging, love the menu ????

  11. Will M.
    Will M.
    • one review

    The meals were very nice but served a little too fast. We are local and have been 6 or 7 times. Unlikely to return for some time as menu is too limited and doesn’t seem to change. More specials at a minimum would help.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 261 reviews

    Highly Recommend.

  13. Katherine S.
    Katherine S.
    • one review

    Children's serving size of pasta was too small. My son was still hungry - we had to order another serve ($30 in total for 2 children's pastas. total for pasta in tomato sauce - no meat. Would have been more economical to have ordered an adult serve of pasta with meat. That is our only concern- the other children's meal purchased - chicken an fries was a worth the $15. Our meals were beautiful and the service was terrific.

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 275 reviews

    Delicious gnocchi and beautiful views.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 277 reviews

    The fireplace makes your clothes stink. Otherwise fantastic views, good quality food, dessert was a bit flat in taste however the Tbone stake with jus was sensational. Nice beers on tap and really nice pinot. Will be back again.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews

    The food was a little tasteless and not worth the cost

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 272 reviews

    Beautiful views and friendly service.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews

    Very lucky to have such a nice restaurant like this in Kangaroo Ground

  19. Jenny W.
    Jenny W.
    • one review

    This was a return visit for myself and friends, food never fails to deliver, stunning views through the large glass windows, service excellent, a delightful rural setting , a little bit of the Yarra Valley experience closer to town.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 285 reviews

    I love this restaurant! It's an absolute gem on the edge of the Yarra. Gorgeous setting, beautiful building and fabulous high quality food.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

150 Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, 3097, Kangaroo Ground, Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne North East

About the restaurant

Steeped in history, Fondata is the revival of the iconic Weller’s. Ideally positioned in beautiful Kangaroo Ground, the gateway to the Yarra Valley, where the country meets the city.

Fondata is the perfect meeting place to celebrate all occasions. Enjoy rustic Italian food, that’s seasonal and unpretentious, in our main dining room, sip on locally made craft beer and wine at 1872 Bar or create long-lasting memories in the Weller’s Room, our stunning private dining and events space.

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