Fondata 1872

Average price $65
491 reviews

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The chef recommends...

Ricotta gnocchi
Seafood linguine

Ratings & Reviews

based on 491 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9/10
Service :9/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. Jessica D.
    Jessica D.
    • one review

    Great service and food was amazing. We will be back. Thank you for looking after my dietary requirements too.

    • 16 reviews

    We both had the lunch special menu which was really good value. Also ordered a serve of the stuffed zucchini flowers. Everything was tops. Service was good. Will return soon.

  3. Julia K.
    Julia K.
    • one review

    I have been here twice in the last 6 months, and intend returning. Very reliable food, good quality, good, unobtrusive service. Good choice for everyone on the menu, and my coeliac friend was well catered for.

  4. Barbara R.
    Barbara R.
    • one review

    The restaurant had a relaxing atmosphere, lovely for families and couples. The food was exceptionally good. Serving sizes were generous. We will be back!

  5. Claire M.
    Claire M.
    • one review

    Delicious food, service a bit slow, and wait staff not particularly animated, though not unfriendly or unhelpful. . Tables have a sticky lacquer finish, which doesn’t feel very nice. Glasses were sticking, as were arms when resting on the table. Nice Christmas tree.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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 :)

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. Cheryl w.
    Cheryl w.
    • 2 reviews

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

  16. 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.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 261 reviews

    Highly Recommend.

  18. 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.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 275 reviews

    Delicious gnocchi and beautiful views.

  20. 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.

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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