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14550 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-3332
http://www.lafondue.com/
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Inventive fondue options including a "Wild Thing" mix of meats to dip like alligator and elk. La Fondue has been consistently lauded as place for special and romantic occasions.

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Local from Mountain View, California, USA

La Fondue is a well-known and popular restaurant for fancy dates and special occasions. The dark and opulent interior transports you to a different world. The 3-course Fondue meal (cheese, meat, chocolate) is a lot to put down so come hungry! If you want to pull back, I suggest skipping the meat course.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Go for the Cajun cheese fondue and the BIG chocolate for dessert fondue (the flaming cinnamon threads are awesome). The danger mix is also terrific for dessert and it's tough to beat le freak for a taste of everything La Fondue offers.

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San Francisco, California

Favorite fondue restaurant ever! I grew up eating here for all my family celebrations. Their service is amazing: servers are helpful and relatable, and the food here is so deliciously eccentric (alligator and kangaroo). This is a must try- especially their dessert hours!

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San Francisco, California, USA

For my meat lovers, the Le Freak (priced ~$300/person and seen on this plate) menu includes alligator, antelope, buffalo, wild boar, elk, venison, and Australian kangaroo and one of everything else that they offer on the menu. Reserved for your special occasions or large wallet books cause I don't think anyone was getting out of there with less than $120 a pop.

Part I- Cheese Fondue (Stinking Rose)
My party of two chose the Stinking Rose (Swiss, Wine, Garlic). It was very smooth. Not speculator but definitely pretty good.

Part II- Le Freak (one of each type of meat)
Included one of approximately 30 types of meat, including the aforementioned "wild" ones. It's hard to recall which is which, so I would recommend eating the "wild" ones first and in order since they are in alphabetic order so you can easily track. My favorite by far were buffalo and Texan venison. Alligator, according to my dinner mate, so not so impressive. Colossal shrimp deserves honorary prize. My least favorite was the lamb.

Part III- Chocolate Fondue (Decadent)
By this time you're exploding and already putting everything in to-go boxes but must take that extra bite cause it's so good. You can design your own or choose from one of their 6 mixtures. We went with the highly recommended "Decadent One" (Milk & Dark Chocolates, Espresso, Kahlua, Creme) cause my company loves Kahlua. It was amazing. They paired it with complimentary sparkling wine with the Le Freak.

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Local from Madison, AL

Had an early dinner reservation for 2 on a Saturday night. It was pretty empty when we arrived at 5:30, but by 8pm, it was definitely busy.

Had the Romantique dinner set for two and was able to pay a fee to upgrade the filet mignon to the kobe.

Chef salad - more like cheese and carrot salad with turkey/cheese rolls. It's enjoyable, just not a traditionally lettuce based salad.

Cheese fondue - the one with champagne. was tasty, especially with the pickled pearl onions! definitely requested for (free) refills on the onions and broccoli.

Entree (Grill style) - I'm glad we went with the grill style as my friends have said that the flavors can get lost in the fondue method. Lots of sauces to choose from!

Dessert (dark chocolate with peanut butter) - although not listed as an option, they do have peanut butter available as a flavoring addition. it does make the chocolate a lot thicker and harder to dip/eat, but the husband loves his Resse's Pieces flavors.

Drinks were great. Service was great. Overall had a great time and can't wait to come back, just for their weeknight chocolate specials!

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA
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Most romantic dinner destination!

La Fondue is the bomb... a cheesy and chocolaty explosion of tasty goodness! February 28th, 2012 marks the 2-year anniversary between when Jacklynn and I started dating. To celebrate this occasion, we had a wonderfully fun and delicious, romantic dinner at La Fondue on the 29th. And what a dinner it was!!! Dinner included 1) Cheese Fondue, 2) Wild/Exotic Meat Platter, 3) Chocolate Fondue, and 4) bottle of Cabernet. To put it simply, the dinner experience at La Fondue, is unlike any other. We dipped a variety of little tidbits in cheese and chocolate, and we grilled our meats ourselves, and dipped them in a variety of sauces. It's literally grill your own food how you want it to be!

Wild Mushroom (4 Cheese & Champagne) Cheese Fondue:
This was an absolutely delicious cheese fondue. Imbued with four different cheeses and mushrooms, it went very well with the broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, and pickles that we dipped into the fondue. The cheese was thick and simply oozed cheesy deliciousness. We dipped and scraped every last bit of cheese from the pot! None of it went to waste!!!

Spinach Salad: spinach, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, carrots, with Lemon Tarragon dressing - a great starter salad, chock-full of excellent toppings! The Lemon Tarragon dressing was delicious, providing some tartness that mixed very well with the salad. The dressing is a winner; I wouldn't hesitate to use it on other salads!

Chef Salad: romaine, carrots, mozzarella cheese, chef rolls, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, with Honey Mustard dressing - one of the best-tasting salads I have ever had. Arrayed like artwork, the Chef Salad is fully loaded with excellent toppings, especially the chef rolls, stuffed with cheese and bacon, etc. The Honey Mustard dressing was also another winner - creamy but not to sweet, and provided enough sweetness to blend in well with the salad itself. Once you mix up the salad, take a big spoonful and taste the heavenly veggie sweetness!!!

Le Freak C'est Chic (23oz.):
This wild/exotic meat platter is sure to satisfy any adventurous foodie with it's variety of wild/gamey meats! Arrayed similar to sashimi platters, the Le Freak C'est Chic is entirely raw; we cooked the meats ourselves on a grill and dipped in a variety of sauces, including butter garlic, BBQ, Teriyaki, mango chutney, ginger/wasabi, and Green Goddess. As for the meat, we had a total of 24+ different meats, including Chicken, Chicken Japonaise, Savage Wile Duck, Swiss Chicken, Teriyaki Sirloin, Bronze Turkey, Pacific Catch, Spiced Fish, Alligator Tail, Fondue Chinoise Cheddar, Fondue Chinoise Swiss, Free Range Buffalo, Pacific White Shrimp, Sea Scallops, Tiger Blue Shrimps, Tuna Saku, Black Angus Filet Mignon, Free Range Venison (Deer), Himalayan Beef, Kangaroo, Wild Boar, Wild Nilgai Antelope, Colossal Shrimp, Lobster, Kobe Beef, and Dungeness Crab!!! A meat lover's dream come true! Put simply, this was one of the most spectacular meat platters I have ever eaten. Aside from the basic chicken and turkey, all the other meats were of the gamey variety, and all tasted absolutely wonderful!!!

Chocolate Fondue:
Chocotastic: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut Mousse, & Mascarpone - this was chocolate heaven!!! Once the chocolate melted in the pot, it was time to dig in and start dipping with a variety of little tidbits: strawberries, marshmallows, rice kris pies, bananas, cookie dough, snickers, apples, cream-cheese balls, cream puffs, etc. The snickers and cookie dough were my personal absolute favorites. Once these sweet foods were dipped into the oh-so-delicious chocolate, the taste is enhanced 200%!!! Eating chocolate fondue is one of the most enjoyable experiences ever!

La Fondue featured an upscale environment, and offered very chic trappings on the walls, furniture, tables, etc. Our waitress, Tamera, was awesome! She patiently explained how to eat the fondue, how to grill, and painstakingly came by our table multiple times to remind us which meats were what! The service was impeccable and it was hilarious each time Tamera came by and gave us a shocked look when she saw us steadily chowing everything down! With so much food, most people would have capitulated, but the food was too good to pass up!!! Dining at La Fondue was a wonderful experience, and everyone should give it a try! The staff made it very special for us by even comping us glasses of champagne to celebrate! We are definitely coming back here!!! It's pricy, but totally worth it for the food and experience!

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

A very popular restaurant in lovely Saratoga. Great place to take a date, very romantic!

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Brilliant restaurant and one of the most romantic spots I've been to in the Bay Area. They serve a wide variety of fondue selections from cheeses to chocolates, as well as unique meats like alligator. There's parking in the back and the staff are friendly, rounding out the great experience. Cocktails are a bit sweet, so stick to wine.

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

Wine paired with cheese and chocolate is almost as good as wine with steak =] The Flaming Tortoise was my favorite. Ambience was a little too dim for my liking but an overall fun dining experience. Don't lose your dipper in the fondue or else you owe someone at the table a kiss or the next round of drinks haha

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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My favorite fondue place in America! Very pricey but for worth it!! They have exotic meats to dip in cheese and different dips and a variety of chocolates to dip with fruit and other sweets! Great date spot!

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Local from Sunnyvale, California, USA
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Wow, I can't believe I haven't visited before! This spot is cozy and romantic -- great for a date or a special outing with some friends. I love the atmosphere inside -- a bit dim, kinda rustic, with chic artwork and fancy-looking lighting.

Mitch is wonderful and has welcomed Gogobot again with a large group. We had a really great time and enjoyed trying all the various cheese and chocolate fondues!

My favorite cheeses: cajun, bacon, wild mushroom, spinach
I liked all of the chocolates :3 I may have a chocolate addiction, but that's different story.

The cheeses with veggies and bread pieces were quite filling. Perfect combination. The chocolate fondues came with things like cookie dough, cheesecake, cream puffs, rice krispy balls, banana, grapes, etc.

Definitely contact them in advance to book your next group outing/special event; they take care of you here!

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Local from Palo Alto

Intimate setting for decent-sized groups and date nights. A wide variety of savory and sweet dips, unique mixes! Better paired with wine or your choice of liquor, this place will guarantee you and your friends a good time! Decor is...something artsy though.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Gogobot sure knows how to pick their event venues! I wanted to see how this compared to another fondue place I've tried years ago. I gotta say, this one totally blows the other one out of the pot. My favorites were the Four Cheese, Stinking Rose, and the Cajun. The dessert fondues were right up there with the cheese ones. What's not to love about melted chocolate paired with fruits, cookies, and cheesecake balls?! I can see myself taking a date (or vice versa) here.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

Great Ambience. Tried 8 cheese course & they were done just right. Service was awesome. Our server was friendly. It's my first time here & will definitely come back. I recommend the buttermilk cheese bowl but also try the balsamic-spinach cheese bowl. Can't wait to try the chocolate fondue!!!

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San Francisco, California, USA

I came here on New Years Eve expecting a grand feast and exotic meats on the table, but I was subjected to a set menu. I was disappointed, but I was curious to see what they had to offer. Appetizer was your typical fondue cheese dip with bread and mixed fruits. The cheese was a New Years Eve special and it was delicious. The main course consisted of sirloin, filet mignon, shrimp, chicken, and lobster. Very tender and fresh, but I was hoping for more since they were very small bits. For dessert we had chocolate fondue with various pastries. Overall I was satisfied, but the bill came out to a whopping $190. I was shocked they would pull a dick move like this and take advantage of a special occasion by jacking the price up. I'm sure I would of had a better experience if I went on a regular day, but this the season to be greedy...

P.S This being my 200th review, I would like to give a shout out to my bubs because without him I would not have any material to write on.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

Who doesn't love cheese and chocolate?!? They have many different cheese fondue options like spicy jalapeño, bacon, buttermilk, pesto, Mediterranean, mushroom and spinach and balsamic. The chocolate ranges from milk, dark and white and you get different liqueurs with it. They also have an array of meats to cook over the grill or in broth (grill is better). For the adventurous diner they have game-ier meats like ostrich, buffalo, and alligator. Yes, it's a little pricey but it's decadent and you get the ambience. Let's be honest, who doesn't look better in the dark :)
It's definitely worth a try. A fun place to enjoy with friends but also intimate enough if you'd like to have a date night. Be sure to ask for extra bread, strawberries or extra dippers if needed (they're free)!

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

Perfect place for a date if you love cheese and chocolate. They got the mood lighting right and the fondues are delicious :)

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

Sharing is caring when you dip cheeses with veggies and bread, cuts of yummy meats such as wild boar, elk, alligator, etc. At the end of your dinner, don't forget to make room for delicious melted chocolate bubbling in the pot and dipping fruits, marshmallows, and pretzels, etc. to cap off your evening!! The ambiance is romantic with dim lighting, cozy booths to snuggle next to your significant other or date, and beautifully decorated. Make sure to make reservations, because you don't want to be THAT person who gets turned away when they're fully booked.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Looking for a date night spot? Some good exploration? A combination of both? Check out La Fondue! The Fondue here is heavenly and to die for, especially the bacon. Everything here is extremely flavorful and there's no doubt you'll want to come back for more.

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Local from San Jose

Delish mix of fondues and amazing friendly staff. A must try experience if you haven't. Dipping meat veggies and bread into fine ingrediants is what the gods do.

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