La Fonda del Sol
La Fonda del Sol
  • Address:
    200 Park Avenue at East 44th Street
    MetLife Building
    New York, NY 10020
    Neighborhood:
    Midtown East
  • Cuisine:
    Spanish
    Price: $31 to $50

La Fonda del Sol

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafondadelsolnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128676767x
  • Hours of Operation:
    TAPAS LOUNGE
    Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

    MAIN DINING ROOM
    LUNCH - Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    DINNER - Monday - Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Christopher DeLuna
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between East 44th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to 42nd Street/Grand Central Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: When you dine at La Fonda del Sol, One Parking offers you a special rate of $25 for up to 4 hours of parking, a savings of $25.
    Please make sure to ask your server for a validation sticker at the end of your meal.

    One Parking is located at 200 Park Avenue
    (accessible from the north and south side on Park Avenue)
A word from La Fonda del Sol
La Fonda del Sol translates to “inn of the sun” and was first open from 1960 to the early 1970’s. The visionary “theme” restaurant was hailed as ahead of its time by many critics, with a menu that brought Latin and Spanish cuisine to New York for the first time in a fine dining setting.

Today, 47 years after its inception, La Fonda del Sol provides an unprecedented stage for modern Spanish cuisine in New York. Executive Chef Chris DeLuna reinterprets an expansive selection of dishes from across Spain, with a focus on tapas.

The split-level area consists of a bar room on the ground floor and the main dining room on the upper level, separated by an illuminated glass wall behind the bar. Reservations are accepted for the upstairs, main dining room only. If you have a PROMO CODE, please enter it in the special request box when making your reservation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
La Fonda del Sol reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)great for lunch (32)good for groups (25)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (14)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (14)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good Tapas near GC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was very attentive and everyone was extremely friendly. We just had the tapas The croquettes, fried fish tacos, and cheese plate were excellent, but the tuna tartar tacos, chicken empanadas, and assorted chorizos were just ok, nothing special. The bar was hopping, but we sat in the back which was much more quiet and subdued (which is exactly what we wanted on this night). Its nice that they can offer both. We have been here before and will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bright spot in GCT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    If you thought Grand Central was just a food court with a train station on top of it, La Fonda del Sol will be a welcome surprise. A solid selection of both tapas and Spanish-themed entrees, welcoming service, and an outstanding selection of Spanish wines make this so cut above other choices in the immediate area. Worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricey for what you get
    barbVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Im a New Yorker so I get that restaurants are expensive. But $28 for four scallops on a plate and nothing else is downright obnoxious!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls Night Out
    Jackson
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had a party of 5 earlyish a Wednesday evening for tapas & cocktails. We were confused at first as only the drink & dinner menus were provided when we were seated (not seated in tapas bar) but that was resolved by asking our very attentive waitress if we might have tapas in the dinner area and she promptly brought us the tapas menus. One of our group is a vegetarian & was quite pleased with the offerings of side dishes (creamy mashed potatoes & grilled asparagus) as her meal. This same group goes out 2-3 times/year & have been disappointed with some of the venues we chose in past due to noise levels preventing everyone from being involved in one conversation. The noise level here was very low. A very enjoyable evening indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch in midtown...
    JonNYC
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Terrific dining experience... Good choices, great food, wonderful service, enjoyable meal overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    eastriver
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Perfect for a business lunch. The food is so good it's almost distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Terrible food, empenadas were dry, croquettes and chorizo were mushy, and steak tacos were brought out rare. Server was nice but completely forgot my drink.
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  • Fantastic!
    DutchieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have been here a couple if times before, and this restaurant never disappoints. The food is delicious (we shared the Spanish cheeses, tuna tacos, toast with fresh figs and goat cheese, and calamari). The service is outstanding and accomodating. We told our waiter we only had an hour because we had to catch a train, and we were able to have a real nice meal without being rushed because the service was quick, super friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Client Meetings
    jipsVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent Service, great food, a comfortable but sophisticated ambiance. A place where you can have a conversation with your clients.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, outstanding service
    Ad0maticVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We dined at La Fonda during Restaurant Week, with one of us opting for the RW menu and the other not. After we enjoyed our appetizers, 3 different people apologized for our entrees being delayed. Apparently, a mistake was made and one of our entrees was not ordered but we were alerted before we waited an unreasonable time and we were given empenadas to enjoy. It did take longer that usual, but everyone was so apologetic, we didn't mind. The food, though pricey, is great. I would go for the RW menu, so worth it. The manager also gave us a selection of desserts on the house. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pristine
    Eat2work
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was impeccable service divine ambience perfect
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful meal on the upper level
    CSRNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My companion said that her paella was better than what she had enjoyed on a trip to Spain
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have eaten here in the past. The food is very good and truly representative of regional Spanish cuisine. Downstairs is a lively bar scene -upstairs the noise level is easily manageable. Our server ,Anna, is one of the best in the business. She is cordial and efficient. She dazzled us on previous visits and continued to impress on this visit. I rarely remember the wait staff in a restaurant but she is a stellar standout. I remembered our last dining experience the moment I saw her. Give her a raise-she made eating at La Fonda even more memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • leisurely lunch
    fishtail1
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great place for a reasonably priced lunch or dinner. friendly reception, great wait staff. Never had the feeling of being rushed. We chose from the prix-fixe lunch menu; food was excellent. Noise level is low and we could carry on a conversation without having to raise our voices. This was my second time at Fonda del Sol, and like the first, I was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid lunch spot
    Familyguy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Spanish food you don't find at a lot of other places. Upscale, lots of fresh seafood. Goood for lunch as the tables are not right on top of each other, so you can actually talk. Outdoor seating when the weather is right.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • burgerboy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The corn chowder was unreal, the tuna salad was OK, the dusting of paprika (?) and other herbs should have been slightly cooked with the tuna.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply stunning!!!
    Danlaf201
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I brought colleagues from work here for some tapas and wine, and some of them have dined all over the world, and they were in complete awe of the cuisine. The goat cheese fig bread, grilled octopus, and tuna tacos were just a few of the dishes that we had and they were unbelievable!!! Our service was excellent, the wine was impeccable. I can't say enough about how amazing this establishment is!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 772 reviews are from the La Fonda del Sol reviews archive.
  • Alwasy good
    nebur
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Good for lunch meeting and they do not rush you! Different from other places. Also they had white Sangria.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Excellent for business dinner, great food, attentive service great spacing of tables and reasonably quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oasis in the jungle
    fishtail1
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Had a pleasant lunch at Fonda del Sol with a business partner. Good basic wine list, excellent and reasonably (fixed) priced menu, alongside an interesting , limited a la carte menu. Quiet enough to carry on a conversation, no rushing by the staff; all in all a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Flavor flavor flavor!!!
    OuvreTable
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    If u care for food beyond "texture" & actually care abt BOLD taste in every bite no matter what you order La Fonda takes yr tastebuds there :)))) Lunch Prix Fixe is an Absolute SLAM DUNK!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It is a great lunch place. They have formal and less formal seating plus a very cozy outside area. Best cappuccino in the neighborhood. Very good Spanish/Latin music and atmosphere. Lobste salad is my favotite dish there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paella is the reason.
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was a lovely Saturday Manhattan night and the place was deserted but what a beautiful space. Adequate service but slow since there was only 1 or 2 waiters in the house. Appetizers were so, so but we really came for the Paella. A good Paella should be caramelized on the bottom and this was not. Enough said except that for over $100 per person we won't be going back.
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  • Quiet Saturday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Whenever we dine here we sit in the main dining room. Saturday nights the place is virtually empty. But the food and the margaritas are great. This time we had the gazpacho, bean soup, and some tapas--grilled shrimp, croquettes, empanadas. The fish taco was weird--not a tacp--actually a flat tortilla--and the fish was breaded and fried. Service was exemplary and it was easy to have a conversation. And those mango/jalapeno margaritas are fabulous.
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  • Excellent food.
    Goodeat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food is excellent but the portions are small. It's pricey but worthy. Service was excellent. We had red sangria, the best I had!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit as good as first
    CES51
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Met a client here again. Was attended by the same server as a couple of months earlier, and she remembered. Sampled different wine and menu items, and was again quite pleased with all.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Lunch
    nebur
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The the food that was served was poorly prepared and grossly overpriced. I think something has changed in the kitchen since last time I was there several months ago. I doubt if I will return for I really don't like paying a lot of money for something which is at best tasteless and overrated.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grand Central Station Area
    PhiW
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Fine dining adjacent to Grand Central Station with a Spanish Flair
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time
    TacoBoutIt
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were a party of 6 arriving in 3 separate groups. Two of the groups got lost (better to give the address as Vanderbuilt to people and not as Park Ave), and the staff was very accommodating in letting us order some wine and appetizers for the table. The restaurant wasn't crowded early on a rainy Saturday night, so it was quiet overall. When everyone finally arrived, the staff was careful in when they approached/interrupted conversation, and they were attentive about refilling water and wine glasses. It was also nice to have someone who spoke Spanish for the people at the table who were non-English speakers. Everyone loved their food and wine. Get the cinnamon fritters for dessert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • A little disappointed
    Patricia
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I've been to La Fonda Del Sol many times. As in the past, we ordered Paella but this time we were disappointed. It was dry and the rice was stuck to the bottom. It came out in an open skillet as opposed to a covered pot so that might be the reason. Another thought is that the drinks are quite small for the price. I'll give the restaurant another try especially because of the location.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benefit of the Doubt = Bad Fish 3x
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Overpriced, small portions that were undercooked.....even after explaining to the waiter to cook the food through and through it was like eating rubber.....fish was bad.....will not return to this establishment.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious and lovely
    Andrew
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    beautifully prepared tapas and excellent service. nice ambience as well... quiet and intimate in the back dining room
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch spot
    Lindsluvs2lunch
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I was meeting a friend for lunch and picked La Fonda Del Sol as it was conveniently located. The food was excellent and so too was the service. Could not have picked a better spot. I've also walked past in the evenings and looks like a great spot for post work cocktails.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great service
    breaksbaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Consistently good food. A bit quiet at lunch time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific tapas
    DimitriVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I have never dined in the formal dining room, but the street level tapas and bar areas are attractive, relatively calm - at lunch time - and happy. Eating at the bar is pleasant. The tapas menu offerings are excellent, as there is something for everyone and each dish can be shared. The Spanish wines are excellent and the knowledgeable staff can assist you to select the type of wine that pleases you. Sitting by the window looking out onto Vanderbilt Avenue is a wonderful New York experience, and Fonda's location inside the complex that house Grand Central Station is unbeatable. My favorite post-prandial past time is descending into the station and visiting the food hall - particularly Murray's Cheese Shop.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Wonderful Dinner
    DeeCee1409
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Every time I have gone to La Fonda Del Sol, I have enjoyed a wonderful meal. The staff is very friendly and attentive, and the food is delicious. I ordered from the prix fixe menu and was able to substitute for the black bean soup with the soup of the day, a gazpacho garnished with a teaspoon of chopped lobster. For the entrée, I selected Atlantic salmon cooked to medium rare, and for dessert, an orange flan. Excellent and excellent! This probably was my last visit to La Fonda Del Sol, as I will be moving out of the area shortly. I will carry fond memories of this restaurant and the many wonderful meals I enjoyed there with me.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spanish in the heart of midtown
    JessVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Not typical for a Spanish tapas bar/ restaurant, Fonda serves modern takes on the classics. The portions are small, but the flavors are bold. Not as atmospheric as I would like, but comfortable nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AN ENJOYABLE EVENING
    NICK
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our waitress Anna, was a pleasure. She very versed with the menu and also spoke english and spanish which my client loved.Tthe salmon was outstanding. great place for dinner. veery relaxing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Cuba
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Excellent Food, but service was not as good as I expected, they were very slow.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Eat the Paella
    PaellaLover
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Simply the best paella in NY. The chorizo, sweetest I have ever eater, and the rice are authentic and cooked to perfection. If you like Spanish food, this is your place. Come for dinner and sit in the back. While I don't usually focus on staff, our server was perfect. Attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.