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La Fonda on Main
La Fonda on Main

La Fonda on Main Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafondaonmain.com
  • Email: regina@lafondaonmain.com
  • Phone: (210) 733-0621
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Traditional Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodlawn
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have two private lots-- one is located across Main Ave and and the other is on the North side of the restaurant. Street parking is also available.
A word from La Fonda on Main
Located just a few minutes from downtown in architecturally rich Monte Vista, La Fonda on Main is the oldest Mexican food restaurant in San Antonio. La Fonda serves both the best of Tex-Mex cuisine as well as authentic dishes of interior Mexico in a fun and casual setting with beautiful patio dining. Open daily serving lunch and dinner as well as a memorable Sunday brunch menu, we offer a full bar with a wide variety of liquor, beer and wine. Our famous margaritas are made with hand-squeezed limes and your choice of a large selection of tequilas.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "After reading the reviews on trip adviser we decided to eat a meal here the day before we left San Antonio.(lunch) We requested an outside table with our reservation and it was so peaceful and relaxing. Beautiful setting and the servers were some of the best we've ever had! I had the seafood special and it was amazing! We also had 3 types of salsa, the pineapple one was my favorite, fresh and all the food was beautifully presented. Dessert was a cake made with 3 types of milk, sooo good. After we went one last time to the Visitors center and spoke with April there, I mentioned we went here for lunch and she said isn't that a great place to eat? Best Margarita I had in San Antonio! (Prickly pear)"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My friend and I very much enjoyed our dinner at La Fonda. We were visiting from the Boston area. We were seated promptly, served our drinks and given ample time to order our entrees. Everything was delicious and the service was great. I would come here all the time if I lived in San Antonio!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Such a super venue to have in our neighborhood. Well managed and orchestrated Always a pleasure to see Cesar"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Another great experience at La Fonda! We had a group of 7 and were promptly seated outside (we had made a resrvation using OpenTable). Food was delicious and it was a beautiful evening outside on the patio. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Extremely pleasant ambiance. Food was almost as fantastic as the margaritas. I will definitely revisit La Fonda on my next visit to San Antonio."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Very good food with creative combinations. Service good also. Reservations a must."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a very good meal at La Fonda. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We especially liked the fish tacos and the special appetizer."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Asked for patio seating via Open Table and was told that they "don't do that" we would have to call instead. Why list on Open Table if you don't bother reading the reservation request? Food was OK - this is the 3rd visit that I have come away from feeling that I paid too much. Probably will be a while before we return and we were customers who went 2 - 3 times per month."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have had dinner here several times and always enjoyed it until this reservation. We were entertaining out of town guests and asked to be seated on the patio. Apparently most of the patio was being used for a private party and we could not sit outside. It would hav been nice to have been told when they call to confirm our reservation. This did not happen."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "grew up in main street area and had many good dinners here over the years, but most recent visit was very poor. long delay in bringing food out, food mediocre at best, prices high, very disappointing overall."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great little neighborhood restaurant with friendly servers and delicious food. authentic tex-mex at its finest."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I almost canceled our reservation because someone gave me a different recommendation but I was really glad we went to La Fonda. The service was excellent and we had a table with a lovely garden view. We had outstanding ceviche and little fish tacos as an appetizer. The tacos came with a tasty mango-flavored guacamole. For an entree, I had two delicious lamb chops, served with a delicate mole and some tomatillo sauce and a slaw. My companion was very happy with her duck tacos. I would definitely return to La Fonda."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great place. Great food. Great ambiance. Great service."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was okay, drinks were expensive but delicious. This place knows how to make a margarita! You could actually taste the alcohol. I'd rather pay a few more bucks to get a quality drink than a cheap drink that barely has any alcohol in it. Seriously the drinks were awesome! All and all, I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was great, especially the achiote fish special on coconut rice and the breaded steak. Service was ok. I think she had too many tables. Dirty carpet and out of date colors and decor inside made it less appealing. (The 80s called and they want their giant pastel Miami Vice murals back.) The patio looked lovely but it was raining."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We attend almost once a week. The Sunday brunch food is always outstanding! We've had a few different servers and all have been okay - last weekend we got stuck with a server who didn't reciprocate any friendliness, but oh well. Without a doubt, Monica is the best server at this location...we actually look forward to seeing her when we go and always try to get in her section. The mimosa drink selection is great, we'd prefer a slightly bigger champagne flute - but who wouldn't! Overall, great place, good food, and a fun way to kick off Sunday Funday with friends."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "A great place to bring out-of-town guests, but locals also love this place, too. My sister was in town for a conference and they seated two of us at a four top on the patio on a very busy night, which was really nice of them. Another popular place in town wouldn't take a reservation for two and told me they won't seat parties of less than four on a patio. We were treated really well, as were all the other big and small groups. Inside is still nice, and I've heard lots of raves about brunch. We saw families, a rehearsal dinner and couples of all ages having a great time. My sister had the duck tacos and I had the mini gorditas with lump crab meat that was an app special really. Start with the nachos. The margs and desserts are terrific, too."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "All the traditional Mexican restaurant staples with some additional more unique options. All were delicious. Margaritas were excellent and there's a good tequila selection. Had a great outdoor seating area that we will be back to use when it warms up."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "It was Valentine's day and packed. Food was delicious, and love those chips and salsa! But when it came to dessert, I asked for the menu twice. The third time I reminded our waiter that I hadn't gotten the dessert menu yet, he said "we don't have one" - I'll tell you what they are. Had a good laugh after he left. We were in no rush, so went with the flow and eventually enjoyed the Tres Leches cake."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The restaurant has been in existence for quite a while, and is picturesque. We ate outdoors in the courtyard at the back of the restaurant, and it was very pleasant. We were there for brunch, and the menu items were unique. Everything tasted fresh and flavorful. Very good service and nice place."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Since the current owners took over twenty years ago, this place has achieved and maintained a level of culinary excellence combined with charm and relaxed elegance. Almost everything from the kitchen is well done, and some of the specials are excellent. (My personal favourite: steak relleno.) The margaritas are good enough, the prices reasonable, the details always looked after and the service varies only between very good and impeccable. Inside the dining room, check out the beautiful Talavera pottery lining the walls high up; outside, enjoy the lushly relaxed courtyard."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First of all, LaFonda is our favorite restaurant in San Antonio. Without a reservation (on a Sat night), the wait for a table at 7:30 was an hour. The food, service and ambiance is always excellent and this visit was no different. It's the one place we bring our out of town guests or suggest when going out with friends. The weather was nice and we were able to sit outside on the patio. On this night, they had their limited weekend menu. The lobster bisque was divine and we tried the lobster enchiladas for the first time. I usually (always) have the duck tacos, and regretted not having them. The lobster was very good, just not quite as good as the duck. The margaritas are made with fresh lime juice...yum."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Visited La Fonda when in San Antonio. Like to try local places when visiting. One of the best places we have been to when out of town. Food very good and good atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service in a very beautiful atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had the stuffed avocado relleno as an appetizer- delicious. My wife had the stuffed fillet and I had the carne asada. We both thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, service, and drinks! Went here for my 2 year anni and it was a good decision. Great food and atmosphere! Loved it!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Had my aunt and uncle in from the northeast. Special was duck tacos, they were quite tough and salty. Ordered Queso as an app but server took 10 minutes to refill chips so Queso got cold. Overall disappointed and wish I had taken th elsewhere"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Wonderful food. And a delightful ambience. Service polite and helpful. I look forward to next meal at La Fonda."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "La Fonda has been doing right forever. That's not easy to do. It's a great place for food and drinks. Service is always good and the atmosphere makes you feel like your in Ole San Antonio. For Mexican food this is a solid pick."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Being known as the oldest mexican food restaurant in San Antonio and family owned, we knew we had stumbled on something special. La Fonda on the main is located downtown in the original location since 1932. The food and service was exceptional. You can tell the owners take pride in their business, the food was fresh, homemade and delicious! Reading the history on the menu brought even more to the experience of dining here. We will definitely return and bring our friends!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Been eating at La Fonda on Main for decades.... Always enjoy! Great Service, Great Food, Good Margaritas!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Excellent food, service, and atmosphere--outside on a warm, sunny day. Perfect lunch out with friends!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Excellent, creative Tex-Mex. Maybe best I've ever had."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Great food & service. I ordered the cactus pear margarita and it was yummy, very strong too!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I have enjoyed La Fonda on Main for many years. It is always an enjoyable experience whether it be with friends or family."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We always enjoy a different dining flare whcih La Fonda provides with great presentation."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We were visiting San Antonio for the weekend for my daughter's cross country race. I found LaFonda on Tripadvisor and made reservations. Earlier we visited downtown to see the Riverwalk and the Alamo which were nice but very touristy. We drove about 10 minutes out of downtown and found ourselves in a charming neighborhood at La Fonda. We parked for free and walked into a beautiful southwestern building nicely decorated for the holidays. The host was very attentive as we arrived for our reservation 30 minutes early. Our server, Shawn was wonderful. The food was fresh and delicious. My husband had the Veracruz and we had fish tacos. They were both fresh and very good. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Made a reservation for a Friday night, but the Open Table website coded the reservation for a Wednesday, even though I put in the correct date. When I explained this to the restaurant host, he was unwilling or unable to accommodate, despite the fact that we were visiting from out of town. In fact, he put us at the back of the line with an hour and 35 minute wait. Needless to say, we did not dine there, even though I had enjoyed my dinner at this restaurant the previous year. Went to another restaurant down the street and had a much nicer experience. Won't be going back to La Fonda anytime soon."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "La Fonda is a classic for Tex-Mex and updated Tex-Mex as well. Our server was outstanding."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "The food was outstanding from the chips and salsa to the entrees. The fresh squeezed margaritas were very good as well. The waiter was friendly and patient with our group. The decor is long overdue for a facelift, though. Overall, this was a great dining experience."
    Dined on 11/9/2013