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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
  • 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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Took my wife for her birthday and was a little disappointed. Food was okay, but nothing special. Tried to eat in the patio which is much quieter than inside the restaurant but weather forced us inside. The noise level was high and tables were close together which made it difficult to carry on a quiet conversation. Our server was somewhat inattentive."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A friend recommended that any visit to San Antonio include a meal at La Fonda because it its where the locals go for their Tex-Mex. Requests made through Open Table were accommodated; round table as we were a party of 6, not in the center of the noisy part of the restaurant so we could easily visit & 3 separate bills. The server was a little pushy with wanting our drink orders as soon as we were seated before we had even seen the menu (maybe locals already know the drink menu) or were served ice water & tortilla chips/salsa & also disappeared for extended periods during our meal. The food was good, served hot, big portions. Would enjoy sitting on the lovely patio on another visit."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The dining experience was good. Reservations were ready, wait staff was knowledgeable and efficient, food was good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great mexican food, very good waiter Caleb who explained what was in each plate. Beautiful outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We go to Sunday Brunch at La Fonda whenever the opportunity presents itself. We recommend that you do to. The menu offers a long list of brunch items, all inspired by Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine. Many are old standards, but the most interesting are specials that change from week to week. This week, I settled on pancakes with banana cream nestled by a mound of scrambled eggs and bacon. The ensemble was amazing. My wife had a classic Mexican plate featuring a cheese enchilada. Equally good."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Definitely a great place to enjoy dinner with your loved one and/or friends. Margaritas were to die for. Can't go wrong with this on. Great food, great service and definitely a place I will visit next time in town."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Not your usual Tex-Mex, when a taco, an enchilada, and rice plate sets you back $13. To be fair, our fajita taco plate was delicious, with plenty of medium rare meat as requested, although the guacamole wasn't pleasing (so no complaints on the skimpy portion). The salad leaves also did not taste pleasant, but the onions, peppers, and corn tortillas (my friend had flour) were very good. The table chips were HEAVEN and so was the salsa. Our waiter said yes to whatever we asked, even when it was the wrong answer (i.e. are the shrimp in the tacos grilled? YES). Nice ambience and decor. Which you pay for. Show-off to visitors."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Always exceeds expectations and the food is perfect"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We were in town on vacation. Went there for dinner. One on our party was vegetarian. All left happy."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "this was the perfect place for us! the food and atmosphere and service were all great!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Nice surprise, as our first brunch. The dinner rolls were great, and when I still asked for salsa and chips they smiled! Entree was catch of the day, and it was excellent and well presented"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food is excellent, the inside dining is comfortable and relatively quiet, and the outdoor courtyard is charming. Our latest trip was for their Sunday brunch. I had their "Sunday Breakfast" which included a petite tenderloin, bacon, queso scrambled eggs and "Mexican-French" toast. The petite steak was cooked to order, the scrambled eggs were not too runny and the bacon was thick slices with a smokey flavor. My companion had their "Steak and Migas", which had tender steak strips along with scrambled eggs, tomato, onion, jalepeno, tortilla strips and queso fresco. All was very good. We highly recommend La Fonda on Main whether it be for dinner, lunch or Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Everything was fine except for the waitress forgetting the appetizer."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had not been back to La Fonda in year or so. No excuse. Food very good, margaritas terrific. Bit noisy, but it was Friday night and several groups waiting for space. Definitely use Open Table and get a reservation ahead. Fun to be back ... won't wait so long next time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Father's Day was a special day celebrated with family and friends at LaFonda on Main. The food and margaritas were delicious! The service was fabulous! We can not wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Busy,busy for brunch(make a reservation!) but food and service were on point. Great variety of brunch specials in addition to regular brunch menu. My visiting-father-in-law loved the banana pancakes(lovely "fosters" sauce and strawberry cream) and everyone else enjoyed the 'regular' menu selections (fish tacos,spinach enchiladas and eggs benedicts...served atop gorditas...yum!). Shrimp nachos are a must to begin the meal (great for sharing). The complimentary basket of warm "mini treats" (muffins and coconut macaroons) was a super-special way to begin our Sunday meal (just like Cappy's). Special thanks/kudos for conscientious attention to my son's food allergies. We look forward to more tasty meals and great service at this San Antonio gem!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food and service here is always great. My family has been coming here for years. It was our regular Friday night ritual until my mother died. They greet us like family, and serve yummy food any mom would be proud of. My husband, who grew up in Mexico City, comes here for the authentic and imaginative dishes. The Egg Benedictos at Sunday Brunch is addicting! They use gorditas instead of a muffin like Eggs Benedict, and now I can't have them any other way. And the Bloody Mary's . . . yummmmm. Beautiful outdoor patio, with fans to keep things cool."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food, service and ambience. We come every Sunday for Brunch and love their specials. Their Mole enchiladas and Duck tacos from their regular menu are also amazing."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "La Fonda on Main has a lovely patio and excellent Mexican food that reminded me more of the Mexican food I ate at nice restaurants in Guadalajara than of typical Tex-Mex food. The duck tacos are particularly outstanding, as were the nopales (cactus) salad and the chocolate flan. The waitress was kind to my 6 year old daughter and knew the menu well enough to make good recommendations for all of us. My husband and I also enjoyed the margaritas."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent but the service was slow. They could have used some additional staff to refill chips, drinks while we were waiting for our meal to be served. I made a reservation for 12:45 and we were not seated until 1:05. There was a table available while we were waiting and when I asked if we could have that table I was told it was reserved for a larger party. La Fonda has great food but they need to be more organized and more attentive to their customers."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "La Fonda will always be a favorite place for dining for me. It has been my entire adult life of over 55 years. The service is always good, the food is always top-notch, and the ambience is "strictly San Antonio". It is one of those few Mexican restaurants in San Antonio that simply define "Tex-Mex" cuisine. I don't think you'll ever regret choosing LaFonda on Main."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Took couple here on business dinner. Arrived a little early but were seated immediately. Service very good despite they were out of all fish and duck... Which three of us wanted. The alternative was very good, however. My dinner came late, so I was offered a complimentary cup of soup. Their specialty. Might have been best thing on the menu! Super good. Will definitely be back when we're back in town."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The beef dish was good and the beef itself was tender. They allowed substitution on the enchilada filling. Chips were a bit thick, but I like them crispy and thin. Service was good. Had their own parking lot. Only thing was limited beer selection, would have been nice to have an assortment of Texas brews to try."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We have been patronizing La Fonda on Main for several years. The food is always extremely good. It's neither fiery nor is it a bland form of Tex-Mex that's no better than the unimaginative fare that tastes as if it was taken directly out-of-a-can and that is unfortunately palmed off by a number of restaurants as Mexican fare. The service can sometimes be a bit slow if you're in a hurry, but otherwise it is fine. The wait staff is always, pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This place was a really good and friendly .i would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We are from the upper midwest so we let our waitress select the meals and we had excellent food and service. Once she found out it was our first time to Texas she was even more gracious. The Margarita was great and the breaded chicken and spinach enchiladas were outstanding. Queso was great as well as the milk cake. The only problem was finishing the food as we ate too much. If we come back to San Antonio, we would definitely return."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Excellent traditional Mexican food and margaritas in a beautiful neighborhood. Great patio for outside dining. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I went here for the first time on my birthday and it was some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten in San Antonio. The bread they bring to the table is worth the whole trip and the food was fresh and well seasoned. The prices won't break your pockets, but I would be willing to pay more. It's that good! Definitely one of my new San Antonio faves. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This great Tex-Mex food. Always crowded and busy. Service is an opportunity...probably need to staff up on busy nights! Fun place to go with friends or family!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great ambience outside dining. Beautiful trees and service was great. It was great service although other patrons were loud around us. Drinks were good but bar service was slow. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was excellent and service attentive, as usual. Great local gem."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A great place, quality is consistently excellent. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Ordered the two premier items on the menu as a special night out with Mom post mothers day. Nothing special there and the Fajita plate was cold. Won't be going back....ever."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Long-time SA favorite. Our family of all ages gathered to celebrate our father's 84 th birthday. Easily arranged, beautifully acknowledged, and simply scrumptious food."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food was downright disgusting and the service was terrible. Could have had a better meal at Taco Cabana for a fraction of the price. Will never go back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Friendly, relaxed & comfortable. Enjoyed sharing the history of LaFonda, with our out of town guests! We started in the main dining room, which was too noisy, so decided to move out to the patio, after alerting our server. The patio was breezy, thanks to the strategically placed fans, & also provided plenty of shade, if preferred. Three different servers took our drink order, & we waited a while before anything was brought to the table. One of the salads was brought after the main dishes were served. It was 'Mother's Day', & the restaurant was very busy. The food & atmosphere were exceptional. Overall, a very pleasant experience! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A fantastic place for dinner or lunch. I am a regular, and I have never been disappointed! And, the menu is always interesting!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had the opportunity to try out Tex-Mex whilst in San Antonio. The food was out of this world and they catered well to vegetarians. We were pleasantly surprised by the Salsa Sampler, their Sweet Potato Enchiladas and also their Vanilla Flan. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "yes. A regular haunt for us that we go to at least a couple of times a month. Good food, good service."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Booking was easy, food was excellent atmosphere was perfect. Met up with previous collegues and out of towners and they too loved it."
    Dined on 5/7/2014