La Fonda on Main
La Fonda on Main

La Fonda on Main

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafondaonmain.com/
  • Phone: 2107330621x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily (Monday - Saturday): 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Victor Maldonado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
La Fonda on Main reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (102)neighborhood gem (97)special occasion (64)good for groups (56)great for lunch (55)fit for foodies (55)great for brunch (49)romantic (45)kid-friendly (31)scenic view (22)hot spot (12)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was delicious and despite being a busy friday evening, we were seated promptly and the food arrived within a reasonable amount of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Fonda
    Judesp
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is a great place. When you walk up to a restaurant on a Monday at 1:30 p.m. and there is a line, you know something is right. Food was terrific and service was as well. We will definitely be back. Fish tacos were first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening in San Antonio
    Tleeeee
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We just loved this place. The atmosphere is fabulous, the architecture is special and the food and service was excellent. Diverse menu with fair prices and a beautiful courtyard. Our waiter Zeke was very professional and knowledgeable about the menu and how to serve. I enjoyed a chorizo and potato soup and the house salad and my husband ordered and loved "The Old # 7" We also had a fried cheese plate that was neither greasy nor breaded. The dipping sauce that went with it was delicious. Great margaritas and art on the walls. Comfortablke chairs and tables and plenty of free parking in a lot across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Muy Bueno!
    FoodieQueen
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We fell in love with this restaurant! Great food and service. Their chicken enchiladas with mole sauce is fabulous, as well as the prickly pear margaritas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Incredible Sunday Brunch on their gorgeous patio! Diverse choices and just wonderful, flavorful food! Dine there all of the time, but first time for brunch - just delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jamieSATX
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful server and great food -- everything was wonderful except for our arrival. We made a reservation on Open Table at 7:25 pm for a table at 7:45 pm. When we arrived, I said "we just made a reservation on Open Table." The host responded that we should never say that, because when we say that we **just** made a reservation, they can put us to the back of the line and not honor the reservation. That seems like such a bizarre business practice. Why allow people to make reservations if when you show up, you threaten to not honor them? And why does the restaurant keep taking reservations if there are already people waiting? We were seated very promptly and everything else was great, but the interactions we had with the host were bizarre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    JPfour
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    La Fonda on Main always delivers. Great food, good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality food and drinks
    diningdiva
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I would put great for dining outside, but maybe not during the hot summer time. I had the special steak dish for the evening and it was the most tender steak with great flavor. Great quality food and representation. I highly recommend La Fonda for special occasions and gatherings. A bit pricey, but would go again for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great San Antonio night out!
    GreatPatio
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We loved the outdoor patio and attentively service. The good was good, especially the homemade chips and vegetarian enchiladas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Travelfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Brought a group of 9 people for a wonderful dinner outside on the patio. Great food and service. Will be sure to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 5 Mex in SA
    diningdiva
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Consistently great Mex in San Antonio. Wonderful innovative menu choices, and excellent Tex Mex as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drove here...
    Alwxi
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We drove from Austin just to eat here. It's one of our favorites, and the pork in mole is so delicious. The patio is beautiful on a pleasant evening, and the wait staff was prompt and good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fitting Celebrating
    lily22
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My daughter and I celebrated her move to San Antonio with a wonderful supper at La Fonda. The beauty of the setting, natural and easy camaraderie of the servers, inventive and delicious cuisine made this truly memorable. Thank You!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better Tex Mex
    JazzerciseMomVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    La Fonda on Main is a cut above the usual Tex Mex with interesting specials and friendly, fast service. They do a brisk business but you don't feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid meal and service
    CariAnn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great appetizers and fish tacos. My daughter hurt herself in the parking lot and the staff was extremely nice and brought her ice, and checked on her several times. Thanks La Fonda!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty
    TexanExpat
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great Mexican food in a historic neighborhood. Lots of space in the shady patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nxr1
    nxr1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We all enjoyed our entrees, shrimp, duck tacos & spinach enchiladas. Busy on a Wednesday night. Server friendly & informed. We had a very nice relaxed dinner. This is one of my favorite neighborhood places. I am glad they updated they menu. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Not kid friendly on food but everything else was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    What a great place. Always excellent food with the Lawton family
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at La Fonda
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The chips/salsa/queso were AMAZING, truly the best queso I have ever had. But I must say, I was underwhelmed with the main course food quality. I ordered the fish tacos and the fish tasted like chemicals... The corn tortillas were honestly the best part. My fiance enjoyed the "Notalotta" plate but was underwhelmed too, the rice was very dry and the beans had a strange taste. Our friends loved their steak fajitas but also ordered the special - the filet - and the accompaniment was bland and forgettable. The service was stellar and we LOVED our server! We were very excited to try somewhere new but I believe we'd only consider coming back for the back patio and your queso.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence "On Main"
    gr8diningonmainst
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    La Fonda on Main is one of our favorites in San Antonio. The menu offers something for everyone, even those with the most discriminating tastes. The chicken and beef are of the highest quality. Beef is like Prime Tenderloin, not the usual skirt steak used at so many places. Chicken breast could be cut with a fork. Nightly specials are culinary delights with great presentation. The chef creates new desserts that are divine, but don't stay around very long. PLEASE bring back the orange flan!!!! Overall, one can't miss when choosing La Fonda on Main.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timers loved it here!
    love2dine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We found a positive review online and decided to visit. We loved it a lot. Great menu selections. Wonderful service and atmosphere. We'd love to come when it not "summertime hot" in San Antonio, and try dining outdoors. Food was delicious and we tried some new dishes too. You will enjoy this place. We thought it was reasonably priced as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient!
    longtimecustomer
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The on-line reservations were quick, convenient and accurate. We walked in and were seated immediately. Had a great waiter, and, as usual, the food was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican Food
    TexasBorn
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Texas born and bred, so I know my mexican food. I can heartily recommend this place for a little bit more of an upscale mexican food experience. The queso is excellent, very rich golden cheese with peppers and such in it. Chips are a bit thick but homemade and really good, as is the red sauce. Fajitas were flavorful, tacos with pork were awesome, stuffed poblano excellent, cheese enchiladas wonderful. Everything my table had was a winner. We ended with the flan which was best ever tasted, according to my father-in-law, who spent most of his life in the Rio Grande valley. If you're looking for Tex-MEx that's been elevated a little, given some gourmet touches, and a fun atmosphere - pick this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    jdkjt
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Quite pace for an early brunch, we enjoyed the food and service as usual!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty
    RoyT
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As expected, La Fonda did not disappoint. Service was excellent. The food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite Mexican Restaurant...
    Guido0815
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    ...In San Antonio...and that says it all. They offer Tex-Mex fare, but also traditional Mexican dishes. Then they experiment with some unique flavor combinations that rock the palate. We love it all!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!
    Retired
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My Enchiladas de Espinacas and the La Fonda salad (beets, candied walnuts, goat cheese) and my husband's fish Especialidades - A La Playa were together a lovely dinner! Of course, we started with a traditional margarita to take the heat out of the summer evening. I was a little skeptical about eating on the patio, but we joined the other folks who were outside and found the many fans hidden in the trees created a lovely breeze and we were very comfortable! La Fonda is a dining spot to share with a special someone, or with a group of friends...and I really like eating outside on the patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Sherry
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I saw great reviews, but the taxi was worth the food! I heard this is the place for brunch. Their Sunday Meal was amazing. The eggs with queso were the best I have ever had. The bacon was a little spicy but good. The Mexican french toast--To die for! I recommend this place. I have been here for a few days and have yet to enjoy a meal up to par with this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent food and service. Very interesting menu, not just TexMex.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not to miss
    kiki2myloves
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We live 3 hours away and will always eat here when in San Antonio. In fact, if we are even traveling through San Antonio we always try to stop in for lunch. In other words, if you are close, you always need to stop in! The service and food are top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review
    NihonDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The dining experience was good. Reservations were ready, wait staff was knowledgeable and efficient, food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMM and service too
    Nickname
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We can be picky eaters. No problem. We can be foodies too - they deliver!. We like a nice table. Got it. This is 2nd time eating here; loved it so much during our visit to San Antonio last year, we came back. GREAT GEM!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4th of July Visit to SA
    Yon57VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great mexican food, very good waiter Caleb who explained what was in each plate. Beautiful outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch the Mexican Way
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It
    BigRob
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved!
    guymelchan
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    this was the perfect place for us! the food and atmosphere and service were all great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELISH and charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Always exceeds expectations and the food is perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.