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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La Fonda del Sol reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (35)fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (11)special occasion (10)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (7)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • travelingman
    Travelingman
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Interesting dishes. Attentive service. Conventions location behind Grand Central.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • if the food could serve itself...
    texasinnycVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    i visited this restaurant recently with friends on a saturday at 6:30pm recently for an early dinner before an event. it took us close to 30 minutes to get waters and another 15 to get menus. the food was delicious so it was disappointing to have such terrible service. and, the slow service would make sense if we were in the caribbean or if the restaurant was packed full and our waiter was overwhelmed. but we were one of two tables when we were first sat and one of three tables seated by the time we had our dinner. the food was amazing though!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressed
    Enrique
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    First timer at the restaurant and i was happy to see a nice pleasant ambiance that very roomy and service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bueno
    ShikaraVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Good food, great Spanish wines and wonderful service. What more could you want?! The location,, just outside the an exit from Grand Central is convenient for travelers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable service; delicious food!
    Steve
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    From the hostess greeting to the service provided by Ana Maria and the exquisite food, my wife and I had a wonderful dining experience. We started with inventive cocktails: the Anejo Highball was the right mix of warmth, spice and flavor. The non-alcoholic grapefruit tonic was refreshing. We chose the Saturday Night Prix Fixe and Ana Maria said it would be fine to add some tapas. We enjoyed the croquetas and matrimonio, which are fairly typical tapas dishes. Both were fresh, flavorful and presented beautifully. The lightly grilled octopus over delicate potatoes was sublime and the entrees of roast chicken and hangar steak were very tasty. Great wine selection that was well thought out to match up with the food. Wonderful, wonderful place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas. Perfect for sharing.
    NYCdiner
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Great tapas. Perfect for sharing. Good place for lunch with friends or casual business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Modern Spanish fare with ambience
    Amythefoodie
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This restaurant was romantic. Not very crowded at all on a Sat night in January. It felt like we had the plsce to ourselves. Loved the octopus ala plancha on the appetizer menu. My date had the suckling pig. He said it was very good, but not the same as what he had in Spain. The roasted pimentos tapas was something we also knew from Madrid and these were pretty close. There is one or two hot ones in every dish and the rest are mild. Glad we got these because the entree had no vegetable at all. I had the braised short rib and it was tender and meaty, with a rich reduction. Also i had 2 glassses of the Garnacha which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was very good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The service was very good, and the staff were extremely accommodating. We had a reservation in the dining room (reservations are only taken for the dining room) but graciously were allowed to order from the tapas menu. Moreover, one of our group was very late so we did not order food until about an hour or two after our reservation (and that was after being seated an hour early). The staff was extremely gracious. We never felt rushed and had a really good time. The only disappointment was that a glass of port was served with extremely heavy sediment (it covered the bottom of the entire glass and there was a large piece stuck to the side of the glass). We were a bit disappointed that the bar would allow the drink to be served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great location - but the service
    JK75VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Great location - but the service in the upstairs dining was very slow, drinks took ages. Tapas was good - the octopus was very good, but a lot of the rest was average. Not worth the sticker price unfortunately
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atomosphere was good however
    Mitzi
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The atomosphere was good however the foods were so so and were a bit pricy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was good and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The service was good and the food well prepared and interesting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    pck255
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Delightful, savory, Spanish cuisine and wonderful staff. The perfect place for a business lunch or romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a lunch meeting
    DisappointedDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Very good food, attentive service and an attractive dining room in which tables are well spaced add up to a relaxing and comfortable place for a lunch meeting. Add to that a very convenient location and a moderate noise level and you have a winning combination.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, but not great.
    LRBScoopVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    good food, but not great. service was very good, table had plenty of space. menu was interesting and server knew it well.. only complaint is that the upper dining room feels a little, no, very sleepy. would request seating in main room only in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet spot for lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Nice quiet spot for lunch. Good for business lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Fonda
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    I took a client/friend here for lunch on Friday and had a wonderful experience. She works just a few blocks away so she's been before and recommended it. The food is fantastic - above average for the Grand Central area. However, I want to call out the service. Our server April was fantastic. I rarely write a review let alone one about the service in particular but she deserves the call out. I take clients out Mon-Fri and while the experience is generally good very rarely do I feel the server is committed to the job itself. She is on top of things, great with recommendations and brings a passion to the job that you often do not see in Manhattan. Anyhow, thanks! Chris
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We lunch ate in the upstairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We lunch ate in the upstairs dining room - I didn't understand the difference when I reserved - and it was lovely. It was conducive to a business conversation and the food was excellent and service friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the out of towners
    diner
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Had a great dish that we shared and a Portages wine that we really enjoyed. The waiter had been to our city so we had a nice chat with him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Seafood, Lovely Place
    DeeCee1409
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    I've been to La Fonda del Sol several times and seem to enjoy it more with each new occasion. The atmosphere is laid-back, but the servers are very attentive. I had the prix fixe meal: Mixed greens, salmon a la plancha, and flan. Everything was PERFECT. I'm looking forward to my next meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Shelf Tapas
    GeomanVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We had a wonderful meal at La Fonda del Sol, were seated in the main dining room but changed our minds and wanted tapas instead of ordering off the a la carte menu , the staff was very accomodatiing. Food was excellent, we have been to many of the great tapas places in NYC and this one is as good if not better in terms of their attention to detail, flavors, quality of preparation and textures . Presenttaion was excellent , quality of the ingredients top notch, great attention to every small detail was quite evident . The octopus was superb and very tender , dusted with smoked paprika . Croquettas crisply done , arbiquetas intensely flavored . Great wine list too. Just oustanding across the board .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was my first time at La
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    It was my first time at La Fonda and know it will not be the last. Food was prepared perfectly and very tasty. The octopus appetizer and hangar steak entree were delicious. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. An added delight is the opportunity to meet the chef, Chris DeLuna. A wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice choice near GCS
    adamfrank64
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    I like La Fonda del Sol - they have great tapas. This time, they gave us the full lunch menu; previously, the tapas were on a panel on the left, but not on this menu. We had to ask for the tapas menu. And I'm glad we did, because the tapas were, as usual, delicious. Fonda del Sol is not cheap, but the food is good and the portions decent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would I go back? YES!
    AlexandraVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    La Fonda Del Sol was a great dining experience for my friends and I. Our table was perfect in the upstairs dining room. Our server John took great care of us, he was very knowledgable and was very attentive. The variety of Tapas that we had were delicious. The managers came over to the table and reviewed what we were eating and brought wine to the table. Our overall experience was very enjoyable and we will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good and Bad
    John
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Service was great and the food was tasty, well prepared, and enjoyable, but the portions were very small. Nice decor. But too noisy, could barely hear my dining companions. Probably would not bother to go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Evening
    J4107VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    My wife and I had a wonderful night visiting with the great team at La Fonda del Sol. We were greeted warmly and treated well the whole evening. Raymond and CJ were exemplary and displayed what great customer service really means. Thanks to all for a great meal, great service and a great evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent. Nice tapas
    SteaksVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Food was excellent. Nice tapas to share and taste different ones. But the service was very slow. Our waiter was basically the waiter for the whole area of 10-20 tables and he was very busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday
    Lady1ecuaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I recently had a birthday dinner at this wonderful restaurant. The entire staff was great and helpful with any questions we had. All of our steaks were cooked to our liking. Deserts were mouth watering. I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a rush dinner!
    Goodeats1610VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The staff was very accommodating when we were in a rush and they have us an extra dessert of sorbet. The octopus was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food good, service eh
    RobboVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Had a waitress who would leave the table for 45-60 minutes at a time. Given the menus and then didn't see her for nearly an hour. What is that about? Get the food and don't see her again for at least an hour. Bizarre service - pleasant environment but generally would not recommend due to poor service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    sassi
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    The wait staff provided friendly and nice service. The salmon was done just right. The restaurant was a little loud during lunch hour. I would recommend the restaurant for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Great Job!
    Kdiner1
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Needed a restaurant for my boss to have a "need to impress" lunch with a potential client - you guys came thru! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall experience
    SusanK
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Great overall experience. Food is good and the server, when we could get her attention, provided good advice. We sat outside, which was a mistake, as there are many people who stop by the doors to smoke before going inside or waiting to meet someone. Perhaps you can set up borders that do not allow people to get too close?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable experience
    CEBChicago
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Both entrees -- one chicken and one beef -- were very well prepared and presented. Appetizers and sides were inventive without challenging my unimaginative palate too much. Surprisingly empty for a weekday lunch but the service was much the better for it. Lunch for two with no alcoholic beverages ended up at about $90 with tip
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Not too loud. The service was good and they did not bother us in our conversation. I would go there again for a quiet business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty but costly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    i was surprised how quickly the tab added up and 4 of us were there for drinks and tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Food was ok. Staff seemed indifferent. Ordered two different wines and in both instances they didn't have it and offered something else. Both stunk partly because they were both too warm. Had a table of 7 with international guests who did not enjoy it.
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  • Nice.
    L7CamperVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Nice restaurant. Many people said great things but I thought it was just "good". The waitier and my guest RAVED about the roast pork. I thought it was awful and a tiny portion. Roughly a 2" square of pork with an nice thick layer of fat under the skin. There was (I think polenta) something underneath but it was so uneventful, I wasnt really sure what it was. My tomato salad was twice the size of my entree and that was served on a smaller salad plate. Pricey but a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience
    Monica
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    If ambience is what you are looking for, this is a great spot very close to Grand Central Station. The indoor space is large, but it is nicely lit and decorated and you do not feel as though you are in a barn. The floors are tastefully carpeted, and there is plenty of room between you and the next table. This is a good choice if you want to have a private, intimate dinner. The appetizers were good but the main course could have been better. My serving of steak was very sparse and it did not come with a vegetable selection, which was disappointing. But these are areas that can easily be improved on. On the whole I found this a very inviting place to be, despite the hefty check.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find near Grand Central
    Hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Food, service and ambience are all first rate. My first visit, but certainly not my last. The Chicken chop chop salad was delicious . It is a little pricey, but not overly and the quality is first class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal in a lively setting
    DizzyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    We so enjoyed our meal - which was meant to be a quiet and rather emotional meeting. This happened. However, surrounding us on one side were quiet diners and beyond the glass - after-work midtowners or folks delaying a train out of grand central enjoying cocktails and chatter. It was a great juxtaposition and the Restaurant Week menu and drinks/wine were absolutely wonderful. I note the noise level is moderate in the dining area (the glass works wonders) but energetic and beyond in the very large and lively bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.