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About 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.

2415 N. Main Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Traditional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday:
Lunch 11:00-3:00
Dinner 3:00-9:30

Friday & Saturday:
Lunch 11:00-3:00
Dinner 3:00-10:30

Sunday:
Brunch 10:30-3:00
Dinner 3:00-9:30

Cross Street:
Woodlawn

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 733-0621

Website:
http://www.lafondaonmain.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Victor Maldonado

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

La Fonda on Main joyfully celebrates every special occasion with our guests. Host your next special event at the oldest Mexican restaurant in town and give your guests a true San Antonio experience.

La Fonda on Main Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (54)
Authentic (49)
Good for a Date (48)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (45)
Casual (39)
Special Occasion (38)
Good for Groups (33)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Business Meals (23)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Fun (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Cozy (20)
Romantic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Healthy (11)
Spicy (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
People Watching (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Seasonal (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tapas (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We have been here many times. If not for that we might not go back. The main courses were good. The guacamole was WAY too hot and this is not typical. It was very noisy. The waiter was the worst we've ever had. Maybe they had too many tables but SOMEONE should've refilled my drink. We also had to go to the hostess stand to get our check brought to us.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 4 days ago

Always fabulous!

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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Rib appetizer was amazing.
Guacamole spicy but....so good.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Had great specialty margaritas!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Candice was the best server. Food was incredible. Shrimp nachos were light, exquisitely seasoned, and well cooked.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Great Beer, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

Our La Fonda experience was an an excellent one! Coming back next year!

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·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful time. La Fonda on Main is a welcoming, customer-friendly place to share a meal. We have had many enjoyable moments in Mr. Lawton's establishments, and this was no exception.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

Easy parking, beautiful setting, excellent food. Already looking forward to my next opportunity to eat here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Definitely worth the drive and best of the 3 locations. I live at the RIM and have visited that location a few times and went to the Main ST location for the first time after visiting the RIM and will only go back to the Main st even though it's out of the way. The service and quality of food is far superior and the ambiance is better too. I made friends drive from comfort to this location and we had such a great time. Sean was our server and had great recommendations for substitutes since some items we were interested were unavailable, everyone ate their entire meal. Portions are perfect too.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We loved sitting out on the patio under a huge oak tree decorated with colorful lights. What lovely ambiance! Great margaritas, chips & salsa and churros. The mains were just OK - mine was good (sweet potato enchiladas), but my husband didn't love the cheese-stuffed serrano chile he ordered. We would still go back just for the atmosphere and dessert.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Although i felt like I was ignored by the bartender, while I was waiting for the table, and there was a large group blocking anyone and everyone from having direct access to the bar...we were sat well before our reservation, and our server was Superman! He got us everything we needed, and he ensured our food was correct and fresh.

It was pretty loud but it wasn’t too bad. Will definitely come back! Love this place! Location is beautiful, even in the rain! :)

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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Met our daughter

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Awesome food, great place.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great experience at La Fonda. Beautiful setting. The quality of the food and service was top notch. One of San Antonio’s gems.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Awesome neighborhood gem!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 3, 2018

the best of the best Mexican Food Restaurants in SA

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

First meal in San Antonio. Recommended by our Airbnb host. Wonderful!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

We've been coming to La Fonda for years. Used Casa Alicia for a wedding reception. Always excellent.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

We met out-of-state friends here for an evening together and it was perfect. They loved the charming neighborhood where it's located, the ambiance of the restaurant, the food, and the prickly pear margaritas especially! Service was great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very enjoyable meal: great service, excellent food, and an overall nice restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Brunch-Had the crab cake Benedict. Fresh and flavorful. It is a consistent top rated restaurant for a good reason.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious!!! Food presentation excellent!! Good MARGARITAS!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 21, 2018

For the first time ever, my Chile relleno was awful. Soggy. Mushy potatoes. Overly spicy. The enchilada that accompanied the entree was soggy as well. Spice? Too much, resulting in an unpleasant after taste. There were 6 in our party. The other 5 lucked out. I was disappointed. And why all the empty tables when we had to settle for a 4:30 seating?? We were told there would be no seating at the 5:30 hour and yet, there were many empty tables when we left at 6:15. Tried to make reservations by phone and by Open Table. Were told the same thing. Something has happened to La Fonda. Please go back to the way you used to be—predictably good food and better customer service.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2018

excellent food and service
would return with out hesitation

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My boyfriend and I have enjoyed La Fonda on Main for several years. However, we have noticed on the last couple of times that the wait staff seem to be more robotic than 'real'. Also, our plates were served with the rice and beans mixed together. That's not how they usually serve the side dishes. Nevertheless, we will go back.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food for a Sunday lunch. Homemade tortillas was a highlight for sure. My waitress was refreshingly honest about something on the menu "that's a little weird." Her honesty was refreshing, but certainly took me aback. We had a great lunch. the only minus were the drinks. The margaritas were kinda run-of-the-mill--nothing special.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very good authentic Mexican food, rather than just the usual Tex-Mex. Great service & nice atmosphere. Patio looked pretty, but it was very cold, so we dined inside--tables were a bit too close together in my opinion, which made the noise level more noticeable. Birthday dessert was on the house, too :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 9, 2018

we have enjoyed outstanding food and service every time we have dined here. Love the chef specials and the queso fundido

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Warm welcome, excellent service and outstanding food. Noise level low enough for comfortable conversation. One small issue: light level too low to read the menu comfortably.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our first time to visit SA and not eat near the River Walk. It was good! I still like our usual spots better, but it was good. It's pricey-$15/person.

The queso was ok. The cheese enchiladas & rice were good! The churros for desert were good but the dipping sauces weren't. Overall it was good experience, not sure that I would go again unless near that area of town. Would recommend trying if your looking to get off the Riverwalk. According to our friend who just moved to the area and wanted to take us there, its rated very high for SA, I just wasn't overly impressed enough to think of it as the BEST. But overall it was good!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Love this place! Great food and exceptional service!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our experience was outstanding. We arrived prior to our reservation time to visit the bar and have a pre-dinner drink. W e checked in with the hostess and sat down with our drinks to visit and people watch. We were able to be seated early. Food was outstanding. The service was attentive but not overt. Our server was knowledgeable of menu and the specials of the evening. One of the best dining experiences we have had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our first visit since we moved to San Antonio and Monte Vista neighborhood--we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 5, 2018

My husband and I dined here for our anniversary. The restaurant is lovely and the staff is so friendly. We started our evening with traditional margaritas, yum, and the quest. If you haven’t tried it, order some. We love it. My husband had the enchiladas Sousa and I the sweet potato enchiladas and both were excellent. I recommend this restaurant.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Bastante buen lugar, la comida mexicana que ofrecen es muy buena y variada. Ámpliamente recomendado

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A group of us visited La Fonda for a New Years' Eve group dinner. We were warmly greeted and seated right away on the back patio. The service was friendly and prompt and the prices were reasonable. Everyone enjoyed their drinks and meals.
The only disappointment was that they had run out of one of the specials on the menu - the Mar y Tierra entree - that 3 of us had wanted to try. We opted for other entrees any they were very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We randomly snagged a reservation here for New Years Eve dinner and we were blown away. We highly recommend this place for both the food and setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, service, and ambiance for New Year’s Eve!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I eat here a lot. I love the food and the atmosphere is pretty. On nice evenings, the patio is lovely. The service is always good I have found the staff to be friendly and professional. I like the house margarita and always get the queso. It’s delicious! Also, sweet potato enchiladas are yummy.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Brunch was fabulous. Cream cheese pancakes with strawberries and cream plus eggs quesco. Delicious!

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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