La Fonda on Main

4.7
1805 reviews
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Mexican
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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MA
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Company from put of town

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I
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love La Fonda On Main. Food was Excellent. Enjoyed spending Easter there with family & Loved Ones.

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BB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow beat Mexican food ever and I have had it in 100's of Mexican restaurants

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MJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the patio on a spring day. Thank you for such a lovely experience.

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OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat with an amazing patio

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LA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio for classic Tex Mex and high end service/ambiance

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant felt a little less touristy compared with the restaurants on the river walk. Food was also definitely better. Shrimp enchiladas were great. Waiter was very good but host/hostess in the front were not very good. Kids enjoyed chips, tacos and enchiladas. However, I would not hesitate to recommend to a friend for a taste of Mexican in the local area.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was not very good. She never brought chips. Had to ask several times for straws. She would stand near the bar and ignore our waves to get her attention. Another waitress finally brought the chips. Food was delicious as usual. Never ask if we wanted warm tortillas as La Fonda normally offers. The waitress either needs more training or needs to find another job. Maybe she was having a bad day.

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L
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing! Everything has so much flavor. My favorite is the Mole Enchiladas.

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LL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I take all my visitors to San Antonio for a meal at La Fonda! Service is always warm and helpful and the food is fabulous! Thank you!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A family birthday dinner. Waiter was clearly distracted by something or someone. My a little dirty martini came out tasting like the Pacific Ocean. When I requested a new one, I was made to taste it in front of the waiter. Our appetizer never arrived, and when our meal did, he admitted he had forgotten it. When I mentioned how distracted he seemed, he did improve his quality of service, as we were halfway through our dining experience and pretty close to leaving a tip. The food was very good. Our desserts were delicious. I’m really starting to feel that Cappys properties are not really customer oriented anymore. It’s not about creating a dining experience for the customers anymore, but getting them in and out and on to the next reservation. We had a similar experience at Cappys a few weeks ago. I think we’ll start looking for other celebration spots.

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early but were still seated promptly. Great waiter who was very attentive to my grandboys. Great food and drinks.

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DB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it everytime i visit SA i come here favorite food

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L
San Antonio
143 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always nice to sit out under the trees at LaFonda. The food is always of good quality and the service superb.

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G
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Willingness to please customers.

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F
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our favorite! love the food and atmosphere. Never had a bad experience.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful server, wonderful courtyard table, wonderful atmosphere!

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B
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation before a show and food delivery was very prompt and well prepared. Zeke was an attentive waitperson. Always one of our favorite places

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V
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Mexican restaurant in town hands down. Food is not heavy, tasty, and by far some of the best vegetarian dishes.

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San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Service great as was the amaabience.

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BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining outside on the patio has great atmosphere, and the service from our waiter was exceptional. The food was delicious. I highly recommend dining here. One of my favorite restaurants in San Antonio.

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RK
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Fonda on Main is my favorite restaurant in San Antonio. The food is authentic, high quality Mexican cuisine, not just TexMex. The ambience is lovely old world and the patio is quintessential San Antonio. Large spreading oaks and string lights make for a perfect night out.

The food. Expect excellent seafood and steaks, along with fajitas, tacos and enchiladas. I am obsessed with the Camarones Al Ajillo. Large shrimp with mild garlic flavoring perfectly grilled, with a rice you will become addicted to. Corn, nopal and fresh white cheese will have you wanting this rice for every meal.

Though it’s hard for me to vary from my favorite, every dish I’ve tried - steak fajitas, posole, gourmet fish tacos - have been fresh and beautifully prepared.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and margaritas. A little too noisy for me making it hard to understand others at my table. Did I say great food and margaritas? Can't wait to go back again!

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LM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Just so so.

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OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sunday Brunch

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The longtime restaurant is a classic and a family favorite, but the remodel of a year ago has resulted in a dark and gloomy interior.

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JJ
Dallas
69 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

La Fonda Special and Old Number 7 were our choices. We like the classics, but you can't go home again. The cheese enchiladas had way too much cumin in the gravy and lacked onions with the cheese filling. Such a disappointment, as La Fonda use to have the best cheese enchiladas anywhere - period. Beef taco was best I have tasted and the tamale was very good as well. Bean chalupa compuesta was excellent. Beans and Rice were not as good as I remembered. Guacamole was fresh, but average. The hot sauce/salsa was the La Fonda original and truly outstanding. Best you salsa you will ever find. Unfortunately, store bought chips vs. the fresh made I remembered. Service was friendly and attentive.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious - and amazing martini’s

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KF
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual my experience was excellent!

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L
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with great atmosphere! You can't beat the wait staff either.

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MV
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as normal. Had a long time waitress and things could not have been better. Nice to see that Cappy has done some improvements. Love the new tables and chairs along with the removal of the carpet.

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DH
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is twice now that our server has been, let's say, NOT attentive! What's up with that?!
The restaurant wasn't that busy either! UGH!!

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RP
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

My three visits here have been consistent: decent food and service in a lovely location. The food is good, but is just uninspired and typical of restaurants costing far less. The service is pleasant but consistently mediocre and it is hard to get water refills or a check. While I’ve enjoyed my visits, I most likely won’t go back. The place always seems packed so evidently others think more highly of it.

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PE
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice cocktails (spicy cucumber rita), delicious food (had duck tacos and garlic shrimp). Beautiful and clean restaurant and patio.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks!

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c
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal as always! Felt a little rushed, but it was a Saturday night. Best nachos in San Antonio, and I always recommend the old number 7. The one thing I can say about La Fonda, is that the food quality and taste are extremely consistent!

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RZ
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Taking all considerations, Friday night, busy, and we were impatiently hungry, the food for 4 was cafeteria level, the maitre ‘d was l less than friendly (8:30 reservation) when we waited until 8:50, and seating location was of bourgeois level. Best part was our waitress but she had poor support.

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LJ
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Always spot on. Our favorite place.

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K
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The hostess said there was no open table reservation but were seated anyway. They later determined there was a reservation. Otherwise, very good

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a
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

La Fonda used to be one of our favorite restaurants, but two things have suffered: the wait staff is not as personable as before (maybe because they are so rushed. On this occasion, the restaurant was full to the gills); the food is never quite hot, although the plates are warm enough. We will give it another try, of course, but if this next time is not better, we will seek another venue. Would recommend with reservations (no pun intended). Oh, yes, another thing: speaking of reservations, for the last two times, I've made our reservations via Open Table. The greeter at La Fonda never seems to have record of these transactions. I would like to know why.

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