La Fonda on Main

4.7
1979 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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M
Austin
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday and the waitress served my cake. So sweet!

OT
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our place to go when craving Mexican food! Service is outstanding and food is delicious!!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint decor, wonderful service, amazing food.
Will definitely be back!

MT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful place. Old vibe, well staffed and the property was beautiful. Drinks were fresh and well made.
Camote and enchiladas were served @ perfect heat, sauces were delicious and we loved the queso and chips.

DF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

My only complaint was Very Loud Room - food was exceptionally good & service attentive. Been here multiple times and never disappoints

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good but service is what keeps us going back to our favorite places. Unfortunately, the service was well below average.

PS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the ambiance at this restaurant. The service is always great and the food is, as well. We tried the brunch on Sunday and were very pleased

b
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place (seated outside) for Sunday Brunch. Very creative food and drink options!

WP
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

La Fonda on Main is a wonderful restaurant experience -- the environment is wonderful and energetic, and the food experience was exceptional.

TR
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is lovely but it was very crowded. We had reservations for 8:15 but weren’t seated until about 8:45. The food came quickly and tasted good. There is parking off the street.

JM
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and wonderful service! The special cocktails are all worth a try. La Fonda on Main is always a great choice for a date night, casual dining, or a group event.

B
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open Table confirmed a time later than the time we were emailed. The restaurant was very apologetic though it really did not appear to be their fault. They worked very hard to get us in early and the manager comped us an appetizer while we waited. Service was exceptional as was the food. We can't wait to go again as this was our first experience at this establishment. The walk amole was so very fresh as was the queso fundido. Our main courses were delicious as well.

T
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We had a reservation and called ahead that we were stuck in traffic. They ended up moving us outside and it was so hot we had to hurry and eat to get out of the restaurant. They have fans that were just blowing very hot air, and they don't have cooling misters that would have made the situation a lot better. So many restaurants in San Antonio have these misters and it makes for an unbearable situation bearable.

SD
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch! Beautiful historic restaurant. Great outdoor dining area, when temp is not 103 degrees.

AS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had not previously gone to La Fonda on Main, but went for anniversary lunch at wife's request, who has dined there before. Restaurant was clean and looked nice. Wife loved her food and was disappointed with my lack of enthusiasm on eating the Special and reported the taco was overly spicy (jalapeno?) and the tamale was, for a lack of a better term, rich. I suspect there were ingredients other than mesa and pork which lent it a richness or density that stalled consumption. I considered myself filled and gave the enchilada for my wife to eat.

Over all a pleasant experience and good service. But the favors just weren't for my boring pallet. Perhaps the reviews are correct and my local favorite, Salsalitos, makes food flavored for the old folks home next door.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was very sweet and knowledgeable. This was our first time here in San Antonio. From NYC, we are here for my sister AFB graduation!!! Very nice welcoming and goodbyes...thanks

JD
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service the chips and salsa were fresh and yummy. The ambiance is very San Antonio.

R
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food prepared to perfection. Unique flavors with a southwest flair. Attentive and knowledgeable servers. A favorite stop on every San Antonio trip we make.

DH
San Antonio
24 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this San Antonio, TX restaurant!

DC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

On our latest visit, one member of our party was a first-time visitor, but she wasn't given the free dessert. On our first visit, we weren't offered the free dessert either. Maybe this welcoming gesture has been discontinued.

LK
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with great food and ambience. Good for special occasions or anytime dining.

SW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sons birthday

OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at La Fonda on Main. The food is delicious and the service is attentive.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

CL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly and seated promptly with menus. Our server came to our table promptly and we were served in a short amount of time. I enjoyed my lunch consisting of 2 bisteak tacos and a bowl of chicken/vegetable soup. Parking can be a problem during lunch...I think next time I will do a late lunch.

JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the diabilitos. The margaritas and sangria are unsurpassed! We also love the specials and beef fajitas!

C
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

B
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, as well as food recommendations. Among our table we had queso flameado, bistek enchiladas, and the Tex-Mex special. All the food was well-presented and very flavorful. Will definitely be back next time I’m in town.

JM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love La Fonda on Main! Always good food and margaritas!

M
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food and drinks were terrific, and the place gets packed early.
Unfortunately, we noted we were celebrating a special occasion and the restaurant did not acknowledge it.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rainbow trout was phenomenal! For fish, the trout didn’t taste like fish. Prime Rib enchiladas were amazing, very tender. Excellent service and very fair price! Well worth it every time.

D
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went early and sat outside. Food was good. Margaritas were excellent. Service was average.

BH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my family of vegetarians for dinner. They had been in Texas from California for two weeks and had Mexican food four times in restaurants. They pronounced the queso to be the best they’d had! My seven year old grandson had sweet potato enchiladas and called them his “best meal ever!” We had three different margaritas and loved them all. Sean was a very attentive waiter and really knew the food well, making great recommendations. It was a wonderful meal and evening!

DL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was attentive, and the food was delicious!

s
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always very prompt. Hostess and server (Sean) great and attention to detail. Food and drinks perfect for a nice dinner. Highly recommend to dine at this location when visiting SA.

DH
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the food and ambience at La Fonda on Main.

g
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to meet up with friends. Cappy's take on TexMex along with a great bar and nice wine selection. Fantastic outdoor seating in almost any San Antonio weather is quieter than inside, but we had a large table with great conversations.

KD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty Sunday Brunch. Our dishes looked like works of art too. And the gold margarita is always on point. Thank you for another wonderful meal.

b
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Seated in the garden, lovely surroundings. Our waiter was is training, learning a lot from his trainer/mentor. Brunch menu very innovative, we loved the Chorizo Benadicto's and their spin on Huevos Rancheros was great. A little vacation in the city.

JR
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always and a terrific Mar y Terra special!

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