La Fonda on Main

4.7
1536 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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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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
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Phone number
(210) 733-0621
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Victor Maldonado
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Woodlawn
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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.
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.

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What 1536 People Are Saying
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GD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great taste of Mexican food in nice ambiance. Worth the side trip.

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f
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & Food were impeccable! Dora our server went above and beyond to accommodate all our needs. Exceptional service, quality food and presentations! Kudos

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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MR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mexican food presented uniquely. Busy place and virtually no bar/ waiting area. Make reservations on weekends. Service and food were very good.

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AD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going to La Fonda. I usually have the duck tacos or spinach enchiladas but liked a new dish for me, the sweet potato enchiladas.

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BM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants - Always a pleasure to dine at La Fonda on Main!

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ST
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Jammed, noisy, food not nearly as good as it once was. We have been eating there for 40+ years, but not more. Will move to Mary Lou's.

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JR
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had a delightful meal! The Carne Asada de Tampico is delicious and you never go wrong with the Shrimp Poblano Nachos!

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E
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. Fabulous selection of Mexican brunch items made this a favorite of the six of us dining.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were great. The outside sitting area provides great ambiance for a dinner out with friends.

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RL
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience. The food was tasty, and the service was attentive.

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best! We’ve always loved La Fonda for the consistently great food and outdoor patio.

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KF
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Staff is very attentive and this is a local favorite

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AF
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up going to La Fonda on Main, and now our gorwn kids make sure to go there at least once during their visits back to SA. We are never disappointed in repeating ordering favorite dishes. Our most recent visit, on the patio. was excellent. Our waiter, Caleb, was outstanding, even rushing over with a glass of milk for our intrepid little one who had tried a bite of jalopena and whose mouth was on fire. Two of our party tried what was, for us, a new item, duck tacos, and they are still talking about how good that choice was. And though it was a very hot early evening, our table on the patio was comfortably cooled by a well-placed fan or two

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WW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a regular for many years. Always excellent! Good food; good service

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W
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food always!
Margaritas need help. Very average taste. Need larger portion for the $15 each we were charged.
Thank you!

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PD
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

There were 3 in our party for brunch. None of us enjoyed our food. It was ok but overpriced. We sat outside which was nice except for the fans that blew all around us. My wife had to hold her hair as she ate. The breeze from the fans was that strong. The wait staff was great, but the food was less than average.. This was my 2nd trip to La Fonda. My 1st time was outstanding so maybe this a fluke. We were one of the first arrivals at the restaurant. They had our reservation and promptly seated us, but It seemed to take a while to get fed after we sat down. Our server was great, but the kitchen was slow. I will have to think twice about returning to La Fonda. So far, i’m One and one. One time good and one time poor.

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RG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good, drinks are great.

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JT
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at La Fonda on Main are always excellent! It is one of our favors restaurants!

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OT
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Well, this has always been a really good restaurant. They have come up some kind of bizarre new policy that they don't bring you chips. Not that is really weird. If you ask for it they bring them but otherwise sit and enjoy the empty table. I don't get it. Save a dollar or something on labor maybe? But they end up slowing down the wait staff you apparently have to then go order them. Come on folks, really?

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G
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to have dinner here. We love to sit in their patio!

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S
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old reliable-outstanding Mexican food with a creative flair

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BG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Asi, asi.

Haven't been in years and it's doubtful I will go back for many more. Margaritas were too sweet... and who would tout Cuervo Gold for a premium margarita? And, they mixed my frijoles ala charra with my rice. Allow me to do that, if I want, which I don't. What? Over all it was okay but there are better upscale Mexican food restaurants where I will spend my money.

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MM
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

La Fonda on Main never disappoints. We had an out-of-town guest who was most impressed by the enchiladas de mole. My chile relleno was delicious. This is by far our favorite restaurant.

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W
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parking was limited and cocktails were expensive. Service was excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Alright. Service was not good but food was and so was the atmosphere. Beautiful place is what’s going for it.

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d
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We’ve always gone to this location and have had excellent service plus food has been good. Unfortunately we ordered their shrimp enchiladas and they were served as corn tortilla tacos with a creamy chipotle sauce and they fell apart as being cut. I told this to the waiter and he told us they were enchiladas Norteno style. I’m Hispanic and know what an enchilada should look like. No bueno!

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M
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Constant in outstanding food and service. Always a great choice.

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CG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Always a favorite place to meet with friends for lunch, dinner and margaritas. The service is always great.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for date night, special occasion, Business meeting going out with friends and family or everyday dining. The service is always top notch and the food is absolutely delicious. The ambience is perfect and it situated in a charming historic area of San Antonio. Highly recommended

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JH
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. My favorite truly authentic San Antonio restaurant!

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l
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food, but atmosphere is a bit chain - restaurant like. I would recommend and go back.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was so delicious. From the presentation to the taste. So amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican food with a nice ambiance! Would def go back! Staff were great as well!

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Missed the chicken served with white rice and poblano sauce, the breaded chicken milanesa was dry and salad was not appetizing not the potato wedges!

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TM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is excellent. This place is definitely on my list of restaurants to eat at.

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Tex-Mexin n a vintage location. Highly recommended if you are looking for a great place away from the touristy areas. We ate on the patio, which had a fabulous ambiance and was fairly relaxed. The hostess, manager and wait staff were all friendly and accommodating. If you haven't tried La Fonda yet, go now. You won't regret it.

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MD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Best restaurant in SA for Mexican food that is relatively similar to native Mexicanos.

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KV
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, attentive and genuine. The food is always fresh and delicious. Great San Antonio restaurant.

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KF
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As always my experience was superb. Everything from making reservations to seating was handled easily, smoothly and professionally. Our server was great! The food delicious and all was great.

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