La Fonda on Main

4.7
1608 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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Private dining
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 1608 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service good food...

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San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Arrived a little earlier then our reservations and got seated not only way later then our reservation but also after those who had NO reservations and that arrived after us were seated. Hard to enjoy the meal after that!

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GW
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year around our anniversary. We were married next door at the Craigs Place B&B. We had our wedding reception at La Fondas back building and have come back every year to celebrate and for good luck!

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OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and staff! We love Mexican food and is one of the best restaurants we've been to! Definitely a must when you come to visit San Antonio!

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OT
San Antonio
28 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new #9 dish was pretty tasty. And the ceviche was outstanding as always.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and excellent food! Noise level was appropriate for casual conversation with friends.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful ambiance. They were very accommodating to us and our two year old and four month old.

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BD
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Consistent.

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C
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good authentic Mexican food just a couple of miles from the Riverwalk

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JO
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the USA. The food, service, atmosphere and value are all 5 stars

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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SA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

La Fonda is a great neighborhood place that fits almost any occasion.
The food quality is always predictable. It's always good.
When possible, sitting outside is a must.

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F
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific dining experience. Especially festive dining on their patio with hundreds of colorful lights in the trees. A San Antonio tradition not to be missed.

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BM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Wonderful food and great service

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San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great brunch - thank you!

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to La Fonda on Main since 1990, the food is some of the best in San Antonio!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best place if you like really good Mexican food. All six of our meals were exceptional

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juan was awesome waiter. Took good care of us!

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Salt Lake City
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time to LaFonda. We were so pleased with the service and the food was super. We were visiting in town...otherwise we would have come back for more the next day!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Service was very good.

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JM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love La Fonda on Main! They have great margaritas, chips and salsa! The only issue I have had is sometimes the food coming out of the kitchen is not hot but still tasty!

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HL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service...best spinach enchiladas I have ever had.

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PS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at La Fonda on Main. We went on a Saturday evening and had a reservation. Parking was convenient and we were seated promptly. Our waiter, Sean, was knowledgeable and friendly. He was attentive without being annoying. The margaritas were out of this world. I got the special, a pomegranate margarita, and my husband got one made with orange. The mushroom empanadas appetizer was very good. The sauce really made the dish pop. My husband got the duck tacos and he loved them. I got the carne guisada. It was a little more rare than I usually like, but very good, nonetheless. We skipped dessert and coffee. My only complaint would be having to look at guys wearing shorts and t-shirts and baseball caps at two tables nearby. I know this is Texas, but having a suggested dress would elevate the entire experience for me. There is plenty of good Mexican food in Texas that is sold from a food truck. When I go to a nice restaurant and spend $25 an entre, I want to see people who spent 30 seconds thinking about their appearance.

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ND
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a friend visiting from out of town so we went to La Fonda for dinner and all three of us were extremely delighted with our meals!! The service was just right for us - not too much and not too little. The weather was nice enough to sit outside and the area heater provided just enough heat to cut the chill. Lots of parking in and around the restaurant and their parking lots - how great is that! The staff was professional and courteous from the moment we entered the door of the restaurant and also as we departed. The pumpkin cheesecake was EXCELLENT!! A lovely evening we will remember. We are already thinking about going back after Thanksgiving to enjoy another exceptional meal.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great,the day special delicious.

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CA
Oklahoma City
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service - we will be back!

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DT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most favorite restaurant in San Antonio, food and service is always great.

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TB
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Living in Austin, we make the drive to San Antonio to have some of the best interior Mexican food around. Their Posole is a must, as is their fresh guacamole and amazing queso fundido.

The staff is always friendly, and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Marcilleno was so attentive, engaging, and helpful, we look forward to visiting again soon!

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JR
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Fonda is my favorite go to Mexican Restaurant for Central Mexican specialties. Excellent!

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H
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was one of the best we have ever had and the food at La Fonda never disappoints--always delicious and perfectly prepared.

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BP
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy La Fonda on Main. However I do miss menu items that were my favorites like Pollo Milanese with Chayote and rice!

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L
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent wait staff. Food was fresh. The margeritia's where very good. Made with all natural ingredients

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M
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent. A fusion of traditional Tex-Mex with contemporary Southwestern. Drinks are also very good. Service can be s but slow during peak periods.

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EI
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and eclectic yet authentic food. Was disappointed that their courtyard was not open due to a kitchen malfunction- as had specifically requested that for the ambiance for my out of town guest.

They did call me beforehand and let me know with an option to cancel my reservation but went ahead anyways and the food and service were great! Even though our seating area was not

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JH
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We actually sat before our reservation time so that was a plus. We sat and our server took our drink order and got the drinks wrong so she had to have them make it again. In the meantime we waited for chips and salsa. Saw the server carrying the trays pass us three times and still no chips. We asked a second time. Finally on the third try we received them. The restaurant has made some changes, which all restaurants do, but the chips were not homemade. They were not good and tasted like they were from a bag. That just soured our experience even more. Finally after 20 min our server came back to take our order. At that point we asked for the check and we left. La Fonda has been going downhill for years and this really made up our minds. That will be the last time we ever try to eat there.

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DT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at this restaurant are above and beyond. Truly our favorite restaurant in San Antonio!

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Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in San Antonio

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FH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Fonda was our first dinner out upon arrival in San Antonio. It was recommended and did not disappoint. Our trout and red snapper entrees were fresh and delicious. I loved the cactus salad and had the leftover for breakfast! Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and professional.

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HO
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I thought the food was ok. The menu was not very descriptive so when my food arrived it had a lot of items on it that I wouldn't eat. It was also odd that an enchilada dinner didn't have beans.

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