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La Fonda on Main, San Antonio, TX

La Fonda on Main

4.8
4.8
3394 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located just a few minutes from downtown in architecturally rich Monte Vista neighborhood, 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. We're open every day except Monday offering our full menu and family meals and catering options curbside. We offer a full bar with a wide variety of liquor, beer and wine. Saturday's and Sunday's we serve brunch from 10:00am-3:00pm. Our fabulous margaritas are made with hand-squeezed limes and your choice of a large selection of tequilas. Our famous patio is heated from the ground up for chilly nights under the stars and lights in the trees.

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Online reservations at La Fonda on Main can only be made directly on their website.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (210) 733-0621

  • Payment options

    Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Victor Maldonado

  • Private party facilities

    La Fonda on Main is not hosting private events at this time. We are using all our available space for regular dining opportunities.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Stinson: (210) 260-8068

  • Neighborhood

    San Antonio

  • Cross street

    Woodlawn

  • 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

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MS

    MarkelaS

    San Antonio

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was excellent. Ambiance was ok we were at the front outside and that was not as nice as inside or towards the back of the restaurant.
  2. TN

    TiaN

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great service and great food, slightly overpriced.
  3. RS

    RonS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Food was exceptional Like the atmosphere either inside or outside.
  4. NH

    NancyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Be aware that requesting "standard" seating is not inside.
  5. MI

    MarcelaI

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding. Highly recommend
  6. SR

    SalvadorR

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was Great. The service was outstanding. Food was awesome. And the dessert empanadas were very tasty. The only thing I would not recommend is the French toast chicken it was too soggy for my liking.
  7. s

    sarahlew

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a great experience! We will definitely be back.
  8. DL

    DavidL

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Unfortunate they have started charging for chips and salsa after decades of never doing so. This is not good practice for Mexican restaurants in San Antonio.
  9. F

    Fancy

    San Antonio

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Katie, was especially nice, polite and very helpful. Food was delicious, as always.
  10. L

    Luv2ravel

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal!
  11. LB

    LynB

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For noise abatement we would suggest some noise dampening wall hangings. Otherwise it was fantastic!
  12. CJ

    CJVG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This historical "staple" is the best to enjoy the ambiance, great service, and delicious food. Whether you're visiting or a local, treat yourself!
  13. MZ

    MarcZ

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice restaurant with great atmosphere and delicious food. We sat outside and even with the heat the fans kept it nice enough.
  14. ME

    MelissaE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We love the patio at La Fonda on Main, but the food is not that great compared to the cost. I had the chicken enchiladas Tejas, I think, with a red sauce. The chicken had some crunchy bits in it like pieces of bone and was just not very good. I think the cost of the plate was over $20 with the chicken. The guacamole that came with the salsa appetizer had no flavor and the roasted salsa was tasty, but very spicy. The queso, however, was good. The chips were also good. My mom got the beef fajitas. She was not impressed and neither was I. The pieces of meat were very small for the cost. We will be back but just not very often.
  15. t

    taconana

    San Antonio

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the new menu!! Remodel is gorgeous!! When anyone ask for the best in San Antonio, I always answer La Fonda on Main
  16. TB

    TerriB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place in SA. Always delicious. Authentic, interesting Mexican dishes. Great cocktails and lovely patio.
  17. G

    Greg

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and experience! Definitely will be back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends birthday celebration. Two things: I did ask for salsa for my chips as waiter got us two bowls for the guacamole which only had 5 chips for a table of 5. I didn’t mind paying for it but I was charged for it and didn’t receive it. Also waited kept calling out prices, which I didn’t care to hear. Just tell us what is on the menu. Overall was great.
  19. S

    Steph

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was wonderful. Service was lacking. Our waitress seemed to forget about us.
  20. FP

    FredP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurant experiences I've had all year. I will be returning very soon! The chicken cutlet was fantastic!!
  21. TA

    TotA

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time. It’s always great food with great margaritas!
  22. C

    Csrs

    San Antonio

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently good! Staff is friendly but not overbearing. Wonderful place for any occasion.
  23. TH

    TomH

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    La Fonda, like all Cappy Lawton restaurants, delivers across the board. Always great service, and the patio is perfect.
  24. WG

    WillGoBack

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t normally leave all 5 star reviews, but La Fonda on Main continually exceeds expectations. Great location for date night, or celebrating anything with family and friends. We love sitting outdoors, something about the ambiance, eating under the foliage they have just makes the dining experience a must do at least once. Highly recommend the top shelf margarita too. Expect the check to be pricey, but when you pay for ambiance, the delicious food, drinks and the atmosphere, it is well worth the price.
  25. g

    gweng

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Outstanding as always in every way. Service this time was very slow though cordial and helpful staff. Assume there was a shortage of kitchen staff.
  26. QB

    QuinnB

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside in the early dinner hours and the trees/fans made the outside area quite cool and comfortable. Portions were generous and delicious.
  27. SL

    ScottyL

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service was prompt the wait person knew her menus.The chicken in my enchiladas was tough.ambiance very nice.noise level a bit high.I will be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always love dining at La Fonda and Katie is an exceptional server!
  29. CC

    ChrisC

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two ladies and two gentlemen. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal!
  30. d

    davids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere and food. Really cool old building in a very nice older part of San Antonio
  31. TC

    TomC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    53rd anniversary
  32. AV

    AllisonV

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my mom here for her birthday, as she has never been here before. She loved the atmosphere, the patio, and the decor of the inside. Everyone was incredibly sweet to her, they gave her a birthday card and a dessert on the house. The food was delicious. Her plate looked stunning and she was very pleased with the presentation of the dish and she said the food was very good. Our server Miguel was great. He knew so much about the menu and the products and he went above and beyond for my mom to have a good experience. Can’t say I’ve ever had that before at a restaurant. Will definitely be bringing my family back here. Thank you!
  33. R

    Robert

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. The brunch was outstanding and the peach mimosas were spot on.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was good, a little pricey for typical Tex-Mex food. Thoroughly enjoyed the Camarones al Ajillo. Only negative would be the glass size for Margaritas comparable to price. Small glass for $10/11. They went down pretty fast. Hard to hear wait staff give Specials because of mask, restaurant chatter, and distance of her standing to our sitting.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Caleb, was phenomenal. He listened, asked clarifying questions and made excellent recommendations. The food was also exceptional. The CARNE ASADA A LA TAMPIQUEÑA was prepared to perfection as was LA FONDA SPECIAL. We will definitely dine here again on our next trip to San Antonio.
  36. TB

    ThomasB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Attentive service. Charming ambience. We love La Fonda on Main.
  37. SM

    SharonM

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Fonda never lets us down. The food and ambiance are so wonderful.
  38. L

    Lane

    Austin

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time and loved it all! The restaurant is beautiful. The staff were very nice. The food was delicious. Definitely will come back the next time we are in SA.
  39. N

    Nena

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch and service was great … good choices on menu. Our server was excellent. Someone in our party had a tomato allergy and they were very accommodating .
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great! Only negative was paying extra for salsa that should come with your entrée at a Mexican food restaurant. I had no problem paying for chips & salsa as an appetizer.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Fonda on Main offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 733-0621.

La Fonda on Main is rated 4.8 stars by 3394 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at La Fonda on Main can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Woodlawn

  • Neighborhood

    San Antonio

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Victor Maldonado

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (210) 733-0621

  • Private party facilities

    La Fonda on Main is not hosting private events at this time. We are using all our available space for regular dining opportunities.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Stinson: (210) 260-8068

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