Fonda - Brooklyn

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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine in a relaxing, fun atmosphere.
Incredible margaritas and "best of its kind" Mexican Home Cooking.
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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks. One of the best places to eat in NYC - outstanding experience, always!

TL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service but price a bit high and dining area a bit small ( however, this allowed us to strike up a very nice conversation with couple next to us).

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff was friendly and accommodating. The different drinks suggested by our waiter was very good. The food was amazing and our food was served within reasonable time. Definitely, a great night.

L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

FL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I ate there the other night and had two of the specials - Cochinita Pibil, which was amazing, so savory, so flavorful. I started with a Mango gazpacho with watermelon and jicama. It came in a bowl with diced red and white cubes at the bottom over which the waiter poured a frothy yellow creamy soup, which turned out to be...just perfectly salted and delicious. Also, they make a great Michelada. I do, and will, return to Fonda again and again.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Always love visiting Fonda, the service was somewhat slower and the water service was very poor however the food is always great.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and good service here

MA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Took forever to take our order. Took 25 mins to get drink. Took at least 30 mins to get food after we finally ordered. Beans were watery and lukewarm. It wasn’t a welcoming experience all in all. Hopefully this was an anomaly.

TG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my fourth time at Fonda Park Slope. It was not as good as other times but still a great meal. Guacamole was not as creamy, service wasn't as sharp, food wasn't as on point. Still worth a stop in.

BB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service Was not great. Waited 15 minutes before anyone even came for a drink order. Manager made up for it though.

S
Raleigh
140 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Table chosen outside, rained, but the servers helped relocate us out of the storm. The food is so good, classics that never fail to please. Manager so welcoming and treated us with care. Classic margarita is perfect. Hibiscus margarita good also. Enchiladas suizas, full of tasty chicken. Tortilla soup outstanding with avocado. Fonda is the best place for Mexican.

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

Food was excellent. Would go again

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I usually love this place! I live their v

PC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I've eaten there in the past and it was fine but this experience wasn't great. It was very hot outside and they had no air conditioning. I don't remember if they had fans but I had to excuse myself a few times to go to the bathroom and wipe my face down.

The skirt steak I had was also not good. The meat was stringy and the green beans and sauce did not compliment it well at all.

The space was also too cramped. There was a large table of about 12 people behind us (with a small child running around causing traffic jams) and I had trouble getting to my seat if people had chairs pulled to far back or if a waiter was serving people.

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, delicious drinks. Not your average Mexican fare. Definitely try the guacamole.

i
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good service, delicious food and great ambiance.

VS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Much nicer atmosphere than their East Village location. Our server was super attentive and all the staff were lovely. We had the 1 hour bottomless brunch and added the guac on top - delicious. Frozen Rosalita is great.

S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Eggs over cooked in the huevos rancheros. Two people were served long after the other three. Very disappointing meal. We’ve eaten here many times, but after this one it’s doubtful we’ll be back

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I really enjoyed the food and drinks here. It was really good, probably the best frozen margs I’ve had in a long time. I would’ve given this place 5 starts but the service was very slow for no reason. Not sure if our server forgot about us but it took a while to get everything except water. It was also extremely hot. I will come here again thought but maybe to a different location.

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

Food was great. Cod was fantastic as well as the vegetarian enchiladas. Nice ambience. Service was just a tad slow.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing. Drinks were descent. The service was unacceptable. The waitress was rude and impolite. It tainted the experience of delicious food.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my drinks and tacos. The service is amazing.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service during the bottomless brunch was very slow. It took 15 minutes for me to receive my first drink. When it finally came, the ice had melted so my drink was watered down. About 60% through my late first drink, I asked for another. Since the first one took so long, I decided that ordering ahead was an appropriate resolution. The waiter told me I couldn't order the next one until I finished my first drink. At the rate they were working, I would've gotten my second drink more than half way through my 1 hour limit. Bottomline, if you are going to enforce such rigid rules and time restrictions, you should be more attentive. Eventually, service picked up but not without a healthy helping of rudeness and attitude. No one could even humble themselves to apologize for the delayed service. This was my 3rd visit to Fonda and my last.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food!

S
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fonda has the best upscale Mexican food in NYC and is way better than any of the Rosa Mexicanas. Great margaritas, guac( if you don’t eat salt, tell the waiter) and fabulous carnitas ( the best I’ve ever had.) Restaurant can get noisy at peak times, try to go early or late.

DS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fonda is a go-to favorite in Park Slope, a reliably delicious restaurant for a long time. The ribs entree was huge and delicious!

LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

There was some good and there was some bad.....

Blanca Gespacho was very salty and had too much garlic. It was topped with some sweet grapes that didn't mesh with the garlic. That dish should be looked at again and refined.

Guac was tasty, it seemed like it was made to order which is good

Sangria and Watermelon Marg were good

Service was okay. My napkin fell off my lap and was picked up right away by someone very stealthy, I never saw who. Sadly a new one was never offered which isn't the end of the world but worth noting. Also I asked for hot sauce and it never came. It was only when the Manager who did a great job spotted me waiting and came to help. Good guy who saved the situation by being alert.

Enchiladas were okay, I'm sure we could have received better, or at least equal from a much cheaper place.

$150 dinner for two with a couple of drinks seemed high to us for the overall value we received. Probably going to explore elsewhere and give them a chance to right there ship. Especially the B letter grade in the window. C'mon guys, as someone who's been working in big and small restaurants for almost my entire working life. You should know better and be more prepared and nail the inspection when they come. Especially when you have that high of a check average. I hope you make the necessary changes. We'll come back when you have the A in the window.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we’ve had in Brooklyn. Outstanding authentic food. We’ll definitely be back soon

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

C
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks served by friendly staff in a cozy space.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very slow service

T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fonda’s food is consistently excellent. Service is decent for a busy, kinda cramped space. Great list of tequila and mezcal. Noise level is high.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best margarita in nyc, wonderful staff especially Beto!

s
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very busy Wednesday night but we were seated promptly despite being 30 minutes late for our reservation. The maitre and our server were both very friendly. Margaritas (classics) were good, not overly strong. Food took a while because the place was packed (people were waiting for a table outside on bench by the time we ate) but worth waiting for. Chicken taquitos were great. Grilled fish taco was spicy. Mahi Mahi tostada was excellent. We’ll be back next time we’re in Park Slope.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Rude service ... food Ok and very expensive

TL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and we ate in the backyard which made it perfect.

KI
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always a fan of the guacamole. My friend asked the server for fried fish in her fish tacos and they brought out grilled. She kindly asked if she could have the fish fried and the server had a bit of an attitude in response.

RZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going to this restaurant very often for a long time now. I love the food, the cocktails and service. I give it two thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻. I always recommend it to my friends and family.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was quite inconsistent. They were out of several drink options and the drinks were also not as good as prior visits. The hostess is quite dismissive. They make it feel like they are doing you a favor to eat there. It's disappointing because the food and drinks can be very good / excellent if and when you catch the place at the right time

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff here is super welcoming and sweet. The food is tasty and the margaritas are just perfect!

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