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Fonda Chelsea, New York, NY

Fonda Chelsea

4.7
4.7
804 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Now serving Lunch, Dinner and Brunch on weekends!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (917) 525-5252

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Roberto Santibanez

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re planning a sit-down business dinner, a birthday cocktail party, or a holiday celebration, Fonda offers an array of delicious menus served in our comfortable, festive ambiance with stellar service from start to finish.

  • Private party contact

    Erika Hebbezni: (917) 822-5882

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Cross street

    21st St & 22nd St

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 804 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Mexican

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  1. MJ

    MikeJ

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Wait staff was ... a bit snooty, crammed party of 5 at table for 4 and said couldn't move us because the other table was for a reservation. But what the heck we had a reservation through OpenTable... hmm. At the end they brought me the wrong bill and when i brought it up came back very short and said don't worry that the bill would be corrected, however the lower "correct" bill never showed up but the higher by almost $100 is on my bill. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone
  2. C

    Cb20

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Fonda and the entire staff! Incredible food and wonderful vibe always!
  3. JR

    JacquelineR

    New York Area

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was amazing and so was the service. Drinks where really good. The only issue is it was too hot. More fans!
  4. MB

    MBKB

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We had a wonderful dinner at Fonda! Margaritas, guacamole, and the enchiladas suizas were all great! And the service was excellent. Will definitely be coming again!
  5. Y

    Yorkville

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Took a chance on a new restaurant in Manhattan and so glad that I did. Food was very good, service was as well, except for a server (not our main one) who got a bit surly at the end of the meal. Just a short walk from Penn Station in the wonderful neighborhood of Chelsea.
  6. JP

    JohnP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and vibe - always love coming here with friends.
  7. MH

    MarkH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks!
  8. G

    Gene

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The service was quite slow and requests had to be made multiple times. But the cherry on top for my friends and me was the non-acknowledgment of why we came. I had listed that we were celebrating a birthday, which the server never acknowledged. Instead, when we are leaving, we hear several staff members singing to a different table (who were receiving a higher quality of service throughout their dining experience compared to us). I asked the waiter what the difference was and he stated with indifference that oh well they ordered dessert. It didn’t explain the spilling of drinks on our guests, the long wait time for food, or the wrong orders being brought out and insistence that those dishes were what we ordered.
  10. K

    Kristin

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great brunch deal if you're looking for a place to celebrate while a friend is in town! Three brunch drinks and a select menu for $37.95.
  11. KB

    KerriB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The margaritas were warm. The fondue wasn't hot when it got to the table.
  12. FN

    FoodieNYC

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I think Fonda is slipping. Prices are high and food was hit and miss. Service good. The fish tacos need a rethink. They had no taste whatsoever and they were heaped with a bland slaw with no flavor or dressing. Pineapple Upside Down Cake should have been carmelized on the bottom and missed opportunity to char or caramelize the little bits of pineapple on top. Corn side dish had too much runny sauce and corn also would've benefitted from being grilled or charred. These extra touches separate from the great chefs from the average ones. Carnitas were moist and tasty, tortillas and guacamole excellent. I ate at Fonda a few years ago and was blown away. I fear they've settled into mediocrity. Fonda needs to up their game.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food, loved the side dishes - fried plantains and corn! We sat outside, crammed and on plastic chairs - not so great but it was too noisy inside so that’s why we chose outside. For the dinner service, I think they should be able to offer decaf coffee which they didn’t have. Overall good food and would come back again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was impeccable, service exceptional, and atmosphere was lively and fun without being too noisy. 10/10 strongly recommend and w sleep on the queso with chorizo!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Open table says the brunch deal is bottomless but it’s actually $39.50 for a meal and three of their brunch drinks. Mimosas were mostly orange juice but their tequila drinks were very strong. The food was okay, spicy which was nice. Overall, I won’t be going back for brunch, it’s not a good deal for just okay drinks and a limited brunch menu
  16. BB

    BrenB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! Perfect for the summer!!!! Best margaritas and best service!
  17. AD

    AnitaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Bottomless brunch is no longer bottomless. They cap at 3 drinks and don’t even provide a to go cup if you want to leave the restaurant. You have to pay for another drink in order to get it to go. It was loud and the space was tight. Wasn’t the brunch I was expecting.
  18. EA

    EvaA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and the service are excellent . I found the background music a bit loud.
  19. m

    mrjcs

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were very good. Only 2 bathrooms are insufficient for a restaurant this size.
  20. LG

    LeahG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Been to this restaurant many times and it never disappoints. A bit on the loud side for me but strong drinks and reasonable food prices.
  21. JM

    JoshM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, atmosphere, and service at Fonda Chelsea were all excellent. They have a nice array of delicious Mexican dishes available. Highly recommended!
  22. CR

    ConstanceR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice food and drinks. Always great service. A little pricey
  23. G

    Gerry

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Fonda before and remembered the food was excellent. Service is pleasant, servers have personality and are friendly without being fawning. My only negative is that it is VERY noisy. My friend and I are old and the hearing isn't what it used to be, so I would prefer a quieter environment, but the food and service make up for it.
  24. N

    Njkrod

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a couple of times and the food is delicious, staff is very welcoming and polite - cannot wait to eat here again
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    good tacos, great drinks, limited space and menu but everything we needed for a lovely date night
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Everything was great except the hostess was extremely rude. Great food, drinks, waitstaff, ambiance. I tried calling the day before my reservation and Maria was extremely rude to me on the phone. I showed up to my reservation at 10 minutes late and she greeted my party and I with “your late” when there was a line to get to the hostess stand. She also said we’d have to leave at a certain time because another party was coming which never happened.
  27. a

    amasnyc

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for lunch on Sunday 5/1/22. The food is excellent!
  28. SZ

    SZeb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks, and staff were wonderful! Came for brunch, would come again!
  29. SP

    SeanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    A delightful Sunday brunch was had by myself and my friends. The food came out almost instantly and was delicious. Admitedly, not too much service but when we did need something a waiter was able to get what we needed.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service - good drinks. Food good not great.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and love the cocktails!
  33. RC

    RCas

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Good appetizers. Great service except , think thye could be better in explaining before hand the very spicy menu items.
  34. P

    Pretty

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and service was efficient as always. Shrimp dish was outstanding. Loved the enchilada special with peanut sauce. New dessert was fun! Great cocktails! Music was lively and energetic! Love it here! Friends had a blast and will return. Celebrated a 60th and it was perfect sang a song and brought us desserts! Very nice! Thank you!
  35. BF

    BrunchwithFriends

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager, or whoever he is, could be a bit more welcoming and friendlier. Otherwise, food and service are always great. Especially when you have an amazing server like Daniel! He is always friendly and attentive.
  36. LF

    LoriF

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, drinks, food & atmosphere. The guacamole was super yummy. Very happy with my experience.
  37. R

    Rocky

    New York Area

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious guacamole, and cod fish over plantain rice/black beans. Will definitely return.
  38. MD

    MonicaD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a date! Appropriate noise level and perfect ambiance for a casual and fun date
  39. t

    tashera

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Made it nearly 10 mins for my reservations & there were multiple empty tables. Instead of asking us where we preferred to sit being that there were multiple options one hostess advised her trainee to sit us in a corner table. I didn’t like like this being that he were the only black couple dining at the restaurant. I’ve been to Fonda numerous times over the past 5+ years. I wasn’t pleased with my food today. It was very salty. However the drinks were good as usual.
  40. BB

    BrenB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch! Great food and service always - maragaritas!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fonda Chelsea using the Order Online button. Fonda Chelsea also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Fonda Chelsea also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (917) 525-5252.

Fonda Chelsea is rated 4.7 stars by 804 OpenTable diners.

Fonda Chelsea does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Fonda Chelsea

189 9th Ave New York, NY 10018

Additional information

  • Cross street

    21st St & 22nd St

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Roberto Santibanez

  • Additional

    Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (917) 525-5252

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re planning a sit-down business dinner, a birthday cocktail party, or a holiday celebration, Fonda offers an array of delicious menus served in our comfortable, festive ambiance with stellar service from start to finish.

  • Private party contact

    Erika Hebbezni: (917) 822-5882

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