Fonda Chelsea

4.7
495 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Now serving Lunch, Dinner and Brunch on weekends!
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M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, Fonda. We had dinner at Fonda one Sunday night when my husband became very ill and began to faint. The waiters were so kind in assisting us as well as packing up our food to go quickly so I could get him home. The food and service are always good which is why Fonda is a go-to spot for us in the neighborhood.

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SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place. The food is amazingly good. Try the guacamole!!! The servers are really attentive and friendly.

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BP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Fonda. One of my fave restaurants. My first time at the Chelsea location and it was just as great as the Brooklyn location I always go to.

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BR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the FONDA at Chelsea never disappoints. Food, atmosphere,level of service for a boozy brunch is really hard to accomplish. Yet, the FONDA pulls it off so gracefully. A must visit if you come to Manhattan.

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OT
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food, service acceptable and quite a quick meal!

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us had a great experience at Fonda Chelsea. We sat upstairs in comfortable seating with pleasant lighting and music. Service was great, waiter was knowledgeable, food was excellent and plentiful. The guacamole was some of the best I've ever had.

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GI
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Went for brunch and did the unlimited drinks. Vibrant place great service and the food was delish!!!

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish was wonderfully fresh and innovative and extremely tasty. Service and ambience great. Will definitely try to visit again.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming and very welcoming. Excellent specials. Start with the made-to-order Guacamole!

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a win!!! I hate to even say this because then it will become too popular and harder to get in! Lol
Authentic !

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JG
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have had brunch here a few times and every time has been great with the food and the drinks. Only thing I would say about this experience was that we had to remind the server a couple of times about getting another drink. Other than that it was a great experience.

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t
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

have been to both fonda locations a number of times
based on our most recent experience we will no longer be going to fonda

night started out with call from restaurant five minutes after our scheduled reservation in which i explained we were in traffic and would arrive in a few minutes when we did we were schooled that they only hold reservations for 15 minutes.... fine.... i guess explaining our situation and actually showing up as i had explained on the phone wasnt enough

service- weak, slow

food- smaller and smaller portions, guacamole
enough for 2??? not really...

drinks- more ice than anything , 3 sips and done

value- charged us additional fee for condiment
tiny portion of spicy sauce and also for a few additional soft small tortillas

very disappointed, there are better choices
out there and will be making them in the future
this is no way to keep patrons happy

i guess when business is good who cares?
that wont last forever fonda.

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B
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

I had been to Fonda in Brooklyn, one happy hour, and really enjoyed the ambiance and cuisine.
Fonda Chelsea, especially on a busy Friday night, was trendy and boisterous, which is something I try to avoid.
The shrimp salad was weirdly sweet. Guacamole was good.
Server was excellent!

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

Fonda is always wonderful. Great food, great margaritas, friendly service. Upstairs is usually less noisy.

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KS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The host is such a caring person. Always makes us feel welcomed.BUT The server was careless and didn’t give us any proper service. Wasn’t attentive with our order and made us wait too long to take our order. Also had a nasty attitude. I love this location but our server made our visit awful.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was great and attentive! I've been going for years and they keep improving. Delicious food!

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really nice place. It's probably not the greatest Mexican / Latin food you'll ever eat, but it's close enough that you'll feel like you got your money's worth. Pretty good value, great ambiance to actually hear people talk.

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GV
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fiod and very professional and friendly service.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food used to be better. Margheritas are good. But very skimpy

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M
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliable great food!

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IC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Americanized tasting Mexican, very good quality & service but lacking in the true flavors particularly when it comes to picante.

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KS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host is always so kind.
We love this place .

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W
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very attentive and the food is extremely tasty. Not to mention the margaritas are top notch!

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w
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Really enjoyed everything and they make a great margarita

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and good food

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the brunch options. They even have a vegetarian menu, though we had excellent vegetarian options on the regular menu as well. The drinks were great as well. I highly recommend!

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food, served in a friendly, no-fuss atmosphere. In particular, the Callos y Camarones
(scallops and jumbo shrimp, served with a creamy habanero sauce) was outstanding.

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EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place but people on outside of booth (in party of 4) really complained of the noise level.

The heirloom corn tortillas were totally fantastic. I would go back with pleasure

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch & the unlimited cocktails was a huge plus.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server nitpicked everything! It was so annoying. I felt like I had my father watching over me at times. The food was ok, but not worth the price in my opinion. The servings are small. The drinks were good and strong. The unlimited brunch is the best option if you want to try this spot. I wouldn't pay full price for the meal you get. They also added a 20% gratuity to our table of 4 (and a toddler who didn't eat). I couldn't understand why. Maybe the server knew he sucked. We were celebrating a birthday, so the service kind of messed up the mood of the table. I won't go back.

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o
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fonda Chelsea is a favorite neighborhood spot to have amazing food, tasty drinks and has a fun vibe about it. Brought out of town friends with us and we all had a great time. Pollo norteno was the pick of three of our group along with enchiladas de mole and the roasted pork dish. All the food got rave reviews. Service was fantastic. A really fun night

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CB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Holiday party’s going at the same time so made the experience less than enjoyable due to the loud noise level and drunk customers

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff (esp considering we were there for bottomless brunch - my mimosa glass was never empty!). Food was tasty and price was great. Would recommend!

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

Great food and great service. Even our children really enjoyed it

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R
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was good but it was not cooked all the way. Got a stomach ache after eatting. Was in the bathroom all night.

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MG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience overall. The food is delicious and well-presented. The guacamole is the best, very very fresh...so good, in fact, that we ordered a second helping during our entrees. We just didn't want to say goodbye! The service was quick and friendly. Would love to return to Fonda on our next trip to NYC.

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great specials and variety on the menu. Consistently delicious. Definitely one of the best all around Mexican restaurants in the city.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Big portions!!! Guacamole to die for!! Just try it, you’ll love it.

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FL
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty food, excellent hibiscus margueritas, reasonable noise level upstairs (no large parties there when we were eating) and excellent, responsive service.
Truly pleasant experience. Will return.

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OD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food—very thoughtful and deliciou! Service was lovely and they got us out effortlessly when we told them we had a time constraint. Looking forward to my next meal there!

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