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Fonda Chelsea, New York, NY

Fonda Chelsea

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 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 997 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Mexican

997 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the fish tacos. Very fluffy and fresh. The cocktails are well presented as well

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  2. Muffin73

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Perhaps it was an off day as previous visits were great. This time around the shrimp were overdone, the crabcakes and guacamole lacked flavor.

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  3. lisa

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding ! Great food and great service ! Can’t wait to return

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  4. Beth

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is yummy; drinks are just right; the staff is friendly and professional. The fresh guacamole and crispy chips are A+. If you're in the mood for Mexican food in NYC, definitely try Fonda.

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  5. gjplr

    New York City

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The noise was very energetic but the food is always excellent. The server worked very hard and was very friendly. Great menu, as well.

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  6. MAGS

    New York City

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I've been to two Fonda restaurants - Park Slope and Chelsea. This review is for Chelsea which is slightly less noisy (still very noisy) during dinner rush than Park Slope. Both restaurants are packed tightly but the food is delicious and the wait staff never ignores you. Not for the hearing impaired or for someone who likes to fling their arms around when they talk. Otherwise, I'll be coming again because the menu is that good.

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  7. Maxiliano11

    London

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing!!!!!! Just love Roberto and what he has built. Much respect.

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  8. Leroy

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food off the specials and tasty drinks. We like the pollo norteno and queso fundido. Noise level is little high (you can hear tables very close to you) and last night there was delay in getting us plates for our pollo norteno. Overall recommend highly.

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  9. HelenA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails, esp the blood orange margarita! Guacamole was super fresh and delicious, and the enchiladas suizas was a table favorite. The goat milk flan was rich, sweet and the perfect dessert w coffee. Will be coming back—- our friends also tried the Tribeca location and said it was really good too

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us ordered 3 apps, 2 desserts and 4 main dishes- Not one left any bite behind That is all i think you’d want to know-

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  11. GinaC

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was great. We really enjoyed our time here!

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  12. ElizabethS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff and loved the ambiance! Food was great.

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  13. gjplr

    New York City

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, delicious food, nicely presented. A delightful surprise!

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  14. ChristopherK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and drink. A little skimpy on the portions. Wish it was more.

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  15. DonaldaR

    New York City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Whenever I travel to New York , I stop at Fonda. The Sopa de tortilla is a highlight and should not be missed. Our experience this time was heightened by the excellent service from Olivia, the manager. Thank you

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  16. Kaidel82

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Food and great atmosphere. Was a bit crowded but nothing overbearing. Had a fantastic time will definitely be back

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  17. lb25

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, great service although a little slow due to the crowded restaurant, and a fun vibe. Will definitely go back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed Donda. The food was excellent and very flavorful. The staff was very friendly and service was great. We will definitely go back.

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  19. Valerie

    New York City

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was outstanding and their enchiladas are to die for!!! It was so good that I ordered a second main course—despite no longer being hungry—as it was THAT good. The food is freshly made with all natural ingredients. Our server gave us fantastic service and great recommendations. He was very attentive without being overbearing: just perfect. I frequent this restaurant because I have never, ever been disappointed. What a wonderful little gem this place is!

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  20. BVRDC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff and very good food. A go-to spot when I'm in the neighborhood

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at Fonda on New Year Day was excellent. They were a bit busy at first but still provided great and personal service. Augusto and Olivia were lovely, the food was good, and the atmosphere was warm. Thank you!

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  22. NinaD

    New York City

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It took 20 minutes to get 2 glasses of wine on the second floor. Food was mediocre. My husband asked for grilled fish tacos and they were not battered but still fried. I had vegetarian empanadas and they were tasteless. Nina

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  23. Mariad

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ensalada Fresca is way too salty and very small for the price. Medium strength guacamole has no heat whatsoever. It’s the same as the mild (we ordered one of each).

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  24. jvelez2468

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The standard Rosalita margarita is outstanding. Guacamole is always fresh plus the smoky salsa that comes with the chips is so good that I asked for more to take home. Love this place!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Had the blue crab appetizer and fish dish special. Wonderful Rosalina margarita.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wished we lived closer to Fonda! Food was excellent, especially the camarones mosquito - the shrimp was cooked perfectly and the whole dish was seasoned well. Our party of four sat at the front window and I had a view of the pretty main dining area. The constant blast of heat from the ceiling was nice at first but after an hour, it got alittle toasty. Great place to hang out with friends or family!

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  27. Blooming2

    New York City

    239 reviews

    5.0

    239 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and top-notch service. The Pozole soup was one of the best I've ever had. Should be added to menu.

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  28. CandleM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great Saturday brunch. Highly recommend this spot.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious. Everything we ordered was flavorful and we ate every last bite. Service was great. Ambiance cozy. A little on the loud side but was Friday night so to be expected. Fun environment. Great drinks. Overall I would go again for sure.

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  30. TimW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, friendly and efficient service. Nice atmosphere.

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  31. umamilove

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not only a casual neighborhood favorite, also consistently delicious scrape-the-plate-clean food and good mezcal drinks. Wish the soft corn tortillas came included with the guac like old times, but they will provide if requested.

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  32. TaylorC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still one of my favorite Mexican places where the high quality of dishes is matched by great value!

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  33. LauraF

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a group of three celebrating a birthday. Very happy with the ambiance and the fairly quiet noise level as we had no trouble hearing each other. Two of us had enchiladas mole and one had salmon. Everyone happy with food, drinks and service and we’ll definitely come back

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  34. bobs

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and excellent classic margaritas. One of the best examples of good affordable Mexican themed food in MYC

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  35. Tricia

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at this restaurant. Great selection of foods - not your usual Mexican fare. Would go back in a heartbeat. Service was strong. Noise level was challenging.

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  36. JerseyExplorer

    New York City

    84 reviews

    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Reasonable Mexican in the neighborhood. Good corn tortillas; skillet pork and chicken were acceptable but a little bland. Large servings--easily enough leftovers for a lunch or two.

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  37. Truewords

    New York City

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yes hidden GEM! YUM! Crab was YUMMY.... Margs were tasty.

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  38. njken

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for really good Mexican food and the best Margaritas!! Highly recommend!

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  39. Cute

    New York City

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner here with a friend. We were seated on the upstairs, cute & cozy dining area. Hostess, maybe manager, was lovely greeting us and bringing us to our table. Our waitress was prompt, professional, sweet, & superb. Our drinks were great and the food was delicious. My friend & I were the last ones to leave this floor bc we enjoyed ourselves so much. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have a good time and great experience when I come here

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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 997 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 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fonda Chelsea

189 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Dining areas

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–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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