Fonda Chelsea

4.6
515 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always very good. Only issue is the noise level. Service can be hit or miss.

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N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always great and predictably so. The staff is amazing - friendly and service oriented. We were seated in a great booth, but next to the music, which was way too loud to allow for easy conversation. We asked them to turn it down and they were accommodating, but it didn't stay down. The one stain on an otherwise nice meal and comfortable surroundings.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. The service is fast, they are well organized even in the busiest Mexican holiday of the year.

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

Service lacked courtesy and respect. It was on cinco de mayo, but we waited 15 minutes to receive our first drink for bottomless brunch. Most likely will go back again for the deal and drinks but disappointed in the lack of service.

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

Always great!

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FP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. Margaritas were on point!

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M
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s pretty consistent here. Love their margueritas! Food is great too! Service at the bar was not great and our food waiter could have used some help but he was always pleasant.

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MP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in our neighborhood! On our last visit over the weekend, our table was not ready however, the staff made us feel so welcome and really took care of us that it didn't make a difference. This is how every restaurant should treat their patrons! Excellent. Of course, the food and drinks are delicious and the ambience is perfect.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is ok. Nothing outstanding from other Mexican restaurants - that are much cheaper. The place is small and gets very loud. I did not try the cocktails but I had a glass of rosè wine which was underwhelming.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mindi was our waitress and we couldn’t have asked for a better night! Delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Great tequila, fun place for a date or group of friends

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but took a really long time to get even he chips to start.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! (and we had just gotten back from Mexico).
Our waiter was amazing!
We would definitely go back.

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AN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday Brunch

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks were excellent. We celebrated a friend’s birthday. The ambience is just average but it’s definitely worth trying.

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PL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, but both the food and drinks are fairly expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Amazing guac and drinks

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Fonda Chelsea for their Brunch. It was tasty! My friend and I enjoyed the décor and the drinks are the perfect amount of boozy. I recommend the Huevos Rancheros and the Frozen Rosalita drink. The guac is great and they ask for your spice preference.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Fonda serves excellent Mexican food (not Tex-Mex). We were greeted by our server and immediately asked what we wanted to drink and if we wanted their fresh Guacamole (which is excellent and served in a molcajete) accompanied by chips and soft corn tortillas. Two plates of three taquitos can easily make a meal and are delicious. Everything, including a daily special of shrimp, was delicious. The downsides are that the service is rushed, and the restaurant becomes increasingly noisy (to the point where you strain to hear people at your table) as dinner goes on.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite spots in Manhattan.

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M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
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
6 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
11 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
7 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
156 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
4 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
47 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliable great food!

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