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Fonda Fora, Calgary, AB

Fonda Fora

4.2
4.2
222 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Located inside the Westley Hotel in the heart of Downtown Calgary, Fonda Fora is an exciting new contemporary Mexican restaurant brought to you by the folks at Thank You Hospitality.

Chef Rafael Castillo has crafted a menu based on his upbringing in the Yucatan Peninsula and his journey in kitchens across North America. Much of our concept is based around the heirloom corn of Mexico. We import four types of corn from a collective of heirloom farms in Mexico in order to provide the best product we can. We process this corn from raw and turn it into masa for dishes all across our menu, like our Sope, Tamal, and of course, Tortillas. There is a saying in Mexico that we live by at Fonda Fora: "Sin maiz no hay pais," meaning without corn, there is no country. Maiz is the lifeblood of Mexican cuisine, and we are excited to present it to you as it should be.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 6:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:30 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 764-6260

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Emilio Montenegro

  • Private party facilities

    Fonda Fora offers a private room with an affordable minimum spend. Dining room can seat up to 12 guests. Interested in booking a private event? Email us at events@fondafora.com!

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Cross street

    4th Ave and 6th Street SW

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 222 people are saying

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. JT

    JTilly

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance! We will be back for sure!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Aweful, it was freezing. They waiter lied and told us he turned up the heat and later another waiter told us the heat is broken. The restaurant should have been closed if the heat is broken. Everyone in the restaurant was wearing their winter coats and shivering. (It was -27 outside) If we knew the heat was broken, we would have left and dined somewhere else but we were lied to. And the waiter took 40 minutes to bring our bill after collecting our plates. We were waiting in the cold. The waiter also told us we did not need salt when we asked for salt….. the food was 4/10 at best. Would never come here again nor recommend it to anyone.
  3. MM

    MaryM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Really great food n service. Servers who presented our food .. knew each ingredient n process. Bartender was our server n she was lovely n very intuitive. We sat at bar as only table was next to door n unsure why we couldn’t have a better table as when we left lots of tables available. But would sit at bar again. Guac, ceviche , potato bravos n a mixed mushroom dish. All delish Craving the bravos!!
  4. S

    Sammy

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I have been to Fonda Fora once before and was very impressed with the experience. I enjoyed every dish thoroughly. This time I was less impressed. The highlights of the meal on this visit were the salsa tasting and the chocolate cheesecake. The drinks were also excellent, although it should be noted that they are in my opinion overpriced. The Beets con Mole Verde was a good dish, verging on a great one. I found that it was missing some acid which was easily solved by squeezing a lime from another dish. I would still recommend this dish, especially for the mole which was flavourful. The key reason this experience at Fonda Fora was underwhelming was due to the meat dish we ordered, Pork Belly Carnitas. The pork belly was not tender and had a texture much more similar to an oven-baked pork tenderlion. For a confit dish I was disappointed with the texture. Unfortunately, we also found that it was under seasoned and that the accompaniments of pickled onions and xnipec did not add enough flavour to redeem it. Thankfully we had kept our earlier salsa tasting dish at the table and were able to use it to supplement the pork, but as a main dish it was most definitely not of the quality I expect from this restaurant. We will be back in the future, perhaps with the next menu update, to give Fonda Fora another try. I still hold this establishment in high regard and would recommend it but I did leave feeling disappointed on this specific visit.
  5. DW

    DerekW

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Mike was amazing. Very knowledgeable about the entire menu. We let him select our meals with a few substitutions due to a picky eater. 10/10 experience.
  6. FL

    FoodLover

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    food was bland and odd, coffee was so acidic I couldn't drink it. Something seriously off here.
  7. CF

    ChristineF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service poor, with one waiter for the whole restaurant. Asked for order to be cooked more and food was taken away from me.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 25, 2022Hi Christine, I appreciate your feedback and I am sorry for the experience you had with us. I have looked into this and the issue is the dish itself. While we do put a light sear on the outside, if we cook a salt cured salmon the dish would become almost inedible due to the high salt content. Unfortunately, all of our salmon for the day was fully processed and we were unable to get you a cooked filet. This should have been explained to you, I will be reviewing this with my team. Best, Tyson

  8. KS

    KathyS

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    Menu wasn’t very varied. Service was awful, waitress was incredibly rude

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 23, 2022Hi Kathy, I am so sorry you had this experience with us. I would love to hear some more details on your experience if you are willing to share. Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The waiter brought out the wrong dish for one of the two meals, but apologized politely and repaired the problem in short order.
  10. BP

    BradP

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We thought the food was pricey for what we got - especially the short rib. $75 and we had one rib that was pretty fatty with not a lot of meat - and a small bowl of rice. The plantain dessert was over cooked and not much flavour. The churros were amazing - delicious dessert!! Service was great - no complaints there. We probably wouldn’t go back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food. Would definitely go back.
  12. YY

    YYCafrofoodie

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tacos and sope were juicy and flavourful, great happy hour deals but I wish their HH menu was larger. I will surely head back to try their regular menu, their food is amazing.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so Much YYCafrofoodie, I am glad you enjoyed! Definitely need to try our fried chicken and mole next time you are in, it is delicious! Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  13. SB

    ShawnB

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very awesome place, was quite impressed food delicious

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 16, 2022Thank you Shawn! Much appreciated, I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. Best, Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  14. LN

    LeahN

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambience, incredible service, and delicious food!
  15. MH

    MaggieH

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place.
  16. M

    Mina

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Seasoning issues accross the board with food. Excitedly ordered the short rib which was super tough and not at all worth the 75$ price and the server took our menus away and made us order drinks by answering his questions and decided on cocktails for us not even considering that we may not want cocktails. The salsas and mushroom fish were fine and everything else is mediocre at best. Not at all justified for the price.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 16, 2022Hi Mina, Thank you for your feedback, I will be reviewing it with my team. The short rib should absolutely not be tough, I will be following up on the preparation of this dish. My apologies for the experience you had with us Mina.

  17. KC

    KC06

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New menu is brilliant!

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you! We are very proud of it. Our executive chef, Emilio, did a fantastic job. Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  18. DB

    DanielleB

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, but the food was underwhelming and over priced.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Hi Danielle, I am sorry to hear the food wasn't to your liking! We are very proud of the new menu we just put out last Tuesday, but perhaps we were still ironing out the kinks. Would love for you to give us another shot, I appreciate the feedback. Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service and food! Will definitely go again!

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Thanks Anonymous! I appreciate you coming and checking us out. Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  20. FL

    FungL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great ambience, unique tasty and savory foods

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Thanks FungL! I am glad you got to come in and enjoy our new menu. Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  21. t

    theleer

    Calgary

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I each ordered the traditional breakfast with 2 eggs, bacon, potatoes, sourdough toast and fresh fruit for $17. Delicious and too much to eat (had to bring the potatoes home). Great service and value. Highly recommend this restaurant!

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Thanks Theleer! Our breakfast team is absolutely fantastic, I am so glad you came in. Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  22. B

    Barb

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    We ordered the fried chicken the batter have some funky Indian smell and spice( did not like that) I thought it should be Mexican, the salmon too much lime. I ordered the plantain , the menu said mashed or crushed plantain it was cut up to bite size and fried( disappointing). Ambience good need a bit more light to be able to see menu and such, staff good.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Hi Barb, I am sorry you did not enjoy your meal with us! Indian and Mexican cuisine have quite a lot of crossover of ingredients in the traditions of their cuisines. Flavours like cumin, clove and cinnamon are very common in both so I can understand where you are coming from. I will see if I can reword our plantains on the menu to avoid confusion. The plantains are crushed, but cut into bite size pieces for ease of eating. We launched this menu on the 1st, your feedback is greatly appreciated!

  23. U

    Unkonown

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Food was poor. It is either over spicy or totally unseasoned. Music was overly loud. Waiter service is marginally ok.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Hi Unkonown, We have just launched a new menu on November 1st! I would love if you would give us another shot. Our aim with this menu was big, bold flavours. We have 5 moles we are preparing in house and some really satisfying new dishes. Thank you for the feedback. Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  24. JM

    JessicaM

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Lacking flavor. I have never needed to ask for salt and pepper while out and here even half the canister didn’t help. Slow service.
  25. KZ

    KimZ

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service. Amazing food. Drinks were fantastic! Will go again ~ New menu Nov 1!

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Thanks KimZ! Can't wait for you to come by and try the new menu, it is so good! Tyson

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere. The wine the waiter recommended was excellent. The food was ok. Best dishes were the guacamole and masa fries. The tuna tostada that everyone raves about was very disappointing. The salmon smelled very fishy and tasted off. Churros we’re a nice finish to the meal.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Hi Anonymous, I am sorry to hear you did not have the best experience with our food. We have launched our new seasonal menu on the 1st of November, I would love if you would come by and give it another shot. We are very happy with the changes we have made, with a focus on comforting moles for the cold winter. Best, Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  27. b

    blooha

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful, the food and drinks are delicious, and the service was friendly. The only thing that could have made our dinner more enjoyable was to stagger the dishes a bit. Everything arrived at once.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We love the food and service staff is great but we notice since opening (been about 8 times) that its just a slower dinning experience, even to get the actual drinks made is slower.

    Fonda ForaResponded on November 9, 2022Hi Anonymous, Thank you for the feedback! We have recently brought on a hospitality manager with some great experience to help us bring this service level up to where we want it to be, including streamlining our cocktail service. Would love to hear your feedback on your next visit, feel free to send me an email at hello@fondafora Tyson Duben Operations Manager Fonda Fora

  29. AF

    AndreaF

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tuna Tostada is amazing!! Fresh ingredients, excellent service. Such a treat
  30. MG

    MinaG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I was disappointed, used to be my favorite restaurant, fo9d was ok, drinks was not good
  31. C

    Cannuck

    Calgary

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Was very much looking forward to our meal. Had heard good things. Service was good, but meal was average, rushed & very poorly timed. The guacamole & sope were quite good. The Tlacoyo de Hongos was bland & the Pescado Frito was barely edible. It was not Canadian, not local & not fresh. Definitely over-priced. This will be a one & done.
  32. G

    Goodeatscalgary

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    It’s beautiful but we didn’t enjoy any of the dishes except the tuna tostadas. Drinks were amazing, food was just too odd for us.
  33. VB

    VinceB

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Mexican theme but the food didn't have authentic Mexican flavors. Not bad, just not great.
  34. GM

    GaryM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a nice little gem in the city that stands out in its area as a top-notch restaurant. I did not order a cocktail, but it definitely looks like a place that would serve fantastic drinks. I went there with customers and want to take my wife there on a date night. It is a great spot with excellent food and service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Not loving the new menu. Food was dry no salsa cheese etc.
  36. p

    pippi

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and waiter
  37. B

    Barbra

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Really loved the cantaloupe burrata salad, guac with chips and pork tacos! The shrimp weren't very good, not much flavour after peeling the shell off.
  38. k

    kbm123

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The meal didn't feel cohesive. One tortilla per person was served for an $85 plate of beef; not sure what was the thinking there. Only one more each was brought when asked for additional tortillas. No real toppings or veggies provided. I like the menu in general but this visit wasn't great.
  39. R

    Ride23

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the minute we sat down the experience was spectacular. We left everything in their hands and couldn’t have been happier for it. They chose a great sample of their menu for us to try, paired with great cocktails and wine. The tuna tostada was one of the best bites I’ve had all year and was amazingly complemented by the smoky mezcal Paloma. Can’t wait to go back to try their upcoming winter menu.
  40. DD

    DanielleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, super friendly staff, fantastic drink menu. A great experience over all. I love the family style dining menu - great for a friend group to share food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Fonda Fora offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 764-6260.

Fonda Fora is rated 4.2 stars by 222 OpenTable diners.

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 14 times today
Google Map for Fonda Fora

630 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0J9

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Ave and 6th Street SW

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 6:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:30 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Executive chef

    Chef Emilio Montenegro

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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