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Fonda Fora, Calgary, AB

Fonda Fora

4.5
4.5
100 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 35 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 Rafael Castillo

  • 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

What 100 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Interesting menu. Sophisticated Mexican cuisine.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Limited overpriced menu & minuscule portions.
  3. w

    wino

    Calgary

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    It was not as good as previous visits. Food was lukewarm and under seasoned.
  4. k

    kristie

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food. Not very busy. nice new restaurant. Try the salsa tasting!
  5. j

    jennifer

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always!
  6. J

    Jimt

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The menu is hard to understand. We asked the waitress and she seemed annoyed. Made us feel like we shouldn’t be there if we weren’t familiar with the menu. We weren’t even finished asking questions and she walked away. We love trying new restaurants and spend a lot of money on mostly fine dining but we definitely will never be back.
  7. CJ

    CarolJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious. The meat was soft and juicy and the potatoes were phenomenal. The location is lovely. We will be recommending it to our family.
  8. HT

    HonestTable

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food! Our server was very knowledgeable, though he was a bit forward with his recommendations and sort of made it less enjoyable in that sense. The food did seem to take a bit of time to come out as it was prepared in courses but the flavours and presentation were all very good.
  9. DC

    DawnaC

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    We recently had dinner for a friend’s birthday. The service was amazing and the restaurant itself is gorgeous. The good was ok. For the $$ not great value.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great celebration. Everything was amazing but the churros were off the map!
  11. C

    Chris

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my new favourite restaurant in YYC for sure. absolutely the most delicious, fresh, creative, amazing food. LOVE, LOVE.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service is very slow. Server took over 10 minutes to take a drink order. We ordered drinks and food at the same time. Took 20 minutes to get a glass of wine and a bottle of beer. Appetizers arrived before drinks.
  13. HD

    HDML

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service! had such a lovely date night :)
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible and the restaurant is gorgeous! I tried the guacamole and oyster mushroom tostada. Highly recommend and will definitely be back.
  15. A

    Amanda

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a really memorable meal a here! Great service, fun sharing menu (like the salsa sampler!), and super fresh ingredients in all the food and drinks. Can't wait to come back and try the beautiful patio when the weather is nicer!
  16. PK

    PenelopeK

    Calgary

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every part of our dining experience was fantastic. The food, because tails and the service were fabulous. Cannot wait to go back
  17. RT

    RobinT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Poor service. Good wss ok. The highlighe were the beverages.
  18. M

    Mfrie

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is so great, I can’t wait to get on the patio! We went for happy hour. The amount of tuna on those tostadas was awesome. Food, cocktails and service were so good. I would come here for any occasion and stand by the recommendation 👌🏽👌🏽
  19. PM

    PeterM

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I hadn't been for awhile. The Endsalada wasn't the same as I remember...the dressing was spicy. The grilled shrimp were served cold, completely unexpected.
  20. GC

    GeorgeC

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our dinner reservations was early in the week which worked out rather well because Fonda Fora is less busy . Understanding later in the week it's quite noisy, in this case one can talk and listen to a conversation . The food is outstanding for those who like different flavors from one dish to the next . In addition the service was excellent with a familiar server looking after us and he was very attentive . Thank you for a wonderful evening .
  21. HB

    HBugg

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely
  22. HT

    HongT

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Good happy hour selection and pricing. Vegan options available.
  23. LF

    LFol

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very nice restaurant design, Food was awesome. We received our appetizers before our drinks had arrived.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Took 25 minutes to get the first drink . The server didn’t charge us but it was not ideal to get food before the drinks . Otherwise good food and ambiance
  25. W

    Wildfires

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fantastic experience! I celebrated my birthday with my family and we all had an amazing time. A lot of the options are very shareable so we were all able to try a variety of the menu. Drinks and food were amazing and the server was lovely :) Will definitely be going back very soon!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Made a reservation for a birthday dinner, the place looked amazing, servers were nice but the food was not good at all. I’d say below average. They did not acknowledge the birthday celebration which was very disappointing. Overall, I dont recommend this place due to food quality.
  27. S

    Stace

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Amazing food and great service! Just felt the courses were a bit rushed.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    First time dining here. Server had some difficulty explaining the menu and answering our questions. Some of that could be due to our unfamiliarity with the ingredients. Food was very tasty. After asking for our leftovers to be packed up we did not see our server for about 15 minutes. We were able to have someone flag her down. Then she brought out the take home bag and only then asked about dessert or to settle the bill. Bit of a confusion near the end of the meal. Would give this place another go
  29. D

    Dylan

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down amazing!
  30. F

    Foody

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Had the half roasted chicken which the server suggested suitable for "family style" dining aka sharing which it was. A bit dry but overall a good dish with generous portion of potatoes with just the right heat. Pickles to salty and not a good accompaniment. My wife had a shrimp dish with small portions. Classic margaritas where meh...juice base needed more zing and an ounce of less of tequila. Wine by the glass very overpriced but thats what you get from a hotel restaurant. Service not very attentive.
  31. J

    Jgt801

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    this was our 3rd visit for dinner and it fell quite short of the mark.when my wife and I arrived we were promptly attended to and we were offered a table outside for one inside. We chose the outside. shortly after being seated our waiter showed up and he asked if it was our first time and would we like something to drink. we each ordered a drink and told him had not looked at the food offerings. he left and returned shortly with our drinks. He clarified a couple points on the menu and we ordered our food (5 appetizers to share. The food arrived and it was very tasty. HE came by and my wife requested another glass of wine. About 10 minutes went and she had yet to receive her wine nor had we rec'd our 5th appetizer. no sign of the waiter. my wife then proceeded to the bar in search of a glass of wine as she returned our waiter showed up, I explained what had happened with respect to the wine and did not pursue the appetizer as my wife and I. had decided we no longer wanted it. the waiter left to retrive the glass of wine. When he returned with the wine, no apology was offered Shortly after the hostess who sat us came by and asked if we wanted anything else. We said no, just the bill". at least 15 minutes went by and no one came by to collect payment. we got up proceeded to the bar area in search of someone we could pay. we were given a bill, which I reviewed and found it to be accura. We had not been charged for the 5th item.. While I was paying the bill my wife was approached by the Dining room Mgr, he asked how we enjoyed our evening and she explained our experience an he seemed indifferent. It remains to be seen whether or not we go back. It is a shame as the food is very good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food came faster than the drinks which was a first. But still a great experience
  33. J

    Jenf

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Server was wonderful. Shared appy’s and small plates (tuna tostado, guacamole, tamales, beet and citrus salad) were delicious. Shrimp main was alright but the tortillas were cold. Cocktails were yummy. Only complaint is that live jazz band was very loud and when it started, having a conversation was nearly impossible.
  34. KL

    KatieL

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Roberto was fantastic and made the best recommendations for our groups meals.
  35. CP

    CubbiePanda

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere. Modern. lovely food if you love Mexican. sharing vibes.
  36. GC

    GeorgeC

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I have been to Fonda Fora a few times and what I like are the creative changes made to the menu . The flavors a super in all their dishes making it for me and my friends a unique food experience . The ambiance is also interesting aside from being too noisy at times . A restaurant in the city which is very different from many others .
  37. MM

    MissM

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Truely delightful experience, from the atmosphere to the food. Will definitely be back!
  38. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent take on modern Mexican. Great service must tey
  39. MK

    MariaK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The guac and tuna tostadas WERE UNREAL! The rest of the food was honestly not that good at all.
  40. KV

    KrisV

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food tasted excellent; my only complaint was that it came out lukewarm and was a little on the pricey side. But with that said, I will definitely return.

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 4.5 stars by 100 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 35 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 Rafael Castillo

  • 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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