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La Fogata - Vance Jackson

4.7
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254 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
San Antonio is populated with hundreds of Mexican Restaurants, but none compare to the dining experience of La Fogata. Enjoy authentic Mexican dishes such as chile en nogada or shrimp tacos al pastor in a setting like no other. La Fogata has repeatedly won "Best Outdoor Dining" with its lushly planted patios, splashing fountains and cantera stone columns. Choose something different, choose something extraordinary, choose La Fogata. If you do not see your desired reservation time please call or just head our way. We encourage walk-in business!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 254 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKathleenS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ok food, better drinks. We felt rushed from the moment we sat down so it was not a relaxed dining experience

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VickiS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. Food and service was great. It was lunch, so I’m not sure how later in the evening would be.

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JoeB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Enjoyed our dinner on our short weekend getaway!

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JeanL
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good, not great, but for family dining it was fun.

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BDub
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

COVID SUCKS!! Microscopic menus. Oh well. Adam our waiter was great!!

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LARRYD
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good anniversary outing on a rainy pandemic evening. Food was of good flavor and quality. Menu is not the standard Tex-Mex fare. Only disappointment was the churros were bland, not seasoned/sweetened nearly enough. Service was very attentive and professional.

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DiannaJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner under the covered patio. Wait staff was attentive but not in the way.

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BibiS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quick easily accommodating special requests; dishes can come with extra plates so patrons can do their own sharing— less hands on food! Good airflow even on a hot pandemic evening.
Worth a detour..spacious and pretty patio garden.

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AndreaK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp was amazing. And the margaritas are always delicious.

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tonyp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First week back in SA after years away doing military stuff. La Fogada is always good. Mariachis, margaritas, tableside Guacamole, all served outside in a surprisingly mild temperature due to the shade and fans. La Fogada brings back a sense of normalcy to life during the times of COVID. I recommend the un poco de toto...too much food...but like the title says, you get two types of enchiladas (chicken/cheese), a taco stuffed with enough beef fajita meat to make 2 tacos, rice, beans, and some sort of cheese quesadilla? thing. I highly recomend.

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LaurieI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rated noise level a little high, but it is a good thing!!! Mariaci is amazing!!! Love this place. Margaritas are fab. Food and service is great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas! Carne guisada and fajitas the best I’ve had!

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GaryH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I've been coming here since 1985 and it is the most beautiful Garden Restaurant outside of the Riverwalk and still the Best margaritas 35 years running!

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ArleneA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican Food. Very friendly staff and wonderful service.

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StephanieW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was nice to have an outside option that was still covered. Great overall experience.

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MarcoA
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great restaurant experience. The only issue was with the Open Table reservation. The app doesn’t give the customer an option to sit inside or outside. When we arrived the restaurant assumed outside. I didn’t agree with scenario and wished the restaurant would have called if they had an issue. I asked to sit inside and was told I had to wait as if I had no reservation. My party waited an additional 40 minutes to be seated. How can this be prevented in the future. I’m guessing placing verbiage in the special comment section. This business meal was extended longer due to the unexpected delay and I lost my business deal with the client. This was an unappreciated scenario and assumption by the restaurant.

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Foodiegrl
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! As soon as my family and I walked through the huge wooden doors into the courtyard we all literally said “wow”. It’s was like stepping into a courtyard in Mexico. The margaritas were amazing, the food was the best Mexican we’ve had outside of Mexico, the atmosphere was beautiful and our server was witty and fast! We were there 3 days ago and have talked about when we are going Togo back every day since!

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TommyP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great social distancing. We felt safe and we will go back

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We made a reservation for La Fogata on Open Table because the last time we showed up, we would have had to have been seated outside. We declined. So we go to this reservation and we ask the waitress about the margaritas. Of course ,there are no prices, so we ask about them. She stated the regular size was 8 for house and 12 for top-shelf. So we said we'd take the larger size- house version. She came with two huge classes that looked like a Barbie-doll tub. We received our bill and they were $23 each! You can't tell me there wasn't a size smaller. They just have regular and jumbo size? When the waitress was asked about it, she just said you asked me about the regular margarita pricing. Not cool; Beware!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a strawberry margarita which was really good and you could tell they used fresh strawberries! Also had the tacos al pastor which were pretty good as well. Really enjoyed the ambiance and the look of this restaurant.

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vip2eatornot2eat
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had the enchiladas verdes which were delicious! My other half had the carnitas which were a bit dry and kind of disappointing. I appreciated how safe I felt with the tables at appropriate distances and all the staff wearing masks.

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LISAS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We never got our food , waited an hour and 15 minutes. Manager said the order got lost

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were immediately seated after advising the hostess that we had reservations via Open Table. She was very warm, accommodating and courteous. Osorio came over expeditiously to introduce himself and suggest drinks. He was quite helpful and attentive. The food was delicious, as always, and ambiance was great for the occasion! The manager came over to check on us at some point and asked if would like tortillas (“homemade” he said). We accepted and Osorio was quickly on his way as he had already thought of that! We appreciate the special care and will be driving in from Houston again in the near future. La Fogata will certainly be a “must stop” for us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

At first glance, it is nice to look at.

My reservation was set for 630Pm inside. Was not seated until 7pm after they stated my reservation wasn’t valid. It was booked through OpenTable. I watched several other groups go in who’s reservations were for 7pm before I was helped.
This place wasn’t that busy. I saw several waiters/waitresses walk by empty handed several times.
I didn’t see a waitress until 715 to even order a drink. So after an hour of being here I’ve yet to see any food.
Don’t finish your drinks too fast. It took about 20 minutes for a refill.
I didn’t get any napkins or silverware until after my food was served. My daughter was ignored for drinks and silverware. Then they brought a single napkin to the table for her.
Not impressed with the Taco Bell like food for cuisine prices.
Will not be going back

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mikey43040
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place beautiful setting wait staff impeccable food outstandin

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Martin was the best waiter!!!

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LaurieI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have been going to La Fogata for many years. Always a great place. They make you feel very comfortable and follow all CDC guidelines.

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EmilyA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Cute restaurant with a fun atmosphere. Was disappointed with how our reservation was handled because we were called 30 min. before our arrival time to inform us that they could not sit our party together because there is a limit to how many they can sit together due to COVID-19, they had to sit is at two different tables six feet apart, even when we were all family. They were following CDC guidelines “ or so they said” , because from I understand the limit is ten to a gathering unless it is family, but the restaurant stuck to the ten limit no matter who is in the party, to be safe rather than sorry. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is amazing. Just know , keep the party to ten or less if you want to sit together. We were there for my sister’s birthday, and it was kind of a letdown to not all sit together, but we made the best of it and had a great time. Just would’ve like more notice on the seating arrangements so we had the option to make other arrangements.

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DavidB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! Order the Rajas de Chile poblano as an appetizer, or a meal! You won’t be sorry!!

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RaulS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at La Fogata is always awesome and o. Point!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and easy to get to. Only 6 miles from downtown.

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LuisQ
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. We recommend La Fogata to everyone.we will definitely return to dine again in the future.

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NathanaelN
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I make it to San Antonio, La Fogata is a must for me to eat at. My favorite Tex-Mex go to.

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vipMaureenG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere of La Fogata has always been great with their multiple patios plus indoor areas. The patios are even more important to us now for the open air benefit. The salsa is still the best recipe anywhere and margaritas are fantastic! Luis gave us excellent service. We’ve been going there since 1978!

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Our waiter was top notch and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Fogata never disappoints us. Their Chispas are always delicious and food is great. We always look forward to a night of tasteful food and drinks here.

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JohnB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Celebrated my birthday.

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DonS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The atmosphere was open and positive. We had dinner with a couple of friends we hadn’t seen in years. The waiter worked around our conversations which allowed us to continue talking. My friend and I had enchiladas verdes, which were delicious. Highly recommend.

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Jtrey3
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was okay and a little over priced for the quality. Everything was under seasoned. Atmosphere was amazing. It’s a gorgeous place! Great drinks, desserts, and tortillas. Entrees were alright. Gave us a complementary picture and that encouraged my mom so much for her birthday. Waiter was amazing and staff was fabulous. Super bummed the food wasn’t better.

FAQs

La Fogata - Vance Jackson offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 340-1337.

La Fogata - Vance Jackson is rated 4.7 stars by 254 OpenTable diners.

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