La Fonda at the Rim
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The service was good. The food consistent - served hot and tasty. The prices of beverages from the bar are high for what is given.
Pretty noisy! Guitar player and full dining room made for a noisy afternoon.
They are not currently using the open table system at the restaurant. They had no record of our reservation and the hostess said they had not used the ipads (open table system) for a while now.
There was no wait for a table for 8 at 6pm, that should have set off alarms but I trusted the La Fonda name.
The waiter was average, if not a bit slow. Drink (bar) service was slow, so slow that our apps arrived well before our drinks. App portions were small.
The main course was average. Nothing great, nothing awful.
All in with tip, it was $160 for 8 people with minimal alcohol. We left disappointed.
Having seen mediocre reviews, we went preparing to rave, because, after all, this is the successor to La Fonda Oak Hills, where we dined for decades. We left with mixed feelings. On arrival, we had to hunt for the host (he was in the kitchen) to be seated. On advising the host that I had made reservations through Open Table, he immediately dissed Open Table and said they are getting rid of it because it is unreliable. I do not believe that is information that should be shared with customers, and had he worked for me, I would have fired him on the spot.
There was a good crowd dining. It was apparent that they were short handed, and our waitperson admitted two had called in. Those remaining ran their tails off and I must compliment them for hard work.
The menu was the same as the Oak Hills spot, though the food was not. It was good, and I take into account that I am relying on fond memory of Oak Hills. I think the chili was a bit thin, but over all, I give it pretty high marks.
This is a big restaurant and will need good crowds to make it fly. I did speak with one of the management before leaving and he agreed that some effort was needed and that they were working on it.
Bottom line is that we will return and recommend it, because it is a treasure for San Antonio if they can meet the standards of the previous owner.
They didn’t use open table anymore so we had to wait an hour in order to get a table and ended up leaving.
Food was delicious! Our server, Ariel was outstanding. We will be back. The owners do need to address the ceiling / acoustics in the main dining room...there was a large table (10) that was so loud we had to yell to hear each other at our small table across the room.
The food was good and the happy hour prices were great. The best part of the evening was the service we received from our fabulous waiter, Santos!
This was my first time here and the staff and food was great. I thought the portions were perfect size and the staff was very accommodating and helpful in explaining the menu choices. I liked that the menu did not have a zillion items on it, it was simple and easy to figure out what to order. Good solid Tex-mex. Top shelf margarita was REALLY yummy!
Like many, I was excited when La Fonda Oakhills reopened at the Rim. Unfortunately, this location failed to deliver. Although the service was attentive and engaging, the food left much to be desired. It didn’t help that I felt a little sick hours after eating there. With all the great Tex mex joints in SA, this place really needs to step up its game.
It also didn’t help that there was a family there with a baby that shrieked almost the entire time we were there. :(
Eh. I probably won’t be back.
Let me point out that my grades of “poor”, on every category, is only a reflection of the fact that La Fonda was closed at the time of our reservation. I don’t know where the fault lies. Whether it be Open Table or La Fonda, this was extremely disappointing. Being an Easter afternoon, we knew that finding a restaurant may present a challenge. We foolishly depended on Open Table and a guarantee that we would have a place to have dinner. Yes, I may use Open Table in the future, but I will also personally verify any reservation with the restaurant.
Food was not good. In a town with a countless number of Mexican restaurants this one isn’t going to make it. Too bad they try to ride the coattails of a long time quality restaurant by stealing their name.
Service was good, but there were very few customers at 12:30. Food was bland. There ended up being 10 in our party and not one person said they would return. On a positive note, the wait staff served us complimentary dessert which was quite good and appreciated.
Thought we would have a high quality experience similar to La Fonda on Main. Wrong. Expected it to be somewhat different but this was on a par with Las Palapas, but not as good. Once was enough.
New opening....lots is bugs to workout. Noisy from the banging and dropping of dishes. Atmosphere needs much future attention if this restaurant expects return customers. The food quality was average. Location at the RIM is excellent. I do wish them luck and will return in a few months.
We had reservations for five of us at lunch during the week. Food was very good and Our waiter was nice and friendly. They were giving out free samples of their Flan and it was very good. I had a long leisurely lunch with friends. I enjoyed it very much.
This was our 2nd visit - the 1st being during the soft opening. The place was fairly empty for a Friday night - which made for easy conversation with friends. Food was much improved compared to our first visit and on par with comparable restaurants in the area. Same for the drinks. Our server was pleasant and attentive but obviously new. Overall - worth trying and I hope they are able to stay open.
So so other than the service. We probably won’t go back.
Disappointing experience. We were fans of the Oak Hills La Fonda but this location needs a lot of work. Our very attentive server was the best part of the evening. Jalapeño margarita watery and bland. Waited for food close to an hour. Food arrived lukewarm. The only thing hot were the charro beans. Over priced. Not certain we will return.
The food was unremarkable. Noise level was low because the restaurant was virtually empty. Bright note, our server was very attentive. Would be surprised if this place lasts a year.
We were hopeful before arriving but were soon let down. The drinks, although colorful and eye catching, were bland and without taste. Margaritas are meant to enhance the flavor of tequila not mask it entirely, or maybe the lack of. The food was nothing short of dull. Fajitas were overcooked and tough and the tres leches was closer to a dos leches cake. Not at the top of list.
Well I question the validity of them claiming est 1932. The owner may be a relative of the original la fonda but it doesn’t rate up to the original one. Which is La Fonda on main. I ordered a drink and it came out as the food came out. The server had to look at a menu to see what side dish went with what. The bathroom was a mess. Blue gloves laying on floor. Not a good experience. But not worth giving one star. There are better places in San Antonio.
When we arrived, our table was not ready. We waited 20 minutes past our reservation time!
After ordering we waited for our food over an hour. Sadly, our food was not worth the wait!
Our server did an excellent job!!!
If you are at the Rim and craving Mexican food, go to Tiago’s. La Fonda is ridiculously loud. The service is super slow, and the food is mediocre. But they charge premium prices. The management did try to address the slow wait staff issue, but it was too little too late. We won’t be back.
Great food and service!
Never greeted at the door as we waited and walked by 3 different employees. My Moscow Mule finally came at the near end of my meal. The MM was way too sweet and just didn't taste right. Serve was extremely slow for tortillas had to ask 3 times. I got up and got a water pitcher to refill our glasses.
Such a disappointing experience. The service was abysmal. All of the patrons were angry because it took too long to get their food. Kids were loud and running around because they hadn't been served. Our waiter was very sweet and tried hard, but he was over committed and had no control over the fact that it took over an hour to get our food. When we got it, the temp was lukewarm and despite being a small party (4 people) the food didn't even all come out at the same time. I know it is a new restaurant, but the kinks should all be worked out by now. The manager did come around and say our food was coming out, but no apology or explanation as to the issue. They also brought free flan, but after almost 2 hours there, we were ready to go. We won't be back.
Unfortunately our experience was a very bad one. We were excited to go to the new Rim location because of previous experiences with the original location, but it definitely was not the same. The waitress was not professional at all, our ticket was apparently put in super late (e.g. waitress lost the ticket), we originally got a run around from the management that tried to intervene, and very little attempt to make it right. We had 4 children with us and we ended up being there for 2.5 Hours, and not because we were enjoying ourselves. There was some hope towards the end, as after we paid we met the owner who insisted on refunding our money after hearing of our experience. For that area, and the legacy of the original La Fonda, this experience was just unacceptable. We won’t be going back anytime soon, and perhaps not at all.
Restaurant was relatively new but a second location of a longtime local favorite, so the problems we had should not be happening. The food overall was delicious but the problem was it was all lukewarm!! Mexican food normally comes out so hot you have to wait awhile before you can eat. Not so here! Queso we ordered as an appetizer was delicious, but the salsa was bland and disappointing...mostly tomatoes. Needed some garlic, cumin, salt. We have loved the other La Fonda location so we'll probably try again, but with the vast numbers of Mexican restaurants in this area, they're going to have to step it up to stay there. Also, historically this building is not a lucky place...everything there before has been busy but ended up closing.
LaFonda Oak Hills, new location. Expanded menu
Service a bit lacking, but believe it is due to just opening.
Was not bad. Everything was just ok. Some of the items were over priced for what you get.
Glad to have this new addition to The Rim. Cozy (not small), feel-at-home comfort Tex Mex. Food quality very good. Service attentive and friendly. Only drawback is not enough parking.
Mediocre food, too pricey for what you get
Service was good but very very disappointed
NOT THE NYE WE PLANNED - We made the reservation to enjoy a leisurely dinner with friends for New Year's Eve, but we were called about 2 hours before our reservation time and told that they were closing at 7PM and would not be able to honor our 730 reservation. They said that if we arrived before 7, they would seat us. We contacted our friends and, rather than dressing up a bit for a festive NYE, we all jumped into regular clothes to hurry and get to the restaurant before it closed. Since it was NYE, there were no other dining options available that didn't involve a long wait. The food was good and the server was knowledgeable and energetic but since we knew they were technically closed, we felt we needed to rush through dinner and leave. Needless to say, that put a damper on our evening plans.
Our service was top notch! We made our reservation 30 minutes prior to arriving and they were already expecting us. Food was great and the price is amazing for the area. We had 2 margaritas, a nacho plate, and the burrito plate and our tab was only $38!! We will absolutely be back very soon
12/28/17. The menu wasn’t the same as I recall at La Fonda on Main. I ordered the shrimp enchiladas and was disappointed in the poblano sauce. The chicken enchiladas had very little cheese on top or inside.
La Fonda needs to have the same quality and menu as the one on Main
We had been watching La Fonda’s progress at The Rim and wanted to try it. We had so many good memories of their other locations including a rehearsal dinner for our wedding.
That particular night we were seeing TSO, and made reservations for after the show. It was their “soft opening “ so the menu was limited, but everything they served was spot on. From the queso with guacamole and fajita meat, to the beef enchiladas, to the Chile Reyeno, to the Margarita’s. It was all great and the staff took good care of us.
Not like the original location.
This is a new location and clearly not ready for prime time.
I would not return.
Love the food.
We were hoping the food would be like the Oak Hills La Fonda. Food needs improvement. Everyone who I talk to thinks the food does not meet La Fonda standards.
They reported to Open Table that I didn't keep my reservation, but we were there.
Hoping that they get better soon. Bring back Special Dinners from Oak Hills!
We want it to be a success!!!
La Fonda at the Rim is rated 3.1 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.