La Fonda Del Sol

4.4
1176 reviews
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Indulge in vibrant Spanish cuisine and an expansive selection of tapas at La Fonda del Sol.

A modern reincarnation of the iconic 1960s restaurant, we are conveniently located just steps away from Grand Central Terminal on the east side of Vanderbilt Avenue at 44th Street.

In our tapas bar and lounge, choices include tuna tacos, garlic shrimp, croquetas and patatas bravas. You may also enjoy a more intimate experience in La Fonda del Sol’s elegant main dining room with paella valenciana, whole market fish, braised short ribs, and suckling pig.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

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OF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for a quick lunch with a client. i had the octopus starter and cod for my main - both were cooked to perfection. highly recommend

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My 2 friends and I went for the tapas and we ordered almost every one- the menu is small but everything we had was delicious. The lamb coca and the tuna tacos were my favorite. The guacamole was too citrusy and the blistered shishito peppers were kind of plain and there were a lot of them. We had the chardonnay, both white and red sangrias, and a margarita- all of which were very tasty. We went on a Thursday night and had a 730 reservation but there was actually plenty of room in the dining area and the bar. The wait staff were all really nice and the service was perfect.

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RI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was fabulous, great service and the food is delicious. I first came with a client for the small plates after work. This time I brought my team for dinner. The dinner menu is geared to the foodie who can decode what exactly the dish is. The prices are extreme for what you are actually served. While delicious it is way overpriced. Still a great spot for dining in New York.

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I
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

It was incredibly loud and the food was incredibly average. Not what I expected, but perhaps what I should have given It’s proximity to Grand Central. I won’t be going back.

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BC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Me and buddy met here for dinner since convenient location before catching train out of GCT. We split Paella which was delicious and filling along with couple beers made for good meal and conversation. Id come back again.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! all around. Terrific authentic food and service - I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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BS
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We grew and grew.
When I first made the reservations we were 4, than 6 then 11. The restaurant was very accommodating. The waitstaff was a bit strange. They would put dishes on the table for all to share but NO serving spoons, forks etc. truly bizarre. The waiter wanted to remove the menus before anyone else arrived. We had only ordered appetizers at that point. He also guided me on popular sides and appetizers but brought out way too many. Our food was delicious but we had a lot of leftovers.

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M
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

"Bar menu" is more appropriate for a business lunch. The "restaurant menu" is a bit fancier with less options.

Comfortable and fair priced, with an interesting menu.

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WG
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a levels meal prior to attending a broadway show. The lower level serves tapas and is extremely noisy, so we asked for a table on the upper level. It was very quiet which was a delightful change for dinner conversation. We ordered paella for 2, one of the best we’be ever had. Prompt service. Couldn’t ask for more.

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TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Always great service and great food. Not too quiet or too loud.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This review was for the lunch in the formal "upstairs" dining area on 10/23. It was as evaluated. I have also eaten at the less formal "downstairs" area, and the service is like night and day. Today (10/26), I ate downstairs and it took over 25 minutes for our order to be taken. Appetizers came relatively quickly, but we had to remind the waiter about the drink order. Service downstairs can fairly be described as slow and inattentive, though the wait staff is pleasant and professional enough in interactions. Understaffed?

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are 2 dining areas, one casual and the other which we were not at, more dressed up. So it has 2 characters...but with great Spanish food. From Spain. All I can say is that we had a good time, and the staff were helpful and friendly.

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CB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I chose the prix fixed lunch. The soup was watery and tasteless, the chicken was good but the included vegetables were skimpy and overcooked. The only decent part of meal was dessert. There was no dish offered that related to the restaurant’s heritage (Tex nex). Basically very disappointing and I will never go back.

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Good, reliable restaurant convenient to Grand Central Station. Top pick for a business lunch. Always good service. Never disappoints. Great front desk greet hosts and good wait staff.

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P
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for birthday celebration and we were expecting loud patrons but that wasn't the case. 4 of us sat at a large comfortable booth. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The wine we ordered was not available so requested that the substitute wine be priced the same. Waiter didn't think that could happen and I don't think he tried. One guest was surprised that there were so many non-Spanish items on the menu. He decided to order only tapas. All food was quite good. We stayed much longer than planned because of the pleasant surroundings and delightful ambiance.

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the place is great servers are very good .they never offered bread and delivery of food was very slow

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered a bunch of tapas which were simply amazing! Every single one was so different and so flavourful. We couldn’t decide on wine or gin so our server brought us some tasters. The server was just wonderful! Thank you for a great night out.

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SB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Been to La Fonda many times. The dining room is perfect for a business lunch or dinner. Food was great. Unfortunately, this time. The service was personable but very slow. Believe there was only one waiter for the entire dining room. Just not fair to the server. You can address this easily,

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Spanish food, highly attentive service - would recommend.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We had dinner at this restaurant and it was way overpriced for the food and quality. The octopus appetizer came with a tiny single small piece of octopus and a few potatoes for $18. This is unreasonable. My husband wanted the paella but it can only be ordered for 2 so $68 later we had a shallow pan with mostly rice and only few pieces of fried calamari, a few almost invisible other slices of grilled calamari in the rice, and a few mussels sprinkled around the outside. The most visible part of the dish were the large peppers and onions in the skillet. I would not recommend this restaurant and thought it was extremely overpriced for the food.

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b
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Paella was marginal

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A
New York Area
184 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Empanadas were tasteless. Salmon was unseasoned. Will return.

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here several times for dinner through the years, but only recently tried for lunch. I really like it as a convenient midtown lunch spot, too, that's good for lunch meetings with a couple of other people.

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J
Miami
103 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful place to have a good business meal.

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L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was non existent. Too bad because the food was good . It was the 2nd time in my life I didn’t leave a tip.

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NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was great! Everyone was lovely and the pricing was great! Thank you for the great service!

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HC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great location, fantastic staff.....the food was amazing!

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is delicious, service is a bit spotty. Like for business lunches and it's fairly private.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, impeccable service. Highly recommend it.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great but food was too salty.

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EL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey but delicious

I had salmon and the spices were incredible. My friend had pork chops and said it was the best he ever had!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was very good and prompt. The food was delicious. It was a very nice experience.

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JC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing drinks!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Around Grand Central this is one of the best restaurants with great food and excellent location!

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FJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The rib eye for two was off the chart. Service was fantastic.

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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful menu in the Tapas Lounge, delicious choices so you can order a variety of tastes.

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CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was great but don’t go if service is high on your list.

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OF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great food and service

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