La Fonda Del Sol

4.1
1264 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
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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vipLorraineG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, ambiance for business lunch

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vipAlexandra
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and always a great time.

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on March 9, 2020

Good Afternoon Alexandra - Thank you so much for joining us at La Fonda del Sol, we are so pleased that you had a wonderful time! We look forward to having you dine with us again in the near future!

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vipBestbaker
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Years ago when I was a child, my mother took me to La Fonda Del Sol at Rockefeller Center. I have wonderful memories however this experience was
Far different.

A Spanish restaurant that serves tapas should be much better than what we experienced. One of my favorites, dates wrapped in bacon seemed as if they had been pre-cooked and sitting around waiting for someone to order them. While the waitstaff did replace with a fresher order, it wasnt much better. Our shrimp in garlic sauce also came out cold and had to be returned. The muscles were adequate.

While I know this is in Grand Central Station and most likely gets a large computer crowd, the food should be better. For what it ended up costing us we could’ve gone somewhere else, and next time will.

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on March 9, 2020

Good Afternoon - I am very sorry to hear that you did not have the five star experience we strive for to give each and every guest. Please feel free to call us directly at 212-867-6767 and ask to speak to a member of the management team so we can better understand your visit and what we can do to make it better next time. We do hope to see you dining with us again in the near future - have a wonderful week!

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vipBKinMhtn
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This must be designed for people on expense accounts

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on March 9, 2020

Good Afternoon- Thank you so much for joining us at La Fonda del Sol,we are sorry to hear that you did not have a wonderful time while dining with us. We hope you join us again in the near future so we can make sure you have a five star experience.

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vipAllisonB
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and appetizers, fun place for groups

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Margaritas and Branzino were excellent! Overall, a good experience

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and room between tables in main dining room.

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vipLorenzo
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Last time we dined here, about 2 weeks prior on Valentine's Day, the food was lukewarm and the plate cold. This time,our food came out hot and the presentation was nice. We recommend their octopus and croquettes as starters. Their salmon and chilean bass for entrees was delicious Service, however, was inconsistent. Our wait person, albeit friendly, was slow in bringing our drinks. When one of my guests asked for a second drink, it took two follow up requests to have it brought over. At the end, when we ordered desserts, our two orders of hot tea was never delivered but it was charged on our final bill. The upper part of the restaurant where we were seated was not full. It was a Tuesday evening, early dinner and not a holiday, so we're not sure why the inconsistency in service. We have eaten here several times and it's hit or miss at times with the service. Perhaps retraining or coaching wait staff would help.

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Jbrfld
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

very reliable for after work drinks/tapas. great loco in GCT.

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vipBeachEsq
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent upscale Spanish cuisine in the MetLife/Grand Central Terminal complex.
Attentive service. Nice selection of wine by the glass or bottle.
Attractive décor.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went there with my frds on BYOB Monday. Like the scallop paella😋

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 25, 2020

Good Afternoon, Thank you for the wonderful rating of us here at La Fonda del Sol! We are so glad you chose us to dine with and enjoyed everything. We hope to see you dining with us again in the near future!

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RichardC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with my wife. We had the Paella Mixta, and a mixed green salad. Everything was fresh and delicious. Absolutely outstanding.

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 25, 2020

Good Afternoon Richard, Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful rating of us here at La Fonda del Sol! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your dinner with us. We look forward to seeing you dine with us again in the near future! Have a lovely rest of the week. Sincerely, The management team at La Fonda del Sol

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner was delicious, we appreciated the fact you could bring your own wine bottle with no corkage fee. The meal was well prepared and tasty. The staff was friendly and attentive. Our only complaint is that we were offered ice and bottled water both still or sparkling , but were not told that this was an extra cost. We did not mind paying the extra amount we just thought it should have been stated by our server.

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 17, 2020

Good Evening, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and rating of us here at La Fonda del Sol! We are so pleased that you had chosen us to celebrate Valentines Day. I am truly sorry for the lack of communication on our end in regards to the water preference and that is something that will be addressed to the entire team immediately. We do hope to see you dining with us in the near future! Sincerely, La Fonda del Sol Management Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Wasn’t enough food. Server didn’t help us order

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 17, 2020

Good Evening, Thank you for your feedback of your dining experience with us. I am truly sorry that we did not live you with a better experience. I will be sure to address your feedback with our Executive Chef and our team of servers. We do hope to see you dining with us again in the near future so that we can leave you with a five star experience. Have a wonderful weekend! Sincerely, La Fonda del Sol Management

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

A mouse ran across the dining room

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 17, 2020

Good Evening, I am truly for sorry that you had this experience while dining with us. Please feel free to call us directly at 212-867-6767 and ask to speak to a member of the management team so we can speak further about your experience. We do hope to see you dining with us again and want to ensure you your feedback has been heavily taken into consideration and addressed. We hope to see you dining with us again in the near future! Sincerely, La Fonda del Sol Management Team

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Peacock
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot and my palate loved the food. The services were amazing.

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 6, 2020

Good Morning, Thank you for the wonderful rating and feedback of us here at La Fonda del Sol! I will be sure to share with the culinary team and wait staff as well, we hope to see you dining with us again in the near future!

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vipDammyO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The braised chicken option on the Restaurant Week menu was so delicious and so moist, that it fell off the bone without having to cut thru it.

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 5, 2020

Good Morning Dammy, Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful rating of us here at La Fonda del Sol! We are so glad you got to enjoy our Chef's creation for Winter Restaurant Week, we hope to see you dining with us again in the near future. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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donnam
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Difficult to find but pleasant decor. Waiter very helpful , service good . Food ok not special in any way , tapas mediocre , suckling pig disappointing with a pair of ghastly sauces in little metal cups served on the plate , one a particularly sticky sweet pineapple concoction. Bar crowd cheery and looks a nice place to meet after work but not for dinner .

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Delish1962
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always love La Fonda del Sol! It’s a go to for biz meals. In fact, it’s always my first choice when folks I’m dining with are coming to me. Why? Food is delicious!

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on February 3, 2020

Good Afternoon, Thank you for the wonderful rating and feedback of us here at La Fonda del Sol! Thank you for continually being a regular of ours and exposing your guests to what we have to offer. We hope to see you dining with us again in the near future!

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vipGiGi
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hostess went above and beyond giving us a great table so we all could watch the television. Huge hit with my out of town friends.
Plus the food was great and very shareable.
Thank you

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on January 31, 2020

Good Afternoon GiGi, Thank you for the wonderful rating of us here at La Fonda del Sol! We are so glad that you had a wonderful time dining with us & we hope to see you dining with us again in the near future!

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jparduhn70
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We weren’t overly impressed, noticing immediately that the restaurant week menu was severely limited when choosing the paella. We declined to go that route, and instead made some choices from the regular menu. One we chose lacked flavor because of a change the restaurant made, and when we made a suggestion to our server what could be improved, were not offered any alternative for our general dissatisfaction. The other dishes we chose were merely serviceable; nothing we ate was spectacular that made us feel it was worth our time or money, or that we could rave about here or another restaurant review site. We would classify our experience there as ‘alright’, but wouldn’t make a point of visiting again when in NYC.

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vipNYC10003
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The eggplant main that they added was excellent. Sadly, they have also re-done / updated / ruined the spinach empanadas, which used to be the single best thing on the menu. Service continues to be mixed. Servers walk around without checking in or any sense of alertness to see if customers want their check etc — despite the fact that their main clientele are business folks who generally have deadlines. Do like the fact that you can have a conversation in the main dining room. Hope they will take the constructive feedback to heart as I would like to visit more frequently.

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vipHughray
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. The desert was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Three of us shared a bottle of wine, tapas and a plate of Paella. If you sit in the restaurant area, it’s much less noisy.

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EllenC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to meet for drinks and tapas. Close to GCT.

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vipKimS
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner. The small plates were delicious and perfectly sized for sharing and trying a variety of dishes. Our waiter was attentive and really helpful and the upstairs dining area was quiet and great for conversation. The bar area is fairly loud and much more of a gathering place for drinks and groups.

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vippzadra
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Unfortunately the dining room was reserved for a private party and we had to sit in the bar. The waiter was very accommodating but it was much more noisy and less relaxing than the dining room.

The paella dinner is still a great deal if u bring your own wine.

I was sorry I wasn’t informed ahead of time about the privately party. I think I would have chosen to go somewhere else.

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vipLparker
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This remains my top choice in NYC for a business lunch. The menu isn't overwhelming and the prix-fixe option makes for easy ordering, the food is excellent, the service is impeccable and the ambiance very conducive to conducting a business meeting. Highly recommended.

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vipTommyC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The quality & flavor of the food was very good but the it was very pricey for the size of the portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ordered from the Paella and BYOB Menu, which has good variety of choices. The shrimp paella was delicious but light on the shrimp. Service was top-notch. The upstairs room is preferable.

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LoveFineDining
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the unique meal options. Good service.

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PJSBDA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The upper dining area was quiet and comfortable. The lower area is more open, brighter and noisier.

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vipNYC40smom
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food good service. Nice and quiet in dining room.

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vipMarinaC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Beautiful tapas place - I would suggest sitting in the dining room if you are there on a date/occassion.
My server - Aileen was amazing - and the wines by the glass were really great (coming from someone who buys $200 bottles). The only let down was the Jamon dish - for $31 I would have liked the cuts to be finer rather then small shreds of maybe someone else’s plate. Although I am sure it was not the case

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vippzadra
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the Monday nite paella dinner. It was great value and very good. We thought the bread was exceptional as was the service. We will come back for the regular dinner menu.

La Fonda Del Sol
Responded on October 24, 2019

Good Evening, Thank you for your wonderful review of us here at La Fonda del Sol! We are ecstatic you joined us for our Monday night Paella BYOB & loved it! Please join us again as we will be continuing this promotion to the end of November. We are very grateful for your patronage to us here at La Fonda & we hope to see you again! Sincerely, Matthew Padvarietis AGM, La Fonda del Sol

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vipMickieR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday with a friend

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vipJonNYC
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, warm ambiance and McGinny (Sp?) ALWAYS makes me feel special!!!!

Jon

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service

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BillB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sat in the bar area, had a great waiter, who attended to me while I was waiting for my date. We just had three tapas dishes which were good and quite filling. The noise levels are pretty high so talking was a little problematic.

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ClaireG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and what a great value. Our waitress, Yvette, is a great asset to your restaurant. So efficient and with a lovely personality. Nicole also took the time to stop by our table, which was appreciated. We look forward to our next visit.

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La Fonda Del Sol is rated 4.1 stars by 1264 OpenTable diners.

La Fonda Del Sol does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.patinagroup.com/gift-cards.

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