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Historic La Fonda on Main La Fonda's long and colorful history began on Main Avenue in 1930 when resourceful sisters Virginia Berry and Nannie Randall opened a Mexican food-to-go shop. These two ladies supplied take-home Tex-Mex favorites to the neighborhood. In spite of the Great Depression, their little business prospered and an opportunity presented itself to purchase the house across the street at 2415 North Main Avenue. Converting this home to a full-service restaurant seemed a risk worth taking, and in 1932, La Fonda on Main formally opened. In the early 1930's, San Antonio was a very different place. Houston had just surpassed San Antonio as the largest city in Texas, with Dallas in third place. Laurel Heights and Monte Vista were affluent suburbs at the northern edge of our city. Model-A's and trolley cars were the primary means of transportation to and from the busy downtown area for San Antonio's 235, 000 residents. So much has changed. Today, La Fonda's staff and patrons recall old times, memorable restaurant highlights and the hard-working ladies that made it all possible. It is fascinating to hear how popular La Fonda has been as a dining spot of history's most celebrated people. Every famous officer in World War II seems to have eaten here, including Generals Eisenhower, MacArthur and Hill. Even American presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson enjoyed La Fonda's fare. Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Yul Brenner, Veronica Lake, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, along with many other stars, visited this historic restaurant. Most importantly, La Fonda became a lunch and dinner tradition for San Antonio families. All the while, the La Fonda reputation grew for having delicious food and great service. Over the years, the restaurant received many accolades, including the coveted Holiday Magazine Award for Fine Dining and the Duncan Hines Seal of Approval. Mrs. Berry's sons Bill and Jack became active in the business in the 1950's, carried on the tradition and expanded the La Fonda reputation. Today, besides our La Fonda on Main, there are two other successful La Fonda Restaurants in San Antonio, each separately owned and operated. In late 1997, we purchased this landmark restaurant. As San Antonio natives, we also have our remembrances of special times at La Fonda. Our goal has been to breathe new life into this wonderful institution and create an environment that will endure the test of at least another "seventy-five years". We have extensively renovated the building and kitchen and created a patio worthy of a true Mexican hacienda. We have lightened the food, retained the best of the Tex-Mex and added many of the authentic dishes of interior Mexico. We hope that Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Randall would approve of our restoration and beautification of this historic landmark. Thank you for helping the story continue. We're glad you're here!
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Neighborhoods:
Midtown, Monte Vista
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Mexican Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Latin American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants

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10/04/2011
Good Food Great Service

I decided to try this place out one day with my girlfriend Rawan. I live in the Dominion so I really dont care to drive downtown for lunch but she twisted my arm. Well, I must say that to my surprise everything was absolutely delicious. The customer service was amazing! There is truly nothing that is more important than customer service to me. The outdoor patio was so beautiful. I'm not on that side of town often bu... view more

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09/17/2011
good food

Very good food. Beautiful outdoor patio. Good service. Recommended.

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12/02/2007
Traditional favorite, average cuisine

I've patronized this SA landmark since the 70's. Located in a quaint stucco building in a quiet neighborhood that is easily accessible from downtown area, this restaurant is a favorite for locals and a real treat for tourists. The atmosphere and service recalls that old-time casual dining experience that has virtually disappeared from the restaurant scene now days. The patio area is a ideal spot to enjoy a margari... view more

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08/23/2007
girlfriend tradition

Each year my BFFs come here, drink spectacular margaritas on the patio, order the specials and celebrate our lives and loves in San Antonio. Wouldn't go anywhere else!

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05/24/2007
Great place

I'm not the biggest fan of mexican food, but I really liked this place. My favorite dish is the rainbow trout, thought I don't think you can go wrong with any of their other dishes. It has a great atmosphere, and the waiters are very professional. I love sitting outside in the back. THere's a beautiful little fountain. My coworkers and I would go there all the time for birthdays and other celebrations

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11/02/2006
Good food, good atmosphere

Great Mexican food and a great atmosphere, especially if it is a nice day and you can sit outside. Of course, the margaritas are excellent as well!

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05/20/2006
Wonderful Food and Service!

My wife and I ate lunch at La Fonda this weekend and it was an excellent experience. Our server, Maria, was very attentive and checked on us repeatedly. The food is not your standard Mexican food but is creative and delicious. We have eaten here one time before and enjoyed it very much then. I highly recommend it.

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08/16/2005
Good Experience

The food was good, yet the outside patio made the experience completely worth it. While being relaxed and casual, La Fonda still has a touch of class enough to suit the needs of any well dined individual. The location is convenient and parking was simple. I will definitely be back.

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01/02/2003
Since I was a Kid

I've been going here since 1946 and still enjoy the ambiance, the good food, great service, and wonderful memories.

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