625 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 271-8594
La Fuente Restaurant
Parking: Street, Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
02/06/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Decided to try this (the Tosa location) in preference to Habernaros for change; big mistake!!
I ordered the chicken tamales. The shells tasted like soggy cardboard and the chicken tasted and looked like it came out of a can, which it probably did. I ordered two of the three flavors and could not tell the difference by taste or by appearance. On top of that, the prices are the highest of any Mexican restaurant I have been to in Milwaukee.
We left vowing never to come back; avoid at all costs is my recommendation.
SERVICE CHARGE on the bill! Three of us dined with a bill of about $52, and then we noticed the $7 SERVICE CHARGE which we were told was for the "bus boys."!!! The steak tacos were like shards of overcooked meat, which tasted like days old meat and bland. The La Fuente Special was supposed to come with guacamole, instead we were charged $2.10. $2 each for soda. Chairs were like cafeteria chairs, which didn't seem to fit for the high prices. I will miss the shrimp soup. Go to a better, more reasonable place without a service charge like Botanas, Swayz, Cempazuchi, Hector's, El Fuego, etc.
11/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
SERVICE FEE on the bill! Three of us dined with a bill of about $52, and then we noticed the $7 SERVICE FEE which we were told was for the ""bus boys.""!!! The steak tacos were like shards of overcooked meat, which tasted like days old meat and bland. The La Fuente Special was supposed to come with guacamole, instead we were charged $2.10. $2 each for soda. Chairs were like cafeteria chairs, which didn't seem to fit for the high prices. Go to a better, more reasonable place without a service charge like Botanas, Swayz, Cempazuchi, Hector's, El Fuego, etc.
11/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I was very disappointed to have waited my time and money at this place....
1. The Margaritas were ok
2. Sodas are NOT refillable (bad service)
3. The salsa tasted like it was out of a jar
4. The food was not even all that
5. The atmosphere was TACKY
6. The ""flautas"" were a complete joke
7. This food is far from authentic! It caters to American taste buds and is so far from bring authentic that they should be ashamed of themselves for claiming so!
Aside from all of that, when I got home I noticed that the bill (that was divided between 2 credit cards) was billed onto mine twice!
I knew that I hesitated going there for a reason; I should have stuck with my first instincts!
Next time I will cook an AUTHENTIC meal myself!
I frequent La Fuente about once every other month and the food is always good and the service fair. I know they get swamped so I just tolerate it. As a vegetarian I love to go there because their veggie tacos with black beans and yellow rice are great - no animal fat! I still think they are one of the most reasonably priced for the quality.
So.. I'm vegan. I love La Fuente for their chips n salsa and rice and beans. That's about all I can eat there, so I usually just order "rice and beans."
I've been going there a lot lately and I've consistently gotten dirty looks from the waiter when they ask what I want and I reply with "rice and beans." They might think I'm being cheap, but I'm just VEGAN!
06/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Waitress told our table our food took so long because of my side of mole sauce. Funny thing was she forgot to bring me my mole sauce. The margaritas are no tasty at all and the food was just average. Do not wast your time here unless you can bring in your own food to their nice patio.
If you try to get a bite ot eat here or drink, expect to wait a long time. And when u get the bills, check it over a few times becz this place is notorious for adding gratuity, and other extras on the bill. This has happened numerous times when my colleagues and I dine there, so that is why we donnot go there anymore.
07/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Great atmosphere. Very good margaritas. Food is average. As stated already, BEWARE OF THE AUTOMATIC SERVICE CHARGE (regardless of your party size)!! I have been going to La Fuentes for over 10 years. However, due to this very questionable business practice, I will no longer visit this establishment. Please note, the receipt that you initially receive with your total does state that there is a service charge added (which is less than we normally tip). However, the receipt you sign for a credit card transaction does not state this. In addition, the server will NEVER point this fact out to you when you get the bill. Of course after receiving their 40% tip (as has happened twice to myself and my wife), your server will just walk away feeling that this was what was intended. In summary, La Fuentes has a great atmosphere with excellent margaritas. However the average food and deceptive business practices make this a below average dining experience.
06/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I have been frequenting La Fuente for over 12 years., before the numerous expansions. We go there at least once a week. It was our favorite Mexican restaurant. We have noticed a gradual decline in friendlyness,service, and food preparation. We have owned restaurants in other states, so , we know quite alot about the restaurant business. We think it is cheesey to charge for refills on soft drinks. It cost them about 10 cents. The biggest gripe we have is their new deceptive practice of tipping. They have added a service charge onto your bill, which unless you look carefully you don't see at first. Our waitress didn't bother to tell us aboout it either, When they bring your credit card receipt to sign, they again have a blank space for the tip. If you do not notice this you will be charged 15% and then another 20% if you are as generous as we normally are. When we questioned our server about this practice, she said that we look at the people, and if they look like good tippers, we will tell them to ignore the service charge, otherwise we say nothing. We are in our 50's well dressed, and white coller professionals, but, she evidently misjudged us. Guess what they got their lousey service charge in stead of our normal 20%. When we asked to speak to a manager, he wasn't there . I find that also unusual as the place was packed. If I ever go back I will tell everyone I see to check their bill. The people above are right, it is a more enjoyable experience at Botano's up the street.
05/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It was Cinco de Mayo today,,,,, everthing went wrong today. We were crossed off the seating list., were then were seated outside more like left outside.2 hours later we were served cold food and the wrong food. We were told the kitchen was having issues.....but we were not told that the waiter was having issues to. He never checked on us, 2 meals went back wrong and cold. Becuase we never checked on us we did not order 2 more meals. The bus boy brought us water and silverware and salsa. Although when the check was given he put his tip on the bill even though only 3 people ate. It was the worst service ever and considering it was my idea to go their I would not reccomend this resturant again to anyone. That is turely sad because i did like it alot!!!
03/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
People!!! This is not a place for children....prices high, intoxicated individuals, loud behavior, all around fun. When you go into La fuente you go to get away....no judging, just have fun and enjoy the buzz of the margaritas.....OH SOO GOOOD..................
09/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I'm not a fan of mexican food, but I enjoyed my experience. I was told to go here, it was pretty pricey, but I guess it was because we ordered a lot of pitchers of margaritas. You get a lot of food also. Service was not great, even though it was exteremly busy, waitress kept forgetting things.