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Fonda San Miguel

Mexican Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Allandale, Austin
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  • Don't forget it is Friday after Thanksgiving today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • The experts at Austin Chronicle and Village Voice recommend this place
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    • Village Voice
  • Wael H.
    "Ancho Relleno San Miguel and the duck enchiladas are sooo good"(4 Tips)
    Sarah "Holby" B.
    "fresh margs, ceviche & al pastor tacos."(5 Tips)
    Valerie T.
    "authentic interior Mexican food in Austin."(2 Tips)
    Eater
    "Their mole"(4 Tips)
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  • Kathleen V.
    Kathleen VargasNovember 14, 2015
    I love Mexican food and heard that this was the place to go so my honey and I decided to go and it was good! Had the taco al pastor, soup and a chicken dish. There tortilla are homemade a total hit!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 7, 2014
    This Austin fine dining classic was the first to offer interior-style Mexican food in Austin. Their mole is some of Austin's best, and their dining room is charming and playful. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 11, 2014
    Three decades serving Interior Mexican cuisine (cochinita pibil, pescado veracruzano) surrounded by vibrant art and an organic garden makes this fine dining spot one of the loveliest anywhere.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaApril 14, 2015
    Voted one of the essential Texas restaurants to visit before you die, this Mexican paradise is known for its mole, Acapulco-style ceviche, lavish Sunday brunch, and killer margaritas. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    For something lighter, the ensalada de espinacas combines spinach leaves, toasted almonds, chiles, & panela cheese, and there is the camarones Tikin Xik which has just the right amount of kick to it. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Whether you order the tender tacos al pastor or the fall-off-the-bone cochinita pibil (pork baked in a banana leaf), you'll have a hard time believing you're not in Mexico. Read more
  • Wael H.
    Wael HazzaziApril 19, 2016
    Ancho Relleno San Miguel and the duck enchiladas are sooo good
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMay 18, 2014
    Tres leches cake is reason enough to come here. Order your own! The duck enchiladas were tasty too.
  • Lionel M.
    Lionel MenchacaFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Where to start? Best ceviche, best mole, and the Camarones Chipotle and Camarones Adobados are two of the best grilled shrimp dishes I've had anywhere.
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RoystonMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Pescado Verocruzano and Carne Asada are my longtime favorites. Book a reservation on their website to save waiting time. Kid friendly too!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LasseterApril 11, 2015
    Make sure you holler at the Cochinita Pibil. Tender pork prepared in a banana leaf, topped with pickled onions. Best thing on the menu!
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comMarch 15, 2011
    An Austin original traditional Mexan Food Restaurant. One of the best dishes is the enchiladas de pato, which are shredded duck enchiladas dowsed in a poblano-spinach sauce. Read more
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonAugust 10, 2013
    Tuesday is happy hour all night. Get the platter for a good variety & to share with another person for a full meal!
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TysonMarch 3, 2013
    Word in the street is the brunch is incredible. Book in advance and prepare to have your mind and tastebuds blown!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 3, 2011
    SXSW Recommendation from Sietsema-The premises are cavernous and elegant, the margaritas strong, and the food often memorably delicious.
  • Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    The bad reviews scared me but this place is totally delicious. Cochanita Pibil was so flavorful. Duck enchiladas were the best.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    Treat yourself to authentic Mexican food in a city filled with Tex-Mex restaurants. Indulge in tender tacos "al pastor" to feel like you traveled south of the border.
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TysonMarch 3, 2013
    Gorgeous interiors, great feel and home to the most authentic interior Mexican food in Austin.
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsFebruary 6, 2016
    They can make several of their normal menu items vegan, just ask. Very pricey though. Ate here for free for a drug dinner
  • Liz H.
    Liz HallAugust 15, 2015
    Best authentic interior Mexico cuisine in Austin plus a classy yet casual ambiance!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RubioNovember 16, 2010
    If you are having the Cochinita Pibil, ask how old it is. If it's 2 to 3 days old, it is at its best. The pork has nicely marinated.
  • hannah b.
    hannah bananaJune 19, 2015
    Excellent food, excellent service, fantastic brunch. Never had a problem there.
  • CraveThis
    CraveThisApril 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    For happy hour, check out the "garden fresh" appetizers @Fonda, from their very own garden. We had the Hurraches (only $3.50 ea!) w/ radishes & serranos.. Read more
  • Claudia C.
    Claudia ChapaMarch 18, 2012
    This is Real Mexican food. I've been here 4 times with no disappointments. The Pastor tacos are sooo yummy!!!
  • Eden M.
    Eden MartinezJune 15, 2014
    Best Sunday brunch I've had in a while. Everything was great.
  • Leigh F.
    Leigh FerreiraMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    come for brunch on Sunday. Sit and graze for hours. get the silvercoin margarita. this is a pretty special place. the food is AMAZING!
  • Susana B.
    Susana BlanchardDecember 4, 2011
    This is an extraordinary restaurant. Check out the beautifully decorated papa noel christmas trees. Enjoy the season with food and beauty.
  • Zinio
    ZinioMarch 13, 2011
    A Texas Monthly Best Mexican Restaurant pick; Try the ultra smooth salsa that tastes subtly different than anything in town. Read more
  • Marc
    MarcAugust 15, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 - Mexican Dishes: #1 Cochinta Pibil
  • Charles B.
    Charles BrentOctober 12, 2011
    Ask waitress to clarify if you are getting HH price when u are ordering your drink. Don't get fooled.
  • Samantha D.
    Samantha DunlopJuly 9, 2014
    Delish margaritas and enchiladas! Yes please, will be back!
  • Ross
    RossApril 15, 2016
    Chile con queso is SOOO good.
  • Pete W.
    Pete WungAugust 11, 2011
    Go for the Sunday brunch. It will rock your world.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CarpenterMay 23, 2015
    $50 all you can eat brunch. Worth every penny.
  • Alba S.
    Alba SandovalMay 30, 2013
    Watermelon Margaritas are amazing and fresh !
  • Victoria G.
    Victoria GossOctober 15, 2013
    Avoid the queso. Ours was a solid lump of congealed cheese. You had to cut it to get some....
  • Tony W.
    Tony WeberMay 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The carne asada and the pork relleno are both amazing
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HillSeptember 24, 2014
    The Cochinita Pibil is incredible!!
  • Molly M.
    Molly McColganAugust 29, 2011
    More than just seafood. My fav restaurant in Austin. Period.
  • John M.
    John MoodyJanuary 31, 2015
    Lamb, traditional interior Mexican food
  • Kristi D.
    Kristi DormadyNovember 18, 2011
    The wait staff and host we're not too please that I brought well mannered High School Students here. Just because you are a pricier restaurant does not give you the right To be rude
  • Adrián E.
    Adrián EncontradoOctober 30, 2011
    This place is amazing and the food is awesome! Thumbs up!
  • CraveThis
    CraveThisAugust 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't miss out on Fonda's Austin Restaurant Week menu 9/19-22 and 9/26-29!
  • Vonia
    VoniaApril 26, 2014
    Beautiful decor & architecture.
  • Nathalie D.
    Nathalie DarilekMay 22, 2010
    Super cute atmosphere, great for groups, excellent salsas and tamales!
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FernandezNovember 29, 2015
    Atmosphere ! Food ! Margaritas!
  • Steven D.
    Steven DoyleAugust 17
    Top shelf food...much better than I expected
  • Cat N.
    Cat NunneryJuly 27, 2010
    Try the crepes for dessert... Deliciously light, with caramel sauce and ice cream. It's the reason I go to Fonda!
  • Jim O.
    Jim OdomAugust 22, 2013
    Great traditional mex tex
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydFebruary 27, 2012
    The al pastor tacos are awesome.
  • July F.
    July FlowersMay 4, 2013
    Didn't like the Ancho Relleno, bet expensive for something that tasted very bland. Also the sauces are not spicy at all even though this place claims to be Mexican
  • Rachael
    RachaelAugust 8, 2014
    Pricy, but a good date spot
  • Sarah "Holby" B.
    Sarah "Holby" BoldingJanuary 15, 2010
    fresh margs, ceviche & al pastor tacos. yum.
  • Chad S.
    Chad SakonchickAugust 3, 2010
    Sub out the black beans for the charro beans. Your life will be changed forever.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Plinio Sandalio, chef of The Carillon, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Sopecitos. Read more
  • Mathieu S.
    Mathieu SilversteinOctober 27, 2014
    Best carne asada on the block
  • DONALD M.
    DONALD MOORESeptember 25, 2013
    Awesome mexican food - try the fish.
  • Cameron
    CameronSeptember 17, 2014
    Life changing Mexican food!
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea CutrerDecember 30, 2011
    Great hh until 7!
  • Rick P.
    Rick PearsonAugust 16, 2015
    Mole. Corn soup.
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comJune 6, 2011
    Stunning hacienda-style restaurant with genuine Mexican food. Read more
  • Teresa C.
    Sunday Brunch is the best! Read more
  • Kristi D.
    Kristi DormadyNovember 18, 2011
    Waiter will sigh if you order water
  • Teresa C.
    Best Sunday Brunch! Read more
  • Makayla H.
    Makayla HarrisonJune 3, 2012
    The most overpriced crap brunch buffet I've ever had. Go somewhere else.
  • @DaDaRocks A.
    @DaDaRocks AdamCohenDecember 29, 2009
    Try the mango magaritas.
  • Eileen K.
    Eileen KellerMay 15, 2012
    Waiter has an attitude- :(
  • Meredith J.
    Meredith JoyceAugust 17, 2014
    Bad service. Way overpriced. Austin institution? No thanks.
  • John M.
    John MillerNovember 29, 2009
    have sunday brunch
  • John M.
    John MillerNovember 29, 2009
    Go to Fonda San Miguel and
  • Mark O.
    Mark O'LearyApril 17, 2013
    Mmm...crepas de cajeta!
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