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Fonda San Miguel

Fonda San Miguel

Mexican Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Allandale, Austin
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    Has a stamp of approval from Village Voice and Eater
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    • Eater
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    "shredded duck enchiladas"(3 Tips)
    Sarah "Holby" B.
    "fresh margs, ceviche & al pastor tacos."(5 Tips)
    "Their mole"(4 Tips)
    Valerie T.
    "authentic interior Mexican food in Austin."(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon79 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • good for dates
  • happy hour
  • interior mexico
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  • 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
  • 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]
  • Kathleen V.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
  • Rania
    RaniaJanuary 8, 2020
    What a gem. Went for Tuesday Happy hour & tried almost everything. Loved the lamb chops & pork tostados. Incredible service, design and vibe.
  • 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
  • Lionel M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Lazar S.heart icon on user image
    Lazar StojkovićAugust 12, 2022
    Amazing restaurant. The queso fundido (with rajas and chorizo verde) and the flan are the best I've ever had.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMay 18, 2014
    Tres leches cake is reason enough to come here. Order your own! The duck enchiladas were tasty too.
  • Alex S.heart icon on user image
    Alex SpinnlerDecember 5, 2018
    Transport yourself to interior Mexico, both in atmosphere and cuisine. A long-time Austin favorite!
  • Ugur K.heart icon on user image
    Ugur KanerJune 30, 2019
    The most authentic Mexican restaurant I’ve been. Sunday brunch is off the roof ❤️❤️
  • Danielle R.heart icon on user image
    Danielle RiosMarch 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.heart icon on user image
    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.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!
  • Elizabeth H.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth HallAugust 15, 2015
    Best authentic interior Mexico cuisine in Austin plus a classy yet casual ambiance!
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TysonMarch 3, 2013
    Gorgeous interiors, great feel and home to the most authentic interior Mexican food in Austin.
  • Steve M.heart icon on user image
    Steve MockJuly 20, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    The carnitas tacos (especially during happy hour!) are fantastic.
  • Germaine W.heart icon on user image
    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
  • hannah b.
    hannah bananaJune 19, 2015
    Excellent food, excellent service, fantastic brunch. Never had a problem there.
  • 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.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeOctober 29, 2019
    Old school Mexican. Great plates. Grandiose dining room
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eden M.
    Eden MartinezJune 15, 2014
    Best Sunday brunch I've had in a while. Everything was great.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jerry M.heart icon on user image
    Jerry MautzJanuary 7, 2020
    Fantastic restaurant - in Austin since 1975! Tres Leches Cake
  • Ross
    RossApril 15, 2016
    Chile con queso is SOOO good.
  • Marc
    MarcAugust 15, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 - Mexican Dishes: #1 Cochinta Pibil
  • Sydney K.
    Sydney KammerSeptember 3, 2022
    Amazing salsa! Amazing atmosphere! Amazing service!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!!!
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CarpenterMay 23, 2015
    $50 all you can eat brunch. Worth every penny.
  • Ryan H.heart icon on user image
    Ryan HillSeptember 24, 2014
    The Cochinita Pibil is incredible!!
  • Steven D.
    Steven DoyleAugust 17, 2017
    Top shelf food...much better than I expected
  • John M.heart icon on user image
    John MoodyJanuary 31, 2015
    Lamb, traditional interior Mexican food
  • 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!
  • Samantha D.
    Samantha DunlopJuly 9, 2014
    Delish margaritas and enchiladas! Yes please, will be back!
  • Kyle Cameron S.
    Ancho relleno is *fantastic*
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Plinio Sandalio, chef of The Carillon, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Sopecitos. Read more
  • Alba S.
    Alba SandovalMay 30, 2013
    Watermelon Margaritas are amazing and fresh !
  • Vonia
    VoniaApril 26, 2014
    Beautiful decor & architecture.
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FernandezNovember 29, 2015
    Atmosphere ! Food ! Margaritas!
  • 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....
  • Adriano T.
    Adriano TrovatoOctober 30, 2011
    This place is amazing and the food is awesome! Thumbs up!
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