Austin >Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
Wine list at a Mexican place?!. I don’t think businesses are nearly as service focused as they used to be. I guess the economy-battered restaurateurs decided that focusing on discount’s and happy hour specials would draw more people in than focusing on what makes people want to go out to eat in the first place, which is service. Almost anyone can cook at home, buy a bottle, and dim the lights… but “going out” truly centers around being served. My first (and SO FAR only) experience at Fonda San Miguel reminded me of that, because I hadn’t experienced such truly superior service in a very long time.
LOVED IT! Yes expensive, but you get what you pay for. Tuesdays have half off appetizers!
Nice location, mediocre food, there are 1000's of much better restaurants, this is not texmex and NOT good Mexican food. I am NEVER going back.
Fonda San Miguel. Lush decor, attentive service & interior Mexican cuisine are worth the hefty price tag on Fonda's menu. Brunch here is a don't-miss.
Inviting atmosphere, Forgettable food.
While the atmosphere and decor of Fonda San Miguel are inviting, the real reason for dining at a restaurant, the food, was unimpressive, especially for one of a higher price point. It was fine and nicely arranged, though I enjoyed it no more than a restaurant for half the cost. Also, avoid ordering a mojito, as it was basically a cup of lime juice for $9 (four lime wedges in the glass) with little mint or sweetener.
Upon entering, the courtyard area is lovely and colorful and the dining room offers a pleasant ambiance, though the tables are a bit too close together as I had no room to adjust my chair. Furthermore, the citysearch provided dress code is accurate as myself and my company were in nice attire, as were most others, though jeans were worn by some and I noticed several tables with kids, though they were well enough behaved.
The environment was welcoming and nice, though the food was forgettable. A nice place to just grab a drink and sit in the courtyard, though for dinner, look elsewhere.
Pros- Atmosphere, Decor, Service
Cons- Price, Average Food
(republished review from 2008)
Citysearch Editorial Review. The lively space feels like a spacious hacienda in the Mexican highlands, with dark woods, leather and warm colors. Paintings by Mexican artists and large tin lanterns hang throughout. A front lounge has sitting areas with couches that invite diners to relax with a Latin cocktail (try the pisco sour or mojito) before their meal and a back bar bustles with the energy of a Mexican resort town. The sopa de elote (cheesy corn soup) has a deep flavor, courtesy of roasted poblanos. Ancho relleno San Miguel is served atop a pool of cilantro cream sauce. Scallops are served on an over-powering sauce that hides their subtle flavor. Well-heeled diners finish with crepas de cajeta, featuring milky caramel sauce, cinnamon and ice cream. Sunday brunch is a relaxed family-friendly affair, with achiote-marinated pork and white drum ceviche.
Awesome food. Very good food with nice atmosphere. I wish it was closer to downtown though.
beautiful "interior mexican" restaurant. Theres so many great things about this restaurant I wish my wallet could handle it. I definitely recommend as a large group or a date to impress. Have never been let down with the food but I also never order the basic things like fajitas..my favorite dish is the cochinita pibil. Took my mom here for brunch last year's mother's day.. although it is also expensive it is very extravagant, plentiful, and beautiful. It was a very special mom date thats for sure.
Dinner experience. We recently went here for a birthday celebration. I had heard it was pricey, but it was really too expensive for what you get. I don't like to have to ask what the price is for a particular dish and there you have to ask about the entire fish section. The food was good as far as I was concerned, but everyone else said it was just "OK". Some had the fajitas and said they were no better than any other Mexican restaurant, but double the price. We had margaritas and I was amazed that they would serve them in wine glasses!!! Get real. There were a few sips for $9 and by the way, "happy hour prices" are ONLY at the bar. I don't think we will go back any time soon, sorry to say. I had hoped for a much better experience.
great brunch. if you like authentic mexican food, you'll love fonda. the ambiance is great, although a little loud. the food is very good and the price reflects that and then some. Its a little pricey considering i'm not a huge fan of mexican, i probably wouldn't go back. But i enjoyed going there for brunch.
Authentic Mexican Food. Excellent authentic Mexican (not Tex-Mex) food. Prompt curteous service and wonderful ambience. Food is on the expensive side ($18 Cheese Enchiladas) but the quality is there. Many daily specials, green choriso made in house. A dining experience.
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