Austin >Food & Dining > 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.
Over Priced/Underwhelming - Fonda San Miguel. To rank them mediocre would be a compliment. You're essentially paying for the leather bound menus and expensive bricks and mortar. The food is below average for the price and you will get better service at Taco Cabanna's drive-thru. Needless to say we were extremely disappointed after all the rave reviews and recommendations. In a time like this when people are pinching their pennies restaurants should do everything they can to back up their big prices with big service and excellent food. Sorry to disappoint but save your money.
A local must!. This is a great local favorite! Every time my parents come to town they insist we go here. The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful; almost worth going just to see the art. The service is above reproach - the servers know so much about their wines and their menu. The food is wonderful, I've been many, many, times and have never had a bad experience. The chorizo queso is amazing (almost a meal in itself), the shrimp are great, and so are the scallops. The owner is usually on the premises and willing to chit-chat with you. Definitely worth the money - amazing food, great wine list (includes hard to find Mary Edwards!), knowledgeable servers who obviously enjoy their job, and beautiful art. What more could you want?
Fresh food, great service.
This is fine Mexican dining, very enjoyable. I love their appetizers and most of the menu. Very fresh food and fantastic drinks.
The mole is exceptional as is any of their chicken dishes as far as I'm concerned. The fish is very fresh but you can get something "plain" once and a while. The main steak dish, unreal.
I would skip the fajitas although the claim to have introduced them to the US. Boring, not flavor. Yes fresh but just nothing exciting about the meat at all.
Expect to pay for the experience and and to wait for a table. That's ok, they have great margaritas.
Excessivly Expensive!!!. We went there for mother's day brunch, and unfortunatly didnt ask how much it would cost...we just figured it would be the normal expensive...maybe $20 each $25 at most. When we got the check, I swear I thought I would pass out! $147 for three people, outrageous! The food was good, but unless you ate absolutely everything it wasnt worth the money. Im still dumbfounded at how expensive it was, and sadly it really overshadows the lovely mothers day we had planned. On the bright side, the decor is amazing and impressive, but it still wasnt worth the money. If I'm going to pay almost $50 per person, I want baluga caviar quality, not quail and flan.
2 Sunday Brunches + 1 diet coke + one refill = WICKED RIPPED OFF!. While the price of gas steadily increases and I try to find other modes of transportation, I just spent $88 on brunch that was mediocre at best. That cost me two tanks of gas and I will now be riding the bus for the next couple of weeks to pay for that meal. I braced myself for maybe $20 a piece (which would still be overpriced) but $38.50 per brunch!!!!!!! And, they charged me for a refill for a diet coke! The audacity!!!!!! Everyone, go to Chez Zee for brunch instead.
We will never return...... This was probably our fifth time to visit Fonda San Miguel. It has never been my favorite restaurant, but we were with a group that wanted to try it. Their first visit resulted in disaster. Everyone agreed the prices were a rip off, the service was unacceptable, unaccommodating, and inflexible. (Example: My friend asked for some grilled jalapenos to accompany his meal---waitress responded that "the kitchen was way too busy to do that" The waitress was short, dismissive, and snooty. She was really put out to serve our 8 top. The food was luke-warm and took forever....upwards of an hour. This meal was a true disappointment. I'm afraid this place has turned into a bit of a "tourist trap". I will never return to or recommend this establishment. It was just horrible! AVOID. If you must see the place--stop in and have a beverage before going to a good restaurant.
Soooo Gooooood.. So worth the money. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE it! If you want a nice place to take your sweetie pie then this is a gem.
Cold and flavorless meals. The cook has changed. I have had previous memorable meals here but the one I had this wk was poor. The sopa de elote was basically blended canned corn with no flavoring. It was also served luke warm. the cerviche had no diced fresh jalapenos or cilantro which are distinguishing flavors in this dish. Instead of tortilla chips it was served with deep fried flour tortillas which is not a good substitute. My dining partners meal was also only warm. Attention is needed to serve food hot. I am not one to send food back. I will pay for the meal and not ever return to the restaurant in the future. This place may be riding on its past history. I would be hesitant to recommend this to anyone.
Best real Mexican food..
Well this place blew me away. It is a weird spot in Austin to have such an amazing restaurant.. I was completely suprised as to how gorgeous it was inside with all the beautiful Spanish/Mexican art and decor.
I am so lucky to make a reservation though, this place completely fills up!!! I have had dinner and brunch here and both were spectacular i order the ancho rellenos for dinner.. there is absolutely no other place in Austin that serves a dish like this, the server said it came out quickly because it is their most popular dish!
I usually love hole in the wall places or little tex-mex.. but I know when money is made to be spent.. this is the place to go when you want to splurge on an excellent meal (by the way I cant believe how man cheap asses posted reviews on here). The place is gorgeous, if you're suprised a holiday buffet cost over $30 then you should eat at a low-end franchise and leave the gems to the rest of us! (b.t.w. brunch is ridiculously extravagant)
Wonderful place, recommend reservations, buy the cookbook, great place to go when you want to live a little!
Oh my ....
If I could give this restaurant 4.5 stars, I would. The most notable thing about FSM is the decor ... it is very unique, interior Mexico authentic and romantic with a capital R. The food is positively some of the best Mexican food I have ever had. FSM has a full and pleasantly unusual menu. Their flour tortillas are so f/cking good - I don't even like flour tortillas, but I ate every single one they brought me. The recommended wine was amazing.
However, unless my Mexican food is doing something extra special like driving me home, it is not worth the prices this place is boldly asking. I will most definitely go back, but only when I have a few extra dollars to throw away in a WTF whirlwind.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Fonda San Miguel Restaurant on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.