If you're looking for good mariachi music and folkloric dancing, you found it. Unlike other places where the mariachi might sound they just got together for the evening La Fonda's mariachis are very skilled for unrivaled presentation and finesse. The folkloric dancers (only one couple) are also great. What they also have in good variety are the traditional tequilas (to be sipped like brandies), Herradura, Don Julio, Chinaco, Don Porfirio Diaz, and more, although they do carry the more popular for those that dare mix into their concoctions. The food is still something to be desired. It's basic, for the sightseer perhaps that generally likes Mexican food, but enjoys a good show even better. The presentation of the food is something out of a Denny's menu. The service is good. They have seating for large parties, but I don't think they have multiple check service yet, (bring calculator). The stage lighting is okay, although the restaurant lighting is poor. Bathrooms are upstairs. Overall, you will come again, but most likely for the show.
Being a mariachi afficionado, La Fonda was a great experience for me. Not only was the all-girl mariachi band great but the New York Steak was to die for. The environment is very romantic so if you're interested in taking a date somewhere, La Fonda is perfect.
I enjoyed this restaurant greatly. It is an amazing restaurant with live and beautiful music, i.e. if you appreciate the Mexican culture. I strongly recommend this place for a nice occasion like a romantic evening. This restaurant has a Mariachi, which proves to be a great show all while you enjoy your delicious Mexican food.
This place would not be worth it without the live mariachi there. The food is good, but what you're mainly paying for is the entertainment. This place is dead when the band isn't playing, but when it is it is alive and full. Service wasn't that great since you don't have a specific waiter attending you.
The musical talent alone should prompt the mariachi enthusiast to visit La Fonda. Los Camperos were one of 3 mariachis featured on a KPBS special in 2004.
If you don't know how to speak Spanish, go anyway! The whole staff, waiters, dancers (Mexican folk dancers) and the musicians are all inviting and provide excellent service.
Get there early to get parked and seated without the crowds.
This is that mole that everyone seeks out for. We usually get the Chicken with mole, enchiladas or chile rellenos. The chips and salsa sauce are very good as well. The mariachi show is excellent. This is the restaurante that I proposed to my wife...ON STAGE!