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2310 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-2214
+1 650-574-9699
12:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sun 20:00 - 23:15
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San Mateo
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I've been going to La Fonda since opened Years ago.......Wonderful food friendly family run restaurant.....I'vecelebrate birthdays there and met up with friends I haven't seen in awhile....I gie this place 5 plus stars.

Thank Margaret M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Warm, friendly, happy atmosphere. Good service, good food. Great place to spend and evening chatting and eating.

Thank Joyce B
Burlingame, California
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279 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

The people who run this place are so great but I have to say the food is just so-so. Margaritas are quite good, however. Had chili rellenos with beans and rice and friends had enchiladas and tacos, with beans and rice as well. Just not much flavor all around. Would probably go back,since they are so nice.

Thank travelagentreplies
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014 via mobile

There was a wide variety of dishes ordered during our dinner and everything was great! The fajitas were prepared perfectly. The meat was juicy, well proportioned and deliciously seasoned.

Thank anna c
Reston, Virginia
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

This family restaurant is an institution in San Mateo. It has been here for more than 30 years. the food is great the prices reasonable and staff a great family. Children are welcome-provided they are well behaved because they will be compared to the owners' children who practically grew up in the restaurant. They still work in the restaurant though... More 

Thank irelandmm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2012

We normally go to a few other local Mexican food places. I have seen La Fonda and I believe we went there Years ago and I could not remember Why we did not go back. (I think back then it was only Beer & wine margaritas) We wanted to try a different place and I thought of La Fonda. It... More 

Thank SFBayAreaFamily
Seattle, Washington
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

Good food, drinks and service. Friendly host and wait staff. Would return if ever in San Mateo again.

Thank Ralph B
San Mateo, California
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

Love La Fonda. Delicious food. I really like their Cheese enchiladas. The owner lives locally and participates in the community. She always comes over and tests my son's spanish. I also like the fireplace and the stained glass. Only problem is that they aren't open on Saturday's for lunch!

Thank Cynthia B
Foster City, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2009

I've been going to La Fonda in San Mateo for over 30 years. It's a marvelous family owned, family run restaurant with healthy and delicious food. The delightful owners, Pablo and Maureen, will probably be there in person - and one of their grown children will probably be waiting tables. You'll probably see me there, also - I'm a one-a-week... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2009

Probably the best sitdown Mexican in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Open Hours
20:00 - 23:15
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
20:00 - 23:15
12:00 - 15:00
20:00 - 23:15
20:00 - 23:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2310 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-2214
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-574-9699

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