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Fonda

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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Tapas
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1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707
(510) 559-9006
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Today
10:00 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Fri 4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, friendly service, a bit pricey

Went to Fonda on Solano on Friday for happy hour. Was really impressed with our attentive and friendly waitress who did her best to give us a good experience. The food, we had fish tacos, tuna tartar, scallops, shrimps and some salad, tasted great but could have had a better presentation. Will be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Bergen, Norway
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Bergen, Norway
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Went to Fonda on Solano on Friday for happy hour. Was really impressed with our attentive and friendly waitress who did her best to give us a good experience. The food, we had fish tacos, tuna tartar, scallops, shrimps and some salad, tasted great but could have had a better presentation. Will be back for more.

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Albany, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Four stars, not five, because last time the young bartender was displeased and argumentative when we, two old ladies, one us disabled and having made it there from the car with some difficulty, arrived five minutes before the official opening time, came in the open door, and insisted on sitting down to wait. Sorry, age and tenacity win out over... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The oysters were really fresh! (This is coming from somebody who gets her oysters direct from Taylor Shellfish) Also, don't miss the tuna tartare and the grilled skirt steak. Maybe a little pricey for some but I do not mind paying for good food especially fresh seafood:)

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Usually fairly crowded and a fun atmosphere. The food (mostly tapa or small-plate style) is very good. However, it's easy to run up a big tab if you are hungry. Good place for a drink and a snack. For dinner, bring plenty of money.

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Albany, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We have eaten at Fonda's many times. The food is both traditional and innovative Mexican and is very good. The bar is full and they have many signature cocktails, wine and beer. The alcoholic dessert drinks are especially good. The only thing is the food is expensive and the portions are small. We usually have eaten dinner earlier and go... More 

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Berkeley, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I've been to Fonda's many times, and have never been disappointed. I love it that we can go there after most other local restaurants are closed, and get absolutely wonderful food. When I've asked to be seated in a quieter area, they always accommodate us. The drinks are a bit pricy, but the food itself is well-priced. The tacos are... More 

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Albany, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent cocktail, best bartenders in the East Bay, very good Latin American dishes. Sometimes the food is a bit pricey, but always a good time.

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Albany, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

great location, great neighborhood feel, service has been friendlier, house margarita used to have better tequila and always used cointreau, now you have to pay for those benefits

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Albany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Didn't really enjoy the noisey young crowd. Also it is very crowded both inside and out. It was very difficult to carry on a normal conversation due to the nosise level.

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We were unaware that we were dining on Taco Tuesday, until we were seated. It was a nice surprise as tacos were $2.50 to $3 each and there were also $5 dollar Mojitos. Our Tacos included the Duck with guacomole and arbol salsa (absolutely delicious) Fish with Coriander aioli and radish slaw, and something new to us, Pooc Chuc Taco... More 

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Additional Information about Fonda

Address: 1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707
Phone Number: (510) 559-9006
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday 5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday 4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:30 am
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Tapas

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: (510) 559-9006

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?