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Fonda

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Mexican, Latin, 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: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Oh, those tamales!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
AnnieAgard
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Albany, California
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  • Families with children
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English first
Albany, California
Contributor
19 reviews 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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153 reviews 153 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Everything we ordered was delicious and interesting--tuna tartare, golden and red beet salad, duck and fish tacos, rack of lamb, warm chocolate cake. Tip: get there early or there may be a wait

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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, 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, 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?