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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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5:00 pm - 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
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Most recent review
Fresh oysters!

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:)

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2014
Chaching1197
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Puyallup, Washington
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Puyallup, Washington
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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10 reviews 10 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Berkeley, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Fonda has a good drinks list, and some interesting non-alcoholic drinks as well. The tapas are latin-inflected. Service is friendly. I have seen people with children here, but prefer to go for an adult evening, myself. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the food -- the fish has been very fresh, and the vegetables are fantastic. Good dishes... More 

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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, Outdoor seating
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?