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“Pleasantly surprised - will definitely dine here again.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Fuente Restaurant

La Fuente Restaurant
217 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6641
515-233-6696
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Ranked #52 of 149 Restaurants in Ames
Cuisines: Mexican
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Ames, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised - will definitely dine here again.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

We are new to the Ames area and missing the restaurants from our previous home, which was a large city. My husband wanted Mexican, so we found La Fuente on our GPS and were very pleasantly surprised.

The parking was only allowed on one side of the building, but - there were many spaces so not a problem. We went on a Wednesday evening, around 6 pm. It was busy with people and families, coming and going, but - it was not too loud.

We were greeted, seated, served water, warm chips and yummy, fresh tasting salsa with fresh cilantro and just the right amount of heat. The menu was easy to understand and offered a nice variety of meat selections as well as vegetarian entrees.

We both ordered combination dinners, which arrived very fast! Nice presentation of the food as well has large portions. We had to take our leftovers "to go" as it was just too much food. The beans and rice weren't overdone, the corn tortillas had great flavor and everyone around us seemed pleased with their food and meals as well.

We also ordered the friend cheesecake dessert to share and it was also lovely in presentation and a delightful, cream cheese and vanilla experience! Served with icecream, whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel decorations and accented with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Dishes and utensils were clean and in good condition. Water tasted fresh. Nothing bad at all; only hot, fresh, yummy food.

The only downfall was that I was recovering from a leg injury and had to go down 2 flights of steps to visit the restroom. Restrooms are in the lower level and the dining area is in the upper level. Otherwise, it was a very nice dinner.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“not as good as before”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2010

The food and service were not good. I will not be returning.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Will never forget! -Erin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2008

If you're looking for a place with authentic and delicious Mexican food, La Fuente is perfect. Since I graduated from Iowa State in 2004, I have not eaten at a Mexican restaurant that I enjoy more. I fondly remember their cheese enchiladas and rice, and the queso sauce was delicious. Service was always friendly and fast, and the place was already clean. Be prepared to wait on Friday or Saturday nights, but the food is worth the rate. Two thumbs up!

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“Lately the service has been pretty bad.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2008

Lately the service has been pretty bad.

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“Again not a big fan of mexican food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2007

Again not a big fan of mexican food

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