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“A Good Find” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Fogata

La Fogata
19440 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL
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Ranked #98 of 673 Restaurants in Fort Myers
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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FORT MYERS
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138 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“A Good Find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you like authentic Mexican food then you need to try this restaurant.
We stopped for lunch and the food and service was very good.
They do serve beer and wine as well. Prices are average with most restaurants. $10 to $12 range.
The restaurant was very clean and the atmosphere was also good.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Fort Myers, Florida
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96 reviews 96 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Needs A Giant Step Up”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The place is roomy and pleasantly decorated. The service was good, but neither the server nor the menu mentioned the availability of wine or beer. So all we drank was water. While the food was really, really good, the side dishes of Mexican rice and black beans were barely more than lukewarm upon arrival. It could have been such a better experience, but unnecessarily came up short. We probably won't go back as a result.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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“Don't let the appearance fool you”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

I decided to give this a shot based on all the reviews and we were not disappointed.
Do NOT let the outside and or inside detour you as the service and food is worth it. This is the real deal. This is not iguana Mia type of Mexican this is authentic Mexican food. As you will not get red salsa it's the green authentic style with 2 other types to accompany.
We had the chicken nachos and they were so good. We had a chicken dish that was really good as well. The guacamole was fabulous. Nice big chunks of avocado and tomatoes. Yumm
I do have one complaint..they need to get a better selection of beers as ONLY Bud products is no fan of mine. If they could get a liquor license and do some decorating on the inside this place would rock.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Authentic Mexican cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We were a little worried when we found the restaurant in the middle of a strip mall, but don't let the exterior throw you! The food and service were excellent. Nice selection of Mexican beers available, delicious nachos served with a selection of salsas and terrific homemade guacamole, and an extensive menu of Sonoran dishes. We tried chicken, pork, beef, and chorizo dishes, and they were all great.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We recently went to La Fogata on a Friday evening to have dinner. We decided to go there based on the reviews we had read on Trip Advisor. Unfortunately, however, our experience left much to be desired. To start, they informed us, after we had placed our orders, that they had run out of rice and therefore, we were offered french fries etc, as a substitute. It seems rather strange that a Mexican restaurant would not have enough rice on a Friday evening at 7 p.m. They did, however, offer us a 15% discount and a desert on the house. The other disappointing thing was the food. While it was certainly authentic Mexican food, we found the beef to be rather tough and chewy. It may be better therefore to stick with chicken. The homemade tortilla chips and salsas were excellent and the waitress was very courteous and apologetic. Overall, however, we were disappointed and had a very average experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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