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1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707
(510) 559-9006
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love spanish food and Fonda is a good purveyor of Spanish food. Small plates so you always get a selection. Good wine and bar so you leave well fed and imbibed. Even has a happy hour that is later in the evening.

Thank PeterCalc
Berkeley, California
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an active neighborhood spot for cocktails and latin-inspired tapas. Noisy, but seating is intimate for conversation is possible. Very yummy for a quick bite.

Thank ElyseEA
Berkeley, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live less than 2 miles from Fonda, so I go there often, once every 3 months on average. And while the menu varies from time to time (maybe 20%), I find myself drawn to my old favorites--the beet salad, the tuna tartare, the halibut (it's the salad that comes with it that is so special), the fried plantains, the... More 

Thank WearybutWileyTravele
Albany, California
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Things have improved since the initial change in ownership, but Fonda is no longer my go-to fir cocktails and food with friends. The menu is mostly unchanged and that's both good and bad: reliability is nice but the lack of creativity shows. Overall, a good place to meet friends but don't expect a transformative dining experience.

Thank kzmckeown
San Francisco, California
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62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Came here with few friends and enjoyed the live energy and yummy food there very much. Full house of young people on Friday night, so we waited a little bit. but it's worth trying.

Thank SW108
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

They have a great happy hour, good margaritas and definitely try the duck tacos! Personally I would steer away from the chips and salsa and guacamole. The guacamole is a bit lackluster and chips too thick. But overall very good experience!

Thank Dan L
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Fonda has been a fine visit along the extraordinarily crowded Solano Avenue (Berkeley-Albany) strip for a long time. The drinks are acceptable, the food what you might expect, and the pleasures of a visit mostly a matter of what friends you bring with you. Parking can be an adventure, or at least a several block walk. Still, this is a... More 

Thank Paul S
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Really wanted to like this place. The duck tacos were dry and the chicken wings were spicy with no flavor. Went for taco Tuesday and left hungry. The sangria was pretty good.

Thank Brandi O
Bergen, Norway
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

Thank kaffekannen
Albany, California
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20 reviews
8 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 

Thank AnnieAgard

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Pub
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: (510) 559-9006

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