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La Fonda

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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210 W Main St, Artesia, NM 88210-2132
+1 505-746-9411
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Run of the mill Mexican restaurant - no beer or alcohol- tired desolate ambiance - sad food - but at least a place to eat after 7 pm on a Sunday evening

Thank Neighbor2
Roswell, New Mexico
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

I've noticed a lot of people commenting that they were sent to La Fonda by locals, so let me explain something (my dad was a local)- according to everyone who remembers the '60s and '70s at La Fonda, it was good once. Really good, according to my dad, and he's a Mexican food snob, so I trust him. But apparently,... More 

Thank BrendaLou882
Wichita, Kansas
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2016

I'm giving 1 star because this place did not make a good first impression. 8pm on a Tuesday, should have been pleasant. But my waitress was worthless. Didn't write my order down, and got it wrong. Told her double rice, no beans. Get beans and rice. 1 refill when I was 3/4 done with my meal. Brought me 2 chip... More 

Thank becradars
Artesia, New Mexico
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

I had lunch at La Fonda today. I had the flauta plate and my husband had the Guadalajara (signature dish). We had an appetizer order of guacamole as well. The service was quick and friendly. The food was good as well. If you are a Tex-Mex lover, you will likely enjoy their fare. My friends from my hometown of Hobbs... More 

Thank Technah
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

We stopped on our way through Artesia. This restaurant was conveniently located at the turn we had to make on 285. We walked in and were pleasantly greeted and seated. We were given chips and salsa. The salsa tasted like Pace salsa to me. Not bad, but nothing special. I ordered the smothered empanada with white sauce (sauce recommended by... More 

Thank Anne O
Ardmore, Oklahoma
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

It was recommended to us from a local. It was a tex-mex style we wanted authentic style. Have nothing bad to say. The place was clean. The staff was friendly. Great location.

Thank Shawn W
San Antonio, Texas
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89 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

This place is very Gringo for a Mexican restaurant. I'm Gringo and it was too flavorless for me. I don't know if it's just a different style than I'm used to in South Texas, but I couldn't even eat the refried beans. Everything else was okay, but not great. It was hot. The portions were decent. It was fresh and... More 

Thank listinak
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2016

Ate here again because we always have when in the area, which is infrequent. The food seems more average than it was in the last 30 years. Will look for some spicier food next time.

1 Thank Gottrips
Artesia, New Mexico
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

Good Times. Plenty of food with great service and fun atmosphere. Eat here often. Good Mexican food and a pretty nice little steak. If you pass thru town and don't eat here you will miss out on a SE New Mexico treat.

Thank Mike P
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

I checked the reviews of this place before we went and I was skeptical. However, I visted on a Sunday, when nearly every restaurant is closed. I had zero expectations walking in here, so maybe that affected my experience. The salsa wasn't so bad, not super spicy and not so weak either. The chips were decent too. I ordered the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210 W Main St, Artesia, NM 88210-2132
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Artesia
  • Phone Number: +1 505-746-9411

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