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“Wow, What a Pleasant Surprise”
Review of Fonda San Miguel

Fonda San Miguel
Ranked #21 of 3,708 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Houston, TX
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Wow, What a Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had just travel into Austin from Houston to meet some friends from Boston and have a nice night out with my son and his fiance as our guides and hosts. When we drove up to the Fonda San Miguel my first impression was "average", but I should have known better. Great Mexican and TexMex food thrives inside "average" and even "less than average" looking establishments, it is part of the whole scene. The lobby and guest receiving area inside Fonda San Miguel was a little small but very comfortable. We had a seat at the big central round table in the front to await our table for drinks, which became available after a very short wait. Somehow, it became evident immediately that this was going to be a very good evening. The hostess was very courteous and friendly and our waiter was immediately available to help the six of us to get seated and comfortable. The chips and salsa arrived immediately and the waiter began explaininig the menu to us, especially too our friends from Boston, and told us the daily special. This young man's style and approach to his job was to be very friendly, open and informative, displaying a lot of patience with us making for a very warm relationship. This, combined with the warm decor of the restaurant, the low key music and the great food turned this into one of the best evening meals I have ever experienced. We ordered dessert, sat around and visited with coffee and did just about everything we could to stay, relax and enjoy. But, alas, we finally had to leave. This was indeed a great meal in a great place.

  • Visited October 2013
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Austin, Texas
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“"Great Food and Atmosphere"”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

I have not been to Fonda San Miguel in years. This year we went to celebrate our Anniversary. The ambiance is perfect for this type of celebration. The variety of Mexican dishes never disappoint and the service is excellent!

Visited October 2013
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Best Mexican food in most beautiful ambiance in Austin”
Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was our second visit to Austin and our second visit to this restaurant. The quality and authenticity of the Mexican cuisine and the variety on offer is outstanding. We went to the buffet on Sunday and it was superb and great value for the price.

Visited July 2013
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Thank jaimeapon
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Medellin, Colombia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Could be the best mexican restaurant in town”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Beautiful place, with a nice music, incredible decoration. The food was great!!

Perfect for going with friends, family or your couple.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Sara H
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Brooklyn, New York
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great food, not a great value.”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

The chili rellano and tres leches cake were both superb. That said, the price point is far higher than the average around Austin. I'm not sure it's worth it when there are so many other incredible restaurants to try in town.

  • Visited October 2013
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