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“Highly recommended for special occasions”
Review of Fonda San Miguel

Fonda San Miguel
Ranked #25 of 3,738 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Loveland, Ohio
1 review
“Highly recommended for special occasions”
Reviewed February 12, 2010

We lived in Austin for 16 years and Fonda San Miguel quickly became our regular choice for birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions. We were never disappointed. FSM is certainly somewhat expensive, so we'd choose the Sunday brunch buffet whenever possible and stuff ourselves silly on the wide variety of exotic dishes. As one should expect in Austin, FSM is vegetarian-friendly: the first time we ate there, we were completely unfamiliar with the various Mexican dishes, and the staff really went out of their way to make us comfortable and to ensure that nothing we ordered contained meat. The Sunday buffet is organized on four large tables in the center of the dining room: one is devoted to meat dishes and the other three are all meat-free (salads, "side" dishes, and desserts). I've never come away feeling less than completely satisfied, even with one side of the buffet excluded. (Particularly tasty: the nopalito salad.) Dinner is perhaps inevitably a bit of a letdown if you are a fan of the brunch buffet, due to the fact that it's still quite expensive but does not lend itself to fits of extreme gluttony. I always found the service to be very good, and the atmosphere is without compare. It's upscale but casual in that charming Austin way. A trip to Austin would not be complete without a stop at Fonda San Miguel.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
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“The best Mexican meal I've ever had”
Reviewed October 25, 2009

Dining at Fonda San Miguel was definitely a high point. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and very helpful making suggestions on wines and the menu, which specializes in Mexican cuisines from the interior.

I would highly recommend what I had for dinner: RELLENO DE PICADILLO which is roasted in a very tastey and mild poblano that is stuffed with shredded pork, almonds and raisins. The accompanying Jitomate sauce is slightly sweet and very complimentary. You can check out the menu at www.fondasanmiguel.com

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Austin, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful interior Mexico decor and cuisine. Upscale.”
Reviewed October 9, 2009

Lovely special occasion place. Not TexMex. Classic Mexico...stylish, perhaps even sexy in an old world way. Sola de Elote and rellenos are fabulous. Incredible Sunday brunch, but booked weeks ahead.

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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
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57 restaurant reviews
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“Should Have Gone to the Four Seasons”
Reviewed October 7, 2009

My girlfriends and I decided to go to brunch this last Sunday and after looking at Fonda San Miguel's website we decided to go there. First I would like to say that their website is misleading because it reads like you would also get the choice of Buffet or ordring off the Menu. You do not have a choice it is only Buffet. Service? Well there was none at our table, plus they seated us at a dirty table, I sat on a huge tomato, staining my pants! 42.00 dollars per person (not including drinks) for a buffet that included....bean/rice tamales, chicken mole, pork stew, black beans, runny eggs, quacamole, hard potatoes and some desserts. It was disgusting and I will never go back...They should be ashamed to call themselves chefs!

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texas
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“Haughty was the reception at this restaurant”
Reviewed September 17, 2009

If you want to be treated like you aren't "good enough", try this restaurant. Having heard about Fonda San Miguel, the great Austin interior Mexican food restaurant, and after having visited their website, my friend and I decided to go to their "happy hour" on a Tuesday night. When we arrived, WE had to greet the hostesses; they did not greet us. We told them we were there for drinks. They told us to "sit anywhere" in the foyer. We sat and waited for appx 10 minutes before our server asked us if she could get us anything. We asked about the drink menu and she rattled off all the different margaritas. We had to ask her about the 1/2 price appetizers; she did not offer us that information. She walked away to get a menu and returned with the reply that there was only a limited selection and there was only 10 min. left to the offer, (which, by the way, was not what their website advertised.) We decided to leave although we had planned to have dinner there. It was very evident that we were not dressed well enough to eat there, nor did we measure up to their cliental. Beware of this restaurant if you are not on the high strata end of the money game.

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