La Fonda On Wilshire

(213) 380-5053 | View Website

2501 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA | Directions   90057

34.060536 -118.280548

Open Hours

Mon-11am- 9:30pm

Tues-11am-9:30pm

Wens-Mariachi Shows at 8pm

Thurs- Mariachi Shows at 8pm

Fri-Mariachi Shows at 7pm & 9:30pm

Sat-Mariachi Shows at 7pm & 9:30pm

Sun-Mariachi Brunch Shows at 11:30am & 1:30pm

Mariachi Dinner Show at 7:30pm

 
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Tags: Bar Scene, Margaritas, Lunch Spot, Live Music, Brunch, Happy Hour, Family-Friendly Dining, Romantic Dining

Price: $$

Cuisine: Mexican

Neighborhoods: Westlake, Central LA

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La Fonda On Wilshire
La Fonda On Wilshire
La Fonda On Wilshire

From The Owners of La Fonda On Wilshire

Classical Mexican Folkloric & Tantalizing Dining Experience

Menu
Queso Fundido, Ceviche, Guacamole, Botanas De La Casa, Sopa De Tortilla, Sopa Del Dia, La Fonda Salad, Ensalada De Nopalitos, Pollo En Salsa De Mostaza, Salmon En Salsa De Pistachio... more

Reviews for La Fonda On Wilshire

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Stay Away!!!! – The service was slow, The food very bad and bland, the worst Mexican food I have ever eaten except for the chipotle Brownie everything else was very bad. The Mariachi did not sing any traditional songs and severely over priced for the quality of the food. I am never ever going back again. EVER!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Poor Service – This restaurant does not deserve any ratings at all. I've been ther a couple times. This last time I was there for a very special & exclusive event & I had the most disappointing experience.... I was actually part & invited by the production of an event held at the restaurant. I have no complaints about the place itself except the unisex restroom located on the bottom floor which is very inconvenient & having to travel to the second floor if the RR on the first floor is busy. Service: Very poor service to guest & promoters driving some of the most prestigious and reputable staff who work with celebs in town. From a celeb PR point of view I would never ever host any party's, CD re-leases, brunches, nor promote or recommend to anyone looking for a Traditional/historical Mexican ambient. I was very offended when my guests were removed from my own reserved table for not ordering any food on top of waiting10 minutes for a Waiter. Really?... The place was a full house (about 200 attendees) and there was about 90-95% event attendees who purchased either drinks or were covered under some sort of complimentary appetizers or food on behalf of the production. Food was not all that authentic either. Drinks were well served but not very friendly. I believe if there one thing business management/ owner should respond well to is key guests or team members involved with any production been hosted at the restaurant. On top of everything Management did not even offer extra complementary drinks nor food. Not coming back unless I really have to.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

The owner is more important than the customers! – La Fonda on Wilshire since the new management had capture my attention specially with those great events they had and also with the great Latin nights parties.

Today i attended a press conference showcasing El Canelo Alvarez vs Hatton promoted by Golden Boy promotions so Oscar de la Hoya presented himself the fighters. I made plans to be at the restaurant before 1pm around lunch time so i can have a couple drinks, lunch and enjoy the conference and why not? get the Oscar de la Hoya's autograph. I walked in and i saw four people eating at the bar and i approached the bartender and asked for a beer and also an order of Taquitos same as the lady was having just besides me. And the bartender told me "I am sorry the kitchen is closed" but hey here is people eating right now?? and she said "Uhh is because he is the owner of the place (Jimmy Roca)". It was very disappointing i wanted to have lunch there and the kitchen was closed but none the less that the owner and his entourage was eating right at the bar because he ordered to the cookers food specially for him, but they could not serve regular customers. It doesn't make sense at all for me, five minutes later more food was coming out for the same individuals. Bartender was very nice and apologized for been unable to serve me as I expected. I noticed the owner treated the employees not very professional specially with the cleaning guy {but not the nice bartender lady} when giving orders to sweep the floor (totally unfair, would be better to treat employees with respect so they learn how to treat customers and make them feel special).

Story long, short. it made me feel bad as a customer looking the special treatment he was giving to his friends and at the same time I was unable to buy food and spend some hard to earn money into this place by just buying a plate of food. Jimmy, i think that wasn't a good strategy.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

New Owners / Bad Service / Not the same Mariachi. – We had not visited La Fonda since last year and we were surprised to see that the Original Mariachi was not there anymore. That the last Mariachi event was at 8:00 PM. We were there for fathers day and got bad service, over priced food. After our food got to our table late and never even got water. After the show finished at 9:00 PM and our food got there almost 45 minutes after the fact...we decided to stay for the 10:00 PM show. To our amaze they started to taking the tables away and in no time it became a dance floor for these awful new techno music. We were disappointed and will never come to this place ever again. New management is misleading people and at least the Mariachi was good before...now it was a disgrace to Mexican culture. I was not going to live a good tip and after the check came....it was already taken "That is why they don't give a F&#@ if they serve you good or not". Save your $$$/time and spend your cash wisely in a different place "It is not the same". My dog would have gotten sick with the food. NEED A REFUND.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Good food – great food and music parking little hard I still give them five star

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful mariachi music and fun – We found parking on Wilshire blvd which was super convenient. We hadn;t been there for years and this is not the dingy old La Fonda. The group was talented and fun and visited our table for a happy birthday. I ate the lamb which was amazing and sampled chicken in a tasty mustard sauce.

My friends went up on stage at the end to dance a "mariachi loco."

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Not coming back – La Fonda recently reopened and it is not owned by the same people as before. And it is not the same mariachi group, Los Camperos. My family and I recently returned and found the food to be awful. It's mostly a place for tourists or white people that don't know any better. My group and I asked for tortillas and they said they didn't have any. It's a mexican restaurant how could you not have tortillas! I waited 20 mins for water. However, the mariachis weren't bad but in l.a. there are far better places.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Good Music, Bad Service, Average Food – This place is overrated. The food is overpriced and mundane. Ceviche was average , the soup was gross. The mariachi which plays there is entertaining but does not compensate for poor service and bad food. I had to request multiple times that my drink be refilled as did the rest of my party.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food, great music and great dancing! – Honestly, if you want authentic Mexican food and great entertainment, La Fonda is the place to be! Was a little apprehensive taking my aunt there for her birthday celebration (because of the below low recommendation....btw "priced" not "prized") but from the moment we walked in the doors we were quite pleased by not only our hostess (prompt and courteous) but our service. When we sat down our waiter saw to us immediately, taking our drink orders (get the margaritas!) and then giving us time to settle in and then took our order. But wait, there's more! The entertainment...WOW! These guys, the Mariachi band, were to say the least, extraordinary. They were such characters, drawing the crowd in to sing along or to dance. Also, something to look forwad to is the folklorico dancing. THE COUPLE WAS GREAT!

I must admit that the PRICING is quite high but in all honesty you get what you pay for.....good food and great entertainment. KUDOS LA FONDA! This customer will be coming back for more!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Crappy Food, Great Entertainment. – After reading decent reviews about this place my family and I visited the restaurant in early October to celebrate my brother-in-laws birthday.

I made reservations for eight and when we arrived to the restaurant we were seated promptly, which was nice. The service was decent, but the food was horrible.

For one the menu is small and over prized. I don't mind the menu being small as long as the food is good, and if the food is good I don't mind it being over prized. The problem is that the food is definitely not worth the price. A few of the dishes we ordered were the Maria Elena's Mole($23), Enchiladas de Tomatillo ($17), Mignon al Huitlacoche($26), and Pollo en Salsa de Mostaza con Chipotle($20). Not one of the dishes was good!! I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR GOOD FOOD.

On the other hand... the one thing that we did enjoy was the Mariachi... So if you want to visit the restaurant DO NOT do it for the food... DO IT for the entertainment which is great.

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