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La Fonda

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220 Wake Ave, El Centro, CA 92243-9632
+1 760-353-6450
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, La Fonda is on 4th Street in El Centro, so don't look for it on Wake Street. Second, the food was very good, with a great menu - offering some Mexican food options that you don't see in other places. All 3 of us liked the food, and would certainly return. However, the service was quite slow. Perhaps they... More 

Thank JKY159
Yuma, Arizona
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82 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Ordered a Carne aAsada burrito which was only average. I can't speak to other menu items. Friendly staff and prompt service. If you are travelling I-8 through El Centro this an OK Mexican Restaurant for clean place to stop.

Thank DRO O
El Centro, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Since I began going to La Fonda, This is the forth move, every one a little bigger and nicer than the other. The food has always stayed the same, good. The owners treat you like family, as they are all family themselves. They all have a personal pride the way the restaurant is run and the taste of the food.... More 

Thank ecken2015
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Had the combo n3 , really good!! Service was good as well. Definitely coming back!! The salsa that they give you at the beginning beware!! It's spicy so if you can't handle spicy don't eat it. I like spicy but my tongue was on fire haha.

Thank Katherine E
El Centro CA
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Great food. Good service. Full bar. Good parking. Sports bar at one end. Owner will probably be around to visit and check on things.

Thank farmernorm
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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202 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

First of all, the address on the app is an old one. La Fonda is now on 4th street, right next to McDonalds. My wife and I were traveling on Interstate 8 and decided some real Mexican food would be nice for lunch. La Fonda was rated very well so we stopped there after having a little trouble finding it.... More 

Thank Ron B
El Centro,
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

Food is excellent prices are very reasonable to all restaurants in the Valley. It's a mom and pop shop with the family working at the restaurant. This is what makes it good their service they want to make sure that you are taken care of.

Thank TravlerElCentro_
El Centro, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

The food is very good from simple taste to very spicy hot, the only thing when you go to this restaurant plan on going with plenty of time. They are always busy which is a good thing, but during lunch is a bit hectic.

Thank 482mariaj
El Centro, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

I have been eating at La Fonda's for over 40 yrs. They recently moved to a new location and have the family back working at the restaurant. Since moving to this nice big location the food and service has been excellent. The prices are reasonable compared to other restaurants. They also have a bar. Be sure to order the Special... More 

Thank Kim0335
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

What a treasure this place is! I was recommended to eat here by the clerk at the hotel I stayed at, because it was very close by. I am picky with my Mexican food, and I was pleasantly surprised to find authentic, delicious food at a decent price. Do yourself a favor. Eat at La Fonda. It is close by... More 

Thank ItzyM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Wake Ave, El Centro, CA 92243-9632
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  El Centro
  • Phone Number: +1 760-353-6450

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