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1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707-2130
+1 510-559-9006
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17:00 - 00:30
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 00:30
Fri 16:30 - 00:30
Sat 10:00 - 00:30
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic casual but chic place for her friendly outings, and couples too. Delicious guacamole and chips, margaritas, and wonderful warm chocolate cake for dessert. Outdoor seating with heaters available, plus a snug loft upstairs takes care of overflow.

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Thank Romy D
Berkeley, California
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most of their cocktails are delicious and their tapa style dishes are great. While we like to try different dishes, we always order skirt steak with fried onions. I like their salads, quinoa dish, and practically everything else. It is always fun to go there. There are always enough people there to make it lively while we have never had... More 

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Thank kimsusun
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

The plates are small and expensive and not that good. Place is very loud and hard to hear what the person is saying.. service is slow

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Thank Sharon K
Tours, Centre, France
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

One of the best (tapas) dinners I have had in a while!! Monday Night margaritas followed by local IPAs... 3 of us shared a Tamal (singular vegetarian corn meal bake), Ceviches, Quinoa and spinach salad, Calamari plus chips and salsa.... Wow, what a treat.

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Thank SGBroun
Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The quality of ingredients and the care in preparation shine through in all of their dishes. Excellent individually matched hot salsas accompany each dish. Duck tacos are heavenly; don't forget to order a side of black beans. Very relaxed staff and atmosphere.

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Thank NabbyA1882
Albany, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Fonda consistently puts out great tasting food and quality cocktails. Lamb chops, skirt steak, chips and guac, and our favorite the Cuban mini burgers. Small plates great for sharing.

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Thank badrrb
Portland
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

I love spanish food and Fonda is a good purveyor of Spanish food. Small plates so you always get a selection. Good wine and bar so you leave well fed and imbibed. Even has a happy hour that is later in the evening.

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Thank PeterCalc
Berkeley, California
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is an active neighborhood spot for cocktails and latin-inspired tapas. Noisy, but seating is intimate for conversation is possible. Very yummy for a quick bite.

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Thank ElyseEA
Berkeley, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I live less than 2 miles from Fonda, so I go there often, once every 3 months on average. And while the menu varies from time to time (maybe 20%), I find myself drawn to my old favorites--the beet salad, the tuna tartare, the halibut (it's the salad that comes with it that is so special), the fried plantains, the... More 

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Thank WearybutWileyTravele
Albany, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Things have improved since the initial change in ownership, but Fonda is no longer my go-to fir cocktails and food with friends. The menu is mostly unchanged and that's both good and bad: reliability is nice but the lack of creativity shows. Overall, a good place to meet friends but don't expect a transformative dining experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Cuisine
Spanish, Mexican, Latin
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:30
Monday
17:00 - 00:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 00:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 00:30
Thursday
17:00 - 00:30
Friday
16:30 - 00:30
Saturday
10:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707-2130
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 510-559-9006

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