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“One of My Favourites in San Antonio! Great Patio Dining!”

La Fogata Mexican Cuisine
Ranked #75 of 4,714 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: North Central
Description: Founded in 1978, we have been fire-roasting our famous salsa and mixing our legendary margaritas for 35 years, serving an average of 450 guests daily—that’s right, 6,000 (or more) happy diners enjoy the restaurant each week. That’s an amazing feat for a San Antonio Mexican restaurant that started as little more than a taco stand in a former neighborhood Dairy Queen. Our staff is dedicated to your fun! The La Fogata team includes staff members who have been on the serving line since 1978. The same cook has been creating the restaurant’s award-winning salsa for 24 years. In an industry known for its high turnover, even the wait staff includes long-time La Fogata veterans, so Dwight is surrounded by a dedicated team who knows the business and shares his passion for the restaurant.
Reviewed 25 July 2014

So there is probably better Tex Mex to have in San Antonio ( I know there is) but La Fogata ,along with La Fonda on Main, has one of the best patio dining scenes in the city and generally good, solid Tex Mex. The building is large with various dining rooms but the patio is where you want to be. The patio is very festive with lush vegetation, live oak trees, lights, and fountains. In colder months there is a fire pit and heaters that are sat up. The whole atmosphere is charming and this is one of the main reasons for dining here.

The service is friendly and brisk depending on how busy they are. I have dined here 3 or 4 times and never had bad service but varying degrees of good service.

The margaritas are terrific and have a great freshness to them....some of the best I've ever had and each comes with an edible orchid in a 16 ounce glass..not the usual 12 ounce. La Fogata has also won the San Antonio Maragrita Pour Off many years in a row.

A stated above the food is reliably good, generally Tex Mex with some more authentic Mexican thrown in. I've dined here 3 or 4 times and have had many items and shared many others. My last visit I had their Cheese Enchiladas (yes I know a very basic dish) and they are very good...stuffed with REAL cheese and covered in a light, tasty gravy. My partner had the Cheese Chile Relleno and substituted grilled veggies for the refried beans. The relleno had a different batter on it than what we are used to but it was good but not great. Strangely enough the grilled veggies on the side were amazingly good and grilled to perfection.

Most everything here is very good to good and the experience and atmosphere has never been a disppontment. Come here as a couple, a family, or a large party of friends and enjoy the margaritas, food, and atmosphere in a great setting.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous patio full of lush plants, flowers and fountains. The service was top notch and the food was amazing. Margaritas were cold, adorded with a lime and orchid..and strong. Highly recommend to get away from downtown for a great meal. 15 minute drive from downtown and well worth it.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This eatery has declined markedly - spicy food with no taste. Absolutely rude servers who seemed to care less about you. Definitely not what it used to be. We won't be back to spend good money on such an atrocious place.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

For years we have been dining at La Fogata, and have been pleased every time. The choices are varied, quality excellent, portions ample, the service is over the top and of course the ambiance is a big part of the whole experience, especially when the mariachis are playing. I'm coming back here in Oct. and can not wait to take my girlfriends to La Fogota.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Great Mexican food wait staff awesome, Margiritas were the best in town. Very authentic! It was a bit of a wait but so worth it and after we were seated we didn't feel rushed at all. Very pleasant atmosphere. A must to have while in San Antonio TX.

Thank Judy C
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