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Fonda Fora, Calgary, AB

Fonda Fora

4.2
4.2
183 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Located inside the Westley Hotel in the heart of Downtown Calgary, Fonda Fora is an exciting new contemporary Mexican restaurant brought to you by the folks at Thank You Hospitality.

Chef Rafael Castillo has crafted a menu based on his upbringing in the Yucatan Peninsula and his journey in kitchens across North America. Much of our concept is based around the heirloom corn of Mexico. We import four types of corn from a collective of heirloom farms in Mexico in order to provide the best product we can. We process this corn from raw and turn it into masa for dishes all across our menu, like our Sope, Tamal, and of course, Tortillas. There is a saying in Mexico that we live by at Fonda Fora: "Sin maiz no hay pais," meaning without corn, there is no country. Maiz is the lifeblood of Mexican cuisine, and we are excited to present it to you as it should be.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 28 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 6:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:30 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 764-6260

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Rafael Castillo

  • Private party facilities

    Fonda Fora offers a private room with an affordable minimum spend. Dining room can seat up to 12 guests. Interested in booking a private event? Email us at events@fondafora.com!

  • Neighbourhood

    Calgary

  • Cross Street

    4th Ave and 6th Street SW

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. t

    theleer

    Calgary

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious guacamole and corn chips, mouth-watering sope, amazing chorizo dish and decadent churros with white chocolate made a balanced and filling meal for 2. White wine was the perfect accompaniment. Can't wait to go back!
  2. BB

    BeccaB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and the service was excellent! We loved hearing about the backstory of the chef and the dishes. Would highly recommend!
  3. PR

    PetraR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    It was amazing, food was amazing! Moderately quiet. lovely look, & Aesthetic. Service was okay, didn’t seem friendly at first. Service is very “proper”… not like your average friendly “earls” or cactus club service.
  4. SS

    SarahS

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    A man fell behind us on the patio after his chair collapsed. The waitress came out unconcerned and told the table “I am sorry I missed it”. The waitress didn’t seem to care and the man took a hard fall - I had to pick him up. Was upset that no one came out to see if he was ok and the waitres could care less. Super disappointing
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing with many layers of flavors. Unique dishes and cocktails that had great attention to detail. Great service. Nice vibe inside with open kitchen. Highly recommended!
  6. K

    Kate

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I wanted to like this place more. The restaurant itself is nice-cool ambiance and layout. The food was average. Guac and homemade chips was good. We sent back the prawns as they were over cooked and impossible to remove from the shell. The ceviche had something creamy in it that made the dish soupy and you couldn’t take the fish. The best dish we had was the patatas bravas that we ordered with the pork belly (another mediocre dish). Drinks were good and so was service, but food was really lacking anything standout.
  7. RH

    RichardH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my first time to visit this restaurant and I must say it will not be my last. The food is very unique both in taste and presentation. After thoroughly enjoying the salsa sampler with the guacamole, I had the salmon ceviche for an entre and it was absolutely delicious. The service was also superb and I will recommend to give this place a try
  8. O

    Onemom

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    My only observation is that the are short of staff so the service was not the same. And the should consider a little treat when is someone’s birthday (they just place a light in the churros that I paid)
  9. K

    Kate

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place! Love the ambiance. Food was delicious. More seafood than expected over other meat options so limited for someone who is allergic to seafood/shellfish.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great cocktails. Food ok. Server was friendly. Major flaw, timing. Ordered a couple of appetizers. One came out, 10 minutes later the second came out. Followed almost immediately by the main courses. Didn’t expect that here after all the good reviews we heard. Needless to say our dining experience was over in about an hour and 15 minutes. Left feeling like, well, been there, done that, won’t be back. Also, ordered a side of tortillas that never came and still showed up on our bill. Too bad. We were expecting better.
  11. S

    Sessile

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the food, it’s very different form other mexican restaurant I’ve tried. I would live to go back again
  12. JC

    JulianneC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. Tasty and authentic.
  13. TF

    TylerF

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The new shrimp that we had to peel and remove heads were not good for a professional lunch meeting when we are dressed up. The menu changes every time I’ve come there.
  14. K

    Katherine

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Great food and ambience, unfortunately not great service.
  15. f

    foodie2

    Calgary

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We were really looking forward to trying a new restaurant tonight in honour of my husbands birthday. Unfortunately it was less than we hoped for and expected. We are a family of foodies and we eat out every weekend. The service really impacted the overall experience. While the restaurant is beautiful the seat we had was probably the worst in the restaurant which was definitely disappointing knowing there were lots of other open tables. The food was good and definitely different. The service was probably most disappointing as we really felt really rushed. The server was clearing plates and glasses even before everyone at the table was finished eating and drinking. Overall disappointing especially when server brought the bill and ran out the door as soon as we finished paying.
  16. c

    calgarydiner

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Poor service by our person. Never did say hello how are you or introduce herself. We dine out a lot in the city and I must say this is the worst service we have had in a long time. The cantaloupe salad and carnitas were very good, but had to ask for the tacos. Other items were very fatty.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Not a positive service experience. Multiple issues. Food was underwhelming except for the carnitas were very good. Beautiful decor. Might try it once more to try other menu items.
  18. AB

    AlexandraB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks! Great service and beautiful space!
  19. KT

    KateT

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was really tasty without being over complicated. Meat dishes were large and we ordered more than needed.
  20. EM

    ElizabethM

    Edmonton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a beautiful meal sitting out on the patio and the weather was perfect. Our server was wonderful and described the items in the menu thoroughly and gave us really good suggestions. Our food arrived in a good time, our service was great and the food was presented well and was delicious ! From the appetizers we chose to the Roast chicken we had and finishing with the churros all were very good! We will return again and highly recommend.
  21. JS

    JayneS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The literal definition of hit and miss. A couple items were total hits and others complete miss. Cocktails were great, carnitas were great (corn tortilla left much to be desired), chorizo appie was Delish. Tuna tostada needs to be in the appie/snack section. Churro was a total disappointment. Service was slow, I wondered if we were forgotten about a couple times. Was not worth what we paid for it. Could have gone for steak for the same price and had more consistency across the board. If the menu items were priced at what they are worth I would be leaving more stars.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Small portions for the price. Shrimp undercooked and not tasty. Underwhealmed by flavour of all the 6 dishes we tried. The tostadas were delicious but only one small tostada was the portion.
  23. E

    Elle

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Shrimp dish was not as described on the menu as it’s a full peel and eat. The kitchen doesn’t prep the proms properly for this type of presentation and therefore it’s very difficult to eat them without using your fingers. Even at that legs and pieces of tail and shell or left behind so makes it an enjoyable.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Service was extremely slow.
  25. BC

    BertC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was marginal, staff was unorganized and what seemed to be untrained. Food was mixed and over priced for serving sizes.
  26. SK

    ShannonK

    Calgary

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time diner at Fonda Fora and loved it. The guacamole was terrific, the salsa sampler had five tasty options and the Ahi Tuna and Salmon entrees were terrific. A number of people at our table commented that this was the first time they ate at Fonda Fora, and all said they would come back again to try other menu items. (And we had great service). All in all, it was a great experience.
  27. K

    Katt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. You can tell the amount of effort that was put into selecting the ingredients. The carne asada was cooked so tender and seasoned perfectly. Definitely the best in the city. The oysters was so mouth watering it opened up my stomach for the meal course. The service staff could improve a bit but it’s ok it was a busy night.
  28. TP

    TammyP

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For anyone with food allergens or intolerances, this restaurant is a dream! Menu is completely gluten-free other than churros and all other allergen info readily listed by each menu item. Food was fantastic with unique ingredients and delicious flavours😊
  29. KL

    KarenL

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The portion sizes seemed small when they were listed as sharing.
  30. k

    kaleb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our waiter was so amazing really bonded with us creating a personal experience!
  31. CV

    CarolV

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get Mike to serve you drinks and dinner! His disposition and passion are obvious and so greatly appreciated! The Chef put together a meal that was AMAZING! This was a culinary experience that we will remember for a long time!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was absolutely incredible. We let her pick her favourites for our dinner and It was a 10/10. The food and drinks were outstanding.
  33. VG

    VictoriaG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The guacamole and tasting salsa were very good-the highlight of our dinner. The ceviche was interesting, unusual (yogurt base)-I enjoyed it. Papas bravas was ok (I had better). My husband and our son had pork taco type dish-it was kind of dry. Overall experience was ok.
  34. D

    Donutdoll

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Walked in door. Host was helping someone to a table. He said “I’ll be right with you”. I waited and waited and waited. I saw him chatting with the lady making conversation and not caring that I was waiting. Someone else helped me after that. I requested a booth and she said they were all taken. They were completely empty. Finally she let me have a booth for my four guests. Why the hassle to get a booth? Why the long wait to be seated????
  35. RB

    RonB

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A first time experience. We went for a later lunch. Tuna tacos (recommended by server) were super flavorful and excellent; Guac really nice. Carnitas were made with porchetta but had a significantly high portion of fat so lost us a bit there. Also had the chorizo which was supposed to be stuffed with cheese. Didn't see it but still tasty. drinks good. we'd go back for the tuna tacos alone.
  36. D

    Dreebs

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Not enough servers for the lunch hour rush - took 30 mins to get drink order in.
  37. A

    Alan

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great place to eat! Wonderful food, the honey margarita was awesome. Definitely will be back.
  38. D

    Delicious

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fonda Fora is excellent. The food, the interior finishing, the service. Highly recommend.
  39. T

    Thirsty

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We had what started out as a great evening! Food and cocktails were amazing, our waiter was well informed and helpful with menu and drink suggestions. Unfortunately by the time our main course was served we were suddenly and inexplicably abandoned and no one came back to follow up with drink orders or water, despite us trying numerous times to catch an eye to flag someone (anyone!) down... then when our waiter finally returned to take a dessert order, he gave us some great suggestions and said he'd come back in 2 minutes to take our order. 25 minutes later I had to get up to stop a server (not ours) to request our bill. Very bizarre, we left thirsty! Overall a great spot, not sure what happened last night.
  40. CC

    CarlC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, authentic Mexican cuisine in a super sleek setting. The servers seemed really enthusiastic about what they were serving, too. Would definitely recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Fonda Fora offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 764-6260.

Fonda Fora is rated 4.2 stars by 183 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Fonda Fora

630 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0J9

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    4th Ave and 6th Street SW

  • Neighbourhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 6:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:30 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Rafael Castillo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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