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Fonda Fora, Calgary, AB

Fonda Fora

4.3
4.3
147 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

11:30 p.m.


Booked 35 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

What 147 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. A

    Alan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    Delicious

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    Thirsty

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. CC

    CarlC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    PenelopeK

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We have been several times and the food was always superb. The new menu is disappointing and the food did not live up to expectations. We would be hard-pressed to return.
  6. HR

    HRA1987

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Service was ok. Server did not come often to check on us and we had multiple servers. As well we got the receipt from one server, and then another brought a different receipt stating they forgot the auto gratuity (for a party of 6), with no apologies or forewarning.
  7. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    I have been many times to this restaurant, and this time food was very disappointing. All dishes extremely salty, and no presentation unlike before. Possibly there have been changes in the kitchen?
  8. JL

    JaneL

    Calgary

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a few times and have always loved it. Food is always great. Drinks are amazing but on the expensive side.
  9. C

    Calgaryfoodie

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was very underwhelming. Truly much better restaurants in Calgary!!!
  10. CT

    CarolT

    Calgary

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was awsome and the food was delicious
  11. s

    squizzy56

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The new menu that was introduced in the last month is terrible. Prior menu was great. Way too much fish/seafood options and just not the flavours I was use to.
  12. KB

    KathrynB

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Fonda Fora is amazing, it's top notch and I would recommended to anyone visiting downtown Calgary,
  13. KG

    KirstenG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, upscale but comfortable, exceptional cocktails, appetizers and service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The tlatoyo de hongos was excellent, the papas bravas was so good, and the rest was just ok. The tuna tostada was interesting but I wouldn’t order it again, the salsa tasting was meh, the pork tacos were not great. The passion fruit ganache with the super warm and delicious churros was excellent. But- truly - it was the service that troubled us the most. We didn’t have drinks for much of the dinner and we had to flag down a server when ordered drinks were forgotten twice. The servers switched midway through our meal so continuity was a little rough too. But the hongos and papas bravas would bring us back.
  15. DL

    DavidL

    Edmonton

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    One of the worst food experiences I’ve ever had in Calgary. Pork “Carnitas” was so over cooked and dry it was inedible. It lacked flavour and preparation. It looked like a piece of meat cooked sous vide boiled in a bag with nothing done to it then left on the grill to kill whatever moisture was remaining. The fact the manager didn’t take this off our bill was offensive and bad hospitality. Very disappointing as traditionally carnitas are a long cook flavourful piece of pork cooked/braised with lots of delicious pork fat and spice/ flavour. Chorizo on bottom of melon salad had the texture of refried beans, was off putting on what should’ve been a bullet proof salad Bravas decent Rainbow trout Fish taco was over cooked but not inedible, was not pin bones properly. 5/10 That being said My server was pleasant and did a great job, informative. Explained menu well, handled our table well and drinks were fine.
  16. RW

    RWS1

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    One dish was too spicy for one guest, the fish was tasty for the second dish - did not find it at the value charged. Third time here for guest, second time for me. 1st time was tremendous and saw value for us both, 2nd visit for guest the service was slow and did not see the value, feedback was passed on with no response. Unfortunately we will not be returning in the future.
  17. MM

    MMacDonald

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Drinks were delicious! The guacamole and chips were very yummy. We should have asked a few more questions because we didn't know the ceviche was not citrus based (I think it was some sort of coconut milk). The ahi tuna was delicious - nice flavour and spice. We had also ordered the mushroom dish, but we were too full and had to cancel that order. Definitely not your typical Mexican. Worth a try if you like something a little different, with great flavours.
  18. CM

    CarM

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant itself is gorgeous! Very nicely decorated and great atmosphere. The food is okay (could use more flavour, spice) but the drinks were great! Some servers were better than others. Overall decent experience, we hope to be back when it’s a bit busier in the evening as we came for happy hour and it was quiet.
  19. k

    kbm123

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Lots of new tastes and everything is gluten free 😄
  20. ET

    EdTown

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, quick service and able to accommodate gluten free allergy. Very impressed and I will be back.
  21. SM

    StuartM

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Grilled shrimp were mushy and fishy in an off putting way. Mushroom tortilla dish was sent back as the mushrooms were under cooked Very expensive drinks.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very expensive for mexican type food but good
  23. T

    Tony

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my wife had lovely time, share different dishes and were delighted but the great service of Marianne ( I hope I spelt it correct ). She has great knowledge of drinks and menu items. She was very friendly while keeping her professionalism. Gave our time to converse and known were she was needed at the table. Great little find in downtown Calgary, in what seems to be a very well put together boutique hotel.
  24. J

    Jess

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    I will always come back for the food but the service is so bad! I find the service so slow, it took almost half an hour to get a draft beer and a beverage that came in a can. I also find the staff spend waay to long trying to describe their favorite items on the menu without asking if I have ever been there before or if I have any dietary restrictions. The food is incredible and always makes up for the rest of the experience.
  25. l

    lavender

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Inventive, exciting Mexican food. Very knowledgeable and upbeat servers. Great cocktails, too.
  26. MO

    MarkO

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love this place - even a patio, who knew ? A most enjoyable evening.....
  27. R

    Randyb

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and great food. Our party of 4 shared several entrees and a salad. Everything was delicious and nicely presented. Most items were gluten free which was extremely important.
  28. KK

    KaraK

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, beautiful room, excellent service
  29. r

    reviewer

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Original menu was fantastic. They recently changed the menu and it was disappointing. Drinks are great, but food needs improvement.
  30. c

    chantals

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Service was inconsistent and slow. Food was extremely pricey for taste. Tuna tostada was the best.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good and ambience was very nice. When we asked for some extra sauce with our dish we were told we have to pay for it, kinda put us off, it was a minor ask.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here! So friendly, I always forget his name but the server with orangish hair always serves us and he’s great! Knowledgeable and doesn’t push anything on us. Great food, carnitas are a MUST! Will be back for sure!!! 😊
  33. KA

    KayA

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was amazing
  34. C

    Cooksyyc

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Unfortunately, our food was absolutely terrible, 2 people ordered the pork, which was full of fat and served with only a scoop of non-flavour guacamole and some really spongy, purple corn tortilla that overpowered any flavour. Another person had the shrimp dish, it was undercooked then the 4th had chicken which had almost nothing to add to the tortilla. The best thing we had was the salsa sampler to start. We will not be back. Mexican food has great sauces and lots of flavour, this restaurant missed the mark.
  35. w

    williaml

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    very expensive drinks and food
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for our anniversary - all of the food was incredible and large portions! Will be back for sure
  37. MD

    MarkD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server volunteered hat she liked about the menu and knew intimately about how the kitchen was organized and was clearly proud about the Fonda Fora experience. Food is authentic and ridiculously good. We had a great time.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Second time we have been there. Food is terrible and overpriced. Server with gappy smile is pushy and annoying. Will definitely not get suckered in going there a third time
  39. E

    Evilee

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Service was pretty good. We had one dish- the tuna that was awesome. Everything else was bland and not cooked well.
  40. TP

    TaraP

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Modern Mexican food. Not your run of the mill offering. Creative quisine. We have eaten there a few times since we moved to Calgary last year. Never disappointed.

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 4.3 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 35 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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