Restaurants & Bars

La Fonda Still wonderful & (almost) the Same

torta basilica | May 2, 200502:54 AM

Drove down to La Fonda this weekend (halfway in between Rosarito & Ensenada). We've been concerned about one of our favorites places after the much beloved Dymitri sold it. Met 2 of the new Owners, Willy & Gary, who were very nice & into keeping the good things the way they were - ie. the restaurant/food & upgrading the things that needed upgrading - new mattresses (finally!!) in rooms, new bedspreads, consistant hotwater & pressure, etc. Alfredo, who had worked his way from kitchen assistant to busboy & on up, is now the head waiter & doing an excellent job. They all seem to really care to continue the warm hospitality & it shows.

Restaurant, patio & bar all the same, except for nice new chairs on the patio, serapes to keep warm & the band is much more professional, which I'm not sure is a good thing!

Nothing has changed with the food - same chefs, etc & it's still mainly great. Ordered a bucket of clams, which is now in a bowl & not a bucket, but still generous in that yummy broth, but with the strange addition of sweetish marinara sauce drizzled over - it wasn't all that bad, but it was different. No more sprouts on the salad, which didn't bother my husband at all. Split a huge dinner of filet mignon & lobster - just as tasty as ever. They let us bring our own bottle of wine, although it looked like the wines had been upgraded. Breakfast still fantastic & the service is much faster & better - love those warm fresh tortillas! Only change I noticed was the salsa & I didn't think that was for the better - too many unripe tomatoes.

Huge menu choices all still there & they are still doing the famous Sunday buffet brunch with unlimited Bloody Marys. Prices seemed pretty much the same, except our margaritas were $7.50 apiece, which I thought higher. Everything is still cash only.

We missed the warm welcoming charm of Dymitri, but La Fonda is still there & doing what it does best - serving up great food with those fantasic views in one of the most romantic settings ever.

P.S. The new spa is incredibly gorgeous - surprised & blew us away!

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