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Fonda el Refugio

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$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Reforma / Zona Rosa
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Calle Liverpool 166 | Zona Rosa, Mexico City 06600, Mexico
5525-8128
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13:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 23:00
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San Jose, California, United States
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is as authentic as it gets with Mexican food. It's a quick walk from the Angel of Independence in the Reforma Area of Mexico City. Doesn't look like much from the outside - it feels like you're walking into someone's home. And that's exactly when the hospitality and experience starts - the margaritas, authentic food and service is... More 

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Thank Arnab S
Indiana
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410 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 480 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot imagine why this place is not #1 in Mexico City. Our group of 20 had to scramble to find a place to eat since the place we reserved messed up. We heard of Fonda and walked in. With no reservation they seated us and started the best food ever. Our group had about everything on the menu. They... More 

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Thank Profguy
Dahlonega, Georgia, United States
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216 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent Mexican restaurant with dishes for the adventurous palate. They have all kinds of food. Traditional plates like tacos, enchiladas, mole, chiles rellenos, etc., but also various kinds of fish, meat dishes, even gusanos (worms)! Super margaritas too! Appetizers are also great. The service was excellent, especially for our large table. I would love to go back... More 

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Thank DBM58
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was awesome and plentiful. The margaritas (which I really never like elsewhere) were excellent and I had to have another! We had three kids with us and they were very happy. The chips and tortillas and salsa were delicious. Thank you for the memories!

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Thank Darasl
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great dinner here. We're a bit adventurous, so we ordered the gusamos de maguey (caterpillars) and the escamoles (ant pupae) and they were both delicious. We also got a tasting of four mezcals, which were also great. The service was very pleasant too.

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Glen Ellen, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little place was just around the corner from our hotel. It was really charming. A small room with maybe 10 tables or so. Very attentive staff. The menu had several vegetarian items to choose from which made it get extra points from us as it is not always easy to find vegetarian food in Mexico. Our meal was very... More 

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Thank Eatsoutoften
Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This was pleasant surprise. They actually have guisano (worms - I know, right?!?) tacos which we've wanted to try; not pretty but damn tasty! I had the fish veracruzano (?) and my other half had the chicken mole. The fish was very good. The mole was excellent. Definitely worth a visit. They have ant tacos too BTW!

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Thank TB5of6
Pittsburgh, PA
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60 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

my 18 year old son who is a real foodie ordered 2 different dishes... and loved each one... Service was good but not fussy... the 'picante' salsa was fire hot!! traditional food served well... cute touches in the restaurant!!

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Thank Bidanda
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We traveled around México and ate in so many good places but this is by far the best. We had the best food, service, and maybe the best margarita we have ever had. We throughly recommend this restaurant. Una joya perdida en el tiempo y en esta gran ciudad, la mejor comida que tuve en México, la CECINA y las... More 

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Thank Pol G
Long Beach, California, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Really great for authentic Mexican food. Staff was very nice and an overall great experience. I recommend!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 23:00
Monday
13:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
13:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
13:00 - 23:00
Thursday
13:00 - 23:00
Friday
13:00 - 23:00
Saturday
13:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Liverpool 166 | Zona Rosa, Mexico City 06600, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Reforma / Zona Rosa
  • Neighbourhood: Reforma / Zona Rosa
  • Phone Number: 5525-8128
Description
Traditional Mexican Cuisine since 1954. Everything is made artisanally. We cook all our dishes in clay pots. We prepare our moles from scratch. Cook our own tortilla dough using the ancient nixtamalization process and then grinding the corn in our own volcanic rock mill. We grind & stuff our own sausage, hanging it & letting it cure for a whole week before it can be used. All our desserts are made also in either copper or clay pots. Be sure to ask for a tour of the kitchen so you can witness this first hand and also take a lesson on how to make tortillas and our world famous margaritas.

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Reforma / Zona Rosa
Equipped with some of the best discotheques, bars, boutiques and bistros, Zona Rosa is perfect for those looking to have a great time to socialize, have fun and be part of the great LGBT community in Mexico City. Day or night, it’s possible to spend the entire time exploring, drinking, dancing and shopping while being amazed by its classic yet eclectic European style. Reforma’s luxury hotels and world renowned sculptures such as El Ángel de la Independencia give Paseo de la Reforma a wonderful atmosphere along the corridor, a beautiful place for a long and romantic walk.
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