Our origin story starts with tequila, as all good stories should

This is a tale of two hungry and ambitious twenty-somethings — Tim and Dave — who had an appetite for tacos, margaritas and adventure.

In 2010, after a whirlwind scoping trip to Mexico, the dastardly duo burst onto the Melbourne restaurant scene with a sweet little Mexican joint on Swan Street. And ever since, we’ve satisfied the cravings of hundreds of thousands of hungry punters.

Hot, saucy, and fresh as f*ck. Fonda is Mexican that makes you hot under the collar. Meet us south of the border — at one of our restaurants across Australia — for the love of fiery flavours, good times and of course, guac. Mouth-watering and highly addictive, we’ll have you coming back again and again. Or maybe that’s just the margs.

staff at fonda

What We’re All About

In Mexico, a ‘fonda’ is a home that a family opens up to their local community as an unofficial restaurant, a relaxed place where folks can come get a feed in good company. This idea really resonated with our founders Tim & Dave, so much so that it kinda inspired our whole vibe, name and business ethos.

Much more than a catchy line, ‘Mi Casa Su Casa’ means that when you step into a Fonda, you’re visiting our homes, the heart of our community where folks leave with full-hearts, fuller-bellies and, if necessary, full takeaway containers. The Fast and the Furious had it right from the start, nothing is stronger than family.