La Fonda


La Fonda Restaurant

La Fonda opened in 1969 as a venue for mariachi music.

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2501 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057
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The two-story building that houses La Fonda restaurant is a prime example of the Spanish Churrigueresque style practiced in the mid-1920s by the firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements and perfected by its chief designer, Stiles O. Clements.

The building was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1983.

Several popular Wilshire restaurants have occupied the space, notably the Cafe Opera in the 1930s and '40s and the Vagabond's House later. La Fonda opened in 1969 as a venue for mariachi music. After being open for nearly forty years, La Fonda closed in 2007. The restaurant reopened in 2016, and it once again regularly offers live mariachi music.

The building's second floor has been beautifully rehabbed into entertainment production space. 

Nathan Marsak Collection | Photo from Vagabond's House
Gary Leonard, Security Pacific Collection/Los Angeles Public Library
Larry Underhill | 1995.
Larry Underhill | Detail of La Fonda
Larry Underhill
Larry Underhill | 2005.