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  • Address:
    3945 Chestnut Street
    (entrance on 40th St.)
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    University City
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $31 to $50


  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.distritorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 222-1657
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM


    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM - 2:30PM


    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM

    Cantina Happy Hour:

    Monday - Friday: 5:00PM – 7:00PM

    *Please call the restaurant for holiday hours of operation.*
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Jose Garces
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Bring Distrito to your next event! Garces Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere.

    You can even have mexican street food at your party - Guapos Tacos is the ultimate party food... tacos on wheels!

    Please call, 215-670-2381 for more information or email catering@garcesgroup.com
  • Entertainment: Salsa dancers, live bands, and more can be part of your next private event! Ask our event coordinators about unique entertainment to take your party to the next level. Don't forget to ask about the Karaoke Lounge...
  • Special Events & Promotions: With lively settings, impeccable service, and festive menus, Distrito is perfect for group dinners with friends, special occasions, corporate events, and holiday parties. Distrito is also a unique space for Bar & Bat Mitsvahs, weddings, and rehearsal dinners.

    Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining room 7 days a week. Our private dining room can accommodate up to 40 guests for a seated dinner and up to 50 for a passed reception. As well, our Karaoke Lounge is the best kept secret west of the river and north of the border! Your group can even reserve an entire floor - upstairs can host upwards of 175 guests and downstairs, about 100.

    The entire restaurant can be reserved exclusively for approximately 300 people.

    Please note, a fixed price menu is required for groups of 14 or more.

    Please call our event coordinators to plan your next event at Distrito! (267) 284-7979 or email us at events@garcesgroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 40th
  • Public Transit: By train the Market-Frankfort Line stops at 40th & Market. By Bus, the 21 line runs down Chestnut street & stops at 40th Street. The 30 line runs up Market to 40th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are several private parking lots in the area including 40th & Walnut and 39th & Market. Metered street parking is available, but limited.
A word from DISTRITO
Distrito is a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the cuisine of what is known by locals as the "Distrito Federal.” With a premium tequila bar and lounge seating, (Distrito) is an exciting backdrop for Chef Garces' modern Mexican small plates.
/>House Specialties
Carnitas Tacos, Queso Fundido, District Chicken, Los Hongos Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron Bordeos, Cuervo Reserve, De familia, Don Julio Reposado, and Sauza Hornitos and fresh fruit margaritas.

Cantina Happy Hour, M-F 5-7PM

Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious, creative dishes. Definitely NOT your typical Mexican food - this is a real taste of mex ! nice proportions - not too big, not too small! Excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "It was our first experience at the restaurant. Our waiter easily guided us though the menu and recommendations. We appreciated the fun atmosphere too."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had a fantastic time at Distitro...waitstaff was knowledgeable, friendly, present but not invasive ...food was delicious as we circulated various dishes around our party to sample as much as we could...left happy, full and talking about when we could make it back...and what we wanted to try the next time...couldn't have asked for a better place to land on a Saturday night..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food and drinks. Waiters and management a bit too rigid with the menu"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went to Distrito for their special University District special menu with our young grandchildren and their parents. The server was wonderful with the kids and the menu was excellent. Even though it was prix fixe, there were many great choices. A good evening out for all."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great food and service. Mostly small plates and can get expensive. Overall very good experience and will go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food and drinks! We went on a Friday and took advantage of the happy hour specials for food and drink. Also, highly recommend sitting upstairs in the bar area swings. Super great ambiance and the food was amazing. My friend had the flatbread de hongos which was to die for. Guacamole also a must have. All in all, great place to start off our friday evening adventures and to people watch!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was good, but the portions are small, so you end up ordering multiple entrees which dilutes the value to a degree."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "First, let me just say, I hate "modern tapas" type restaurants. It's just a way for restaurants to overprice their food, so that an entree costs about $55. I was not aware Distrito was a tapas style restaurant. The food was "ok", nice presentation, really cool looking bar, great service, extremely overpriced for tapas (i.e. $10 for chips and salsa, $20 for a small tapas dish). We ordered a pitcher of margaritas and it was $60. For two people we spent $200. It is doubtful I will return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "waiter gave us the check without asking if we would like dessert. out of iced tea, gave lemonade instead, and was charges $4.00 for it….beverage was included in the $15.00 lunch special. felt like bait and switch…;o(. food was fun!!!!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Distrito is still great but it has come down a little to me due to the menu change. I'm just sad the old menu changed but do understand that you have to tweak the menu to create profit and keep the doors open. Food is still fantastic, service still good & the noise level is always fine as it is always pleasant, energetic & people having a great time. If you haven't been, go."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent food and margaritas. Cool vibe, relaxing atmosphere where the food doesn't suffer like many Mexican themed places. Ceviche & tacos to die for."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 and the wait staff was very attentive and the food was amazing."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebrating a wedding anniversary with the kids and other relatives and chose DISTRITO because we knew that everyone would find something that they liked on the menu. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun. The restaurant even brought out a special treat at the end for the table and that was a nice, unexpected touch. Great place to celebrate!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was excellent. Favorite dish of the night was the tuna ceviche with sorbet. Can't wait to go back to try other dishes on the menu. Also fun atmosphere and decor."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "If you like tapas style dining. This place is great! The food is very good and the service is outstanding. There margaritas are the bomb as well. They have the biggest tequila list I've ever seen."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The decor of this restaurant is awesome! We got the guacomole, mojitos, and mahi mahi tacos. So delicious! I will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "a bit loud to be able to enjoy talking. great gluten free menu"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Just not impressed with the food or the service. The drinks were great. This place survives on hype alone and is very disappointing for a Garces restaurant. Our server disappeared forever. She forgot the second drink for my wife and felt so bad that she took her first drink off. She meant well but when we needed things, she was not there."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I've been trying new and exciting Mexican recipes for well over twenty years. I've dined on the east coast, west coast, mid-west, and even parts of Europe looking for a good Mexican dish. Distrito is by far my favorite Mexican restaurant on the East Coast (just couldn't beat my favorite Seattle restaurant, Oaxaca). We loved the modern twist and the plated-to-share system. We wanted a low-key anniversary and chose Dostrito because we both really love Mexican. Everything from our chips and salsa to our enchiladas to our corn bread and delicious dessert was on point. We were even wished happy anniversary by several of the employees and our dessert was brought out with a candle! I'd eat here every day if I could."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our table was in the taxi cab and the overall experience was 1,000x times more enjoyable. Neon pink lighting, tapas menu, genuine and funny wait staff, and very boozy pitchers makes for a fantastic evening"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great food! Great Service! I always enjoy my foodie experience when visiting Distrito."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We went for brunch on a Sunday we all loved it! Easy to park, nice service, decor was cool, and food super yummy. We will defenetly be back"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Highly reccommend this restUrant for guacamole, fish tacos tfat are amazing, and several vegetarian dishes. Awesome service and great foud at a fair price. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have eaten at other Jose Garces restaurants and generally liked them. My problem with Distrito is that the food was not flavorful enough. I took my niece and her husband out for the husband's birthday. My niece and I are both native Texans and all three of us have been all over the world so this is not just a hankering for chiles, onion and cheese. My nephew grew up in Taiwan. Many of the dishes were bland. The steak nachos were just grease. The wait staff were accommodating and everything else was great but we went there for the food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is my second time at Distrito. The place has a cool ambience and awesome food options."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My server Jarrod was excellent. He helped me with the menu and made great suggestions for the drink selection. He knew the menu and was helpful describing the food to me."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "You can not go wrong at distrito . I have eaten there numerous times And it is always a positive dining experience . "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were excited to try Distrito after reading some good reviews. We are big fans of Mexican and were eager to try the food. I will start by saying that the service was great-everyone was very friendly and attentive. Additionally, food and drink were served quickly. The margaritas were very good. I must say, however, that we were disappointed with the food. Nearly everything we ordered was heavy on the grease when it arrived at our table. I realize that some is inevitable due to the ingredients being used, however, the grease seemed a bit excessive. Additionally, we were hoping for better flavors from the food. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bland or bad tasting, but we were expecting some great flavor combinations, which we didn't fully get."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is very nice. The lights were a bit dim. The seating was interesting. After a margarita the swinging seats aren't such a great idea. The margaritas are very good! Food is average but there is a good variety of things. The server was very nice and accommodating especially since I had a bit of an annoying crowd. Overall the restaurant was pretty good. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great tapas style mexican. Detailed selection of fresh ingredients, unique offerings. Fun place to visit with couples, or just a date night."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food and service was very nice! We grabbed dinner there before a concert because it was close to the Mann Center. At 5pm the parking was easy to get, got seated right away, had very efficient and attentive service and food was great! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was phenomenal, especially the guac! And the menu had so many outstanding choices that we were torn on what to order - we wanted to order everything ... we'll be coming back for sure. The service was excellent and overall the place had a great vibe!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Been to Distrito a handful of times and it is always really good, and this time was just the same. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Distrito is usually a lot more crowded it seems the memorial day weekend kept a lot of people home! Service was, as always, very good. We enjoyed our meal. Great night out. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Guacamole was excellent, kids loved the decor, chicken tacos not the greatest, but the chicken w melted cheese and kale was delicious... "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We ordered the Diego Rivera tasting menu, but asked for some customization due to dietary restrictions. They were fine with our restrictions and we had a large and delicious meal of inventive Mexican food. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "eclectic decor. We had a party of 6 and ordered the tasting menu. way too much food. We were actually done after the appetizers! But overall quality is good. Not really foodie material, but decent. Since it's in university city, its understandable. I think good for a splurge for a date for someone on a student budget."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed a lunch date this past week. We always order everything vegetarian on the menu. Absolutely love the mushroom flatbread!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Distrito was a pleasant surprise on all ends. The decor and food were perfect for a Mother's Day celebration. The Nacho Libre movie on the second floor added extra fun to the wall of masks! I would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014