La Calaca Feliz
La Calaca Feliz

La Calaca Feliz

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacalacafeliz.com/
  • Phone: 2157879930x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 2pm
    Bar: 4:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Timothy Spinner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: La Calaca Feliz has an array of options to host events for parties of any size from small business dinners to bridal showers to weddings and bar mitzvahs.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Calaca Feliz
La Calaca Feliz is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. We take a modern approach to the way we do Mexican food. Fresh, High-quality ingredients are the foundation to our transformation of amazing produce, fish, and meat to the food we bring to your table.

La Calaca received 3 Bells from Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban who stated, "Calaca has helped push the dial forward a few more clicks on the evolution of contemporary Mexican cooking in this town".
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
La Calaca Feliz reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (86)great for outdoor dining (71)fit for foodies (60)good for groups (39)hot spot (25)special occasion (20)vibrant bar scene (19)romantic (14)late-night find (11)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Fun night with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We very much an enjoyed a meal among old friends. Our table was ready promptly at our reservation time. The staff was attentive. The food was great. I could have eaten their salsa and guacamole all day. Very authentic preparation. The pork tacos, pork belly tacos, and enchilada with mole were each a hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Gazpacho Ever!
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    La Calaca Feliz continues to serve consistently delicious food. Hurry in to have their gazpacho with crab. Delicious - watermelon, pineapple - but not sweet. Just cool, refreshing and a delight to eat. Tacos to try are the chorizo & mushroom. They are good enough to fight over. Service is professional and helpful. Love the small outdoor courtyard. All in all, a great place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but otherwise forgettable
    phillyfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Portion sizes left a lot to be desired for the prices, but everything tasted great. Our waitress was sweet but very slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food!
    Suds
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner very much. Service was attentive and the food -- Guacamole, enchilada da calabaza and arracherra--were all excellent. Since my husband and I are older, we found the noise level a bit too high and the only negative. We will definitely return regularly.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I loved it here!
    foodisloveislife
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had an amazing time at La Calaca Feliz. Guacamole is ridiculously good and fresh! I had an amazing grilled corn on the cob that was seasoned with deliciousness. The mojitos were the best I ever had. Great food, atmosphere and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like a breath of fresh air
    Johnndishon310
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I were recommended here by A friend and everything was wonderful.......
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wait staff
    greatmararitaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Two of us arrived a little early and we were set up at a double table outside to accommodate our party of five. We were able to wait comfortable for the rest of our party, who arrived very late for our reservation. We ordered and were served as soon as we were situated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tacos
    Bads108VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall, really enjoyable experience, some of the better Mexican food we've had in Philly. Tacos (both the mushroom and Pasteur) we're great but as other reviewers have mentioned - very messy!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I LOVE their feliz margaritas. The cauliflower tacos are one of my favorite foods in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • veryvery good
    iiiiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We loved the food at the place! we did the tasting menu which was only $29 each... we had guacamole, hamachi ceviche, heirloom tomato Tlayuda (which is like a flatbread), then boneless baby back ribs, a chicken taco type thing, then some grilled shrimp ove tequilla grits.. It was so much food i thought i was going to explode. The drinks here are good but small... and not cheap.. that's the only minor minor thing that kept it from 5 stars. Great outdoor patio too
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never dissappoints
    ASmithEatsVeryWell
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been here several times this year and it never disappoints. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is delicious. A little noisy but overall a great casual spot for friends or business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood favorite
    NewbieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Sit on the back patio, if you can - it's shaded, so not too hot, but open, and it makes for a quieter meal than in the dining room. (Had we been inside, I'm sure I would have checked "energetic" for the noise level.) Guacamole was reliably good, although I thought the portion was a little skimpier than usual. We shared the kale salad - nice balance of flavors, kale could have been cut a bit smaller - and my friend had the tacos al pastor. Delicious and different, like much of the menu. As for me, I've been here probably 7-8 times now, and no matter how much I promise myself that I'm going to branch out and get something else, I always end up getting the mushroom tacos. They are THAT good! Desserts = meh. Happy hour is excellent/popular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally enjoyable.
    joaniebuckscounty
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    After reading good reviews of La Calaca Feliz, I chose this restaurant for my Sunday evening birthday dinner. The food was terrific & the service outstanding. Our server, Lelac (sp?), was attentive and pleasant. Great atmosphere. However, the place has really poor acoustics and the noise just reverberates. I love high energy restaurants, but it was hard to hear each other speak. If the noise would bother you, there is an outdoor patio which would be great on a nice spring/autumn day. Try the Garcia Margarita! Guacamole, thumbs up. The Mexican flat bread with heirloom tomatoes was nicely done. We didn't order it, but the shrimp & grits looked fabulous. Next time...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and Food
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant offers far from your typical Mexican fare!! The Tuna Ceviche with melon and jalapeno was very good, different, but small. The other appetizer, the Chorizo Fondido was spicy, cheesy and real tasty. Our server, Danielle, was attentive and engaging and was not intrusive. I have to admit, our expectations of the sangria exceeded the reality by a considerable margin. The tacos al Pastore were flavorful and the tacos carnitas were also really good. My only disappointment (other than the sangria) was the portion sizes of all of the dishes. The good news is that the food comes really fast so when you realize you want to order seconds, you won't have long to wait. The food is good, the place is fun and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our waitress = not great. Food was great andoved the atmosphere. Great neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Mexican, hands down
    Paul
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been here several times and have never had a bad experience. The servers are very helpful with the menu, and the food is just great. This time it was a little loud, because of the large group seated next to us, but overall it was another great night at La Calaca Feliz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazeballs!
    Drew
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Every time I come to this place I am amazed at how much I love it. I am not someone who craves Mexican food, and generally leave feeling stuffed and heavy/greasy, or like I paid too much (if it's not a taco cart). However, La Calaca Feliz has such an awesome menu and great drinks. The food is authentic and tasty and somehow, even feels light while still serving nice big portions. Wish I could dine there every week. Only downside is that sometimes the wait can be annoying. Make sure to have a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AuntieMVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It wasn't that crowded when we arrived, but by the time we finished it was. We were very glad to be eating outside as it got rather loud inside. The food was very good (but not extraordinary) and our server knowledgeable. Only issue was that I ordered a margarita and it came with salt on the rim, which wasn't specified on the menu or when ordered. Server didn't have any issue with remaking sans salt.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Around Great!!!
    HolyGuacamole
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wow, what a nice find!!! The service is outstanding from the minute you walk through the door, everyone on the staff seems to want to help you! Our waiter was excellent, the food was delicious, and it's a great atmosphere. We started out with the guacamole, it comes out in a huge molcajete bowl and was delicious. We all had different types of tacos for dinner, along with a bunch of sides, everything was great. Nothing but good things to say about this place. Also, if you don't like street parking (we're from Jersey, and prefer parking lots:-), there is a convenient parking lot about two blocks away that you can pay a small fee to park. We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    gjhh
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    love this place. always a good meal - but damn does it get loud in there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was spectacular and the service was amazing! The staff was attentive and very helpful in making suggestions for drinks and food. We had a perfect time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Probably my fav spot in Fairmount
    hdromVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We love this place. My usual is the carnitas tacos. Guacamole is outstanding and the house sangria is the perfect summer drink. We went to one of the Backyard BBQ dinners where they cook in a caja china. We had the tilefish and it was delicious. Will definitely go back for the mako shark. I have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    PickyEater
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a pretty nice dinner here. The food was pretty good - nothing outstanding for the prices though. $9 gaucamole - really?! I guess you are paying for the ambiance. I had the seafood enchilada - a little too heavy on sauce for the delicate seafood. Fish tacos were okay - tasted like tilapia - cheapest fish out there. Also got the tacos al pastor - these were very good. Overall an "okay" rating like I said. Of course the company you are with makes it better - as well as margaritas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We always have an excellent experience at La Calaca. From the service to the food quality they excel above most restaurants in the area. Even the manager Zach is super attentive. Can't wait till our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We went on a Tuesday night and could not hear ourselves hunk. It was too warm to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • springgarden1VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great dinner, drinks, and service as always! So great to have this restaurant in Fairmount.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Mexican dinner
    Chris
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My family (5) visited for dinner on Sunday. This was my first visit to this establishment. We had the Tasting Menu. It was SOOOO much food - and all delicious. From guacamole to plantains, everything was so tasty. The Baja Fish tacos and Grilled Shrimp w/ Tequila grits, bacon corn salsa were our favorites though. We are still enjoying the leftovers at home. Cannot wait to visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Garcia drinking a Garcia Margarita
    skittlelover
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everything was delicious! My husband and I love getting the chefs choice every time we see it on the menu. We could not stop talking about how delicious and beautifully presented everything was. Our server, Nina was the best!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    TigresSKSVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The guacamole (regular) is delicious (though, as with many serve-in-a-mortar spots, it looks like they give you more than they actually do), though the chips were slightly stale. The tacos al pastor were good: succulent meat, though I would've liked a second lime wedge, more pineapple chunks, and maybe some pickled jalapeno to kick up the flavor. The virgin margarita with a pineapple shot was very strong--I preferred it slightly watered down. La Calaca Feliz's backyard courtyard is very appealing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick decision, right choice
    Chas
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Went on a whim, made res via OT. 4 of us had the place to ourselves. My wife loves their seafood dishes and sangria. I like their tacos and margaritas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Margarita's are okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I was very happy with the chips and guac, and the taco's were even better. However, the margarita's were small and lacking quality of presentation for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Shelleyl
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    From the nachos short rib appetizer to the mango and tequila sorbet the entire meal was delicious. Wonderful baha tacos and fabulous margueritas. Guacamole also excellent -- all you could want from a Mexican menu. The noise level was a bit high by the end of the evening but the service was excellent. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican favorite
    KbarnVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our 4th trip and the food and drink was outstanding. Excellent service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Delicious food, yummy margeritas, and great service! Cute and cozy bar up front, but classy restaurant in the feel with a outside seatinga area in the back I didn't even know about! Definitely worth a try!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor dining
    Nancy13VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A group of my friends (6 of us) just ate here in Wednesday evening in the back patio. Some of us had the guacamole, ceviche as apps and fish tacos, flank steak and shrimp entrees. Everyone loved their dishes and enjoyed the wine and margaritas as well. The service was great; the waitress was very attentive. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food ,terrible acoustics
    Momofsamiam
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Delicious fresh Mexican food - but the noise levels on a Saturday night are intolerable . We will come back on a weeknight for sure . Yummy fish tacos, great marguerites , delicious guacamole , spicy corn side dish was phenomenal
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 83 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 207 reviews are from the La Calaca Feliz reviews archive.
  • Asi Asi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    So so. Food. So so service. But I still enjoy sitting outside in the garden having a fish taco.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy at La Calaca Feliz!
    mermax127VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were seated promptly... the ambiance is a lot of fun with fabulous murals, light fixtures. I loved walking past the open kitchen as we were seated. We ordered he special spread that evening & shared it . Delicious. It was a lima bean spread with a thin layer of cheese... We ordered the jicama salad, also delish & the we both got tacos. I got the cauliflower, SOOOOOO good & my husband got the chorizo... he really enjoyed them! Our eyes were bigger tan out stomachs, so we could not finish our tacos & brought them home.... Delicious lunch the next day! It's a really fun restaurant with great food. Easy parking & our server, Isis, was very professional, made great recommendations &made us feel welcome! Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food and drinks in restaurant
    Wouldtryitagain
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I recently went for a 'Backyard BBQ'. Great server and food. After the meal we went to the bar. Bartender seemed ambivalent and distracted. Mind you, this was a maybe a 12 seat bar and there were, at max, 6 people there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We came late on a Sunday and they were very nice to us. Great food!
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    • Noise LevelModerate