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La Calaca Feliz
La Calaca Feliz

La Calaca Feliz Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Lacalacafeliz.com/
  • Phone: (215) 787-9930
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "Guacamole was excellent, best yet! Good sized portions. Courteous servers who are knowledgeable and friendly. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is definitely a neighborhood gem. Thanks for the consistent great food and service. I've recommended this restaurant to many of my friends!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I really enjoyed dining at La Calaca Feliz! The guacamole was delicious and so was the Crab Fundido. We got there at Happy Hour so the margaritas were discounted. I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Loved the fish tacos - best I ever had. Definitely going back when it's warmer to sit on the adorable patio!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was a delightful spot to have an early Sun evening dinner in their outdoor back courtyard. The scenery was great & we were pleasantly constantly reminded of the advent of Spring by the falling magnolia leaves overhead. The guacamole was tasty & quite fresh & loved my shrimp & grits dish! Everything was quite flavorful. I would definitely dine there again."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This was our second time here, and there will be many more. This is authentic Mexican fare, varied menu and everything truly excellent. The guacamole dip was so good that unfortunately the restaurant ran out of it . Same with the fish tacos. But the enchilados and grilled mexican corn on the cob made up for it. Great selection of margaritas and specialty cocktails. Very crowded Friday to Sunday, but you can get reservations and they do honor them. Fun place, reasonable prices, and great food."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I went with my family for an early dinner. With a family of both big meat-eaters and vegetarians, we were all able to find something delicious. Super authentic and fresh food- highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This restaurant looks unassuming from the outside but inside it is trendy, energetic and filled with delicious mixes flavors, from the drinks to the desserts. The waitress was helpful in describing the dishes and made helpful recommendations. The guacamole was outstanding and made to order. From the starters, to the tacos, to the mains, all are excellent. Glad a colleague recommended that we try the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food, service and reservation service were all excellent"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had 3 couples at dinner, and we were all able to find food and drinks that we all enjoyed, even with different tastes and food restrictions. 2 of us were gluten-free, and had no problem finding delicious menu items! Highly recommend La Calaca Feliz!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Love La Calaca! Great food, super friendly staff and beautiful interior - and patio. Can't ask for much more!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "While there is excellent guacamole and great margaritas, the menu here has many untypical choices -- like the Brussels sprout tacos that I had! Good range of menu options for all eaters -- from meat to vegetarian. Although we live close by, we had been discouraged from coming here in the past by the "no reservation" policy. Happy to report that this no longer an obstacle since they now take reservations for parties as small as two. Since our last visit the menu has changed as well, which allows many more ways to order, and with more reasonable prices. Very lively bar scene even on a Tuesday evening, but the bar is separated from the restaurant so the noise level is not too bad."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Although the food is good, creative, interesting and tasty, as we have experienced at earlier visits, service and other issues always interfere with the well done food. This time it was again erratic service and temperature. We were seated next to the door to the patio which the restaurant left open so they could service the patio on an evening when using the patio was questionable. Our delicious food chilled down immediately making it far from delicious. Service was erratic. Good at the beginning but then our server seemed to lose interest. Took forever to get a 1/2 caraffe of wine. By the time it came our food was cold and we were not interested in it. Good food cannot overcome atrocious service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went to La Calaca Feliz for brunch, so did not get to eat from the regular dinner menu. The food was good, but not exceptional. I would like to try the regular dinner menu before forming my opinion of the restaurant. The wait staff was friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "La Calaca Feliz it the best Mexican restaurant I've ever experienced. The menu is creative the food is delicious and the drinks are incredible. Try the chili margarita. I'd like one right now!! The service was efficient and the staff was very welcoming and accommodating. You will love it. Oh and the quac, incredible!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Have been several times for happy hour & dinner, which are both clearly the winning times to be here. Brunch held a lacking menu (had what I usually order for dinner - fish tacos) and the service was exceptionally slow. The back room echoes and became very loud. I don't think I would go back knowing Lemon Hill is just up the street."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Frankly, I usually prefer my Mexican restaurants divey. But... La Calaca Feliz was super duper awesome. I have lived in AZ and TX, so I had low expectations. The food was authentic and delicious, the drinks were large and tasty, the atmosphere festive and fun and visually stimulating. Pro tip: the Chef's tasting is ridiculous. We had SO much food and tasted so many delicious options for only $29. Crazy. Loved my dinner. YAY!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I went to the restaurant with my husband and two friends. This was the first time any of us had been there. We had a reservation for 7 pm and when we arrived , our table was ready for us. Everything we ordered, from the great margaritas (they don't skimp on the tequila) to dessert, was delicious. The staff was helpful, friendly and attentive. We all liked the decor and the vibe of the restaurant, although at times it was hard to hear each other because of the noise level. We all will be returning again in the near future."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food and service were good. The drinks were extraordinarily expensive."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I dined on a Saturday with my husband and my friend visiting from out of town. My friend loves Mexican food, so we choose this restaurant. I am so glad I did. The sangria was fantastic! I had fish tacos and they may have been the best I ever have had! My husband had the bass and raved about it. It is festive and fun! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everything at La Calaca Feliz was wonderful--the food, the service, the drinks. Highly recommended. I'd be sure to order a side of the plantains--they were almost caramelized and super delicious. The friendly staff was attentive without being intrusive. More restaurants should be this good!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The pork belly was excellent and the shrimp entrée was perfection. Will definitely return soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Whether you want to take a tequila flight, enjoy fun and friendly atmosphere, or just have a good relaxing meal with a few friends, La Calaca Feliz is perfect. We had a heat time. Four of us feasted, frolicked, laughed, and enjoyed the ambiance and the food."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food, awesome staff and good drinks. I will definitely recommend this restaurant and will also be back.."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was really good. Atmosphere was really nice, Waiter was very good. Definitely would recommend to friends -- good neighborhood place!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a great time there for our anniversary. THE Black Bass was one of the best pieces of fish that I ever had. And the shrimp ceviche was perfect... Looking forward to taking other friends there as well just for the heck of it. Our server was fantastic and made never rushed us or our culinary decisions. Very knowledgeable as well. Wish I could remember her name..."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Love pretty much everything they have especially the corn on the cob that I end up using the cob to get up all the cheesy goodness. Brought by the nicest wait staff."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great food and good prices. Service was good but not great. Also the margaritas were delicious but overpriced! Would definitely go back though."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed finding a friendly unique neighborhood restaurant that when in the mood for truly wonderful gourmet Mexican food this is the best in town. You can always count on their bass. We tried the Jumbo grilled shrimp atop tequila grits & were extremely pleased!eat early to enjoy happy hour priced drinks."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Some of the best margaritas I've had! All the food we ordered was great. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I recommend the chips and guac over any other appetizer. My friend and I were literally scraping the bottom of the bowl. Delicious! I had the Chop Salad and added shrimp. The shrimp was huge and so tasty!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "nothing has changed from my last visit. Good food, good drinks, very friendly service, though you need to remind them you want water etc. just a bit too pricey. but i love the food and i'll be back just for their fish tacos!!!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Came here based on the fantastic reviews and they did not disappoint. The Tortilla Soup was absolutely perfect for such a cold day in February and the food was as authentically Mexican as you can get here in the states. La Calaca Feliz is definitely more reasonably priced compared to Tequilas. The tacos al pastor were delicious and the elotes loco was to die for. Definitely want to make a reservation since it's very popular for dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Even though I have yet to eat my way through the regular menu, I always get the specials and they are WONDERFUL! Thanks to Aaron for helping us decide between the carne asada and the flank steak-the carne was delish!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great, great food! The octopus tostada and fish tacos were delicious. Also, very good drink selection. The only complaint is the tables are too close together - especially considering my wife and I went there when the dining room was less than 1/2 full and we were still seated right next to another party. Not a big deal but it does take away from the ambience of the place."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Not my first time there and not last. while i had some falls there in the past, it was always one of my favorite place and they didn't let me down this time. very tentative waiter, good starters and good entrees. the desserts were OK and they were the reason why i didn't give the place 5 stars. they were not bad, but not in the standards of the rest of the meal. also, portion size were bit small to the price you pay. i would expect bigger portion. by definitely i'm not hungry and it was a great experience overall and i'll be back again for sure! When it's warm, sit out in the patio!!!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. They're mushroom tacos make it hard to diversify my order. Their nachos are plentiful and filling , their guacamole is a must, and their sides of rice and beans, corn, or plantains offer you the option to mix and match what you want in your meal. The indoor paintings really create great ambience and the outdoor area makes it feel like you've left the city and relocated to a peaceful garden. If you haven't gone, you should!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "I'm so happy I came across this little Mexican gem in Fairmount. The food is delicious and fresh. We had the brussel sprout flat bread, fish tacos, and black bass, all of which were total winners. The margaritas are fantastic too. Our waitress was incredibly knowledgable and had a list of perfect recommendations for a party our size. Can't wait to go back for more!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My husband and I have been here a few times now and we're never disappointed. The food is fantastic, they have great margaritas and the service is always excellent. I especially recommend the Crab Fundido appetizer and the Black Bass entree, they're delicious!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Everybody loved what we ordered. Everything was delicious and we can't wait to go back to the restaurant again!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014