Las Bugambilias
Las Bugambilias

Las Bugambilias

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lasbugambiliasphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2159223190
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Molina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Las Bugambilias
Welcome to Las Bugambilias, a traditional Mexican restaurant located on South Street in Philadelphia. As chef and owner of this center city Philadelphia restaurant, Carlos Molina offers high quality, freshly prepared, Mexican food from three different regions in Mexico. The desserts at Bugambilias' are homemade on the premises, and we offer a full service bar, with an imaginative array of margaritas for your pleasure. When you come inside you will enjoy the warm ambiance found in our traditional decor, and welcoming staff.
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Las Bugambilias reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (3)great for lunch (2)romantic (2)good for groups (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • chile relleno
    murmade82
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    They have the best chile relleno around. there is vegetarian and meat versions. I also love the queso fundito. The xrated margarita is my favorite and the deserts are great too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Nice Surprise
    VegetarianVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We needed a place for three people, near Old City, on a Saturday evening. Looking through Open Table and there wasn't much available that wasn't meat centered. Las Bugambilias was delightful. We've traveled to different regions of Mexico many times, and this food was enjoyable with ingredients and styles from a variety of regions. The vegetables were fresh and the black beans were outstanding. We tried two vegetarian entrees and our friend had seafood. The margaritas were a hit and service was helpful. They have a very interesting looking chicken entree that comes out in a lava bowl. I was jealous and wish they would make a lava-bowl vegetarian entree. Am looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we tried it!
    holidaybabe
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Firstly they make their maragritas with fresh lime juice so we were already happy! The service was friendly and the food tasted fresh and delicious. Would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mexico
    TAG1VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    There are not a lot of chefs on the east coast who can capture the true essence of Mexican cuisine. And there are even fewer who can actually produce an excellent mole. Chef Carlos Molina has that expertise creating regional Mexican food ranging from Puebla to Yucatan. We have spent a lot of time in Mexico, know the cuisine well, and are very happy to find this talent in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stand out Mexican
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A very complete menu ranging from typical Tex-Mex to delightful fish, chicken, beef and pork dishes. Everything we tried was fresh with balanced flavors. The tables to the left and right of the entrance are perfect for four people - with a window onto the street and no other table next to you they're private yet open.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    menu is interesting, and food is prepared well enough; but became pretty concerned when the table behind us found something sharp enough to yield a mouth cut in one of their dishes. Other choices in town do just as well or better for this cuisine
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NICE BUT SLOW SERVICE
    gjacsong
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very nice and clean. Our reservation was on this psst Sunday at 3:00 pm. We erre seated promptly food very tasty. Our waitress was nice but was not attentive. She brought menus but took long to take orders and restaurant wss not busy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican Treat
    DiningDuo
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We enjoyed everything about our dinner! Our reservations were for 5:30pm on a Wed night so it really wasn't crowded. It's a very small restaurant but comfortable and quaint. Our server was friendly and helpful in assisting us with our order. We started with the guacamole and chips which were delicious! We ordered Chicken Mole Traditional and Fish Tacos for our entrees and both were fresh and delicious! I told my family and friends how much we loved it and plan to come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Alternative
    Fran
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We were going to a Phillies game and hate the food there - even in the Diamond Club. For the same amount of money we had a great meal with $5 margaritas. Sure beats a $12 cheesesteak and an $8 beer! This is our 3rd time at this restaurant and we have never been disappointed. Our server was attentive, informed and very friendly. It is one of our favorite Philly restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 86 reviews are from the Las Bugambilias reviews archive.
  • Great Mexican
    Happy
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The Pineapple Chipotle Margarita was awesome and set the tone for a great runch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I took my mother here for birthday dinner, it was a table for three. The food was delicious and the drinks were amazing, I have a soft spot for signature cocktails. Especially margaritas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden gem
    Infomancy
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    A small place, tucked away on historic South St in Philadelphia, Las Bugambilias quietly delivers amazing Mexican dining. Filled with the warm colors of traditional Mexican artwork, just walking in the door was a welcome change from a cold winter evening. Everything was good: horchata, fresh guacamole, and especially the molcajete. Be sure to save room for a nice selection of deserts that include standbys like flan and tres leches cake but also some other amazing treats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican Food & Friendly Cheff
    AZUBI
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Carlos is the Cheff and he spend good 20 minutes with us, the food was real Mexican Food and with great quality & flavor we will comeback fore sure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    crackcrab
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We were running late and graciously they held our table. The place is small. The server was friendly and sweet. I loved the x-rated margaritas. The food was deliciously fresh. The homemade salsa was fresh and not acidic. The quesadilla was so tasty it didn't need salsa or sour cream. The Enchiladas Del Mar was superb. Large portions of all dishes, so we shared. Even the desert, a crepe with fresh berries with chocolate and carmel was wonderful. Overall, a fantastic dinner. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best!
    BrAdNVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Chef Carlos is incredible. Everything is fresh, beautifully presented, and plentiful. The flavors really pop! One of my faves in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican
    Fitnj
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Coming from central NJ it's hard to find anything close to good Mexican. Las Bugambilias is more than worth the trip to Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Keep Going Back
    anastasia
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I took my friend here for a birthday dinner. Food was really good as usual and portions a decent size. The only negative thing I have to say is about the desserts. The last two times I've been to this restaurant they have told me that certain dessert options were unavailable.one of them was the pecan cookies which I've been interested in trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and a good atmosphere.
    chamoan
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Great food and a good atmosphere. The ceviche was fantastic and the tortilla soup was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great. Server was
    Barasu
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Food was great. Server was overwhelmed. Bar tender had no idea what she was doing. We got our drinks after our appetizers and, for second round, again had up wait 20 minutes. But really good food. Would definitely go back but would order drinks and wait for them at the bar!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit w out-of - guests.
    judy
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    2nd visit w out-of - guests. Everyone enjoyed the meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious little spot
    Rnbsn2001
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Although this restaurant is small, it is big on flavors. Food is authentic and delicious. Service was great . Would definatley return !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish!
    judy
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Been wanting to try this restaurant upon recommendation of a friend & so glad I finally got here. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed the food and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We enjoyed the food and the service was good. The seating is a bit cramped but i will request a different table next visit. I will return to try other menu items that looked interesting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican Food
    StepsiteVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Small, tiny, but go for the food!!! You can get margaritas by the pitcher which adds to the fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Food was fantastic overall and same with service. Since it was Mother's Day, the waiters took pictures of all the mothers that came in to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland Fare...
    Robby
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    The Margarita's were ok...The Caesar salad was a big disapointment , the dressing's main ingredient seemed to be water. NO taste , just wet . As for our entrees, without too much detail they were BLAND . The ingredients seemed fresh but strangely unseasoned . An unmemorable meal at best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    dnswsnch
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Very disappointed this time..we were here last year for Cinco de Mayo and loved ,this year we took friends and it was really a bad experience..our waitress took a long time to even come as us for a drink..seemed so disinterested in serving us and was annoyed when we ordered another round of coronas! The food this year seemed chi chi est! Not the authenic place I went ot last year..it was noisy and just all around a BAD EXPERIENCE.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    The food was very good reasonable and the service was exceptional!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Execellent menu and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Execellent menu and great service. Will be back to finish hte experience
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Mexican Gem on South Street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    This restaurant is a gem. We loved the delicious food, perfect service and adorable ambience! Margaritas were truly Mexican and the sangria was very tasty. A true find! We will return to this restaurant each time we visit Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service is friendly and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    The service is friendly and helpful, yet professional - just right! Food was excellent. It was our first time there, and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had an early dinner here after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Had an early dinner here after a 2pm show at the Merrium Theater last Saturday. Food was fabulous, marguerita's were big and strong. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dishes flavorful and well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Dishes flavorful and well prepared. Staff attentive. A very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    We had a great experience at Las Bugambilias. The food and service were excellent. Very bright, fresh flavors and interesting menu choices - not the typical tacos and burritos that you find in most Mexican restaurants. Was happy to find vegetarian options, too. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is always excellent.
    meme
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Food is always excellent. Service is not always good, they tried to sit us at a table that was not comfortable, after about 5 minutes, trying to convince us that it would be comfortable, they finally moved us to another table. After everyone in the restaurant had been watching the fiasco. That started the attitude of our waitress. The bartender came over and asked us if we wanted drinks, but no one told us it was happy hour ( we knew from priovously dining there). Dinner was excellent but we were given the check without ever being asked if wanted dessert, coffee, etc. We have eaten here a few times one waitress we had prior was excellent. This was the second time we had the same waitress,and she is not very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Las Bugambilias (Spanish for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    Las Bugambilias (Spanish for Bougainvillea) has a small, comfortable and tastefully decorated dining room. The staff was extremely pleasant and accommodating. The clientele seemed to include many regulars. The food is traditional Mexican -- not Tex-Mex -- and was excellently prepared. We especially liked the fresh salsa served at every table with chips and the soups we had -- tortilla soup and crema mixta, which is two soups served in one bowl: cream of poblano peppers soup on one side and cream of huitlacoche soup on the other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great local Mexican spot--they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    A great local Mexican spot--they have wonderful food and margaritas (they infuse one of their tequilas with chipotle, which is delicious). Beware it's small and very tight--so I wouldn't really recommend this spot for a group-but it's a great go-to if you live in Philly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Alternative to the cook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Great Alternative to the cook by numbers Mexican restaurants. Food was tasty and fresh. Parking available on street or nearby lot, both require payment but it is downtown Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply the best Mexican restaurant
    Carol
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Simply the best Mexican restaurant in the city. Menu is exceptional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enfrijoladas with very fresh,
    TigresSKSVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Enfrijoladas with very fresh, avocado: yum! Plus an amazing pickled salad and black beans and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate