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Xochitl
Xochitl

Xochitl Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.xochitlphilly.com
  • Phone: (215) 238-7280
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm, and Sunday 5pm to 9pm
    Bar: 5pm to 2am (Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5pm to 7pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Solomon (215) 238-7280
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our private dining room can accommodate up to 20 guests for seated dinner or up to 60 guests for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres event. Rental of the entire space is also available.
    All requests please call or email info@xochitlphilly.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pine Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot (Park America) located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Please ask for our stamp to validate.
A word from Xochitl
Xochitl serves traditional Mexican fare with a modern twist in a fun and comfortable setting. Enjoy fresh made guacamole, antojitos, ceviches, and platos fuertes. Two full service bars feature hand-squeezed margaritas and fresh specialty cocktails. Our extensive tequila list features over 70 bottles.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "Our first visit to Xochitl was impressive. Our visit was on an early Sunday evening and the restaurant wasn't at all crowded. Our waitress was very helpful and answered all of our questions about the menu items. Our meal arrived timely and the flavors did not disappoint. The guacamole and calamari appetizers were excellent as were our meals. We will visit again!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "A large number of my friends (10) were attending a baby shower in South Jersey, so we decided it was a good opportunity to enjoy dinner in the city. After striking out with trying to make reservations at a number of restaurants, we stumbled upon Xochitl - HUGE mistake for not including this in our original picks. To start - the drinks were AMAZING. Strong, flavorful, good quality. Our waitress was extremely pleasant, attentive and helpful with selecting apps and entrees. Guac, fundito, and calamari were all extremely good. They ran out of short rib right as we were ordering, which was a bummer, but my husband had the baby back ribs (amazing) and I noticed that everyone's plate was scraped clean. I, for one, am dying to go back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is the second time we've been to Xochitl. The food and service are very good. The make your our guacamole is definitely a standout on the menu. You get to add the ingredients you want to personalize your guacamole. The dinner menu has a good variety and you will certainly find something to satisify your taste buds. Please pay attention to the menu when they tell you something is spicy because they do mean it. The spicy brisket tacos are excellent, but not for the faint of taste buds. They are spicy and might not be for everyone. Overall a really good experience at Xochitl."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "While the food was good, server left a lot to be desired. She seemed hyper-intent on getting our order, even though we indicated that we were still looking over the menu. This was at 8:30 P.M. on a Saturday, so not like the kitchen was closing. The restaurant itself was hardly packed. Once we ordered, it was a comedy of errors. The calamari app was never delivered. We weren't charged for it either. Did it fall into the Bermuda Triangle? We had to place our dinner orders ... twice. For being so intent, the server had a serious brain cramp and came back to get the orders a second time! Weird... The guacamole we created was tasty, and the spicy brisket tacos were very good. Limited drink selections. Average, not great, restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The only thing I didn't like was the portion size. Very small for the cost and you had to pay extra for a side."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We ate at Xochitl for the first time and we were all so pleased with the food. We travel to Mexico several times each year and have come to know the various Mexican cuisines... classic, authentic, regional, modern, Tex Mex, etc. The food at Xochitl was wonderful and it was comparable to many of the more expensive restaurants we have dined at in Mexico, New York, LA and other cities. As many other reviewers have noted, the quacamole is fantastic. We shared a ceviche special and it was fresh and vibrant. We had a a few taco entrees... carnitas, fish and short rib... and a short rib tamale, and all were excellent and beautifully presented. No room for dessert! We will definitely return to this restaurant very soon."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This restaurant has yummy guacamole & very nice sangria. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Xochitl was a fun, chill spot. We went for a date, and it was just the right amounts romantic and fun. The lighting was very low, but the bright walls made it feel warmer. Our waitress (who i think was also the hostess) was knowledgable and made great suggestions, especially for the drinks. We decided to get the make your own guacamole, which was cool for the option and even better for not having to make it. I ordered the spicy brisket tacos as my meal. They were good, but they were SPICY. There was a lot of meat leftover from the tacos, so you could scoop some up with any leftover guac and chips, like I did. We didn't have room for dessert, but there were quite a few yummy sounding choices. Overall, great! Also, they do discounted parking!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food was great. this is the second time we have been there and no one has had a bad or even fair meal!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Excellent Food! It was delicious and the portions were perfect. The made to order Guacamole was amazing."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We took our son and his girlfriend there for her graduation dinner - and couldn't be happier! Some of the online reviews were questionable, but I think they were a bit older, when it was under different mgmt. We had everything from customized guacamole to start, margaritas and beer cocktails, to chipotle ribs, beef short ribs, Camarones (shrimp) spicy but good, and Pescado El Dorado (Fish with a light cream sauce). My wife had the fish - she said,1 "probably the best sauce" she'd ever had! We were too full to have desert - so nothing to offer there. The food was fantastic (a little pricey, but not terribly so), the service was quick, attentive, and accurate. The ambiance was quaint and comfortable. Thanks for a great experience!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Expensive (but good) drinks: about $12/margarita, and the drinks are on the small-ish side. Food was decent for the price: taco dishes were all tasty, but by far the best was the broiled fish tacos (wonderful, smoky marinade). Guacamole appetizer was small and disappointing, as were the chips & salsa app (salsa was that boring, blended-into-one soupy consistency, and chips...they could've tried a little harder with those bland puppies). Both desserts we got were icky: tres leches and some kind of chocolate doo-dad. Probably won't be back, but had to try it out per it's good Yelp reviews, and my love for Latin fare."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Love this place as the food is consistently good and the drinks are awesome. I was a little disappointed in the service. I was there when it was fairly quiet and didn't get the attention needed. It's the simple things - keep my water glass full, keep the great drinks coming when the glass is empty. This place needs great service to keep up with the great food."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This place was nicely planned out, we went downstairs felt like we were going to start an adventure into Mexico. The Queso Fundido was like no other place in the US. I'm Mexican-American, I've been to mexico dozens of times and I can truly say the Chef here studied Authentic Mexican Food, i'ts not Mexican American it's truly Mexican. I've been to Mexican restaurants all in Philadelphia my Cousin and Brother in law also has his own restaurant and Xochitl is 5 star Stuff I can promise you. I've in at other places in Philadelphia, Reading, New Jersey, Texas and California which doesn't compare, I'm definitively gonna be coming back each weekend with my Wife."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "great vegetarian dinner (Sope)--maybe the best Ive ever eaten- owner is a delight!! What a nice touch for him to be so engaging! Mexican coca cola-yum! Too bad I don't drink Tequila, never saw so many types! It is cramped and tables are smallish, but that is a small price to pay for a memorable dinner- topped off with apple desert-wow!! I rarely get filled from a vegetarian dinner--if I could eat like this every day, Id never even eat chicken again!!Staff answered all questions--and lets not forget the guacamole--custom made to your own personal tastes! It looked like a huge pile when it arrived--well, it disappeared!! Like everything about Xochitl except the muzak-glad it wasn't the obligatory Spanish, but it was a little grating"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Never wanted to dine out for Mexican fare. My wife loves it so I broke down for our anniversary. I am now a HUGH fan! Everything about this place was exceptional! Will be going back soon! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Have been there twice in the past week. Food was excellent. The noise level was high in the bar area and in the dining room. Not conducive to talking with dining partners. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times and enjoyed ourselves, but tonight's dinner wasn't so hot. About the best things were the guacamole and margaritas. They were out of the brisket tacos so we split an order of the fish and pork tacos. The fish tacos tasted "fishy" and the pork ones were dried out. Plus we were seated in the basement and there was a large, loud group and the noise was so loud we couldn't hear each other. Overall, not an enjoyable evening with mediocre food. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The guacamole is really great. Our service on Saturday night was very pleasant and efficient and our food was consistently very good. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "In a great location, awesome food, awesome service! Create your own guacamole, fun time, would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We just discovered Xochitl in time for a fun & different Cinco de Maya dining experience! The bar has a great vibe and much excitement....good food & drinks! We've always loved Old City Philly and Head House Square and South Street neighborhood. Absolutely love Bistro Romano there...and now we have another great place to eat there!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Great little local spot. Food was good and guacamole was ouystanding. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The guacamole was outstanding!!!! Can't wait to go back and get more! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "What a great way to experiment with guacamole options...the truffle is devine... Lots of dining options for both meat and veggie eaters with great seasoning. All foods compliment the wide selection of tequila. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We chose Xochitl on the basis of other Open Table reviews we read stating it was a great pre-theatre restaurant. We concur! We got a perfect margarita to share that was so perfect we had to get a second. The made-to-order guacamole is out of the world! The fish tacos were fabulous but the Xochitl mole pepper was one of the most delicious things our tongues have ever tasted! We visited Philadelphia from Baltimore and we can't wait to visit again. We will definitely go back to Xochitl."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I went here for my birthday with 15 people. The service was excellent and the staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Aside from fabulous food, especially the appetizers, I was so impressed by the fact that all of the dinner entrees were served at the same time, despite the fact that there were a total of 16 of us. Really, this is an almost impossible feat, yet they pulled it off. As well, they offer an ultimate margarita, which I heard was awesome. Overall this was a great night and I would definitely return. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My SIL and I went out for a night of fun. We did the four course Patron pairing dinner. The guacamole you create yourself was amazing! The "mexican pizza" was delicious as was the short ribs amd pollo frito. We loved the Rosa Margarita!! Great service."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My only "complaint" is that I didn't realize that the Brisket Tacos were going to be so spicey. Guacamole is fabulous. Beef Brisket entree was great, and less spicy than the taco meat. And also, it's nicer to eat on the first floor rather than downstairs in the basement."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "As my title says, coming to Xochitl is always an experience of it's own. Wether you catch the awesome Happy Hour they have or go straight for dinner, it is always a good time. Margaritas are killer good, the Guac it's outstanding, the tables have a small chart with options for you to make your own guac as you wish, and food in overall is really good. The staff and ambience is awesome, and i always end up doing shots of Patron Cafe to end the night properly, but hey, that's me. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Went there with family relatively early. The bar was already full and lively but the adjacent dinner area was fairly empty. Had the guacamole to order along with several Mexican and Mexican-inspired (e.g., poblano pepper stuffed with turkey) dishes. All had a good time and enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere. By the time we left the dining area had filled up. Overall highly recommend. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food and drinks were good but not great (we had go the xochitl salad, guacamole, short rib and fish tacos), and the portions were fairly small relative to the price. I don't usually feel ripped-off in philadelphia but I won't be coming back to xochitl. For the same price (85 for two) there are far better places to go in philly for mexican. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Good food, small portions, nice ambience. Good happy hour, $6 margaritas normally $9. I went to catch up with old friends aroudn 5pm and the place was empty, it was a good time and it gradually became very busy and packed when we left. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Loved being able to make my own guac, interesting twist on fried chicken and delicious cornbrea"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "High quality mexican food - everything was perfect. Short rib tamale was just right. My fiance loved the chili relleno. I was addicted to the Red Sangria! Good for special occasions as it's a bit pricier than the average mexican restaturant but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and it was worth it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The 'make your own" guacamole is awesome. We all had different entree's (Swordfish, vegetarian entree, steak & shrimp) and everyone was very happy with their meal of choice. My only complaint is my swordfish was a bit oversalted for my liking (and I love salt!). Will definitely go back when I'm in the city again. very tasty. The chips are to die for..."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was good however a little over priced for the portion size. Would eat there again if I were in the neighborhood however would not make a special trip."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great authentic Mexican meal, Xochitl is the place. The quality of food was great. Being able to customize your guacamole is great feature."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I enjoyed the Four Course Patron pairing and it was fantastic! The food was fresh and very tasty!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This is a really nice restaurant, but the ambiance doesn't fit the decor. From the look of the place you would think it was more upscale/romantic; however, it was noisy and fast paced with a feel of a bar. The food and drinks were very great, so we would defiantly go back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This neighborhood gem is the perfect place to meet up with great friends for the best Margaritas in Philadelphia. Our friends from California didn't think they would have Mexican food in our city that was of the caliber of their home state....they said they were surprised and impressed. The guacamole was the beginning of an amazing meal and a memorable evening. Thank you Xochitl!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014