El Poquito

4.4
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735 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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About

El Poquito, a Mexican Cantina, pronounced (el-poe-kee-toe), means “the little one” in Spanish, named after a fabled Mexican cafe racer that rode up and down the coast of Mexico and California. El Poquito is a traditional cantina featuring classic and modern tacos, ceviches and housemade guacamole, as well as an abundant selection of tequilas, mezcals, margaritas and a variety of Mexican and domestic beers. Recently awarded Open Table's 2019 Diners Choice for Best Outdoor Dining, El Poquito offers one of the largest patios in Philadelphia, perfect for gatherings with friends and families as well as several options for private dining and events. Additional parking is located behind the restaurant for patrons to conveniently pick up take out orders. Due to the volume and high demand, patio seating is based on a first come, first serve, basis - although we do our best to accommodate reservations.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(267) 766-5372
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Antoine Merritt
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Private party facilities
With a variety of private spaces that can accommodate gatherings as intimate as 16 guests and as grand as 210, plus a lively atmosphere, approachable menu of fresh Mexican fare and top-notch margaritas, El Poquito is an ideal location for celebrations of all sizes. Contact our events coordinator Jes
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Private party contact
Tim Lux: (877) 433-8249
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hartwell Lane
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Parking details
Parking is in the rear of the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally able to take my parents and brothers here! Everyone loved their meals - the best carne asada tacos I’ve ever had.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always tasty and excellent service!

MW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and a fun atmosphere. we sat upstairs which was really nice.

KH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was rather slow, food took a VERY long time and was kind of underwhelming. No a bad experience but not a good one either, just okay.

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to El Poquito for a lovely birthday brunch!

LM
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made this reservation in hopes that this Mexican restuarant was celebrating Day of the Dead, but when we arrived it was quite and not very busy—not a celebration in sight.

Luckily the food wasn’t bad.

S
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sat by a door opening and closing - cold on my back. Very small portions for price .

JL
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a nice place with a nice date night environment. A family friendly place and good food.

MC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun environment and great food!

S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A very nice dinner, great atmosphere and impeccable service

K
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We looove the patio and the quieter room on the other side of the restaurant. Unfortunately, the central area where the bar is is very loud.

The tacos are consistently delicious and we like many of the appetizers. Would like to see occasional taco specials.

I
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas! Loved the avocado salad and fried cod tacos.

B
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Service started out slow, no one came to the table for 10 minutes but after that it was fine.

Menu is very limited but Salsas are delicious, margaritas are good, tacos are very good. Will go back to try the fajitas.

BA
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Normally the service is poor but the food is great, making it a with while trade off. This time service was poor as was the food. Hope this is a one off.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good experience. Great drinks!! Okay food. Pricey.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment. Staff was very accommodating of our large group!

LM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, Nate! Food was fresh, delicious and served within reasonable time. Drinks and bartender superb! I love El Poquito and the outside space. Great menu and taco Tuesday is awesome!

BT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Inside noise; outside better due to less noise.

WC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was not bad, I like Mexican food that’s spicy; caliente! My friend really raved about the place because of the ambiance, & I too enjoyed that. Overall, it was a great experience!

AA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Too many kids

TG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tequila and Tacos was my reason for stopping in and I had a great experience the food was tasty and the prices were reasonable

TT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spot! Tacos are fantastic and the daily special margaritas are always on point. Continue to come back to this place

CS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waitress, was helpful with menu, and very nice. The food was very good, enjoyed the nachos. Only down was the frozen machine went down, no more frozen margaritas, and they ran out of wings on a Saturday. We still had fun, and enjoyed the food.

LR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect dining experience. The food was outstanding, the tequila cocktails were delicious and our server Jess was the best. Jess was very helpful and knowledgeable on both the food and tequila choices. I would highly recommend El Poquito, we prefer the outdoor seating.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

RC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

food isn't bad but VERY VERY expensive for a few tacos.
If they're going to claim themselves as Mexican they need to serve chips and sales GRATIS and be more friendly.
This is not just "upscale" which is FINE TO BE,
it is just PRETENTIOUS CHESTNUT HILL BOUGEY

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Food was wonderful

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh food! Plantains were fabulous

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was not hot enough when it came to the table.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Nice decor and service but the food let a lot to desire for the price.

p
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and ambiance were very nice. Unfortunately the air conditioning was not working very well and the machine being used to cool the space was a bit loud. However, this was probably unique to this particular night. Overall, good restaurant and our friends (and first time visitors) who we invited enjoyed it.

K
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We dined later in the evening and the server just seemed really annoyed that we had arrived — she was definitely not friendly or welcoming, just annoyed. There was no hostess to seat us so we were a bit unsure what to do at first or where we could sit.

The margaritas were good. I was underwhelmed and very disappointed by the chips, they didn't taste or look authentic or fresh — it seemed as though they came out of a bag of chips I could buy at the corner store. Especially for the price of the salsas... All in all, this was a very disappointing experience but we will give it another shot in hopes that we have better luck next time.

j
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I love this place, the food and atmosphere is amazing. But the service is lacking. All the servers are super sweet but our waitress basically ignored us the whole night. Our food took a long time because the kitchen was backed up (not her fault) and we didn’t mind that. But she never refilled our water or asked if we wanted a second drink. we asked for a dessert menu after dinner and she came back literally 10 mins later with one. We then waited another 10 minutes for her to come back to take our order and got so fed up that I found another server and just asked for the check. :-/

SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Unfortunately, service was terrible. Air conditioner did not seem to be working. Took 10 minutes just to get water once seated. Food was just OK. previously had good experiences here so not sure what is going on but will not be back.

HC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Seated next to large air conditioning unit that
made it hard to have a conversation.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating here, and it was awesome! We went for restaurant week and the portions were full and delicious. The tacos were our favorite. Our favorite part of the night was the young boy singing live with a piano. It made the night perfect.

D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Let’s start with the lack of air conditioning. Two mismatched window units in the front window only helped a little. Server was inattentive and seemed new. Usually reliable Crispy jalapeños came in lumps, not delicate individual slices. Fajita flavor was great, but was mostly a huge pile of peppers with some chicken. Kudos to management, who swiftly and deftly handled a small problem with one of our drinks. Please invest in your infrastructure.

V
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fun environment. Consistent, with some great new menu items. Highly recommended!

M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're El Poquito regulars. The food and service are always great and the margaritas are even better. (Highly recommend "El Campeon") Last night there was an AWESOME trio called Sweet 66 (I think) playing on the patio--they were fantastic. Never been there with live music before but it made a normally fun experience way better. I hope they do more live music in the future. The owners have made a unique (fun, chill) experience in the heart of Chestnut Hill. Love this place.

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a winner, amazing food, amazing atmosphere. Ruth and her recommendations were perfect! 🙏🏽