Lucha Cartel

4.6
371 reviews
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Mexican
Lucha Cartel serves up the freshest traditional Mexican cuisine, along with many delicious margaritas to choose from, a wide selection of hard-to-find Tequilas, and a rotating beer selection. Late night events include Salsa Tuesdays and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Definitely a college hangout. The food was excellent, but full of drunken college kids and too loud to have a conversation without shouting. Next time I'll get takeout.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Servers great and stay on top of things. A bit too loud, but I'll definitely go back.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quality of the food is about average here. The Margaritas, however, we’re great! This place doesn’t skimp out on the tequila! Guacamole was good, however the chips were a little too hard/crispy for our liking. Quesadillas were good, but nothing to write home about. I would come back to this place because of the ambiance and drinks, but don’t expect to leave here with a full stomach as the portions are on the small side.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We eat at Lucha Cartel, and enjoy the very reasonable Happy Hour menu, nearly every time we have an event to attend downtown. The service is extremely attentive, the food is really good, nice selection of draft beers, tasty margaritas. Many of the times we have been there, the restaurant seemed only about half filled, and noise was not a problem. This week, the place was packed, which lent a rather festive and exciting atmosphere, but it did raise the noise level to make conversation difficult. By the way, even though we were early, and the place was crowded, we were seated immediately. The menu doesn't seem to change very much, and it would be fun to see a new item or two every once in a while.

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EP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great atmosphere! The waitstaff was very attentive and it's in a great location.

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ID
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Have eaten here a bunch of times and it is always fresh and delicious, empanadas, tacos, quesos, margaritas, salads etc are all excellent. Service is always attentive and nice with knowledgeable staff. The decor is fun with wrestler masks and irreverent last supper scene. One issue is the noise level is tremendous and makes it extremely difficult to have any conversation even with the person sitting next to you so we choose to go to other places if we want to chat, which we often do when dining out,

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome! like always

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The guac with roasted corn was amazing! Food was pretty good in general. As were the drunks. The service wasn’t horribly slow, but it did take a little too long to get some extra chips so we could finish the guac and salsa. A little noisy but we were a party of 6 so we may have helped contribute to that. ;) It was fun though and servers were very polite.

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KC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a great meal at Lucha Cartel! The margaritas, chips and guac, and tacos were fantastic. We did have an issue with the wait staff / management about the price of the various sizes of margarita pitchers, which is why I couldn't give their service 5 stars. There was discrepancy between what was listed on the menu and what the waitress explained - the menu listed a glass, a pitcher, and a large margarita glass, whereas the waitress described a glass, a half-pitcher, and a full pitcher. We thought we were paying for the pitcher, the 2nd size, but in fact, we were paying for the large margarita glass, though the drink was brought to us in a pitcher. When we mentioned this when we received our bill, the waitress' response was, "Well you drank the whole thing..." Ultimately, after much debate with the waitress and the manager, we were able to have the $20 removed from our check. The waitress was very snappy with us the rest of the night, when in reality, it would have been much easier just to take the $20 off of our check, apologize, and move on. I would definitely recommend this restaurant, just make sure you clarify your order so you don't run into the same issue that we did.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok. I didn't know they teach salsa lessons. So it just seem to ruin my dinner experience with my girlfriends. It's not a big restaurant so it was just too much going on at once. Unfortunately we won't be returning for dinner.

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Margaritas and ceviche were excellent! Chicken in tacos & fajitas toooooooooo salty. Person in our group lives the wahoo fish tacos. All in all good, except fir the chicken.

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DE
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is outstanding! Every time we have visited, the wait staff is friendly, offers ideas and just plain fun! Not our first visit and certainly not our last!

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RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife enjoyed the evening

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love lucha cartel. The prices are great, the food is great (guac is phenomenal), the drinks are amazing (pineapple jalapeno margarita is where it's at)! I've been here twice and I plan to keep coming back :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent, service was fairly slower. Had reservation, came early, got seated on time.

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JD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best chicken quesadilla in Philly!

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PT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great experience at Lucha — awesome drink and food menu. The service was warm but my only compliant is I had a later reservation post-movie and we were out at a high-top table right by the dance floor and kitchen. As a result, I felt in the way as the staff was clearing and moving the other high tops around us and the dj started. Everyone was polite about it, but Is there a way to ensure all diners are on the raised platform or along the side banquettes to ensure a more pleasant experience is had by all? This was the only thing that somewhat soured an otherwise pleasurable dining experience.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good server was very nice and attentive but table was small and wobbly almost lost our meal when trying to cut our food but overall a good meal

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DC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have been here a number of times. But the last visit here, I wasn't even served. After a 15 wait at a wobbly table in a dark corner, I left without the waiter ever coming back. I was so disappointed. I'm not sure I'll be going back.

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JW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great beer, great service. Come here before a movie and was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely return!

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GC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so good- love the energy and the servers are always fun and attentive. Def my favorite Mexican place in the city

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff (Kylie was amazing) and the best shrimp empanada ever!

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JA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was expensive for the portion size, I found bones in my enchiladas, the noise was almost unbearable. Otherwise, the food was tasty and the service was better than average.

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DC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always freshly made food and margaritas. It is a personal go to spot in Philly.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!!! Everything is awesome

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PN
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Third time there this month. Creative Mexican dishes, wonderful salads. All companions on all three visits were also delighted with their menu choices. My favorites: the avocado salad at lunch and the sweet potato tacos at dinner.

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LI
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant twice and been thrilled both times. There's lots of food options so everyone can find something they like. I really enjoyed my chicken quesadilla. Great spicy guacamole and great margaritas! Very fun, loud atmosphere and decor. Service was attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Food, service, atmosphere. My only critique is that the soft shells are cheap rubber. The food was so good, only to be placed on a rubbery tortilla shell. Please get better shells!

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VB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Incredibly loud, but I think that's what they're going for.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Love this restaurant! The vibe is very energetic and it's definitely a little too loud for intimate conversations, but it would be a good place to go in a group and have to some good food and drink. It might be a bit quieter during the week. The food was cheap, very good, and filling. Would definitely recommend!

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FB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of my favorites! The decor is so interesting, the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is always lively. Don’t miss out on this great place!

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, reasonable prices, great service, nice atmosphere, whats not to like,

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A
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent but the service was slow. I did a reservation for 4:30 and the server didn’t showed up until 5pm. The excuse they gave me was that they were changing shifts. Unacceptable

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KO
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always try to plan our dinners around the weekday happy hour to make it more affordable. The margaritas are a favorite!

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PJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ceviches are a must try. The food was fantastic and so was service!

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OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious but a bit overpriced for the portion sizes. Our waitress was nice but was hard to find when we wanted to order an appetizer and get the check. Overall a decent experience.

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SH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All and all it was a great night. I have ate here multiple times with friends and on dates with my boyfriend. It's a good starter date because they do free salsa classes every Tuesday night! It's pretty loud though around 9:45 PM until the music stops. So if that bothers you I wouldn't go. They also have pretty good tacos and drinks as well! They seem to never disappoint!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so were the drinks! Fun place for casual food

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

It was so loud in this restaurant that we were lucky to be able to get a table outside. Thankfully, the weather was nice enough for us to be able to sit outside. The music was much too loud, we could hardly hear our waitress when she was talking to us, and my friend and I could barely hear each other. People at the nearby tables had to talk loud as well so that they could be heard. The chips and salsa were very good. The pork soft tacos were average.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

the lunch menu more resembles a burger joint instead of a mexican restaurant. We were completely disappointed.

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