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.
Excellent food. Servers great and stay on top of things. A bit too loud, but I'll definitely go back.
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.
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.
Awesome food and great atmosphere! The waitstaff was very attentive and it's in a great location.
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,
awesome! like always
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
My wife enjoyed the evening
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 :)
Food was excellent, service was fairly slower. Had reservation, came early, got seated on time.
The best chicken quesadilla in Philly!
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.
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
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.
Great food, great beer, great service. Come here before a movie and was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely return!
Food is so good- love the energy and the servers are always fun and attentive. Def my favorite Mexican place in the city
Great staff (Kylie was amazing) and the best shrimp empanada ever!
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.
Always freshly made food and margaritas. It is a personal go to spot in Philly.
Great!!!! Everything is awesome
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.
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.
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!
Incredibly loud, but I think that's what they're going for.
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!
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!
Good food, reasonable prices, great service, nice atmosphere, whats not to like,
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
We always try to plan our dinners around the weekday happy hour to make it more affordable. The margaritas are a favorite!
Ceviches are a must try. The food was fantastic and so was service!
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.
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!
Food was great and so were the drinks! Fun place for casual food
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.
the lunch menu more resembles a burger joint instead of a mexican restaurant. We were completely disappointed.