Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz

4.7
1093 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Cantina "Calaca" Feliz is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. We take a modern approach to the way we do Mexican food. Fresh, High-quality ingredients are the foundation to our transformation of amazing produce, fish, and meat to the food we bring to your table.

Cantina "Calaca" Feliz received 3 Bells from Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban who stated, "Calaca has helped push the dial forward a few more clicks on the evolution of contemporary Mexican cooking in this town".

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1093 people are saying
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Marc
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place, great food, fair prices, nice atmosphere. Would recommend.

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MarkY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for taco Tuesday date night. The back patio outdoor seating was so intimate. Server was friendly and attentive. Tacos were good. Margs we’re delicious.

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Lexy
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tropical margarita was so damn good ! I loved the service & the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Shreveport
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pretty awesome experience. Only complaint was that I went with my family and there was a song playing that kept dropping f-bombs. I mean I get that it’s something they’ll hear eventually but they’re still little. But overall it was a very good restaurant.

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JoAnn
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Fairmount area at Philadelphia. Great for any occasion. Peter was the best server ever.

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vipsarahs
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very good queso and outdoor area is super cute!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was extremely professional and kind!!!!

KC
vipKevinC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Drinks were pretty good.
Service was very good.
Food was just ok, felt like a lot of cheap ingredients. Esquites tasted like it used canned corn, the chips in the nachos were the super thin cheap kind that and way too salty.

We saw a mouse in the dinning area.

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LeahA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This spot was really good and rather surprising. I expected a neighborhood spot, but it was destination worthy. We easily found parking nearby and everything was great. We did sit outside and got a few mosquito bites though!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and delicious food! Ambiance was very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good carnitas

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RuthY
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service and food was good. The customer service excellent. Everyone was very attentive to my disabled friend.

The back room was attractive but too noisy for conversation.
You excel in CS.

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vipPhillyChica
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Our waiter was THE best and the food was phenomenal. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipGermanDude
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Got a little busy and wait staff seemed overwhelmed. Overall okay, but would have been nice to get a chance to order 2nd drink ;-)

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vipDavidH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tend to come here when wee are in the area - this time was after a day at The Art Museum. Staff is friendly and welcoming. Food is very good with some interesting twists on the menu. A wonderful time dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was ok, nothing special. Had to wait 15-20 after being seated to see our waiter. We sat outside and saw three mice running around. It’s possible it’s not the restaurant’s fault but the outside area Is enclosed and they did not make any efforts to get rid of them. The door to the restaurant was open and they could have easily ran in. It was a very jarring experience and none of the outside patrons could truly enjoy themselves with mice running around.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The foods were legit!

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FrankF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb and service excellent! We sat in the outdoor seating in the courtyard. Much quieter and comfy there. Will be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Significant delays, delay getting seated, delay ordering, delay in food arriving, no one came to check on us or refill water, finally tracked someone down to pay after waiting for quite a while after finishing. Maybe consider an app that allows guests to order and pay using the QR code to lessen burden on servers?

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PauletteH1886
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the experience. Food was phenomenal and the service was great. Great HH menu.

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ElizabethK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great, ambiance was really nice. The server was very friendly and nice just wish they were a little more attentive they only checked on our table once when the food dropped. We had to ask another server for more drinks.

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JohnM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance and service were great. A nice gem of a restaurant. Will definitely go back.

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AracelyC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was looking forward to eating here all week, and I had not been out due to the pandemic. I couldn't wait to try the Sangria, but when I ordered, I was told they were out. So dissapointing.

What I'm most disappointed in is the order of Esquites (served off the cob); that implies that corn is cut from a fresh ear of corn, but instead, I received a can of corn dumped into a bowl that still had the water from the pot of corn it was heated from. A quick drain could have at least hidden the fact that the corn was from a can.

I think we need to give them time to get back the quality they had before the Pandemic. Servers were still friendly and great, everyone was very nice, and we didn't wait long at all for food.

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vipjudy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

noise made it difficult to hear dinner partner. Food was not worth returning for

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vipDavidH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We first visited the restaurant in Fort Washington a few years back. We discovered the location on Fairmount earlier this year. The restaurants are comparable distance but the Fairmount location has become our go to.

The food and service have been excellent every time. Food is fresh and flavorful.

The city location is vibrant, I guess, or one could say loud. It holds the noise too much, which is my sole complaint.

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vipDelish
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special seared tune tacos were delish. Thank you to our server - Petre - who recommended them.

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BenP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cantina Feliz was good! We had last minute reservations and were seated right away. It was a Friday night and understandably swamped. All the food was good. The kitchen was much faster than the bar - the Feliz Margs took a long time to make it to the table, but the food was out in less than fifteen minutes.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Esquites guac 🥰will be back!!

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viptownie
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous! Will and his crew rock! The food is just great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server was most accomodating. Nachos are the best ever had!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great, service was amazing, and we really enjoyed our experience. My only concern is that the tables were placed soo close together. I get the whole "no strict COVID19" social distancing methods being required most places. But let's not forget how very real this pandemic has been. I would've liked a little more space between the tables, but aside from that, we were pleased.

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OlengaA
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I had high hopes after reading the reviews. The food was bland; nothing tasted particularly distinctive. The tortillas were stale that came with the guacamole. I won’t dine here again. The service was good.

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vipbookloverbooklover
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

My one complaint was I ordered 3 Mahi tacos and only got 2. They were very very busy and I was only charged for 2,but……

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Judie
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were all super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu! The interior is beautiful and the space is amazing for indoor or outdoor dining.

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vipEdwinaT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service excellent. A bit messy & unorganized upon walking in. Seemed somewhat cluttered. Back porch Outside was nicer. Staff was excellent. Food was goood. Nachos w short rib / brisket was deee-lish. Sweet plantain were amazing, along with homemade sauces. Black beans lacked flavor along with the Baja fish tacos. Over pretty good. I would eat there again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was AMAZING! The food was great and the drinks excellent!

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JordanG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Took my mom and sister when they came to visit Philly. Got seated right away and everyone loved their food. Especially the guacamole with corn and cheese on top

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ErinP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night was fun! Good food, a tad pricey on the margarita pitcher

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and amazing!! The carne asada is a must pick!!

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You can order delivery directly from Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz using the Order Online button. Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 787-9930.

Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz is rated 4.7 stars by 1093 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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