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Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz

4.8
4.8
1149 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

*Please note, beginning February 28th we will be switching our reservation system to Resy*

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."

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 787-9930

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Luis Villanueva

  • Catering

    Cantina Feliz offers off-site catering options for any event from small backyard BBQs, business events, to large weddings.

  • Private party facilities

    Cantina Feliz has an array of options to host events for parties of any size from small business dinners to bridal showers to weddings and bar mitzvahs.

  • Neighborhood

    Art Museum

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 1,149 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. C

    Cljj

    Philadelphia

    69 reviews

    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really enjoyed the fresh guacamole! Disappointed in limited dessert options; was hoping for flan. Nice selection of tacos, with choice of salmon or tilapia for the fish tacos.

  2. LA

    LAN123

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Food was decent even though my steak was medium and not rare as requested. Service was great! Noise level was a little too high for comfort. Guacamole was great but they were a little stingy with the chips.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was really good and drinks were delicious. Definitely seemed busy toward the end of our meal but they were really nice and accommodating.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    A very cute neighborhood restaurant with a lively bar in front and seating in the back, both inside and outside. The food and service was very good and we had an adorable waitress. The place is very popular – even early on a Wednesday evening in February, it was packed and there was not an empty table. We shared grilled shrimp and carnitas tacos and guacamole. All of it was very good! The sangria was good too. I have only one complaint: there is a very strange smell in the front which hits you hard as you come in or leave. It’s hard to identify… kind of greasy old stale odor which is really unpleasant. They should do something about that! We are lucky to have this good restaurant in Fairmount!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Staff was very accommodating and friendly! Food and drinks were great as well. Loved the outdoor patio setting.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service are always excellent here! The tacos are amazing and drinks are always yummy. There were a few really loud parties so maybe some soft surfaces to cut that noise. Highly recommend for the food and service though.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Went on Valentine’s Day, took about 5 minutes to be seated but service was good and excellent food / margs

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very intimate and fun!

  9. KG

    KelliG

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant. Delicious food, delicious margaritas. Can't wait to go back!!

  10. n

    nrommen

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, extensive menu with something for everybody, and stellar service! Our host was exceptionally attendant. We ordered the tuna ceviche, salmon Al pastor tacos, and short rib enchiladas. Each was so fresh and well done! I will definitely be coming back. Amazing margs too!!

  11. M

    Muffaluff13

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was terrific! The hostess was very accommodating as our party number changed. The service was very friendly and prompt! The food was amazing!! A great time! Thank you!’

  12. CI

    ColleenI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a really nice dinner. Julisa (I believe that was our waitress’s name) was very nice. Food was great!

  13. O

    Oceansoffun

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As per usual an excellent overall experience, with a specific call-out for the superb service

  14. a

    asheats

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always the food and service was lovely. Great neighborhood spot!

  15. ML

    MeganL

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this Fairmount neighborhood Mexican spot! The food and drinks are fantastic, and the ambiance is great. Asked for vaccine status upon arrival (thank you!). Had a great spot in the covered patio - still warm and comfortable even on Philly's coldest weekend. Will be back!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant had a great vibe and the food was amazing!

  17. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks! Delicious plantains and guacamole!!

  18. J

    Jake

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Jolissa and other servers were terrific. Love this place.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    The food was average at best. The restaurant itself was cold, dark and uninviting. I would not come back

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Outside tables were very close together

  21. PV

    PaulV

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Not sure if this changed ownership but I assume it did because of the name change. I must say its been about 2 years since I've come here but my 4th time dining with them and there has been somewhat of a dip in the quality of the food. It was still good but previously it was outstanding, all 3 previous occasions. It was also really quiet for some reason which was odd to me.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was delicious and our waitress was really attentive and present . Will definitely return one day

  23. S

    Sunni

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went before a show and we arrived at happy hour. The tacos and margaritas were great. Good value for the money

  24. O

    Oceansoffun

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food predictably good - overall service top notch - an overall positive vibe

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a great experience at Cantina Feliz! Our waitress was so kind and we dined during happy hour. We both ordered margaritas and took our waitress’s suggestion on the grand and tropical margaritas. They were so good. The nachos were top notch and we will definitely dine here again.

  26. P

    Pedro

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great stop. Wait staff very well trained. I will return!

  27. SB

    StephenB

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Delicious food and drinks Good, friendly service

  28. TK

    TaylorK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and delicious food and drinks. Lovely ambiance as well.

  29. DW

    DonnaW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Due to last minute change from our planned trip to NYC decided to revisit Calaca for my 70th birthday celebration bringing my husband for the 1st time (he's 81). As in previous visits, enjoyed the guac sampler (especially the fig, blue cheese, and bacon) & chorizo fundido (addition of peppers was great) . Menu has changed a bit since our last visit & appear to have(understandable) price increases. Disappointed there were no "specials". We're always excited by new items. All enjoyed their entree choices. a little disappointed there was no acknowledgement of birthday, but perhaps staff were distracted by rather angry discussion at adjacent table with much larger group of diners. We'll be back when weather improves in the spring.

  30. LL

    LovelyLunch

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect neighborhood place before a show at The Met. So warm and friendly; food is fantastic and good value.

  31. LB

    LBeeJay

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great spot for Mexican food

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent! Best Mexican I’ve had in the greater Philadelphia area.

  33. HC

    HawaC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an incredible dining experience at Cantina Feliz. The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Our server was amazing! And let’s not forget the food. We ordered the Mahi and Baja taco and guacamole with chips and they were all really good. The tropical and original margarita were also very good. Overall, we had a great time and highly recommend.

  34. LI

    LIsaR

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service.

  35. A

    Adam

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Solid Mexican in a neighborhood with very few. Also good for a group.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic service, Pete was a tremendous waiter and helped my two boys find items on the menu they would enjoy. Overall a great night in Fairmount.

  37. H

    Holly

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and filling. The vibe was great - could go for a fancier meal or more casual, eithr way would fit.

  38. MI

    MIke

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good local neighborhood spot! Food was decent and drinks were good! Always wanted to stop by and glad we did.

  39. CO

    CynthiaO

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Would be good to be clear that only the brunch menu was available before we looked at the QR code menus.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Eating outdoors was cozy under the heaters and much quieter than inside. Great food with creative vegetarians options and really tasty margaritas!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 4.8 stars by 1149 OpenTable diners.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Art Museum

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luis Villanueva

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 787-9930

  • Catering

    Cantina Feliz offers off-site catering options for any event from small backyard BBQs, business events, to large weddings.

  • Private party facilities

    Cantina Feliz has an array of options to host events for parties of any size from small business dinners to bridal showers to weddings and bar mitzvahs.

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