Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz

4.7
1041 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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1041 people are saying
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHawk7
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always very good and our server Peter was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Spsp
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good queso, margaritas and tacos
We always enjoy the baja fish or mahi-mahi, flavorful and filling.
Sitting outside, back of the restaurant is our favorite place, intimate but not crowded. During these ‘COVID times’ it’s important for us to find places we can eat and feel safe.
We haven’t eaten out in a year, La Calaca was our first choice, and we were pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe

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sandrat
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

i had eaten there a few weeks outside and loved the food - chicken tortilla soup and nachos. The soup was DELICIOUS as was the nachos. I ordered the same thing yesterday and both were not good. The soup was HORRIBLE. wait was totally unlike before salty soup small chunks of chicken instead of the wonderful stewed chicken broth with a wonderful flavor I guess they thought if they cut up an avocado and grated some cheese that it would be good. The margarita had a lot of very sweet lemonade and if there was any tequila in it i couldn't taste it. the Nacho was ok but not like the one I got a few weeks ago. By the way I do no know how anybody could stand the noise level unless they were either very young or with the party making the noice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff! Everyone is friendly and polite and the food was so good.

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CyndyC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place, great margarita's....Awesome service!!! Thanks Peter :)

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vantkimb
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very loud in the dining room, but otherwise everything was lovely

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome. My husband and I ate here for brunch/lunch on a Sunday afternoon. We had the fish tacos and cauliflower tacos. I LOVED my fish tacos and husband said his cauliflower tacos were very good. I had my fish grilled but these also come fried in a plantain crust. Cant wait to try that version. We also had the tropical flavored margarita. Omg we could have drank these all day. Service was fantastic. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be back.

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
137 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, delicious flavors, from start to end. We were seated outside, which was absolutely great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Graduation

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vipKevin
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service matched the quality of the food; both were exceptional.

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MeganP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, quick, friendly service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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vipTrialgirl
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My nachos were amazing
Husband's fish tacos were weak. Fish swam thru but forgot to stop

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MicheleM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Visiting Philadelphia for the first time, we chose Cantina Feliz because it was close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and had decent vegetarian options. The food quality was good. The entry doorway was WAY too narrow and having a hostess outside the door would have been better than having people crowd into the small doorway and non-entry area. There was a BIG piece of HAIR in one of the quesadilla dishes- so one person ended up NOT EATING as they were so grossed out. That definitely ruined the mood and the meal. Cost was pretty high. But it was ok overall.

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ValerieE
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Slow service but great food! I’d go back for sure :)

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Emily
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was so cute, and the nachos were enormous & delicious! Great drinks too!

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vipCamillaC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

cauliflower tacos were 10/10

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vipDiner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed a very tasty meal - outdoor seating was a bonus!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent margaritas and outstanding nachos. Mahi fish tacos were terrific. We ate outside in their courtyard, which is classy and comfortable. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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Betty
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I loved this spot, I been looking for a good Mexican spot in Philly and for this to be my first I am very satisfied. The service was amazing, they all were soo nice & I had 0 issues. I had the pulled chicken burrito 10/10, the chips & guac definitely 10/10 !

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! Great service and amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mother’s Day Dinner

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EricD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot in a residential neighborhood that is less than a 10 minute walk from the museum. The food is authentic and excellent from apps to desert (and we had something for every course! The service was some of the friendliest and most attentive that we have had in a long while. This will be a favorite of ours anytime we are in the area!

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MaryF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - not your typical tex-mex. More homestyle. And our waiter put the "feliz" in Cantina Calaca Feliz!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic (omg the fig and bacon guac!) but the highlight of our evening was the stellar and friendly service from Peter. He checked in on us just enough, made jokes, gave recommendations, and made the whole experience enjoyable. Will definitely be coming back!

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viplobster101
Philadelphia
373 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had sangria, chips and salsa, chopped salad and shrimp tacos... the best in the city. Outdoor seating is fabulous. Great waitress and I’m sorry I don’t have her name. Always delicious. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. Noise level was minimal and great atmosphere. Will return. Sadly I didn’t take any photos but the plantain Baja tacos were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Service is great. Ambiance is nice. Great hh specials!

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viplobster101
Philadelphia
373 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had chips snd salsa, chopped salad, shrimp tacos and sangria. Absolutely delicious. Thank you !!!

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AaronS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We were seated outside because the hostess claimed there were no reservations made. Is it because I’m transgender? Otherwise it is a good place; me and my boyfriend were there before, so I don’t know what happened. Maybe I should stick to him making the reservation?

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vipThomas
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Party of four on a Sunday evening.
I had to send back my carnitas tacos three times.
Each times the entree came back colder and colder.
There were actual ice crystals on the the third try entree.

How can that happen?

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Waiter Peter was very friendly food was great. The only thing the food took too long to come out

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Rick
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Highly reccomend.

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viplobster101
Philadelphia
373 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We ordered guacamole and chips which were yummy. Shrimp tacos, steak tacos and mahi-mahi tacos all more than delicious. We also ordered beers and margaritas....delicious dinner with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great happy hour spot in the Fairmount neighborhood! Love their margs and tacos!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a fabulous time! The staff were all lively and personable, food was was so fulfilling and we left very satisfied. The BBQ Cauliflower bowl was phenomenal! A new favorite for sure.

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vipJoAnn
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The margaritas were terrific. Our server, Sarah, was the absolute best! One of our favorite places in Fairmount.

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vipNChen
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food, and attentive to needs of families dining with kids.

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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 1041 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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