Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz

4.8
1130 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 1130 people are saying
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LovelyLunch
Raleigh
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.

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LBeeJay
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot for Mexican food

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HawaC
Philadelphia
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.

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LIsaR
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipAdam
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Holly
Washington DC
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.

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vipCynthiaO
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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JasonA
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this place looking for a quick Mexican bite. Service was great, food was excellent. Would definitely return!! 5 stars

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DenaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington many many times. In fact, I used to work there! My wife and I were visiting the Art Museum and I remembered Calaca Feliz was right around the corner. Everything was great! the food was even better than I remembered and the server was not only attentive but super friendly! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very good and was reasonably priced. The decor was colorful and fun. I didn’t care for the noise level as it was hard to have a conversation and hear responses.

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LyWang
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Visited for a friends birthday tonight. I was surprised by the layout of the place; a lot bigger than I expected. Noise level was a bit high but that’s because each table was filled.

We ordered 2 separate pitchers of margaritas, the guacamole sampler, and each an entree. The drinks were tasty. Each pitcher provided about 4 full glasses of drinks with prices averaging between $35-$55 per pitcher depending on which you picked and if you added in any extras. I would say 4 glasses is a less amount than you’d typically get at other restaurants (I’ve been to places where pitchers will equate to 6 or 7 glasses) but their pitchers do get you buzzed. Definitely need another pitcher if you’d like to keep that buzz on a night out with friends (if sharing).

The guacamole sampler was a good value. You get 3 of the 4 options they offer for guac. BUT they are smaller portions (of course) so it isn’t serve in the molcajete, if you’re expecting that.

I got the Baja tacos and I will have to say, it is one the best fish tacos I’ve had around. They also provided the option of the fish being grilled or fried, depending on which type of fish is ordered. Two tacos were served for my dish but they were not skimpy!

My friends ordered a burrito, the fundido, and the short rib enchiladas - all were very appealing to the eyes and the taste buds.

I was too full for dessert but the offerings seemed tasty (butterscotch budino and churro ice cream).

The servers were all very kind. They were quite busy running around to different areas in the restaurant (there’s an outdoor area out front and one inside, not to mention the main dining room). They didn’t take our food requests right away but I definitely did not feel rushed by the restaurant. We were able to just enjoy our drinks and eat at our leisure when we did order. The reservation was reserved for 1.5 hours but they made sure to make us feel like we could stay as long as we were enjoying ourselves.

I’d come back here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch in their covered outdoor seating out front because of rain. Everything was great - food, service etc.

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AlisaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and margarita was awesome as well, they also had nice accommodations for families, with a high chair for my son and even a changing table in the bathroom. Great for families with small kids

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vipMarcus
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our 3rd time here and the food is always good. The place was full and very noisy on a Friday night despite a driving rain storm. Our server was friendly but apparently she was the only one in the whole place! Unfortunately this is all too common. We had the tuna guacamole to share which was awesome! Then we each had tacos: fish x2, mushroom and chicken. All very good with fresh crisp ingredients. Kitchen was a bit slow, but again par for the course. Overall this is a reliable, poplar neighborhood place with very good food at a reasonable price. Worth the wait but noise was deafening at times.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

While we absolutely love this place and cite it as one of the best spots in Philly for authentic Mexican, the service sometimes is a miss. We booked a dinner reservation for 8:45pm and arrived on time. Once seated and greeted by the server, I put in appetizers and a drinks for us to start with until we decided on additional bites. Once we were ready to add onto our order (shortly after 9pm), our server informed us that the kitchen closed at 9:00 and was no longer taking food orders. At no point were we informed of this and there was no mention of this on the site prior to booking. When we asked the server why she never mentioned this, she responded that she assumed the hostess would have informed us and that “time got away from her so she didn’t realize the time”. I cannot imagine why reservations would be accepted 15 minutes before the kitchen closes (especially if someone were to arrive within the 15 minute grace period, God-forbid) considering that people rarely make reservations just to grab drinks. To add insult to injury, after $80+ on apps and a pitcher, we were never even offered or served the house chips and salsa. It really sucked to make dinner reservations and not have had the opportunity to actually have “dinner”. Bummer.

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MisterAndMrsMilman
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed their patio. Food was great. Bar was slow.

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JenMillerasa
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time doing the outdoor dining and it was perfect. Food is always amazing and the staff was lovely!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Back patio was warm and beautiful. Excellent food as always. Great margaritas!

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vipJayna
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Calaca is consistently great between food and drinks and service.

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ElisabethE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated outside on the back patio, with lots of space and privacy between tables and, with beautiful plants and lighting. The food & drink was excellent, and the tequila list was out-of-this-world. My server knew everything there was to know about the different tequila brands, and was also able to answer all my questions about the food menu. Next time I'll hang out at the bar and sample a few more kinds of agave juice, just for fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good it’s always great. You won’t be disappointed by their service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas! Nachos de la Casa are amazing and highly recommended!

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PenelopeO
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brunch Bowl was totally delicious! Great enclosed patio for safe, outdoor dining, without traffic noise and dirt. Good service, too. Looking forward to returning to try other dishes!

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BarbaraG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the shrimp tacos they were awesome. They had plenty of shrimp in every bite. The tortilla soup was awesome as well. I enjoyed my meal and will be returning soon .

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ElizabethS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the outdoor area in the back of the restaurant - ambiance was great. Server was attentive and food very much hit the spot.

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vipEmilyV
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would be nice to have a side of rice and beans with the tacos.

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FoodieEDL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great. The food as delicious. The outdoor seating is also a nice set up out back.0

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaritas were great, so was the guacamole.

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VasityB7
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

15/10 recommend! Great food, chill vibes, can't wait to return

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vipCD89
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brisket nachos are simply the best there are. Absolutely love them and are regulars for nachos (+brisket), spicy margs, and the fried fish tacos. All three are amazing.

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vipLMBPepperoncini
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super cute place, service was fantastic. Food simple and delicious! We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Peter, waiter, made the experience worthwhile. Very attentive even tho the restaurant was full.

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PhillyTransplant
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner on the back patio. Food and margaritas were delicious as usual!

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Jul1630
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Food was below average especially for the price. Not planning on going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice server. Food was excellent. Thank you!

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vipPAItalian
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, great drinks, great food and great service!

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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 4.8 stars by 1130 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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