Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz

4.7
1067 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 1067 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDavidH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
88 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
27 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
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
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
13 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

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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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vipMyiaE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My party of 3 waited over 10 minutes to be welcomed by our waitress after being seated. Apparently there was some confusion about who was responsible to serve our table… once that confusion was clarified our waitress provided good service and our orders were taken promptly. Our food and drinks arrived quickly. My low rating comes from the food itself. My blackened mahi tacos with side of black beans and rice were all sorely lacking in flavor and were totally lackluster. The beans tasted as if there was no seasoning applied at all- not even salt or pepper. The restaurant itself is very cute. There were a variety of patrons- families, singles, groups of friends. Had I enjoyed my food more I could confidently recommend this place and look forward to returning, but that is not the case here unfortunately.

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vipAriC
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Some small issues - one of the cocktails had a lemon slice that still had a sticker on it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Food and drinks were good. Server was a very nice guy but he was waiting on the whole indoor dining area, after we placed our drink and appetizers it took 40+ minutes to put in our entrees, luckily the food came out pretty quickly at least. Definitely not enough servers on staff.

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vipMikeT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very nice to be able to go back and dine there.

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birthday
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent ambiance, excellent service! A great place for a date night or happy hour with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Esquites guacamole was just outstanding. My friend and I also got the carnitas and chicken tinga tacos. I also had a carnitas burrito and it was super yummy and so filling. I will definitely be returning! It was super busy but the waitress was kind and attentive.

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viplobster101
Philadelphia
378 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered sangria, guacamole, shrimp, fish and carnitas tacos, everything was delicious as always. Thank you .

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vipHawk7
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Spsp
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe

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sandrat
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Margaritas even more delicious- Service was great and prices are reasonable. Overall a dope Mexican jawn to hit up if you are in the Fairmount/Art Museum area.

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
138 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
9 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
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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vipTrialgirl
Philadelphia
115 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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love it here

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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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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 1067 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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