Distrito Taqueria

4.4
3106 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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Distrito is a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the cuisine of what is known by locals as the "Distrito Federal.” With a premium tequila bar. Distrito Taqueria is a casual eatery featuring an approachable menu by Chef Jose Garces.
House Specialties
Carnitas Tacos, Queso Dip, Hongos Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron Burdeos, Don Julio, El Jimador, Herradura and fresh fruit margaritas.

Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM-9:00PM
Friday and Saturday 11:30AM-10:00PM

*Please call the restaurant for holiday hours of operation.*
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Phone number
(215) 222-1657
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Garces
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Catering
Bring Distrito to your next event! Garces Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere.

You can even have mexican street food at your party - Guapos Tacos is the ultimate party food... tacos on wheels!

Please call, 215-670-2381 for more information or email catering@garcesgroup.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
40th
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Parking details
There are several private parking lots in the area including 40th & Walnut and 39th & Market. Metered street parking is available, but limited.
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Public transit
By train the Market-Frankfort Line stops at 40th & Market. By Bus, the 21 line runs down Chestnut street & stops at 40th Street. The 30 line runs up Market to 40th Street.
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Entertainment
Salsa dancers, live bands, and more can be part of your next private event! Ask our event coordinators about unique entertainment to take your party to the next level. Don't forget to ask about the Karaoke Lounge...
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Special events & promotions
With lively settings, impeccable service, and festive menus, Distrito is perfect for group dinners with friends, special occasions, corporate events, and holiday parties. Distrito is also a unique space for Bar & Bat Mitsvahs, weddings, and rehearsal dinners.

Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining room 7 days a week. Our private dining room can accommodate up to 40 guests for a seated dinner and up to 50 for a passed reception. As well, our Karaoke Lounge is the best kept secret west of the river and north of the border! Your group can even reserve an entire floor - upstairs can host upwards of 175 guests and downstairs, about 100.

The entire restaurant can be reserved exclusively for approximately 300 people.

Please note, a fixed price menu is required for groups of 14 or more.

Please call our event coordinators to plan your next event at Distrito! (267) 284-7979 or email us at events@garcesgroup.com
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Garces’ most versatile restaurant concept, Distrito, can host events of all types and sizes. From corporate events and meetings to wedding receptions, birthdays and Mitzvahs, Distrito’s vibrant interior is perfect for any occasion.

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What 3106 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Went for UCity dining days. My date wanted to order off the dining days menu whereas I wanted an item on the regular menu. We were informed we could either both order off the regular menu or both order off the special menu. This seemed like an arbitrary condition, and one that we had not experienced doing dining days at any other restaurant. This really put a damper on our date. That coupled with the fact that service was slow and our waiter was forgetful meant we didn’t have the date night we had envisioned. On the plus side, the food was decent (but not great) and the overall feel of the place was really fun and wholesome. Probably would not go again though.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed the university dining days menu. All was yummy and still had leftovers. Conner was a great server.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

LOVE THEIR NAHOS! Used to go to distrito in Moorestown and it closed so tried the one in Philly and was just as good!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great variety of delicious food and drinks. Love it!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Uninspired

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Bday but they made no special arrangements 🤷🏽‍♀️

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It’s such a shame to see how far the Garces empire is falling. We’ve eaten countless meals at so many of his restaurants. Tonight’s meal was awful. I felt too bad about Jose’s situation to even complain. The soda was flat, the guacamole with crab used to have limp crabmeat. When it came today, I asked, again, for crabmeat, because they must’ve forgotten, and just sprinkled some cheese. I was informed that what I thought was cheese was the crabmeat. In there defense, they brought out some extra. The short rib huaraches was burnt, and it appears they changed the tortillas used for the tacos. As for the tacos, the carnitas were tasteless, and had more onion than meat. The overall quality of ingredients seemed much lower. I’m hoping it was just a bad night, but it was unacceptable.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Waiter was pretty inattentive. He never returned to the table and anytime we needed something, we could see him standing in the back talking to another waiter.

My enchilada was good, a little pricey but still good. My friend got the flatbread, which seemed like an attempt at combining a cheap amount of ingredients into an over-priced entree with little consideration of actual taste.

The $5 margarita was good though. Probably the only thing I would get here again.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great food & drink! Service was only sub par because they seemed short staffed, but our waitress did her absolute best to tend to us and worked SO HARD to make up for the shortage. I would definitely go back!

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I had been here a few times before. This time the upstairs was closed and it was so loud that my friend and I gave up trying to talk. Next time I will call to ask about room before making a reservation. The food was good and a little pricey as usual but the noise made it an unpleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

AMAZING! I can still taste those tacos. The interior decor was so creative. I loved the ambiance, but back to the food. I’ve been looking for a “reasonable” taco spot in Philadelphia and this is it. Oh, and those $5 margaritas for HAPPY HOUR?! AWESOME!! They were strongly than expected thus, making them delicious. If you haven’t been, you’re overdue!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent! We went to Distrito for my daughter’s 21st birthday and could not have been happier with the choice. The servers were friendly and helpful, the drinks were great and being vegetarians we had plenty of menu options. The food was fresh and flavorful. The nachos were excellent. All in all a good choice. Will definitely revisit.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Enjoyed the Happy Hour Specials. Especially, the veggie nachos and traditional frozen margarita!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great tacos, great service.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I love their Margaritas! The food was very good. Service was great. I have been here several times and am never disappointed.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Lunch date, the restaurant is very nice as far as the decor is concerned. I felt that my chicken tortilla soup was salty and my mahi mahi tacos were a little bland. My date had the enchilada and two tacos al pastor and he felt his food lacked flavor.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We weren’t served. We sat for over an hour and the food never arrived.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Two different sets of parents and a small baby for a graduation and our waiter did a great job accommodating everyone and making sure we were constantly taken care of. Great food great place!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was delicious. Excellent choices. Great atmosphere and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

As always, tasty, creative and fun experience. Great spot to go with a group. Perfect for sharing too

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Everything was wonderful except our server, who seemed annoyed and unhappy to be there.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

So accomodating and such a fun atmosphere! The food and drinks were great!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Cinco de mayo

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was great but guac is more made and small portions for price

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Subpar food

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Party in corner of room was just so loud- couldn’t hear across just a foursome table- too bad. Food is always top Notch!

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The tortillas in the taco were stale! An easy fix for stale tortillas is to quick fry them -- too complicated apparently for Distritos. Waiter's comment on hearing of stale tortillas: 'No way'. Not helpful.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Be sure to have 4 people to do a booth for the best experience.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Mediocre food at best. Expected far better. Fajita veggies were overcooked and mushy and consisted primarily of onions, with very scanty amount of peppers. Salad was flavorless.

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We gave Distrito a second chance. The first time we sat upstairs and it was very loud. This time, we sat downstairs and it was ridiculously loud. Music was very, very loud; there were 6 or 7 TV screens on. Ridiculous. We won't be back.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Delicious tacos (especially the carnitas and fish) and the steak fajitas were over the top scrumptious. Skip the so called home made ice cream as it tasty store bought. We went on Friday night and the place was packed (reservations highly recommended). Unfortunately our waiter was a bit sleepy and we waited 10 min for menus and he forgot our margaritas . Of note, the place is VERY noisy, but we will return as this is our fav mex in Philly

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Yesterday was our 4th visit to District. The food as always was very good. The service though ok was lackluster. My biggest problem was that it was so loud that we couldn't talk to each other.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

One of my personal favorites to take guests visiting Philadelphia and UPenn! The atmosphere is great and the food and service are always awesome!

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The hostess staff were not professional or helpful. I had requested a booth and they informed me additional 10min wait, I was ok with that. They then placed us at table and said booths were only for large parties. There were 4 open booths at that time, no parties filled those booths the entire time we were there. The hostess then said we can take the booth that was dirty after the staff cleaned it, left us sitting at a table with our menud and told us to seat ourselves! Very rude and not professional! Food and wait staff were excellent though. Recommend retraining of hostesses though!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Happy hour margaritas were excellent, not watered down or "mixy". Chips and salsa were so so, but food was good. Jicama Salad was very fresh and very tasty. Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My girlfriend and I decided to have a date night, so I surprised her with tickets to see a movie she had been waiting to see and a surprise dinner date. We were in awe of the ambiance and the energy that this place emitted. We are both huge fans of traditional Mexican food, and it didn’t disappoint. The fish tacos were absolutely stellar. The rice and beans were cooked to perfection, and the service we received was warm and welcoming. We will definitely be returning to this place in the very near future!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Kate was awesome, perfect addition to our date !!!!

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Interior is lovely - really great vibe and atmosphere. Service was generally good, although our apps got to us before our drinks. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Food, however, could not make up for ambiance and service. Fish taco was disappointing (all of us agreed it tasted like a frozen fish stick). Vegan chorizo was very very salty. Other tacos were okay, not great, and really small for the price. Excellent fried plantain and excellent soup. The sangria had a medicinal quality to it, but the other happy hour drinks were fine.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

One of our favorites restaurants in University City. Food and service are always great!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in University City....walking distance near campus and great menu and dining!

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