Distrito Taqueria

4.5
3131 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Fun
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, Mushroom Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron Burdeos, Don Julio, Patron, 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 Dining
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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
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 3131 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delish!! The decor is trendy and casual. A great place to meet up with friends. The green salsa is soooo good and definitely a must have. Try the cucumber margarita it's the best.

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JT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to get great food. Fun spot to go. Great service!

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F
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Our first time at Distrito. We had a 6:45 reservation and there were still empty tables. We were led to a table next to the bar. The noise was intolerable. I didn’t know there was an upstairs with better ambiance and lower noise until I went to the ladies room. Why would you put a couple with a reservation at one of the worst seats in the house? Plus our appetizer plates were left on the table when our entrees arrived. Food and margaritas were excellent but that’s not enough. Very disappointing dining experience

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PF
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Too much noise. Food was very good but we were unable to have a conversation

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r
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good - nice choices of tequila and fresh flavorful tacos. Good choice if in the area but not to go out of your way.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I called ahead to have a birthday dessert brought out and it was forgotten. Overall besides that wonderful!

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MM
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun & festive! A collegiate go to! Food was yummy.

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DB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove from Cherry Hill to go to Distrito! We miss you in Moorestown! Great Service, ambiance and the food was delicious 😋

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RR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love coming here for Mexican, never fails to impress!

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LJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute choice - as we wanted something in West Philadelphia to celebrate a birthday...and Distrito Taqueria fit the bill (and then some). Got a great table - in a wicker-like booth. Surround feel - intimate, fun. Our waiter - Zac - was friendly and service-oriented. Stayed on top of our needs without being overdone. Food was really great: we did a couple of flatbread specialties (shrimp and short-rib) and a couple of other traditional Mexican fare entrees. We added the Happy Hour special margaritas and chips/salsa..... we left filled and more than satisfied.

Excellent evening all around. Will clearly return.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Not impressed.

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We used to enjoy going to Distrito but this will honestly be the last time we go. It's not the same as it used to be. The quality of the food has really gone downhill, the servers are not knowledgeable nor do they seem to care as much as before, and the ambiance this weekend SUCKED. There was a really loud and annoying large group that were out of control yelling and laughing which ruined it for everyone else in the upstairs area. Why they don't tell people like that to quiet down is beyond me, especially when I found out they had been there for 4.5 hours already! As far as the food goes, it's obvious they are now cutting corners because the quality just isn't there. Especially with the mushroom flatbread which was soggy on bottom and loaded mainly with cheese. Also, the crab guac used to have big chunks of crab and now it's slight shreds of crab with a little cheese...and what have they done to the chips? Super greasy and thick now. And the margaritas are a joke. They offer flavored margaritas like before but now it's $2 extra to add a flavor. Not a good value. We will not be returning.

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LF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Ambiance was nice. But very loud during happy hour. Food was bland. Margaritas were good.

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ID
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll like it. Foods good. The rest is to make the fifty characters minimum....

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SK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent server--came by within 2 minutes of entrée being served, which just doesn't happen that often. Super friendly and accommodating. Chopped salad was great. We had mostly an assortment of tacos that were good. Not the best I've ever had but certainly tasty and prepared well.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, service, and ambiance! Restaurant layout was super cool! Great place to come with a group or just for two! DEFINITELY get a margarita pitcher- they were amazing!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Food was good.

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RH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Connor was a great waiter and the service here is amazing. The food is perfect and their margherita happy hour special is totally worth it.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

This place is way too loud. My friend and I were seated at a small table on the first floor, and had to scream at each other to communicate. Not a fun experience when you're wanting to enjoy a good conversation with your meal. The food was very good, however. The chicken had the right amount of seasoning and everything seemed "upscale authentic." I know that this is an odd thing to complain about, but they served way too much food. Someone needs to explain to them how "Dining Days" are supposed to work -- it should be *choice* of appetizer and *choice* of entrée, not *three* appetizers and *three* entrées for one person! Also, it's weird that there isn't a sink to wash your hands in the bathroom.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Used to eat here all the time when in town for business. It had been a year and it was sadly disappointing. Oh well.

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v
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good but I wasn't too thrilled with the margarita. Service was rather slow considering they were closing in about an hour. We went for University City Dining Days and thought the meal was pretty pricey. The venue is very cute, lots of fun.

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m
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with the whole family. Kids and adults loved everything!

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J
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of delicious food and drinks. Love it!

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MK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Uninspired

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Bday but they made no special arrangements 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

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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JF
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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SJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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PF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tacos, great service.

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LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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