Distrito Taqueria

4.6
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3288 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, Fajitas, Mushroom Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron, Don Julio, Cassamigos, 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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NL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best nachos and margaritas around

D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cute place filled with young people! Food was good and atmosphere nice!

AS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to with my husband or even with our kids ; very family friendly

P
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Distrito- as always!! The food & drinks are great and come at such an affordable price. The restaurant was slightly more packed/noisy than usual, but that was expected since it was Valentine's Day. Overall good experience.

CF
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall, my experience was very good. Food was great and our waitress was so nice and efficient. I got to the restaurant about 20 minutes ahead of time as I was hosting a work function and wanted to order appetizers ahead of the rest of the groups arrivals. The hostess would not seat me until 50% of my party was there. I did not know the other members of my party prior to getting there, so I wanted to make things as seamless as possible (sometimes people can be hesistant to order apps, drinks, etc. so wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for them). I went to the bar and ordered a drink and went back to ask to be seated again (now, about 10 min ahead of time) and I really had to persuade her to seat me early so I could order apps. I was disappointed that on a night when they were not busy, they were really reluctant to accommodate my situation, even when we were spending a decent amount of money. Again, overall, things were fine, but this was one area i think Distrito could improve.

B
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Margaritas are the best. The waitress were very nice

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing. our waiter was fantastic. margs are strong. love it.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Distrito is our go to Mexican spot. Good simple Tex/Mex at reasonable prices with a mix of Penn/Drexel students and locals.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived about 10-15 minutes early and was able to get seated immediately although we did move to the bar which they made very easy. As soon as we were seated BOTH times we were greeted with professionalism. Drinks we made quick and our tacos came quick. This was the greatest restaurant experience I’ve ever had. The food was amazing and the drinks were amazing . The bar tender made sure cups of water stayed filled without us having to ask. I just loved it here ! I wish I could’ve sat in the swing seats but the bar was beautiful as well.

CH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Worst service ever experienced in a Philly restaurant; our waitress completely ignored our table of 9 while attending to her other tables normally. We had the check for 45 minutes because she wouldn’t come back over to see if we needed help splitting the bill, and we had to get up and go searching for her because she wasn’t around. We asked for the manager to come over and he never did. The food was mediocre compared to the last time we all had been there, and overall would give it a 2/5 stars. Will not be back

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor food. Poor service.

JE
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good variety of menu options to share late lunch with friend: jicama salad, plantain, vegetable enchalada, beans with rice. Attentive service. Comfortable setting for an enjoyable afternoon.

NL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious but It should be noted somewhere that they do not seat guests upstairs after 8pm. Downstairs is a significantly more of a taco shop atmosphere.

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. Was a little loud, hard to have a conversation. Great value!

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos are amazing, the margs-extra boozy, and the ambiance is also very cool.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly. The food was delicious and the frozen margaritas are amazing!

TP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and good solid food.

RA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lots of items to share and also individual entrees. All delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Reservations for Friday night. The first thing you notice as you walk in is a strong smell of bleach. My thoughts are what did they just clean up? Second thing I notice is that it’s pretty empty. It’s noisy but that’s coming from the bartender.

Like most Stephen Starr restaurants, they’re really nice when they first open but then slowly fall apart not very well maintained. The masks that decorate the wall look like they need a good cleaning at least a dusting.

Most of the food was OK. I like the corn. The fish taco tasted just a tad bit off.

I was here before and had a good memory of the place. Now, not so much. Can’t recommend. There are much better Mexican restaurants in the city. The small crowd on a Friday night tells a story of a restaurant thats not popular anymore.

DR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Distrito used to be my first choice in Philadelphia for Mexican food. The quality has regressed and the service was just ok. The guacamole was bland and the salsa was watery. The atmosphere was very much like they didn’t want us there as there were empty tables and stacked chairs and in the past it was inviting and lively.

g
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Really used to love this place, it had a great menu and food, but now its just average Mexican, with a smaller menu and lack luster preparation. The space is still cool and service is fine, but the food, which is why you go there, is past its day. Needs a do-over!

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best margaritas ever! Perfect happy hour spot - and dinner after you've had your fair share of the $5 margaritas. Highly recommend the al pastor tacos. Flavorful, juicy, tangy, delicious!

JD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food presentation and taste was outstanding. Excellent cucumber margarita. Our server, Sam, was attentive and knowledgeable about the entire menu so as to answer all of our questions. Building can amplify the energetic crowd, but I didn't find that to be a problem. Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Atlanta
117 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While this restaurant is one of my favorites in University City for everyday dining, I also like it for celebrating with friends!

TG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, Emmanuel is a great guy who really knows how to make people feel welcome. We look forward to returning soon!

OT
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Distrito is a fun place to go with a family or a group of friends. Service was attentive and food was creative and served at the proper temperature with good spacing. We have dined there a number of times and would return.

R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was nothing special. The guacamole had no chunks in it and was just ok. The special taco was 450 and it was so small it was funny. The margaritas where good but not worth the money

P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just got 3 taco's each, but they were very tasty. Service and atmosphere were excellent. We'll be back to try more things :).

KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always delicious here! Service is quick and I love the energy of the restaurant. The tortilla soup is one of my favorite menu items; sooo good! Their tacos are always a good bet; very filling and a nice variety are offered.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We'r were dat on the top floor ad it was more family oriented. The drinks were good and the desserts Outstanding. Burritos lacked meat, they were more filled with rice and beans than pork. Taste was ok. Servers where attentive and cordial. Overall, it was ok. Pricey.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Distrito has always been a favorite. This time we also had the Horchata Flam for dessert. Absolutely scrumptious. Service was excellent as always too.

l
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Distrito is always one of my favorite places to go so my friends took me here for my birthday. The service is always so fast and our server was knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. Food was delicious and came out quickly! Can't wait to go back again!

b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Thought the food was amazing! The server was a little unkind.

AJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the atmosphere and the tacos are amazing! My friends and I will definitely return soon!

ES
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Burrito was great. Black cherry margarita was amazing.

Y
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

We used to go there on a regular basis a few years ago, loved it. The food was delicious and we used to do the tastings all the time. We went for my son's 18th birthday and we were disappointed with the limited menu and the quality of the food. The server was awesome and very attentive but we will not be returning because the food was a disappointment.

EM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The karoke room was so so fun!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food wasn’t that great, and the waiter wasn’t very welcoming

DB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

You have to really, really like Mexican food to enjoy Distrito. It is certainly a draw for patrons between the ages of 21-30 years of age, so as a member of the more "senior" set, I found all the noise and energy a bit off putting. That being said, the food was quite good and a significant change from all the fare out there masquerading as authentic Mexican cuisine. Be sure to add the crabmeat if you are having the Avocado dip appetizer. You will not be sorry. Overall, I would recommend this place no matter what place on the age spectrum you are.

OT
Atlanta
117 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants in Philly! Great place to have our function for our business club.

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