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About Distrito Taqueria

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.

3945 Chestnut Street
(entrance on 40th St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

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.*

Cross Street:
40th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 222-1657

Website:
http://philadelphia.distritorestaurant.com/

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...

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

Parking Details:
There are several private parking lots in the area including 40th & Walnut and 39th & Market. Metered street parking is available, but limited.

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.

Executive Chef:
Jose Garces

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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.

Distrito Taqueria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (17)
Authentic (12)
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Casual (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for a Date (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Upscale Mexican with a fun vibe. Chicken enchiladas to die for. Very friendly staff.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best marguarita I've ever had, asked for it without sugar and they made it from scratch!
Food was good too

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Staff was excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our server Octavio was excellent and food was too!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

All was good except I wanted to sit upstairs. We sat at a picnic table and for the 5 of us our backs hurt while sitting there- not comfortable. Also sitting by the door so everytime it opened, we got freezing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Tasting Menu is totally worth it!!! Even caters to vegetarian options. Great for groups and get-togethers.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was can of cold maybe because it was late at night

Tags: Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Consistently excellent Mexican food. Terrific frozen margaritas. The service is friendly and prompt. The only drawback is the very high noise level, although it is possible to have a conversation. One of Philadelphia's best.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service was good Octivio was great. The food was okay. The drinks were great. I would go back for happy hour.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nothing special. Overpriced Mexican fare. $13 for guacamole? Nope. They changed the original concept of this restaurant from a high-end small plate tasting menu with wonderful Mexican flavors into a college taco joint. I am sure the location had something to do with it but I miss the old menu. Go to Amada or Tinto instead.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

All was fine but it was so cold in there not sure anyone can enjoy a meal there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Servers should never talk badly about customers, especially in the company of other servers and said customers. Food was okay, little pricey for the quality. Good atmosphere and good for groups, but I wouldn't eat here again

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always awesome, this time went with a large group who had 4 separate table reservations and had amazing service.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Tapas, Romantic, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Second time we've been there, both times with friends who suggested it as a cool place. There was an initial wait and we were then seated at the bar area, but after telling the Manager we preferred to sit in the main dining area we were moved and he was kind enough to comp our first round of drinks for the trouble. I appreciated that gesture.

The servers were great and seemed to enjoy themselves and were responsive. The food was great and tasted fresh and full of flavor.
Ambiance was cool and modern. We would go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food. Our server Damon was fantastic. Very attentive.

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 (London)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was okay; the service good. The restaurant is very noisy, and conversation was almost impossible with just one other companion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Really worth your money when you go on Taco Tuesday for the $2.50 tacos. Otherwise it can be a bit pricy for what you get.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

This place was absolutely awful. In food and service. Super unprofessional and non accommodating. I was annoyed with how my server was speaking to us the whole night. Overall a very disappointing experience for food that was barely mediocre. I should have gone to chipotle.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My only issue was the noise level- and relentless music.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Fish tacos were downright boring

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always thought Distrito was a super cool place . . . but I had never eaten there. On my own, decided to give it a try when I was on the Penn campus for meetings. It was painfully loud, so it was good that I did not have to talk with anyone else. Service was OK, but I had to ask for the check twice. That said, the food came out quickly. As for the food, I ordered 2 Wild Mushroom and Corn tacos, and one mahi mahi. They failed to mention that the mahi mahi is fried. Had to laugh at the "Wild Mushroom and Corn;" they should have called it Cold Corn with Three Slivers of Mushroom taco. Yes, I should have sent it back, but it was food, and I was hungry, so I ate it. But, even at an inexpensive price, they certainly disappointed. Not at all impressed, and with the many other options in University City, I would encourage people to pick something else.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Delicious food and awesome service It is fun place to go

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great place with great food and drinks. The service was fantastic and it was perfect for our large group. We have been here several times and will definitely return. The sangria is fab!

Tags: Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Happened upon this establishment and loved it! We were visiting Philadelphia celebrating my husband's retirement and were looking for different restaurants, This was absolutely one of the best!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Made a special trip out and food was good! Even though we went during a slow time, there's no excuse for the subpar service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Went there with a group. Fun restaurant with a really fun vibe. Great food. Great service!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My family and I had a fantastic meal here. The tacos were excellent, and the nachos probably the best I've ever had. Very unique flavors in the food. My kids enjoyed it too. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The restaurant has nice decor and is an interesting place to grab a bite. It's super casual, with picnic style seating on the main level. The upper level has more traditional seating to accommodate a variety of party sizes. The staff is generally very friendly. The food is served quickly and the bartenders are pretty quick with the drinks. It was a great experience overall.

Tags: Tapas, People Watching, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food used to be excellent, but its dropped significantly in quality since I ate their last more than a year ago. The tortilla soup used to come in a jug poured hot at the table, and this time it came already sodden in a bowl. The shrimp cocktail was also an indifferent assembly in an undistinguished sauce. The flatbread and tacos were not as tasty or distinctive as they used to be.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent late night dining.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Chips and salsa, drinks (margaritas), tacos (carnitas/al pastor/mahi mahi), and plantains were delicious. Service was just ok for not being very packed. Would go back for the food, drinks, and atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Distrito made our dining experience everything I hoped it would be, and more. From the moment we walked in, we were captivated by the unique ambience and decor. Each member of staff we spoke to was extremely friendly, and our waiter went above and beyond to make our visit awesome. They were also great about accommodating a special request and making date night amazing. Not to mention the food was DELICIOUS. Would highly recommend!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very fun. Good tequilas

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2017

I loved Distrito when I first ate there in 2009. Now it seems like the place is declining. The menu seems stripped down from what it was and the building is getting a little rough around the edges. The neon sign is failing, the bathroom wallpaper is stained, the door doesn't shut right, some of the sinks are broken. The magic is gone.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Went for dining days promotion which had a prefixed menu. Lots of food for the price. Service was good and everything was timed appropriately in terms of courses. Definitely would go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Have been here many times in the past. Service very slow and unfriendly. Food a definite disappointment- nachos,which used to be among the best in the city, were just average.
I am very sad to lose one of our favorite restaurants to it's current mediocrity.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Drinks were fine. Ambiance was unique and fun. Crab enchilada seemingly had no crab at $19. Tofu chorizo burrito was bland and dry. Chips were warm delicious best part of meal. Would go back for pre-dinner drinks and maybe chips; then head across the street for dinner at Pattaya.

Special frozen margarita said $10 on menu and $11 on bill.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Just ok. Service competent but not spectacular. Food ok. Margaritas wonderful. Bathrooms disgusting

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This is an old favorite of mine, but if it were my first time dining here, I might not return. The menu is more limited than it used to be. Quality of food seems to have declined just a bit, but it's still fine and a good deal. Service was poor -- maybe our waitress was new. Food came all at once (and before our drinks, which had been delivered to another table along with our guacamole). I have never had all of my tapas delivered to the table at the same time. The place just seems a bit "off" -- not sure what's going on.

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