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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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87% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Brought a friend from San Fran to eat here. He loved it. Great food, awesome ambiance, never disappoints!! We will definitely come again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Drinks were good, tacos were bland and salty. Mushroom flatbread was dry with very few mushrooms. Happy hour prices were good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We went back to Distrito for the first time in at least a year, and we were very disappointed. Is Jose Garces still associated with this place? If so, he should pay it a visit; it doesn't come anywhere close to the standards I've come to expect from his restaurants. The tortilla chips tasted like they came out of a (cheap) bag. The shrimp huarache had no apparent shrimp. The guacamole was too salty (and I LOVE salty food). We were there during restaurant week, and while we opted not to order from the special menu, we thought it was odd that the waiter read that menu to us and then took it away. When we asked if he could bring it back, he did so grudgingly, saying something about how the chef didn't want them left at the tables, which seemed odd. Three different people asked us how we were within the space of five minutes, which seemed a bit like overkill. I'm very sorry to have to cross what used to be a good Mexican restaurant off of my list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Distrito is a wonderful undertaking by master chef Garces. He is a "jack of all trades" when it comes to the incredible variety of Latin American and Spanish food styles. He's Ecuadoran, but with Distrito demonstrates his mastery of Mexico City-oriented street food centered on the famous Vitamina T: tacos, tequila, etc. Beautiful interpretations of jicama salad and esquites capture the magic of the original. Very flavorful and fresh fish tacos, huaraches and other plates are delicious. There are some small, perplexing decisions, though, that keep this from being 100% satisfying. We were handed a giant bowl of chips without requesting it, but when we asked for salsa we were handed a new tray of chips and two small ramekins of salsa, then charged for it. While I can see why purists would like to break people in the US of the knee-jerk expectation of totopos and salsa with all Mexican meals, if you're going to do that, don't give chips at all. If you're going to give chips, you have to provide something to go with them. If the wait staff must upsell, the guac is there for that. My sons asked for two aguas frescas, horchata and jamaica, which were served in fancy Patrón cocktail glasses. Every self-respecting taquería in Mexico will give you an aqua fresca in a glass big enough for lap swimming. I had a michelada (there was no option for my favorite, a chelada with lime and salt) and unlike in Mexico, I was not asked what kind of beer I wanted. When I specified my choice, I was told there would be an upcharge, even if the beer cost the same as Tecate which automatically was used in the michelada. The waiter brought it and told me the bartender was "very nice and didn't charge extra." It was a nice version of the michelada, but in all of these examples the message is the same: Don't skimp on the cheap stuff. If you're going to depart from basic norms in Mexico's taquerias, on which this is modeled, do it in a principled way, not just to cut costs.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Casual, Spicy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

first time eating here. it was fantastic. this will be a regular spot for us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was good not great but it is a fun place with great service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was great. Service exemplary. Food prices in line. Had coffee. Charged us $3.50/cup. We had 2 cups each. Charged us for each cup. 4 cups = $14.00. Rip off. At three dollars fifty cents for a small cup, refills should be included. Not likely to come back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great food, great service, and brilliantly designed! Nothing more to say.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had been there a couple years ago for New Years and had the tasting menu. It was fantastic. This time we ordered the 40$ tasting menu. The waitress said it was a brand new menu. Everything was so bland. The guacamole with crab, the queso, the mushroom huaraches, the crab enchilada, cornbread too buttery, the maji taco. There was no meat which was a little disappointing. The churros too greasy. Lime mousse was good. Margarita way too sweet and not strong at all. It was an unbelievable amount of food so don't think you'll leave hungry. Also had small kids and they were so nice to comp the nachos for the kids. Not sure what happened to all the flavor this place used to have.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Too loud! Food very good. Great service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Excellent Mexican food with a huge offering of tequila to accompany it! The queso is a must-have, as well as the Mahi tacos. It's clearly a favorite for co-eds, and co-eds appear to be the bulk of the waitstaff. Management made up for mediocre service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 19, 2017

We usually love Distrito, but this visit was very disappointing. The chips were so stale we felt like we might break a tooth on them. Some of the tacos (carnitas) were very good, but the fish tacos were drowning in sauce and quite soggy (I always get these, and they are usually excellent). Since we hadn't been here in a while, we couldn't tell whether this was just an off night or a sign that the restaurant has gone downhill. We will give it another chance in hopes that it is as good as it used to be, but if this is how it is we wouldn't go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I used to love Distrito, but something has happened in the past couple of years. Food is not what it used to be. It's not bad, but there are better Mexican restaurants in the city.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I wanted to choose a place that was fun for my birthday dinner. I am a huge fan of Jose Garces and mexican food in general. This was a great dining experience. The server even put a candle in dessert for me. Great food, much fun. Overall excellent night. Thank you.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The "Karaoke Room" was perfect for my small birthday celebration with five of my friends. The room was large enough to accommodate 15-20 people. The karaoke songs were a bit nostalgic however we still managed to have an awesome time! The Ropa Viejo tacos, Shrimp Cocktail, and Peach Margaritas were delicious!!! 🎉🎉 🎉

P.S. Our server Zack was the best!

#35thbirthday on a #TacoTuesday 🌮 🍹🙌🏽

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Authentic, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This was my second visit - food and atmosphere were great both times. I love the pork al pastor quesadilla - so delicious! Service left something to be desired during this second visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Once Again we had a fantastic meal with our family to celebrate my daughters graduation

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 29, 2017

The staff helped me throw a surprise party. I really appreciated their assistance in making the day special.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We had a very nice dinner. The sweet corn side dish was strange, but tasty. The cornbread is more of a dessert! Saturated with butter. Too sweet and rich, but, of course, I did eat some! I'm wondering why restaurants have chairs that don't hold on to a purse?? Every woman there had to put their purse on the floor by their feet! Gross! There should be hooks under the table tops or chairs that have tips on the backs that hold the strap of one's purse. I find this a very inconsiderate oversight of many restaurants. I also am NOT a fan of the open bathroom situation. Private stalls for anybody, and a public sink. For this reason alone I may not go back. I want more privacy to primp, put on lipstick, check my teeth for food, etc.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Have been many times, each time it gets worse. Hostess wouldn't sit us upstairs, so we sat in the downstairs area which is basically a bar. It was freezing -- way to cold to eat comfortably. The nachos were extremely greasy with almost no meat, even though I asked for extra meat and paid for that. The plantains were mediocre at best. Our waiter was very kind and did a nice job taking caring of us, but the freezing room and decreased food quality was a disappointment. It will be a while before I decide to return. Too bad, as used to be a fun place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We had a Monday night reservation for 5 people, including one 91 year old. The restaurant was not busy. However we were told that the only table was one with swinging chairs which were far from the table. If we declined this, we were told that the only other option was a picnic table.
There waiter was remarkably disinterested in us, but the other staff were helpful.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 16, 2017

So I took my brother for his college graduation for our drinks we got la ultimata palabra which was very strong and el jefe which my brother got and it was ok , for the appetizer I got the crab guacamole for the both of us and it was delicious the crab was fresh the chips were crispy and the avocados were fresh we kept going in for more , I got the shrimp ceviche and I didn't enjoy it because the shrimp felt undercooked and just to soft so I didn't enjoy it , the entrees we both got the steak adobo fajitas and it came with a lot of rice a lot of beans and a lot of sides I myself do no like black beans but my brother loved the food and he took some home the steak was delicious perfectly medium cooked and the tortillas were hot we enjoyed it for dessert we got yeh churros and by far my favorite thing , they were hot and sugary served with chocolate sauce and white chocolate sauce we were fighting for the last one I would definitely return to distrito but next time all tacos and definitely the Churros

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Unfortunately understaffed for graduation/Mother's day weekend. Service left a lot to be desired, though our waitress was sweet and doing her best.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Decor is terrific , and so were the cocktails and service. Major room for improvement – ordered a special – came out ice cold, sent it back, second time still cold. It was an eggs and short rib brunch dish. Also the fajitas left a lot to be desired. We were charged $19 for a dish that was 80% onions.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went there for Mother's Day. My wife got the runs later in the day. I would not go back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fun place with great food. Had lunch with family and everyone loved it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Had a great time!! Server was excellent!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour
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