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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.
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.
(entrance on 40th St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Friday and Saturday 11:30AM-10:00PM
*Please call the restaurant for holiday hours of operation.*
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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...
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 email@example.com
There are several private parking lots in the area including 40th & Walnut and 39th & Market. Metered street parking is available, but limited.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 = $14.00. Rip off. At three dollars fifty cents for a small cup, refills should be included. Not likely to come back
We had been there a couple years ago for New Years and had the tasting menu. It was fantastic. This time we ordered the 40$ 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.
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.
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.
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 🌮 🍹🙌🏽
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.
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.
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.
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
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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