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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

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Quick Bite (4)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2009

Overall the experience was fantastic. I went with a group of friends and I have to say that the menu may come off at first as a challenege on what to order, however you cant go wrong. We ordered atleast half the menu and shared. Everything was flavored perfectly well. The waitress we had was very accomodating to our table. Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2009

thought the food was excellent. service was very attentive- almost too quick. waitress took away my drink glass twice before i had finished. room is a little loud, but we did enjoy the energy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2009

My husband and I dined at Distrito for our 7 year anniversay. We ordered the Frida tasting menu and were very happy with our choice. The waitress worked with our subsitution requests and there was plently of food. We left feeling like the value for the food was amazing! I HIGHLY recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2009

the duck mole and hangar steak tacos were delicious. other dishes were also very good, though the desserts were a big disappointment. service was pretty good, but dishes were delivered to the wrong people--second time in one week for me at two different jose garces restaurants... hmmm... two data points is a trend?

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2009

A splendid experience. The whole evening was wonderful. Our waiter helped us greatly with his knowledge of the menu, as it was our first time there. The noise seems overwheming, but I never found it a problem to speak to or hear my wife when we were talking. It's bright, it's fun, it's delicious. As a result, it is spectacular dining moment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2009

Excellent food, fun environment. Great for groups or birthdays. Try the octopus ceviche.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2009

Everything was wonderful. The food, service, atmosphere, drinks. Will definitely recommend and return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2009

O.K......Listen up folks.....Can somebody say YUMMY! This was my 4th visit to DiStrito and I never tire of this place. I think back to the day my girlfriend had to drag me into the place because I told her how much I hate Mexican food. Well let me tell ya' don't deny yourself a visit. There is so much to choose from and it's all very good. Like the duck moles and the short rib huraches. The District will make you smack your mama. The plantain is crispy on the ouside and tender on the inside. The drinks are delicious. This is Mexican like you've never had before. Go for it!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2009

Great food, but bad service, hard to hear each other and the waitress, and poor lighting (could barely see the menu).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2009

This was the 2nd time that I have dined at Distrito...first time we got a selection of plates - this time we went with the $55 chefs tasting. The food was very good, as it was the first time we were there. Chef Garces is very creative with flavors and presentation. The only negative that I have is that the service was a bit too fast for a chef's tasting. Each 'course' of the tasting was brought out together. The problem that we had with this was that, particularly for the hot dishes, it was difficult to enjoy each plate to it's fullest because we felt rushed to get to the next one before it got cold. I've had the tasting at Tinto, and the service was paced perfectly to allow us to enjoy each dish...

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2009

Pretty good food, but NO MATCH for El Vez!!!! The service and staff were great - friendly, knowledgable people! Thumbs up for that. The CARNITAS were very dry and sorely in need of a sauce! The LOS HONGOS was outstanding! QUESO FUNDIDO was basically a huge pile of cheese you has to search thru to find a piece of duck or.... anything other than cheese! ESQUITES was just OK. POBLANO was dry!

Overall - need MORE vegetarian choices!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2009

Excellent Food and Excellent Service. My third time and I will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2009

I admit to a fondness for Garces restaurants, and this one was a peak experience! We had the tasting menu, and my entire party loved every single dish. The service was friendly, solicitous, informative and unobtrusive, all at the same time. The flatbread with wild mushrooms and truffle oil and crema was amazing, but no dish disappointed. The level of flavor, texture, temperature and eye appeal was completely satisfying. And the freshness of the margaritas made with fresh lime instead of a mix and a choice of excellent tequilas was a treat. The tiny dessert, a cream cheese flan, was exactly the right size, texture and sweetness. Noisy, but manageable. We left in a cloud of contentment. The chairs were particularly comfortable. What a treat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2009

The food was good, some of it very good, and the service was attentive but not overbearing. The margaritas were delicious and there were some fun bits of decor to spark conversation. I would eat here again if I happened to be in University City, but I wouldn't make a special trip for a meal here.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2009

Excellent. I rarley give a 5 stars for food. I did the tasting menu. The kobe tacos didn't measure and I didn't love the sause the lobster was in. Everything else was amazing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2009

I've dined at Distrito several times now- I'm afraid that my last visit was not so great- the food was good, but the service was definitely lacking. The server just seemed unfriendly and she never really was attentive. Given the high standard that Jose Garces sets at his restaurants, I was disappointed- I've eaten at all of them several times now.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2009

This was arguably the best meal I've ever had in my life, and hands down the best Mexican food I've ever eaten. We got the tasting menu, which was more than enough food and was pretty reasonably priced for the exceptional quality. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful, and very friendly. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2009

Great place!!!!!Fun atmosphere, cool ambiance, and good music. And let's not forget the fantastic food. The fish tacos are amazing. The Los hongos flat bread is fantastic also. Really fun place. One of my new favorites.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2009

DiStrito was very good indeed; every dish was delicious and the service was pleasant and attentive. My one complaint: the pricing of some dishes (eg the lamb chops: for two small chops, with not much else on the plate, $22 seemed excessive, although they were delicious).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2009

elegant delicious food, beautifully presented. a great reataurant

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2009

We had the chef tasting menu and I also had the drink pairing. It was very good and the drinks were properly matched. The waitstaff were very friendly and spent time explaining our courses some of which were non-traditional offerings. It was a tasty and fun evening. I would recommend the Jicama salad and the guacamole - unbelievable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 18, 2009

I have always found the food at Distrito to be absolutely delightful. However, this time, I was disappointed by the shoddy service. I had to repeatedly ask one of the hostesses to call our server to our table.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2009

Dining experience was great except, if you don't order one dish at a time, you are out of there in 30 minutes. Better to know how to order before you go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2009

Distrito food is so good you don't want to swallow! However, if there are only two of you don't order the encarnacion....so good, but so filling! Only order if you are in a group. The food here is so rich, but sooooooooo worth every bite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2009

It was difficult to hear the waitress when she explained the tappas style of ordering. I didn't see anything on the menu that gave that explanation, but it might be a good idea to include something like that. By the time the waitress explained it, we really didn't have time to discuss much among ourselves. Other than that observation, we had a great time, and the food was really good. Thanks!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2009

After everything I heard and read about this restaurant, I was expecting great things but was thoroughly disappointed. The nachos were good but it went straight down hill from there. The hamachi taco that everyone raves about tasted like a glorified fish stick. The kobe beef taco (special that night)was tough and chewy. The hamachi cevice was good but I thought the presentation was so poor that it looked like something inedible or for the very brave. I don't even want to mention the enchiladas. Really didn't want to temp our luck anymore so it was "check please." Yes, maybe they were having an off night, but with Jose Garces reputation, you are not allowed to have an off night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2009

The most unique Mexican food we've had. We couldn't wait to get each plate in order to see what the next flavors would be. It's funky inside and we were drawn to the porch swings in the bar!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2009

The food was great. A bit pricey for the portions (tapas).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2009

The food at Distrito was amazing... I would definitely recommend it to friends!! One thing that we didn't know prior to going is that most menu items are served tapas-style to be shared. Our waitress recommended that our party of two order 5-7 items, we ordered 5 and it was way more than enough. Next time we'll order 3 and hopefully have room for to try their desserts. Drinks were expensive at around $10 each so two rounds of drinks accounted for almost half of our bill which was $90 total. The food is priced well though -- we're looking for a reason to go back already!! We love Mexican food and this meal was a cut above the other trendy Mex places in Center City.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2009

Food was excellent. Tapas style so don't be deceived by the low menu prices- you need 2-3 items per person. Fun experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2009

Each dish they brought to the table was even better than the last. the tastes were just superb. Hadn't been for a while and in a way it was good because I had forgotten how excellent the dishes were. A friend who was visiting from England and in our party just couldn't believe it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2009

w2onderful food, wonderful staff, great ambiance....

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2009

As I would expect the food lives up to Jose Garces reputation. So far we have not been disappointed at any of his restaurants and would definitely go back - esp for the mushroom flatbread!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2009

The great food and good service are overwhelmed by the loud thumping music designed for the college kids who live in the area.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2009

This is fast becoming one of my most favorite places to go for lunch. They are fast and the food is execellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2009

I love this place! I would suggest on your first visit to do the Chef's Tastings menu to get a feel for the menu and the size of the various different menu items. Great for dates. Drinks are expensive, food is priced well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 6, 2009

Our 2nd visit and we loved it just as much! The food is outstanding!!

The only thing I'm not crazy about are the drinks...and I like drinks. The sangria is terrible...really, terrible. The waiter actually warned me about it the first time, but I did not believe that sangria could be bad. It was...bad. The margarita I had (pineapple) was only OK.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 6, 2009

A great Place to eat....Will go back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2009

El Vez meets Continental. Great food & atmosphere; nicely priced. Knowledgeable staff / helpful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2009

Incedible food. Will be back with friends

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