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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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