Distrito Taqueria

4.6
3152 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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, Mushroom Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron Burdeos, Don Julio, Patron, 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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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.*
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Phone number
(215) 222-1657
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Garces
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
40th
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Parking details
There are several private parking lots in the area including 40th & Walnut and 39th & Market. Metered street parking is available, but limited.
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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.
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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...
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 3152 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We waited at the front even though we had a reservation. It didn't look like there were enough people working there at lunch hour for a restaurant with the reputation Distrito is supposed to have. Service was not very attentive, it took a long time to get some things. I asked the waiter what foods were really spicy hot and his answer was kind of all over the place, so I said, how about you tell me what is NOT spicy. Same answer. I asked about a soup and he said it wasn't hot but it was. I mean, that's not really a big deal, people interpret that differently and he said some of the chefs put more spice in than others. But then most of the food was just average, we had a group and everyone agreed. I was also surprised that when the burritos came they were wrapped foil and in this basket type thing with nothing else--like it was cheap take out. I was disappointed that the fajitas didn't have any vegetables at all. It was just chicken and a ton of fried onions. The chicken was very good and so were the chips.

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M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great - went out of their way to accommodate our large group while remaining friendly and fast. Everyone involved with the place was a delight to deal with.

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was awesome. Will definitely go again

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

It was great! The only issue was there was one waiter working most of the second floor so she was very delayed getting our orders (understandably). The manager was able to step in and grab us some drinks while we were waiting, and we were in no rush so it all worked out.

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c
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice Mexican food, the selection is not too broad but it works well; good price/value ratio. Waiters are friendly.

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KN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating here. Sat on the ground level for the 1st time, definitely less noise than upstairs.

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s
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food that night was just okay. It has been at least a year since I was at Distrito and I remember it being better last time. There were 3 of us and no one's meal was great. It was okay but there are so many good restaurants to choose from in the area, I wouldn't rush back. The margarita, however, was very good as was our server!

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OT
Atlanta
88 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorites for everyday dining and works also for a special occasion birthday celebration!!!

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KR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The best tacos and churros in University City and maybe even all of Philadelphia. 10/10 recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christina waited on our table and the service was exceptional. Her service was impeccable and will definitely be coming back again because of it! The food was also excellent. We ordered the Poutine fries at the recommendation of Christina and were not let down. We practically licked the plate clean! And the frozen margs just topped off an already great meal with exceptional service. 10/10 would recommend.

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SN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have always loved the food and the ambiance here. This time it was a little off. My niece discovered a piece of plastic in her enchilada and it seemed like it was still frozen/uncooked in the center. They did take off a couple of items from the cheque to make up for it, but it ruined the experience a little bit.

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PF
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mahi mahi still the best in the city. They seem bigger now. HUGE PLUS! Mushroom flatbread always amazing also. I think something a bit spicy would take it to another level. I had it with crushed red peppers..yum

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were especially accommodating about the noise. Being someone with hearing aids, I greatly appreciated it.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

The margs are weak, the tacos are good, and th noise level is deafening. Come here with someone who bores you.

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DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Friday-night get-together; my wife and I were visiting our son for UPenn weekend. Vibrant environment, great food; would recommend you put this place on your 'must-visit' list

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Atlanta
87 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great choice for birthday celebration or to meet friends for weekend meal.....our personal favorite is the Chipotle Chicken!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First things first, the food is really good! Very fresh and reasonably priced. FYI the chips are the super thick ones. Im more of a cantina chip gal, but the salsa was delicious.
Okay, the restaurant is right off Penn campus. If you aren't in college prepare to feel old. Its a lot of 18/19/20 year olds in big groups being rowdy. It is super loud upstairs.
My suggestion is, if you are over the age of 23, and want to be able to talk to your dining mate(s) ask to sit downstairs. It seemed much calmer.

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BK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite Philly restaurants. Always have a good experience.

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Atlanta
88 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. Literally dine there with friends nearly every week!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was mediocre- I expected more flavorful dishes from a Garces restaurant.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best nachos ever! And that quesadilla!! Yes!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delish!! The decor is trendy and casual. A great place to meet up with friends. The green salsa is soooo good and definitely a must have. Try the cucumber margarita it's the best.

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JT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to get great food. Fun spot to go. Great service!

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F
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Our first time at Distrito. We had a 6:45 reservation and there were still empty tables. We were led to a table next to the bar. The noise was intolerable. I didn’t know there was an upstairs with better ambiance and lower noise until I went to the ladies room. Why would you put a couple with a reservation at one of the worst seats in the house? Plus our appetizer plates were left on the table when our entrees arrived. Food and margaritas were excellent but that’s not enough. Very disappointing dining experience

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PF
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Too much noise. Food was very good but we were unable to have a conversation

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r
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good - nice choices of tequila and fresh flavorful tacos. Good choice if in the area but not to go out of your way.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I called ahead to have a birthday dessert brought out and it was forgotten. Overall besides that wonderful!

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MM
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun & festive! A collegiate go to! Food was yummy.

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DB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove from Cherry Hill to go to Distrito! We miss you in Moorestown! Great Service, ambiance and the food was delicious 😋

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RR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love coming here for Mexican, never fails to impress!

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LJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute choice - as we wanted something in West Philadelphia to celebrate a birthday...and Distrito Taqueria fit the bill (and then some). Got a great table - in a wicker-like booth. Surround feel - intimate, fun. Our waiter - Zac - was friendly and service-oriented. Stayed on top of our needs without being overdone. Food was really great: we did a couple of flatbread specialties (shrimp and short-rib) and a couple of other traditional Mexican fare entrees. We added the Happy Hour special margaritas and chips/salsa..... we left filled and more than satisfied.

Excellent evening all around. Will clearly return.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Not impressed.

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We used to enjoy going to Distrito but this will honestly be the last time we go. It's not the same as it used to be. The quality of the food has really gone downhill, the servers are not knowledgeable nor do they seem to care as much as before, and the ambiance this weekend SUCKED. There was a really loud and annoying large group that were out of control yelling and laughing which ruined it for everyone else in the upstairs area. Why they don't tell people like that to quiet down is beyond me, especially when I found out they had been there for 4.5 hours already! As far as the food goes, it's obvious they are now cutting corners because the quality just isn't there. Especially with the mushroom flatbread which was soggy on bottom and loaded mainly with cheese. Also, the crab guac used to have big chunks of crab and now it's slight shreds of crab with a little cheese...and what have they done to the chips? Super greasy and thick now. And the margaritas are a joke. They offer flavored margaritas like before but now it's $2 extra to add a flavor. Not a good value. We will not be returning.

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LF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Ambiance was nice. But very loud during happy hour. Food was bland. Margaritas were good.

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ID
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll like it. Foods good. The rest is to make the fifty characters minimum....

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SK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent server--came by within 2 minutes of entrée being served, which just doesn't happen that often. Super friendly and accommodating. Chopped salad was great. We had mostly an assortment of tacos that were good. Not the best I've ever had but certainly tasty and prepared well.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, service, and ambiance! Restaurant layout was super cool! Great place to come with a group or just for two! DEFINITELY get a margarita pitcher- they were amazing!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Food was good.

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RH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Connor was a great waiter and the service here is amazing. The food is perfect and their margherita happy hour special is totally worth it.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

This place is way too loud. My friend and I were seated at a small table on the first floor, and had to scream at each other to communicate. Not a fun experience when you're wanting to enjoy a good conversation with your meal. The food was very good, however. The chicken had the right amount of seasoning and everything seemed "upscale authentic." I know that this is an odd thing to complain about, but they served way too much food. Someone needs to explain to them how "Dining Days" are supposed to work -- it should be *choice* of appetizer and *choice* of entrée, not *three* appetizers and *three* entrées for one person! Also, it's weird that there isn't a sink to wash your hands in the bathroom.

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