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.View Private Dining Details
Mediocre food at best. Expected far better. Fajita veggies were overcooked and mushy and consisted primarily of onions, with very scanty amount of peppers. Salad was flavorless.
We gave Distrito a second chance. The first time we sat upstairs and it was very loud. This time, we sat downstairs and it was ridiculously loud. Music was very, very loud; there were 6 or 7 TV screens on. Ridiculous. We won't be back.
Delicious tacos (especially the carnitas and fish) and the steak fajitas were over the top scrumptious. Skip the so called home made ice cream as it tasty store bought. We went on Friday night and the place was packed (reservations highly recommended). Unfortunately our waiter was a bit sleepy and we waited 10 min for menus and he forgot our margaritas . Of note, the place is VERY noisy, but we will return as this is our fav mex in Philly
Yesterday was our 4th visit to District. The food as always was very good. The service though ok was lackluster. My biggest problem was that it was so loud that we couldn't talk to each other.
One of my personal favorites to take guests visiting Philadelphia and UPenn! The atmosphere is great and the food and service are always awesome!
The hostess staff were not professional or helpful. I had requested a booth and they informed me additional 10min wait, I was ok with that. They then placed us at table and said booths were only for large parties. There were 4 open booths at that time, no parties filled those booths the entire time we were there. The hostess then said we can take the booth that was dirty after the staff cleaned it, left us sitting at a table with our menud and told us to seat ourselves! Very rude and not professional! Food and wait staff were excellent though. Recommend retraining of hostesses though!
Happy hour margaritas were excellent, not watered down or "mixy". Chips and salsa were so so, but food was good. Jicama Salad was very fresh and very tasty. Will definitely go back!
My girlfriend and I decided to have a date night, so I surprised her with tickets to see a movie she had been waiting to see and a surprise dinner date. We were in awe of the ambiance and the energy that this place emitted. We are both huge fans of traditional Mexican food, and it didn’t disappoint. The fish tacos were absolutely stellar. The rice and beans were cooked to perfection, and the service we received was warm and welcoming. We will definitely be returning to this place in the very near future!
Kate was awesome, perfect addition to our date !!!!
Interior is lovely - really great vibe and atmosphere. Service was generally good, although our apps got to us before our drinks. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Food, however, could not make up for ambiance and service. Fish taco was disappointing (all of us agreed it tasted like a frozen fish stick). Vegan chorizo was very very salty. Other tacos were okay, not great, and really small for the price. Excellent fried plantain and excellent soup. The sangria had a medicinal quality to it, but the other happy hour drinks were fine.
One of our favorites restaurants in University City. Food and service are always great!
One of our favorite restaurants in University City....walking distance near campus and great menu and dining!
Service was iffy. We felt very rushed, as the kitchen closed an hour after our reservation. Food was fine
I was very disappointed overall. It took us forever to get our meals and when they were finally delivered they were served cold. I expected a better experience because I've been there a number of years ago and at that time it was great. I was surprised to see the quality of the food and service level decline so much.
Overrated, overpriced. Good if you don't really like Mexican food, but not authentic
Good service, a bit noisy with mostly U of Penn students.
Food BLAND!!!! I’ve eaten Mexican food at many places and this was about the blandest I can recall.
Presentation very good but both my wife and I were disappointed by how unremarkable the taste was.
When Distrito first opened it was delicious. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has greatly declined. It taste like college cafeteria food instead of high end fusion Mexican My soup tasted like Campbell's tomatoe, thinned with chicken broth, with some overboiled tough chicken and a crazy amount of tortilla strips. Everything was bland and salty.
We used to live the food. This time, everything was so over salted it tasted like a practical joke.
Food and service are always first rate. Almost the entire menu is GF and their cornbread is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
Everything was really great! Nice clean place, big with great decor and friendly staff. Food was fresh and brought out quickly. The only thing we didn’t quite like was dessert. The tres leches was not soaked all the way through and the churros were undercooked. I’ll definitely be back again, (but maybe just for dinner).
Have loved this restaurant for almost a decade. Although the menu has been scaled back, they execute the basics really well.
Our server, Hunter,was awesome, as well.
Great food, great service, great drinks! Love the decor as well...especially the "car"!
Fish taco tasted funny, not very well flavored. The margarita was delicious !
Kitchen was a little backed up but food was fantastic once it arrived.
If you're looking for a fun vibe, delicious Mexican food and friendly, helpful service Distrito is an excellent choice. I'd been wanting to check out a Jose Garces restaurant for years and Distrito looked like a unique, affordable spot for a casual birthday dinner. We booked an early dinner reservation and were very happy to learn that happy hour specials from 5pm-7pm ($5 margaritas, sangria and nachos) are available everyday and throughout the restaurant, not just at the bar. The margaritas are solid and even better with passion fruit added!
Everyone working during our visit was friendly and accommodating and the colorful, Instgram-worthy decor and mix of Spanish /hip-hop music give a fun party vibe. We ordered the Mexican poutine to start and a mix of tacos and burritos for dinner. The poutine, fish tacos, burrito al pastor and sweet plantains were highlights and everything was good. My husband mentioned it was my birthday and we got hooked up with churros for all coconut and chocolate dipping sauce-so good! We had a blast and the mix of couples, families and college students there all seemed to be having a good time. We walked away full and happy for around $25pp (including 1 drink each).
Love this restaurant.....go about every 2 weeks!
The Waiter really made the whole experience so much more enjoyable
Great food and drinks in a cool environment
The taco Tuesday is amazing. Really great tacos for $2 a piece and great happy hour prices.
I love it! It's delicious and a fun atmosphere and the food is not expensive. It's a well oiled machine. The restaurant and bar close at 10 PM on weekends, so that's something to consider.
Everything was great except the waiter could of spoke louder. It was hard to hear him!
Lunch was very quiet at 1:30. Service was a little uncomfortable/awkward...a few mistakes were made, which was fine. Food was really good!
The waiting staff was very friendly but also allowed us to enjoy our meal. The food came out fairly quick and was clearly fresh. We ordered the guac , and three tacos each and everything was extremely good.
Loved everything about place .
Only negative I would say is the water boy was very rude and ignorant . But the rest of our encounters with staff was above average
I came to Distrito for a friend's birthday this weekend. I had come to this location once before but it was probably 3 years prior, but I was so happy that it was just as good as I remembered. Our server was so quick and right there anytime we needed her. We had some picky eaters and everything was accommodated and delicious. The guacamole is a must-get! Portions are perfect and everything came out hot and fresh. I can't wait to go back already-
Would highly recommend. Great food and service.We love that Distrito has happy hour everyday - with perfect $5-7 margaritas and specials. Can't find many places like that in the city. Also loved the tofu-chorizo option for my delicious quesadilla!! Will be back soon hopefully!
I went with a few friends for a fun and relaxed night out, and Distrito was perfect for a casual get-together! The passionfruit margs and Super Nachos were excellent and great for sharing. Only complaint/suggestion is that there is no where to put coats/jackets, and we were seated at a tall round table with stools, so I wish I had reserved a table with benches instead.
The ambience is stunning and the food is great and reasonably priced. Our waiter was super friendly and helpful. It's a great place to go with a group of friends for a birthday, special occassion, or just a fun night. Even though it is very lively with many people it is not difficult to hear your own conversation.
We were not as happy after leaving as we usually are. What has changed? It seems like there have been some changes, like the menu and maybe the service too. No peanuts on the table? The change in menu. We ordered shrimp fajitas and my wife didn't really like her food. I had the chicken fajitas, and it was mostly onions. It even seemed like the churros were different. It is not like it used to be with a lot of sharing meals. We were seated downstairs, not sure why, that was a first, but we would prefer upstairs. Downstairs was pretty cold. Honestly, with the prices as high as they are, and the distance we have to drive to get there, we will probably just stay local and go to Qdoba, and save about $80. We were very disappointed. It used to be my wife's favorite place to go.
I have been to District a few times before this and I have to say those times were much better. They have made the menu a little more sparse and have gotten rid of the Chef's tasting, which I had very much enjoyed on previous occasions. However, the food was solid, margaritas were good, and service was excellent as usual.