El Mariachi San Lucas

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican

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Our recipes are handed down from generation to generation, dating back to the great grandfather of a grandfather in a small town in Puebla, Mexico.

The delicious flavors and smells experienced in the restaurant El Mariachi San Lucas have been converted into the preferred option for the best tastes. We offer a wide range of maricos, pastas, salads, pots and more, with an emphasis on quality and the use of fresh ingredients. Come and visit El Mariachi San Lucas to experience the authentic Mexican cuisine. We invite you to be part of our family.

Outdoor seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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vipCindyS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, very impressed will return everything was great !

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vipBridgetF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, good, plentiful, fresh food.....excellent!

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vipBelgium
New England
66 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great surprise. One of best Mexican restaurants I've been too. They strive for perfectness and have eye for every detail.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Salad was very good with the fresh dressing. Food was excellent, large portions and hot when it came out. Service was ok. The place was basically empty but after we got our food no one came back to see if we needed anything. Both of us needed our drinks refilled.

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GregW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Slowest service ever. Had audacity to tell us we shouldn't have gone there since we were sue to see a movie at 8pm. We arrived at 630, considering any other restaurant could get you in and out at that time.

Poor service - asked for a pitcher or margarita mix, only to be told to pick a flavor. Got some thick, pureed fruit mix instead (while the table behind us was given regular margarita mix -- different waiter).

Even when we tried to cancel our food, they insisted that it was coming out... Still didn't after 10 minutes. When we finally got our food in a bag (which now had to sit in our trunk and was a waste) our waitress didn't even come back for the check. We took it up front to pay and left, never to return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great times and great food!

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cbae
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Got the nachos, tacos and enchiladas and it was the best mexican I've had! The fresh juices were also amazing. Such a cute place and love the decorations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was Valentine’s Day. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Nothing on this site said it was a BYOB so we unfortunately came to the restaurant with nothing. My meal the Tequila salmon was pretty good but too much lemon on certain parts. My husband did not like his Enchiladas and only ate 3 bites. The rice was not authentic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food took an entire hour to be brought to our table of two after the wrong food was put infront of us. This was Valentine’s Day so I understand the mix up but we were very close to leaving. Food looked much better than it tasted, I’ve had mole sauce before but their’s definitely tasted off, however I will have to try more things off the menu to be sure. Restaurant is smaller than expected, not much wiggle room. Service was wonderful the ladies were all extremely nice and friendly. They realized our food was taking long to come out so they made sure to stop by, reassure us and bring more chips. Booked a reservation ahead of time and was seated within 5 minutes. We loved the valentines themed decorations they were cute and not too cheesy.

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MichaelE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Mariachi San Lucas was fantastic. Great atmosphere, wonderful service, and incredible food. The decoration for Valentines Day were perfect. 100% recommend to anyone.

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vipinjeanious
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fabulous. Would highly recommend. Service was friendly but alittle slow, although the restaurant was full and busy. Decorated really nicely for Valentine’s Day. Definitely bring alcohol, they have great fruit and margarita mixers

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Vinz
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here a few times always trying something different. And each time it’s amazing. The food is delicious, the service is great. You have to try the churros and ice cream!

JM
vipJMM17
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining here and we can’t wait to go back! Everything was amazing.....highly recommend the very refreshing crab appetizer and if there are specials, consider those. Authentic Mexican cuisine, excellent service and a very charming hostess. We felt very welcome, top notch place.

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StaceyC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Great food. Wonderful staff. Try it .... you will not be disappointed.

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vipChrisW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is by far our favorite Mexican Restaurant. Presentation, quality and service is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The meal was great! The only thing that I would say is the guacamole could use some salt. But overall everyone enjoyed their meals!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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EdwardG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for a friend

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StephenS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent and made with fresh ingredients. I would highly recommend reservations as it gets very busy

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vipWalt
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised by this strip mall restaurant. It was so clean and fresh. The menu was different than the standard Mexican menu. Much more creative. Food was excellent, so was service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found this place by accident after our first reservation canceled on us due to n overbooking glitch in OpenTable. It was one of the few places left with seats last minute on NYE. What a great surprise! The food was outstanding and creative. Their homemade corn tortillas are enough to inspire a return trip alone. The service was warm and friendly and the atmosphere was festive.

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Eric
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent, the horchata was delicious, and the service was great. We will definitely be going back in the future.

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LynnH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent! Shrimp wrapped in bacon is a must!

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Lizzi
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious foods and great service at a reasonable price. Crabmeat and avocado appetizer was a great substitute for a ceviche. Chicken enchiladas with green sauce and Chilis rellenos were excellent! Tres leches cake was moist and light, not too sweet. We will be back soon!

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vipJohnG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and we will be back. Really fresh and quality food with big portions

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant,the food is made from scratch and always hits their mark. The service is very friendly and attentive. It’s a byob, the have the usual soft drinks.

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Decadentdiner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We thought the food was way overpriced, especially with this place being a BYOB our bill was what we’ve paid previously with alcohol included. The appetizer I got was super salty, but it’s presentation was beautiful. My entree looked like it was thrown on the plate. My kids loved their meals (chicken tenders with rice/fries). The drinks were delicious but would have been way better had they contained alcohol, they should really consider a liquor license. We try to support small business and (moms and pops) frequently so we were happy to dine here but just wish we were more impressed by this place.

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vipRichmond5
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service should have been good as server only had two tables, but it wasn’t. There was a long delay after an app was served to serve the salad. When the entrees arrived we hadn’t finished our salad. There were empty water glasses several times. We had to track down other staff to get containers so wrap the food. We had to ask another server for the check.

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vipJolin68
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this week. He’s been under the weather and we were not sure we’d be able to get out this weekend and celebrate, so this was a last minute decision to have dinner here and we had our daughter with us. We wanted to try something new and SO GLAD we did!! The appetizers, dinners and desserts were AMAZING. The service was well paced and friendly. We had the tacos Doritos and queso fundido for appetizers- one of the specials with cod and chorizo, the Tequila Salmon (plus kids chicken and rice) for dessert the out of this world Tres Leches cake and churros! Even our daughter enjoyed everything we had ordered. The servings are generous and we will be enjoying the wonderful food again tomorrow. This is the best authentic Mexican I’ve had in this area in a long time! We will definitely be back for second!!! - Thank you to the staff at El Mariachi Dan Lucas!!

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vipMaureen
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really good authentic Mexican at a very reasonable price. The margarita set ups are really good too! This was our 2nd time there and we will definitely go again!

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vipBurger86
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was our first time there, and we love it

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KristenW
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good authentic Mexican cuisine, pleasant staff with large portions and good prices. Will definitely be returning.

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johnZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This very unassuming restaurant tucked away in a quiet strip center packs a big punch!
The flavors, presentation and service far exceeded my expectation!

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vipStephenM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always excellent. I always recommend this restaurant to friends. Thanks

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Brian31
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food! Our meals were served in a timely manner and everything tasted fresh. The Chile Relleno and the pork chop was outstanding. We will return!

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kimb
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with friendly and knowledgeable staff! We will definitely be back.

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vipWilliamB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is fantastic however there was a huge issue with the open table reservation. Restaurant claims they “never got the reservation from open table” despite having a conformation number from OT. When we arrive, we were turned away from sitting inside; however, we were offered seats outside in the cool night air overlooking an ally. Manager insisted that there was no reservation in the system and that we could sit outside or go somewhere else. She stated this “happens all the time with open table!”
If that were true, I question why I received points on OT for my reservation and eating at this establishment. Manager stated they had a large party taking over the dining room and had “no room for us.”

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews