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El Rey - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

El Rey - Philadelphia

4.5
4.5
341 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Inspired by the cuisines of Puebla and Veracruz, El Rey captures the essence of Mexican home cooking. Boisterous and broken-in like a laidback roadside cantina, the dining room hums from midday to late-night. Folk art, kitchsy found objects and vintage movie posters adorn the walls, providing plenty of visual stimuli for eaters digging into authentic tacos, tortas, enchiladas, sopes and more. Add a bar stocked with the best tequilas, mezcals and cervezas and you’ve got a cantina fit for a king.

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Booked 44 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 563-3330

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dionicio Jimenez

What 341 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb service and relaxing yet unique atmosphere! And good food! Perfect setting for a lunch

  2. N

    Nan417

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Such a great place but there bar is never staffed appropriately so u wait ages for a drink. 3rd time there and hasn’t improved. Bummed because we like it.

  3. T

    Talia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Happy Hour (4-6 weekdays) was a great value! They were clear and helpful about Celiac-safe gluten free options and had a separate batch gluten free chips which they warmed up for us.

  4. VA

    ValerieA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    It may be authentic but it lacks a lot of flavor.

  5. L

    mollyL

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2

    The food was very bland. It came out in one minute, like a fast food restaurant. How can be a burrito be tasteless? This place is very tired. Service good but food was horrible. Revamp this place please!

  6. l

    liva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. As someone that has celiac disease, the staff are excellent at catering to allergies. They were knowledgeable and very safe. I love the margaritas and the food is delicious!!! Can’t wait to go back.

  7. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Don't eat outside. Pan handlers with boomboxes and non stop smoking

  8. s

    silverphl

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    We ate outside. Chairs uncomfortable, table wobbly, food good but smaller portions.

  9. O

    Ogulsan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very cool and energetic vibe. Low lit with music and lots of chatter. Server was very nice and the food far exceeded my expectations. The chicken burrito was delicious and so were the chicken tacos. The chips were nice and warm and the guac was excellent. Will definitely be returning here in the future.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    lovely time :))

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Bartender was great. Table service and food was awful.

  12. MP

    MariaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Margarita’s are the best! Tacos are the most similar I’ve tasted to the whole es I tried in Mx. We couldn’t get to The Ranstead after dinner bc there was a two hs waiting list, maybe you should offer putting you on that list when you arrive if they’re that busy. Overall great! Definitely a one I’m going back

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best happy hour.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Went on taco Tuesday, it was busy what can you expect on a Tuesday. Food and drinks was overall really good!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was so much fun! Tuna ceviche was the best and our server was great.

  16. RI

    RIRI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came for brunch on Sunday around 3. I made a reservation for inside dining, but the host was able to seat us outside with no issue. Our server, Leila, was a peach! She was extremely attentive and informative. She was also very accommodating (my friend was super picky, sorry!) when we were ordering. Though it was Sunday and the weather was beautiful, it was pretty quiet outside where we were seated. My food was so good! I had the avocado toast and my friend and I split the French toast. Both were a 10/10! I’ll definitely be coming back to El Rey.

  17. KN

    KrishanaN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Came to philly for the day, went to brunch. Food was good.. loved the bartender Rav!!!!! He was personable and we really enjoyed him. Not a fan of the Sangria but loved the margarita!!! Deff coming back just to see Rav!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything I’ve gotten here has been awesome. Nachos, carnitas, short rib enchiladas, the new drinks, all on point

  19. GY

    GabriellaY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    really really loved their happy hour and they served a group of 10 of us. The drinks were so delicious and the food was incredible, super reasonable prices.

  20. R

    Rickmichellepowell

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and atmosphere were great We would definitely eat there again

  21. s

    spooner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    Felt Rushed from the time we got there started at happy hour drinks and food came out within minutes of ordering and entrees while still had appetizers. Waitress put someone else’s food down at our table to serve us as she was taking food out for 2 tables at a time. Certainly not a relaxing dining experience we were there for 30 minutes!!

  22. AF

    AmberF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The food was just generally not up to what I’d expect. Guac was flavorless. Soup was just not good. Drinks watered down. And overpriced on top of it. Pretty disappointing.

  23. AE

    AbigailE

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was good and the right portion. Service was quick and accurate. We enjoyed the ambiance and would recommend.

  24. DJ

    DclaJason

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Food was really bland and overpriced. Service was good and friendly. Cool setting, but would not go back. Not worth the money.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3

    server- amazing. food- gave us all poopy butt for a day. wouldn’t return.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Had the tacos with sweet potatoes. Taste great. But to small to be a entrée.

  27. JS

    JeffreyS

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great brunch! Margaritas, nachos, chilaquiles and huevos rancheros all quite good.

  28. C

    Conor

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    The single worst meal I’ve had in recent memory. Service was slow, and you could find better food at a Wawa. Drinks were halfway decent, but not nearly good enough to make up for the garbage food. There are so many other world class Stephen Star restaurants - do yourself a favor at eat at one of them… not here.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    We ate outside, everything was excellent but there was a random man outside asking for tips to play music from his phone on a speaker. I know he wasn’t related to the restaurant but it was definitely loud. 10/10 burrito though!

  30. A

    Allie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    The drinks took forever, and were not great / not strong at ALL and extremely small (mostly ice). I feel that for happy hour this was not worth it, because the drinks were weak and the food was tiny. The staff were not too friendly and needed to be more attentive.

  31. KM

    KellyM

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic menu and excellent service. Cool vibe. Would highly recommend!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food but expensive for what we got

  33. HF

    HaleyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great happy hour spot! $1 chips and salsa, $5 margs, and $3 tacos.

  34. MR

    MeRM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The food mostly lacked flavor and service was subpar.

  35. S

    Smore

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious! Margarita’s for 5 dollars was a great deal though the glasses are relatively small. The nachos were delicious just very messy to eat. Definitely worth it.

  36. V

    Victoria

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the margs and the nachos, staff attentive and friendly. Reservation needed!

  37. DC

    DarrenC

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice alternative to el vez. Smaller place with a solid, focused menu. Liked indoor environment, has outdoor seating as well.

  38. MH

    MaryH

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food! The service was quick and super polite! Will absolutely dinning there again soon.

  39. KK

    KatKelly

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A group of us came here for a friend's birthday. The food was delicious as well as the margaritas

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    we were totally forgotten about. i’m pretty sure no one was even assigned to wait on our table. we asked the food runner for a side of sour cream and before we could finish the sentence she blurts out “ITS COMING”. then we told the original waiter who we thought was ours that no one has helped us or checked on us since the food arrived and we all needed many things. his response was “gotcha”. the food was average and didn’t really impress our party of 4, and we literally had no drinks to wash it down with because again, no one was helping us. all around we were not pleased with the experience unfortunately.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Rey - Philadelphia does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

El Rey - Philadelphia is rated 4.5 stars by 341 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

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Google Map for El Rey - Philadelphia

2013 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Chestnut Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Executive chef

    Dionicio Jimenez

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