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El Rey - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

El Rey - Philadelphia

4.5
4.5
329 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 47 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

Menu

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What 329 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. MP

    MariaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best happy hour.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

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

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  5. RI

    RIRI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

  6. KN

    KrishanaN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. JS

    JeffreyS

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food but expensive for what we got

  21. 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.

  22. MR

    MeRM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The food mostly lacked flavor and service was subpar.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. MH

    MaryH

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  27. KK

    KatKelly

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    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

  28. 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.

  29. A

    Aidan

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    The atmosphere is great at El Rey, highly recommend their margaritas and salads! Ideal location by Rittenhouse as well.

  30. AG

    AlexG

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and good service! We dined in the outside booths and really enjoyed our time there.

  31. DS

    DarbyS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The team at El Rey was great. My party ended up being larger than I had reserved for and they kindly accommodated us. I am appreciative of their quick thinking and problem solving in the moment. The restaurant was a bit loud inside but that’s okay! I’m glad everyone was having a good time, nothing anyone can control just a note. Food was great and timely. I’ll be back!

  32. J

    Julia

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great margaritas and tacos! Very loud for a Monday night.

  33. ED

    EddieD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yum! Great food. Really enjoyed everything we ordered. Will go back for sure.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    They get pretty booked up during the weekdays which is to be excepted. No luck getting a table inside but we were able to book and outdoor dining reservation. Our server was great and the food is always good!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great after work dinner place with delicious food

  36. CD

    ChristinaD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    El Rey was delicious! We went on a Saturday around 4pm so it was quiet but still moderately full. We ordered the steak tacos (3 tacos per order), chicken tacos and rice on the side, all really good. We finished off with the brownie dessert, it was very good, the brownie had a slight kick to it (I had asked if it was spicy because it was officially called a "chipotle" brownie but it wasn't at all) and it came with a scoop of salty caramel ice cream, a nice not-too-sweet pairing. Oh and my husband got their passion fruit margarita and he said it was one of the best margaritas he's ever had. Our server was helpful with his suggestions and was 100% right! Definitely plan to come again.

  37. N

    Neane

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    This was definitely not a typical Stephen Starr experience (usually quite excellent). We arrived 10 mins before the end of happy hour and ordered chips and drinks. 20 minutes later, the server told us that the bar is "backed up, just a few minutes longer". So we put in orders for our meals, believing the "few minutes" promise. Our meals arrived via different servers before the drinks. I enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, not a during-dinner cocktail but service had been so iffy that we decided to just eat our dinners as opposed to sending it back. Mid-way through dinner, drinks arrived at which point we asked for more napkins. Those arrived after asking 2 other servers who stopped by. Our chips and salsa arrived as dessert. While we understand that staffing is an issue everywhere and forgive the "back-up" at the bar, the timing of the service was undesirable. Drinks-appetizers-entrees should be the order, if patrons are to enjoy the meal to its utmost. We'd love to try again, as the place is cool inside and the outside booths are festive. IF we do go again, we hope that the experience is more Starr-like

  38. MM

    MissMelissa81

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    Went to El Rey for happy hour with some coworkers. Overall the ambience was fantastic, but the food and service was mehhhh. The manager was very nice and accommodating for getting us a table inside after our dinner for another round of drinks and dessert. I will say that the restaurant was not packed with plenty of tables inside and we still had to sit outside for our dinner. I would definitely go back for drinks and some churros. Food C-... Drinks A+!

  39. S

    Stephie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time here for happy hour and was quite pleased with service and the food! A little noisier than last time but the restaurant was more busy due to the nice weather

  40. c

    cii4

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    The food was a little cold, and the drinks came in so late. The guac was amazing, but the carne asada and the burrito were meh.

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 329 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 47 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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