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About La Calaca Feliz

La Calaca Feliz is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. We take a modern approach to the way we do Mexican food. Fresh, High-quality ingredients are the foundation to our transformation of amazing produce, fish, and meat to the food we bring to your table.

La Calaca received 3 Bells from Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban who stated, "Calaca has helped push the dial forward a few more clicks on the evolution of contemporary Mexican cooking in this town".

2321 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 9pm

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 787-9930

Website:
http://www.lacalacafeliz.com/

Catering:
La Calaca Feliz has an array of options to host events for parties of any size from small business dinners to bridal showers to weddings and bar mitzvahs.

Executive Chef:
Timothy Spinner

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

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La Calaca Feliz Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Tapas (4)
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People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

La Calaca Feliz is the original "Feliz" restaurant that now includes branches in Manayunk, Ft. Washington and Horsham. All of them feature, fresh ingredients, creative menus and delicious food. It also helps to have friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service.

Although begging for more space, this local Mexican will be on your "Be Back" list. Enjoy!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My husband and I met friends for dinner and Fairmount is a great place to meet because there’s parking. I loved the atmosphere. We were greeted by everyone we encountered on staff as we walked in, which was so nice. Monday nights there are special Margaritas, so we enjoyed one with pomegranate and hibiscus!

We started with the Brussels sprouts tlayuda (like a pizza). Amazing! We also loved the chips and guacamole. Both were very fresh. I had the black bass for my entree, which was incredible. I know I’ll be craving it again soon.

The service was excellent. We were well taken care of, and it was a delightful evening. Highly recommend. Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was absolutely delish!! Perfect example of a neighborhood gem!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is excellent and the wait staff are fantastic. My one qualm is that the dining area is incredibly echoey and noisy. I don’t know what they can do to solve this but it’s worth mentioning. My wife and I actually prefer sitting at the bar which is an unequivocally good experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fun place close to the Art Museum interesting and very good food

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

La Calaca Feliz is a very good restaurant. The menu is just excellent with a great variety but at the same time authentic mexican cuisine. I highly recommend the elote loco and the enchiladas by far my favorites. Great service too. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

La Calaca was a great place for dinner with a group of girlfriends. We celebrated a birthday there and the server was nice enough to hold a cake we brought, and slice it for us as well. The server was very attentive and even checked in on our drinks right before happy hour ended.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We were there for a retirement celebration and a good time was had by all!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Was just ok. Not as good as I read. And the service was just so so.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First time visitor. Dinner with family before an event in Fairmount Park. Food was fantastic, fresh, authentic. Service was perfect. All of my needs were met. Loved it. Will recommend to others. Bravo.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

La Calaca Feliz is my go to for Mexican. Their selection of guac, enchiladas, and margaritas are awesome. The mole sauce is al the best I’ve had. The service is always great as well. Love it here.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent and interesting food. Terrific service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good for Groups, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Parking was complicated with Eastern State Penit. "Terror Behind the Walls" and we ended up being 20 minutes late for our reservation. We called and they were very accommodating of our delay. We let the waitress know we only had about 45 minutes to eat before our event and they had us out in 30 minutes without feeling rushed. Good food, good service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Too expensive for what you get. Definitely not worth all the hype. Service was slow and inattentive.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Had a great anniversary dinner! Thanks The pork was delicious and crispy. My wife had the special which was fish tacos , she loved them. Both dinner's came with a beer, which was cool.
We also had the brussel sprout pizza? with bacon. My wife wants the recipe!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I really enjoyed this restaurant. The menu was simple yet robust and the food was excellent. ‘Guactoberfest’ is a cool special event with some truly exotic guacamole flavors.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great atmosphere and food ! Only complaint is I made the restervation almost two weeks in advance.. and when we got there there were not a lot of people in the place.. it would have been nice to not be seated in the very back corner of the restaurant with no view of the outside patio area.. we were kinda crunches between the fireplace and door... really really really small space. Would have been nice to have been placed in a better spot. Over all I would totally go back, food, atmosphere and service was great.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We've been coming here for over a year and absolutely love it. The Guac and Baja tacos are out of this world.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

What killed it for us was very poor service. The manager did change out the server and that improved everything. Food was very good but value was low. 3 tacos, 2 margaritas and an order of Guacamole = $50+ there are too many good Mexican places with more authentic for less. Better value elsewhere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I fell in LOVE with this restaurant. Food was amazing and staff was super friendly. I will be returning every chance I get!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quick Bite, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The margaritas and guacamole are outstanding. The outdoor seating is also nicely done. As a vegetarian, there are not many options, but the margaritas and guac make up for the limited entree selection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Six of us came for dinner and it was all delicious. Guacamole and chips were outstanding. We ordered the regular one and the other one had pumpkin...delicious. It was taco tuesday so we ordered tacos and beer (special for $12). all the tacos were yummy. We also ordered black beans and rice and fried plantains. Loved it all!!!! Nice size portions also.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

First time. Love at first bite! Highly recommend the grilled Chicken Mole. I can't wait to go back and order it again. We sat out back in a quiet courtyard -- just lovely. Great drinks too.
Get there soon and enjoy the outdoor patio ambiance.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Good food plus great margaritas made with fresh ingredients.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was delicious. We had nachos, baha fish tacos and the special brisket tacos. Love it all. The house margiritas were spot on. The waiter Kyle was super friendly and knowledgeable about all the menu items. Gave great recommendations. All of the staff were nice and welcoming Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Authentic, Business Meals, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The menu has changed. The food was extremely spicy even though we ask for no heat The noise level was such we stopped trying to have a conversation. We have been to this restaurant but never again

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Some vegetarian options which are appreciated. Chips were not crisp. Guacamole was very good. Not sure I would return.

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 (London)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Went here for the first time based on positive reviews for the Fairmount area. Liked the place. Food was fresh and tasty. Tequila selection very deep. Atmosphere bustling and youthful.....fun overall. Not a place for serious dining or folks who are seeking a quiet atmosphere. Would go back.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Service was fast, food was delicious, vibe was cool

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

What a great meal we had! Family from out of town needed to be taken someplace relaxing with good food. We picked a winner. The special taco of the evening was excellent, but more importantly, the service was outstanding. We had wanted to sit on the patio, but the hostess explained on the phone it was a first come situation. When we arrived, a table had been held for us! Later, when the left over guacamole I asked to take home hadn't come to us, we asked the waitress about it. The kitchen made a new batch for us. What service! This has always been a fun and delicious place for us...but now it moves to the top of the our list!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

An awesome place with great food at reasonable prices

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Just an unexpected treat. Great for a fun gathering with friends.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Delicious as always!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We ate at La Calaca Feliz for my birthday and it was great! I got the chicken tacos and they were delicious, service was very good, and the restaurant is gorgeous. Would definitely come back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent. Cannot utter (or type) a bad word about this place. The nachos with shortrib are a favorite go-to.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Mexican stopped up a notch. Interesting pairings and ingredients. I've been here many times and never had a bad meal. Outside dining is lovely in their courtyard, if the weather is nice. Their happy hour is a helluva bargin and I just discovered the special tacos available on Taco Tuesday! Yum! Meatballs stuffed with Oxana cheese topped with marinated carrots!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Family visiting

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We are so lucky to have La Calaca Feliz in the neighborhood. The food is consistently outstanding, staff is terrific and the outside dining option is really great. I usually have the Baha fish tacos and they never fail to please. Margaritas are prepared in a variety of ways and they are all delicious!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Enjoyed lunch. Excellent food. Great Service. Nice atmosphere

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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