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La Calaca Feliz

4.7
614 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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".
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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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

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Phone number
(215) 787-9930
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Timothy Spinner
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
What 614 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Server was amazing

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Best short rib nachos in the city

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We came here for a birthday dinner with 11 people and our time was AMAZING! We can’t stop raving about it! The service was great for our large group. We all decided to do the chef tasting menu and LOVED it! It made the meal and night so much easier! They just kept bringing out one amazing dish after another. Our favorite things were the fish tacos and the slow braised beef!! So so good. And the margaritas were great. The presentation of the food was great, loved the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I took a friend of my for the first time to La Calaca Feliz. I was excited to take her there because I always loved the guac, the tacos and the margaritas. Unfortunately, this time around La Calaca Feliz did not hold up to their quality of food. The Margaritas were not inspiring, we both had the Lychee Margarita, which to me tasted more like juice with some tequila and a lychee at the bottom, and its presentation was not inspiring at all. We ordered the traditional guacamole, which fortunately was the only thing that's still delicious! As entrees we ordered the baja fish and carnitas tacos. Now, the way the baja fish taco was served, it looked more like a hot dog than a taco, the sauces was the only thing that made this taco taste somewhat decent. The carnitas taco was not good at all. It had a lot of onions, and the meat that was served on them seemed to be the left over from a previous meal. The meat was crunchy and no shredded, and it lacked flavor. I

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Our server was great and very attentive, and the food and drinks were just as good as I remembered from a few years ago.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Best tacos ever had! Very knowledgable staff

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was excellent. The meal was coursed perfectly & Our server was fabulous.

Thank you

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great ambiance! Delicious carnitas tacos and the guacamole was excellent. Went on a Thursday night with a friend and am glad I made a reservation because it was full in there! Happy hour lasts until 7, which is also a plus!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing! The Mexican shrimp and grits was terrific, as well as the mole sauce. Service was terrific as well!

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1.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Our server seemed to be stoned... it was unbelievable... we were without water, and she forgot to place our order... coming back to the table and asking did you order?... terrible service and poor flow of the time we spent there... it was embarrassing as It was business meal... not that it would have been tolerable otherwise...

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

If you just want tacos and/or enchiladas and enjoy a noisy atmosphere and a quick meal, then this place will work for you. If you want a leisurely meal and a place to enjoy quiet conversation then stay away! As far as the food goes, we were disappointed with what we ordered - a duck confit flatbread, a seafood enchilada (the best thing we ate) and then lamb barbacoa taquitos, which came out coolish. We complained, and we were offered dessert on the house, (which was a nice gesture), but we declined as the damage was done.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Amazing Mexican food (and this from a Mexican reviewer), with great drink options (virgin Margaritas available!). The staff is always very friendly and the food is consistently delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Best nachos in fairmount

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was well choreographed as we chose the chef tasting. Only complaint was that as a group for five the table was tight with all the plates and servings. Yet overall the service was adequate.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A favorite neighborhood Mexican spot!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a lovely dinner La Calaca Feliz! The food, the atmosphere and the service were flawless. Thanks to the kitchen for their yummy selections, we can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Best guacamole and I’ve had a lot in my life! The service was great especially to my 2 young kids. Do yourself a favor and get a margarita!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food is excellent. Extremely tasty, even my picky boyfriend was satisfied. Good portion sizes. Fantastic drinks. I highly recommend the elotes Loco and the chili margarita. I deducted points only because it has limited seating space, and the tables are very close together. But I do feel the food and friendly staff more than make up for the squeeze.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, great service. Can't complain.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

All of our food was excellent. I will mention the guacamole because it was the best I've ever had! Period. and I have eaten a lot of guac at a lot of restaurants. The house margarita was delicious and very bargain priced at $7.50 for a generous glass. The cauliflower tacos: awesome.
The service was friendly but there were things that disappointed: it was hard to get our server's attention to get more drinks. I think this was because the place was packed with a lot of groups, including a lot of kids, and was quite loud. I don't know if that's typical on a Saturday night at 7:00, by the time we left at 9:00, it was much quieter. Another complaint is they brought our entrees only a few minutes after the guacomole we had ordered as an appetizer.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

This Fairmount spot is a true gem, with impeccable service and great food. Best guacamole in Philly!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

La Calaca Feliz is one of my favorite go-to restaurants. Decent area to park, great food, great people, great happy hour margaritas!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great ffod

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great Mexican! We were there with another couple and ordered the fundido and brussel sprouts app for the table. Everyone was very happy with the portion for four people to share. The apps were delicious. The drinks were good, they have a great selection. Our entrees were also tasty. I had the crab enchiladas, they were well done but there were a lot of items that looked interesting on the menu so I would try something different. My husband is veg and loved the cauliflower tacos. My small only complaint is that we couldn't get a drink at the bar while we were waiting in the very narrow passageway for our table. (The bartenders weren't really paying attention to us and were also busy.) I highly recco this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

This is our go-to spot in the neighborhood, and our first choice for anyone who comes to visit. Our standard favorites (baja fish tacos!) are always delicious, and every time we branch out (crispy pig ears, duck tlayuda) we are impressed with the delightful combination of flavors in each dish. Super friendly neighborhood feel to the space, with an adventurous menu that feels anything but local.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

It was fair. Food portions small and everonevin our party left something on their plate. Dessert was good. It was okay - not fabulous, not horrible just ok.

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2.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Unfortunately the chicken enchiladas where unsatisfactory. The chicken was dry and over cooked. The serving size small for the price of the meal.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Really good food, but a little over-priced. Will come back, but only during happy hour.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Overall good experience. Very fast and efficient! A little bit of a tight squeeze in the dining area, but definitely will go back to try more on the menu!

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Wait staff were kind and not too intrusive. Food was a good value.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Delightful spot with excellent Mexican cuisine (including the best guacamole in town) and exceptionally attentive and thoughtful service. Now adding it to the regular rotation.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Outstanding dinner with excellent service (Matt) in nice setting. We have been to La Calaca Felice before, but this dinner was exceptional. Good house margarita and draft beer selections. There are vegetarian and vegan selections on the menu (although they are not marked). Don't miss the cauliflower tacos--subtle and delicious--so much better than what you might imagine. Lovely squash soup with hominy, generously sized and delicious salad with fried garbanzo beans to add a bit of protein, and a beautifully presented entree of grain-filled, mole smothered, enchiladas. Asked for a quiet table and they were very thoughtful in their response.

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3.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Solid food. Solid chef. Drink menu could use sprucing. Decor could use updating. Service was prompt and friendly.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Food and service were very good, and the place itself is lovely. We really enjoyed ourselves and will return soon.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 2, 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.

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