Xochitl - Philadelphia

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Mexican


Xochitl - Philadelphia serves traditional Mexican fare with a modern twist in a fun and comfortable setting. Enjoy fresh made guacamole, enchiladas, tacos, platillos, ceviches and many more, all while being 98% Gluten Free. Two full service bars feature hand-squeezed margaritas and fresh specialty cocktails. Our extensive tequila list features over 70 bottles.

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TO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Xochitl. The service was efficient and friendly, the food was wonderful and we look forward to returning!

Loved the margaritas, the salsa verde and the option for adding custom ingredients to the guacamole!

s
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very disappointing meal. We eat at Xochitl occasionally but hadn’t been for a few months. Not sure if there’s a new chef, but the menu has shrunk considerably. It’s turning into a taco joint. Usually the made-to-order guacamole is delicious; it was awful. The add ins were barely chopped and the taste was mediocre. We got the tacos and they were ok. The best part was the pumpkin margarita. I guess their bartender is still the same.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome guac and excellent meals

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, food was amazing, and I enjoyed my time dining there. I would definitely go again!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food were delicious! Highly recommend!

AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! I LOVE this place!!!! The food is spectacular, the service is phenomenal, and it just the BEST! Love the make your own guacamole and the tacos are to die for!!! I can’t get enough.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner before a concert....it was great!

R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Hands down THE best guacamole and chips i have ever had. The guacamole is made to order, choose type of onion, tomato, hotness level (spice), and any small additional items like crumbled cheese, etc. The chips are homemade and are delicious, sturdy, salted just right, and hold the guacamole perfectly. The main courses which mostly consist of either enchiladas or tacos are both delicious in their own right being complimented with fantastic sauces. Lastly, the drink selection is large enough to provide enough selection, especially for margaritas which are made very well. Cost is a little on the high side for everything but i don't have a problem paying for this great food, drink, and service.

AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE their tacos- both the shrimp and the chicken are to die for! The service is great and the guacamole is also out of this world.

s
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall our experience was great- there was a larger group of us (6 for a birthday) and we were able to talk comfortably without being the only ones in the restaurant. The happy hour deals were awesome, our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive, and the food was wonderful. I would absolutely go again have already recommended Xochitl to friends.

l
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exceptional customer focused service on Meatless Monday and especially when the server learned that one in our group was celebrating a birthday!

C
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Usually love this neighborhood spot. But happy hour drinks are awful. Sangria—red and white—are very watery and flavorless table next to us sent margaritas back-several time.

g
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very accommodating for a family of 8 which included an almost 4 year old and. 1-3/4 year old. Monica our server was great! A couple of hiccups from the kitchen but they were quickly remedied. I was very disappointed that the guacamole is no longer made tableside. That unique experience was a memory I had hoped to share with our grandchildren. Too bad it has been discontinued.

MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious margaritas paired with great service. Would definitely recommend!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was great. Ambiance was really nice too. Food was extremely mediocre. Entrees were a decent size but I got 3 single-tortilla tacos for $14 and they were not something I would order again. Flavor seemed a little off to me. Same with their special guac with fruits in it - yuck. We did have a classic guac that was a little better but for a place known for their guacamole, both the flavors and the quantity were extremely disappointing. The menu itself is pretty small and there weren’t many dishes I was excited about. There are so many better Mexican places, I would never come back here save for the good service. Really disappointed.

LH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great (but pricey) same with the drinks but the disappointing thing was the service. Not friendly, boarded on rude.

TT
Philadelphia
168 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with excellent Mexican food. Some menu items were a little pricey but worth it.

UF
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is EXCELLENT. The drinks here are EXCELLENT! Literally the best guacamole I’ve ever had. Tasty tacos, interesting twist on the plantain appetizer, and REALLY good margaritas. The staff is excellent - friendly, attentive, and professional. I immediately wanted to return for dinner on the same day after having lunch there. Unfortunately I had a flight to catch, so dinner wasn’t an option. I will definitely return!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great music, great hosting.

AM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The chips for the guacamole were pretty stale on both instances however the guacamole was amazing. The enchiladas weren’t that great either. Overall I would give this place a 3.5/5

GG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and atmosphere

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great food, ok margaritas

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in a private space downstairs for our group of 9 people- the service was excellent, the food and drink delicious. Would highly recommend Xochitl!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So, so so good! We took a group of friends because it's one of our favorites and everyone loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, food and decor were all amazing. We spent time speaking with the manager and he gave us some background on the restaurant and the history of the building.

It was a great experience all around and I would definitely go back.

OT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliable, very good Mexican. It was Margarita Day so maybe more crowded than usual. High noise level. However, that didn’t detract from a very enjoyable meal. The Margaritas were indeed delicious. I had the seafood ajillo which had tons of briny seafood in tangy garlic soup. The tacos and enchiladas were delicious. Service very pleasant and efficient. Will go back soon.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre. The music level was very high for the 3 tables in there were we could barely hear ourselves talk. Also it was very dark to.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Food and drinks were AMAZING! The service was perfect!

HK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

This used to be an excellent restaurant. What happened to the menu???? It’s just tacos, an enchilada, salad and a couple ceviche. The food used to be gorgeous!

I ordered the Chili con Mole. The mole sauce and rice were cold, the top of the chili was cold and inside hot.

At 7pm on a Saturday night they were also out of the fried chicken and plantains. We were sat next to a large group downstairs too, was so loud we couldn’t even talk to each other as the group was yelling so loud at each other.

Our server was very attentive though. She was the only good part.

We will never return.

J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We get seated. No one comes over for 10 min to acknowledge us. A couple next to us then gets seated. Immediately gets served some water. We don't even have that yet. A host or waitress starts to set up another table next to us. Then a waitress starts to take the order of the couple who came in after us. So we decided to leave.

Xochitl - Philadelphia
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for alerting us of your recent visit with us. We take all customer feedback extremely seriously. We are so sorry for the service you received when attempting to dine with us. What you described does not match our standards what-so-ever. We sincerely apologize. Your comments will be passed along to all wait staff to ensure this is improved upon. Thank you again for leaving this review. We do hope you give us another shot in the future.

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AM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, attentive service. Can’t wait to come back!

SK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Great service! I can't wait to go back again soon!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very good experience dining at Xochitl. The waiters were very attentive and helpful. They even told us the best dishes to get to get the most out of the $35 restraunt week deal. I ordered the tuna tartare, seafood enchiladas and the flan. Everything was prepared very well and tasted very good.

TM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive and pleasant. The food was very good. The margaritas were delicious!

j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This was a solid place. Cute inside, good atmosphere and an excellent waitress. Service was quick and informative. The margaritas were flavorful, fresh and moderately strong. Zero bang for your buck alcohol wise though. The cups they served the drinks in were very small, and iced all the way up to the top. We actually specifically asked for less ice for the second round, and in light of less ice, they didn’t fill the glass to the top with actual fluid lol. I tried the shrimp enchiladas, the brisket tacos, the guacamole, the chorizo queso and the salsa. I liked most of everything, besides the salsa. It reminded me of a marinara sauce rather than a salsa. The tacos were good, I liked that they incorporated corn as a topping. The enchiladas were also good, just a heavy cream sauce. Overall, a decent place for decent Mexican food!

EM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brisket enchiladas were excellent. They supported a modification and put them on corn vs. flour for me due to my gluten sensitivity which was very appreciated. Great drink options - creative cocktails, yummy sangria and plenty of Mexican beer options.

JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food but drinks are watered down.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas gathering of friends.

JF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we had a large party.... 14. perfect location and dinner.

A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Some of the food was very good - the custom guacamole, the brisket tacos and the chicken tacos were all really good. The carnitas tacos were not good and the shrimp tacos were good but not outstanding. The chips and salsa were fresh but not my favorite. The atmosphere was nice and it was quiet but not dead. The service was just okay and my group of eight was charged an automatic 20% gratuity, which I don’t have a problem with as a rule, but it was not earned in this case. Overall, the bill was over $700 for eight people and it just wasn’t that great.

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