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Distrito Taqueria

4.1
4.1
3065 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern

Distrito is a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the cuisine of what is known by locals as the "Distrito Federal.” With a premium tequila bar. Distrito Taqueria is a casual eatery featuring an approachable menu by Chef Jose Garces.
House Specialties
Carnitas Tacos, Fish Tacos, Mushroom Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron, Don Julio, Cassamigos, Herradura and fresh fruit margaritas.

Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 222-1657

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Catering

    Bring Distrito to your next event! Distrito Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere.<br /><br />You can even have mexican street food at your party!<br /><br />Please call, 215-222-1657 for more information or email heather.cram&#64;distritophilly.com

  • Private party facilities

    Jose Garces’ most versatile restaurant concept, Distrito, can host events of all types and sizes. From corporate events and meetings to wedding receptions, birthdays and Mitzvahs, Distrito’s vibrant interior is perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Special Events: (888) 801-0934

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Cross street

    40th

  • Parking details

    There are several private parking lots in the area including 40th & Walnut and 39th & Market. Metered street parking is available, but limited.

  • Public transit

    By train the Market-Frankfort Line stops at 40th & Market. By Bus, the 21 line runs down Chestnut street & stops at 40th Street. The 30 line runs up Market to 40th Street.

  • Entertainment

    Salsa dancers, live bands, and more can be part of your next private event! Ask our event coordinators about unique entertainment to take your party to the next level. Don't forget to ask about the Karaoke Lounge...

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. BL

    Ball4Life

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience5

    I was very excited for this restaurant as I had read some great articles. The service went left from the door, when the host said we are anticipating a busy night so you will have 90 minutes for your meal. That means you’ll need to be gone by 8. Then it took nearly 20 minutes for them to take our order, and over 10 for a drink order. The waitress the. Rushed us after bringing us everything slow and late. She asked us about dessert as we were still eating and brought the check while we were still eating dessert. The cherry on top of the sundae was that the food (tacos) were bland and had little to no flavor. What made it worse was we ordered adobo chicken tacos and Carne asada beef tacos. I won’t say it was all bad the drinks and churros were very good. Maybe come for a night cap but this is a pass for me for actual dining ever again. Do yourself a favor and if you want a good dinner with great service go elsewhere.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice spot great date night

  3. AS

    AlexisS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Carne Asada I do not recommend. Almost rare- along with very chewy. Shrimp tacos/Burrito’s were delicious. Nice portions. Swing seats were awesome!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Cinco demayo Group of friends congregating to meet and greet Poor service Poor attitude from server and manager Took 45 minutes to get beverages from new server Never given opportunity to order additional food before kitchen closed The restaurant would have benefitted from our additional orders Cardinal sin in retail was violated : customer experience and customer satisfaction were of NO interest to the manager or staff

  5. JM

    JanaiM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    I went for Cinco De Mayo. This was my second time back in awhile. They didn’t have happy hour for Cinco De Mayo which I thought was ridiculous. The staff was polite and it was a nice vibe. The food was just ok. I was really disappointed that they no longer had the fajitas they were delicious when I had them the last time I came. I had the birria tacos, they lacked flavor and the tortilla was not crispy. The black beans and rice was ok as well but the corn was delicious and so were the churros. The drinks were strong and good! I only had two and I was LIT. Overall vibe and drinks 10/10, Food 5/10.

  6. m

    mexicanlover

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Food quality is not commensurate to pricing.

  7. JL

    JaneL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing dining experience from beginning to end. We parked on street about 2 blocks away. With our reservation & mention of Special Occasion, they ushered our arty of four to a most unique table with swing seats, a first for us! We couldn’t stop laughing! And then the margaritas oh my gosh so delicious and so strong. We were plastered in no time. The food was absolutely delicious and we all shared which made it even more fun. We were well attended and easily out of there in time for our concert. Excellent service.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The tacos, quesadillas and margarita was amazing. The loaded nachos wasn’t really loaded but other than that it was great.

  9. H

    Huhlo

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Go-to for a cute spot, strong margaritas, and churros! Quick service too. Only downside is the taste of the food (we tried most of the happy hour menu and the taco bar for 4 and weren't impressed by the taste).

  10. LP

    LaP7

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I’ve been coming to distrito for YEARS. The nachos are my absolute favorite. But the last few 5 times I’ve come they have come out with barely any cheese and Luke warm. Very disappointing. I’m not sure if I’ll be back.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a very cute Instagram place the decor was so cute napkins pink overall great atmosphere. So glad they have happy hour on saturdays even though the menu was small but great choices love the rum punches for $5 d food was ok . Would go again for sure

  12. t

    tomsimplefoodisbest022119

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My experience at the restaurant was very good. Service was excellent as were drinks

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Nice place, but the food was tasteless and bland.

  14. JN

    JennyN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5

    Our reservation was at 5:30. We were seated at the car table & told that we had to be done by 6:45 which was perfectly fine. We finished our meal & was waiting for our server to come so we could ask for the check. Around 6:50 a staff member came over to let us know that they needed the table & we were finished by then BUT our server never came to bring us the check. It was another 10mins before she came to bring us the check. We put our cards in & another 5mins before she came back with it for us to sign. She gave us 1 pen so we had take turns signing. I signed after my friend & as I was signing, she comes back to tell us that they need the table back. It was very rude to keep telling us that you need the table back but yet it was your staff that caused the delay. If it was that important to have the table back then we should’ve been seated at another table. We would’ve been fine seated at a regular table.

  15. l

    lwright

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had such a wonderful meal! Everything we ordered was great! We especially loved the mushroom huarache and birra tacos, but everything was perfect. The service was also excellent from the entire team. Thanks to our server, Crystalle!

  16. JW

    JasW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    The Mahi Mahi tacos were good. Carnitas pretty dry. The nachos were okay just lots of raw veggies which we didn’t like. We did get a buzz off the margarita pitcher but it tasted very sour. Don’t bother making reservations we didn’t get what we requested.

  17. A

    Angela

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It would have been nice to know that we could only have the table for 2 hours when making the reservation.

  18. R

    Reese

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    good food, beautiful atmosphere. the area is in a downtown area but a lot of parking was still available. there was an issue with my party not being able to get our preferred booth seating, but the hostess assured me it was due to extenuating circumstances and should not happen again.

  19. F

    Fjason

    Philadelphia

    234 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    234 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    As soon as we walked in with our 6:00 reservation, we were told we had a limited an amount of time - not a very nice greeting!!! We ordered 2 appetizers and then tacos for our entrees. The tacos came with the apps which we sent back letting them know we wanted them after our apps. The tacos came back twice before we were ready. The restaurant was NOT full. What’s the rush? Beyond bothered. And…we had tickets for an 8:00 show - not like we planned to stay the nite. Disappointing that the once fabulous menu had all but disappeared but understand that Covid is to blame for that.

  20. ER

    ElenaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super fun ambiance that was great for date night or a girls night! The service was very quick and the food and drinks were great!

  21. SS

    SydneyS

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Delicious drinks. Good food. Cool place

  22. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner - my kids had a blast. It’s a pretty good restaurant for families.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2

    Everything was fine until a MOUSE came out of the blue and ran under our table towards the taxi decor they had on the first floor. It was disgusting! I informed the waitress and hostess. My husband and I ended up leaving. We will not go back here again.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall2food5service4ambience4

    had a reservation and still had to wait 10+ minutes to be seated after calling in to let them know ahead of time

  25. MQ

    MooseQ

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    Food was amazing. We enjoyed our birthday dinner very much. Waitress was checked out and disappeared frequently. Had to ask other nice servers who came to bring food and refill water to get her 3 different instances including our check when we were ready to go and waiting for her to show up. The reception staff and all others were very friendly and polite. Overall wonderful experience.

  26. GJ

    GildaJ

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service!!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Terrible service from beginning to end. Not worth the trip.

  28. CD

    ChrisD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Sitting in the green Volkswagen was a lark. My friends and I enjoyed the Mexican fare. The guacamole was particularly rich and the shrimp ceviche was tart with lime juice. Everything came with muchas jalapenos, which were too much for some of our party.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A staple of university city! So yummy and great happy hour menu

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Mani mani taco was a pre packaged deep fried fish. The dressing and garnish were sparse. The margarita was sour and tasted like a pre mixed sour mix

  31. JT

    JackieT

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Have always loved the food here, and the super nachos never disappoint - the best in Philly. But several favorites have disappeared from the menu (endhiladas!!! horchadas!) The remaining vegetarian option - plant based chorizo and kale - was not fantastic in either the bowl or the burrito. Fine, but not spectacular. The mushroom huarache is always very good, and I wish I'd ordered that as my entree instead. The noise level on a Saturday night was cacaphonous and conversation obstructing.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Very loud food and drinks were really good though

  33. MZ

    MayaZ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    employees were so rude and unpleasant. tacos were not good. Distrito used to be better

  34. MB

    MindyB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great celebration for my daughters 14th bday It’s one of her favorite restaurants in the city!! Our server Alexa was amazing too!!

  35. SC

    StuartC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The three beef Taco specials were very thin with not a lot of meat or other filling. The bowls looked good but overall seemed expensive for the tacos. Beer was good value.

  36. C

    Carmen

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best margaritas and Mexican food in University City. Whimsical colors and decor. Great service and value.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall experience Was great and food was amazing!

  38. E

    Emily

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Food was a little bland and they charged for extra salsa for it ? Felt nickel and dimey. Service was great when we first arrived very attentive but once we finished eating, it took 30 minutes to get our check and another 10 minutes for that to be processed. Cute vibes and tables though!

  39. HS

    HersheySS

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Food is good and the decor is really cool. The bar is large and was busy but not crazy. The restaurant is loud with high ceilings that bounce the sound and there was music playing (but not too loud) so keep that in mind if you need a quiet place or with anyone who has a hard time hearing in a crowd. My beef tacos had great flavor but there was nothing additional on them, and no side options like queso or lettuce or even beans seemed to be offered. It was priced reasonably but it was only just enough even with chips and guacamole shared as an appetizer, and I usually eat half an entree. The special tacos had more filling and the burritos were huge so just something to consider as you pick your entree but for all five of us, the food tasted excellent. Margaritas were awesome and the churros the table ordered for dessert were amazing. Staff was very friendly but clearly they are suffering from shortages too. The food came out quickly although one order was wrong (tacos instead of a burrito). They replaced it without a fuss and it came out fast so it didn't really affect the length of the meal much. For a casual place with good food, reasonable pricing and great drinks, this is a definite repeat.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Food was good. Service good. Was seated right away. Accommodated my large party. But it was soo loud we could barely hear each other. The floor and table was sticky

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Distrito Taqueria using the Order Online button. Distrito Taqueria also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Distrito Taqueria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 222-1657.

Distrito Taqueria is rated 4.1 stars by 3065 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Distrito Taqueria

3945 Chestnut Street (entrance on 40th St.) Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    40th

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are several private parking lots in the area including 40th & Walnut and 39th & Market. Metered street parking is available, but limited.

  • Public transit

    By train the Market-Frankfort Line stops at 40th & Market. By Bus, the 21 line runs down Chestnut street & stops at 40th Street. The 30 line runs up Market to 40th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Entertainment

    Salsa dancers, live bands, and more can be part of your next private event! Ask our event coordinators about unique entertainment to take your party to the next level. Don't forget to ask about the Karaoke Lounge...

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 222-1657

  • Catering

    Bring Distrito to your next event! Distrito Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere.<br /><br />You can even have mexican street food at your party!<br /><br />Please call, 215-222-1657 for more information or email heather.cram&#64;distritophilly.com

  • Private party facilities

    Jose Garces’ most versatile restaurant concept, Distrito, can host events of all types and sizes. From corporate events and meetings to wedding receptions, birthdays and Mitzvahs, Distrito’s vibrant interior is perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Special Events: (888) 801-0934

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