About Tequila's Restaurant

Tequilas Restaurant serving authentic Mexican Cuisine for over 25 years. Please note; only special menus may be available on Valentine's Day, Cinco de Mayo and New Year's Eve. Please call us to confirm.

1602 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Traditional Mexican, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
Sunday Hours: Brunch 11:30am - 3:00pm / Dinner 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Note: We require that your entire party be present, prior to being seated.

Cross Street:
16th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 546-0181

Website:
http://www.tequilasphilly.com/

Parking Details:
Off-street parking is available. Various moderately priced parking lots on Latimer street between 15th & 16th streets.

Public Transit:
Located at 16th & Locusts where the #2 bus meets the #12 bus. And at the PATCO 16th Street exit.

Executive Chef:
Claudio Soto

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We feature prix fixe menus on New Year's Eve, Cinco de Mayo and Valentine's Day (please contact us for the details). Tequila Nights are held semi-monthly.

Tequila's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (38)
Authentic (34)
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Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Fun (28)
Good for Groups (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Bar Seating (24)
Casual (24)
Romantic (20)
Spicy (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Business Meals (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Cozy (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
People Watching (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was excellent. Our waiter Alex was the best. Every recommendation was on point. The tequila selection wasn't your every day stuff. I will be back

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Decided to try this out for lunch during Restaurant Week. Menu selections were varied and plentiful. Dessert was fantastic (had the Tres Leches), and service was attentive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

The best Mexican food I’ve ever had. The staff was also excellent!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was mediocre at best, and lacked salt, acid and flavor for a Mexican restaurant. Decor was dated and stale.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Food for restaurant week was delicious and an amazing value. They even let us move to a quieter table.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

ABSOULTELY AWESOME !! Great food, excellent service, PERFECT !!!

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The chips and salsa were excellent, but the rest of the food was very disappointing. The red sauce they use on enchiladas was watery and had no flavor--it looked and tasted like it could have just as easily been used on spaghetti. We paid way too much for bad food.

On the plus side, the restaurant is beautiful and has a very authentic Mexico City vibe. Too bad about the food though.

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·Dined 6 days ago

I️ enjoyed this restaurant a lot. The food was amazing, especially the guacamole (as it’s hand made & fresh, daily) & the churros I️ had for dessert were to DIE for. I.T seemed a bit louder than usual, but only because we were in the room next to the bar during the Eagles playoff game. Other than that, the noise level was basic. Service is incredible, I️ would highly recommend this restaurant!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We got a last minute res for a large party of 9, service was excellent and food was very good. Had people in our party from TX and they don't usually eat Mexican on the east coast but they really enjoyed it. Will be back.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was spectacular!!! Our waiter was wonderful and funny. Drinks were amazing!!! Everything was just everything!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good for pre theater dining on a long past due return since mid life married days. Menu was more limited than remembered from past but creative and good. Being not so hungry had the tortilla soup and empanadas, soup was delicious and was served without sprinkle of dried peppers at my request. Empanadas, appetizer size, could have been baked to more crisped and heated state but were good tasting, one mushroom filled and other beef. My friend ordered the stuffed poblano peppers entree, very good and on my return I plan to get that dish.
Waiter was attentive and very helpful with choices. The drinks were simply an individual Mexican beer suggested by the waiter and a red wine sangria, both very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Hands down the best Mexican restaurant in the city. Amazing food, staff & atmosphere. Highly recommend for any kind of dinner occasion.
Get the guacamole !

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Never get tired of this restaurant. All of these new trendy Mexican restaurants open up and they will never compare to tequilas. My sautéed shrimp dish was heavenly! (Light but filling) The best skinny margarita I have had. The ambience is also fabulous. Can’t wait to go back...

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our party of 8 had wonderful food and beverage as well as service; which included some tricks up his sleeve. Not to mention the amazing interior atmosphere. Great group dining experience and ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

As always Tequilas was a great experience. They have a great menu and super friendly staff

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Can be a little loud in the back donning area but the food more than makes up for it. Been here many times and keep going back. Entees are simple but have depth of flavor. You’ll never leave hungry either. Service has always been great and the list of mezcal is second to none.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very loud. Very rushed. Food was good but portions are small. Overpriced for what it is.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of the Best Mexican restaurant that I have been to in Philadelphia or anywhere. This is my fourth visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food!! Portions could be bigger but worth it and delicious

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful service! A perfect experience!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a wonderful time with excellent food and service. They accommodated a large family group and made sure everyone’s requests were taken care of. All the food came out promptly for 9 people and everyone enjoyed their dishes. The margaritas here and tequila selection are top notch.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wait staff was very helpful in making recommendations and providing details about menu items. Food was fabulous, as always.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic food and service!
Definitely coming back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food & service! This place never disappoints!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The waiter was funny and personable and very accommodating to our 8-person group. We each enjoyed our respective dishes, though they did make a minor error on one of the plates. It was easily forgotten an we enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This remains our favorite restaurant. Not your typical Mexican fare- instead, think of French Haut Cuisine except that its Mexican!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Surf & Trurf: Large shrimp wasn't much actual meat. Steak was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food, good atmosphere

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our server was extremely charming. Food was delicious

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent food. Wonderful service. Will definitely return

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Have enjoyed this restaurant for over 20 years. Excellent service & food to die for. Will return again and again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I loooooove this place!!! One of my favorites... my families as well!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was fantastic!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was mediocre. Everything else was great.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

This restaurant was very busy, which I took as a good sign. I was able to get a reservation within a short time though. We were seated quickly.
The reason I'm not rating it higher than I did is for the following:
-Service was slow-from getting the chips to getting drinks
-The seating area was very crowded. Everyone was on top of each other.
Besides that, the restaurant was clean and the food was good but pricey.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Have eaten here a few times when in town, usually sit outside in the lovely garden. Too cold now, but the inside is as lovely as outside, the food never fails to impress. Service is superb!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Much better than your usual Meccan - more interesting flavors and selections, great drinks, friendly servers, fun atmosphere. We tried their version of fajitas - served in a iron bowl - very tasty. And a nice selection of desserts - worth the trip!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, People Watching, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful food, staff and ambiance. The noise level can get to be too much. At my most recent visit, my friend and I decided not to talk until after leaving the restaurant since neither of us could hear the other, due to a large group of 10-12 that was literally shouting at each other all through dinner. The ceviche guacamole and grouper with mango sauce were sublime.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent meal as usual. Great servers. Always a wonderful experience.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a party of 9 for a birthday celebration and loved it. Even though I was running behind schedule they were Accommodating and very friendly. Food was wonderful and so was the staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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