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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasion (34)
Authentic (33)
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Fun (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Casual (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Romantic (22)
Spicy (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (11)
People Watching (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great Beer (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fabulous food and great for date night

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We ate here on a Friday night before a show. It was very loud, which made conversation difficult and gave my wife a headache. Our waiter was nice, but he never told us the specials. The food was decent, but it didn't wow us. There are plenty of other mexican restaurants to try in the city. We won't be back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had dinner at Tequila's prior to seeing a show on Saturday night. We were blown away by the authenticity of the food and the fabulous service. Every single item ordered by our table of 5 was thoroughly enjoyed. The enchiladas were incredible, the hot lava bowl was really unique and the flavors exquisite, the fish special was excellent, everything was just really done to perfection. Not too mention the tequilas and margaritas, oh, and the desserts! Wow. Both the Tres Leches cake and Churros were unforgettable. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food and service. Authentic food and a variety of drinks/ tequila

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Caught up with an old friend at one of our favorite places. They didn't disappoint.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Not fine dining but above average. I had chili rellenos and my husband had the fish special. They were nice. The tres leches cake was great.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Tequilas is absolutely amazing every time... both food & service

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome restaurant! Big Mexican food fan from Chicago and this is one of my favorite places

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and drinks were absolutely fantastic!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing dinner and drinks! The service was phenomenal. I will definitely be back!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Spicy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

What a great experience .. our waiters from Cancun were knowledgeable and provided excellent service ! The in-house tequila was fantastic ..especially the 10 year anejo.. The celek margarita is a winner! Carne asada is fantastic and the atmosphere is electric

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Service and food always good. Good location and atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Tequila's is always great. They never disappoint. The food was great as always, the servers carry trays on their heads and make the experience authentic. Everything was timely and delicious. Tequila selection is unmatched.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Good food with nice atmosphere. My only concern was that for a high end restaurant the server was trying too hard to up-sell and push things. They forgot one of our appetizers and then charged us extra when we asked for some green hot sauce and brought us something that was in a small dish and looked like sliced up peppers.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Tequilas never disappoints. One of my faves in Rittenhouse.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Extremely friendly, attentive staff. Fantastic employees, outstanding food. I have already recommended to friends and I have a lot of friends.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a treat to eat at Tequila’s. Delicious food and great ambiance

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic food, drinks, dessert and a exceptional staff. I would highly recommend dinning here.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Fun, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

AWESOME !!! Friendly atmosphere, friendly staff, excellent service, GREAT FOOD !!!!!!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food was delicious, service was good, but very pricy for the food. Cocktails were fantastic.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent authentic and tasty Mexican food at reasonable prices in an energetic dining room. I highly recommend this restaurant for any visitors to Philadelphia.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great staff!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We totally enjoyed our experience. We did a pre theater brunch
Food was excellent. Service was great and atmosphere was fantastic
Wasn't crowded so noise level was nil. Would definitely go again. My new favorite brunch restaurant

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Good food , nice atmosphere and we always seem to get the nicest waiter . Will be back .

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Fish of the day was a marvelous grouper. The chicken (under a very nice mole sauce) was a tad overcooked and thus dry. Service was good if a bit slow to start. Margaritas are of course fantastic. On the whole a very enjoyable evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very interesting menu. Not your typical Mexican fare. Everything we tried was excellent.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our food was delicious, and the waiter was outstanding.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and the service was exceptional. If you want some true Mexican food and a great list of tequila cocktails, this is the place. Had been to the old location, years ago, and must say my first visit here was better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Several minutes between being seated and having a server come to our table. Then took forever for him to return to take our order. Ordered mushroom empanadas and was served beef enchiladas. We had to ask twice for the glass of wine we ordered. Server said he was "training" someone new yet we never saw him with anyone. Overpriced for portion size.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was very good. not your usual Mexican Fare. Wait staff also exceptional

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food, great service. Gourmet Mexican food that’s spectacular and very unusual. Forget regular Mexican food you’re used to, because it’s nothing like that. Had the grouper with a delicious mango and ginger sauce sauce on it, very lightly breaded and stuffed with guacamole. OMG good!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This place never disappoints. Food and service is amazing. Love their fresh magaritas!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

David and Oscar are the best. Always accommodating. Great food. Great place. A must try.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Anniversary

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