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

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for a Date (47)
Authentic (46)
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Creative Cuisine (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Fun (35)
Good for Groups (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Bar Seating (28)
Romantic (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Casual (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Business Meals (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Spicy (17)
Cozy (16)
Comfort Food (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
People Watching (6)
Tapas (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

Overall a very nice place. Charging $1 more if you want a drink on the rocks is crazy. Very disappointing when you are nickel and diming your guests when they are already paying $14 for a drink.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a wonderful evening and dinner was delicious. The wait staff was very attentive and was able to answer any of our questions about the differences in the Tequila margarita’s to the entrees. The guacamole with crabmeat and pineapple was very interesting , I wish it came in the bigger lava bowl I could make a meal out of that.
It’s a popular place so I’m glad we made reservations.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Very good food, should be for the price. Fresh ingredients, loved the guacamole with crabmeat and pineapple!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

The space is really nice, though pretty loud at dinner and on top of your neighbors. The bar, at happy hour especially, is fantastic. Great tequila drinks, good prices. Lively atmosphere. Dinner was very good, though my skirt steak was slightly overdone. The service was friendly and efficient—though perhaps too efficient as our server failed to ask us or offer dessert. A very good experience that just missed out on excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

It was fantastic in every way!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Always awesome - Tequila’s is a favorite and never disappoints!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

pros:
nice staff although could be better, the atmosphere is nice in most places in the restaurant (in some places its shabby), the banana cake was very good

cons:
room temperature chewy flavorless stake, not so fresh salad, seasonings on food felt weird / forced (no love), the flan was not very good, room temp at 65 degrees, $170 for two

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter was excellent. I had left my cell phone behind and he found us nearly 2 blocks away and returned it. Awesome!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

The ambiance is very pleasant. The only menu available was set but the choices were excellent. However the giant prawns were overcooked (on both diners' plates), which detracted from an otherwise excellent dinner.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We were in a rush and wanted to do Valentines Dinner and make the Ash Wednesday mass across the street. The service was wonderful, food was excellent! Thank you, Tequilas for being top notch and gracious in your accommodation!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

The regular menu should have been available despite it being Valentine's Day. A female friend and I (obviously not romantically involved) were forced to order from the prix fixe menu and were limited in what drinks we could also order as well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

While the food was good, I felt they should have a variety of mid-price range dishes to choose from. Maybe lunch might have that option. You basically have the option of a $30 plate. Decided to go with one of the steak dishes and a little disappointed the medium rare steak we ordered was over cooked. Flavor was great but I think a steak should be eaten with some pink in the middle. Our server and the host were very friendly and the restaurant has a great vibe. I might enjoy it more for appetizer's and drinks in the bar area.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Go there 3-4 times a year. Always great eats. Ceviche is our go to App. Servers are all knowledgeable and personable. The Jalapeno margarita will wake you up.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We really enjoyed how Tequila's updates Mexican standards and also has very inventive dishes. The bar menu went way beyond margaritas, but those were great, too. The Mexican Old Fashioned was a standout. Their salsas were very fresh, with just the right seasonings. I loved their raw oysters with chipotle sauce, cilantro, and avocado--you will forget you ever liked them with cocktail sauce! The fish with garlic sauce was light and flavorful, and they actually serve vegetables here (unlike a lot of Mexican restaurants). My husband and son enjoyed the tortilla soup with chicken (although it was a little heavy on the tortillas) and chicken dishes. The flan was nothing special, but the tres leches cake was a great way to end the meal. Oh, and our waiter was excellent with bar and food service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great dinner as always. Wonderful home made tortilla chips and guacamole, delicious fish in mango sauce. Warm vibe, friendly staff. A favorite for dinner with friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Decided to try this place at the last minute. It was a weeknight but we decided to request a reservation. Wasn’t necessary! I would think a weekend would be very busy, however. We were greeted graciously and seated right away. Lovely artwork and architectural features. The food was delicious! A little on the pricey side; most entrees were $25+. Comparable pricing for the area. They were very happy to accommodate a gluten free diet with many options.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Always a family favorite. Good food, nice atmosphere & good service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Meh. The entree chicken was dry, everything else was delicious. But the chicken was dry.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Girls night out, couldn’t have asked for a better spot. The energy was incredible, service was outstanding, friendly staff, atmosphere was perfect and to top it off great food and drinks! Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Consistently wonderful!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I went for his birthday and we were both pleasantly surprised. The service was great, the staff was attentive from the time we walked in to be seated until we left for the evening. The food was great and the waiter was able to tell us about the specials for the night that were not on the menu that we both chose one of the selections he offered that were not on the menu. I informed the waiter it was my husband's birthday and I wanted him to have a shot.
When the waiter brought the shot, he politely gave it to my husband along with a slice of dessert and singing from the staff. We both totally enjoyed our dining experience!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The noise and acoustics made this a fairly unpleasant experience.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The front room with the bar is beautiful, but the back room - where most of the tables are - is plain, utilitarian and noisy. Food is carefully prepared and high quality though not venturing far beyond the usual dishes, and on the expensive side. Bar offerings are a highlight; superb collection of mezclas and tequilas and unique cocktails.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was fantastic from appetizers to main courses. The margaritas were fresh and delicious and everything was only superseded by fantastic service. The staff is fabulous! We will be back soon!

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the BEST restaurants in Philly. Food is exquisite and service is impeccable! A wonderful experience!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and servers are amazing. They make you laugh and they noice level is perfect!!! Highly recommend

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my 3rd time dining at Tequila's and I am always pleased. The staff is amazing. The food is great. The ambiance is warm and inviting. Awesome drink options. Always a good time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Outstanding experience. Lovely waiter and amazing food!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Thanks to Restaurant Week we were able to discover this gem in Philadelphia.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great place! Me and my friend enjoyed our dinner and drinks. Loved the experience there. The waiters were friendly and funny. Will definitely recommend this place to my friends.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food is not as good as expected. Good location. A happy day.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We were at Tequila's during restaurant week on a Wednesday night. They had a good crowd, but the service was efficient and attentive, but not obtrusively so. The waiter was very knowledgeable about tequilas, as one would expect given the name, but i have become accustomed to wait staff who know nothing about their product. His discussion about tequila additives in mainstream products was correct and informative; I don't think I'll ever drink a Patron/Sauza/Cuervo, hangover inducing product again. The food was authentic and excellent. My only challenge is talking my wife into repeated visits, as her tastes for authentic Mexican food are more limited. However, the atmosphere got her, so I'll get my hopes up!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Went for Philly Restaurant Week. Ceviche was fresh and delicious. Chile rellenos were very good and the tres leches cake was amazing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We both really enjoyed the the ambiance of Tequilas, especially the front room which had all of the original woodwork of the historic building in which it is located. The cocktails were delicious, especially the Rose Margarita and the Short Rib (a spicy/sweet tequila cocktail), and our waiter was delightful. We went for restaurant week to get a feel for their menu and it was good but not great - my favorites were the ceviche and the tres leches cake. I would definitely return for drinks and happy hour.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was great, service was excellent. Great tequila selections!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Love the painting in the entrance! Food is nice. Not that many vegetarian options. Mushrooms being fungus and not a vegetable. Cocktails are decent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Really good Mexican food , drinks 🍹 and staff there is amazing 😉

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Tequilas was AMAZING! We went for restaurant week and couldn't have picked a better restaurant. The food was incredible as well as the margaritas! Our server was amazing and really made the experience great overall. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Big fan. The food is excellent and you couldn’t ask for a better lunchtime atmosphere. I wish I could have tried the tequila, but alas it was only noon :)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

My only complaint was that it was a little dark. Otherwise the food was great.

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