Below is a list of the top and leading Mexican Restaurants in Philadelphia. To help you find the best Mexican Restaurants located near you in Philadelphia, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Philadelphia’s Best Mexican Restaurants:
The top rated Mexican Restaurants in Philadelphia are:
- Lucha Cartel – traditional food house inspired by the unpredictable Lucha Libre
- Distrito – festive presentation of popular Mexican street foods
- Los Gallos – wide assortment of over 100 cuisines from Mexico
- Taqueria Feliz – provides palate stimulating recipes to the locals
- El Vez – flamboyant bartop area and outstanding all-day meal offerings
Lucha Cartel drew inspiration from the Mexican term Lucha Libre. The restaurant’s name translates to fight agreement. This meant that the food house serves every guest with the same enthusiasm and passion. The staff described themselves as lovers of cheese, tequila, and dancing. Their signature dishes comprised of the citrus spiced pork carnitas, and spinach infused corn tortilla. They specialize in the perfect seasoning and concoction of dishes made from the freshest meat, herbs, vegetables, and spices. Lucha Cartel has Salsa dance parties on Tuesdays. Meanwhile, they go Latin by Sunday late night.
Brunch, Lucha Lunch Box, Dinner, Lunch, Happy Hour, Drinks, Dessert
“It’s an amazing place. From all the Lucha decor that is very creative to the service, food, and drinks. Worth the price and experience.” –Julio Cesar Mayo Chavez
Distrito has its ground floor dedicated to casual dining known as Distrito Tacqueria. Chef Garces skillfully collated the entries to the menu. While the upper floor has the modern antojitos collection of Chef Garces displayed together with over 600 Lucha Libre masks. Its walls are painted and adorned in hues of pink and green. The restaurant concentrated on a wide variety of Mexican street foods thus getting the name Distrito Federal (D.F.).Distrito is a festive introduction of the Mexican culture and dishes to the locals. It has more than 250 tequilas and beer towers decorated with sugar skulls containing 128 ounces of beer.
Antojitos, Signature Tacos, Enchiladas, Family Meal, Acompañamientos
“Call ahead to reserve the four-person table inside the refurbished VW bug parked just inside the door, or reserve the “secret” karaoke room for a party.”BEST FOR MEXICAN BECAUSE Infused with personality, Distrito offers up great Mexican cuisine with fun decor and cool seating options.” –SHARON RIGNEY
Los Gallos started out as a grocery store in 2009 that also serves taco, tortas, and quesadillas. It’s owner Jimenez was originally from Mexico. He was an experienced cook back at his country but only able to work as a dishwasher due to his lack of English speaking skills. After studying English for 2 years at the community college, he bravely founded the grocery store that finally transitioned into a restaurant in 2012. Their menu has a diverse set of more than 100 Mexican specialties like tortas, quesadillas, chilaquiles, enchiladas, tostadas, and tacos a la plancha. Loyal patrons keep coming back to taste their version of tacos al pastor, carnitas, rib eye, alambres and guacamole. Beverages like agua de jamaica and Jarritos quenches the thirst of diners. Starters such as chips and salsa warms up the palates of the foodies. They constantly add a new dish to their menu, from costillas de borego, tacos de tinga to salmon a la diabla.
Tacos, Platillos, Burritos & Nachos
“I ordered the steak quesadilla. There was so much food! It was quite tasty and well worth the price. I think my order lasted me for about 3 meals. I’ll definitely be coming back here.
Sn: I also enjoyed the festive decor.” –W. Horne
Taqueria Feliz accepts private celebratory reservations, business functions, and corporate events catering. They infuse the lively Mexican atmosphere to every affair. By utilizing only the farm to table approach they are able to provide exceptional meal servings. Tacos, enchiladas, guacamoles, and fajitas are their specialties. The taco is ensured to be made with only the best ingredients. Guacamoles are sure to deliver that rich buttery taste drawn from the avocadoes. Likewise, the enchiladas are expertly rolled with a delectable filling. Finally, the fajitas are soaked in a rich blend of citrus, spices, and herbs that make the meat luscious.
Tacos, Enchiladas, Tortas, Lunch, Brunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Little Amigos, Cocktails, Dessert, Beer, Sunday Funday
“I go with my wife to this lovely place quite a bit! This is my favorite restaurant to eat. I go to this spot many times. The cooking is great, the crew is professional and the prices are reasonable. I enjoy eating in this restaurant to have a good lunch.” –Jonathon Frazier
El Vez focuses on delivering cheer and energy to the diners. The concept is an imitation of the lively streets of Tijuana. This is evidenced by their Latin decors and eye-catching velvet boots and low-rider bike. Both the boots and bike are displayed atop of their bar area where guests can admire them. The restaurant boasts of their wide tequila selections and the region’s favorite margarita. They have meals suited for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks. Though El Vez serves cooked poultry and other meat types their website shows a subtle warning of contracting diseases through uncooked meats.
Brunch, Lunch, Midday, Dinner, Dessert, Beverage
“Great atmosphere with a hip vibe. The food is excellent. Lots of options, especially tacos any way you like them! The bar is hopping with 3 or 4 bartenders working hard to get customers served. The servers are happy and friendly. They have great energy and makes the experience even better!” –Jon B.
Jeanie Burford is a reporter for Kev’s Best. After graduating from UCLA, Amy got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer. Jeanie has also worked as a columnist for The Brookings Register. Amy covers economy and community events for Kev’s Best.