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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

#29 of 2,958 Restaurants in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Oak Lawn
Mexican, Southwestern
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1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
+1 214-747-1121
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love those Mexican food chain. With many locations across the DFW to pick from. Authentic Mexican food.

Thank Taylor P
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tamales and a cranberry margarita! How's that for an after thanksgiving meal--just about perfect. they serve the BEST chips I have ever had at a Mexican restaurant anywhere----warm--light and crispy with your very own salsa cup per person. We had a lovely lunch with quick friendly service and a very reasonable price tag for a downtown restaurant institution. I would... More 

Thank Allisonbee
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worst experience ever sat for 10 mins to get cold chips then sat for 10 to get a drink order and almost 30 for our food. Horrible it says 2 hour's free parking. Well we had to feed the meter and on that bring change because they will not have any to help you out

Thank De G
Napa Valley, California
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97 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This institution has been around since 1918. I'm from Dallas and used to eat there as a kid. Loved it on return. Retro tacky cool style. Great service. Delicious three cheese chili relleno I modified with brisket and my family members loved their combo and enchilada plate. Good solid rib sticking. Great thin chips. Service excellent.

Thank Bret J
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For some reason some people (including my octogenarian parents) like this time-worn Tex-Mex chain. To me it is simply gross, from the margaritas to the entrées. I simply do not get it.

Thank Zotemail
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While looking for a casual and easy late night dining experience while on vacation I knew I wanted something to experience the culture of the city and so Mexican felt like a good comforting option. Food- I don't eat meat so the options for fish/ veggie options were limited but I settled on spinach and cheese enchiladas with tomatillo sauce.... More 

Thank Keri J
Miami, Florida
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here because it was right near the museum I was visiting. It's a pretty large restaurant and I had to wait a while for service. The frozen mango margarita was actually one of the best I've had in a white. Normally they are pretty weak but this one was strong. I recommend the fire roasted queso as it... More 

Thank rchandler240
Frederick, Maryland
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large restaurant, reasonable prices, friendly service. I liked the tortilla chips and the salsa (which had a bit of bite). The fajita nachos were excellent and the chicken enchiladas were also quite yummy. Would go there again.

Thank H6551XMsharon
Dallas, TX
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251 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is standard Tex Mex. Not great but not bad either. The waiter was very attentive and got us refills quickly. The parking lot is free for the 1st 2 hours if you are dining at the restaurant.

Thank boymomdfw
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awful!!!! Being from Phoenix , we eat a lot of good Mexican food. I assumed Texas had the same standards. The margaritas are good, as are the chips and salsa. Should have just stopped there. The chili cheese dip was made of "plastic" cheap cheese, which continued to appear in all subsequent dishes. The taco was the... More 

Thank Diane W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas>  > Oak Lawn
  • Neighbourhood: Oak Lawn
  • Phone Number: +1 214-747-1121

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?