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Las Bugambilias

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
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148 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2415
+1 215-922-3190
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Tue 11:30 - 23:00
Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 11:30 - 22:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location, charming atmosphere and nice looking meals. Appetizer was very good. My main entry was ok, My friend didn't eat much of their dish. It was chicken served in a volcano bowl. It looked neat but turned out the chicken was dry. Perhaps this is a better place to get drinks and an appetizer.

Thank 133Fish
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always have a positive experience when eating at this restaurant. Food is very filling, drinks are good, and wait staff tries to be helpful.

Thank Ellen R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Bugambilias has lots going for it: well prepared, flavorful Mexican food - the real deal; a convenient location; even some outdoor seating for nice weather. The ceviche mixto was superb, and the vegetarian empanadas. The slow cooked pork was nothing short of amazing. The wine list is small and what we ordered was not available The bar is limited. We... More 

Thank paddler50S16
Upper Deerfield
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Headed to the city Friday night for dinner with friends. When we got there they asked us if we had reservations we said no they were able to seat us without a problem. The place is very very small the tables in the back were filled up and if you had to go to use the bathroom you had to... More 

Thank godsmack1963
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Ate outside and really enjoyed the vegetarian empanadas My husband liked the buffet as well as well as the Mexican coffee

Thank blkatz
Whippany, New Jersey
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204 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Very charming atmosphere with delicious authentic food. The service is quite slow, although they really hustle and are exceptionally polite. We have been here several times and continue to return.

Thank Carol C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Well we went on a Friday late afternoon and were the only ones in the restaurant. It took about 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive. We finally got to order our meal. It took another half hour for our meal to come out. The food was delicious. Way above average for a Mexican restaurant. When we were finished, we... More 

Thank BOBMano
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Love to go to get real Mexican food here just like eating in Cozumel but not have to fly 4 hours to get there. Everything we have tried has been wonderful for the chick to the seafood.

Thank Michael W
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in the city. The Créma Mixta soup is a must have! Everything we have ever tried has been great. It is right on South Street so weekends in the summer when the street is crowded can be a bit of a parking nightmare. Also the place is small so we never go without a... More 

Thank Katherine C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

First of all, the food is excellent --- well designed, generous Mexican dishes (some really Mexican --like the moles -- and some tending to Tex-Mex but tasty). I've eaten here three times, and I never had a bad experience with the food --- but be ready for the generous portions. My only "worry" is that the he place is so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 148 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2415
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-922-3190
Welcome to Las Bugambilias, a traditional Mexican restaurant located on South Street in Philadelphia. As chef and owner of this center city Philadelphia restaurant, Carlos Molina offers high quality, freshly prepared, Mexican food from three different regions in Mexico. The desserts at Bugambilias' are homemade on the premises, and we offer a full service bar, with an imaginative array of margaritas for your pleasure. When you come inside you will enjoy the warm ambiance found in our traditional decor, and welcoming staff.

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