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3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621
+1 215-222-1657
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“guacamole” (47 reviews)
“tacos” (44 reviews)
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Mexican, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love Mexican food and this place is great. The decor is fun and if you call ahead, you can ask to reserve an old VW beetle that had been converted into a table or a table with swings for chairs. The food is pretty...More

Thank JillamusPrime
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a good sized group of family members 8 folks including two youngsters. Everyone enjoyed their food and Zach the server did a great job, very attentive. For appetizers we had the nachos and the guacamole was outstanding. I had the shrimp fajitas with...More

Thank Marv R
Reviewed 16 May 2017

When we sat down, our waitress introduced us and told us that she was also the bartender. We thought that would be fine, but the service itself wasn't great. Our waitress was not very tentative and pretty much forgot about our chips/guacamole/queso order until AFTER...More

Thank MaximusYork
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We visited Distrito for a birthday celebration and they easily handled our party of seven adults and one infant. The enchiladas were excellent as were the large burrito ordered by one of the group. Our 'fussy' eater was taken care of with a quissadilla and...More

Thank sra2801
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This seems more like a place for a night out but my SO and I went for Sunday brunch. Pretty empty, but the food was good! And the staff was very courteous. I recommend the short rib flatbread, it has tender flavorful meat and plenty...More

Thank Sami L
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I must admit I really liked the place for its feel and experience. After Abuleo's in Columbus, I found this Mexican restaurant to be so well decorated. I do not intend to say that the place has traditional looks, but the space is very neatly...More

Thank Anupam S
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Traveled an hour to celebrate my daughter's special birthday to a restaurant that we remembered as a very neat, upscale place with fantastic food - a Philadelphia destination restaurant. Apparently things have changed - they first tried to seat us at a picnic table and...More

Thank pkrajsa
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We love the downstairs, more casual taco bar area. No reservations accepted. There is also a great lunch special.

Thank nmjr11
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I have Celiac Disease so I was looking to go to a place in Philly that I wouldn't have to worry about getting sick. This place gets high marks in my book. The drinks from the bar were fresh and flavorful! The main dish was...More

Thank PL2016
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Now this a mix Mexican restaurant, the food is delicious and quite tasting. We try the chef tasting and it was supper, a little different but delicious. The orchata drink is fabulous, now beware the tacos and mainly all the plates are small. The place...More

Thank Jc M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621
  • Public Transportation: By train the Market-Frankfort Line stops at 40th & Market. By Bus, the 21 line runs down Chestnut street & stops at 40th Street. The 30 line runs up Market to 40th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighbourhood: University City
  • Phone Number: +1 215-222-1657
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Distrito is a vibrant celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City with a menu focused on the diverse street foods served in what is known by locals as the Distrito Federal (D.F.). Distrito Tacqueria is our first-floor casual eatery featuring an approachable menu by Chef Jose Garces. Distrito offers a full bar featuring signature margaritas, over 250 tequilas and beer towers festooned with sugar skulls holding over 128 ounces of beer. The second-level dining room is a lively backdrop for Chef Garces’ modern Mexican small plates. Styled in pinks and greens, the restaurant features more than 600 hanging masks of Mexico’s Lucha Libre - and a four seat booth fashioned from an authentic VW Beetle, the official taxi cab of the D.F.

Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week.
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