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Mad Mex

$$ - $$$
University City
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
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3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
+1 215-382-2221
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 02:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Singapore, Singapore
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129 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Thursday night. It was bustling with people! Popular with the college crowd. Don't expect seats. Had a couple of Margaritas which was quite nice.

Thank Dawn L
Level Contributor
67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I must say their menu was very comprehensive and had something for everyone. The place was dimly lit with chilli shaped lights. It is a decent casual dining. They had lots of foot fall and they were managing it well. The serving portion was big enough for one person. I tried chicken Fajitas and I was totally full with no... More 

Thank Anupam S
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We came to Philadelphia to do a college tour. Mad Mex is within walking distance of our hotel (good news), but very hard to find (behind CVS pharmacy down an alley). It Chen was a bit slow, but the food is really good. Place was pretty packed for a Tuesday. 20 beers on tap! Worth a visit.

Thank Susan012361
Calgary, Canada
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135 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We tried this place because it was close to the Palestra at U Penn. The food was very good...fresh guac, flavourful salsas, interesting entrees. We were there during happy hour, so the margaritas were very reasonably priced. The crowd was mostly students. Our server was very friendly and we never felt rushed. Would go back if we were attending another... More 

Thank Patti D
Philadelphia, Pa
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229 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I went with a friend for lunch in December and it was packed. The restaurant is large and finding it is not easy. I tt is not 3401 Walnut it is behind that building. We had an appetizer with three different dips that was good. The burrito I had was huge and I could only have a few bites and... More 

Thank joanz359
Key West, Florida
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We love the margarita's here. Great food too. They played great music. I would recommend a reservation. Overall great service too.

Thank 0526candy
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

This place has good bar food. This is by no mean fine cuisine but you'll enjoy the wings, quesadillas, burritos, nachos, and everything else on the menu. They also have a good beer selection. This spot is good for lunch and happy hour. The service is sometimes slow, it's a hit or miss, but if you are in good company... More 

Thank mdbs24
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261 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Large dishes, really Mexican flavor, vegan options, fully flavor ! Only a bit better service could be improved. Fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, carnitas, tacos, real Mexican fantastic dishes.

Thank Manuel C
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
300 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

I have loved this restaurant for years, but my most recent visit was a real bummer for service. I was in a party of two on a Friday during lunch time and waited about an hour between ordering and getting our food. So by the time we got the food, I was so hungry!! The food was pretty good, but... More 

Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
Pitman, New Jersey, United States
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

I used Trip Advisor to find a place to grab a quick lunch while in the University City area. Mad Mex was a little tricky to find(down a side ally, not on Walnut St.) but we made it.My first impression? My feet were sticking to the floor. Seriously sticking to the floor. Not a good sign of cleanliness. Nonetheless, we... More 

Thank mschowhound

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighbourhood: University City
  • Phone Number: +1 215-382-2221
We spin an American food mashup of Mexican, Southeast Asian, and Spanish. Also mixing up great margaritas. Join us for the MADDEST happy hour in University City. Pull up a stool, join us at the Mad Mex University City. We are Funky and not scared to put fun things together if they taste good. We make just about everything from scratch daily. Inspired by West Coast food: healthy, fun, local, experimental. And microbrews. We don't use any lard but simple marinades of citrus and spices. We love Mexican food and big flavors, big plates, fire and sunshine, beer and tequila to wash it down. That is why we are Funky Fresh Cal-Mex! This ain't no Mexican restaurant, this is MAD MEX! Come in and enjoy one of the best happy hours in University City. Check out our specials: *HAPPY HORA: -Weekdays 4:30-6:30 - Half off all draft beers! -All House Margaritas on special: $7 Big Azz, $5 16oz and $3 12 oz. -Half off all wings! (Except boneless) *STUDENT HALFSIES: -Monday-Thursday 2-4pm and 11pm-1am Every Night -Half off food with valid student ID! (Some menu items excluded) *LATE NITE MARGARITA SPECIAL -10pm-Midnight Every Night! - $7 Big Azz Margaritas QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, CONCERNS or MEX-CELLENT TIPS? Write on our Wall and tell us what's up! We do ask you to respect the community. All commentary will be reviewed and any items posted that are disruptive, offensive or use profanity will be removed.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?