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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

#163 of 2,908 Restaurants in Dallas
#169 of 3,177 Places to Eat in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
Oak Lawn
Mexican
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1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 747-1121
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 124
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  • 109
    Very good
  • 44
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  • 12
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great margaritas & entres

Great margaritas (also several types from which to choose). Very good entres. Professional, courteous servers and manager. One of our dishes was served almost cold, and the manager promptly replaced it (i.e., they did not just re-heat the dish, they replaced it completely).

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Kelly S
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Ohio
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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298 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Great margaritas (also several types from which to choose). Very good entres. Professional, courteous servers and manager. One of our dishes was served almost cold, and the manager promptly replaced it (i.e., they did not just re-heat the dish, they replaced it completely).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very good Tex Mex. more extensive menu than many comparable places. Decent selection of beer and drinks. Prices were very moderate. All in all a very pleasant experience.

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Hamilton, AL
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stopped at El Fenix for their awesome chips and salsa shortly after landing at Dallas Love. I have eaten at the El Fenix in Plano many times, but this was my first trip here. The service was outstanding and the lunch special was just right. I like my food pretty spicy, so the chicken fajita was a bit bland, but... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have been enjoying this El Fenix restaurant for decades. There are many in Dallas but this is the original. It is located close to the American Airlines Center so this is a good stop when going to that venue...it is within walking distance. It also is located within walking distance of other attractions such as the Dallas Aquarium and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My family recently took me to El Fenix and I was not impressed. The good was bland and the atmosphere was noisy. I was looking forward to the sopapillas, but they were a disappointment. They were covered on both sides with cinnamon sugar and cooked too hard. If you are liking for a good Mexican food experience, keep looking.

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Sterling, Virginia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I enjoyed my first time at this restaurant last week. The service was very good. It was not very crowded as I was after the normal lunch time. The food was delicious. I had two soft flour tacos with double order of beans as I can't eat rice. There was enough for me to take home for dinner. I wish... More 

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Kilgore, Texas
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79 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Have always wanted to try this restaurant while in the Dallas area and today was the day. Service was very good. Our server, William, was attentive and brought us refills, etc. without us having to ask. We ordered and the food was promptly brought to us. Found the food to be very good. ( especially the hot sauce and chips... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I went back and forth as to whether to give this restaurant one or two "dots." In the end, I decided that the pleasant service was not enough to bump it up to two. First: My husband and I live in Austin, TX, and we are well acquainted with various levels of Tex-Mex food, from the bare-bones simple, to the... More 

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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Attended an elegant wedding reception here (seriously!). The food was very good and the service was excellent. The banquet room is on the second floor and features a bar as well as a huge outside space with furniture to expand the setting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Always like to stop in if I want quick Mexican Food. Food is always good, fast, and ambiance is great! Staff is always friendly they are very large and can usually sit parties of 6 or more rather quickly. Chips and Salsa are delish!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas>  > Oak Lawn
  • Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
  • Phone Number: (214) 747-1121

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?