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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202 (Oak Lawn)
(214) 747-1121
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Ranked #129 of 3,099 Restaurants in Dallas
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Anna, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

New to the area and we are always looking for good restaurants to try. We simply googled the closest place and landed at El Fenix. The food was amazing and service was exceptional! We have been back numerous times and will continue to do so.

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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128 reviews 128 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

It was fun to bring my New Jersey friends to Amy hometown of Dallas and introduce them to TexMex at the downtown ElFenix. There is just no comparison. The food is delicious, plentiful, and the price is right.

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Zürich
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We ate at El Fenix during our stay in Dallas and were very happy with our meal. The waiter was very friendly and cheerful. Both the tamales and the enchiladas were delicious. Moreover, the margaritas were really inexpensive and convincing. If I ever get to be in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex again I will certainly go back there.

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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Loved the service, the food is ALWAYS good and the prices can fit any budget. We normally go with a large family group, but this time it was just the two of us, which was great for us!

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Austin, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I go back to every El Fennix, downtown, Lemmon Ave. Illnois Street every time I must go to Dallas for work. They are consistent and have the best Soft Cheese Tacos I have ever had. This family has mad a legacy and continued its quality of food flavor and service to the highest degree.

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a big place (the "cavernous dining hall" description supplied by another reviewer hits the mark) with a frenetic atmosphere during the Friday night dinner rush, amplified by sitting near the bar. Our entrees (brisket tacos and steak fajitas) were tasty. Chips and salsa so-so. Service was a cut above average. I was unaware the margaritas were supposed to... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Our wedding was Sept. 27 2014 on the rooftop of el fenix! It was BEAUTIFUL!! we got lucky with amazing weather but we were surprised to find they had remodeled the rooftop and it was more perfect than I could of imagined. It had lights romantically strung across the open air and city views. It made for very special pictures!... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

On my last day in Dallas, my sister's family and I went to El Fenix for lunch, as I had requested something "Texas, and not a chain" because when I travel I like to eat the local fare. We were on our way to the Perot Museum and stumbled upon El Fenix and my sister asked if that would fulfill... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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103 reviews 103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The atmosphere is cute but touristy and a little flat (big cavernous dining hall). We sat in the bar area just to avoid the masses of tables. Chips are different (I liked them hubby didn't). The tasted like Chinese fried noodles probably pretty bad for you :(. Margaritas (award winning????) to us they tasted awful. Lite on the alcohol, very... More 

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Tahlequah, OK
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Located near many downtown attractions, we chose to eat here before trip to the Dallas Meyerson Symphony. To start, they have absolutely great chips. The Margaritas are claimed to have been voted Dallas' best. For 3 years running, but I would have a hard time believing that. They are good, but not great. Guacamole was good and the brisket taco... More 

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Additional Information about El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

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

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