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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 #134 of 3,046 restaurants in Dallas
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
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English first
Batesville, Arkansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It is my understanding this is the original El Fenix location and is a downtown Dallas "must-do" eatery. The atmosphere is great. I did see other El Fenix restaurants at other DFW areas. I really did not know what to expect. This place knocked my socks off, serving authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. The cheese enchiladas are absolutely wonderful. I'm not a... More

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Wylie, Texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were a party of 24, and the service was great. Almost all the food came out at the same time and our server was aiming to please. The food was very good, the price was reasonable, and overall was a great experience.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had limited time for a lunch and our waiter totally accommodated our needs. Not only that, we were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the chips and salsa were, in addition to our meals. The shrimp cocktail was very good! We've since gone back for dinner because it was so good the first time.

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Buffalo Springs, Texas
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I liked the service - we had a large group and the service was good. The prices are also reasonable. The only think that I did not care for was the noise level - with the surrounding tables and music on sound system - it was noisy!

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Dallas, TX
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The food is always good...very authentic Tex-Mex. It gets a little crowded at lunch, but the wait (if there is one) is worth it. This is my favorite location, but the others are almost as good. Definitely try the appetizers!

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Hoover
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Had dish tacos and brisket nachos that were fabulous!! If I have any typos it is because of the great margaritas!!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Last time we at there was about 40 years ago, and it is as good or better than then. Real mexican food!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I walked across the street to this restaurant after wonderful visit to the Perot Museum. I was thrilled to finally have the Mexican food I had been craving after visiting Texas for a week and being dissapointed several times. Thier guacomole and queso was perfect which is very important to me. It had a fun atmosphere and great group space... More

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Stuart, FL
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a very good authentic lunch here. It was a busy Sunday afternoon but the wait staff did an excellent job. 3 or 4 different people waited on us at various times but all were great. A different style of nacho chips that were very good.

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Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The decor of this restaurant was a delight to the eyes. There was color everywhere and decorations that seemed very Mexican (having never been to Mexico, I have to guess that's what it would look like). The food was very good. The service was outstanding - efficient, quick, and friendly. If you like Mexican food, try this place.

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