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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

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6811 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225-2212
(214) 363-5279
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great local taste of DFW Tex Mex.

The Downtown El Fenix is the OG when it comes to DFW TEX MEX. Quick service, tasty chips and salsa (a good sign of good tex mex) and low prices make this place a great stop. Our favorite thing here is the tacos and enchiladas. New to Tex-Mex? Go for the cheese enchilada with chile con carne, its a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2014
The_Wanderlusty
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

disgusting place! terrible food! a few years back, an acquaintance brought us here and I can't believe, with all the money he claims he makes, he eats there! it's terrible.

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Dallas, Texas
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203 reviews 203 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Downtown El Fenix is the OG when it comes to DFW TEX MEX. Quick service, tasty chips and salsa (a good sign of good tex mex) and low prices make this place a great stop. Our favorite thing here is the tacos and enchiladas. New to Tex-Mex? Go for the cheese enchilada with chile con carne, its a great... More 

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The service was excellent. Vary spacious restaurant that has been in business for nearly 100 years. Food was excellent. Salsa and queso are traditional family recipes that taste great!~

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Oakland, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I too have eaten at El Fenix in one location or another for the better part of my life. I don't live in Dallas anymore but I still eat here on every visit. It's true I carry a taste memory from childhood. And yes, the restaurant has seen a few highs and lows over the decades. Right now, however is... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I went to lunch at the El Fenix on Lemon Avenue in Dallas recently, and the food quality is really going down. I ordered the Brisket Nachos - a new item on their menu. I got a big plate of chips (the bottom ones were cemented to the plate) with some brisket, beans and tomato chunks sprinkled on top. There... More 

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93 reviews 93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

My husband and I were in the mood for Mexican and on vacation in Dallas Texas. We researched and found El Fenix. The hostess and waiters were fun and recommended items for us to try. Their chips/salsa and Guac dip are the best I've ever had. The service was quick and the drinks were frozen. Please stop by and tell... More 

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Okla.
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31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Chain Mexican food is my least favorite, but this was a little better than expected. Good salsa and guacamole, decent entrees. The hit of the evening was our waiter Luis, who handled our group of 12 with ease, was polite, charming and handled a couple of unusual requests with no problem. He did receive a generous tip.

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Dallas, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

If it isn't the birthplace of Tex mex, it's pretty darn close. Authentic texmex at a very resonable price.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Food and service is still very good. Lot's of diners eating here.El Fenix has been around for many years and nothing much has changed as far as the food is.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

New dinner specials are excellent. Just like high end/price TexMex for less. Fish tacos were amazing as was the new queso with poblano peppers. The staff was friendly and attentive without being annoying and pushy. Can not wait to go back!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6811 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225-2212
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas
  • Phone Number: (214) 363-5279

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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