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“Great food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Distrito

Distrito
3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (University City)
215-222-1657
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Ranked #143 of 3,843 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: University City
Cross street: 40th
Transit: By train the Market-Frankfort Line stops at 40th & Market. By Bus, the 21 line runs down Chestnut street & stops at 40th Street. The 30 line runs up Market to 40th Street.
Description: Distrito is a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the cuisine of what is known by locals as the "Distrito Federal.” With a premium tequila bar and lounge seating, (Distrito) is an exciting backdrop for Chef Garces' modern Mexican small plates. House Specialties Carnitas Tacos, Queso Fundido, District Chicken, Los Hongos Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron Bordeos, Cuervo Reserve, De familia, Don Julio Reposado, and Sauza Hornitos and fresh fruit margaritas. Cantina Happy Hour, M-F 5-7PM Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week.
Philadelphia, PA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Fun, a bit on the loud side, tables are fun, swinging while eating could bother some but the decor is imaginative and the food great. Pricey but then small bites always are.

Visited November 2012
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Lexington, Kentucky
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

I took a work group here after we were unable to get into El Vez, and I'm certainly glad that I did! Everything on the menu was delicious. The service was outstanding, as well. There was a "secret" room behind the host stand-they opened up the bookcase on the wall and put our group of 11 in that room. There was even a karaoke machine!

Definitely recommend!

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Cape May, New Jersey
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“So much better than El Vez!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We started out at El Vez had margaritas, ordered the $17 guacamole, looked at the menu and said can we go back to Distrito? Yes. Distrito's food is so good, the short rib flat bread, the scallops, the lobster taco. The atmosphere is fun and funky. El Vez is too loud, too small. It's okay for a drink but that's it. If you want both great margaritas and outstanding mexican food go to Jose Garces' Distrito!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I would go back to Distrito any time. Food and service was very good. I had the pleasure of trying several things in the menu and all was of quality.

Visited January 2013
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Philadelphia
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

I misunderstood the menu pricing before going. What I typically pay for a main course were appetizers. The food was good but quite expensive.

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