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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

#31 of 2,926 Restaurants in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
Oak Lawn
Mexican, Southwestern
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1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
(214) 747-1121
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I come here often for lunch. The tex mex menu is great, and the margaritas are out of this world! Good food, good service, and friendly atmosphere. If you're visiting Dallas and love tex mex then this is one place you have to check out!

Thank joneskrista87
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I sought this place out because of the history opened in 1918 an institution in Dallas and Texas for that matter. What I got was chain restaurant Mexican food. If you are looking for average, affordable and reliable Mexican joint you will be happy here, If you are looking for a 100 year old family run institution where everything is... More 

Thank Jeremy M
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty decent tex mex style food. I also heartily recommend their margheritas. The food is well done but nothing really special. Service was good.

Thank Bruce B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always a good option for Mexican food. Nothing out of this world, but I have been gong on and off form 20 years and have never been disappointed.

Thank Joe M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In Austin for 10 days to visit my son and took a drive to Dallas to meet up with an old friend that took us to the El Fenix. Our friend said this El Fenix has the best Tex-Mex in Dallas. We had a great time at this very large restaurant that reminded us of a Spanish Courtyard. Fresh Chips... More 

Thank PITTparent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The original Favorite Mexican Food. Tex Mex at the best for many Years. Plenty of room for entire family.

Thank D T
Wichita Falls
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good tex mex. Service was very fast, waiter was very helpful and made sure drinks, chips and salsa were kept fresh. The food was good, pretty standard for a chain. The only downside to the visit was the fire alarm going off every ten minutes or so, complete with fire truck arrival.

Thank AgileDogs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped into the Downtown location on our way out of town. This El Fenix is by far superior to others in the area. Food was hot and delicious. Our waiter, Junior, was the absolute best!! All of the staff were friendly and had smiles on their faces! Manager stopped by our table to see if we needed anything also!!... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate lunch at El Fenix with wife. Food was as always consistently good. Service was excellent and attentive. I would return.

Thank Stevebarn
North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very old family TEX-MEX in Dallas. Similar to El Chico with a little better quality. Get a homemade praline when you pay at the register on your way out.

Thank Dana T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas>  > Oak Lawn
  • Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
  • Phone Number: (214) 747-1121

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?