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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

#26 of 2,905 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
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Waterbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Every year we are in Dallas for a conference. Every year we have to make a stop at El Fenix. The food and service is always top notch. Centrally located right off of the highway it is worth the trip. It does get very busy at dinner time so plan on a short wait at times, but it is fast.... More 

Thank djfred49
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This main downtown Dallas El Fenix has been consistently good for decades. This is a huge restaurant that somehow manages to get crowds in, seated, and fed quickly and efficiently. Quality ingredients and attention to detail is why just about anything you order from the menu is going to be good, a lot better than most El Fenix franchise locations.... More 

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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We flew into Dallas and had lunch here. We got there at 2:00 pm and the dining room was full of people, so that should tell you something. The food was very good. My wife and I both liked what we ordered. When in town we'd definitely go back!

Thank Trevor V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food! Excellent service! Location was convenient to our location and parking was perfect. We found a unexpected gem!

Thank Crystal T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is good. Lots of chips and salsa delivered free, of course. Enchiladas are great. Soup is good. Overall good experience here.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We should have stayed inside.. temp near 95 outside and even with fans... a bit too hot... but the service and the food excellent!

Thank BarboTraveler
Keystone Heights, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a restaurant that was local and reasonably priced. The prices were excellent especially given the size of the portions (very generous). Fun environment and the service was wonderful!

Thank skinnycat77
Dallas, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good authentic Mexican cuisine if you ask for it. The salsa is very good and also made to order if you want it a little more hotter than the usual Tex-Mex. They have been in Dallas a long time. They would not last if they were not very good.

Thank Jack C
Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK for the money Good size portions Tex Mex nothing out of the ordinary consistent flavor service ok

Thank abcotur
Frisco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Any place that has thrived in the Dallas restaurant scene since 1918 is doing something right. Add to that, in the competitive Tex Mex food scene, and it says something. El Fenix manages to do many traditional Tex Mex staples well and keeps changing up the menu to offer some new options. We go here before the Stars games (and... More 

Thank Heather H

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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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?