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3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621
+1 215-222-1657
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (10 reviews)
“tacos” (40 reviews)
“guacamole” (47 reviews)
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Mexican, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

After having one of the best meals EVER years ago, I brought my daughter and her 2 friends for her 15th birthday celebration last night. It was a BIG disappointment! I was hopeful the evening would improve after a rough start, but it got worse....More

Thank Pam-FromPhilly
Reviewed 4 January 2018

When it first opened years ago, Distrito was a funky place with innovative food. We hadn't been for a while but returned for happy hour last week. Both the decor and food aren't nearly as interesting. The happy hour had $5 margaritas, which were decent,...More

Thank dreamgenie
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Dined here a few years back and had an amazing experience that we've raved of dozens of times since. Returned this month and wow, what a letdown. Slow inattentive service, there were 6 of us who each had something different and all entrees were mediocre...More

Thank EastCoastGnomer
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

My son and I were at Distrito a few years ago on a trip to Philly. It was amazing. The food was fun and delicious. I was introduced to new, unusual tastes in a friendly and informal place. We loved it and talked about returning....More

Thank Tom_236598
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We had not been here for a while so it was nice to find some things don't change. The food was still flavorful and filling. We had guacomole, chips, salsa, and a few Margaritas to start. I thought the guac was really good, but wow...More

Thank sewpres
Reviewed 8 August 2017

a week night but we found a parking spot right outside....there were parties booked in all the rooms except the main dining area so space seemed a bit tight...but the food was just right...we had visited on restaurant week and are still laughing about trying...More

Thank phillyborn114
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Had a quick lunch here and had the burrito. Jake was an awesome server and got the meal out quick and also was helpful with suggestions and a drink. Looks like a nice spot for drinks in the evenings and weekends. Burrito was eh..OK. Nothing...More

Thank KidLove
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We could see Distrito from our hotel room, and it looked so interesting we just had to try it. On our last day, we finally did. Good food, but my wife was a little disappointed. She had the crab enchilada and read the description over...More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Distrito was our 'go-to' place...we came here at an embarrassing rate for years. But ever since the format changed and they transitioned it to a taqueria for the college crowd, it's been a disappointment. What a shame- the food was amazing. The servers/bartenders and staff...More

Thank Rita S
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

I love Mexican food and this place is great. The decor is fun and if you call ahead, you can ask to reserve an old VW beetle that had been converted into a table or a table with swings for chairs. The food is pretty...More

Thank JillamusPrime
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 40
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighbourhood: University City
  • Phone Number: +1 215-222-1657
Distrito is a vibrant celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City with a menu focused on the diverse street foods served in what is known by locals as the Distrito Federal (D.F.). Distrito Tacqueria is our first-floor casual eatery featuring an approachable menu by Chef Jose Garces. Distrito offers a full bar featuring signature margaritas, over 250 tequilas and beer towers festooned with sugar skulls holding over 128 ounces of beer. The second-level dining room is a lively backdrop for Chef Garces’ modern Mexican small plates. Styled in pinks and greens, the restaurant features more than 600 hanging masks of Mexico’s Lucha Libre - and a four seat booth fashioned from an authentic VW Beetle, the official taxi cab of the D.F. 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.
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