Top Spots in Philadelphia to Enjoy Cuisine from South of the Border

The city of Philadelphia's got a lot of Mexican restaurants to choose from. Yet when you're thumbing through the choices, how do you know which establishments are worth heading out to? Which ones offer good take out and delivery? Which ones compliment their food with a decent bar experience so you can meet up with friends or take a date there? These are pressing questions that need answers, and fortunately 10Best can sort out the answers so no Mexican dining experience has to be a bad one. Why not head out to El Vez for authentic cuisine that's perfect for a nice meal with someone special. For a more casual experience that's still high on the deliciousness scale, try Cucina Zapata and be prepared for an experience that'll have you returning for another round all too soon. From casual and Tex-Mex-ish to authentic-style food options, Philadelphia has a lot of choices when it comes to Mexican. Several of these great dining venues are also top spots to enjoy happy hour or try an interesting cocktail or two. At least one allows you to bring your own tequila to concoct your own margarita. What's not to love about an option like that? With so many choices, there's bound to be a venue that suits your taste to a tee.



Don't be fooled by this quiet Bella Vista establishment's setting. It can rock the Mexican cuisine. Takeout is also available and is reported to be just as good a table service. Locals who get a hankering for basic bites such as burritos, tacos,...  Read More

University City


This terrific Mexican-fusion restaurant experience comes to you via a food truck at S. 31st and Ludlow Streets on the campus of Drexel University. According to those in the know, these folks wrote the book on food truck experiences, and put...  Read More

Outside the city


This is a wonderful suburban Mexican restaurant serving authentic dishes complimented by a tasty tequila bar and quiet neighborhood setting. For those times when making a drive out of the city is part of the fun, Los Sarapes is a fun...  Read More



Hungry diners to this Rittenhouse Square eatery have described Tequila's dishes as true, traditional choices that rise above the same-old Mexican fare. A standout choice since it opened in 1986, this chandelier-laden restaurant delivers all...  Read More



City dwellers close to the tip of Northern Liberties have an excellent dining option when it comes to Mexican cuisine by hitting up Las Cazuelas. The recipes here are aimed at the authentic dishes, as the owner is from Mexico himself. Open since...  Read More



This casual atmosphere diner pleases customers with its funky decor, delicious food, affordable prices and tasty margaritas. Join them for happy hour, which comes highly rated from regular patrons. Headed up by Stephen Starr, this venue has been...  Read More

South Street


Named after the legendary Mexican princess who is credited with using the juice of the agave plant to create a forerunner of tequila, this trendy lounge specializes in snazzy cocktails and haute morsels. Table side preparation of guacamole,...  Read More



This BYOT ("T" for tequila) earns high praise for its innovative Mexican fare and even higher praise for its imaginative margarita mixes. It's Mexican in Midtown, and it does't disappoint. With a terrific street-food-inspired menu, Lolita's menu...  Read More

University City


Distrito is the Mexican restaurant concept by Jose Garces, the chef behind the acclaimed Philadelphia restaurants Amada, Tinto, Chifa, Village Whiskey & Garces Trading Company and others. Distrito is a high-energy restaurant inspired by the...  Read More



Fun and energetic decor and a lively environment make this a must-visit for the hip and happening. Fresh and flavorful Mexican food such as homemade salsa, lobster tacos, and sweet and tasty churros make a visit here worth its weight in pesos....  Read More