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Tequilas Restaurant

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Latin American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants

1602 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Today: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Give or Take Tequilas

I went to Tequila's for the Winter Restaurant Week. I love mexican food, never heard about this place but decided to go. It was packed! We had reservations though so that wasn't a problem. Unfortunately they only had 3 servers for the entire restaurant when I was there so service was pretty slow but from being in the food service business myself, I completely understand and had no problem with that.

The food was decent. It wasn't bad but I just wasn't 100% about it. The one thing I didn't like at all was my main dish. I don't remember the name but it was an omelette with mexican sausage. The quality of the omelette was great but I felt like the sausage was very grainy and just not appetizing to me. However, I must say the Flan was some of the best I've ever tasted!

This restaurant was just give or take for me. I probably wouldn't go back since it can be pricy if it wasn't restaurant week but it's not the worst thing I've ever tasted. It was passable.

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amazing experience

divine guacamole, delicious & moderately priced entrees, and a free shot for my newly 21yr old friend, complete with an enthusiastic singing performance. if you're looking for a fun night out, this is the place to go

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Tasty food, great service!

Overall, my husband and I haven't had great luck with Mexican in Philly, but Tequila's has been well worth repeated visits. The margaritas are fantastic, every appetizer we've tried has been tasty, and the entrees have always been interesting and delicious. In addition, we've never found the service to be anything less than pleasant and informative. A rare treat!

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Terrible means of enforcing a flawed policy...

My girlfriend's sister was visiting for the weekend and said she'd like to have Mexican food for her Saturday dinner. So, after walking by and reading up on Los Catrines/Tequila's Bar on Locust Street I was almost sure I'd found the right place. Great ambiance, upscale appearance, and a great location would surely impress our guest.

Sadly, things turned for the worse when we unknowingly failed to observe a rather strange 'policy' at the bottom of the dinner menu, which read something like all dining room patrons MUST order a full course meal. When the waiter returned to take our order, and my girlfriend and her sister were only hungry enough to each order a salad and share a plate of nachos with cheese, he repeatedly asked each of them, ""YOU ARE NOT HAVING DINNER???"" This approach left us feeling unwanted and unwelcome, despite the fact the bill came to over $75 anyway.

In short, I have been to bar/restaurants where the dining room is reserved for people intending to eat (which we did), but to put patrons on the spot for not feeling up to two or three courses of heavy Mexican cuisine is OUTRAGEOUS. Moreover, I would've been more sympathetic to the restaurant if the dining room were even two-thirds full or if there was some sort of line of hungry and more 'worthy' patrons waiting for a table. This was not the case, the restaurant was barely over half full, and no one was waiting to be seated. Now I think I know why.

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...I have never had worse food in my mouth, ever...

It is absolutely beautiful on the inside of this building...but I have never had worse food in my mouth, ever. The food was AWFUL. Absolutely Awful!! I was horrified that it was so bad...especially since from what they charge to eat such terrible food, they could also pay to have a good cuisine. The food served at Tequila's is the type of bland colorless food that people eat and simply because it's overpriced and in a beautiful building claim was AMAZING...well, I'll expose the Emperor's New Clothes: the food is nothing shy of horrible. The soul of a restaurant lies in its food. I was sick for hours after eating the Pollo Molina. The re-fried beans tasted like old paste (please don't ask how I know the taste of old paste). The soup tasted like flavored water, and the grasshoppers might as well have been crickets. They can afford to do better than this. Their margaritas may be fantastic, but I didn't come there to drink margaritas. I came there to eat excellent food. They should not profess to cook such food.

....as it were, someone on this site, I believe by the name of phillylanne, commented that the servers inside of the restaurant are ""authentic."" What an outrage. The wait-staff were all excellent. They were very congenial and wonderfully prompt...but to call them ""authentic"" is, like the food, in poor taste.

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Decor is excellent food is terrible

Imagine two fish patties with guacamole sauce in between. The ones you get at Burger King. That was the grouper ""fish of the day"" platter. It came in five minutes which probably means it was waiting in the microwave. On top of that super-expensive. Not impressed although the decor is very Mexican. I guess I was just looking for food.

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Phenomenal ambience, great margaritas, okay food

The restaurant is beautiful! The decor is lovely. Great atmosphere and friendly service. Apparently they brew their own tequila, so we tried the margartias. They were probably the best margaritas I have ever had. The food was just okay - not fantastic, which I was a little disappointed about, but I would recommend this place to try.

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food does not live up to it's menu description

Cheese, cheese and more cheese
We went for a light bite and some drinks, the service was attentive and friendly. Mostly we ordered seafood dishes but when they arrived we were surprised by most of our selections. One was meant to be a combination of lobster, scallops and other seafood in a dish with cheese and peppers, at first I thought it was just me not tasting any seafood but others had ordered it and had the same experience. I turned over the huge gob of melted cheese only to find more cheese and peppers for $15.00, that's not my idea of value. They even covered the oysters with cheese. When I complained to our waiter he went to the manager, who then went to the chef, who told us that's the way it is. At the end they presented us with the bill which they had deducted the price of one dish. We expected more and were very disappointed in the food. I would sum this up by saying the food served does not begin to live up to it's description on the menu and I would never go back, not with all the other great restaurants in Philadelphia!

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Tequila Fiesta

You're guaranteed to have a good time at Tequilas when you order up drinks with their signature tequila. They are all great, but I think the Mango Margarita may be my favorite. If you are very commited to drinking, you can order your own individual ceramic dispenser for your table. All these drinks go down well with the authentic mexican nachos and salsas that servers will deliver to your table. The kobe beef salad, langostinos and chicken mole are all mucho sabroso.

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Non Consistent

Yes this resturant is beautiful, and the servers are authentic and knowledgeable but why go out to eat when you can cook a better steak at home? We Americans dine out so that we don't have to pull out the pans and wait in a grocery store lines. I gave Los Catrines/Tequila's three chances to 'fix itself' in it's kitchen and they blew it. I left disappointed AGAIN. Yes I admit, I kept returning for the romantic setting and the friendly staff. The bottom line is If you can't cook consistent food, I will not drop that $90.00 again no matter how good the margaritta's are. Drinks, a smile and a comfortable chair are a small part of a complete meal.

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Go here and eat!!! You won't regret it!

Everytime I have been to Tequila's it has been consistently AWESOME!!! The food is so tasty and well prepared, the portions are filling, the quality is outstanding, and the drinks are a perfect compliment to your meal. The salsa is so fresh and delicious that I wish they sold it in a grocery store! I could literally eat it with a spoon and be in heaven. There is such a variety on the menu that you could satisfy any picky eater and have an amazing dining experience. Not to mention, the service (although they usually have thick spanish accents) is impeccable! They are hardworking and very attentive to any needs you might have and are friendly to top it off-which is priceless especially in a city like Philadelphia that is known for it's rude service and so-so food.

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Some true standouts on the menu

I've been to Tequila's only one time so far (of course I'll go again). We decided to sit sidewalk on a Wed night. We were seated immediately, I noticed even the sidewalk tables were elegantly covered with thick white tablecloths. We didn't go beyond the entrance but the inside areas looked well done and intimate. The service was friendly and competent. The chips and salsa were brought out quickly and were stellar. The chips were extremely crisp and flavorful, homemade. Honestly in my mind the standout of the experience was these chips (which isn't a shot at the remainder of the meal- I just enjoyed them that much). The salsas were a trio: one thick, one watery, and the third a very spicy mix of halved jalapenos and onions. awesome. The house margarita was very good, not spectacular. One minus for us was the vegetarian courses were non-existent. My girlfriend, a vegetarian, ended up ordering a kobe beef salad, hold the beef. She had mixed thoughts. I suspect that had the kobe been involved, it would have been an entirely different experience for the carnivorously inclined. I ordered a mango/grouper stuffed poblano pepper that was great. A unique dish, very well done. Pricey, but I will definitely come back.

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Hands down best of philly!!

I have been eating here since about 1993 when it was in it's original location down the street and I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal! Let me first say that Tequilas is a 5 star restraunt so if you want cheap please eat at Taco Bell. I eat at the restraunt about every 2-3 months only because it's a haul from were I live in New Jersey, if it was closer I would be thier dailey. The margaritas are the best I've had (I always upgrade the Taquila). The food is always fresh and expertly prepared. And the wait staff is always friendly and diligent. If you want authentic Mexican food and you don't feel like flying south of the border to get it this is the place to go!!

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One of my favorite spots in the city. Don't let the fact that they don't let reservations deter you -- just come a little early to get a table. The staff is warm, the food is delicious...

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Awesome atmosphere...spotty service

If you want a fabulous margarita and a place to just shoot the breeze with friends, Tequila's is where it's at. For romance, attentive service, and a peaceful evening...stay home. My husband and I frequently visit Tequila's and we always have a great time. However, we have learned to live with the spotty service and loud ambiance that those fabulous margaritas induce. The food is pretty good - some entrees are hit or miss. Tortilla soup is always a must. Also - ask for margaritas with the top tequila - it makes a world of a difference!

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My girlfriend and I went with the expectations of a great mexican food and margarita's on a Friday night. The seating was prompt yet, since we were a party of 2, we were stuck against the wall next to a huge loud, obnoxious party of people which seems to be the norm for this place. We got a large pitcher of margarita that was so weak that we had to ask for more liqour. The $43 we paid for it was the most expensive lime drink i have ever had. The waiter was unattentive and was more concerned with his larger parties. If you do order the specials be prepared for extra small portions. Overall a very pathetic experiance. We will never go back.......absolutely nothing romantic about this place at all.

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Fun, Sophisticated Mexican

If you are a fan of Mexican food and would like to experience something better than a taco or burrito, this place is for you. Its popular and often crowded Tequila Bar, makes the time fly as you wait up to 2 hours for a table, but the expertly mixed margaritas make the time fly by.
The tables are well worth the wait, because the menu take Mexican food to another level. Ingeniously prepared entrees combine traditional Mexican fare with a haute style and very fresh ingredients. The wait staff could use a smile on their faces, but the service is very good. This place is best for a larger group of people, as a tiny 2-seater table might make you fill cramped and like you are missing all the fun at the bigger table.

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Awesome margaritas, average food

This would have been perfect, except that the mole enchiladas I ordered were served tepid and lacked any real fire or flavor. So too were the oysters (a bigger problem, as the sauces had congealed) and the nachos. The waiter was delightful, however, and the tequilas awesome. I would go back for another try, because if the food was served quickly I imagine it could be quite good.

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One of the best in the US

I went to school in Philly and now live in Florida. I have been going to Tequila's since the original small restaurant. The food here is incredible. The drinks are great and they have a huge selection of different Tequilas. The new restaurant has great ambiance and the service is excellent. It is upscale Mexican dining, so it will be more expensive than your typical Mexican restaurant and it is worth it. Through my recommendation, a friend took the Mexican consulate for dinner here and the consulate said it was the best Mexican food he had ever had....My wife is from Philly so I am lucky enough to go back every 3-4 months and go to this restaurant. Highly recommended.

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Great Place for Mexican food

This is what Mexican cuisine is supposed to taste and be. I have tried in the past 10 years other restaurants but I always come back to Tequila's, of course if you are looking for tacos go somewhere else Tequila's serves only gourmet style food and it is the best in Philly. The restaurant is croweded for a reason it is that good. They have very good tequilas. The only thing I think they should improve is the service because some times they are so full that it takes too much time to get the drinks, but in general if you go in a weekday the service is great too. Weekends are crazy downtown in general.

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General Info
Founded in 1986, Tequilas Restaurant is a full-service eatery specializing in serving Mexican cuisine. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., the restaurant offers an array of menu items, including appetizers, soups, salads, seafood as well as Mexican traditional lunch. It serves an assortment of special wines which includes red wine of Argentina, California, Chile, France, Spain and white wine of California, France, Slovenia and Champagne. Tequilas Restaurant even organizes various events, such as Tequila Night, La Banqueta and Late Night Tastings.
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Phone: 215-546-9953

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Mon - Fri:
Latin American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Restaurants
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Center City, Rittenhouse Square


Tequilas Restaurant & Bar

Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Bike Parking: No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

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