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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

#123 of 3,223 Restaurants in Dallas
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mexican, , Vegetarian Friendly
1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
+1 214-747-1121
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chips and salsa” (67 reviews)
“enchiladas” (63 reviews)
“sopapillas” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
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1 - 10 of 622 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

After dining at this location for over 40 years, we have concluded that the food and service has fallen too far to continue. 4 visits in a row have produced poor food quality and the latest visit added service to the problem. Their unique “hot”...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the decor to the service to the food, this wonderful restaurant reminded me of a wonderful trip to Mexico. Flavorful flautas, great guacamole, crisp corn chips and not-to-spicy salsa were a treat. There are a few El Fenix restaurants in Dallas, but this was...More

Thank Joni M F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time to visit and found the food to be an excellent value and very delicious. The chips and salsa were one of a kind rather than the normal restaurant chips. We visited on a Sunday afternoon and the place was quite busy, and our...More

Thank br0kenlcd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has always been a landmark to the downtown Dallas area but it has gone down hill in the service department!!! Several friends met there this past Sunday and Ricardo C was our waiter. He is by far the rudest, unprofessional, uncaring waiter I...More

Thank gotravel09south
Reviewed 12 April 2018

Great location and large bustling restaurant. Clearly part of Dallas history; Been around since 1918 = 100 years. It won't last another 100 years if it does not improve the quality of the food. The food was bland with little taste. No flavour and no...More

Thank Scottrekker
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

None of us were disappointed or blown away with our food. We had a variety of things from the fiesta burrito to the brisket nachos. We all cleaned our plates. Considering such a large place that was only about half full the service was only...More

Thank Mcjimmay
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

This is a busy spot even on week nights, so definitely call ahead for reservations. The waiting line was huge starting at 6pm. We were seated right away, and the service was very good. They were flexible with leaving out milk products etc. for our...More

Thank Jack B
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The overall ambience of this location is impressive. But as a vegetarian, you wouldn't find anything out of the world, or many options to start with. Maybe it was the staff, but they weren't able to customize anything for us either - not so common...More

Thank Mayank S
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

El Felix is a tradition in Dallas being around for years. The food is always good and the service is excellent. The chips are wonderful.

Reviewed 15 March 2018

Went here with a colleague for dinner after a long day, Overall, not bad at all. They ran out soup spoons and seems to be lacking in the service area. The chili rellano was very good - the margarita was a solid good, but could...More

Thank JEShanks61
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27 January 2017|
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Response from Debra P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Margaritas have won the best Margarita in Dallas several years running. Not a live bar though if that's. What you are looking for. Try Happy Hour or the Rustic.
Thomas B
22 June 2016|
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Response from ToppopNorthCarolina | Reviewed this property |
We didn't dine on a Wednesday, nor look at the specials, so I'm glad someone else could answer. However, I just discovered they have a website, complete with menu and prices that makes me wish we had one nearby! I'm sure... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • Neighbourhood: Oak Lawn
  • Phone Number: +1 214-747-1121
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