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El Rey

2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3335
+1 215-563-3330
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3335
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11 - 20 of 72 reviews

Reviewed 1 April 2018

I didn’t eat lunch before boarding my train to Philadelphia so arrived, checked into my hotel and looked for someplace to eat. I found this place on Tripadvisor and was very happy with my choice. I decided to sit at the bar although a couple...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank 158karlar
Reviewed 21 February 2018

We were on a quest for hidden bars in Philly. I'll leave it hidden, and you can look for it......Our intentions were to come here and get on the list for the bar afterwards, but we were in heaven. We were pleasantly surprised at our...More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

I've been here before, it's a kitschy throwback diner that is very popular with the University students and locals. Food is good, happy hour prices are great. No parking and not really wheelchair accessible. Staff is always young, fun, cute, and efficient. This visit I...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank ronj476
Reviewed 19 January 2018

This place is full of character. It's not for those looking for cheap and cheerful Mexican. There's a charge for chips and salsa. There are no rice and beans together (you have to order two sides $$). Still, the guacamole was tasty and the Chihuahua...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank secondfloor
Reviewed 15 January 2018

This place is in downtown Philly, and it serves very good Mexican food at a reasonable price. We came here for lunch on MLK Day. It's not much to look at on the outside, but the inside has all kinds of vintage posters and pinatas,...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank martroon
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Not Mexican. The staff are rude and unhelpful. The menu is sad. The food is borderline. Very strange place. It's like an old pub that has tried to become a Mexican place but it's a big fail.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Charles4564
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I had the best tasting cheese enchiladas with verde sauce - ever! And the side of guacamole was the best ever! I thought I had great Mexican food in the past - but I am totally spoiled by El Rey’s food! I have to drive...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank 21kay0224
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We were looking for another Mexican restaurant and by passed it. Rather than double back we kept going. My daughter spotted EL Rey and we decided to give it a try. We had a great meal and some of the best service that I have...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank cconnches
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Our server Cody was awesome. Recommended some great food and drinks. Also pointed us to the mutter museum.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank T7036MUjamiec
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Found this place by accident and was so happy I did. I wouldnt call El Rey your "typical" western Mexican place and thank goodness it isnt! What El Rey is, is a place that happily treats your taste buds with authentic Mexican cuisine and tempts...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank valjelinic
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13 March 2017|
Response from Sofia425 | Reviewed this property |
Generally, no. I have had them take a reservation for a large group though (about 10). I've never had to wait for a table when I've gone with 4-5 people.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3335
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-563-3330
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