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El Rey

2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3335
+1 215-563-3330
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“guacamole” (11 reviews)
“tacos” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
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2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3335
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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

El Rey is one of my favorite taco spots. The food is awesome, and if you show up during happy hour (5-6:30 M-F), you can get $1 tacos along with other great food and drink specials. I personally love the guac and classic margaritas (only...More

Thank Sofia425
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

To be in central Philly El Rey has a good value for money, it's just very crowded in the weekends so reserving a table is recommended. Enchiladas end sharing platters are the best!

Thank ClaudioS1273
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Very good meal and will return. Our server, Shannon, did an excellent job of guiding an out-of-towner thru the food and beverage menus.

Thank Timothy W
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Our waitress recommended these to my friend and I (it's a dish one must share). She was right. Do it. It's a build your own taco or whatever. The duck was really well done and the additional toppings were all really tasty. The dish came...More

Thank BenS5951
Reviewed 20 August 2016

I ate here with a colleague last Saturday night. At 8:15, there was a 40-minute wait, but the hostess was nice enough to put me on the list and tell me that I wouldn't lose my place in line if I came back after my...More

Thank Marc J
Reviewed 20 August 2016

I ordered the lamb tacos for lunch and they tasted great. The atmosphere is very vibrant and the staff is friendly and professional. If you want to try authentic Mexican cuisine you must go to El Rey which is considered to be Philly's best Mexican...More

Thank missiontravel2016
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

The chile Relleno was amazing...on the spicy side!! Loved the guacamole... Mostly Avocados... The way guacamole should be! Yes, it is on the noisy side... Especially on a Saturday night. Thank you - Sierra, Mary, and Nick - for making it a great evening. We...More

Thank DandR16
Reviewed 28 July 2016

A great place to spend happy hour. Special pricing on drinks and food. A fun, young (students/professionals) crowd. Ideal for meeting friends after work or a casual date.

Thank Ron J
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Guacamole, salsa and chips were great. Margaritas were a bit small but tasted great! Had the chicken enchiladas were they were excellent. Ask for their habanero salsa - its very hot but worth the pain. Everything everyone in my large party had was well received....More

Thank JodiDH503
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Authentic Mexican food, none of your TexMex chain rubbish. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Always try and have dinner here when in town.

Thank irlrobins
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David c
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
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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