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El Rey

2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3335
+1 215-563-3330
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“nachos” (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 19 February 2016

It was so loud that we could not talk...the service was horrible. While the food came fast (albeit all at the same time, apps and dinner), our waiter did not ever come back to check on us...ever. The manager did come by to check on...More

Thank Kallins
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Stumbled upon this place on a recent trip to Philadelphia and, after convincing the other people I was with to go inside, we were greeted by a wonderfully kitschy atmosphere and a friendly staff. Even though El Rey serves Mexican food, it maintains the appearance...More

Thank dknight818
Reviewed 15 January 2016

Recently dined here with a co worker for lunch. This is a steven starr property. This was the first time I dined here so I wasn't sure what to expect. This used to be an old diner so they kept the layout the same but...More

Thank Brittany S
Reviewed 24 November 2015

Went here for a business lunch during the week. They have a lot of seating, and there are lunch specials. I had a tortilla soup and pork tacos (Carnitas). The tortilla soup was pretty good, but it appeared to have pork rind in it, which...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

Food was a little odd, drinks pricey too The steak meal was good value and guacamole was nice but the chicken taco small and the meat was dry

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Was really looking forward to eating at El Rey again. Had tried the restaurant months ago after going to a play. Really enjoyed the food, even though service was slow. Decided to go again for the fundido. Restaurant was almost empty, only three other tables...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Food was very tasty although the service at lunch was very slow. I ordered from the two course fast menu and has to wait for over 40 minutes to get a black bean enchilada plate. The salad arrived quickly. I also had to ask repeatedly...More

Thank Trish M
Reviewed 6 September 2015

This delightful, hip Mexican restaurants serves up authentic and high quality Mexican food in a fun, pretty, atmosphere. The staff here were wonderful and the young woman who appeared to be the manager or owner was so friendly, accommodating and attentive to my husbands vegetarian...More

Thank StarlightCamper
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Fourth or fifth time to El Rey and two of those visits because we couldn't get in to a different place around the corner. Happy hour is awesome with $1 tacos, $2 and $3 specials plus $5 margaritas. Food is good but not special, drinks...More

Thank Food_Snob_PA
Reviewed 4 August 2015

All we wanted was nachos and a cold beer. We checked out multiple window menus and decided on to wander in to The Continental to see if they might have them on the bar menu - alas, it was more of an Asian fusion style...More

Thank pollyw463
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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
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
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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