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3945 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
It's big. It's jubilantly gaudy. It's Pepto-Bismol pink. It's loud, it's young, and its walls sparkle with glittery wrestling masks. You can literally swing from the rafters. (Some seats are actually swings.) Yes, its sensory overload especially the too-good-to-be-true skirt steak nachos but Jose Garces's foray into the street food of Mexico City is also the most fun we've ever had in a restaurant.
Read our November 2008 review.
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User Reviews (6) :
Distrito is the third Jose Garces restaurant I've eaten at, and last night was by far the worst experience I've had at one of his restaurants. We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation for 4 people during University City Dining Days and got seated right away. The servers (we ended up having three total) seemed a little scattered right off the bat. We placed our order and the first course came out pretty quickly. However, it was at least 40 minutes before those plates were removed and we received our main course. During that time we saw no servers (and the place was not that busy). We ended up spending 2 hours there. The food was pretty good, but nothing amazing. The drinks were also way overpriced. I was very underwhelmed and probably wouldn't return.
Posted by Meghan: Jul. July 21st, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Went for University City Dining Days with 3 other people. All together we tasted 18 plates, including desert. Each plate was better than the next! The civiche, salads, enchilladas, everything was excellent! I would definately go back! Unlike some of the others, I do not mind the decor as long as the food is outstanding!
Posted by Christina: Aug. August 9th, 2010 at 3:45 PM
Been there 3 times for dinner. Fun atmosphere, good food with fair margaritas. To me, a true margarita for the kind of money they charge should be made with fresh lemon and lime juices, not the tired old bar mix. Food all 3 times was good, well seasoned, but not overdone. Cant remember all the dishes, but none disappointed.Never had desserts.
Posted by Charles: Apr. April 20th, 2010 at 7:43 PM
WOW.... talk about pepto-bismol meeting Nacho Libre in an up-scale restaurant! This place is exploding with PINK! The decor is very loud but it works along with the 2 floor set up so you can choose to have drinks upstairs or down. The prices are very reasonable serving TAPPAS style. ($10 dish) You can literally choose 6-8 different small dishes & pick all night at them (with your date) sampling many different flavors. I would highly suggest any of the flat breads along with the 12 oz Carne Asada. (all bursting with flavor!) My date & I had several drinks & left very full for about $200. I would say that El Vez is a very close 2nd for those that really enjoy Mexican but I'm still partial to Amada. The only minor concern I had with Distrito was the location. It's a bit off the beaten path in W. Philly between Drexel & U of Penn. If your going just for dinner, you'll be fine BUT afterwards there's really not much to do. (besides the local college bar scene) A $15 cab ride back towards center/olde city to keep the night going will be needed. But none-the-less, Distrito is among one the best restaurants in the city & one that I will definitely going back to...
Posted by Carlo: Nov. November 15th, 2009 at 12:01 PM
So maybe I was a bit hesitant at my girlfriend suggesting a restaurant that her previous boyfriend introduced her to. After my experience at Distrito, that notion is LONG forgotten. Ambience, service, fresh, delicious food...this place has it all. What started as an apprehensive venture ended up being the most romantic dinner experience I can recall. Try to get seated in the Volkswagen Bug (yes, an actual Beetle modified to serve as a dining booth).
Posted by Joseph: Aug. August 23rd, 2009 at 3:48 AM
The best restaurant in Philadelphia. Period. Between the pink colored modern decor the widescreen playing a silent version of Nacho Libre, the woodsy and almost "bambooey" booths that are all different on the second floor (which I later found out was the main dining room), the flock of people, and the clean open kitchen, the decor is fabulous. However, the detailed chinese looking tables near the bar are a questionable choice. The food is by far the best mexican in philly. To start, I would definitley recommend the not so small house made guacomole engulfed in a silver contemporary bowl with a huge bowl of housemade and still warm savory chips. Don't settle for the guacomole, spend and extra 3 bucks for the house made mexican salsa which is spicy and delicious. The complementary spicy blend of nuts is also worth a try. The pollo tacos as a second dish were moist pieces of chicken coated in a delicious salsa. The pollo enchilada was good as well. For dessert, the tres leches cake was topped with some meriangue and melon and adjacent to it were drops of blood orange puree to drag each perfect bite through. The home made yet complimentary blood orange candied droplets of some sort were a perfect ending to a wonderful meal
Posted by Jeremy: Aug. August 30th, 2008 at 9:35 PM