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  • Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA19104 39.95598 -75.20203
  • (At 40th St)
  • (215) 386-1072
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User Ratings (Based on 8 reviews)

Food 4.3 Value 2.6
Service 4.4 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

(215) 386-1072
(215) 222-1658
Cantina Sun-Thu: 2:30pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 2:30pm-11pm
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-2:30pm+5pm-10pm Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm+5pm-11pm Sat: 11am-2:30pm+5pm-11pm Sun: 11am-2:30pm+5pm-10pm
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Delivery, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Lunch Special, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Take Out, Tasting Menu, Trendy, Wheelchair Accessible
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User Reviews

  • Distrito

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/14/2012

    Great Mexican place in UCity

    I went to Distrito for the 2nd time during University City Dining Days and for $30 I got 2 appetizers, 2 tapas and a desert. The prices in general are high, but it's well forth it! Also, the atmosphere is amazing and the service excellent! Tips: tacos, tortilla soup

  • Distrito

    Posted by nora morse on 02/21/2010

    el chiste es en mio

    I am perhaps an older reviewer, so I don't go to a restaurant for the privilege of an ambience that demands a post-meal Ambien. The design is superb and visually quite apealing, the lighting, tables, etc. It is hard to order a meal at a Metallica concert, however, and even harder to enjoy it. The food is presented tapas style, small portions more expensive than worthy. Haling from Arizona, I would certainly recognize traces of authentic Mexican taste were they present. Our eight person party extensively sampled the menu and, as my review title states, the joke was on me. This is a beautiful place for beautiful young people to have beautiful if greatly overvalued food, but you will probably never see a Mexican patron. If you like Mexican food and are interested in a meal, there are certainly far superior restaurants and probably dozens of better foodcarts in Philadelphia. If the restaurant survives and fluorishes, and I hope it does because the people were really outstanding, it will be without the benefit of its food quality but rather because of its appeal to the yong and well heeled, unlesss they get spme authenticity.

  • Distrito

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2010

    Mexican meets tapas

    Great trendy Mexican feel with cool decor. Many great tastes on the menu, most in small plate format so order lots and pass them around. Really killer ceviché. Great selection of margs to wash it all down.

  • Distrito

    Posted by anonymous on 11/24/2009

    Great can't wait to go back

    Loved all the food. totally disagree with the portions size comments, it is a tapas style place. They tell you to order 2-3 plates per person, it was plenty of food.

  • Distrito

    Posted by Catherine on 07/27/2009

    Was disappointed by the not-so-sweet ending

    My family and I went to Distrito for the University City Dining Days event. When we first went in my little sister immediately loved all the pink and the luchador masks, and the rest of my family seemed to like the decor as well. As we sat down we were informed that we would each choose two small plated to share...this may have sounded fun but it was a bit complicated. Out food though, came promptly and looked rather lovely and quite appetizing. The flavors were unique and though it was 'fusion' it stayed loyal to true mexican cuisine. All the dishes were a little smaller than we'd have wanted it. What were some of our favorites were the divers scallops, ceviche with shrimp and yellowtail, pork tacos, and octopus. butt he small plates seemed more like an amous bouche. Afterwards we felt somewhat satisfied for the meal, though my father noted that his margarita was 'weak' and for 12 dollars was definitely over-priced and not worth the money. My little sister got quesedillas which weren't much, but she seemed happy sampling the other dishes as well. I think little kids will enjoy the atmosphere and the food, since nothing is too overpowering or spicy. As we sat down and waited for our desserts we felt moderately full, but I was excited to try the flan (there were only two desserts choices) but was utterly dismayed when the flan turned out to be about an inch in diameter and small enough to pop in my mouth whole. The flan was good, but right before I could really dig into it I realized that it was all gone. My mother ordered the chocolate con tres leches which was a mildly bitter chocolate mousse with a nice pineapple sauce. But like my dessert it was eating quickly without much enthusiasm. The dessert seemed like an after-thought, and with the 30 dollars per person price we thought that Distrito was anything but a 'steal' If you are looking for a very filling and hearty 30 dollar per person meal with a dessert that's more than two bites I recommend The Marigold Kitchen, which is also participating in Dining Days. And every Sunday they have a 30 dollar per person dinner. Overall, in this economic crisis, everyone could use a little pick-me-up meal at a nice restaurant. Just don't go to one where you still leave hungry.

  • Distrito

    Posted by anonymous on 02/19/2009

    great but...

    ...it's definitely small portions, but well worth it b/c everything is quite tasty! the tortilla soup and kobe tacos were so delish that we went back the following week too! However, don't do take out! Highly disappointing, the tortilla soup was half the size, such a joke ...so go and check it out yourself, dine there and enjoy!

  • Distrito

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/26/2008

    A welcome addition to University City

    We recently received a card about this new restaurant that made us want to check it out. At first the pink restaurant is overwhelming, but eventually grows on you. We ended up ordering the chef's sampler for two people. This was a pricey choice, but was worth every penny. It was three courses, and was more than we could eat. Every item brought to our table was delightful and full of flavor. I feel like we tried everything they had to offer and was not disappointed. Next time, I'm sure anything we choose will be great. You may pay more, but between the fantastic service and great food, it was well worth it!

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