Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz

4.7
1145 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Cantina "Calaca" Feliz is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. We take a modern approach to the way we do Mexican food. Fresh, high-quality ingredients are the foundation to our transformation of amazing produce, fish, and meat to the food we bring to your table.

Cantina "Calaca" Feliz received 3 Bells from Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban who stated, "Calaca has helped push the dial forward a few more clicks on the evolution of contemporary Mexican cooking in this town."

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1145 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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MeganL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this Fairmount neighborhood Mexican spot! The food and drinks are fantastic, and the ambiance is great. Asked for vaccine status upon arrival (thank you!). Had a great spot in the covered patio - still warm and comfortable even on Philly's coldest weekend. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant had a great vibe and the food was amazing!

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks! Delicious plantains and guacamole!!

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Jake
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Jolissa and other servers were terrific. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

The food was average at best. The restaurant itself was cold, dark and uninviting. I would not come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Outside tables were very close together

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PaulV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Not sure if this changed ownership but I assume it did because of the name change. I must say its been about 2 years since I've come here but my 4th time dining with them and there has been somewhat of a dip in the quality of the food. It was still good but previously it was outstanding, all 3 previous occasions. It was also really quiet for some reason which was odd to me.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was delicious and our waitress was really attentive and present . Will definitely return one day

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Sunni
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went before a show and we arrived at happy hour. The tacos and margaritas were great. Good value for the money

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vipOceansoffun
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food predictably good - overall service top notch - an overall positive vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great experience at Cantina Feliz! Our waitress was so kind and we dined during happy hour. We both ordered margaritas and took our waitress’s suggestion on the grand and tropical margaritas. They were so good. The nachos were top notch and we will definitely dine here again.

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vipPedro
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great stop. Wait staff very well trained. I will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and drinks
Good, friendly service

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TaylorK
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and delicious food and drinks. Lovely ambiance as well.

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DonnaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Due to last minute change from our planned trip to NYC decided to revisit Calaca for my 70th birthday celebration bringing my husband for the 1st time (he's 81). As in previous visits, enjoyed the guac sampler (especially the fig, blue cheese, and bacon) & chorizo fundido (addition of peppers was great) . Menu has changed a bit since our last visit & appear to have(understandable) price increases. Disappointed there were no "specials". We're always excited by new items. All enjoyed their entree choices. a little disappointed there was no acknowledgement of birthday, but perhaps staff were distracted by rather angry discussion at adjacent table with much larger group of diners.
We'll be back when weather improves in the spring.

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LovelyLunch
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect neighborhood place before a show at The Met. So warm and friendly; food is fantastic and good value.

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LBeeJay
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great spot for Mexican food

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HawaC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an incredible dining experience at Cantina Feliz. The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Our server was amazing! And let’s not forget the food. We ordered the Mahi and Baja taco and guacamole with chips and they were all really good. The tropical and original margarita were also very good. Overall, we had a great time and highly recommend.

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LIsaR
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipAdam
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Solid Mexican in a neighborhood with very few. Also good for a group.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service, Pete was a tremendous waiter and helped my two boys find items on the menu they would enjoy. Overall a great night in Fairmount.

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Holly
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and filling. The vibe was great - could go for a fancier meal or more casual, eithr way would fit.

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MIke
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good local neighborhood spot! Food was decent and drinks were good! Always wanted to stop by and glad we did.

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vipCynthiaO
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Would be good to be clear that only the brunch menu was available before we looked at the QR code menus.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Eating outdoors was cozy under the heaters and much quieter than inside. Great food with creative vegetarians options and really tasty margaritas!

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JasonA
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found this place looking for a quick Mexican bite. Service was great, food was excellent. Would definitely return!! 5 stars

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DenaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been to Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington many many times. In fact, I used to work there! My wife and I were visiting the Art Museum and I remembered Calaca Feliz was right around the corner. Everything was great! the food was even better than I remembered and the server was not only attentive but super friendly! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was very good and was reasonably priced. The decor was colorful and fun. I didn’t care for the noise level as it was hard to have a conversation and hear responses.

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LyWang
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Visited for a friends birthday tonight. I was surprised by the layout of the place; a lot bigger than I expected. Noise level was a bit high but that’s because each table was filled.

We ordered 2 separate pitchers of margaritas, the guacamole sampler, and each an entree. The drinks were tasty. Each pitcher provided about 4 full glasses of drinks with prices averaging between $35-$55 per pitcher depending on which you picked and if you added in any extras. I would say 4 glasses is a less amount than you’d typically get at other restaurants (I’ve been to places where pitchers will equate to 6 or 7 glasses) but their pitchers do get you buzzed. Definitely need another pitcher if you’d like to keep that buzz on a night out with friends (if sharing).

The guacamole sampler was a good value. You get 3 of the 4 options they offer for guac. BUT they are smaller portions (of course) so it isn’t serve in the molcajete, if you’re expecting that.

I got the Baja tacos and I will have to say, it is one the best fish tacos I’ve had around. They also provided the option of the fish being grilled or fried, depending on which type of fish is ordered. Two tacos were served for my dish but they were not skimpy!

My friends ordered a burrito, the fundido, and the short rib enchiladas - all were very appealing to the eyes and the taste buds.

I was too full for dessert but the offerings seemed tasty (butterscotch budino and churro ice cream).

The servers were all very kind. They were quite busy running around to different areas in the restaurant (there’s an outdoor area out front and one inside, not to mention the main dining room). They didn’t take our food requests right away but I definitely did not feel rushed by the restaurant. We were able to just enjoy our drinks and eat at our leisure when we did order. The reservation was reserved for 1.5 hours but they made sure to make us feel like we could stay as long as we were enjoying ourselves.

I’d come back here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had brunch in their covered outdoor seating out front because of rain. Everything was great - food, service etc.

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AlisaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and margarita was awesome as well, they also had nice accommodations for families, with a high chair for my son and even a changing table in the bathroom. Great for families with small kids

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vipMarcus
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is our 3rd time here and the food is always good. The place was full and very noisy on a Friday night despite a driving rain storm. Our server was friendly but apparently she was the only one in the whole place! Unfortunately this is all too common. We had the tuna guacamole to share which was awesome! Then we each had tacos: fish x2, mushroom and chicken. All very good with fresh crisp ingredients. Kitchen was a bit slow, but again par for the course. Overall this is a reliable, poplar neighborhood place with very good food at a reasonable price. Worth the wait but noise was deafening at times.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

While we absolutely love this place and cite it as one of the best spots in Philly for authentic Mexican, the service sometimes is a miss. We booked a dinner reservation for 8:45pm and arrived on time. Once seated and greeted by the server, I put in appetizers and a drinks for us to start with until we decided on additional bites. Once we were ready to add onto our order (shortly after 9pm), our server informed us that the kitchen closed at 9:00 and was no longer taking food orders. At no point were we informed of this and there was no mention of this on the site prior to booking. When we asked the server why she never mentioned this, she responded that she assumed the hostess would have informed us and that “time got away from her so she didn’t realize the time”. I cannot imagine why reservations would be accepted 15 minutes before the kitchen closes (especially if someone were to arrive within the 15 minute grace period, God-forbid) considering that people rarely make reservations just to grab drinks. To add insult to injury, after $80+ on apps and a pitcher, we were never even offered or served the house chips and salsa. It really sucked to make dinner reservations and not have had the opportunity to actually have “dinner”. Bummer.

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MisterAndMrsMilman
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed their patio. Food was great. Bar was slow.

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JenMillerasa
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time doing the outdoor dining and it was perfect. Food is always amazing and the staff was lovely!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome. Back patio was warm and beautiful. Excellent food as always. Great margaritas!

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vipJayna
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Calaca is consistently great between food and drinks and service.

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ElisabethE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was seated outside on the back patio, with lots of space and privacy between tables and, with beautiful plants and lighting. The food & drink was excellent, and the tequila list was out-of-this-world. My server knew everything there was to know about the different tequila brands, and was also able to answer all my questions about the food menu. Next time I'll hang out at the bar and sample a few more kinds of agave juice, just for fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good it’s always great. You won’t be disappointed by their service.

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You can order delivery directly from Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz using the Order Online button. Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 787-9930.

Cantina 'Calaca' Feliz is rated 4.7 stars by 1145 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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