El Barrio Cantina And Tequllia

4.1
54 reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar means a community tavern. Our name perfectly corresponds to what our establishment provides on a daily basis. With an energetic interior design, fresh tex-mex inspired flavors and staff that serves with a smiling face - after just one meal you'll feel as if you've been a member of our community your whole life. So come in with your loved ones, order a refreshing margarita (with or without salt), share a few orders of guacamole and establish your new "go-to" place today!

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 54 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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vipPriv8diner
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

This used to be one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. After it changed ownership, the food is more standard American than authentic Mexican, and service deteriorated badly. My wife and I were there for dinner tonight. We were seated, and twenty minutes later were not only not served, but every one of the wait staff completely ignored us: no acknowledgement of being busy, no water, no drink order. We ended up leaving having never been acknowledged by wait staff.

It is off our list of places to dine, and I cannot recommend it at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

We had a reservation. The back room we were taken too was empty at the time we arrived. We got some chips and salsa right away. It took 30 minutes to get a beverage, even though it was water, and an hour and fifteen minutes to receive our food . My order was correct, My girlfriend ordered steak and got chicken. We just ate it , as it was another thirty minutes before anyone checked on us. The waitress was not able to take any orders without using her ipad to search them out, no drink or menu familiarity. She obviously pressed the wrong order options, they should go back to paper and pen. Despite being the wrong dish , the food was decent. But based on not being very crowded, the time/wait was unacceptable.

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vipMarkS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

This place just changed management and they have not gotten their act together. We were served Sangria which turned out to be purple water and corn chowder which was a bowl of cream tasteless mush. The main courses were just average and without much flavor. We won't be back.

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vipLOU27
Philadelphia
124 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal. Reasonably priced and flavorful each and every time. Wonderful staff. A definite weekly visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

My husband and I enjoy dining at this restaurant. The food is always delicious and reasonably priced.

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Barrionotsogood
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Disappointing. I ordered the Short Rib Tacos and Mexican Street Corn. Both dishes contained FROZEN corn! Frozen corn has a lot of water and ruined both dishes. For the prices charged this should have not been frozen corn. Our server was not so attentive but I take in consideration the current labor shortage. This could be a really great place but not this time.

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vipLOU27
Philadelphia
124 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow!! What a find!! Great food, great value, and cool decor! Definitely a winner

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ElTeddy
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Price and value were on point !

JM
JoanM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

App's were just okay. Taco's were really good. Our server was great!

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Brian
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

First…I like the atmosphere. Did a good job with the rustic look. But someone needs to check the spice rack. From the salsa to the beef fajitas there no real Tex Mex seasoning. The beef in the fajitas had no flavor: Having dealt with well known Tex Mex restaurants in Texas I have a good sense of seasoning but it’s lacking. Just some salt, pepper, and garlic will pick it up. Compliments to the beer list that is not overloaded with IPA’s like other restaurants.

CB
CherylB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We used to eat at El Barrio very often over 5 years ago. However, they started to decline and the food and drinks were HORRIBLE! We have yet to return. Friends told us that they changed hands and things were better, so we decided to give it a try! We are SOOOOO happy that we did. The food, drinks, service, everything was awesome! We can't wait to go back. Feeling very happy!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Very strange atmosphere didn’t match the food. Drinks mediocre food severely underwhelming. Could have made the sale tacos at home for about 10 dollars and fed my whole family

LG
LGfoodie
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Food was not good... waitress did not refill waters, kept having to ask and it seemed like a chore. Out of 5 apps we only liked 1. 2nd margarita had no salt or lime. Then she brought our check without asking if we’d like dessert, which we did ... we went somewhere else. If we did not get the happy hour deal, We would’ve been annoyed at how much money we spent on food that was not good. Would never go back, and that’s saying a lot when 2/4 of the guests are enormous Mexican fans :(

CS
CarlaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bar/restaurant! Saw a local band here this past weekend, band was great, food was good, great beer and service! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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vipJaeI
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Food was disgusting. Truly disappointing meal. To top that off the service was not exactly welcoming or patient.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was delicious, a great discover in the area!

JM
JoanM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, Drinks & Service were all great. Looking forward to going back.

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vipnancyg
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

The fish and shrimp tacos were both gross. Dripping wet slaw made the tortilla soggy. The bartender asked how the food was and he clearly saw I didn’t like them as I only ate one of the three barely and he did nothing.

They also don’t give you chips and salsa like they used to do. How does a Mexican restaurant not give you chips and salsa and stay in business.

Everyone I speak to says drinks are decent but food stinks.

KG
KatieG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food tasted great, great service, great environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Staff was friendly; food and drinks were good!

MM
MariaM
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

I asked for a table with an umbrella I was told it was being saved in case a larger party came in. No other larger party came in. Food was bland in taste they need a chef that actually knows how to season food. Because I was unable to get a table with an umbrella I had pollen and other debris falling on my food. Won't bother with this place again. One and done. Dissatisfied and disappointing.

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BrianB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We had to send the crab guacamole back because it was incredibly salty, other then that great drinks, service

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NotYourAvgPhillyPhan
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and margaritas were fantatsic. Absolutely will go back again for the crabby queso dip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food never disappoints. We substituted the shrimp and chorizo quesadillas for chicken and chorizo. Their queso is the best around. Staff is always friendly, drinks are reasonably priced, and you definitely get your money’s worth for food. We always bring home leftovers.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the second time we were here. Love the inside of El Barrio, a kind of "Day of the Dead" decor. The food is delicious, large portions and the prices are so resonable for what you get. We love the Mon.-Thurs. "Happy Hour" where one of their house margaritas is only $3.50 - and quite delicious. We will definitely be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service

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Stephanie
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Patio dining was great! Felt clean and safe, and with great service, ambiance, food and drinks we felt like we were on a Mexican vacation!

TM
vipTomM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was very good. Service was excellent. Good value. But extremely disappointing to look into the kitchen area on multiple occasions from my seat and not see a single worker wearing a mask. One person wore his around his chin. The others didn’t do that much. I’m assuming/hoping that they’re all vaccinated. Wouldn’t care except there’s a conspicuous sign as you enter that says that effective May 31, vaccinated employees will not be required to wear masks. Until then, however, they should be worn and the management should enforce their own rule.

JK
JillK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Mother’s Day dinner with the family!

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Newtownfoodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to El Barrio Cantina for the first time on Mother’s Day and had a great time! We will definitely be back!

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SteveD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good meal and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

Food was ok.... beef tacos were super salty and the salsa tasted like marinara sauce. The drinks were great and the service was good.

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DavidW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

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Frequenteater
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

House margaritas were very good and it was nice to get out for a change. The fried avocado appetizer special was very good and the entrees were solid as well.

JS
JohnS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great food, service and drinks. Friendly and safe atmosphere.

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vipMarlak
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Theeee best spicy margarita ever!!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

This is our second time trying it, unfortunately we will not be going back. They are so short staffed and the food is sub par. A disorganized mess.

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vipTina
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience1

We made reservations using open table - when we arrived the hostess told us she could not honor our reservation request. She told us that “other reservations” had taken our request of a high top. We found out as we observed this was not the case. Our table was given to friends of hostess who simply drank beer and ate chips. The overall experience was quite frustrating. Masks were not worn as people moved about the restaurant. When I asked the waitress she agreed it was ridiculous that the mask wearing was not enforced. I asked about a manager and no one ever came over.

The waitress did a good job and food was good. Unfortunately they have more than likely lost our business for good.

AK
AKAdiner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

The food was ok. I have been here previously and the shrimp is always pretty good. Our waitress this time was not great. There was barely anyone in the restaurant due to Covid and she still ignored us, brought out the wrong drink order and didn't correct it. She brought out fajitas with cold rice, beans and no tortillas. She said she would bring them but then forgot when she went off to chat with a table of coworkers. I had to remind her and by that time my food was cold so I just took it home. I have enjoyed it here before but I don't think I will be back, unfortunately.

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MarieP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was delicious! Margaritas were good but the service not so much. I understand that staffing may be an issue right now but waiting for a cocktail til after you received the check is not okay

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You can order delivery directly from El Barrio Cantina And Tequllia using the Order Online button. El Barrio Cantina And Tequllia also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 685-0725.

El Barrio Cantina And Tequllia is rated 4.1 stars by 54 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.