La Calaca Feliz

4.7
958 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La 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.

La Calaca 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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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 958 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Drinks & Wonderful service. The Nachos are amazing!!!

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Alex
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, we will definitely be coming back

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mayayaya
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great quality and very flavorful, our server recommended us the tropical margarita and chicken enchiladas and they were amazing! Will be back again

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BridgetC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was spectacular as usual! Food/drinks are delish! My food came out pretty cold, I never send anything back (used to work as a server and I know what it’s like) but I asked them to warm my tacos. Server handled it flawlessly and apologized. Everything was great! Favorite carnitas in the city!

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Itskatnotcat
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was great and the food and cocktails were delicious. Highly recommend the baja fish tacos and the mezcal margarita!

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SalouaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The food and ambiance were all okay but my friends and I ended up being kicked out mid meal.

We went early, around 4-4:30. It was pretty quiet as there was just one other party sitting with us. It said outdoor dining in the reservation which i thought meant in front of the building but they actually have a fake gazebo like tent INSIDE the restaurant. Tables were not well spaced, if it had been crowded it would definitely be note for caution.

We got nachos for the starter as well as 2 drinks each. The tropical margarita was so sweet and so good! First marg I’ve seen to have honeydew in it so it def piqued my interest. I later ordered sangria but it was significantly watered down. We ordered blackened mahi tacos and carnitas tacos which were both cooked well, I just wish they had more sauce and toppings because the fish was slightly drier.

Here comes the service issue.

Our reservation was for 4 PM and apparently the restaurant has a 1.5 hour seating limit? Very strange considering most dinner outings I’ve been to will last 2 hours at minimum? Around the hour mark someone approached us and informed that we had 20 minutes left. Whatever, we figured if we were eating they weren’t actually going to kick paying customers out. We decided to order tacos. We were very wrong. Apparently they booked the table for 3 older white women and when these women arrived the servers brought us the check and to go boxes and essentially stood over us making that fake service “I’m so sorry I have to do this” smile saying they needed the table and we were going to have to leave.

I recognize restaurant policy but this was unnecessary and embarrassing to my friends and myself. Although I would have understood had we been loitering for an excessive amont of time, I think if you do not have the capability to allow patrons to sit and complete their meal comfortably maybe you shouldn’t double book!

Food isn’t worth it overall! Go somewhere else

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vipLizGYum
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the Cauliflower tacos and spicy Margarita!! Lots of options for non-meat eaters.

La Calaca Feliz
Responded on 14 November 2020

So glad you enjoyed our newest vegetarian addition! See you soon!

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annecs
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service is outstanding!!!! Seated in the back patio which i would recommend

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JeffreyK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Philly. The black bass may be the best dish in all of Philly. The margaritas are always perfect. I can’t recommend this place enough!!!We go here every chance we get.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first dining experience since March. We sat in the outdoor court yard and the tables were very socially distant. I was very happy to see the high level of care they took to be clean and the use of protective gear (including face shield and gloves). The food was outstandingly delicious and our portions were plentiful. Our waiter was very helpful and personable and in-spite of all the protective gear it was easy to hear and understand him. I look forward to returning soon!

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vipbrittychop
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have always loved La Calaca, but returning after covid was a wonderful experience. They are clearly concerned about both staff and guest safety here. We waited outside for our table to be ready and they took our temperature upon entry (to get to the back outdoor patio). The service was wonderful and attentive, the food came out fast and hot, and a few managers stopped by to check on us. I am grateful that there are places like La Calaca where we can (safely) forget the state of the world for a little while. Thank you for your wonderful food & service!

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Tchamber79
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I’d never been here so when they asked if we wanted to sit outside I thought they only had the street side seating. Come to find out they’ve got a great outdoor alley out back. Ask for those seats. We gave the ginormous guacamole app an A, but the enchiladas and burrito a B-. All in all it’s a great place for a group of 4 to hang out but I prob wouldn’t bring a date to impress there.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience2

Amazing food my only callout is the restaurant never turns the heat in and it’s freezing .

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vipLoriK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always have a great meal and drinks at La Calaca!

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vipNatalieB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

As a resident of Fairmount, La Calaca Feliz is a top place to go. When you walk in you're welcomed by a bar, then are taken to the back where there is indoor seating and outdoor seating in the back garden. As for COVID guidelines they are doing great - tables are far away and you feel safe. First, the Tropical Margarita is amazing! Not too sweet and a good amount of added flavor from the different fruits. The Chicken Nachos were cheesy and had a lot of extras on it (peppers, onions, beans, sour cream) that made it taste more gourmet than usual. For entree had the Shrimp Tacos with corn slaw that was creamy and added just the right about of taste for the grilled shrimp. Go & try this place out for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved this place!!! As someone who is from Phoenix Arizona the Mexican food was was bomb. ❤️

JM
JanineM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first time dining at this restaurant. Our server, Lucas was not only very handsome, he was very professional, knowledgeable and good at his job. He recommended the Brussel sprout tacos and they were delicious! He also recommended the Tropical Margarita and I loved it! My friend loved the fish tacos so much, she had to compliment the chefs in the kitchen! The restaurant atmosphere was open, warm and inviting. We ate on the back patio and it was lovely. Overall, I would give my first visit 5 stars. I definitely will be back.

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vipKellyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marvin was the best!! He was a great waiter and the food and drinks were delicious.

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vipPhillyFoodieWB
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Everything was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The drinks and the food was delicious we had the guacamole , tilapia tacos and shrimp tacos ..

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the experience.

JO
JonathanO
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. We will be back again. All Excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happy hour margaritas were great and the food was delicious

JB
JohnB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great margaritas and fish tacos. Service was very good even with the difficult restrictions imposed on the servers by the city. Will definitely return.

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vipLoveFood
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Too many tables one waitress had to cover. Wait was too long for food and drinks, likely they didn’t have enough staff preparing the food either. We end up staying 2 hours for 2 people for just one drink and a meal.

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vipJake
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server was amazing. So accommodating. My friend and I were celebrating her birthday. I didn't mention it to the server; she overheard us talking and surprised both of us with a birthday ice cream scoop, candle and all.

Lots of other helpful service.

Food is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Too much to say. I will say the restaurant was sympathetic and sincere in correcting the problems that transpired.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La calaca Feliz never disappoints. They have made dining during Covid a very pleasant experience.

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Morgan
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience1

Called ahead to let them know we would be 15 minutes late for our reservation. They kept repeating that they needed the table back at 7:15, but the waitress kicked us out at 7 pm. Had 45 minutes to get dinner and drinks. There was no wait for a table and plenty of open ones when we left.

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DanaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marvin was great our server was great.
Everyone was spaced for covid protection, obvious and frequent cleaning, and temperature check at the door upon entry.

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vipJeff
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice place to have diner on outside patio area

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4Mom
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Added bowls since they reopened.

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EbonyH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the service and food! Especially the extra layer of precautions by taking temperatures. The food quality is always consistent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fun girl’s night

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Chris
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Place was solid, 100% will be coming back when I'm in the area and will recommend if anyone I know is going down there. To the Art Museum, what have you. Food was great and the server was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience5

The food was good and our waiter was great. However a manager came up to the table of my cousin and I and said “I need this table for another reservation so Uh Yea.” and walked away. We wanted to order more and were waiting for our waiter to get more but after that we just decided to leave. Not sure if he did that because we were the only brown people in the restaurant or not but it was very rude. Especially how he worded it and his demeanor. I’m highly disappointed. We were not being disruptive or anything just paying customers like everyone else. There never was mentioned of a time limit and we were only there for an hour.

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vipjean1
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was prompt. Area was clean. Social distancing was appropriate. Now for the good stuff. The shrimp tacos were excellent. There are three small tacos with fresh ingredients. Very flavorful.
I had white sangria. Very fruity albeit very sweet

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vipTracy
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding dinner. Our server AJA was great. Thank you

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ElaineE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LCF was one of my favorite restaurants before the pandemic, and it is great to see that they are maintaining their business at this time. The outdoor seating was lovely—I didn’t feel too crowded. Food was as good as it always was!

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TylerH
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great. Highly recommend 👌 we loved the food

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La Calaca Feliz is rated 4.7 stars by 958 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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