5 Best Mexican Restaurants: Philadelphia

These are 5 of the best Mexican restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can eat at any of the casual, comfort food-style taquerias, or eat at a more sophisticated location. Either way, you'll leave happy and satisfied with the great cuisine at any of these best Mexican restaurants.

  1. Distrito Restaurant. This casually elegant restaurant is located near the University of Pennsylvania. It serves upscale authentic Mexican cuisine. The chef, Jose Garces, even competed and won on "The Next Iron Chef." Try the Huarache de Hongos, or the Chilango Chop. Special weekend brunches are also available. You'll love the wonderful decor. Distrito Restaurant: ‎3945 Chestnut St.

  2. El Vez. This lively and offbeat restaurant is located near the University of Pennsylvania. It serves American-Mexican cuisine. It has a trendy bar, serving awesome Margaritas. Try the Shrimp Ceviche or the Mexican Pizza. You'll really have to make reservations with El Vez, because it's very popular! El Vez: ‎121 South 13th St.

  3. Taqueria Veracruzana. This casual, cheerful, and family-friendly restaurant is located in the South Philly neighborhood. It serves authentic Veracruz-style Mexican cuisine. Try the Cactus Steak or any of their delicious tacos. Don't forget to try the Green Salsa. Talk about your comfort food! Taqueria Veracruzana: ‎908 Washington Ave.

  4. Tequilas Restaurant & Bar. Tequilas is located in the Rittenhouse neighborhood. It's upscale and elegant with beautiful murals decorating the walls. This will be another romantic favorite for you lovers, and a great location to hold a party. It serves authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine. For fish lovers, try the Pescado al Mango. Please, get reservations for this restaurant, because it's also very popular. Tequilas Restaurant & Bar: ‎1602 Locust St.

  5. Xochitl‎. This romantic and sophisticated restaurant is located in the Center City area. It serves authentic Mexican cuisine. The staff is very attentive. Try the Cazuela de Chorizo y Papas, or the Parrillada, if you're a meat lover. Highly recommended is the Clericot cocktail (white wine, tequila, orange liqueur, oranges, strawberries, and kiwi). You can make this restaurant one of your favorites for a date night! Xochitl‎: 408 South 2nd St.