Fabulous food, fun atmosphere! We went for Cinco de Mayo and had a blast. French toast is amazing.
Where is the tequila in the margarita?. Visited the resturant on Wed 9th February 2011 around 5:30pm, for the first time, where me and my 7 co-workers were warmly greeted and seated upstairs. This was the first time that I had visited a resturant where the appetizer portions were larger that the entrees. The food was over priced for the portions that were served. Most of us ordered marqaritas which were extremely small for $10-$12. The margaritas seemed not to contain any alcohol. Prior to going there I had been told that the " Margaritas were second to none and that they really packed a punch." Almost everyone in my party had two drinks. The following day at work , we were discussing the Distrito. Most agreed that the food was very tasty although portioned small and almost everyone said that they wondered what happened with the margaritas. Most agreed that we were served virgin drinks (without alcohol). We all agreed that if we went again that we would just order "shots" to ensure that we would get the after work buzz that we all were expecting. After all has been said and done, I would say that $374 was spent for a couple of hours of conversation and appetizing.
Eh...I probably wouldn't go back..
This place has good food if it was a lot cheaper and had bigger portions. A lot of the staff is somewhat rude, waited over an hour with a reservation, etc..
35 dollar tasting menu per person was honestly worth about 12 dollars MAX....they do a LOT of up-selling here and it's obvious..which is one of my biggest pet peeves. anything you ask you are directed to the most expensive option from the bar to the food. I am not cheap. I'll happily pay 100 dollars on myself if it's worth it but this place is not. They even charge for regular salsa?! Are you kidding me? These dudes need to tkae a trip to SoCal and see how it's really done.
Great food, amazing ambience!. My husband took me here for my birthday..I loved the place, the food was amazing. The ambience was great, I was very excited about the taxi table. Very cool!!
Very, Very, Good. Just wanted to say that I went with my family last night and found this place to be phenomenal. The decor is great, and the food is delicious. Though the plates are small, if you've eaten that day, two to three dishes should satisfy you. So, instead of ordering all your food at once, ask your waiter if you can order in increments. I recommend starting with the Guacamole Chips, then the Chicken Enchilada, and then moving on to the Chicken Tacos. End with the Tres Leches Cake.
Not up to par with other Garces restaurants.
First off, I love Jose Garces' other two restaurants (Amada and Tinto). This restaurant does not come even close to his other two. They went with a modern interior, and I understand the need to not want white table cloths, but I think they went a little over board. Instead of looking cool it looks like a chain restaurant or a Starr restaurant.
Hostess was not rude but not polite when we arrived. Despite having a reservation, a table was not ready. We ordered a total of 6 menu items. Only 5 arrived at the table. The guac was disappointing. way too much lime in it. The other dishes were okay, but liked the refinement that I have seen at other garces restaurants. Many of the items were "modern" or "fresh" takes on traditional dishes. For my money, these conceptions failed to meet up to their traditional counter parts.
Dessert was pretty good. However, we also ordered coffee, which was never served and had to be taken off the bill.
All in all, not worth the trip out to University City. I still give it three stars, because the food was not bad, and its still a fun environment. However, for the money you are going to drop here, I suggest going some place else.
King of Philadelphia's contemporary Latin food empire Jose Garces scores another hit with an eccentrically festive West Philadelphia Mexican cantina..
Named one of Esquire magazine's 20 Best Restaurants of 2008, Distrito expands Jose Garces' repertoire from Spain (Amada and Tinto) to Mexico and goes for the gusto with small plate fare that updates traditional moles, sopas, ceviches and huaraches (flat breads). More fun than fancy, this two-story emporium with a bar on each level -- is cheerfully noisy, fancifully outfitted with Mexican wrestling masks, porch swings and patio decorations, and pink - we're talking floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall, stand-up-and-be-noticed pink. And the extensive tequila list, fresh-fruit margaritas in flavors like watermelon and local beers on tap splash an added dose of "Arriba" on an already fiesta-like dining experience.
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