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The 15 Best Mexican Restaurants Near Center City, Philadelphia

Updated: June 28, 2022

Fancy a fajita? How about a burrito? You will find the best Center City has to offer at these Mexican restaurants. We assimilated millions of diner and critic reviews from top review sites to find the best tortillas in Center City. Grab a Mexican beer and tuck into the enchilada and corn chips at one of these fantastic Center City eateries.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

El Merkury at the Market

Latin, $, Center CityLatin, $Philadelphia, Center City
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 4.5

If you travel further

El Rey

Mexican, $$, RittenhouseMexican, $$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
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El Vez

Mexican, $$, Washington SquareMexican, $$Philadelphia, Washington Square
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

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Lolita

Mexican, $$, Washington SquareMexican, $$Philadelphia, Washington Square
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Tequilas Restaurant

Mexican, $$$, RittenhouseMexican, $$$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Quetzally

Mexican, $, HawthorneMexican, $Philadelphia, Hawthorne
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Jose Pistola's

Mexican, $$, RittenhouseMexican, $$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
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Mission Taqueria

Mexican, $$, RittenhouseMexican, $$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut, 2017

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  • Eater, 2017

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Buena Onda

Mexican, $$, Logan SquareMexican, $$Philadelphia, Logan Square
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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El Purepecha

Mexican, $, Callow HillMexican, $Philadelphia, Callow Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2017

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Lucha Cartel

Mexican, $$, Old CityMexican, $$Philadelphia, Old City
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
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  • Philly Bite Magazine, 2019

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Rosy's Taco Bar

Mexican, $, RittenhouseMexican, $Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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La Chinesca

Mexican, $$, Callow HillMexican, $$Philadelphia, Callow Hill
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Thrillist, 2022

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Taco & Ramen

Mexican, $$, Society HillMexican, $$Philadelphia, Society Hill
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Mexi-Talian Grill Restaurant

Mexican, $$, Society HillMexican, $$Philadelphia, Society Hill
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Why is this list better than others?

Picking the right Mexican restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 16402 spots across Philadelphia, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 770 lists and articles from the likes of Eater and Philly Bite Magazine – applying our boam magic to sift through results. These spots have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat and Drink Along the Ben Franklin Parkway, Philly Bite Magazine - Best Nachos in Philadelphia, PA and Philly Bite Magazine - The Best Tacos and Taquerias in Philadelphia. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

FAQ

El Merkury at the Market is the highest-rated Mexican restaurant that serves breakfast in Center City.

El Merkury at the Market is the highest-rated Mexican restaurant for delivery in Center City.

There are 1 Mexican restaurants in Center City.

The highest-rated late-night Mexican spot is El Merkury at the Market in Center City.

El Merkury at the Market is the highest-rated Mexican restaurant for take-out in Center City.

Drink pairing tips

  • ESB and beef burrito


    A glass of something that balances fatty flavours should be what you pair your beef burrito with. You can’t go wrong pairing your food with a beer like ESB.

  • Pair bean, cheese, rice burrito with Pale Ale

    To elevate your bean, cheese, rice burrito experience, we recommend some Pale Ale to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this beer cuts through richness.

  • The perfect match for your fish burrito

    When having fish burrito, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Pale Ale, a popular beer.

Interesting facts

  • Since the 1900s

    The burrito was only thought up in 1900s! We wonder what people ever did without some good burrito in their lives...

  • A speedy eater

    Are you a fan offish taco? The current record for eating the most fish taco is 23 tacos! Do you love fish taco enough to beat this record?

  • A delicious pairing

    Should you find yourself on the streets of Mexico be sure to sample the local cerveza preparada one of the country's most classic and popular drinks!

Parking in the area

Parking in Center City can be a challenge. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Mexican spot.

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