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The 15 Best Mexican Restaurants Near University City, Philadelphia

Updated: June 28, 2022

After the best al pastor and corn tortilla in University City? These are our favorite restaurants for Mexican cuisine. We analyzed millions of reviews from top review sites so you could find the best Mexican options in University City. Grab a Mexican beer and tuck into the enchilada and corn chips at one of these fantastic University City eateries.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

Distrito

Mexican, $$, University CityMexican, $$Philadelphia, University City
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5
  • USA Today

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  • Trip 101, 2019

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Copabanana

Mexican, $$, University CityMexican, $$Philadelphia, University City
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.0

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Cafe Ynez

Mexican, $, Graduate HospitalMexican, $Philadelphia, Graduate Hospital
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • TimeOut, 2017

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    TimeOut, 2017
  • Philly Bite Magazine, 2019

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    Philly Bite Magazine, 2019

El Rey

Mexican, $$, RittenhouseMexican, $$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
  • USA Today

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  • Thrillist, 2022

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Tequilas Restaurant

Mexican, $$$, RittenhouseMexican, $$$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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  • Three Best Rated

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Jose Pistola's

Mexican, $$, RittenhouseMexican, $$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
  • Trip 101, 2019

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    Trip 101, 2019
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Don Barriga Mexican Grill

Mexican, $$, Spruce HillMexican, $$Philadelphia, Spruce Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

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  • Infatuation

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    Infatuation

Mission Taqueria

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

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    TimeOut, 2017
  • Eater, 2017

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    Eater, 2017

Buena Onda

Mexican, $$, Logan SquareMexican, $$Philadelphia, Logan Square
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut, 2017

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    TimeOut, 2017
  • Eater, 2019

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    Eater, 2019

Rosy's Taco Bar

Mexican, $, RittenhouseMexican, $Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Philly Bite Magazine, 2019

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    Philly Bite Magazine, 2019
  • Philly Bite Magazine, 2020

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    Philly Bite Magazine, 2020

El Techo

Mexican, $$, RittenhouseMexican, $$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5
  • Eater, 2017

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    Eater, 2017
  • Thrillist, 2022

    Where to Eat and Drink Outside in Philly Right Now

    Thrillist, 2022

Loco Pez

Mexican, $$, Graduate HospitalMexican, $$Philadelphia, Graduate Hospital
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5
  • Thrillist, 2022

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    Thrillist, 2022

Tico's Tacos Tex Mex

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

El Taco

Mexican, $, PoweltonMexican, $Philadelphia, Powelton
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Los Camaradas

Mexican, $$, Graduate HospitalMexican, $$Philadelphia, Graduate Hospital
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How was this list created?

Picking the right Mexican restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 16402 restaurants, and 770 lists and articles from top sources like Thrillist, Eater and Infatuation. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Thrillist - Where to Eat and Drink Outside in Philly Right Now, Eater - Where to Eat and Drink Along the Ben Franklin Parkway and Infatuation - Where To Eat And Drink In Kensington. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Common questions

The highest-rated Mexican restaurants for delivery in University City are Distrito, Copabanana, and QDOBA Mexican Eats.

Distrito, Copabanana, and QDOBA Mexican Eats are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants that are good for groups in University City.

Distrito, Copabanana, and QDOBA Mexican Eats are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a quick lunch in University City.

Distrito, QDOBA Mexican Eats, and Chipotle Mexican Grill are vegetarian-friendly Mexican restaurants in University City.

Distrito, Copabanana, and QDOBA Mexican Eats are some of the highest-rated late-night Mexican spots in University City.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for ESB with beef burrito

    To elevate your beef burrito experience, we recommend some ESB to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this beer balances fatty flavours.

  • Pale Ale and bean, cheese, rice burrito


    Experts would recommend a beer as a pairing to your bean, cheese, rice burrito, specifically Pale Ale because it cuts through richness.

  • A next-level pairing for Indian Pale Ale

    When ordering cheesy chicken and rice burrito, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Indian Pale Ale, a popular beer.

Factoids

  • The ideal pairing

    Experts recommend pairing steak with tea, complementing the fatty taste of the food with the tannin-rich flavors of the drink.

  • Once upon a time

    fish taco has an interesting history, but it is generally agreed upon that it originates from Mexico. The tasty dish has become immensely popular and sought after throughout the world.

  • A traditional dish

    When in Mexico it would be criminal not to try out the mole. GIve it a go so you can say you had the full experience.

Parking in the area

Getting a good parking spot in University City can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. 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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