Lucha Cartel

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444 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Lucha Cartel serves up the freshest traditional Mexican cuisine, along with many delicious margaritas to choose from, a wide selection of hard-to-find Tequilas, and a rotating beer selection. Late night events include Salsa Tuesdays and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.

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StevenW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Ok food but ear-drum destroying noisy. They could fix that with a lot of acoustic panels.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place our waiter Carlos was amazing make sure you ask for him if you visit, which I recommend that you do I will definitely come back .

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vipLisaR
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really liked it! Our server, Maggie was amazing and attentive even when she was really busy. Food took a while but it was worth the wait. Very tasty, full of flavors and priced right. The atmosphere was amazing: it features Salsa and Bachata nights as well as a club with a DJ after 9pm. It has a Mexican Dia De Los Muertos ambiance and you can still carry a conversation in spite of the music. High recommend their chicken empanadas and chicken enchiladas. Going back!

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Loud, but I should have expected that from a Tex mex during happy hour on Friday. The tacos were dry, kinda bland. The guacamole was pretty bland too. Margaritas were watered down. No real redeeming features except for the nice waiter.

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Nice2dine
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great there

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vipJayLovesTacos
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing little find down in Old City. Good food, friendly staff, delicious Margaritas.
Great Valentine's Day dinner.
This place will be THE place to go for
"Dia de Muertos" Enjoy

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Noise level was kind of high but that may have been due to the restaurant itself being small. Bill wasn’t bad either

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KimD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Carlos was absolutely amazing!! The food was fabulous and the ambiance was fantastic. The cheese quesadillas and nachos were delicious and the margaritas were great. We had both mango and strawberry! Highly recommend!

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Walker
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was dry. I wouldn’t recommend. Went for a casual Valentine’s Day dinner and it wasn’t worth it. We ordered takeout after we left

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Definitely will return

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vipKiki
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Food was extremely bland, no spices whatsoever. We ordered drinks, those also were not good, especially for the price. It is VERY loud inside, hard to have a conversation, and the restaurant was only half empty. I also must mention that they are not ADA compliant, in the 1.5 hours we were there, I could not use the restroom because it is down a flight of stairs. The positive of the evening was our server, she was very pleasant and tried to make our evening a good one.

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vipKknj
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had an early dinner here on Saturday. It was an average experience. Service was not great (they were not busy so no excuse ) and the food and drinks were just ok. Definitely a neat atmosphere but probably won’t go back.

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vipSteveandlaura
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun and noisy with a very young vibe. The food is fresh and interesting and definitely a cut way above many mexican restaurants in terms of preparation, variety and creativity. Recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Great drinks and food. Great service too! Only complaint... I’ve made a reservation 2xs now with high top seating requested and I have had low seats, this isn’t a deal breaker but attention to details do matter.

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vipDB21
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was to celebrate my daughters birthday and we enjoyed all of the food. Guacamole, chicken enchiladas, shrimp with coconut glaze were fabulous. My cousin had the whole Branzino which was So full of bones that he couldn’t really enjoy it. It did say “whole” so he should have known but we figured maybe some of the bones would have been removed Well next time he won’t order that!! Otherwise margaritas and service were very good!!
I highly recommend Lucha Cartel. Very authentic too

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It was loud, and the table I was sitting at felt like a community table with the other two on my left and right. Not ideal for a date

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good good, great prices for happy hour.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dance competition lots of fun

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vipGregW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was a second visit because the first experience was great. Solely disappointed in the food and unenthusiastic service. My group of 6 votes not to come back

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vipMolly
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere was great! Fun vibe and music. Food and drinks were both good. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks

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Robert
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! Delicious! Not your typical Mexican place. Fantastic food and drinks.

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vipjeng
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Started out on the front porch but it began to rain so we were moved inside. Staff was very nice about it. Noise level inside was somewhat loud but got louder as we stayed. By the end of our dinner I was hearing maybe half of what our friends were saying - not good. Food was good though - guacamole and chips, margarita, and fish tacos were all very tasty.

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VanessaH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are amazing. My server was attentive and friendly. I love this spot!

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Steverino
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun ambience, always considerate service. Nice location in Old City. Can't miss as a date spot. I really recommend the tacos as they are so yummy and I always like trying different ones.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork and chorizo tacos and chicken empanadas were amazing! The margaritas are delicious too!

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vipJT61214
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic as always! Happy Hour is the best deal in the city!

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NathaliS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great, atmosphere was amazing.
Just the waitresses were kind of disorganized.

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vipSarahB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

a table of 6 people were incredibly loud and it made it difficult to enjoy our dinner. I was shocked that they continued to be served alcohol.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great salsa class, yummy food!

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vipluvchocolate
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Food was very good. With exception of mole chicken. It seems like they benched the chicken breast and then put it in grill for grill marks. It had a funny texture
Tacos were great

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SusanneF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We have had fantastic experiences at this Philly gem. I still recommend it to all of my friends, family and colleagues. However, when there recently for a special occasion (birthday dinner) things were off. First and foremost, the server was borderline unfriendly and minimally uninterested in the whole experience. I say experience because dining out is really like entertainment with food to some extent. From start to finish the server was not attentive and fairly non-existent. And, they were not busy at this time. Her lack of presence would have made more sense if the place was busy. Next, the server completely botched the "surprise" of dessert for the birthday celebrant. And by botched, I mean she really screwed up and continued to screw up the surprise. And finally, the sweet potato tacos were mediocre. In the past they have been fantastic and well done. On this date, not so much. In general we are easy going customers, but the birthday dessert mistake was the tipping point. On my way out I sought out the manager to give feedback. NOTE: I did not ask for any special favors on our bill but did only provide a 10% tip (when I typically tip 20% +).

Here is to hoping our next experience will be better. We have gone many times and had fantastic service and always great food. Plus, the price is right!

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vipAlyssaA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best from the drinks to chips and meals! Love it! Our waiter was awesome quick and sooooooo cute!

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vipHBS25
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

The food wasn’t great and normally my boyfriend and l I love it there!

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AdamL
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and drink was delicious. Server was okay... but overall the staff was solid. Would go back.

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PhillyNunz
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The dinner menu has much better selection but nonetheless, we enjoyed our meal and the service.

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vipRedsCoverly
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is one of my favorite places in Old City. Food quality, quantity and flavor is always perfect. Drinks are the best. I would recommend Lucha Cartel to anyone looking for some fun and great food.

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vipyanksfan1020
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Shrimp mezcal dish was very good!

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vipCyndi
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was very loud. I was at the end of the table and could not hear my friends talking, but food and service was good.

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