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El Fenix Famous Mexican Restaurant

1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
+1 214-747-1121
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“chips and salsa” (72 reviews)
“enchiladas” (74 reviews)
“sopapillas” (26 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 8 people so were sat in the back (almost like a banquet room for large groups) it took quite a able before anyone came to take our drink orders. We all asked for water to start which was bright to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank luvsmntry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with local friends for lunch on a busy Sunday. Service was very good- speedy and friendly and accurate. Some of the food was very good- chips, salsa, , refried beans and enchiladas. And some just 'eh'. The queso and the tacos were boring....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Carole P
Reviewed 15 December 2018

Had lunch at I believe was the authentic El Fenix restaurant after the museum. The food was good and water was quick. The chips and salsa were really good and we needed more. The salsa very very fine and not chunky. Good service and quick...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kmcgillen
Reviewed 1 December 2018

This evening, I've ordered some food to take away like 8 steak burritos and 1 'special' dry chicken burrito with no sides. When I'm arrived at home, I've found out 9 identical burritos ! I've no words to describe my disappointment because the 'special' burrito...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Davide S
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

We had lunch here on Saturday. It was recommended by our bus tour guide. Busy place but good service and very quick. Good experience as it is the oldest Tex Mex place in Dallas. The fajitas were very good and I had the enchiladas. All...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank McDonald184
Reviewed 16 November 2018

The salsa and chips were perfect! The chips were warm and crispy, and the salsa was more of a fine chop, like Chilis, but better, and obviously very fresh. The steak quesadilla was one of the best I have ever tasted, because the steak was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank eblom22
Reviewed 12 November 2018

great service, huge menu, tasty specialties, cold beer, super margaritas, great meeting place. A little noisy but great for lunch downtown. All their restaurants have the exact same tasting food.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank frankkQ6402YQ
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

My wife and I don’t get to visit El Fenix very often, so when we planned a trip to the DFW area we made sure to stop and eat here. Everything we had was great and our waiter worked very hard to make sure our...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank CoachJJP72701
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Pretty ordinary food. Was expecting something better than I can get on the East Coast. What is Famous about this place? Maybe when it first opened, but there was nothing that was astoundingly good

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Culinarium
Reviewed 6 November 2018

When I worked in the Dallas area, it was a favorite place of mine. Great Tex-Mex food for a small price. Lots of locations throughout the metro.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Monique S
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27 January 2017|
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Response from 102debrap | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Margaritas have won the best Margarita in Dallas several years running. Not a live bar though if that's. What you are looking for. Try Happy Hour or the Rustic.
Thomas B
23 June 2016|
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Response from ToppopNorthCarolina | Reviewed this property |
We didn't dine on a Wednesday, nor look at the specials, so I'm glad someone else could answer. However, I just discovered they have a website, complete with menu and prices that makes me wish we had one nearby! I'm sure... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202-1227
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas>  > Oak Lawn
  • Neighbourhood: Oak Lawn
  • Phone Number: +1 214-747-1121
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