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El Fenix Mexican Restaurants

El Fenix Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant · Victory Park
1601 McKinney Ave (at Alamo St), Dallas, TX 75202, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Tue–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

El Fenix Mexican Restaurant was founded in 1918, is the Original Tex-Mex Restaurant in Dallas, TX. We were voted Best Margarita by D Magazine & Dallas Observer.

8.7/10

Based on 292 votes

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    Jerry T.
    "Best El Fenix in the Dallas area...love the food here!"(6 Tips)
    Samantha U.
    "Go on a Wednesday for the awesome enchiladas deal!"(11 Tips)
    Erik R.
    "Perot Museum across the street."(2 Tips)
    Randall W.
    "The best Tex Mex in Texas"(2 Tips)
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  • tamales
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  • Montanna S.

    Great enchiladas! But don't bother w/ guacamole (they fill the dish w/ shredded lettuce & put a layer of guac on top to make you think you're getting a decent amount) or queso (velveeta taste).

    Montanna Smith · September 14, 2014
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  • Amr E.

    Great ambiance. Excellent service. Delicious food. WEDNESDAY would be a good day to go for the enchiladas special. Chips and sauce are simply amazing. Highly recommended

    Amr Ezz · April 30, 2014
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  • Catherine G.

    Food was pretty good. Service wasn't horrible but wasn't the best either. Tortilla chips were amazing and extremely addicting. One of the best restaurant salsas I've had.

    Catherine Gomez · November 6, 2015
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  • Peter N.

    Avoid at all costs. Food was terrible and the service was less than uninspired and more lazy and rude than I have ever seen. The owners don't take this place seriously anymore. Sad. Pass.

    Peter Neufeld · May 18, 2013
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  • Shane S.

    Love the food but service is really going down hill.... the hostess, literially just threw our menus on the table and kept walking, not a word?

    Shane Schwartz · June 16, 2013
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  • Elaine P.

    The shredded roast beef chimichanga is the BEST EVER!! It's my absolute favorite dish here! And ask for Benjamin! He's an awesome waiter!

    Elaine Porter · December 24, 2011
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  • Eater

    The original home of old-style Tex-Mex, downtown's El Fenix location is famous for its service and classic, affordable menu. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · October 5, 2011
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  • B P.

    Black beans are vegetarian; rice (cooked in chicken stock) & refried beans are not. Great service, happy & friendly staff.

    B P · April 16, 2015
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  • Lexy L.

    Ask for Diego he's the best! chipotle chicken enchiladas and sour cream chicken enchiladas are on point, order them!

    Lexy Long · June 21, 2013
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  • Maurice D.

    Love El Fenix - authentic mexican food. I'm usually stuck on the nachos. Anything else I've ventured to try has been great. Read more

    Maurice Dixon · July 14, 2010
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  • Danielle "Cliff Dweller" S.

    Wednesdays=$5 enchilada special: Rice, beans and cheese enchilada plate. If you bring Alli, you're on your own.

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  • Tarrah W.

    The fajitas are great! Lose weight but still eat great food I can help. www.plexusofhouston.com

    Tarrah Wright Palmer · May 31, 2014
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  • Rachael H.

    Best Mexican restaurant in Dallas! Cheese enchiladas are awesome! Awesome margaritas too!

    Rachael Hilst · February 18, 2013
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  • Erica C.

    BEST MEXICAN EVER!!!! Everything's good. I got Maximillion's Delight. No complaints!

    Erica Copeland · March 12
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  • Jerry L.

    Just had the fire roasted queso, awesome. Getting ready for my como plate, enchilados, tamales and chalupas. Bueno!!

    Jerry Landrum · December 30, 2010
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  • Kay A.

    Good fast service at lunch on Wednesdays! Get the enchilada special $4.99!

    Kay Armstrong · January 16, 2013
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  • Dallas Observer

    Since 1918, original owner Miguel Martinez's El Fenix has been reeling in the Tex-Mex faithful. Read more

    Dallas Observer · August 19, 2014
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  • Dominique C.

    Great space upstairs, large with its own bar, ideal for private parties.

    Dominique Cherelle · March 18, 2013
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  • cindy c.

    Nachos & queso. All good. Especially the grilled chicken salad but who goes for a salad? Tamales ok too.

    cindy camp · April 16, 2010
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  • Elizabeth Y.

    Great food! Had the tampico platter, good price and tasted delicious

    Elizabeth York · February 14, 2015
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  • Bryan S.

    Everything is excellent. Can't go wrong no matter what you order

    Bryan Solo · September 13, 2014
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  • Victoria H.

    You can't beat the original El Fenix for quality Tex Mex and ambiance...especially if you have out-of-town friends to impress.

    Victoria Harres · September 29, 2010
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  • Ashley G.

    They have the best chips ever. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

    Ashley Grossett · September 26, 2015
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  • Chris F.

    Ample parking and can seat very large groups

    Chris F · December 20, 2015
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  • Bert T.

    Love their chips, thin & crispy but not hard or stale!!

    Bert Trevino · October 31, 2012
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  • Matthew P.

    The atmosphere reminds me of San Antonio. Food is pretty decent.

    Matthew Paul · February 7
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  • Jose R.

    When checking out say hi to Pandora. She is full of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent!

    Jose Rios · January 11, 2012
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  • Dane C.

    My 1st time here, but the chips & salsa are XLNT! Haven't gotten to the entree yet! Lol

    Dane Carlson · April 16, 2010
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  • Elaine P.

    The shredded beaf chimichanga with queso is my favorite!!

    Elaine Porter · October 29, 2011
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  • Erik R.

    Excellent Tex-Mex, grab a bite to eat after touring the Perot Museum across the street.

    Erik Rowley · June 17, 2015
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  • Lisa C.

    Had the hatch chili tamales... Little spicy for me but I'm a whimp. Lol

    Lisa Creed · September 8, 2013
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  • Kenneth M.

    I always order off menu: The Jalisco.

    Kenneth Martin · April 28, 2013
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  • Becca F.

    $3.49 margaritas! They are amazing! Not too sweet.

    Becca Furlow · June 21, 2014
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  • Samantha U.

    Go on a Wednesday for the awesome enchiladas deal!

    Samantha Urban · December 4, 2010
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  • Mighty Q

    I agree...voted Dallas best margarita!

    Mighty Q · July 4, 2014
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  • Brittany J.

    Guacamole is amazing.. & that's just our app

    Brittany Jungwirth · February 3, 2012
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  • Randy T.

    The best El Fenix in the metroplex by far!!

    Randy Turner · November 21, 2011
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  • Adam F.

    Order the Chili Con Caso, yummy

    Adam Frederick · September 13, 2011
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  • Walt B.

    put it on your "to do" list to find me here when I was three.

    Walt Burns · November 4, 2010
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  • Rachel D.

    Yay for chips and salsa!! Food is great here too!!

    Rachel Dean · November 7, 2011
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  • Anna H.

    Get the enchiladas they r delish!

    Anna Hilst · February 18, 2013
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  • Jerry T.

    Best El Fenix in the Dallas area...love the food here!

    Jerry Turnbow · July 29, 2010
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  • Scott G.

    Fast friendly delicious

    Scott Gary · August 15, 2015
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  • Joe Q.

    Taken me back to when I was a kid :)

    Joe Quiroz · February 9
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  • Ryan S.

    Convenient lunch after visiting the Perot Museum.

    Ryan Smith · April 6, 2013
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  • Julie M.

    OMG! These brisket tacos are amazing!

    Julie Mathews · October 15, 2012
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  • Stefan S.

    Enchiladas with Beef. Very good

    Stefan St. · March 13, 2011
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  • Dfw D.

    Yes I did order the burger and fries

    Dfw Dean · October 20, 2015
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  • Dean E.

    The original. Still so good.

    Dean Erickson · September 16, 2014
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  • Cody R.

    Ask for the spicier hot sauce! It's way better

    Cody Rudnick · October 3, 2010
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  • Mark P.

    fast food that doesn't taste fast

    Mark Paulson · October 1, 2012
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  • Tara T.

    Queso is amazing!!!

    Tara Tallon Whitting · October 27, 2013
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  • Sarah P.

    Guacamole is awesome!

    Sarah Popejoy · May 31, 2012
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  • Linsey E.

    Love their chips and salsa!

    Linsey Evans · February 20, 2012
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  • Thomas P.

    Ask for Leo!

    Thomas Pemberton · November 10, 2012
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  • Randall W.

    The best Tex Mex in Texas

    Randall Weyers · October 10, 2011
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  • John G.

    Try the fish tacos!

    John Gay · April 16, 2010
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  • Willie Ann

    The best chips

    Willie Ann · July 14, 2014
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  • JT R.

    Strawberry sopapilla!

    JT Reyna · April 16, 2010
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  • Dianne C.

    Awesome Mexican food.

    Dianne Cole · September 22, 2012
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  • Jay L.

    Great food

    Jay Lewis · November 7, 2014
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  • Alex A.

    good place

    Alex Apple · April 10, 2010
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  • Michelle S.

    Not what I remembered

    Michelle Shellabarger · February 9, 2013
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  • Alexandra🌟 M.

    Очень славный мексиканский ресторан около Даун-тауна. Обслуживание отличное, кормят божественно, как и везде)))

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  • Mely R.

    Lo mejor es la sopapilla 😋

    Mely Ritter · May 15, 2015
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