El Fenix Mexican Restaurants

El Fenix Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant
1601 McKinney Ave (at Alamo St), Dallas, TX 75202, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (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
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 202 votes

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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 · 4 days ago
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  • Elizabeth Y.

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

    Elizabeth York · February 14
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  • Jay L.

    Great food

    Jay Lewis · November 7, 2014
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  • Dean E.

    The original. Still so good.

    Dean Erickson · September 16, 2014
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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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  • Amelia E.

    Ensalda de Camarones are yummitastic

    Amelia Elizabeth · September 14, 2014
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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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  • 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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  • Willie Ann

    The best chips

    Willie Ann · July 14, 2014
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  • Mighty Q

    I agree...voted Dallas best margarita!

    Mighty Q · July 4, 2014
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  • Becca F.

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

    Becca Furlow · June 21, 2014
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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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  • 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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  • Tara T.

    Queso is amazing!!!

    Tara Tallon Whitting · October 27, 2013
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kenneth M.

    I always order off menu: The Jalisco.

    Kenneth Martin · April 28, 2013
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  • Ryan S.

    Convenient lunch after visiting the Perot Museum.

    Ryan Smith · April 6, 2013
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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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  • Anna H.

    Get the enchiladas they r delish!

    Anna Hilst · February 18, 2013
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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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  • Michelle S.

    Not what I remembered

    Michelle Shellabarger · February 9, 2013
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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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  • Thomas P.

    Ask for Leo!

    Thomas Pemberton · November 10, 2012
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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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  • Julie M.

    OMG! These brisket tacos are amazing!

    Julie Mathews · October 15, 2012
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  • Mark P.

    fast food that doesn't taste fast

    Mark Paulson · October 1, 2012
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  • Dianne C.

    Awesome Mexican food.

    Dianne Cole · September 22, 2012
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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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  • Brittany J.

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

    Brittany Jungwirth · February 3, 2012
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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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  • 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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  • Randy T.

    The best El Fenix in the metroplex by far!!

    Randy Turner · November 21, 2011
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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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  • Elaine P.

    The shredded beaf chimichanga with queso is my favorite!!

    Elaine Porter · October 29, 2011
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  • Randall W.

    The best Tex Mex in Texas

    Randall Weyers · October 10, 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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  • Adam F.

    Order the Chili Con Caso, yummy

    Adam Frederick · September 13, 2011
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  • Stefan S.

    Enchiladas with Beef. Very good

    Stefan St. · March 13, 2011
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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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  • Samantha U.

    Go on a Wednesday for the awesome enchiladas deal!

    Samantha Urban · December 4, 2010
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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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  • Cody R.

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

    Cody Rudnick · October 3, 2010
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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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  • Jerry T.

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

    Jerry Turnbow · July 29, 2010
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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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  • 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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