José Pistola's

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Avenue of the Arts South, Philadelphia
  • Merideth H.
    "Great neighborhood spot, amazing beer list and fantastic food!"(11 Tips)
    Philadelphia Magazine
    "Proprietors Casey Parker and Joe Gunn"(3 Tips)
    "nachos and the brisket sandwich are always a favorite for me here."(28 Tips)
    Gary A.
    "Great beers and try the spicy tuna guacamole, it's awesome"(2 Tips)
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  • nachos
  • Mexican food
  • tacos
  • beer
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  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstSeptember 28
    Tacos and beer. What else do you need?
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PuglieseAugust 6
    Been here 5+ times
    The nachos are UNREAL. Literally, they're perfect. Get them with a side of their salsa verde to really seal the deal. Pairs well with red sangria.
  • Dennis M.
    Dennis MorrisJuly 30
    Been here 10+ times
    Everythung here is awesome
  • Sam .
    Sam February 23
    Been here 25+ times
    Spicy Tuna Guacamole sounds weird, but everyone always likes it all the time.
  • Jill G.
    Jill GrossoJanuary 9
    Always a great draft list
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanJanuary 7
    Great beers and try the spicy tuna guacamole, it's awesome
  • Keith G.
    Keith GarnerNovember 24, 2015
    Great vibe. Interesting menu.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney McClurkinOctober 17, 2015
    Queso, margaritas
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy S.October 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best beer list of any Mexican place you'll ever visit
  • Bre B.
    Bre BonnerAugust 15, 2015
    The ambiance says it all. Favorite drink is the Guava Margarita.
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieAugust 2, 2015
    Pork Belly Ban Mi...what are you waiting for? Also rock shrimp.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJuly 23, 2015
    Bad margaritas, but good beer selection.
  • Devin S.
    Devin SpainJuly 19, 2015
    Best tacos and nachos you'll find in a 12 block radius
  • Taylor V.
    Taylor VAJuly 12, 2015
    Best nachos in philly
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaMay 15, 2015
    The nachos are delicious. The chips are made in house and taste really good. Don't be afraid to get some pineapple on your nachos with jalapeños and some spicy pork!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CzeinerMarch 8, 2015
    Great beer and food . Don't miss upstairs!
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansFebruary 13, 2015
    Amazing margs. Also the nachos are absolutely loaded with toppings! A bit small downstairs, go upstairs to the second bar area
  • Mike T.
    Mike ThomasJanuary 17, 2015
    Great food.
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay D'AndreaJanuary 14, 2015
    The nachos are out of this world. I've never had better. Good place to chill out with friends...always a laid back vibe
  • Katrina C.
    Katrina CroswellDecember 2, 2014
    Pretty nice portion sizes and selections for the price. Cool vibe and good beer. Would like to see more side options with the tacos.. Like beans and rice or something of the sort
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanSeptember 17, 2014
    Totally the best. Great beer selection and try the guacamole with the Ahi Tuna, you will definitely go back for more. The nachos are fantastic.
  • Dominique C.
    Dominique ComerAugust 8, 2014
    The fish tacos are amazing! Flavorful and not skimpy :-)
  • Mike D.
    Mike DAugust 6, 2014
    Nacho mountain
  • Blair M.
    Blair MacMinnAugust 4, 2014
    Hey, don't take a dump out front (or right out front) of this place. they really overreact, just an FYI.
  • Jay M.
    Jay ModiJuly 19, 2014
    Cornito buns are awesome
  • Jay M.
    Jay ModiJuly 19, 2014
    Chicken Tinga is nice
  • Jason M.
    Jason MartinezJune 22, 2014
    The pomegranate guacamole was amazing.
  • Jimmy S.
    Jimmy SimpsonJune 11, 2014
    They have bathrooms!
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LudwigJune 11, 2014
    So expensive and so delicious
  • Alex C.
    Alex CamaraMarch 23, 2014
    Awesome "Spicy Pork" burrito !
  • Amber S.
    Amber SmithMarch 21, 2014
    Tiradito! Hamachi is the stuff.
  • Jes V.
    Jes VFebruary 22, 2014
    delicious! got the portabella mushroom tacos and it was the perfect tortilla combo! the fried plantains were good but sweet!
  • Amanda .
    Amanda 👾Horton DiazFebruary 13, 2014
    Ooooooo! Mezcal cocktails FTW. Also, what a killer brunch deal 😎
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 18, 2013
    It seems like Pistola’s is better than ever. Read more
  • Dave J.
    Dave JohnsonNovember 11, 2013
    Get the carnitas pork buns and the queso dip
  • Pete W.
    Pete WongAugust 25, 2013
    Thoroughly ask for the prices of each of the drafts, since they're not indicated on the menu.
  • Dennis M.
    Dennis MorrisAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Burrito coupled with a Yards Brawler beer is a great combination
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne S.July 8, 2013
    Portobello burrito is fantastic!
  • Hits P.
    Hits PatelJuly 7, 2013
    Food was excellent...
  • JP V.
    JP VJune 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    New menu sucks. Extra greasy. Overpriced. Crappy vegetarian options. I can go into any Mexican restaurant and find a wide variety of options. Here, nope. Thumbs down. Good beer and bartenders still.
  • Marianne V.
    Marianne VanSteeJune 18, 2013
    Fantastic food, nice ambiance and good drinks!!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CzeinerJune 12, 2013
    Carnitas Steam Buns !
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MillerMay 30, 2013
    Awesome draft list, but make sure to order the nachos.
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PMay 4, 2013
    Wasn't able to try the tacos but a big thumbs up for their Vegetarian nachos! Open in the wee hours too.
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay SteigerwaldMarch 20, 2013
    Drinks are over priced. 3.25 for a PBR? Are you kidding me?
  • Rich M.
    Rich MillerMarch 10, 2013
    Get the nachos. Half order is perfect for two
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 13, 2013
    Proprietors Casey Parker and Joe Gunn make sure every visit to Jose Pistola's is a fun one.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 14, 2012
    Commenter Pick: "Jose Pistola’s Grouper Tacos are the best fish tacos on the east coast. There isn’t a close second." Read more
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MiskillJuly 7, 2012
    The nachos are AMAZING. the 1/2 order is big. The full order is huge!!!
  • Arianne G.
    Arianne GasserMay 22, 2012
    Nice atmosphere, rude bartenders.
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