José Pistola's

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Avenue of the Arts South, Philadelphia
  • Jeremy M.
    "Awesome draft list, but make sure to order the nachos."(5 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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  • Mexican food
  • tacos
  • beer
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  • Chris B.
    Chris BuijsMarch 31
    Been here 10+ times
    Beers and Mexican food
  • Camilo A.
    Liverpool FC matches. Bloody Mary's are nice and spicy for the good ol' hangover.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstSeptember 28, 2016
    Tacos and beer. What else do you need?
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PuglieseAugust 6, 2016
    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.
    Upvoted Sep 11
  • Dennis M.
    Dennis MorrisJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Everythung here is awesome
  • Sam .
    Sam February 23, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Spicy Tuna Guacamole sounds weird, but everyone always likes it all the time.
  • Jill G.
    Jill GrossoJanuary 9, 2016
    Always a great draft list
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanJanuary 7, 2016
    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 A.
    Katrina Arey (Croswell)December 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 PJuly 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.
  • Eric V.
    Eric VanZileMay 4, 2012
    Catch the Friday Firkin events w Adam!
  • Summer H.
    Summer HorchlerMarch 22, 2012
    Sexy bartenders, pear beer is pureee
  • Eddie W.
    Eddie WellsJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get layton to make you an old fashioned. A true old fashioned.
  • Tory G.
    Tory GJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    my favorite long island ice teas!!
  • Owen W.
    Owen WilliamsNovember 19, 2011
    Eat the brisket burrito! It's bangin!!!
  • Lynette D.
    Lynette D.October 24, 2011
    Order the nachos (to die 4) Lump Crab Meat Guacamole and Honey Habanero Chicken Wings!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MarieOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    BEST CHICKEN TACOS EVER MADE! If you come here you have to get them. $15 margarita pitches during happy hour! This place is one of my FAVORITES
  • Syreeta B.
    Syreeta BlandingOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Good bar food.
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler ShapiroOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit upstairs and have Jose make you a dirty ho and then order anything with pork.
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki WittSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best margaritas and nachos!
  • Allie O.
    Allie O'NeilSeptember 13, 2011
    nachos are amaziiing! & cute bartender upstairs
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LeonardSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best nachos in the city!
  • Justine C.
    Justine CampbellJuly 16, 2011
    Go on Saturday, Buddy, the downstairs bartender is the man. The carnitas nachos and the fish tacos are delicious!
  • Jed S.
    Jed SingerApril 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you need a real Coke, beware; they only have RC Cola.
  • Merideth H.
    Merideth HaydenApril 3, 2011
    Great neighborhood spot, amazing beer list and fantastic food!
  • Rob d.
    Rob dOcMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ummm, beef tacos and beer for days. Sit at the bar upstairs if the bar is full downstairs.nuff said
  • tracy e.
    tracy ec.February 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    nachos and a fantastic draft selection. they also had my favorite german beer!
  • Kamali B.
    Kamali BFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Phillies game specials. Select $3 beers.
  • Margo K.
    Margo K.February 12, 2011
    Get the tempura fried grouper tacos w/ spicy mayo. Yeah. Do it.
  • Laura S.
    Laura StevensDecember 30, 2010
    Totally delicious!! Mexican cheese fries are awesome.
  • Stephan M.
    Stephan MatanovicDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome pork chili today. Try it with the fried egg.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CooleyNovember 23, 2010
    Try the Chips, Guac And Salsa
  • Jackie S.
    Jackie SeigleNovember 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The nachos are amazing. The half order is almost enough to be a full meal for two people.
  • Nan M.
    Nan McNOctober 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    3 kinds of fish tacos! shared 1/2 order of nachos and was still stuffed! Adam is the man!
  • James R.
    James RobinsonSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you live in the city, join the recycling rewards program. 400 pts will get you a $20 gift card to Jose Pistolas, good for food AND booze, just for doing what you were probably already doing anyway
    DrinkPhilly.comAugust 25, 2010
    Get a pitcher of margaritas ($15) or Yards draft ($3) during happy hour and if you like BBQ, don't pass up the Bell's 2 Hearted Wings! Check out our full review by tapping More Info! Read more
  • wuju
    wujuAugust 15, 2010
    yum yum!!!!
  • evilteil
    evilteilJuly 31, 2010
    Great beer, greater nachos.
    Been here 25+ times
    The best Mexican in the city.. hands down. Add a ridiculous beer list on bottle and a ridiculous rotating tap list and you got yourself a little slice of heaven.
  • Ricky
    RickyMay 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Some of the best bartenders in center city, especially Casey the Philbilly! Great nachos, pork sandwich and empanadas
  • Jim_Mc
    Jim_McMay 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    nachos and the brisket sandwich are always a favorite for me here. great rotating tap list of craft beers
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarveyMay 22, 2010
    Casey is the man when it comes to beer knowledge. Nachos are money.
  • Marc C.
    Marc ColemanMay 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best. Nachos. Ever. They come in a trough... On the great menu of microbrews, I love that Miller Lite is listed as being from "Crapland"
  • Shyam D.
    Shyam DesaiApril 2, 2010
    Nachos are A+
  • winston y.
    winston yuanMarch 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    beer nd tacos, good tacos
  • Naomi F.
    Naomi FenlinFebruary 23, 2010
    DO NOT think you can order their delicious nachos as just an appetizer. They will make you too full to even take one bite of your amazing entree. (Breakfast burrito reheats very well, though :) )
  • Elizabeth H.
    Elizabeth HillmanNovember 30, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit upstairs and try something from their ever changing beer menu, or ask their knowledgeable bar staff for a recommendation, they won't steer you wrong!
  • Nikolas R.
    Nikolas RofosJune 17, 2014
    The chips are by far the best I've ever eaten! Μακραν το καλυτερο Μεξικανικό..!!
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