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Jose Pistolas

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Mexican, Bar, Pub, South American
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213 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
+1 215-545-4101
11:30 - 02:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Prescott, Arizona
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have found food in Philly to be hit or miss. Some rave and some not about their dining experience here. This was one of the better meals I have had. Don't let the dark tones put you off. We had the Tofu Chorizo Burrito and it was excellent. The value was good but the practice of charging for chips and... More 

Thank Drew A
Branchville, New Jersey
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244 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I came here with a couple of coworkers for dinner. We started with some queso that we promptly devoured and got more. I took the suggestion of the waitstaff and went with the special, and I was glad that I did. It was the best meal I had all week. It was fantastic, and I want to go back and... More 

Thank Woohoo451
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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216 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Coming from California, I crave western Mexican food. It's quite different than that with Cuban influence; they don't use as much fruit, and the meals are not as sweet. Got B hooked on it during our CA trip last year at a dive taco place in LA. Jose Pistolas does take liberties with their menu, but it is too the... More 

Thank GailCooks
Annandale, New Jersey
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143 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The service here was outstanding and the atmosphere is also cool. Pretty much all Mexican food but the nachos were definitely the best I've ever had. Also have good happy hour deals!

Thank Chelsea L
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We came with University reunion friends for drinks. Excellent margarita pitchers and beer. The food was good, although we had a bizarre guacamole that did not convince us. Our waitress (cannot remember her name, though) was very friendly and funny. Great service and a great time!

Thank Victor T
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111 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Hands down the best nachos we have ever had at a restaurant. The nachos are loaded with toppings and the chips themselves are very good. They also have a great selection of craft beers on tap and bottles/cans. We stopped at this restaurant on a Saturday night around 6pm and were able to get a table for 6 on the... More 

Thank IRun2Eat
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Great atmosphere, small bar area and tables on the first floor. Did not know about the second floor. Good place to stop before a theatre date.

Thank Jim C
Blandon, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

This is really more of a bar with some tables than it is a restaurant. I mention this not as a complaint, just to make sure you know what you're getting into. The food is really good. Mexican fusion, including Kobe beef, Korean short ribs, and lamb can ask be put in your taco, burrito, or nachos. As others have... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Um yeah, get the nachos. They are legit. Tap menu is very good, offered some nice choices of IPA's. The only negative is the layout is a tad odd. 3 floors and the only bathroom is on the 3rd floor. So bring your appetite and thirst, but not the kids.

Thank LittleRussie
Norfolk, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

I mean read the title. The nachos are a game changer. We had them with spicy pork and pineapple. This was the ultimate the extreme and the plain old amazing. I mean when I say they were good they were out of this world. They were the best nachos I have had in ages. People I'm not kidding. I encourage... More 

Thank Eric C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Bar, Pub, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 213 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-545-4101

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?