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Business Description
Welcome to Las Bugambilias, a traditional Mexican restaurant located on South Street in Philadelphia. As chef and owner of this center city Philadelphia restaurant, Carlos Molina offers high quality, freshly prepared, Mexican food from three different regions in Mexico. The desserts at Bugambilias' are homemade on the premises, and we offer a full service bar, with an imaginative array of margaritas for your pleasure. When you come inside you will enjoy the warm ambiance found in our traditional decor, and welcoming staff.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (215) 922-3490

Payment method
mastercard, amex, discover, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Center City, Center City East
Other Email

Categories
Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Take Out, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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12/04/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
For Great Mexican Food, Head to South St

This Mexican restaurant was nothing short of magnificent. We started with appetizers: a chunky guacamole dip served with perfectly crispy home-baked tortilla chips, and a ceviche dish composed of grouper, shrimp, jicama, and mango. I was so enthusiastic about the appetizers that I could have stopped there. However, our main courses were still to come, and I

10/10/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Philly's Best Surpise!!

This was an amazing restaurant. My sister and I walked down South street to find something to eat after a session at the spas, our decision was easy once we saw the plate of someone who had outdoor seating.

The guacomole was delicious. I got a salad with avocado dressing, walnuts and chicken that was to die for. My sister's dish was quite tasty as well. The mojito had a tad too much liquor for me but that's a good problem to have.

Great ambience, relatively cheap and amazing food.

10/04/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Fresh & Wonderful

Found this little place by accident and so happy we did! Wonderful, friendly service and the best guacamole around! I know if all was made fresh to order. The vegetarian quesadilla could have used a little less chesse but all the fresh veggies were great. Tortilla chips made there, the salsas were great too. OVerall a huge thumbs up and a nice change of venue.

05/24/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Dreadful

It started with burnt totilla chips.

Then I had ceviche served with water crackers (not very authentic Mexican).

Finally, I had the most foul tasting beef.

I hardly ate any of my entree. I complained and said I shouldn't have to pay full price. THEY CALLED THE POLICE AND MADE ME PAY. WORST RESTAAUANT I'VE EVER VISITED.

05/24/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Awful

Not authentic. Burnt tortilla chips. Ceviche with water crackers. Foul tasting beef. Tasted old and reheated.

COMPLAINED AND THEY CALLED POLICE AND MADE ME PAY FOR RANK FOOD I DIDN'T EAT. WORST RESTAURANT I'VE EVER VISITED. INTERIOR TACKY WITH PAPER NAPKINS. ENTRESS $18-$24. I wouldn't accept them again for free.

04/19/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Authentic and Delicious!!!

Being a fan of authentic (as opposed to your typical tex mex trying to pass for Mexican!) Mexican food, I was really excited to try this restaurant. Even from the outside it seemed charming and inviting. I can honestly say this place surpassed all of my expectations. The staff was friendly and they really knew what they were talking about. If you're not familiar with the cuisine, I would really recommend asking the servers as some of the sauces I had never even heard of. They know the menu, are very patient, and can make the difference of enjoying a really different and excellent meal rather than ordering something that seems ""safe"". The appetizers are the sizes appetizers should be, not overwhelmingly large, so if you're not feeling bold enough to order an entree you've never heard of, at least give one of these a try. I tried this place for the first time three weeks ago, and have already been back twice since.

02/17/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Busy for a good reason...

We came here to celebrate a family birthday and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated for our 8:30 reservation, but the knowledgeable service quickly brought us to ease. Appetizer portions were on the small side but absolutely delicious, especially the queso and chorizo mini tortillas. Main plates were cooked to perfection and well-priced; it would be criminal to miss any of the buttery-cooked steaks. Overall a great experience, but be prepared to wait.

12/01/2007

Overall
Cozy atmosphere, right price!

Las Bugambilias has the best margaritas! I love good tequila, have worked in a Mexican restaurant for years, and loved it!



The food was great with huge portions. Very authentic. The homemade chips and guacamole were wonderful!



The service was attentive, and the food came out quickly. It is a small place with a relaxed atmosphere. I've heard the executive chef worked for many years at Tequilas.



It's definitely worth a trip!

11/29/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Great Authentic Mexican Food

We enjoyed an excellent good meal in a attractive, comfortable and intimate setting. The staff was incredibly friendly, professional and attentive. The food was delicious! Three of the four in our party had the chicken, pork and shrimp specials and I had the menu's chicken enchiladas verde . All the dishes were fantastic. They came with standard sides of moist and delicious black beans and perfectly seasoned rice. The authentic Mexican menu offers extensive selections to appeal to all. They have some excellent specialty drinks as well as a full bar, staffed by friendly and efficient bartenders. The prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the quality and quantity of food served. I whole-heartedly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be returning often.

11/28/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Wonderful Mexican

The number for Las Bugambilias is 215-922-3190. The other phone number does not work. Try the slow-cooked shredded pork!

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