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Take your party inside for a dazzling scene of colors, bold and sensual Latin music, and fragrant Latin American, Caribbean, and Cuban dishes.

Tucked inside an unassuming two-story exposed brick building on Philadelphia's antique row, a neon "Mixto" sign marks the destination on the east side of downtown Philadelphia. In the cooler months, take your party inside for a dazzling scene of colors, bold and sensual Latin music, and fragrant Latin American, Caribbean, and Cuban dishes.

Chef Freddy Mosquera prepares a large menu of homestyle Latin American classics, ranging from Cuban paella to delicate Peruvian ceviche to Argentinean churrasco and pernil rostisado. The portions are huge, so grab a friend and try the ropa vieja (flank steak stewed in an onion, tomato, red and green pepper, and garlic sautéd served over white rice) and paella Valenciana (saffron broth, rice, lobster, chicken, shrimp, squid, octopus, mussels, Cuban chorizo, scallops, and clams served with sweet plantains). Diners can choose black, yellow, white, or pigeon pea rice. Mixto also boasts a large international wine list, but there is also an array of Latin American beers like Peruvian Cusquena and Dominican Presidente. Stop in at happy hour and enjoy the refreshing mojitos and margaritas, and grab some empanadas to share while you sip. Daily dinner specials keep locals coming back for more eight years on.

Bold and bright, Mixto combines the coziness of dining at your abuela's with the hipness of a modern bar, making it a must-try for Latin American food lovers and newcomers alike.


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Great location on one of the older style streets in Philadelphia. Excellent staff, nice ambience food all delicious, plates cleared! A few vegetarian options. Pleased we chose here out of all the possible options!!

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We stopped in on a Sunday afternoon for lunch and were not disappointed. Our waitress was very patient given our party of 3 was busily play catch up and not paying attention to the menus to order. When we finally got around to it, we started with a classic mojito, the house Margarita and a coke. The classic mojito was fresh and redolent of lime and mint I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Margarita was frosty and it looked delish! My entree selection was pernil rotisado. The meal was plated with salad, sliced onion and tomato. There was a lovely sweet potato and a garlic sauce. It came with black beans, yellow rice and plantains. The pork was soft and succulent with just a tad bit of crispness on the edges. My husband ordered a Cuban sandwich which was served with plantain chips. I took a bite of his sandwich. It was good. Our cousin ordered ensalada de pulpo, an octopus salad. It was colorful, beautifully presented and looked tasty. Everything was fantastic, so good in fact that I sent my compliments to the chef. I rarely, if ever do that. The only disappointment was the "Cuban" bread at the start of the meal. It was nothing like the bread I have been served at other Cuban restaurants. It looked and felt like breakfast leftovers. Nothing like the fresh, hot crispy outside, soft inside Cuban bread I'm used to. Our waitress was prompt with requests and refills. The restauant was nicely decorated. We were seated downstairs. The space is small, I didn't check out the upstairs. It may be larger. We enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

Upon arrival we were seated at a nice table for 4 looking out the large open doors. Great for people watching. Loved the Blood Orange Sangria. all of the cocktails ordered were inventive & delicious (not too sweet). The star of the evening was the paella. perfectly seasoned & not too wet. seafood was yummy. All of my cohorts enjoyed their entrees as well. Don’t miss it for a fun time in Philly!

Mixto is an expansive Cuban restaurant in the heart of historic Philadelphia. Its dining facilities cover two floors, but its service given to large parties, in our case 13 diners, seemed to overwhelm the waitstaff. Constantly asking our servers for menus, water and cocktails was frustrating. A waitstaff should work as a team and not as individual servers. It was too hard to tell who was the captain, the waiter, or the busboy.

With everyone ordering a la carte, there was also confusion among the servers as to who got what dish. Multiple orders of the same dishes were ordered, but the servers still didn't know who ordered what.

Yet the Rope Vieja ("Old Clothes") was a tasty blend of flank steak stewed in a vegetable sauté of onions, tomatoes, garlic and red and green peppers. The meat was tender to easily pull apart. Also good was Parillada de Carne, a mixed grilled plate of churrasco Argentino, churrasco Colombiano, pork chop, Colombian chorizo, Cuban chorizo and chicken Salmon a la Parrilla, a grilled salmon, sautéed spinach, mashed potatoes served with a lemon thyme sauce and Arroz con Camarones, succulent shrimp, saffron rice, Cuban sausage, olives and maduros.

We would have ordered dessert and coffee, but the hassle of itemizing individual expenses from one check left us wanting to pay what was owed and leave. Forcing us to pull out our calculators and itemize for who owed for what from one single check made the dinner more challenging than necessary. I felt the waitstaff was rather indifferent. It would have helped if they treated us as one large party and added on a mandatory 20% tip and gave individual checks, with tax and 20% tip included, where everyone could pay by individual credit card or cash.


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My wife and I had a delightful meal on the outside terrace along with our two dogs. The food was very tasty and the service was just right. We have lived and vacationed in the Caribbean quite a bit and this restaurant rates with the best of the dozens of places we have enjoyed over the years in PR and other Caribbean islands.

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Dined here in June with friends while visiting Philly. Service was pleasant but a bit pushy about turning the table. Guacamole was EXCELLENT - served with plantains - yum! The vegetarian recommended to me - looked beautiful at a glance and first bite, but was mostly shredded carrots and not that good a few bites in after the few peppers and avocado were eaten. Salads were pretty - and my dining partners liked their classic Spanish pork dinner with rice/beans. Mojitos were good. Great place to meet friends.

Decent food, good portion size, nice atmosphere with open windows onto the street. but oh my the service is soooo slow. Nice server, always with a smile, but soooo slow

Had a hard time getting a drink - paying for it and then getting a table with a reservation that was made. Not sure if it is the culture of Philadelphians but felt staff was not very warm or helpful. Great meal - pricey drinks and food.


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This restaurant is the best in Philly. They serve good food at affordable prices. The staff and service are great as well.

This restaurant is the best in Philly. They serve good food at affordable prices. The staff and service are great as well.

From the time I was greeted by hostess to the time I got my check the service was excellent. The reason I mentioned the service first is because sadly service in this country is a lost art. The beef empanadas were above average. My

Good Food & Very Good Service

From the time I was greeted by hostess to the time I got my check the service was excellent. The reason I mentioned the service first is because sadly service in this country is a lost art. The beef empanadas were above average. My

I keep going back thinking it is going to get better. They have some good standards, arroz con pollo, their red beans is good, decent empanadas and the drinks are decent but otherwise, I would prefer their first restaurant terra Columbiana in North Philly!

by centercitytastebuds at Citysearch September 06, 2010 2 Mixto

I keep going back thinking it is going to get better. They have some good standards, arroz con pollo, their red beans is good, decent empanadas and the drinks are decent but otherwise, I would prefer their first restaurant terra Columbiana in North Philly!

Went to Mixto for a birthday celebration recently. The wait staff was very good, but the food was not not worth the money. Things were overcooked and some of the portions were small for the price.

Went to Mixto for a birthday celebration recently. The wait staff was very good, but the food was not not worth the money. Things were overcooked and some of the portions were small for the price.

I had been hearing about Mixto for a while, so 5 of us went to Mixto last night for a birthday. We did not make a reservation and it was a 45 minute wait so we were sent upstairs to the bar. The place was packed, the and the staff was really busy but the bartender was super friendly and found the time to talk to us a bit about drink recommendations. She made us a pitcher of the best mojitos I have ever had and a few margaritas which were tough to beat as well. She was extremely helpful communicating with the hostess as to the status of our table. We were finally sat at a table, where we ate our entrees. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and between him and the rest of the staff, our table was taken care of at all times. Our portions were big and every dish had rice and beans to go along with it. My argentinian steak was cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor, and everyone else with my party enjoyed the night, not to mention the check wasn't too rough on the wallet, considering how much food and mojitos we had. I would recommend this place for any special occasion. The atmosphere is busy and the staff bustles around happily which gives the restaurant a uniquely warm and latin feel.

Great Drinks, Great Staff, Good Portions

I had been hearing about Mixto for a while, so 5 of us went to Mixto last night for a birthday. We did not make a reservation and it was a 45 minute wait so we were sent upstairs to the bar. The place was packed, the and the staff was really busy but the bartender was super friendly and found the time to talk to us a bit about drink recommendations. She made us a pitcher of the best mojitos I have ever had and a few margaritas which were tough to beat as well. She was extremely helpful communicating with the hostess as to the status of our table. We were finally sat at a table, where we ate our entrees. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and between him and the rest of the staff, our table was taken care of at all times. Our portions were big and every dish had rice and beans to go along with it. My argentinian steak was cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor, and everyone else with my party enjoyed the night, not to mention the check wasn't too rough on the wallet, considering how much food and mojitos we had. I would recommend this place for any special occasion. The atmosphere is busy and the staff bustles around happily which gives the restaurant a uniquely warm and latin feel.

Pros: Drinks, Friendly Staff

Cons: Long Waits, but what is to be expected on a saturday night!

I ate at Mixto 4 times in the past 4 months.
It went from loving them to hating them . The quality of food went from being outstanding to mediocre. Some dishes are very good and well crafted (Churrasco argentino, columbiano, etc) . Others (all chickens on the menu) are poor. I do like their drinks, and ambience. Prices are reasonable (never paid less tan $30/person). I wish they tried to improve instead of feeding off the clientele and lower the quality of their food while raising their prices.

I ate at Mixto 4 times in the past 4 months.
It went from loving them to hating them . The quality of food went from being outstanding to mediocre. Some dishes are very good and well crafted (Churrasco argentino, columbiano, etc) . Others (all chickens on the menu) are poor. I do like their drinks, and ambience. Prices are reasonable (never paid less tan $30/person). I wish they tried to improve instead of feeding off the clientele and lower the quality of their food while raising their prices.

I went to Mixto tonight with a friend and we were pretty excited because we've heard good things about this restaurant and we wanted to go somewhere new for us.

I was a bit disappointed that the food was a bit pricey (seriously, $4.5 for TWO empanadas is ridiculous). But the entres were delicious. I highly recommend the chicken with cheddar sauce dish. It was amazing! And I love that you get a small bit of rice and black bean soup on the side. I was completely stuffed after the chicken though!

The poor thing about this restaurant was the service. We were ignored by our waiter multiple times and he NEVER checked up on us to see how we were doing (despite the fact he was only a few feet away). It was not a busy night either. We actually decided to tip the guy who constantly refilled our glasses with water. He was very polite and friendly. Even though he was not our waiter, we felt he sure deserved it more than ours did. He was rude and distant and just talked to the bartender all night even though we were only a few feet away. Simple things such as soda refills and common courtesy really isn't to be taken for granted.

I went to Mixto tonight with a friend and we were pretty excited because we've heard good things about this restaurant and we wanted to go somewhere new for us.

I was a bit disappointed that the food was a bit pricey (seriously, $4.5 for TWO empanadas is ridiculous). But the entres were delicious. I highly recommend the chicken with cheddar sauce dish. It was amazing! And I love that you get a small bit of rice and black bean soup on the side. I was completely stuffed after the chicken though!

The poor thing about this restaurant was the service. We were ignored by our waiter multiple times and he NEVER checked up on us to see how we were doing (despite the fact he was only a few feet away). It was not a busy night either. We actually decided to tip the guy who constantly refilled our glasses with water. He was very polite and friendly. Even though he was not our waiter, we felt he sure deserved it more than ours did. He was rude and distant and just talked to the bartender all night even though we were only a few feet away. Simple things such as soda refills and common courtesy really isn't to be taken for granted.

Great sangria and mixed drinks. All levels of staff are poorly trained and very rude.

by CSMobileUser2 at Citysearch June 01, 2009 2 Mixto

Great drinks,terrible service

Great sangria and mixed drinks. All levels of staff are poorly trained and very rude.

Always a fun place to hang out and enjoy good food. Try their skirt steak f you haven't done so yet. You will love it!

Good food + Great Atmosphere

Always a fun place to hang out and enjoy good food. Try their skirt steak f you haven't done so yet. You will love it!

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

Now i've read alot of the reviews and was hesitant to try the establishment. I must say I haven't had that good of a time, a meal or server in some time. I am latina and the food is true to the culture. The drinks well made and the food was awesome. The only complaint I had was the desert. Not that great. Everything else was on the up and up. Try it out , you wont be disappointed.

by coconene at Citysearch February 15, 2009 4 Mixto

Now i've read alot of the reviews and was hesitant to try the establishment. I must say I haven't had that good of a time, a meal or server in some time. I am latina and the food is true to the culture. The drinks well made and the food was awesome. The only complaint I had was the desert. Not that great. Everything else was on the up and up. Try it out , you wont be disappointed.

Pros: The crab soup, mojitos

Cons: desert not that great. Pass and order another drink lol

Recently had a celebration here and was very happy with everything. Service was superb and food was excellent. Even the picky people of the party were pleased with everything. The ropa vieja was excellent as were all the drinks. Will go back when visiting Philly again. Prices were reasonable.

Recently had a celebration here and was very happy with everything. Service was superb and food was excellent. Even the picky people of the party were pleased with everything. The ropa vieja was excellent as were all the drinks. Will go back when visiting Philly again. Prices were reasonable.

Mixto's strength is it's bar - hanging out having drinks here can be a lot of fun.

Food is a bit underwhelming, I really expected better.

Service was much too slow.

Mixto's strength is it's bar - hanging out having drinks here can be a lot of fun.

Food is a bit underwhelming, I really expected better.

Service was much too slow.

Mmm. The vieja ropa is so tasty. They have a good special on mojitos on Tuesdays and maybe Thursdays I think. Nice outdoor seating. The service isn't anything to rave about but it's a good time.

Mmm. The vieja ropa is so tasty. They have a good special on mojitos on Tuesdays and maybe Thursdays I think. Nice outdoor seating. The service isn't anything to rave about but it's a good time.

This is a lovely restaurant. The food is delicious, very different dishes. They have great mojitos. There are all kinds of great flavors. The atmosphere is very nice.

This is a lovely restaurant. The food is delicious, very different dishes. They have great mojitos. There are all kinds of great flavors. The atmosphere is very nice.

the food was excellent (best smoothie i've ever had!), and the portions were great (i hate these restaurants that give you a serving that wouldn't fill an infant) and the prices reasonable. the staff were all cute and latino, adding to the overall vibe of the place. outdoor seating available, and the front is landscaped very nicely. good for a date spot or anytime. perfect location right off of broad street!

by tattooking at Citysearch October 16, 2008 5 Mixto

great food, cute spot, cute staff

the food was excellent (best smoothie i've ever had!), and the portions were great (i hate these restaurants that give you a serving that wouldn't fill an infant) and the prices reasonable. the staff were all cute and latino, adding to the overall vibe of the place. outdoor seating available, and the front is landscaped very nicely. good for a date spot or anytime. perfect location right off of broad street!

Pros: great food, awesome ambiance, nice staff

Cons: service was a little slow. just a little though

I have been to Mixto many times, and have brought many out of town friends and family there. But last night was a real disappointment and embarrassment. I brought 5 out of town co-workers to Mixto for drinks and dinner after telling them how wonderful it was. Our waiter was really poor and not sorry at all for any of his mistakes. He brought 2 of us the wrong drink on 2 separate occasions, and expected us to accept it!! We had to persuade him to give us what we wanted! The wait for food was really long, even with very few people in the restaurant. When all but one entree came out, my co-worker finally got up to ask the hostess what the problem was. He then brought her the salad without dressing, and then brought her the wrong dressing. We asked to have the alcohol on a separate bill (our company doesn't pay for alcohol) he said "yes" but didn't deliver. The really BAD part of this is. because we had a party of 6, the tip was included--he got a $22 tip for doing nothing. I am calling Mixto now to voice my complaint. Not going back there again!

Great ambiance, poor service

I have been to Mixto many times, and have brought many out of town friends and family there. But last night was a real disappointment and embarrassment. I brought 5 out of town co-workers to Mixto for drinks and dinner after telling them how wonderful it was. Our waiter was really poor and not sorry at all for any of his mistakes. He brought 2 of us the wrong drink on 2 separate occasions, and expected us to accept it!! We had to persuade him to give us what we wanted! The wait for food was really long, even with very few people in the restaurant. When all but one entree came out, my co-worker finally got up to ask the hostess what the problem was. He then brought her the salad without dressing, and then brought her the wrong dressing. We asked to have the alcohol on a separate bill (our company doesn't pay for alcohol) he said "yes" but didn't deliver. The really BAD part of this is. because we had a party of 6, the tip was included--he got a $22 tip for doing nothing. I am calling Mixto now to voice my complaint. Not going back there again!

Pros: Ambience food selection and music

I went to mixto about 2 weeks ago, have to say I Loved their service the hostes was so friendly and sweet she made me and my friends feel welcomed and comfortable, right away she seated us. The food was exellent the mango mojito was the best mojito i ever tried. I have to say i loved the food, drinks and the super friendly staff, did i mention the restaurant is beautiful! its bright and live its just makes you feel really good when walking in (nice craftsmanship)

by jay21021 at Citysearch July 29, 2008 5 Mixto

I went to mixto about 2 weeks ago, have to say I Loved their service the hostes was so friendly and sweet she made me and my friends feel welcomed and comfortable, right away she seated us. The food was exellent the mango mojito was the best mojito i ever tried. I have to say i loved the food, drinks and the super friendly staff, did i mention the restaurant is beautiful! its bright and live its just makes you feel really good when walking in (nice craftsmanship)

Pros: friendly staff, great food, beautiful restaurant

I've been going to Mixto for a couple years now and can honestly say I have never had a bad experience. I have been to the restaurant for lunches, brunches, dinners and drinks. The menu for any given meal has something for everyone to love. I love that they recently added eggs benedict to their menu. Now I don't have to go all the way to Sabrina's for one of my favorite brunch items! Mixto also has the BEST mojitos in town (taste, price and serving size), hands down!! I just went to alma de cuba over the weekend and wasn't impressed with theirs at all, not to mention the little rocks glass it was served in and charged me $10.

I would highly recommend Mixto to anyone.

I've been going to Mixto for a couple years now and can honestly say I have never had a bad experience. I have been to the restaurant for lunches, brunches, dinners and drinks. The menu for any given meal has something for everyone to love. I love that they recently added eggs benedict to their menu. Now I don't have to go all the way to Sabrina's for one of my favorite brunch items! Mixto also has the BEST mojitos in town (taste, price and serving size), hands down!! I just went to alma de cuba over the weekend and wasn't impressed with theirs at all, not to mention the little rocks glass it was served in and charged me $10.

I would highly recommend Mixto to anyone.

Pros: spotless, great ambiance

Mixto is a Beautiful Restaurant I love the whole theme and the unique wood structure. The environment is great and friendly and the music is very relaxing. We went for a very special reason to celebrate my parents 25th year Anniversary we had about 10 people at our table. We asked prior to making our reservation if we could have a pink table cloth on the table where we would all be sitting because that?s my mother?s favorite color. The manager had no problem changing it from white to pink in honor of my mother. It was a surprise dinner for my parents and I wanted everything to be perfect! Plus, the food and drinks were very good and everyone there was soooo nice! The service is unbelievably terrific and the food and drinks are reasonably affordable. I've been coming to Mixto for at least a year or so and I would definitely go back again and recommend it to everyone!

by ElDominicano23 at Citysearch July 28, 2008 5 Mixto

I must say this restaurant was excellent, Awesome customer Service.

Mixto is a Beautiful Restaurant I love the whole theme and the unique wood structure. The environment is great and friendly and the music is very relaxing. We went for a very special reason to celebrate my parents 25th year Anniversary we had about 10 people at our table. We asked prior to making our reservation if we could have a pink table cloth on the table where we would all be sitting because that?s my mother?s favorite color. The manager had no problem changing it from white to pink in honor of my mother. It was a surprise dinner for my parents and I wanted everything to be perfect! Plus, the food and drinks were very good and everyone there was soooo nice! The service is unbelievably terrific and the food and drinks are reasonably affordable. I've been coming to Mixto for at least a year or so and I would definitely go back again and recommend it to everyone!

Pros: Great Service and Delicious food!!

The waitress brought our menus, took appetizer/drink orders and disappeared. Drinks and appetizer arrived, brought by the busboy. Halfway through the appetizer we questioned if it was what we had ordered. Comparing the appetizer that the busboy had brought to the description on the menu of what we had ordered, we realized we had been brought a dish we didn't order. Sounds wierd, I know, but we had wanted to try something new and had ordered an appetizer we were unfamiliar with.

We get the hostess and ask her to locate the waitress - who still is nowhere to be found. Finally the waitress comes out and insists that we ordered the appetizer that was delivered to the table. We know what we ordered and it is not what she brought, but she continues to argue about it. She finally takes the appetizer back to the kitchen and brings us the one that we did order.

NOTE: We were CHARGED for 1/2 of the appetizer that we did not order. I guess she pro-rated the cost because we had eaten half of it before realizing it wasn't what we ordered. This, of course, was deducted directly out of her tip which was low to start with based on the horrible service. I regret even giving her any tip at all as she didn't deserve it.

At this point, we had long finished our wine. Not once did she ask if we would like another glass of wine, even though we hadn't even been served our dinner. Other than it being poor service, it's lost income for the restaurant. Yes, we could have asked for another drink. At this point we were so put off by the service, we didn't want to. Why give any more money to this place?

The food was very oily, but the taste was fine. The service would keep me out of there entirely. Who wants to deal with a waitress so rude she is willing to *argue* with customers?

Mixto Management: LOSE THE HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. FROM READING THESE REVIEWS, IT'S OBVIOUS THIS IS AN ONGOING PROBLEM.

Worst service we have ever had. Rude waitress. Charged us for a mistake she made.

The waitress brought our menus, took appetizer/drink orders and disappeared. Drinks and appetizer arrived, brought by the busboy. Halfway through the appetizer we questioned if it was what we had ordered. Comparing the appetizer that the busboy had brought to the description on the menu of what we had ordered, we realized we had been brought a dish we didn't order. Sounds wierd, I know, but we had wanted to try something new and had ordered an appetizer we were unfamiliar with.

We get the hostess and ask her to locate the waitress - who still is nowhere to be found. Finally the waitress comes out and insists that we ordered the appetizer that was delivered to the table. We know what we ordered and it is not what she brought, but she continues to argue about it. She finally takes the appetizer back to the kitchen and brings us the one that we did order.

NOTE: We were CHARGED for 1/2 of the appetizer that we did not order. I guess she pro-rated the cost because we had eaten half of it before realizing it wasn't what we ordered. This, of course, was deducted directly out of her tip which was low to start with based on the horrible service. I regret even giving her any tip at all as she didn't deserve it.

At this point, we had long finished our wine. Not once did she ask if we would like another glass of wine, even though we hadn't even been served our dinner. Other than it being poor service, it's lost income for the restaurant. Yes, we could have asked for another drink. At this point we were so put off by the service, we didn't want to. Why give any more money to this place?

The food was very oily, but the taste was fine. The service would keep me out of there entirely. Who wants to deal with a waitress so rude she is willing to *argue* with customers?

Mixto Management: LOSE THE HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. FROM READING THESE REVIEWS, IT'S OBVIOUS THIS IS AN ONGOING PROBLEM.

If you want real typical dishes this is not the place. We ordered what we thought were true typical Colombian and Cuban dishes based on their names and to our disappointment they were not. The typical Colombian dish was not served correctly the red beans were substituted with black the chorizo was missing and the white rice was substituted with yellow and the hogado was missing also, the only things were the steak the arepa the fried pork the two fried eggs. A bad imitation of a 'Bandeja Paisa" If anything you never serve this typical Colombian dish with yellow rice let alone black beans its an insult to Paisas the region know as Antioquia which Medellin is part of for those who don?t know. The Cuban 'Ropa Vieja' was served with yellow rice and black beans which traditionally the back beans are served with white rice this was much closer to the typical then the Colombian.

by mariela17 at Citysearch February 23, 2008 1 Mixto

If you want real typical dishes this is not the place. We ordered what we thought were true typical Colombian and Cuban dishes based on their names and to our disappointment they were not. The typical Colombian dish was not served correctly the red beans were substituted with black the chorizo was missing and the white rice was substituted with yellow and the hogado was missing also, the only things were the steak the arepa the fried pork the two fried eggs. A bad imitation of a 'Bandeja Paisa" If anything you never serve this typical Colombian dish with yellow rice let alone black beans its an insult to Paisas the region know as Antioquia which Medellin is part of for those who don?t know. The Cuban 'Ropa Vieja' was served with yellow rice and black beans which traditionally the back beans are served with white rice this was much closer to the typical then the Colombian.

Cons: Not typical dishes the names are miss leading

I have only come here for brunch, which is by far my favorite brunch/lunch spot in Philly. I love the vegetarian platter which has like 3 differently prepared plantains, guacamole, rice, beans, veggies, etc. Those warm pieces of bread they leave on the table are even good. Their Republic of teas are also delicious. Do yourself a favor and try this place for brunch, you will definately not be disappointed.

I have only come here for brunch, which is by far my favorite brunch/lunch spot in Philly. I love the vegetarian platter which has like 3 differently prepared plantains, guacamole, rice, beans, veggies, etc. Those warm pieces of bread they leave on the table are even good. Their Republic of teas are also delicious. Do yourself a favor and try this place for brunch, you will definately not be disappointed.

My husband and I were on our way to the Ritz and doing a little Pine St. shopping when we spotted this place. It was a nice evening so we sat outside. We ordered the pork entrees which I thought were a braised meat dish. It was actually sliced pork in a very rich and delicious sauce (would have loved more of it) fried plantains, rice and beans and the tamale(only thing that I didn't love) I will return soon--very large menu!

by junegirl at Citysearch November 10, 2007 4 Mixto

My husband and I were on our way to the Ritz and doing a little Pine St. shopping when we spotted this place. It was a nice evening so we sat outside. We ordered the pork entrees which I thought were a braised meat dish. It was actually sliced pork in a very rich and delicious sauce (would have loved more of it) fried plantains, rice and beans and the tamale(only thing that I didn't love) I will return soon--very large menu!

Cons: the mixed drink needed more alcohol

I work very close to Mixto yet did not think to go there until I had a taste for some plantains (due to a dish I had at Alma De Cuba). I did a search for a restaurant near by and a little less expensive than Alma, love their food but was shooting for lower budget this time around. So up popped Mixto to my delight as I said it's close to work.

The food is absolutely amazing, the portion sizes are amazing and the two lunch dishes I ordered were both under $9.00 (went for my 2nd time today)

I decided to try an appertizer today as well and apologize for forgetting the name but it was a large plantain filled with meat and covered with melted cheese. Wasn't sure how I'd like the combo but it was out of this world good plus it was a huge portion. For $5.00 I was expecting small bite sized peices. So that allowed me to primarily bring my main course back home which again apologize for forgetting names but it consists of shrimp, yellow rice tomato's and again plantain (told u I had a taste for them:)) Also wonderful.

Bottom line is I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys latin food or even if you're simply a lover of food, you'll enjoy this place.

by faith215 at Citysearch November 09, 2007 5 Mixto

I work very close to Mixto yet did not think to go there until I had a taste for some plantains (due to a dish I had at Alma De Cuba). I did a search for a restaurant near by and a little less expensive than Alma, love their food but was shooting for lower budget this time around. So up popped Mixto to my delight as I said it's close to work.

The food is absolutely amazing, the portion sizes are amazing and the two lunch dishes I ordered were both under $9.00 (went for my 2nd time today)

I decided to try an appertizer today as well and apologize for forgetting the name but it was a large plantain filled with meat and covered with melted cheese. Wasn't sure how I'd like the combo but it was out of this world good plus it was a huge portion. For $5.00 I was expecting small bite sized peices. So that allowed me to primarily bring my main course back home which again apologize for forgetting names but it consists of shrimp, yellow rice tomato's and again plantain (told u I had a taste for them:)) Also wonderful.

Bottom line is I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys latin food or even if you're simply a lover of food, you'll enjoy this place.

Pros: Food awesome, location convenient for me, nice atmoshpere

Cons: Wait staff a bit slow I felt for the time of day I visited. Went during lunch hour yet it wasn't a hustle and bustle that kept things from moving more quickly than they did.

My wife and I found this by accident. We were strolling up Pine Street looking for a quick bite on a Friday night. We saw the menu and were seated immediately. From there on everything was great. Big margaritas, excellent Mojitos, an expansive menu with so many choices and a great atmosphere for a busy place. We went back a couple more times over the weekend, just for drinks. This place must not be missed for dinner.

My wife and I found this by accident. We were strolling up Pine Street looking for a quick bite on a Friday night. We saw the menu and were seated immediately. From there on everything was great. Big margaritas, excellent Mojitos, an expansive menu with so many choices and a great atmosphere for a busy place. We went back a couple more times over the weekend, just for drinks. This place must not be missed for dinner.

Pros: Excellent menu, service

I recently dined at Mixto on Sun May 21st, with my brother and our parents, we were out for a dinner celebration for my brother's college graduation. We chose this place because our parents don't come to Philly very often, and thought this would be a great opportunity to enjoy some Latin food and have a nice celebration. The food was very good and you get plenty, I especially enjoyed the Cuban arroz con polla, and we were having wonderful time. Unfortunately our evening did not end up on a good accord, Mixto has a beautiful staircase, however, it needs to be more suited for safety. My father, who will be 78 yrs old in May, lost his footing, slipped and fell down the shinny staircase, everyone in the restaurant was scared, worried and terrified that he may have broken his neck!! We were told by some patrons who witnessed the fall that if I were not in front of him to break his fall he very well could have broken his neck. Everyone was in sheer panic and thank God there was indeed a doctor dining in the restuaurant, he was visitng Philly for a medical convention and he was absolutely wonderful. He took care of my dad, checked his vitals to make sure they were good. He knew my dad was of course shaken up, and we were too. He suffered a lot of bruising and a gash on his leg and knee he will seek medical attention from his family doctor, with these types of incidents you don't always feel the pain until days later. I do want to thank the staff at Mixto, they were very helpful and concerned for my dad's well being. It was an unfortunate incident and not a good ending to our evening, but we thank God he was able to walk away. I can only stress that Mixto consider putting some type of floor grips on the steps and better lighting, when I spoke with the manager, Angela, about it she said she's fallen a few times on those steps too. Falling down steps can happen to anyone, but an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Thank you!

Great food, cool atmosphere

I recently dined at Mixto on Sun May 21st, with my brother and our parents, we were out for a dinner celebration for my brother's college graduation. We chose this place because our parents don't come to Philly very often, and thought this would be a great opportunity to enjoy some Latin food and have a nice celebration. The food was very good and you get plenty, I especially enjoyed the Cuban arroz con polla, and we were having wonderful time. Unfortunately our evening did not end up on a good accord, Mixto has a beautiful staircase, however, it needs to be more suited for safety. My father, who will be 78 yrs old in May, lost his footing, slipped and fell down the shinny staircase, everyone in the restaurant was scared, worried and terrified that he may have broken his neck!! We were told by some patrons who witnessed the fall that if I were not in front of him to break his fall he very well could have broken his neck. Everyone was in sheer panic and thank God there was indeed a doctor dining in the restuaurant, he was visitng Philly for a medical convention and he was absolutely wonderful. He took care of my dad, checked his vitals to make sure they were good. He knew my dad was of course shaken up, and we were too. He suffered a lot of bruising and a gash on his leg and knee he will seek medical attention from his family doctor, with these types of incidents you don't always feel the pain until days later. I do want to thank the staff at Mixto, they were very helpful and concerned for my dad's well being. It was an unfortunate incident and not a good ending to our evening, but we thank God he was able to walk away. I can only stress that Mixto consider putting some type of floor grips on the steps and better lighting, when I spoke with the manager, Angela, about it she said she's fallen a few times on those steps too. Falling down steps can happen to anyone, but an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Thank you!

Pros: Ambience Courteous staff

Cons: beautiful staircase, but needs safety improvements

I'm not quite sure what the last review was about, but our experiences at Mixto have been first class. I have been there a total of six times in the last 2 months and all experiences have been plesant. First and formost they have an outside patio with a tropical feel we loved this. I felt as if I was back in South Beach on Lincoln Road. The staff which was obviously from many different countries like the polish hostess to our colombian waiter, this added to the great ambiance they were attentive, but not intrusive. Mixto is comfortable and offers a menu that will satisfy any craving you may have. During our last visit we enjoyed the from paella and the advocado and mango salad which we loved. We will be back again soon for your brunch! Thanks for bringing Philadlephia a crisp stylish latin flare.

by phillylove at Citysearch April 30, 2007 3 Mixto

I'm not quite sure what the last review was about, but our experiences at Mixto have been first class. I have been there a total of six times in the last 2 months and all experiences have been plesant. First and formost they have an outside patio with a tropical feel we loved this. I felt as if I was back in South Beach on Lincoln Road. The staff which was obviously from many different countries like the polish hostess to our colombian waiter, this added to the great ambiance they were attentive, but not intrusive. Mixto is comfortable and offers a menu that will satisfy any craving you may have. During our last visit we enjoyed the from paella and the advocado and mango salad which we loved. We will be back again soon for your brunch! Thanks for bringing Philadlephia a crisp stylish latin flare.

Pros: Attractive staff, great portions, cool ambiance.

I had been here once before with friends and had a great time so I was excited to take my parents here tonight. Unfortunately, the experience was less than pleasant this time. We actually never even were able to eat there! We were mis-quoted on wait times twice. After waiting almost one hour (we were quoted a 35 minute wait) and being ignored by the hostess when we inquired about our place on the list and watched parites of two who had arrived after us get seated at tables for four when other tables for two were empty (we were a party of 4) we spoke to to an equally unsympathetic manager who was still unable to even estimate a wait time for us and told us that there were still 3 parties ahead of us. Both staff members did not seem concerned that we were frustrated and made no effort to be sympathetic or even polite. We eventually decided to leave since it was not clear that we would be getting a table anytime soon. I have worked in several restaurants and certainly understand that estimating wait times is tricky and that hostessing can be stressful but I was very disappointed that we were consistently ignored and made to feel unwelcome at Mixto. Even though I really enjoyed my meal the first time I ate here, I won't be going back anytime soon, as the service we got makes even great tasting food not worthy of my time and money.

I had been here once before with friends and had a great time so I was excited to take my parents here tonight. Unfortunately, the experience was less than pleasant this time. We actually never even were able to eat there! We were mis-quoted on wait times twice. After waiting almost one hour (we were quoted a 35 minute wait) and being ignored by the hostess when we inquired about our place on the list and watched parites of two who had arrived after us get seated at tables for four when other tables for two were empty (we were a party of 4) we spoke to to an equally unsympathetic manager who was still unable to even estimate a wait time for us and told us that there were still 3 parties ahead of us. Both staff members did not seem concerned that we were frustrated and made no effort to be sympathetic or even polite. We eventually decided to leave since it was not clear that we would be getting a table anytime soon. I have worked in several restaurants and certainly understand that estimating wait times is tricky and that hostessing can be stressful but I was very disappointed that we were consistently ignored and made to feel unwelcome at Mixto. Even though I really enjoyed my meal the first time I ate here, I won't be going back anytime soon, as the service we got makes even great tasting food not worthy of my time and money.

Cons: rude staff, fun drinks only go so far

My experience at Mixto was horrible. The service was extremely slow. The staff, at least one or two of them, radiated an irritating arrogance for who knows what reason. In the end, the food was mediocre at best (although the bread was pretty good).

My experience at Mixto was horrible. The service was extremely slow. The staff, at least one or two of them, radiated an irritating arrogance for who knows what reason. In the end, the food was mediocre at best (although the bread was pretty good).

Cons: service, management, wait for food and check

Mixto offers a great selection of breakfast/brunch items that can't be beat! The colombian breakfast is my favorite. I could never eat it all in one sitting which is a good thing because I get to indulge in the left-overs the next day!

Mixto offers a great selection of breakfast/brunch items that can't be beat! The colombian breakfast is my favorite. I could never eat it all in one sitting which is a good thing because I get to indulge in the left-overs the next day!

Pros: Great food, reasonable prices

I dont know what kind of place that thing is. i would much rather go to effies a couple steps away. it is much more classic and all the other things a real greek cuisine would be.

by ktom101592 at Citysearch September 24, 2006 4 Mixto

I dont know what kind of place that thing is. i would much rather go to effies a couple steps away. it is much more classic and all the other things a real greek cuisine would be.

Listen, guys - you've been opened now for how long? Three years or so? I've been patronizing your establishment on and off during that time and one thing remains completely consisitent - your slooooooow and extremely inattentive servers. All of your servers are very nice when they're finally at your table which is extremely rare, but their apparent lack of focus drives me insane. My partner and I had brunch and sat outside today and I swear our server suffered from depleted Stepford batteries. Repeatedly she kept missing drink orders, didn't even bother to ask how our soups or entries were once they were placed in front of us (by a busser, no less) and was completely oblivious to our empty wine glasses, which if replenished represented a greater gratuity - basic stuff from Food Server 101. At the end of our entries the check was placed in front of us without even asking if we cared for dessert or coffee! It's really a shame because the ambiance and the food and the nice latin mixes from the sound system are great, but you guys need to get your staff together and have some serouis training. I understand that good help is hard to find these days, but surely your management team can use a little clever coaching to bring your staff up to a decent standard. I'm in the business of restaurant referring and I am very uneasy about recommending your establishment in fear of my clients' disatisfaction. Get it together!

by conciergefrank at Citysearch August 27, 2006 4 Mixto

Listen, guys - you've been opened now for how long? Three years or so? I've been patronizing your establishment on and off during that time and one thing remains completely consisitent - your slooooooow and extremely inattentive servers. All of your servers are very nice when they're finally at your table which is extremely rare, but their apparent lack of focus drives me insane. My partner and I had brunch and sat outside today and I swear our server suffered from depleted Stepford batteries. Repeatedly she kept missing drink orders, didn't even bother to ask how our soups or entries were once they were placed in front of us (by a busser, no less) and was completely oblivious to our empty wine glasses, which if replenished represented a greater gratuity - basic stuff from Food Server 101. At the end of our entries the check was placed in front of us without even asking if we cared for dessert or coffee! It's really a shame because the ambiance and the food and the nice latin mixes from the sound system are great, but you guys need to get your staff together and have some serouis training. I understand that good help is hard to find these days, but surely your management team can use a little clever coaching to bring your staff up to a decent standard. I'm in the business of restaurant referring and I am very uneasy about recommending your establishment in fear of my clients' disatisfaction. Get it together!

I don't know what the deal was with the earlier reviews here. . .but my experience at Mixto was fabulous! It was semi-busy, but we got seated right away with prompt service. The food was AMAZING-we all ordered different things and sampled everything and it was all delicious! The prices are average for nicer dining in the city and I recommend everyone gives this place a try!

by gmarocks at Citysearch May 02, 2006 5 Mixto

I don't know what the deal was with the earlier reviews here. . .but my experience at Mixto was fabulous! It was semi-busy, but we got seated right away with prompt service. The food was AMAZING-we all ordered different things and sampled everything and it was all delicious! The prices are average for nicer dining in the city and I recommend everyone gives this place a try!

Pros: food, service, alcohol!

As a food critic, I travel with my wife all over for the best restaurants. But when I found Mixto, I was more than pleasantly surprised. First of all, the staff is eager to please and adorable. A young man who waited on us, suggested the Seafood medley which was absolutely delicious. My wife is allergic to dairy and he made sure her wonderful Pollo Champignon was taken care of. The bartenders are very friendly and did not hesitate to make friendly conversation. We especially enjoyed the female bartender who is always pleasant and smiling. Staff is great, food is great, and I can't expect better service. They modify everything, the music is wonderful, and service is exceptional. And last but not least, I love the cha cha cha margaritas. It's good to know people care about their customers more than they care about themselves. I will return very soon.

by xavierpena at Citysearch April 16, 2006 5 Mixto

Absolutely Wonderful Restaurant in Phila.

As a food critic, I travel with my wife all over for the best restaurants. But when I found Mixto, I was more than pleasantly surprised. First of all, the staff is eager to please and adorable. A young man who waited on us, suggested the Seafood medley which was absolutely delicious. My wife is allergic to dairy and he made sure her wonderful Pollo Champignon was taken care of. The bartenders are very friendly and did not hesitate to make friendly conversation. We especially enjoyed the female bartender who is always pleasant and smiling. Staff is great, food is great, and I can't expect better service. They modify everything, the music is wonderful, and service is exceptional. And last but not least, I love the cha cha cha margaritas. It's good to know people care about their customers more than they care about themselves. I will return very soon.

Pros: Paella for 2, great waiters, great drinks

The bartender was rude.
We waited more than a half an hour for drinks.
The waiter told us the manager was too busy to see us.
The food is good, the inept staff makes this a no go.

by andrewbstan at Citysearch April 12, 2006 1 Mixto

Worst Service in Center City

The bartender was rude.
We waited more than a half an hour for drinks.
The waiter told us the manager was too busy to see us.
The food is good, the inept staff makes this a no go.

I signed on to rate this restaurant it is one of my favorites. I have been to Mixtos over 30 times. Although there were times that the food was exceptionally better than my previous visit, I never experienced a bad or average meal. If you are looking for a Latin food experience, go to Mixtos! If want steak & Caesar salad, I believe you would be better at a place like the Outback, Ruths Chris or Mortons.

Some of my favorites include: For appetizers, the beef empanadas, cheese arepas or the sampler platter which contains both. The avocado & mango salad is delicate and light and allows room for dessert. Speaking of dessert, I recommend the Maduro topped with white cheese.

As for any restaurant, try to go when it's not extremely busy, because most likely the servers can not provide the level service you may require.

by njgirlann at Citysearch December 19, 2005 5 Mixto

I signed on to rate this restaurant it is one of my favorites. I have been to Mixtos over 30 times. Although there were times that the food was exceptionally better than my previous visit, I never experienced a bad or average meal. If you are looking for a Latin food experience, go to Mixtos! If want steak & Caesar salad, I believe you would be better at a place like the Outback, Ruths Chris or Mortons.

Some of my favorites include: For appetizers, the beef empanadas, cheese arepas or the sampler platter which contains both. The avocado & mango salad is delicate and light and allows room for dessert. Speaking of dessert, I recommend the Maduro topped with white cheese.

As for any restaurant, try to go when it's not extremely busy, because most likely the servers can not provide the level service you may require.

Pros: Great Food, Warm Atmosphere, Resonable

I think Mixto is the best of Latin food . Many people should try it also mojitos,sangrias, and many another drinks are great.

by 203728519 at Citysearch August 09, 2005 5 Mixto

I think Mixto is the best of Latin food . Many people should try it also mojitos,sangrias, and many another drinks are great.

I'm a native Spanish speaker originally from Miami, but now live in the northeast. This is, by far, the best Latin American food I've had outside of home. Everything is authentic. My wife and I very much enjoyed our meals. The atmosphere was excellent and the service was pretty good as well. I highly recommend Mixto.

by ajoliver1 at Citysearch July 18, 2005 5 Mixto

I'm a native Spanish speaker originally from Miami, but now live in the northeast. This is, by far, the best Latin American food I've had outside of home. Everything is authentic. My wife and I very much enjoyed our meals. The atmosphere was excellent and the service was pretty good as well. I highly recommend Mixto.

I've been to so many "latin" restaurants in Philly and no one can come close to Mixto. I really enjoyed the food and the customer service was spectacular. The mojito's were awesome! Finally, a place that can come close to mami's cooking.

by sexylatinlady at Citysearch May 24, 2005 5 Mixto

I've been to so many "latin" restaurants in Philly and no one can come close to Mixto. I really enjoyed the food and the customer service was spectacular. The mojito's were awesome! Finally, a place that can come close to mami's cooking.

This place was great, a must go for dinner on a warm spring or summer night, request a spot down stairs by the windows. Mixto must have cleaned up its act, because unlike many of the reviews on this site, my husband and I had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the service was attentive. The sangria was refreshing and the flank steak with onions and sweet plantains hit the spot. We went on a weeknight and were seated right away. It was wonderful not being rushed out by staff and we were able to just sit back and relax after a hard day of work.

This place was great, a must go for dinner on a warm spring or summer night, request a spot down stairs by the windows. Mixto must have cleaned up its act, because unlike many of the reviews on this site, my husband and I had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the service was attentive. The sangria was refreshing and the flank steak with onions and sweet plantains hit the spot. We went on a weeknight and were seated right away. It was wonderful not being rushed out by staff and we were able to just sit back and relax after a hard day of work.

Pros: relaxing, delicious, attentive staff

Bad food, over priced, barely there service!! Order a ceasar salad? get a pile of lettuce w/a side of bad dressing. Order a skirt steak? get an overcooked tough, tongue shaped piece of meat. Order a margarita? barely there tequila. Waiter stopped by our table once. We had a $20 meal but paid $70! Just not worth your time.

by jossstone at Citysearch March 18, 2005 1 Mixto

Bad food, over priced, barely there service!! Order a ceasar salad? get a pile of lettuce w/a side of bad dressing. Order a skirt steak? get an overcooked tough, tongue shaped piece of meat. Order a margarita? barely there tequila. Waiter stopped by our table once. We had a $20 meal but paid $70! Just not worth your time.

When I first reviewed Mixto, I loved it. They had a vast menu of fairly simple dishes, that were outstanding in terms of both quality and value. They took many of the simple dishes off (Chuleta Frita, where are you?) and trendy'd up the menu (mango salsa and the like), also raising the prices somewhat. They seem to be successful, so I guess it works for them, but I miss the old Mixto. Now that I don't live around the corner, I defnitely don't go out of my way to go here any more. Sad. Their food is still good, and mojitos and sangria are yummy. I'd still recommend it, but it was sooo much better when it first opened.

by crimekate at Citysearch March 12, 2005 3 Mixto

they changed the menu. not as good now

When I first reviewed Mixto, I loved it. They had a vast menu of fairly simple dishes, that were outstanding in terms of both quality and value. They took many of the simple dishes off (Chuleta Frita, where are you?) and trendy'd up the menu (mango salsa and the like), also raising the prices somewhat. They seem to be successful, so I guess it works for them, but I miss the old Mixto. Now that I don't live around the corner, I defnitely don't go out of my way to go here any more. Sad. Their food is still good, and mojitos and sangria are yummy. I'd still recommend it, but it was sooo much better when it first opened.

This place is the bomb. The food is great and the music is well-picked. For managing a group of 20 they did very well. The only problem is that the plates are too generous, so as much as I wanted to eat 5 different types of every course, the three-course left me very satisfied. I guess I will have to go again, and again, and again once more before I return. I highly recommend it, and so did all 19 of my friends.

This place is the bomb. The food is great and the music is well-picked. For managing a group of 20 they did very well. The only problem is that the plates are too generous, so as much as I wanted to eat 5 different types of every course, the three-course left me very satisfied. I guess I will have to go again, and again, and again once more before I return. I highly recommend it, and so did all 19 of my friends.

I did not eat here expecting great food, but the downtown outpost of Tiera Columbiana, the only authentic Latin restaurant in Philadelphia that serves something other than Mexican or Cuban. Seen in that light, and if you need your rice and beans like I do, this place is great. Everything I had was delicious, though I did not try the entrees. For New Yorkers who miss Dominican food like I do (though this place is formally Columbian/Cuban), it is a life saver.

by battistini at Citysearch August 28, 2003 4 Mixto

I did not eat here expecting great food, but the downtown outpost of Tiera Columbiana, the only authentic Latin restaurant in Philadelphia that serves something other than Mexican or Cuban. Seen in that light, and if you need your rice and beans like I do, this place is great. Everything I had was delicious, though I did not try the entrees. For New Yorkers who miss Dominican food like I do (though this place is formally Columbian/Cuban), it is a life saver.

Pros: food, uniqueness, location

I've eaten here several times as I live around the corner. It's not a 10 by any means nor is it a 1. The service is slow, the mango margarita terrible, mojito average, and the wine list disappointing. there are so many good spanish wines. okay, now for the food. i've found the appetizers to be lacking. the beef and chicken entree's have been excellent. Stick with basic latin cuisine and this place is good, but don't go for any of the more adventurous plates.

by eldondre at Citysearch August 19, 2003 4 Mixto

I've eaten here several times as I live around the corner. It's not a 10 by any means nor is it a 1. The service is slow, the mango margarita terrible, mojito average, and the wine list disappointing. there are so many good spanish wines. okay, now for the food. i've found the appetizers to be lacking. the beef and chicken entree's have been excellent. Stick with basic latin cuisine and this place is good, but don't go for any of the more adventurous plates.

Pros: good entree's, romantic decor, comfy

Cons: slow service, hit or miss food, mixed drinks

On a weeknight, despite the call-ahead seating provision, we had to wait an undue length of time for our table. We were seated right in the driveway, jammed against neighboring tables on every side. The place was a madhouse. Nice atmosphere and colors, although I could swear I'd seen some of the wall art at Wal*Mart. Our waiter was clueless and inattentive. He seemed surprised that we actually needed additional water beyond the initial pouring. He forgot what we'd ordered. Sadly, the food was no better than the service. Lukewarm soup, bland rice, soggy salad, blah blah blah. It's great that a restaurant has opened in this space, and the next iteration, we pray, will actually be worth the inordinate wait time.

by vanenglish at Citysearch July 24, 2003 2 Mixto

On a weeknight, despite the call-ahead seating provision, we had to wait an undue length of time for our table. We were seated right in the driveway, jammed against neighboring tables on every side. The place was a madhouse. Nice atmosphere and colors, although I could swear I'd seen some of the wall art at Wal*Mart. Our waiter was clueless and inattentive. He seemed surprised that we actually needed additional water beyond the initial pouring. He forgot what we'd ordered. Sadly, the food was no better than the service. Lukewarm soup, bland rice, soggy salad, blah blah blah. It's great that a restaurant has opened in this space, and the next iteration, we pray, will actually be worth the inordinate wait time.

I live in Detroit Michigan and have been traveling to Philadelphia for business. I just happened to across Mixto's and think it is wondeful, great food very good staff and the atmosphere is excellent. I think that the whole neighborhood is very quaint and worth spending some time. I would absolutely recommend Mixto to my friends traveling in the area.

I live in Detroit Michigan and have been traveling to Philadelphia for business. I just happened to across Mixto's and think it is wondeful, great food very good staff and the atmosphere is excellent. I think that the whole neighborhood is very quaint and worth spending some time. I would absolutely recommend Mixto to my friends traveling in the area.

There is no excuse for an hour wait for food. I don't care that the waiter mentioned that they were understaffed. This place has been open for almost a year. Fix your problem! The breakfast food was very boring and unimaginable. It just looked like food from a diner. The waitress didn't even have sufficient menus for our table of 5. I would never even think of coming here for dinner. I'm sure the wait would take even longer.

by confusedgirl at Citysearch May 23, 2003 1 Mixto

There is no excuse for an hour wait for food. I don't care that the waiter mentioned that they were understaffed. This place has been open for almost a year. Fix your problem! The breakfast food was very boring and unimaginable. It just looked like food from a diner. The waitress didn't even have sufficient menus for our table of 5. I would never even think of coming here for dinner. I'm sure the wait would take even longer.

Cons: long wait, boring food, not worth it

I've been to Mixto twice and it is great. Maybe some of the other reviewers had a new waiter or something, but I've found the service is great, the food authentic, and the atmosphere very pleasant. Please give this place another chance, it is a winner!

I've been to Mixto twice and it is great. Maybe some of the other reviewers had a new waiter or something, but I've found the service is great, the food authentic, and the atmosphere very pleasant. Please give this place another chance, it is a winner!

Pros: my waiter, excellent food, atmosphere

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Top Paella In Philadelphia

You can get your Cuba Libre on in Atlantic City, Washington, or Orlando. But why bother when the original is right here in Old City, Philadelphia? The ornate decor instantly transports the diner to a tropical climate where a cornucopia of cuisines from different ethnicities have coalesced into a tasty Criollo blend of toothsome panache. If you want the big daddy of Cuba Libre&rsquos paella delights, go for the Seafood Paella, which features jumbo shrimp, little neck clams, mussels, Mahi-Mahi fillet, squid, baby octopus and saffron long grain rice.

As its name suggests, Mixto offers the patron a culturally mingled meal manifesto. A visit to this magical eatery offers options ranging from Cuban to Latin American to Caribbean delights. The wholly immersive environment abounding in a classic warmth promises to deliver a one-of-a-kind dining experience. If your food quest is a search for the best, the Paella Vegetariana is served up with saffron broth, rice, chickpeas, green peas, carrots, zucchini, shitake mushrooms, plum tomatoes, broccoli and asparagus.

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran commandeered the corner of 13th and Chestnut Streets back in 2002 to open what would become a Best of Philly housewares store. After that, the culinary couple went on to conquer Philadelphia with a fabulous résumé of savory successes in diverse flavor worlds that ranged from Mexican fare to artisan chocolate paradise. Jamonera features fabulous foods such as Fava Croquetas and Charcuteria, but the Paella Mixta is a stunner with mussels, chicken, shrimp, calamari with chorizo, pork belly and Calasparra rice.

Talk about epic&mdashBar Ferdinand&rsquos owner, Owen Kamihira, claims the abbreviation O.K. is actually derived from his name. After 15 years as a restaurant designer and consultant, O.K. united his love for Spanish culture with his desire to create an &ldquoanchor&rdquo establishment in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. He dreamed of creating a destination that featured, according to his bio, &ldquogreat tapas, wine and conversation.&rdquo He did just that with his Bar Ferdinand. His exalted chef, David Ansill, brought his 26 years of experience to the table to create such masterpieces as the Paella Valenciana, which is made with Bomba rice, shellfish, chicken and chorizo.

Valanni brings the hip factor to Mediterranean and Latin fare. The sleek and sexy establishment is positioned on prime real estate just a block from the Avenue of the Arts in the center of town. Besides the sinisterly seductive cocktails, the venue offers an extensive selection of tapas. You can get everything from bacon wrapped scallops to a hearty lamb burger. However, when it comes to rice treats, the Vegetarian Paella is the &ldquoBomba.&rdquo Composed of roasted peppers, carrots, onions, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, and, of course, saffron Bomba rice, this dish is so delish!


Mixto: Philadelphia, PA - Recipes

I’m getting to that point in my life where most of my friends are graduating college and moving to other parts of the world, so in order to give them the proper sendoff we usually go out to dinner a few days before they leave. Most recently, a group of us from Temple’s Education Abroad Office decided to go to Mixto to celebrate one friend’s graduation and another’s move to Los Angeles.

This Latin American restaurant is a pretty popular spot and, not knowing we had to make reservations for a Tuesday night, we ended up sitting at their coffee bar and ordering off the happy hour menu there. While we didn’t mind this as this seating arrangement afforded us some privacy, others who are more particular about where they sit should always make a reservation here, especially since the coffee bar doesn’t offer any forward facing views of the restaurant. I wasn’t blown away by the tans and browns that surrounded the wooden tables as the decor seemed a bit 90s, but I’m sure most people out there would prefer this view to one of a cappuccino machine.

Once we were seated, we all ordered drinks, which included $5 Margaritas and Mojitos. It took a little while for the first round to come out, but our waitress was very attentive, so the wait must have stemmed from the busy bar. Despite that, everyone was really pleased with their drinks, the bright lime and mint flavors took us away from a January night and into a summer day.

After drinks, we ordered a ton of food since their happy hour deals were great and we needed something to soak up the booze. Something that we all tried was the $1 Empanadas. You have the option of choosing between chicken, cheese, or beef empanadas. Between the five of us, all three were ordered. Everyone agreed that the beef empanadas were seasoned the best, but that the stand out of the dish was the dough that it was encased in. A nice golden brown color, this dough was both flavorful and texturally on point. However, these are no homemade empanadas. The fillings in the empanadas were dull and nothing about them wowed. However, I think that despite its shortcomings, this is worth ordering when you think about the price.

Another deal that we jumped on was the $3 Cicharrones, or pork bites, that came with a habanero salsa. This dish was my favorite because the pork was savory, the fat was crispy, and the salsa that came with it added a bit of complexity to the simple flavors. While the crunchy pork bites were my favorite dish, my least favorite quickly followed them. The Patacon Pisao was by far the most disappointing of all the food I tried at Mixto. This $4 deal was made up of fried green plantains that were topped with under-seasoned ground beef and mozzarella cheese. While I’m usually a cheese lover, this was just a blanket of cheese intended to mask the lack of flavor. The other major problem were the fried plantains which got soggy after a couple of minutes and didn’t add the crunch that they were supposed to. Mush with no flavor? No, thank you.

One of the last specials that we all tried was the $5 Guacamole that came with plantain chips. The plantains were phenomenal and seemed healthier than the average chip while the guacamole itself had a nice, clean flavor to it. I tend to prefer my guacamole with a little more kick to it, but nothing about the dip was bad since the avocados were fresh. If I came back, I would order this again, but it does illustrate some of the larger spicing and seasoning problems that I noticed with Mixto’s food.

I’ve been to a number of restaurants around the city for happy hour, but Mixto isn’t one of my favorites. There were things I would try again, but just as many that were completely disappointing. The deals are a steal, so it’s perfect for everyone looking for a big bang for their buck. If you are a student or someone who thinks that happy hours in Center City are too pricey, Mixto may be the place for you, but if you’re looking for food that will blow you away, look elsewhere.


Mixto, Philadelphia PA (Review from 3/28/09)

Located just off the corner of 12th and Pine, it is not always easy to find parking in Mixto's neighborhood. On a recent Sunday morning, a brunchmate arrives a few minutes after we are seated because of parking trouble. She lets the hotstess know she is meeting people, and the response is: “Oh I don't know. You can take a look around.” The service overall is so-so, but the food is good enough to make up the difference.

Half-tempted to order the Croissant French Toast, I choose a savory dish for once: Sopa de Tomate ($4) and Ensalada de Espinaca ($7.50).

The soup tastes very fresh and is nicely seasoned. It comes with chunks of perfectly ripe avocados in it. At first I'm wary about avocado in my soup, but it is divine. The soup is dairy-free but the richness of the avocados creates a lovely cream flavor. The soup is garnished with two plantain chips.

The salad is delicious and the mango salad dressing is bursting with flavor and not too sweet.

I order a small fresh-squeezed orange juice ($2.95). The juice reminds me of childhood hand-squeezed oj, made with a bright plastic juicer. It is for pulp-lovers only though my brunchmates looked on in horror at the massive amounts of pulp.

One brunchmate orders the Orange Spiced Scrambled Eggs ($7.00) which are served with chorizo, peppers, onions, and arepas (corn meal patties). The subtle flavors beg the question: “Do I taste the orange because I really can taste it in the eggs, or do I taste it because it's supposed to be there?”


Another brunchmate orders something else.

Because I did not write down the name, and later could not find it on the menu, I put off publishing this review for almost a year.

Whatever it was, she is pleased because: “The hot sauce is actually hot.”

Saving just enough room to split a dessert, we order a flourless cake (whose name has also slipped my mind). It is so delicious, that I forget to take a picture until we've almost entirely devoured it.

Perhaps the best part of this dessert is that the moist, airy layers of “cake” are made with hazelnuts and are completely flourless.

If Mixto's service would step things up a tad, this would be a slam-dunk Sunday brunch.


COVID In Philadelphia: Restaurants Cautiously Optimistic ‘End Is Near’ With Indoor Dining Set To Resume Next Weekend

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — All of us have felt the impact of the pandemic one way or another. Either you got the virus, or likely know someone who did. You may have been laid off or you&rsquore working around the clock to keep your businesses going no matter the restrictions.

On Friday night, there is some hope for restaurants in Philadelphia. Some restaurant owners shared their harsh futures with Eyewitness News if indoor dining doesn&rsquot resume next weekend.

You first met Mixto Restaurante owner Mercy Mosquera back in September as she prepared for indoor dining to resume in Philadelphia. That was short-lived, and now, at her sister location Tierra Columbiana in North Philadelphia, it&rsquos déjà vu all over again.

&ldquoThe six feet distance, protecting our employees,&rdquo Mosquera said.

City officials say they will allow limited indoor dining starting on Jan. 16. This comes after the latest ban went into effect last November.

&ldquoWe are hoping this time they are very serious,&rdquo Mosquera said, &ldquoand they really think about the businesses. We need to be open. We have to open as soon as possible.&rdquo

And if there is a delay — city officials say there could be if COVID-19 cases spike again — Mosquera may have to take drastic measures.

&ldquoIf we don&rsquot open in the next two weeks, unfortunately, I think we are going to have the make the decision to close one of our businesses too,&rdquo Mosquera said.

Across town at Craft Hall, one of the largest indoor restaurants in the city, Neina Langford, the director of marketing, says her staff planned to open the day before the last shutdown.

&ldquoWe didn&rsquot even bother moving the tables or chairs,&rdquo Langford said.

So her restaurant is ready and set and her employees are on standby with everyone&rsquos fingers crossed that next week will end the final ban on indoor dining in Philadelphia.

&ldquoWe&rsquore excited to have customers come in,&rdquo Langford said. &ldquoWe&rsquore just anxious to see what&rsquos happening next because if there is one thing we&rsquove learned, you really can&rsquot predict what&rsquos going to happen next, but with the vaccine, we hope that the end is near.&rdquo

Mayor Jim Kenney says city officials will hold a press conference next Tuesday with details about allowing indoor dining to resume. He says the plans could be scrapped, however, if COVID-19 cases spike again in Philadelphia.


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Mixto: Philadelphia, PA - Recipes

PHILLY'S ONLY 100% ORGANIC, PLANT-BASED, GLUTEN-FREE CAFE

We are open for take-out , delivery and first-come , first-seat outdoor seating .

(We do not plan on offering indoor dining until social distancing limitations are lifted.)

Please view our current menu on the take-out tab (upper right), and place your order for seamless same day service. If you prefer to order in person, please come in!

Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Currently, we are focused on expanding our decadent pastry menu, cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Our savory menu continues to transition as demand shifts. At the moment, we are offering freshly prepared savory meals for quick grab-n-go.

For custom orders and shipping near and far, please look at our meal plans , bakery , and shipping options.

When entering our shop, we politely enforce everyone wear a mask covering both nose and mouth for the peace of mind of our hard-working staff, and to adhere to Philadelphia Department of Health regulations.

If you are not wearing a mask, please order ahead on our online take-out menu, give us a call at 215.985.1706, and we will bring your order outside to you.

Our team is fully vaccinated !

With vaccinations, warmer weather, and longer days, foot traffic is increasing.


Watch the video: Vlog #4 l Mixto Restaurant l Philadelphia Sight Seeing (July 2022).


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