El Vez
El Vez

El Vez

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elvezrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2159289800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: David LaForce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sansom
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.
A word from El Vez
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
El Vez reviews from OpenTable diners
351 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (200)good for groups (196)hot spot (191)fit for foodies (154)great for lunch (119)special occasion (117)neighborhood gem (116)great for outdoor dining (87)late-night find (65)great for brunch (45)romantic (38)kid-friendly (32)scenic view (14)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • Wed night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good place to celebrate a birthday friends however it was a busy night and I saw many hostesses walking around taking note of everyone's times at their tables; felt a bit like they were rushing my group out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, happening place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We just beat the rush with a 5:30 reservation, on our way to a show at the Forrest Theater. Food was mostly excellent, although the Mahi tacos were uneven. Service was excellent. We were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    SelfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Ordered taco for two which turned out to fajitas. Amazing. Maybe the best ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was ok, organized chaos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Girls up front were terrible at communicating information about reservation. Had 7:30 reservation and checked in at about that time. Was told table was being set up ASAP so we sat at the bar. After two drinks still never was approached about our table or reservation. Walked back over about 8pm and was surprised to be asked, oh were you ready to be seated now !? Huh? Tip: Just pick a guacamole and do the taco tasting platter.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent vibe and great food!
    skyus1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I am not into upscale Mexican food but El Vez is different. The food selection is vast and is very authentic. Portions are smaller compared to other places which completely agrees with me. The bar is a must see! And you should try the Pink Cadillac!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great dinner
    Gennaro
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have asked for a good table and we received a perfect one
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Most flavorful and pretty Tex-Mex plates for the epicurean at heart. I recommend the taco sampler and their yuca home fries.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THE FINEST IN ALL PHILADELPHIA
    cal1dineVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    FROM THE START OF WALKING INTO EL VEZ THE RESTAURANT JUST ROCKED FROM THE AWESOME HOSTESS AND THE AMAZING BARTENDER KATIE MY LUNCH WAS AWSOME. THE FISH TACOS WERE BANGING AND THE NACHOS WERE JUST OVER THE TOP EL VEZ YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not recommend
    Phlnj1234
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food portions where very small and not very good. Food was luke warm when it was served. Overly crowded.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Renee
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed the restaurant very much. Great food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so friendly
    Blue
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The waitress could not hide the fact that she was miserable!! I have had better service at McDonalds! She looked angry and her attitude was horrible it killed her to even put on a fake smile! I couldn't wait to leave!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday celebration
    1970sbaby
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our server was the best. She was very attentive and even went so far as to surprise us with a birthday chutes :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to try out
    AshuVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I come to Philadelphia for work wanted to try out some Mexican place , the place is nice just portions are too big more like family style
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Service is great. The food is different and always amazing. It's our familys favorite restaurant inPhilly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    phillyfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This restaurant is so popular that it is almost always busy and there is a wait- even when you have a reservation. Food is always excellent- fish tacos and taco sampler platter are always my favorites. the homemade guacamole is a must-have!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Mslavone89
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food here is amazing! I'm in love with Mexican and I love their guacamole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mminguela
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food, maybe a little too loud for a romantic dinner. Otherwise it's a fun place with a good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to reputation
    TJR55
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Everything and I mean absolutely everything we ordered was outstanding - chicken and beef tacos, sea bass tacos, carne asada, blood orange and pineapple margaritas. Definitely a great place to come with group. Service was excellent. Seated right away with reservation. I'm looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Vez
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great but really too noisy. At times, you can't hear yourself talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Nidnida
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Lovely waitress - guacamole and nachos were the bomb! I didn't like my entree so the server was sweet enough not to charge us for it. Would definitely go here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected it to be great and it was
    MJNJVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were very pleased with variety and breadth of menu, and with interesting combinations of fresh ingredients. Drink menu was terrific. Food presentation was great, service was prompt but not rushed. Only drawback is that if you're looking for a place to have a quiet conversation this isn't it. It's a very lively energetic environment bordering on being too loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time at El Vez
    SampanFan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a great early dinner on 8-10, before going to a concert. Everything was excellent. The only exceptions, though minor, were that it was VERY noisy (that can't be helped-it was crowded and I guess it's just how the restaurant was built) and that it was difficult to maneuver from the entrance to the table as there were servers and food runners going everywhere, and they were moving quickly. Most people would probably not have an issue with this but I have balance issues (neurological condition) and I was very uncomfortable with the long walk to our table. Going forward, when making my reservation, I would specify that I would like a table close to the entrance. But again, very minor; overall El Vez was great and I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Mexican Food
    MexicanFoodLover
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Menu very limited. Our server was not at all personable. Asked for plain cheese enchiladas, after given several excuses why that would not be possible one of which was "they were pre-rolled", I begged him to go ask, at least. He came back and said it was "my lucky day. His chef was in a good mood." They were good. Portions were quite small. Don't expect free chips and salsa! I guess if you are not super hungry or expecting a variety, it's good. Maybe the server was just having a bad day?.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE FINEST BURGER!!!!!
    cal1dineVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    TODAY FOR LUNCH I HAD THE GRAND PLEASURE OF HAVING THE EL VEZ BURGER AND TO SAY THE LEAST THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST BURGERS IN ALL PHILADELPHIA. SERVICE ALWAYS ROCKED AND THE BLOODY MARYS WAS STUNNING. I CANT WAIT TILL THE NEXT TIME!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for lunch
    Philsphan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We took my coworker to lunch for her birthday. Five of us. I do like their circular velvet booths although at 5'6" I needed a phone book to sit on to achieve a good dining height! Always get the chips and guac app ($13) for the table when I go. Doesn't disappoint. I had the Mexican salad with chicken was $15. Nice size and I couldn't finish it. Two of us got the taco al carbon which was also very generously sized. The waiter was dealing with a table of 12 next to us so he wasn't as attentive as I'd have expected. But I get that. Bad luck for us! We will continue to go here, but there are a ton of new places around 13th and sansom so it's a great area now to explore other spots.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed celebration
    Yumster
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My husband and I chose El Vez to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were looking for great Mexican food in an upscale setting. We love El Rey but have never been to El Vez. The dinner room was a little loader and less formal then we expected but the food did not disappoint. Everything was delicious and we enjoyed the festive setting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious, creative tex-mex
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The sea bass tacos were excellent. Very well-constructed flavor combination. Enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • before theater spot
    Melisa
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    very lively restaurant. excellent food and drinks. has a fun vegas atmosphere. appeals to out of town guests!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    PhillymanVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have visited many times because of good food. I wish their service would be more reliable and consistent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great birthday dinner!!
    foodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had a great time with a friend for a birthday dinner!!went on a Friday, def should make a reservation as it gets crowded quickly. Foodnwas delicious. Have had their guacamole before, got the nachos masma this time. Did not disappoint! We also had the black bean enchiladas and chicken tacos, good portion size and all just right! Great overall
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Birthday
    forangutangVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Party of two for a birthday and it was fabulous. Waitress did not rush us to order, instead let us eat a plate of nachos and then decide how hungry we were for entrees. Ordered carnitas tacos, DELICIOUS as well. Street corn was disappointing, only because I know and love that type of corn. After dinner they brought churros with mexican dipping sauce and a candle for the birthday girl. Totally unexpected, and really cute. Also absolutely delicious again. Loved it! Would definitely go back. Even just for margs & nachos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Experience
    LoveFood
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I love this place!! It is a bit pricey for us, but the food was well worth it. They have variety of guacamoles to choose from and the Macho Nachos were OUTSTANDING! My wife and I shared the Taco tasting platter and were impressed with the variety of flavor present. Each one had unique sauces that fit each of the different meats. I only wish we lived closer, because we would make regular trips here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!! What ENERGY & WARMTH
    OlderJerseyGirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    From the times I spoke to the hostess for reservations to the moment we walked in -everyone at el Vez is friendly and welconing! We went to celebrate my daughter completing the bar exam. We were 6 in our party and we sat in the one of those wonderful rounded booths. t was so intimate amidst all the talking of the day and the atmosphere was already so celebratory that it fit our occasion perfectly. FOOD was awesome! The guac - Yummy, the tuna delish and my steak topped Mexican sald was huge. We finished by splitting two desserts - just perfect! I am a 53 years old Jersey "girl"and being there made me feel the youth and excitement of the city. I want to move close to El Vez so I can pop in whenever I want to.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    PhillyLawStudent
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    El Vez has yet to disappoint me. The food is incredible (especially the guacamole) and the service is great as well. Would definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious. I love El Vez!
    Dustygirl1VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A great neighborhood staple. You can eat healthy if splurge. Great service and food, friendly and helpful staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    MJ25
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Really enjoyed the food and drink. The ambiance was fun and buzzy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing time and time again
    Cate
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I love this restaurant. No matter what day, what hour you walk in, there are always lots of customers! From the margs to the guac to the mahi mahi tacos and more, this restaurant knows exactly what the customer wants. Amazing customer service. The staff who answers the phones are so friendly and sweet. The hostesses are accomodating and perky. The servers and bartenders know the menu inside and out and can keep up with the busy flow they have to attend to all night long. Even down to the bathrooms; they somehow stay clean! This is my favorite restaurant to go to in CC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    pinop26
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I always like going here, great guacamole, margaritas, and this time we tried the guava mojito, which was equally as great. I tried the hibiscus enchilada, wasn't too impressed, but not bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OduarteVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had dinner one night and split the tacos for two. Good sized portion, but they failed to tell us that they add an adobe sauce which in our opinion was super spicy. So much that it killed all flavor. The next night we were walking by after dinner and decided to sit outside for a quick drink and try the nachos. After waiting over 30 minutes, the nachos arrived. The delay was due to a banquet that was going on inside. Would have been nice if our waitress would have told us. Once again, the adobe sauce was added heavily...we couldn't eat the nachos. Shame, it's a nice looking restaurant with outdoor seating and good ambiance. But if you don't have a palate for hot food, save your money and go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Service
    camie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Past two times I've been to El Vez the servers were totally charming and sweet! Very helpfull both time-possibly the most redeming quality about El Vez since the food has gone down hill in the past 2 years and the drinks are meh. Still one of my go-to restaurants though ;)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic