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
El Vez reviews from OpenTable diners
323 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (198)good for groups (186)vibrant bar scene (176)fit for foodies (163)neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (95)great for lunch (91)great for outdoor dining (72)late-night find (56)romantic (36)great for brunch (33)kid-friendly (26)scenic view (12)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • Reliable & delicious
    JoetVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Had another very good meal prior to the theater. Service was very good and food was very tasty and ample. Particularly enjoyed the mahi-mahi taco from the sampler which I recommend. Nachos were very good as was the guacamole. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, below average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have gone to El Vez many, many times and this was the first time the service was less than adequate. Side dishes didn't come out until we had to ask for them, which was more than halfway through our meal. She constantly was rushing us, even when she handed us the dessert menus. As soon as she handed them to us, she asked if we wanted anything. I was frustrated at this point and rudely said we needed time to actually look at the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Vez Always A Pleasure Dinning
    Dena1
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What more can I say; I love this place, Food, Drinks, and venue as a whole is always above board, exceeding expectations, truly my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a quick work lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    nice affordable lunch menu with some key favorites like the guacamole options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab guac beats controlled chaos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The delicious tacos and crab guacamole won us over, despite being greeted by a din of noise from the bar and enormous restaurant, upon entering. We were three friends looking to catch up, so it was a lovely surprise to discover the acoustics allow for quiet conversation once we were seated in a booth near the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mlmom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very good mexican food. Love the guacamole with goat cheese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot spot!
    Jafipp
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always packed, great margaritas and food! Sort of hard to sit at tables by bar with people standing to get drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    Jennycece
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of my favorite places! Liz is the best server we always ask for her when we go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Place
    DougW
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Every time I go to Philadelphia I go to eat here. The staff is awesome and always so friendly. The drinks and food are unmatched by many places in the city. I would highly recommend this place for lunch, dinner, or just drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MARYANNEVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    El Vez never disappoints.. we went on a Monday night. and the food and service (our waiter Nick) is just as wonderful and consistent as always. I can't thank you enough for making our friend Mike's birthday so wonderful! He is now one of your biggest fans!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place ever
    MaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I absolutely love this place! The food is great and it never fails to deliver. Don't pass this place up! Their guacamole is tasty and the dishes are out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Xperince
    Lucydines
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food good atmosphere good but would like to have a different waitress she just didn't have enough enthusiasm seemed liked she would rather be somewhere else maybe she was having a bad day but a different server would have made th experience better
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    Amazing
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I can not find one flaw in the food or service; both were beyond amazing! It was a little loud (no fault of the restaurant) but not too loud that you couldn't talk comfortably without yelling. I would definitely reccomend and go back myself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    jaxdad78
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    From the friendly service to the awesome food, this place is always a winner. Every drink and dish looks like a piece of art and tastes even better than it looks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Pasoccermom
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    had a late lunch with my hubby on our 20th wedding anniversary! I had the crispy mahi tacos and they were excellent! The blood orange margarita was awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tons of fun at El Vez
    Chef4life
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I've dined here twice in the last month. Once with a group of friends and another on a first date. El Vez was totally fit for both of these ocassions. It's fun, casual, great (not mind blowing) service, food is great and consistent, and the decor and ambience bright and vibrant. My friends were a bit skeptical, when it came to me bringing a first date here, only because I'm a foodie (huge foodie) but it was perfect! We had a pitcher of the Perfecto Margarita which was a little bitter (I'm a bit of a margarita snob) but still got the party started. I would recommend the frozen blood orange. We then ordered the Macho Nachos, sea bass ceviche, grilled corn on the cob, plaintains, and the mahi tacos. All of which were awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    food4life
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was very good, very nice. I really enjoyed my time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    Pianoman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a great time for a family celebration. The ambience is upbeat and energetic. You feel like you're somewhere special as soon as you get to the front door. This place has the best fish tacos anywhere. The entrees are fine, but definitely get some tacos, and did I mention the guacamole?! Holy guacamole, their guac is the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NICE
    rejan2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I do not eat at Mexican restaurant but my daughter prodded to give it a try. The appetizers were great and the main dish was excellent. I will be a return customer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food is somewhat a "fancified" texmex. Not fancy exactly, but arranged and enhanced beyond your typical burrito. It tastes incredible and the portions are enormous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clamorous Culinary Scene
    JPaulVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Noisy, boisterous El Vez is definitely not the the place for a quiet romantic dinner, as you're likely to be seated near braying vulgarians into their fifth round of the splendid specialty margaritas. But sometimes this is what you want, and El Vez delivers the party atmosphere along with delicious Tex-Mex specialties. The house-made guacamole is a must-try, and is nicely complemented with an order of chips and salsa (not gratis, as at most restaurants but worthy of your investment). Entrees also please, from usual Tex-Mex fare to original dishes. Reservations are a must, even on weeknights, as El Vez is one of restauranteur Stephen Starr's most popular eateries. Be sure to take note of lucha libre figures in the clever decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food good service but loud
    Bobs
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food was great. Service terrific. Noise level through the roof.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EL VEZ ROCKS!!!!!!
    cal1dineVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    WITHOUT A DOUBT THE EL IS THE PLACE TO BE IN PHILA FOR MEXICAN FOOD. TODAY WE HAD THE STEAK AND EGGS ALONG WITH THE SOFT SHELL TACO SAMPLER. BOTH DISHES JUSDT ROCKED BIG TIME. AND OF COURSE THE BARTENDER THE AMAZING KATIE TOOK GRAND CARE OF US AT THE BAR.EL VEZ YOU ROCK!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulously fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great spot, yummy food, good vibe, fabulous margaritas!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but too loud
    LisaG
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was fantastic. Service good. But it was so loud we couldn't hear each other across the table. That's the only bad thing we could think of about our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyed our meal
    Brandy13
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We dined at El Vez for restaurant week, but it had been on our list of places to try for a while. The service was amazing and I really loved all of the recommendations from our waitress. We both had two drinks and they were awesome! We did the restaurant week menu so we had several courses but also got an extra nacho mamma appetizer which was great. We liked the guac and our main entrees a lot too, but we werent crazy about our restaurant week 1st and 2nd courses. We enjoyed our meal, but I'm not sure it would be a first choice of somewhere to go back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Good food, a bit loud so I wouldn't come here for a quiet evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!!
    MexicanMistress
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Best Mexican food in the area. We got the restaurant week menu and it was great to sample many of their selections. Would go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat your weight in guac
    Neva
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The best guacamole hands down! The variations of it are fun but the traditional is fabulous. The rest of the menu is amazing as well; I don't think you could order something that wouldn't be amazing!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun
    SoJerseyGirl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Really enjoyed it. The food was delicious, though a bit salty (unnecessarily so as the food was very flavorful).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good Mexican
    HollowBrew1VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Can't go wrong with El Vez. The food never disappoints. Always very good. Drinks are awesome too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Vez - love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have been to El Vez a few times for regular dining and I love it. I live in the suburbs so I always try new places for restaurant week but I added El Vez just because its a great spot. Their menu was by far the best restaurant week menu. I have been doing this for a few years trying out at least three restaurants during restaurant week. El Vez did not skimp on the restaurant week menu and the variety was awesome. Our waitress was great also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Dinner
    PhillyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went for restaurant week. Although good, there was way too much food. Four courses- special sizes of their regular items except dessert- for $35. Would have preferred 3 for $25 or even $30. Paid $120 for food, one alcoholic beverage and 2 nonalcoholic beverages. And this was the special restaurant week meal. No bargain. Recommend but not for restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch in the city
    Foodjunkie12
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I always love coming to El Vez for brunch with one person or a group! Its always a fun time! And I love the photo booth!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Resturant week
    Philliesgirl
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went during resturant week and it was awesome! We got four courses and everything tasted amazing. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cali Foodie's loved El Vez
    YummieGuac
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great food and creative drinks. Pistachio Limon Guacamole is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Vez always delivers!
    jamiemac
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have been going to El Vez for years and always love it! This visit was a friends 1st time for a birthday celebration and we enjoyed every course. The restaurant week menu they offered was more than we could eat! Great choice and will definitely be returning. Don't miss the crab guacamole and margaritas, you are going to want to order the pitcher !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    MoocaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    From the fresh, delicious, perfectly-cooked sea bass and mahi mahi tacos, to the smooth, luxurious guacamole, everything we had at El Vez was outstanding! The vanilla flan was a tad sweet for my tastes, but the smooth caramel flavor accentuates the soft, creaminess of the flan, tying the whole dining experience together with a great, sweet finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hellooooooo El Vez
    kelgia80
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food, great service, great prices. This was my first visit, but definitely not my last. Their guac is amazing and although I'm not a vegetarian, their veggies tacos are to die for. Top it off with an El Vez Margarita, perfection!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So SO
    Zuly
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I asked for chicken tacos. Their tacos were "fajitas". I would to Chillis for that and would have cheap. Will not go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic