El Vez

4.8
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5173 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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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EG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 2nd year in a row that we have dined here for my daughters birthday! Our waiter surprised us with a complimentary dessert with a candle on the plate. The food & drink are both fresh & delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from the moment we walked in! Our waitress who said she is from Ft lauderdale & new to the city treated us like a piece of gold!!! She was so attentive and caring. The food was delicious and so were the drinks! This place never disappoints.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, great service. A bit noisy inside.

D
New York Area
328 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were two
Down from four but our reservation went through without a problem
The two of us tried a couple things we hadn’t tried before
Our food was fun and delicious
Thoroughly enjoyed

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

This is the first time I've been to a Steven Starr restaurant that I didn't like. The food was only fair. The Brussels sprouts were awful, with a too-sweet sauce that was more Asian than Mexican; the black bean and caramelized onion enchiladas barely had any onions in them, which was the reason I ordered them; guacamole was under salted. And the noise level was horrendous. I couldn't enjoy any conversation, and I was only at a 4-top. I won't go back. There was nothing in the outfitting of the space to mitigate noise--while the basketweave wooden ceiling was attractive, there should be some sort of sound-absorbing decor.

TF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was stellar! The salsa was amazing and I got the shrimp tacos. The taco filling was very small (the shrimp tacos had 1-2 pieces) but the sides (black beans and corn) made up for the portion sizes.

J
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very busy restaurant, recommend reservations. Food, service very good. Didn’t feel rushed despite being crowded. Gluten free options.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matthew was our waiter. We were there for a baby shower for my dear friend. Everyone made the night just perfect! Love the food the people and the atmosphere. Never disappoints.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want great Mexican food with great atmosphere and service to match in Philly, El Vez is the place. This was my second time here. This was my Philly transplant sons pick to celebrate his birthday and probably his favorite restaurant in town. El Vez is just an El of a lot of fun. Everyone enters and leaves here smiling. Get the Guac - Indian Red Lopez, Enchiladas Mixtas, and for 2, the Tacos El Carbon. Serves 2 and takes 2 people to carry it to the table.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our server was not on point paid zero attention to us maybe because we were young? Never gave any suggestions, didn’t ask how food was. The bald headed manager with glasses seem like he didn’t feel comfortable touching tables as he was around but never spoke to us. The food is normally very good however last night the chicken on the fajitas we got as a table was not good very dry and tough. The steak was fantastic though.

TP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly server and able to meet my needs on my keto diet!! perfect friday night out after work, make sure you make a reservation! its packed always!!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelor party

H
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around experience

T
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! We will be back to try the other Guacs and the food!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The nachos were amazing! The drinks were delicious as well. We were able to sit in a round table very comfy booth which was a bonus!

DF
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The nachos have a prime topping to chip ratio. I highly recommend!!

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We had a very nice meal on a Tuesday evening. Was a happening place. Lots of energy. My only complaint is that we felt very rushed. The waitress was very clear by her constant attention that she wanted to flip the table.

b
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Our Waiter was fantastic! The food was wonderful! The bathrooms are super creepy dark and the entire restaurant is super loud. We took my mother for her 74th birthday and it was very hard to have a conversation with all the racket. They brought her out churros with chocolate which was so nice.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My moms first visit and a late birthday dinner. She enjoyed everything and can’t wait to return.

S
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez is always excellent! The food is delicious and always very filling. The margaritas are awesome. The ambiance is fun, creative and comfortable. The tables are spacious, and even the smaller tables have booths and cushioned seating. Our server was friendly and attentive. Overall, an excellent experience!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service were outstanding! Best Mexican restaurant experience ever!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 people $165 thought was a little pricey but food was great

JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food the margaritas were delicious and the atmosphere can’t be beat.

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent! Pricing is also reasonable! It was very noisy, i was yelling across the table so my sister could hear me. But this is part of the ambiance Lol...drinks were great too!

SW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, beverage and service were great. We were not rushed out after eating!

LC
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

El Vez was awesome! The food and drinks we great and the service was excellent. The server made sure note when items weren't gluten free. The atmosphere was energetic and loud which made for a fun brunch. I will be definitely back the next time we visit Philly.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I made a reservation ahead of time, I checked in five minutes early. I was told I would have to wait 15 minutes. When the finally called me for my table they pointed to a window seat (which I requested in my reservation) and said as soon as it was cleaned I would be seated. The hostess then sat someone in my window seat plus another party on top of that. She then only seated me after I said something. She sat us at a tables crammed in the middle of two big parties. It was uncomfortable and we were not happy. Food and our waiter were amazing but due to the service of the hostess our dinner was tainted.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We’ve been to El Vez many times. The food and service are consistently good. It’s always crowded so reservation is a must if you don’t want to wait long. The sea bass tacos are one of my favorite food bites ever. If you know you’ll be in downtown Philly in advance and can get a reservation, it’s so worth it!

DC
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner w Friends if ours who had never dined at El Vez. Tried the Guacamole w Goat Cheese. All loved it. Then my wife and I split the fajitas- steak and shrimp. Could feed at least 3 people and steak and shrimp came out sizzling and perfectly done w savory grilled veggies. Enjoyed our different margaritas- addictive.

FF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was DELICIOUS! My only issue was my husband and I couldn’t hear each other so conversation was difficult.

LL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For some of our friends this was the first time they had been to El Vez. Really enjoyed themselves and the food!

JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and our server was extremely nice! The margaritas and nachos are the best

JP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Overpriced... Staff not welcoming... Although I had no reason to interact with the manager on duty, I noticed he has a poor attitude and way with guests..

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. The margaritas were great too. We love the "Bazooka" guacamole and the Queso with mushrooms. Yum!

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

El Vez is easily the best Mexican restaurant in the city. The food is fantastic, the margaritas and guacamole alone are a reason to go there for a fun happy hour or with a giant group of friends. Everything I feel is appropriately priced and the ambiance is very fun and festive to be around. Service was great, very quick and efficient. Would recommend this place to anyone and for any occasion.

MM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere. Food was fantastic - lots of care taken in its preparation. Fish tacos were unbelievably good. Taco sampler was immense. Sangria was very well done. We would come back again and again

KJ
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Guacamole was amazing as always. Fish taco a bit salty. Otherwise great place.

SB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great ambiance, but very loud. Blood orange frozen margs were fantastic! We got the carnitas and chicken tacos to share, both were great, but the tortilla fell apart quickly. Would probably try flour next time. Will be back!

JE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic time - always amazing food, outstanding drinks, and unparalleled ambiance. Highly recommend this spot.

C
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Very tired looking! Heard good things but extremely disappointed being a Steven Starr restaurant. . Will not return.