El Vez

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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern

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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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and delicious food.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I love El Vez. I’m a frequent flyer. I was disappointed though Sat. We had 7pm reservations. We were not seated until 7:40pm.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodating, delicious, great service and always a good experience.

J
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy El Vez. Margaritas are great and enjoyed the cheesey chorizo dip

c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

energetic? more like couldn't hear my boyfriend (not that i ever listen anyway)

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and drink were delicious and plentiful! The food servers were polite and efficient!

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great margaritas and nachos! Tacos are small and a little skimpy on the fillings but include an avo slice. Bathrooms are a little sketchy with the walls covered all around by blue curtains.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor and atmosphere was fun and elegant. You definitely felt like you were stepping in to a unique place. The service was impeccable. I was glad to have made reservations as they were extremely busy. Even so, our server Cory was very attentive and personable. We never felt rushed or neglected. The manager (I forgot her name!) was wonderful as well. You could see she was helping her servers where they needed it and checking in with the guests as well. The food was AMAZING. The empanadas were hands down the best I’ve had. The guacamole and nachos were delicious as well. And, oh the Perfecto Margarita! My daughters couldn’t get enough of the churros. My family and I enjoyed our experience thoroughly and will be sure to return. Thank you El Vez for a wonderful evening!

LC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience!!! We had a reservation and we were seated at exactly the time of our reservation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was lovely
Hostess and coat check were lovely as well
They made our experience so nice

The food was yummy and portions were great!!!
Drinks were great too!!!

Thank you!!!

S
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

What a nice place to eat! Great food and drinks! The guacamole was outstanding! Definitely a must when you go! My very picky teenager was able to enjoy the food as well, which made our night!

DC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Phenomenal food and drinks! Don’t forget the tequila! Hoping they shake up their menu to offer additional selections. Service was top notch and the pricing is so so. Food is too tasty to go anywhere else!

KC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious as always (but we miss the old chips!) Great service and perfect meal!

LR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around!!!! One of our favorites

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent! I will definitely eat there again!

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos and margaritas. Definitely will go again. Highly recommend!

M
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual , ElVez never disappoints. Our waitress was seriously the sweetest young woman and terrific. The food was great. We brought guests from out of town and they loved it too. Excellent food, energetic restaurant. Fun!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lunch date with my wife. She loves the bazooka guacamole. When (bazooka) guacamole comes out it has no pistachios and very little feta but plenty of tomatoes. Let’s just say she was disappointed
Everything else was great.

J
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meet up with some friend had great drinks and meals. The el vez dessert is to die for

TC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and fun atmosphere would definitely go again

OM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant and the diverse menu. The staff was very supportive and discussed potential options.

FD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service from the wait staff. The decor was festive and the place had a fun vibe. What a great find on our weekend trip. We’d definitely come back and tell our friends!

S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, best service, best ambiance! Favorite Philly Mexican restaurant!!

P
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place to grab a business lunch or fun dinner in the energetic center city area. Always consistent and friendly.

B
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and drinks were delicious. There was a little confusion when we first arrived regarding our reservation, but once things got straightened out, we had a good time and a good meal.

l
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This was our first time at El Vez. We thought the prices were a bit high for the size of the portions. Our service was excellent, very attentive and accommodating. The guacamole was excellent. I did like the brussels sprouts too. They were done with a flair! We also enjoyed the churros for dessert.

I would recommend coming when the place is not so crowded. It was way too noisy to have a conversation.

T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was great! Had to wipe off seat in booth because it still had food on it. Waiter was helpful with menu options. However she was not very attentive rarely saw her after food came. Had to call her over several times because she would walk by without checking with my party to see if we needed anything. Even had to remind her after we ordered appetizers that we needed to order entree.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bachelorette party nice cool spot

CF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Amazing flavors on traditional tacos.

p
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved the food, service and cocktails but it was a little loud, which is great for a social night out - but not so much for a gathering of business colleagues. So I would go back, but with friends and not for a business dinner.

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. All waitstaff we’re very responsive and not trying to rush us. Birthday boy enjoyed it (he’s 20).

We did eat around 2pm. Note that it gets super busy and noisy around dinner time.

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Over priced food and drinks. You can find a nice Mexican restaurant for 1/4 of the price. This is a one and done type of thing. I ordered Nacho’s without beans for the table because two of us do not eat them. A few people took a few bites and realized there was beans. We stopped eating and told the waitress. She said keep those and I’ll bring you ones with no beans then charged us for two because of their mess up. Bad customer service.

KM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was FABULOUS!!! And the food; so, so good! Very loud.

EK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for margaritas and all things Mexican in a vibrant neighborhood. Loud indoors but outdoors is quieter and the heaters keep it warm in the fall/spring. Love the nachos, tacos, homemade guacamole, and the margaritas are some of the best in town.

DL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We had a reservation for 8:15 and weren’t seated until 8:50. We were told multiple times that they were waiting for our table to pay their check but saw other groups of the same size be seated in the mean time. For all of the good reviews I’ve heard about the food we found the portions to be small for their price and the quality of the food to be so-so.

B
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , hostess and and service.

JK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!!! My wife had been wanting to go, but I was concerned about cost... the shrimp I had, and Carne Asada my wife had (along with the pitcher of Margarita) were well worth it!!

SG
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server never mentioned the photo booth:( fun place, great vibe and guacamole!

AL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my family and I loved this place. The decor is cool and the food is great. It was very busy so be sure to make a reservation. If you love guacamole and mexican food, you will love this place.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always.