El Vez

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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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OM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

FD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bachelorette party nice cool spot

CF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Amazing flavors on traditional tacos.

p
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

EK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , hostess and and service.

JK
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
99 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.

IE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was as amazing as always. However, it was too loud. There was a party that was over the top screaming. A bit loud.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service. Music was a little loud.

P
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food and service so-so.

H
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy! Started with the guacamole which was amazing. We had the taco sampler. The sea bass and pork ones were my top picks, but all were delicious! Great service and great food.

MK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited during restaurant week, so we had the 3 course special. The nachos were incredible! The chicken tacos were probably the best tacos of my life. The corn tortilla was warm and tasty, and normally I always choose flour tortillas. Also, the margaritas were AMAZING. Overall, one of my favorite meals ever.

JD
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is great always friendly staff and service

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I forgot that I had once eaten at El Vez before. But that time my friend and I had eaten there a few years ago, we got really attentive service as opposed to today where the service seemed a bit lackluster. For example, we both noted that we weren’t offered any chips and salsa while watching them being brought to all of the tables around us. There was no offer of condiments for the table; my friend had to get up and go ask the server for them to be brought to the table. And the server kept hovering, not because she was making an extra effort to make sure everything was okay, but as an unspoken signal that we should wrap up our meal and get going. The food and drinks were great, but the overall experience wasn’t commiserate with the way we were treated. It felt like benign contempt and neglect. It’s okay, I will continue to think of this place as an afterthought, as it did me. Don’t know if I’ll return anytime soon.

TM
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious! The service was impeccable. Bit noisy but enjoyed the ambiance. Nice outdoor seating.

VL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was well prepared. The service was spectacular. The Resturant is a bit noisy but offers out door dining also.

l
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I made the reservations for restaurant week but the restaurant did not honor the discount.

KW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently great. One of the best spots in town. Love El Vez!

AZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love it here! The food is delicious, the margaritas are amazing, and the vibe is great. I always look forward to coming back.

AM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great bar crowd high end Mexican with some unique dishes. Usually very busy so not the place for a quiet night out.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks. Especially the guacamole. Tables get a little crammed when you order a full spread with drinks.

ES
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty. We enjoyed the chorizos. There service was o.k. Although we felt that the waitress, quickly removed our dishes because it was near 5:00 p.m.

EC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great family meal for my Husband's birthday .

G
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was amazing! I loved the food!
My waiter was really sweet and so were the hosts.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Came here for restaurant week with three friends. Told the hostess we made a reservation, they confirmed my number and said they’d text when the table is ready. 5 minutes, nothing, 10 minutes, nothing, 20 minutes, nothing, 30 minutes later I go in and ask again and they say “oh yeah” and bring us to our table. Were you going to keep me waiting indefinitely? Ordered chips and guac, nachos, carne asada, chicken tacos, and the fish, as well as tres leches and churros and chocolate. They were all fine, but not near the quality or flavor of many many other ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants around the city. Drinks were good but expensive and no happy hour. I say skip it.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull place great staff

GB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, great location in the City. Lighting is very dark making it difficult to see the menu. Be sure to ask about the level of "hot" on the dishes, some can be very spicy. Authentic cuisine, good portions and great value/pricing

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