El Vez

4.7
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5144 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
25 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.

CV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! Highly recommend.

BW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We were celebrating my daughter’s birthday.
The service was great. The food tasted good, but I was up all night sick as a dog.

AM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time out celebrating my son 22nd bday!! Definitely will return!!

MP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food drinks and service overall good.... would come back... only 4 stars because taco portion was small I thought !

KG
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and drinks! Our waiter forgot about our drinks until we had to remind him after our apps and meals came out. Otherwise, everything was great! I definitely will be back.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Nachos are amazing

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k
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short rib enchiladas were awesome! Best Mexican I've ever had.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service ! Yummy food !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here, the food is a great celebration of flavors and hispanic culinary delights with an American twist. Love!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I drove from Maryland to take my wife and daughter for dinner for Valentine’s Day. They loved it.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food wasn’t great and the server wasn’t nice... but the atmosphere is fun!

JT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch then walked to convention center. Mahi tacos were excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were excellent. And Samantha was hands down one of the best servers I’ve ever had. I’m not in philly often but when I’m back I’ll be coming back for more exemplary service.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food...wobbly table. I hate a wobbly table.

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal with exceptional service. The food and beverages where perfect and the Mexican Chocolate was amazing. A wonderful evening out!!

CA
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great. We had the guac with tortilla soup and I had steak salad. My margarita was amazing. It was a busy Wednesday night and the restaurant is loud inside. It doesn’t effect my experience. It’s expensive for Mexican. Still, the place is neat looking and the food was great enough to return and recommend.

DD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Margaritas are great. Guac great. Corn and poblano empanadas with salsa verde and peanut sauce was amazing.

T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Awesome service. Great fun environment

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at El Vez and I loved it. It is super cute inside, music was cool, and the tacos were BOMB. I do not have one complaint. Every time I visit Philly, I am going to try to visit El Vez.

SK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We have been here numerous times and the staff and food are typically great. On this night I informed it was my girlfriends 30th birthday hoping their would be some acknowledgment. The food came then the check with zero acknowledgement of what the three hosts and I previously discussed. It was a let down to say the least.

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always WAY too loud for conversation, but the food and drink are wonderful and the service friendly!

C
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent excellent excellent

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS EXCELLENT, don't like to wait for the table when you have reservations, but it is soooo worth the wait.

e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved the food. The service was fantastic! But it was hard to have a conversation because the restaurant was very loud. However, that is not a deal breaker. I’ll be back

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Natasha!!! She was a fantastic representative and very respectful of multiple food allergies. We’ve eaten here dozens of time and El Vez is consistently one of the best in the City.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best lunch spot. Busy, so reservations are necessary or you can hope for a spot at the bar.
Nachos, tacos and spicy pitchers of Margaritas. Always a favorite for us.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best waitress! Angie !

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