El Vez

4.7
5507 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5507 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

My first time there today. The food was great. Nothing to complain about. However, the sever was terrible. Not sure if they’re understaffed or just really overwhelmed. Our plates came out wet with splash of water on them. When asked why we’re being severed with wet plates, the response I got was, “this is not my job, I just bring plates.” One of my friends ordered coffee. They also brought a plate with milk and sugar along with coffee. The plate was dirty, it had food particles stocked to it. When showed to the worker, no apologies or anything. She took the plate like nothing happened. From a high end restaurant, you expect a bit more. Our sever was not too helpful, overall not happy with customer their customer service. But again, the food was worth it all. FYI, we left a 20% tip.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night..great food & excellent service! The staff made my birthday a good one..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was so kind and the outdoor dining experience was delightful, even in the dead of winter! Food fantastic as always. Mentioned to the waitress it was my boyfriends birthday and she brought out churros as a surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bazooka guac was delicious and the short rib mole enchiladas were just amazing. Covid precautions fully observed and even though there was a time limit on the table, we never felt rushed and and plenty of time to enjoy our meal.

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Austyn
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time and great service with such beyond amazing food!!!! Most definitely will be back soon!!!!

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Natsterm
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great indoor and outdoor dining spots. Would highly recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is always great, but you are paying Stephen Star prices for Mexican food. Should guacamole really cost more then an entree?

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good but today was the best ever

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NathalieG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! I went with my 10 month old son and felt safe. Food was delicious.

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MaryE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food came out hot and delicious! So nice to see the restaurant filled to 50%! Staff was pleasant and happy!

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vipNicoleSH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My mom and I went to enjoy a wonderful meal at this restaurant. It is one of our favorites. The drinks and food never seem to disappoint. Only two complaints that I would have with this visit was we ordered a pink Cadillac picture and right away once it was brought to the table I knew just by looking at it that it was not the correct one. We had asked the waitress to confirm if she ordered the correct one which she had but the bartenders had me the incorrect drink. The server and manager was nice enough to take it back get us the correct one but keep the margaritas that had been poured into our cups already. Only issue I had with this visit was they put us in a table very close to the door where servers are constantly going in and out to serve outdoor diners. I had my baby with me that day and so it was pretty chilly with the wind constantly blowing our way. Wish they would have seen that so they could move us to a different table or even the booth behind us. But other than that it’s always a great time going there to enjoy a meal.

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ChiefYumYum
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Our server was great ! Felt safe in light of Covid

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KristiR
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and views are perfect!! Great place to eat!

HB
HollyB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside in one of the heated huts and had a great time. It was a cold day but we were comfortable...all things considered. We really appreciate the outdoor dining options the Starr Restaurants are offering during the pandemic.

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vipDomD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food very good. Love the booth we were sitting at.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor seating and staff very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez is always the perfect place for atmosphere and great food and drinks.

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BrianF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We sat outside in their heated space and was quite comfortable. Food was great as always; a little salty, but overall pretty tasty. Server was great too. Bathroom was horrendously disgusting, which made me call into question the cleanliness of the kitchen. But since I was already done eating... didn’t really matter I guess. Might try a different place next time because of that.

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MichaelL
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dined at El Vez on Valentine's Day. We requested to be seated outside in one of their chalets, due to COVID-19. We were accommodated on our request and seated on-time. The service was very good - although the restaurant had a 75 minute limit on dining, we did not feel rushed. The chalets were heated and very comfortable for dining without a coat despite outside temperatures in the 30's. Being frequent travelers to Mexico, we felt the food was surprisingly authentic, the portions were sufficient and the presentation was typical of any Starr restaurant. Prices were reasonable and service was very friendly and attentive, but not constantly in your face. Would definitely recommend to others and plan on returning when COVID restrictions relax further.

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RachelS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though we were scheduled to sit outside, they were able to get us a table inside (it was FREEZING OUT). Our waitress was awesome. Great about checking on us, making suggestions about the menu, and sharing specials with us. Everything was delicious.

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CaitlinS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect afternoon! Staff is so amazing. So glad to be inside again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going away dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food honestly wasn’t that good, wasn’t authentic at all or anywhere close to that. Definitely overpriced for the quality probably won’t come back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, everyone in our party enjoyed the Margaritas, tacos and dessert.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was phenomenal! Also, I appreciated their staff thoroughly following COVID-19 precautions. We felt as safe as we could eating outdoors in a protected environment. The food was delicious and came out so quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience2

The food was mediocre and the drinks were so strong that they were barely drinkable. We were unfortunately sat by the door so we sat with winter coats on. The server was friendly so that was the only positive from our dining experience.

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SamulM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambience was amazing, however the prices were high for the appetizers and sides. Would still go back just good to remember the prices, when I do.

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BillB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Before Pandemic this was our favorite Mexican restaurant and conveniently 2 block from our residence. Waited patiently for the reopening. Took friends there Sunday and WOW were we all disappointed. Value is non existent. $16 for two small cigar shaped wrapped tacos. Covered 1/4 of the plate with nothing else. I had seafood enchiladas and the shrimp was so strong with ammonia taste and odor was disgusting. Our wait person never checked back on how our food tasted and if we were satisfied so I picked out some of the better parts and called it. Draft beer was cold but a very small pour. We all know that Mexican food is a low cost food product so obviously they are REALLY very busy catching up for missed time .... We'll certainly not be helping them with the recovery process. That is not how you satisfy guests and consequently dig yourself out of the Pandemic hole. Especially when it WAS so good prior to shut down. What a shame.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing birthday dinner with my friends at El Vez. The service was wonderful and the outdoor seating was warm and private. I was nervous about sitting outside at first, but the private booths they created were toasty and fun. I wish they would keep them year round!

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vipCarolynK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The booths were great nice and warm. Everyone loved their meal

KM
KevinM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible overall experience!! Would recommend to any and all

KD
KayD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best nachos and margaritas it the city!

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GenieB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at el vez. I love the different varieties of guacamole that you can choose from.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and wonderful margaritas and quac! Love the bathroom vibe too lol but miss the photo booth

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, AWESOME food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, and service was excellent! We were sitting outside and our server made sure we had enough heat and that we were comfortable. Very much appreciated !

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They adhered to covid-19 restrictions. My friends and I had a great time.

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chrisb
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating area with two heat sources make this an ideal location for an outdoor safe environment, plus the food is great.

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sydneyr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in one of the outside boxes when it was around 30 degrees, with the heaters they provide, it was perfectly warm. The food and drinks were amazing and our server was fantastic! Definitely recommend it as an outdoor spot if you prefer that over indoor right now.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The service was impeccable and the food/drinks were outstanding. They did have a 90 min time limit because of the pandemic .. or else we would have been there all night! Our server was absolutely amazing. Will definitely be back!!

FAQs

El Vez offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 928-9800.

El Vez is rated 4.7 stars by 5507 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.