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El Vez

4.7
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5366 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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5366 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice, but service was a little slow.

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TheresaK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez was recommended by a friend and I enjoyed the food and the waitress was really great.

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vipHersheySS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a late afternoon lunch and chose to eat outside. El Vez currently has indoor and outdoor dining but we felt more comfortable staying outside (this is a review during COVID spiking). They have tables on the street and sidewalk on the weekends with large heaters throughout. It was a bit windy but bearable: definitely remember that city streets tend to have more wind than other places.

Our waiter and the rest of the staff were excellent. We were served drinks right away, offered guacamole to start and answered questions about the entrees. The meals arriving promptly but not too close to the guacamole round and were delicious. Meals are hearty but not grossly huge and the flavors are fresh. My shrimp tacos were excellent and the others had an enchilada sampler (THAT was big - 3 enchiladas), chicken tacos and mahi mahi enchiladas and everyone was pleased with the temperature and the flavor. We also highly recommend the Mexican hot chocolate which helped warm up those who were running cold and the margaritas. A really nice finish was churros with Mexican chocolate as a surprise for my daughter's birthday.

We have been to El Vez at least 3 times before and each time it's been fun and good. Sitting outside is less "fun" than inside with the amazing interior but people watching in Philly is entertainment too. The service was top notch in what has to be a tough environment with the expanded outdoor dining.

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vipDicla
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The combination of flavors is amazing.
I wish I can try all the plates in the menu!

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vipKimG
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal. The best in the city!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always amazing!!

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RyanP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ordered the "Make your own Fajitas" meal for two - while the food itself was delicious, we felt like there was not enough steak and chicken in our platter to go with the large helping of onions and peppers. We really were not able to make a lot of fajitas out of this. It would be great to have a more even distribution.

We felt very comfortable with the spacing between outdoor seating and the precautions the servers were taking with wearing both masks and face-shields.

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KimC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. We followed the covid rules, our server was fantastic and the food as always was phenomenal! Thanks el Vez for a great time!

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vipLeslieG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!!!

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Zahkia
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were good manager started to rush us because he wanted to seat other guess which was rude but other than that everything was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food and such a cool ambience with really nice and efficient employees

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Loved the outdoor atmosphere. Shrimp enchiladas were ahmazing.

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heather
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Excellent Food

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Sara
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing as always. Our group tried a few different margaritas and they were all great. The service was great, too, and our food came out quickly.

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Pier56
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoy drinking blood oranges margaritas and people watching

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vippeterv
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lk3642
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stopped for lunch, this is our favorite place to eat when we’re in Philly! The food is so delicious and the service is always great! Can’t wait until we go again ❤️

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vipTashaE
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

DELICIOUS! This restaurant has been consistent since The first time I came in 2009. Thank you for never being anything short of amazing. Quality food and service!

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SamC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 2 year anniversary and it was fantastic. Great food and ambiance.

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CaroR
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Definitely very accommodating about covid (taking temperatures, tables well spaced out). Because our table was outside and down the street a bit, we did have a lot of pedestrians going by pretty close to our table. But food was great!

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markh
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. So good that I wanted more, more, more! We did notice that the portions were a bit less than when we've visited in the past. We're chalking this up to COVID-19 and the restrictions on the number of guests they can serve. But still, our lunch entree was served with just two tacos on the plate. No chips, fries, etc. We had ordered the tortilla soup as an appetizer ($9), and were glad we had done that because the two tacos were fantastic but not overly filling. In the past, we would leave El Vez with leftovers. Still a great restaurant. Just hoping they can get through these tough times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside at one of our guests requests.. it was OK, didn’t care for the homeless walking asking for money, but it is Center City, they should somehow separate the sidewalks and clientele as many other places have done especially since it’s not cheap to eat or drink here.,. Otherwise... Excellent.. highly recommend the Guacamole, Fajitas, and Blood Orange Margaritas.... always Good Customer Service, I like that they have clientele temperature checks prior to entry or seating.. but with all the people walking by... does it really make a difference??? Once again most importantly Great Food, Good Service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and service.

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AlexusA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as usual, love the place and if you go the El Vez Guacamole is a MUST!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great ambiance and food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

This was by far the worst experience we’ve ever had at El vez. It has always been one of our favorites for the food and the atmosphere and the great neighborhood. It was none of the above. I know the city is going through hard times but it was absolutely awful! The service was good so that wasn’t a problem. It was basically what’s happened because of a pandemic. The homeless have nowhere to go so they congregate on the different corners and basically beg at your table all night long. They do have security which tries to shuffle them along but the whole experience is so upsetting it’s not even worth going. The food was just OK. The margaritas didn’t even taste like they have any alcohol in them which may have made the whole experience better if they had. The table was dirty before we even sat down. And even going to the bathroom was awful. There was no soap in the dispensers and everything was dirty. I won’t be back for a while and I hope for the city’s sake they can get their act together again.

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jermargo
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my personal favorites in CC Philly. Food is always outstanding and consistent. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a female server and I can't remember her name but she was awesome. I was with 3 other women at the second to last table outside on sansom. Service was perfect and they appeared to be adhering to all covid precautions. Shout out to all the staff working hard and maintaining their patience, stay tough out there

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Claudie
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is AMAZING!! I loved it! Can’t wait to go back!

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Aquarius27
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was sooooo good!!! Great service as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated right away outside and the food was amazing!

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KaylQ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! The food, the service, the drinks!! Love this place

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GordonH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez was worth the wait! We were greeted, seated, and served very well! What I like about my experience is that when I left, the host remembered my name and said hope to see you again! I will be back!

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TayW
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Drinks was good everything about this place was good will definitely be back

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MeredithS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really bad rain so they moved everyone inside but took all the necessary safety precautions. Service was excellent, food was delicious as always, would return again soon.

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vipRoeg
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez is a great place to eat Mexican food. I’ve never had a problem with food or service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and good drinks!!!

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vipKimG
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love ElVez. Great food, excellent drinks and a great time.

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Cliff
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All my love to the fighters...

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 5366 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.