El Vez

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a few times and decided to check out their offering for restaurant week. Great food as always combined with great pricing, you can’t beat $35 for a 3 course meal!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is so awesome. I couldn’t find a flaw if I tried. Comfortable seating, colorful atmosphere and everything was fresh! Prices are reasonable and I’ll be sure to visit again!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

El vez always has a great atmosphere and fantastic drinks. I love going there and will continue to come back!!

F
New England
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Server was nice but preoccupied and had to come back two different times to ask us what we ordered. I feel like when you order multiple fajitas for your table instead of just one they put it in one big serving dish and give you less food? Maybe that’s just me?

EB
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. My boyfriend and I got the combo fajitas, I loved the steak! Nice drinks as well, also amazing mamma nachos.

DW
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service and fantastic Margaritas!

TJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a perfect meal. My friends and I enjoyed everything.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience in every aspect

LO
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is casually phenomenal. For being so busy, the food was great and the service outstanding. Great value for the quality. A must if you like “quality” Mexican inspired food.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We arrived at around 8:15. It was New Year's Day, so we expected it to be bustling and noisy, but because I had reserved a table way in advance, we were seated fairly quickly. The service from the waitress was fair at best, but not stellar for a Starr restaurant. We were a little more forgiving of that since it was New Year's Day and who would want to be working then, right? The food was delicious and well proportioned since we had enough to take home as well. We will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a fun time. 4 of us went to El Vez to ring in the New Year. The staff were all so friendly; from the host to the server to the busser. We had a great time in an energetic atmosphere with really good food. Thank You!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

CH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful New Years Eve lunch as a family. The service as always was great and the food never disappoints. Can’t wait for our next lunch/dinner!

CG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez is still the best Mexican food in town - even after all these years. Also the ambience is hip, has THE best margaritas and the portions are ample. The service is always top notch. Friendly to families, too, and thus remains our one of our family’s favorite restaurants. Congrats to the El Vez team and, of course, to the master of restaurants and food concepts - Stephen Starr.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, as usual! Started out with frozen blood orange margs and guac (my fave and SO delicious). We then tried the pink Cadillac drink and queso and they were both outstanding! My go-to dinner here is the sea bass tacos...they never disappoint! We had a 6pm reservation and sat right away. Our server was friendly and patient as we hung out for quite a while chatting and drinking.

SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went as a family. The restaurant had a great ambience. The service was fast and the food was awesome- one of the best Mexican restaurants I have been to- I will highly recommend it

CB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guacamole and sea bass tacos were great as always!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family of 4. Really enjoyed our dinner!

N
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for brunch with a couple of friends. The booths were a bit of a tight squeeze and not the most comfortable for a person size 8 or over. The food was okay. Bar service is really slow. Ordered a Bloody Mary when putting in order and it didn’t come out until the meal (breakfast burrito) was finished. Server was nice. No real complaints but not an overall memorable meal. Probably would not go back for brunch/lunch. I much prefer as a quick spot to grab a margarita and chips before heading to final destination.

LP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

the food is always good, very overpriced but you know that going in. El Vez is definitely an experience, worth experiencing!

M
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night! We were seated right on time! Food was fabulous! Drinks were amazing! Great waitress too!

GB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very fresh and powerful tastes very authentic we will go back again and again

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter was super nice and knowledgeable about the menu and she also brought me out a little dessert when she found out it was my birthday

AK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Can’t wait to go back! Making a reservation was easy and definitely needed. The place is clearly popular.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from Indy. Wonderful food and atmosphere. The nachos are amazing!

y
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food, excellent service in the city center

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Army/Navy game with cadet.

TW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there and I loved everything about it. The drinks were fantastic and the dessert El Vez was my favorite. Will definitely go back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Tiffany was amazing!

JP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez is AWESOME! El Vez is AWESOME! El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!
El Vez is AWESOME!

B
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gauc was amazing. The drinks were amazing. The carnitas tacos were amazing. The server was amazing. I LOVE THE DECOR and the curtain when you walk in. What a restaurant! Cannot wait to go back!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez never disappoints! Had a group of teens to celebrate a birthday and they had a great time. Great for couples and families.

EF
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Margaritas are a must have. Highly recommend and would come back for sure!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great guacamole! Good service. Reasonable prices. The portions are large, shareable.

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Birthday lunch for a friend. Server was very attentive and food was amazing as usual!!!

s
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! The margaritas are delicious as was all of our entrees of lamb tacos, fish tacos and short rib enchilada. The guacamole was freshly made accompanied with warm chips. The side of Brussels sprouts was spicy and delicious. We completed our meal with cappuccino and 3 flavors of ice cream. We are returning diners here and it will not be our last time. Highly recommend!

J
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Jordan was fantastic! She made our experience so great! All of her recommendations were AMAZING!!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I just want to say that I’ve been here at least five times and this is the first time that I’ve had such a bad experience. The food was delicious as usual. But, the service was horrendous our waiter was inattentive and seemed to be annoyed by our being there. His face said it all and you could tell that he really didn’t want to be bothered. The other servers who brought out our food seemed to have the same attitude. The hostess at the front were friendly and inviting and our reservation was ready on time. But, when we are spending over $500 for dinner we don’t want eyerolls and rudeness.

HA
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food but small portions for the price. But to be expected with a Stephen Starr restaurant.