El Vez

4.7
4253 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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 928-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David LaForce
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Catering
With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.
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Cross street
Sansom
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Parking details
Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.
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Public transit
Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4253 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even better than I remembered! The mezcal margs were amazing

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good. Waitress was very slow and not very attentive. The wait between finishing and having our table cleared was way too long. Also, getting our food packed up took too long also. The waitress was never coming back to check on us to see if everything was ok. When we ordered desserts, we asked for the check to try and expedite things. Had the waitress moved at a normal pace I wouldn’t have had to re-feed the meter. I am very displeased with this. I deducted from the Gratuity because the service was SLOW.

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MS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The Tacos Al Carbon is worth every penny. Big portions, excellent seat and seasonings. The classic guacamole is wonderful and their smoky red salsa is as well.

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DK
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual. Love this place. Never disappointed. Recommend reservations as the wait can be long

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The chairs need an upgrade, they are a bit low. The food is great, but they need to double the tortillas in those tacos, half way through the meal I had to eat them with fork and knife. They need a wait area when the bar is full, otherwise people are standing awkwardly for their reserved table.

Other than that I don't have any other complaints, the service was great, drinks were good, and the ambiance is quite fun.

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TL
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Awesome guacamole and margaritas! Atmosphere eclectic and fun. A bit noisy

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

ambiance is spot on. Great interior decor.
but it was really loud
and the portions were kind of small - and the food was good, but not quite worth the price good.
I had high expectations...and it did not meet them sadly.

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VJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Hosts were very nice and welcoming. Server was attentive, until maybe then end but I didn’t mind. She seemed busy. Food was outstanding! I had the shrimp tacos, very delicious. Margaritas were strong but good and tasty. Overall, I would recommend El Vez and will come back again!

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DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my second time dining at El Vez. The food and service was excellent. We came with our two kids (2 & 5) and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. If you are looking for a trendy Mexican restaurant with bold margaritas and an energetic ambiance, then this is your spot.

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service. I would definitely recommend.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, great atmosphere, one of the best restaurants in the city!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. I got the Carne Esada, it’s a simple dish that blew my mind. Cooked to perfection! My girl loved everything as well. It was an over fantastic time

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BJ
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, our waiter was very helpful and attentive

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SD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Center City, Philadelphia. Blood Orange Margaritas are #LIQUIDGOLD

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HD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Food was good, but nothing special for the price. Best complaint was the noise level. Couldn't hear my family across our intimate table for four - plus we were close to the bar area so people were practically standing on top of us. Maybe better at lunch or brunch?!?

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and margaritas are delicious ! I love the guacamole !

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MB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughters birthday, the server didn’t say or do anything related to the birthday even though it was on the reservation

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great and the service is top notch!

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome! We are never disappointed when we visit El Vez!

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was well presented and tasty, but to salty.

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RA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant for tourists to go to. Food was great. Nice decor

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VC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good spot in need of a major make over the seating is dirty the decor and lighting old

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I had a overall good experience however there was hair in my corn. I returned the corn to the kitchen with no problem but I feel like a manger or someone should have come to my table to acknowledge and apologize. We spent $250 so it would have been nice to be acknowledged. It was my birthday and they sent out a nice Cheerio plate with a candle without a request & that was appreciated. The chicken nachos were amazing!

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T
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exciting place with energetic bar and great southwestern cuisine. Fit for larger parties and fun loving groups. Get loud- no one will hear you.

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TF
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first impression was the they were very accommodating to the changing numbers of business guests that would arrive. Not all invitees were able to attend, and others that had not been invited, were later added. Resulting in three calls to the restaurant with requested and accepted changes. This really set the stage for me.

The service was above par, the drinks were delicious and delivered quickly to the table, and the food was very good.

I would recommend this establishment to others.

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez never disappoints!!! Highly recommend! Make sure to make a reservation.

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time and the food is good. Make your reservation early because it books up quickly

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d
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great margaritas and loved the atmosphere but portion sizes are small. Once seated you are rushed in and out pretty quickly - this is not about the dining experience, it's about turning the tables over as quickly as possible. We had a party of 7 and as soon as someone was finished eating, their plate was removed immediately. I was the last to finish my entree and the waitress hovered at our table and took my plate away as soon as I was done. For this reason, we won't be back for dining but maybe just drinks and guac at the bar.

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequent customer when I'm in Philadelphia. Never disappoints. Took a friend with me who had never been and she can't stop talking about it.

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good, beer was cold and selection of specialty drinks was extensive. Cool vibe, friendly staff. Brussel sprouts and ripe plantains were excellent. will definitely go back

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DR
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining—excellent service. Drinks, appetizers and meal were spot on! Will definitely come back. 👍🏻👍🏻

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RG
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Our number one go to restaurant in the city.

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A
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve dined here. Never once had a bad meal. If you’re looking for quiet dining, steer clear of happy hour. Definitely the best Mexican in the city

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here for only drinks before, but food did not disappoint during my latest visit to El Vez. My party of three shared the taco combo, along with a couple of sides, and the portion was huge!! Left very happy and well fed.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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MW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great guacamole great red snapper! Margaritas are great too

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VD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Their blood orange margarita is the absolute best!!! You absolutely have to have the corn. If you do not have these 2 menu items during your visit you may as well have never even gone.

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t
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanks for the great way to celebrate our engagement. After going to Steven Singer we had a great dinner with awesome service and appreciate the team celebrating with us! Always a frequent return location in Philly

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the third time going to El Vez. Service was stellar (as usual), and the food was amazing. The sea bass tacos are arguably the best I’ve ever eaten. We will be back again!

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening, good food and drinks! Staff were awesome.

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