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El Vez

3969 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Top Tags:
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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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
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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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3969 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipXanderdog (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

always good. i recommend the vegetatian enchiladas ! and the guacamole. consistently great.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

It was great as always

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

fantastic food! great drinks!

Julsharp (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food!

1.0  Dined 4 days ago

It really sucks to have to give this place a low rating considering the food is amazing. This is our second time visiting, we come to Philly once a year for a jewelry show and we LOVED it so much last year that we couldn’t wait to come back. That being said, we will NEVER be going back again. We sat down, and were enjoying our appetizer when I move my leg and realize there is a HUGE wad of gum stuck to my pants leg from under the table. When we alerted our server and asked for a towel he just said ‘Oh I’m sorry’, very insincerely and threw us a towel. Then he went to talk about is to his manager. We tried to dismiss it and continue our dinner, they cleared our forks accidentally and when I asked for another the manager brought me a new one and put it on the table. It was COVERED in dry, crusty food. I thought it was a joke. We told him and he gave me a clean one and apologized. We took pictures of the gum hanging from underneath our table and showed the waiter to which he replied ‘I can’t control what other people do’ and walked away rolling his eyes. They gave us free churros as if that was supposed to make up for the rude service. The disgusting gum could’ve been overlooked, the crusty fork could’ve been overlooked but the poor service could not. They really need customer service training ASAP.

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent. Salsas incredible flavor. Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas out of this world.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food and drinks but the seating was a little too close for my tastes.

ItchyJack (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Early Saturday evening with a party of six. Sat us immediately, food and service were excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We came to El Vez to celebrate Valentine’s/anniversary. It was the Friday after a Wednesday Valentine’s Day so it was pretty crowded. I had the el Vez margarita but I added jalapeño to make it spicy.. it was great! We got the de la Hoya guacamole which was delicious and way more than 2 people could eat. I got the Mexican chopped salad with shrimp which was good but slightly under dressed. Overall the food was great and the service was awesome. A little louder than I imagined but still a fun night!

AdamM (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We celebrated Valentine’s Day here, the day after Valentine’s Day. The service was fast, and efficient. The food was absolutely amazing. We got the Macho Nachos and the two meat taco combo (beef and chicken). We will definitely be returning!

KaC1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We really loved the food and margaritas. The Bazooka Limon guac and the blood orange margs were awesome! Definitely a good place to check out in the city. Our only criticisms were that is was very dark - hard to read the menu, and it was fairly loud.

PhoebeM (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was amazing. I got the guacamole which was tasty and fresh, and the special lobster flatbread which was decadent. The Carne Asada was so tender I could cut it with my fork. The standard El Vez margarita was great. The flan was yummy with some citrus. All in all one of the best meals I have ever had.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Cocktails were great! Food was good. Fish tacos were slightly dry. The shrimp enchiladas were the tastiest of the enchilada trio.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Fun time with a work group. Great margaritas and super delish food!

FrancesP (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The ambience, service, food quality and cocktails were all absolutely amazing. There isn't one thing I would change about this restaurant. We can't wait to go back! The Grenada margaritas are worth the drive for sure.