El Vez

4.7
5555 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 5555 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipneighbor
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our server was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Birthday dinner for my daughter. Nothing special was offered for her.

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vipPier56
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I live outside of Philadelphia. We go to our favorite place "EL VEZ every weekend. We know most of the staff and enjoy the food and especially the Blood Orange Margarita drinks.

Fun place to be!

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vipSharon
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time. Great service and even better food.

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carls
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Super quick service and did not have to wait to be seated. Had 8:30 reservations and sat us on time! We will be going back again!!

JJ
JamalJames
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not enough time to eat . The time was the only issue

DL
DianeL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and eat here every time we come to Philly. It's a good idea to make a reservation since it gets busy.

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anonymous11
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt safe dining outdoors and the service was phenomenal. They asked for our dining experience to exceed no more than an hour and a half, which was no problem with how fast the service was. Food and staff were really great!

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vipCyndilouwhi
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is not one thing I could say bad about El Vez. From the Sangria, margherita, guacamole, tacos, everything is excellent! I’ve probably been to El Vez 30 times in the past 5 years and never walked away disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, food, and service was 10/10. I would drive to philly just to come here! Amazing!!

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vipElaineF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Sat outside on Samson St and was quite grotty. Think they need to improve their outdoor dining experience. Food was ok

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 32 birthday and our waiter, Max, Is the absolute best!! It was such a pleasure to have him as our waiter my second time visiting. Great food and drinks, never disappointed. Will definitely be coming back sooner than later!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were exceptional. Our waiter even helped us find an ideal spot for a after dinner walk.

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RaginaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the atmosphere was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place

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Trevor
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food I’ve ever had. Unreal flavor, amazing service. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was cold. Frozen drink wasn’t really frozen. I asked for water 3 times.... everyone was nice but it wasn’t great but I get it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food quality was top notch! Pricing could be a little better! Kinda expensive for stuff you could get somewhere else cheaper! Ambiance was definitely top notch! Overall i wud say 4.2 out of 5!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can never go wrong with El Vez. One of our favorites in Center City!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great as always. Always our go to. But the four pictures of margaritas left all 4 of us in buzzed w bellies full of sugar. That has never happened. So the “pink Cadillac”’crew will have to switch it up

YJ
YvonneJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went with my sister for lunch on a Monday. Good experience. Server was friendly and helpful and patient. We both got margaritas which were tasty. I had the Taco Sampler and my sister just wanted chicken nachos. I demolished mine and my sister's portion was enough for her to have a take out container. I'd go again and try something else.

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DavidS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always the only Starr restaurant that is consistently good. Cant go wrong and worth it

BJ
vipBobnJoyce
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Great food!

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vipNancyP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food and drinks were delicious!

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Sv98
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We made a reservation two weeks prior and you would think they would seat us inside. Very disappointed. It was freezing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Awesome seating outside. Felt very comfortable, safe and warm on a chilly day.

MM
vipMiMi
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Love ElVez I will go back over and over and over! The food was off today. I strayed away from what I normally get and was disappointed. Shrimp tacos, corn were cold and not very tasty at all.

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KathleenF
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything great but out booth was by the side entrance and it was a cold day.
Just for staff though.

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CIKE
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wonderful staff! Got my cake iced after I left so it was a great night and great service!

JB
vipJacquelineB
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good service. Delicious margaritas and nachos.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipMatteo
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I suggest you stick to appetizers and drinks at El Vez. I was pretty disappointed with rest of our experience. This is always touted as THE go to spot for Mexican food in Philly. I’ve had poor experiences at Starr Restaurants before with what seems like out of touch management, and yet again, it happened at El Vez. Overall, I was satisfied. The best part of the meal were the Nachos and De La Hoya Guacamole. I could have done without the entree portion. The lamb tacos were dry and flavorless, and carried at $15 price tag for 2 semi par tacos (GO TO SOUTH PHILLY BARBACOA!). My father’s entree (shrimp tacos - also underwhelming) did not come out with the rest of our food, and then took around 15 minutes to finally come out, after the rest of our party was finished our dishes. Not once did a manager come over to even ask how our meal was or to apologize for the delay. Starr restaurant management is arrogant and believes they are doing YOU a service as opposed to being grateful for you patronizing their establishment. Stick to the basics here, and don’t expect much past the appetizers.

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EvanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great overall, waitress never asked if we wanted more drinks or refilled our waters.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing took a friend for her first time and she loved it

TM
ThomasM
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall very good experience. Service and food were excellent. Felt very safe dining in the restaurant given the covid protocols.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress Sophia was Fantastic! Our first time to your restaurant and we sat outside in covered space. Was a bit tight on space, but food, drinks and service far made up for having limited table space. Would definitely visit again!!

JT
JacquelynT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was amazing. Try the red sangria!

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 5555 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.