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El Vez

4.6
3970 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • 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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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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Neighborhood
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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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3970 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipZimmer (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Went for dinner but ordered several starters and Drinks. By the time it was time to order dinner we decided to continue to enjoy what we already had. Cant wait to go back and eat dinner!

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vipXanderdog (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was great as always

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

fantastic food! great drinks!

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Julsharp (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great food!

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GeorgeG 
1.0  Dined 7 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.

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JonathanL 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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ItchyJack (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Speedy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Haven't been in years, missed the old entrees - e.g. chicken dish served with buttery cornbread with jalapeño peppers. But as always, a Starr restaurant never disappoints with creative ways to enhance basic entrees! Loved the mahi-mahi tacos! Staff couldn't be friendlier/more genuine! We drove over from NJ, held our table after being 25 minutes late on a crowded Saturday night. Hostess, and the gentlemen that showed us to our table we're so very nice! Also discounted our parking in the garage around the corner. Waitress took notice of the parking garage ticket on our table and brought over the discount ticket.

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Angel (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything about the meal was excellent. The bazooka guacamole and the short rib enchiladas were incredible. I also loved the "Pink Cadillac" margarita.

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Debbie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

always good food. lively crowd with a great vibe. must make a reservation or you are not getting a table very easily.

we sat at the bar and the seating was comfortable there as well.

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vipDhvh (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Wait staff super nice, let us linger at the table, atmosphere very nice and great lighting!

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brookea (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

we’ve been here a few times and the food is usually phenomenal but this time it was a slightly less stellar. Our drinks were on point and so was everything else about our visit

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KelliP (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

We love El Vez! This is our second trip out from Cali and returned to enjoy El Vez! El Vez is a must when in Philadelphia!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and drinks as usual. Great waiter

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GeneofSJ (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was good, service was good too. Younger crowd, big bar gathering.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

It was amazing! I booked through open table and it was an anniversary dinner they brought out churros free of charge and our waitress was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

It was great as always. The is my favorite restaurant in Philly!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food is amazing! My favorite is the sea bass tacos, the nacho mama nachos and of course the margaritas. Such a fun place. I just wish the drinks were a little less expensive. $44 for a small pitcher seems a little steep but loved it anyway

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booboo (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was good and service was excellent! I would have preferred more lighting in order to fully review the menu and beverage menu.

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RADHA (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

EXCELLENT FOOD THE GUACOMOLE DIP WAS SUPERB AND SO WAS THE SPICY CREAMY SALSA AWE HAD THE TABLE BOOKED FOR 930 BUT WE CAME EARLY AND THE WAITRESS WAS KIND ENOUGH TO LET US KNOW THAT WE COULD GET IN EARLY ONCE TABLE WILL GET VACANT AND SHE TEXTED US AT 800 ITSELF VERY FRIENDLY ATOMSPHERE I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO EAT THE CAULIFLOWER DISH YOU HAD LAST YEAR LOOKS LIKE IT GOT SUBSTITUTED WITH THE BRUSSEL SPROUTS
OVERALL FOOD WAS EXCELLENT
PLEASE OPEN ONE IN BUCKS COUNTY

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darla07438 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Food was amazing but service was practically non-existent plus entrees arrived 2 minutes after the appetizer. Loud, energetic atmosphere.

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