About El Vez

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.

121 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

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

Cross Street:
Sansom

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 928-9800

Website:
http://www.elvezrestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.

Public Transit:
Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.

Executive Chef:
David LaForce

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Vez Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (72)
Good for a Date (69)
Casual (60)
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Good for Groups (55)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Hot Spot (51)
Special Occasion (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (49)
Great for Lunch (44)
Happy Hour (43)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Bar Seating (35)
Authentic (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
People Watching (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Comfort Food (22)
Cozy (22)
Late-night Find (21)
Spicy (20)
Romantic (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Tapas (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Healthy (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Scenic View (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (2)
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Vegan (2)
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·Dined 12 hours ago

It was great as always

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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 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!

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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and drinks as usual. Great waiter

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Have been to El Vez several times and have never been disappointed. Food is always fresh & delicious, ambiance is fun, service is attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food but free Tortillas with Salas would be a nice addition as opposed to selling them!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was great. Seated immediately, check. Greeted promptly and friendly, check. Drinks: amazing. Service: wonderful. We weren’t rushed but I didn’t feel I sat there forever. Our server was very sweet, professional and pleasant. The food was everything I hoped for. My carnitas tacos were the best. My family and I had a great time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our server was exceptional and the food was wonderful. The margaritas are awesome and I highly recommend the brussels sprouts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Lily was an amazing server!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food and even better service. The variations on the Guacamole were unique and the portion sizes are just perfect. Recommend getting there early when they open for lunch because this place fills up quickly and stays busy all day and night.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was an alsome evening. Plenty of pitchers of delicious margaritas and 4 amazing courses. Highly recommend, can’t wait to go back.

10!10!10!10!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I love El Vez! Second time here- always great food and a great experience. The service is phenomenal, and so is the food! Best margaritas and overall Mexican food in Philly!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Romantic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great ambiance and service. Dishes were great, I just wish the meat on the tacos al pastor would have been less fatty. The tres leches dessert was amazing!!

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Went for restaurant week and everything was incredible! highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Super smooth experience, amazing food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

All I Can Say Is It Was Amazing Everything!!!! Would Go Over And Over Again

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Nice meal. I had the Carne Asada and my wife and daughter split a taco sampler. Goof value for the money. Recommend the street corn as well as the creamed corn that came with the Carne Asada. Pretty good value. I would say this place is close to on par with the better NYC Mexican places that I frequent

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My boyfriend and I wanted a sweet date night just to celebrate us. It was great. The food is delicious and the drinks are really good. The Indian rojo guac is delicious. And the blackberry capirihna are amazing! Love the vibe and dim but nice ambience of the place. Plus the photo booth adds to the fun.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

appetizers were good - my favorite was guacamole with goat cheese - YUM!

Dinner with friends - noise level was louder than expected

Tags: Bar Seating
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