El Vez

4.7
5952 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 5952 people are saying
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RebaD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and margaritas are very good. It's a little loud and a little dark.

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vipKama
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

El Vez came highly recommended by my daughter. My husband has dined here before. I did enjoy. Excellent food, service was perfect, timing of food was spot on, decor is upbeat fun colorful. Be prepared for noisy conversations in this open area with tables close to each other. Food is modern mexican. Definitely will go back.

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lloydt
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food here is always excellent! If you looking for fast service this isn't your place, they are always busy and service is always on the slow side. Drinks took forever we actually got some food before our drinks came. Everything we ordered came out excellent!

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KimD
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved our meal and server, Jelly, was great. Only complaint, they have some Tables near the exit door which is where we sat and it was freezing when anyone opened door to leave which was often. Really made the ambiance not great unfortunately.

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vipPier56
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go every weekend for our EL Vez fix and especially the blood orange margaritas. We love the circular bar and ambience of the place.

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Enelram
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my sister’s birthday brunch. Food came out in a timely fashion and was delicious. Our server, Max, was awesome.

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StephanieH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The short rib enchiladas were to die for! The guacamole was worth the $15, there wasn’t one thing we did not enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great recommendations on drinks from very knowledgeable server. Fantastic tacos, will return!

JM
vipJayM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wanted to eat outside. Didn’t know outdoor cabins had been dismantled. Staff was very accommodating to make sure outside heaters were functioning etc.

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laurak
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe here! Delicious food and margaritas too.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved El Vez! The food, atmosphere, and service were fantastic!

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BrianM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service as always. Margs and guac are excellent.

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KristinS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food, great server, too crowded during Covid. The squash/pumpkin guacamole, smoky salsa, tuna tostadas, and taco sampler (lamb and pork were best) were great. The shrimp enchiladas were a bit fishy but the green sauce was yummy. Although they checked our Covid vaccine card and ID we felt it was too packed. Should remove some seating during Covid.

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vipFircap
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good spot to celebrate a 4th anniversary, very loud but good food and margaritas!

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vipAundreaC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It’s funny, I have been to El Vez mutille tim

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GlennW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The guac and margaritas were magnificent, as advertised. The enchiladas were good, but no better than you can get at most Mexican themed restaurants.

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YvonneB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Some of the selections had very small portions, however.

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Erika11
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Chips and Guacamole super fresh and flavorful. Margaritas were strong and delicious. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The guacamole and nachos were great as always. The server seemed to lose track of us for a bit, but the orders came quickly enough. We’ve enjoyed the meal and also appreciated the covid protocols in place.

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lkern31
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really liked El Vez because the menu is approachable. Not a lot of crazy ingredients and yet they offered creative combinations and unusual twists on traditional foods. Everything we had was delicious and the staff was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was courteous and professional. The food came quickly, yet was fresh and delicious. We had the lamb tacos and the fish tacoa

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Spirit
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I was very disappointed in the carne burrito special. There were maybe 5 tidbits of steak the rest rice and beans!

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vipVictoriaS
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It’s a good choice although service was a little slow even though the restaurant had just opened.
The ladies room was awful. The rest rooms are downstairs. It is very dark and perhaps a safety risk. The toilet in the stall I used was loose and shaky.
The management team needs to be more attentive here.
To Steven Starr I would say…redesign your restroom area. It is unsafe, unclean and unappealing.

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TimD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding atmosphere, service and food! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, great food and great vibe. Just don’t be seated near the door in the winter !

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vipLarry
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

El Vez is consistently good in most aspects. That's why it is one of our go-to local places and recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a double date with friends and had an amazing time. The chicken tacos were phenomenal and the price wasn’t more than what i was expecting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We sat outside but the outside seating wasn’t heated.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. And my server was very attentive.

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JiaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

El Vez is a restaurant with a great ambiance. The food is good compared to the price. The house margaritas were the best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner on New Year’s Eve and ate outside. We have been to El Vez multiple times these past few months and always find their service and food excellent.
This is also a great place for people who have Celiac or are gluten free , the servers are all very informed what you can have and if any question will check with the chef. Overall El Vez is a great place - funky atmosphere with great food and drinks. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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BrandonB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freaking delicious!! Seriously, you need to eat here!

BA
vipBobA
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food
Don’t miss the experience

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Chris
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Christmas Eve w my family post-Nutcracker

Server was OUTSTANDING but much else was meh… table outside in a “chalet” — which I requested based on our pre-res drive-by — was lackluster. You’ll sit in a small cold room which is not completely closed off to the elements. The table has no tablecloth which was so disappointing— seriously?? At a Starr restaurant?? On Christmas Eve???

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vipTracyG
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve late lunch/early dinner. Think this was start of a new tradition. Everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friend visiting from San Diego

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KBdine
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Guacamole sampler was amazing. Went for lunch before the ballet.

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 5952 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.