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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (78)
Good for a Date (69)
Hot Spot (65)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (61)
Good for Groups (60)
Casual (60)
Special Occasion (57)
Good for Birthdays (55)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Bar Seating (49)
Happy Hour (49)
Great for Lunch (45)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Fit for Foodies (41)
People Watching (40)
Worth the Drive (38)
Authentic (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Late-night Find (27)
Comfort Food (24)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Cozy (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Romantic (17)
Spicy (16)
Tapas (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Business Meals (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Healthy (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Scenic View (9)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Seasonal (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Anchorage)·Dined a day ago

Was really in the mood for a burrito but did not realize there were none on the menu.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Terrific as usual . Have been dieting here for a long time and still enjoy it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great atmosphere and food!! Server was efficient !!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Randall is the best server you have.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

El Vez is always a treat!
They make the best margaritas!
Nachos and guacamole were 5star!
The crunchy mahi-mahi tacos were absolutely delicious! Cannot wait to go back!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The service is the only redeeming quality for this restaurant. Food is mediocre at best and overpriced.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Service was good, house margaritas were great and the guacamole is awesome.

Tags: Casual, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was average. Nothing to write home about. Short rib meat was tough in the burrito. Salad drenched in dressing that didn’t have a lot of taste. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Time to find another Telmex place in phila.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This place was good but the food was not spectacular as expected. I just wasn’t wow-ed by the food. Drinks were great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was fantastic!! We started with the guacamole & chips which did not disappoint. My sea bass tacos with a sweet potato purée were so delicious!! My one friend had the Mexican salad with grilled chicken and said it was very good. The other had enchiladas and was very pleased! Would definitely go back again!! Our server was very good as well!! 😊

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Organic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

El Vez never disappoints. Food and drinks are always excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, People Watching, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was amazing and it’s honestly the best choice for a birthday planned restaurant. The service was on point too, no hostile or off energy about the waitresses and everybody was so nice

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

El Vez is a go-to for out of town visitors that you want to impress with quality and people watching. The seating outdoors is unparalleled because they actually have the space for it and you aren’t bothered by passers by. Inside there is a photo booth (!) and lots of interesting folks from all walks of life to notice. The drinks are yum and the food is good. It’s a bit pricey for what it is which is why I only use this for out of towners or people who have money to burn.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food, fair service, but our waitress was slow, expensive for food that is really small so eat beforehand, very loud, great atmosphere which funky designs and lighting

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great if you like food hot and spicy. The dinner was thoughtful. Guacamole was particularly good. Sangria tasted like fruit punch -- I'm not sure it had alcohol. I liked the ambience. The entree was a little too spicey hot. I thought it was pricey for what we got, but it was a good time before the theater.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

El Vez is a family favorite in downtown Philly. We love the atmosphere and the creative food and drink menu. I have dined at El Vez over 15 times and have never been displeased with the food or service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Really great for us since we were a party of 6. They have comfortable booths with round table. We were not jammed in and everyone could talk to each other. Usually with a group stuck with tables put together and one end cannot be a part of the other end.
Food is almost made to order - I cannot eat onions - so no onions in the guac. for example. We had dinner of which I had half of my husbands and he had half of my dish. I really had trouble giving up my half it was soooo good. Worked out since his was really good. Everyone really liked their meals. Our server was very knowledgeable, worked with us in what to order, and still friendly after putting up with us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, margaritas and booth that fit 7 people comfortably! Perfect way to celebrate a birthday with friends.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My nephew was visiting from Chicago. I have been to El Vez previously with a small group, and the food, service, and atmosphere were great. My nephew and I had a great time. Everything went very well. Highly recommend this cool spot. It's also an easy walk from our Center City hotel. Will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great meal as always. Just wish we didn't sit by the photo booth because the flash kept going off in our eyes over and over again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent mexican food with a view of the City and an exciting yet warm atmosphere

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was outrageous, atmosphere was great for us (low light, fun, and noisy, but nice for a date). The waitstaff was nice and quick considering how crowded it was. We loved it and considered cancelling our restaurant for tonight and going back instead.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

As always did not disappoint. Fresh food, great service and atmosphere!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good food. Recommend making a reservation. It isn't the type of place you walk up to....wait is often quite long. So plan in advance to eat here. My future son-in-law burnt his wrist quite badly on the serving dish / cast iron skillet that his meal came in...so be warned of beyond "your plate may be warm"....it may be scolding...it left a raised, very blistered burn. Flavorful appetizers. Good authentic choice.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Spicy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Daughter and fiancé raved about it so we went with them to see for ourselves. We were NOT disappointed. The food was delicious, margaritas salty and cold and dessert was perfect. Okay, the flan wasn’t so hot, but our other 3 desserts were yummy. Would go back in a heart beat.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

They were able to help us as we constantly had last minute cancellations and additions to our reservation. The food was great and came out in a prompt manner. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I came here for a business meal, I’ve been here on plenty of other occasions as well, and the staff was very friendly and responsive. I’ve absolutely loved my experience every time I’ve come here, the food is always amazing and the food is always excellent. A great spot!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I brought my boyfriend to El Vez and it was a great experience. the food was incredible and the service our waiter Wisam provided was unmatched. I'm definitely requesting his section the next time we go.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Love this restaurant! Fun, vibrant atmosphere & delicious margaritas.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We are proud to have El Vez in our city. When out-of-owners visit us, we take them to El Vez and it never disappoints. Love the ambiance and the drinks. Our appetizers were outstanding. The food...could use some zing...I've had better Mexican food. The service was excellent as always.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Hands down a great vibe/atmosphere. So many different types of people made us feel super comfortable. My teenager got the shrimp taco and it was a bit spicy for her. I got the mahi mahi taco and it was definitely the best one I’ve ever had. Guacamole and chips were good. Would have loved to sample more food so we’ll be back.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Outstanding food as always!! The original guacamole is the best! Can't beat the Tacos for two.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wasn’t my first time here. I always enjoy the food and drinks. The waitress could have been a more friendly, but maybe she was having a bad night. Despite that everything was fantastic!

Tags: Scenic View, Spicy, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have never felt uncomfortable in all my years eating out until last night. Our first server “Charlese” (learned her name from the server who took over for her) came over a few minutes after being seated and asked if we wanted water. We declined and thought she would ask for our drink order. Nope, she walked away. Almost 15 minutes later she appeared and stood on the opposite side of us and just looked at us. We both said “hi” with a smile. Waited what felt like forever for her to speak or ask us for our order... she just stood there looking at us albeit with a smile. It was a very awkward long pause of nothingness. We asked her how she was doing...she answered but we didn’t hear her and continued to just look at us. So I asked her can we give our drink order. She said sure and we ordered our cocktails. She continued to just stand there so we also gave her our app order. We asked some questions and she answered them. When she left we both looked at each other and agreed that was the weirdest encounter we ever experienced. She clearly gave us the impression that she did not want to serve us. Oddly enough a new server showed up and informed us she was taking over for Charlese. That was a relief because we were considering leaving. We are a gay couple. We chose this restaurant in this area to feel accepted. Charlese left us feeling we were not. We don’t know what was going on with her but if you are in the Service business, whatever your deal is, you shouldn’t take it out on customers.

The server that took over was good. My poor rating for Service should not reflect on her.

The food was amazing.

Will we be back? Sure but we will make a point to request not to be seated at one of Charlese’s table.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very loud and very crowded. Our table was fine but there are many tables around the bar that are terrible. Food was good .

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was great! Everything we ordered was great. A little noisy but otherwise a great experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great lunch and service. We dined on mahi-mahi tacos and chicken tacos and extra guacamole -- Delish! Our server was very nice and attentive -- and got me some OJ when I need a little sugar boost. Always a pleasure to dine at El Vez!

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

El Vez elevates Mexican to an artform. From roasted tomato sauces, to inventive guacamoles, the menu is inventive and there's something for everyone. The lunch special is just about perfect and the service is great. A warm, fun atmosphere completes the experience.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Wonderful Meal in a Fun Setting! We were in town for a conference and had lunch at El Vex. The service and food was excellent. The atmosphere is retro and hip. Overall, our experience as outstanding. Would return here again!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

It was a wide miss on what Mexican food is suppose to be like. Also, the portions were not adequate for the price paid.

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