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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (75)
Good for a Date (73)
Casual (60)
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Good for Groups (59)
Hot Spot (57)
Special Occasion (55)
Vibrant Bar Scene (53)
Great for Lunch (52)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Happy Hour (48)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Bar Seating (39)
People Watching (37)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Worth the Drive (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (33)
Authentic (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Comfort Food (26)
Late-night Find (22)
Cozy (21)
Spicy (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Romantic (16)
Tapas (16)
Business Meals (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Scenic View (9)
Healthy (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service, delicious food. However, very loud and not good for kids.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome place! Drinks are a bit pricey, but food, service, and the ambiance is great. If you like Mexican, you will love El Vez!

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·Dined 4 days ago

El Vez is always a great experience. The food is awesome and the service is always great too.

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

It had been years since visiting El Vez and it was just as good. The staff worked well as a team. The menu was limited in a special way more than enough options and the authentic flavors coupled with a good price made it a very enjoyable evening. Also it's closeness to the Kimmel and theaters make it a good pre event dinner venue.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Authentic, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great vegetarian options! The black bean enchiladas and cheesy corn smut were especially memorable.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

I went to El Vez during restaurant week. It was my first time. The 4 courses for $35 is a really good deal. The noise level was kind of high would be one of the drawbacks maybe because of my location, seated at the window which was ideal for watching foot traffic but not for hearing my boyfriend's conversation. Pretty good selections for each course.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

It's not easy finding an authentic, really good Mexican meal. El Vez fits this description. We did the Restaurant Week special meal was great. However, we need to go back and try many other of their selections. Even the Nacho's looked great! Our waiter was also wonderful!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

I am never disapointed with a trip to El Vez. Was taking friends out in the city to explore and brought them into El Vez to get the experience. All of the drinks were delicious and timely, appetizers perfectly spaced between drinks and dinner. The best thing about El Vez is the flavor, all the recipes are solid recipes that taste fantastic and aren't too heavy. Ordered the chocolate Mole Short Rib Enchilladas and i am still dreaming about them they were absolutely delicious!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always a great time at ElVez. Recommend the Blood Orange Margarita and fresh Guacamole. Great start to anything you enjoy afterwards. Restaurant is always busy and has awesome energy.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food is amazing!!!! So good. The chips and guacamole are the best. The service was good, however, I felt as if they were rushing us a bit.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food and drinks were excellent!! Our waitress was very attentive to our needs.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The beef and chicken tacos al carbon combo was a terrific choice; tasty large portions made with high quality ingredients- highly recommend it!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food especially the margaritas!!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was great!!

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 (London)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went here for a late dinner on NYE whilst on holiday in Philadelphia. Service and atmosphere was amazing as were the drinks. The food was a little hit and miss bit overall a great night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I love El Vez and this time didn't disappoint. Just a note that this restaurant is VERY LOUD. Makes conversation difficult.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a great experience at El vex. We took friends from out of town and they loved the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and drinks!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was great! Margaritas some of the best in the city! Can’t go wrong here!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great experience !!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great staff. Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Looking forward to going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very tasty and great service (as expected at a Starr Restaurant). Loved the black bean enchiladas and my husband really enjoyed the taco sampler. Portions are not overwhelming so you'll have rooms for apps or dessert. We went the dessert route and tore into the excellent churros.

Moderate prices and well-prepared food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food is great but it is much too noisy. Impossible to hear your table mates

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was way over-priced and not very good. Service was okay. Very little veg options.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Love the ambiance and the food. Excellent house margaritas but be careful, they’re quite strong. Multiple guacamole options, all good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Good food and good service as usual

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Atmosphere is usually exciting here; always filled with a ton of people. I've been here many, many times. A lot of my friends from Jefferson love this place for its margaritas. Definitely has a nice energy for a special night out, which was what this was for my party. However, the servers are very slow and expectant. Bartenders are even worse. Food is good, but not incredible as would be expected from the price. Portion sizes aren't that great either. I would come again, but it's nothing to rave about.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great time at El Vez with our kids who were home from college. Great food, great drinks and great service, great location.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Had a great time over the holidays having brunch with friends.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Daughters 21st

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our Christmas visit into the city

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The waiter was wonderful. The music was a little loud for family conversation, but the food was delicious and my family and I all had a wonderful time. For a Sunday evening, we also saw a lot of other families with young children, so El Vez manages to be a good, upscale-style restaurant yet be family friendly at the same time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great place. Food was great
The mummers came in and played Xmas music.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Live Music, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent! Do I need to add more in comments? Why force me to type in 50 words. Simple comment will do for me, jeez

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Healthy, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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