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 (83)
Good for a Date (76)
Hot Spot (73)
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Good for Groups (63)
Casual (60)
Vibrant Bar Scene (60)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Neighborhood Gem (55)
Happy Hour (55)
Special Occasion (55)
Bar Seating (54)
Good for Birthdays (53)
People Watching (46)
Great for Lunch (44)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Worth the Drive (40)
Authentic (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (33)
Comfort Food (27)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Late-night Find (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Spicy (21)
Cozy (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Romantic (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Tapas (14)
Business Meals (13)
Healthy (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Kid-friendly (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Scenic View (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Seasonal (5)
Vegan (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delish. I️ always love el vez.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Small portion entrees and overpriced. I could find just as good or better Mexican food closer to home and cheaper.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time trying El Vez for brunch, and it was overall very good. The service is always great, and the guava mimosa was outstanding. The food was also on par with the dinner menu - we had the melted manchego, breakfast burrito, and huevos sopas - all really great. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

After making reservations the host seemed hesitant to let my party and I sit down even though I made reservations for four at 11:000pm. Being new the restaurant I picked the wrong meal and was disappointed in the enchiladas mixto.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed the evening. Good,friendly service. Nice twist on Mexican classics. Only order one appetizer for four....they’re huge.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic food and great service! Absolutely need a reservation. We had one and were seated immediately. Guacamole app came before the drinks, so the service is amazingly fast even on a busy, fully booked Saturday! Highly recommend!

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great thanks

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food and drinks were great. The atmosphere was nice. The only thing I did not like was they did not acknowledge my birthday. It was a dinner for my birthday and no one at the restaurant said happy birthday or sang happy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Terrific food! Definitely worth a visit. Vibrant scene. Guacamole and margaritas a must.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As always, excellent food at a reasonable price. Don’t go there with more than four people or you’ll never hear half of the conversation.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We'd heard good things about El Vez and finally had a chance to try it out without our kids for our anniversary. Everything was delicious, from the bazooka limón guac and corn and poblano empanada apps to the taco tasting platter and finally the churros. The wait staff was super friendly and gave us the best menu advice, guiding our cocktail choices perfectly. And now that we've been there we see that we can bring our kids back with us when we head back, which we certainly will!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

It’s El Vez, nothing more to say. Love going to this place. Ride in on Patco and walk two blocks. Never had a bad meal, in fact I’m always impressed

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fun, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great vibes and fab cocktails and food. Excellent spot for people watching...

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food at El Vez is consistently excellent. Authentic Mexican at it's best. Great Margaritas.
Always busy, energetic place to eat in the evening regardless of the night of week. Definitely consider a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Spicy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great energy! The scene, interior, and food combined make for a great experience. The food is fun and not pretensious. It is a bit noisy so don’t come here for a quiet, romantic dinner. We always return!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food but light portion sizes

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love it! Great place for Mexican food

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 (London)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A restaurant should not take reservations late at night if they are not prepared to provide service and food late at night. We had a reservation. We were told the kitchen was closing in two minutes by the time the waiter came to take our order. When asked at the end of the meal if there was anything else, we asked for dessert at which point we were told there was nothing available because the kitchen had closed . How bizarre to be asked about anything else if there in fact was nothing else to be had. We are regular customers. At least we were.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fun, warm ambiance. Great place for couples and get-together for friends. Our waiter had some great recommendations and provided great service.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I am never disappointed at El Vez. The food is always spectacular and so is the service. I am a huge fan of the blood orange margaritas. Every time I go I say I’m going to try something else but they’re so good I just can’t resist. The tacos al carbon for 2, fed 4 of us, the macho nachos with chicken, the plantains and corn, were all absolutely delicious!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Amazing! Service was impeccable, food was delicious. It was our anniversary and the restaurant comped is a drink and brought us out a dessert!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was great, our server was nice and attentive and the margaritas were tasty.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a great time , will defiantly go back

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food and atmosphere but drinks are overpriced. 110$ in drinks for 4 people each had 3

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

All the other reviews are accurate. I have nothing to add except that the staff was very friendly and helpful. The chocolate bread pudding is worth saving a little room

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I went here for my birthday & I absolutely Loved the atmosphere and food!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I loved the ambience, I loved the coziness, I loved the booth where you can take pictures, I loved the art. The guacamoles are fabulous the sea bass tacos were ! It was overall a very good experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good drinks, great queso and guacamole. Very accommodating to our large group. 3 college aged girls liked the food and the vibe enabling their visiting parents to enjoy themselves. Fun & energetic place with tasty food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, People Watching, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

never disappointed with the dining experience at El Vez. Our go to place in Philie for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun
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