El Vez-Ft. Lauderdale

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Stephen Starr brings traditional Mexican fare with a touch of Baja flavor to sunny South Florida.
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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great location. Not very authentic food. Waited too long for service on a not so busy night. Have had much better Mexican food off trucks in Denver.

OB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Birthday drinks and apps were very much enjoyed. The nachos were some of the best in the area

r
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

i was very pleased to finally come here and now wished i had come earlier and had more meals there already

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started off a little rocky but with help from the Manager they definitely exceeded my expectations. This was my third time there and had no issues the first couple of time. Will definitely be returning on my next trip to Fort Lauderdale

RT
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike did a good job of taking care of our table.

F
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, we loved our meal at El Vez! Started off with amazing nachos that could have been a whole meal. Not your average bar nachos...these were super special with really delicious authentic cheese and just the right amount of toppings. Super crisp chips that were so delicious. We also shared a black bean enchilada dinner...the sauce was super smoky and complex...really spectacular. Highly recommend for special & authentic Mexican. Yum.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican food, reasonably priced, in the W hotel so great view and outdoor seating. We shared the Guad and chips, and they were great. Marguerita’s are AMAZING!!! And we shared the skirt steak tacos for 2 and they didn’t disappoint. Vinny was our waiter and he was great.

We will definitely go back next time we stay at the W.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Our waitress did not give us a chance to view the menu upon sitting down. We sat down for 39 seconds and she asked us if we were ready to order. Felt very rushed.

AS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurante was so cold we ask to Lower the AC but not luck we ate and leave in 30 min to bad

RF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Server was upset she had to work. The food was mediocre at best. My wife got sick later that night from her chicken tacos. I was charged 2.50 for a side of jalopenos and 1.50 for a table spoon of sour cream. The drinks were weak

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our hostess walked us to our table to find only dirty tables. She said she would be right back she had to wipe down a table. After five min of just standing awkwardly between tables I turn around to see her talking to a coworker. She finally got back over to the table and wiped it down. No apology or anything, very rude. Our server was not very attentive at all either.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails are delicious. The view is stunning.

BJ
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Service was terrible. Food was just average, nothing crazy. Would have expected our macho nacho’s to have more meat on them for being pork nachos. Tortilla soup was basic, I think chilli’s is better. Snapper tacos were actually the best thing. And the steak tacos for 2 were just ok. And the churros took forever but they were decent. Our table was beautiful and the vibe of the restaurant is cool. But service was pits and food just average

H
Naples
37 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Was my second time going to El Vez. The first time was great. Food and drinks were all good. This time, my snapper tacos were really good and my husband’s carnitas tacos were good but the other meals weren’t. My daughter ordered the mahi tacos and I couldn’t believe how small and plain they were. They came out as two tiny rolled tacos with a little fish. It was less than an appetizer portion. My other daughter got the chicken quesadilla, which was basically a tortilla with a little cheese and a couple pieces of chicken. Definitely disappointed this time.
Great ambience and cocktails though. Would go back for drinks but probably not dinner.

S
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Terrible wine selection and mediocre food
Another Ft lauderdale tourist restaurant that caters to tourists That pretty much only care about sitting on the beach and seeing the ocean. Not much concerned about great food which there is not a lot in the city. Makes me sad because I grew up here

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! This place always has great food, great drinks, and a great vibe.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Good food great service.

LW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Found the ambiance to be nice, easy walk from our hotel too. Food was just okay, enchiladas were fine but tacos were very ordinary. Coming from Chicago, was not impressed

AG
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great. Very relaxing atmosphere. Staff was very good from the hostess to service all the around.

EO
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I get the same thing every time, and it never disappoints.

We order traditional guacamole and chips, frozen blood orange margaritas, vegan Kale Caesar salad for me and the whole snapper for my husband. Always great service and delicious food!!

Helpful Hint: Be sure to give your valet ticket to the server and pay for valet with your dining check. It will be $7.50 versus $15.00 if you just have the ticket validated by the hostess and pay the valet!!

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Very authentic food. The tacos are fantastic.

h
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Leaving the restaurant at 9pm or so, I slipped and fell. The floor is polished cement and it was so slippery. Ruined the experience for the night. Manager was very nice and helpful and most apologetic. I'm sure he had nothing to do with the selection of that floor. I would go back, just wearing shoes with rubber bottom and not high heels.

P
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every one was so friendly and hospitable from the moment I walked in.
It was very thoughtful of the manager Maurice to stop by our table, generously let us sample some donuts!! Yummy . It’s smart when Resturant’s throw in a little special domestic taste.. we agreed we be back for more !!

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Food and atmosphere. The outdoor bar area has a beautiful view.

RH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall I really enjoyed my visit but it started with confusion and delayed service but our server quickly made it right and went out of his way to serve us. Hostess didn't know where to seat us and while others figured it out. Hostess also didn't inform our waiter he had a table so we waited 15 minutes before he approached eventhough we asked for a service. 😳. He made up quickly and did a good job. The food is higher priced as you are sitting on the Ocean and cost are high. All entrees are ala carte so chips, salsa, sides are extra. Only drink specials are margaritas out of a fountain and still expensive but again it's at the W hotel and Ocean view. Someone had to pay for Paradise. Will defiantly try it again. Thanks

BW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, excellent happy hour specials till 7 pm! Great view of ocean from outside seating. Excellent snapper tacos. House made red salsa is fantastic!

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Waitress was great . Food was amazing. Tequila menu was super extensive . Menu was limited but food was on point ... too loud but I would go back

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Food was good, service was so so once seated, our party had reservations, had to wait 15min to be seated and were then sat in the middle of a birthday party the only table NOT at the birthday party. The hostess, and mangament seemed off to not notice this or address our slight discomfort with the situation.

JO
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was very attentive but not in an annoying way. Food was served quick and hot. My table especially appreciated the presentation of the nachos; not piled high but spread out over a platter, each chip had a proper distribution of the toppings :-)

VC
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely spectacular dinner tonight at El Vez in Ft. Lauderdale. Every detail was perfection. Our waiter Vincent was awesome...every suggestion he made was delicious. From the guacamole to the snapper tacos, to the churros with spicy chocolate sauce we were literally moaning with delight at every bite we took! We can’t wait to eat here again the next time we’re in the Ft. Lauderdale area! If I could give this restaurant a thousand stars I would!!!

WS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Hostess didn’t give a good impression
Food is way overpriced

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were disappointed with the taste of the food but we are from California and were expecting authentic Mexican food( which was probably unrealistic). The view and ambiance was great however.

MM
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Beautiful setting along the beach. The only criticism I have was the food wasn’t hot when it arrived at the table.

PB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server, Siri, was very good, attentive and eager to help us.

L
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Went to El Vez to celebrate a friend's birthday-- the food was great, but the service and lack of attention was so bad that it put a damper on the evening and left a very bad taste about the restaurant. To make matters worse, our server was training another woman who told us it was her first night--all I can say is that I surely hope that the trainee does NOT follow in the server's footsteps or use her as her model server!!! The server was rude to my friends who arrived earlier than me-- they had sat at the table and asked our server about the drinks-- the server, rather than be helpful or engaging said something along the lines of "they are all right there in the drink menu". I had to ask her and the food runner 4 times for a straw, and finally got one after I asked another server who just happened to be passing nearby. At the end of our meal, I asked for a "doggie" bag and she only packed a part of the remaining food on the plate and did not include the guac, tortillas etc that were there. The last straw was that I asked our server if they validated the valet parking tickets and she said that I could prepay it for $7.50 I said ok and handed her a $20--when she returned she handed me $12 and walked away. Now it isn't that I care about the .50, but really this woman had a lot of nerve-- she was rude, insulting and petty!
Other than that, the food was delish-- the chips and salsa is amazing, fresh and homemade. The guac is also great- chunky with just the right amount of heat. We shared the make your own tacos and it was plentiful, well cooked with lots of flavor! The margaritas are tasty and there is a good variety of flavors and preparations (frozen, regular, straight up).

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Really great food, service was excellent (Chris was amazing!). And absolutely amazing evening again!! And my little dog felt super comfy!

LV
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Expensive (not surprising, given the location @ the W hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach) and not worth the price. The food was mediocre -- we're from LA and we know and love good, upscale Mexican food -- the selection wasn't great -- and the only frozen margarita on offer was a too-sour blood orange "specialty." It wasn't bad, but certainly not worth the price ($130 for 2, including one "happy hour" drink, one wine, and tip, plus $7.50 + tip for parking).

PO
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic evening! Will definitely be back. Food, service and atmosphere were fantastic.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best time at a Mexican restaurant. Great atmosphere delicious food. Loved it
Then went upstairs where DJ was jamming and had drinks and danced.