El Vez-Ft. Lauderdale

4.5
335 reviews
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Mexican
Stephen Starr brings traditional Mexican fare with a touch of Baja flavor to sunny South Florida.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SL
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. It is pricey but food is outstanding and doesn't disappoint

s
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the beginning my party and I stepped to the hostess stand till the time we left the service and staff were excellent! The food was delicious!

RR
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was awesome and the food was delicious. I absolutely love the blood orange margarita!

SN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We look forward to dining at El Vez for breakfast on every trip to the W FLL. The crab and avocado Benedict is a must try. Service is wonderful with especially good care from Lena and Pablo. We love the sun and the views and the coffee too!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. My husband said they were the best nachos he ever had (and that is saying something). They had a great kids menu as well. My only issue is that my kids got lemonade and it was 4 dollars a lemonade. That may have been okay but then they got refills and we were charged. We assumed they were free refills because we weren’t told otherwise. So we were in for about 30 bucks for lemonade only. That part really stunk. Other than that, the restaurant was great.

MF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun set up at outdoor tables with great view of the beach. We had a group of 14 for an early dinner so we split two tables. We probably sampled the entire menu and everyone was happy with their dishes from salsa/pico/guac, the share two shrimp fajita tacos in the volcano dish to the queso fundido dip, seafood enchiladas, tostados de mariscos ceviche (AMAZING!), nachos, blood orange and classic marg's... everything was DELICIOUS...super flavorful. Our servers were great! Very attentive and able to handle a large group of people shifting tables and sampling each other's treats. The interior space was cool too...very eclectic decor. Would definitely go back!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Mike, was fantastic! Offered some great menu suggestions...

JB
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great new edition to the W hotel. Stunning vistas from table.

K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good ! Glad we decided to eat here tonight 😊

RR
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is good. The service was just okay. The dining room is odd with noisy areas and really hot areas. I’m not sure I’d go back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could give 0 stars I would! I made a reservation to celebrate my birthday only to get to the restaurant and find out it was closed due to a water issue. I understand if a business needs to close, what I don’t understand is that no one was able to call and let the clients know!
What a Disappointment! Btw... the restaurant next to it is open and functioning...
Horrible horrible customer service

P
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on the balcony overlooking AIA and the Fort Lauderdale Beach. Beautiful weather, though humid, a light breeze helped cool us down. Service excellent; food delicious (we had enchiladas and tacos). Probably the best element were the Classic Margaritas at Happy Hour prices.

SM
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated birthday; server was excellent, didn’t hover but made sure we had everything we wanted

BK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

i have a soft spot for El Vez from Philly.
food was not bad as i remembered , guac was little bland and really small.
i used to get really good service from Star restaurants in Philly but this one was not as good, we had to ask for the nachos dips 3 times , our corn was served to other table so we had to wait 15 min after finish our dinner to get it, order churros and was told that they are out as i see it served to table next to us, so the server went to check and came back saying they do have it.
overall it's very nice spot with beautiful view and decor but i think the Philly location is way better.

SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with 5 of my friends for dinner. This is a great restaurant with really great food. The drinks are to die for! Really creative with great flavor! This is definitely a hit!

K
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was too hot, the AC leaked on us on both ends. The bar didn’t have the rum we wanted so we pAid our tab left and went to steak 954.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and the best corn tortillas I have ever had!

SW
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

El Vez was a fun spot to eat, drink and have fun. The service staff was great; allowing us to sit and enjoy our get-together. We will certainly return!

K
Miami
88 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I like this restaurant. Not the greatest food or tortillas; but, good Cadillac Margaritas. Servers always pleasant.

SS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants on the beach!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The worst Mexican food I have ever had. I thought it would be good since it’s at the W Hotel and their other restaurants are good. Worst food ever. I would rate it less than a 1 put it was the least stars. WILL never go there again. Glad to be staying at Hotel so I can truly have a good meal tomorrow at 954.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

If you are looking for good food and service, look elsewhere. Our server informed us that substitutions were not really possible because most of the dishes were pre-made. From a food quality perspective, it was like eating at a Taco Bell with a nice bar. Service seemed mostly disinterested. If you want a lively bar scene on the beach, this place fits the bill. For a meal, no thanks.

BA
Miami
94 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch on the 4th of July. The food and service were great. The special guacamole was as good always. I thought the steak quesadilla was exceptional. My wife really enjoyed the Mo Mama Nachos and the Margaritas were great.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as amazing as their NY location just with a better view

EE
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went for breakfast. The food was really good and the chorizo was a great addition to my omelette. The biggest complaint is that the portions were small and the omelette had no side like potatoes or a biscuit etc... That would have been nice. Over all it was good and I would go back. Service was okay; thing special but it wasn’t bad.

AD
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maurice is an amazing manager always great seeing him. Also great seeing Mary as well. Love you guys see you soon.

Dre

JF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in fun environment

MF
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Even better food than the Philly El Vez.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good and came out really quick !

Y
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Went back the next day for lunch. Yum!

C
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only problem with the restaurant is how hot it is. The AC units drip from the heat. Shut the windows in the summer, turn on AC and it would be more enjoyable.
Food was great. Just way too hot.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

$13 dollars for a tequila shot...$2 for a small ramekin of cheese...$1.50 for a side of hot sauce. That is the most ridiculous thing ever. And on top of that the server didn’t even tell us she was charging us for cheese and hot sauce! I’ll never be back and never recommend this place. Such a rip off.

L
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is awesome, service and food was great! I would of like to see better portions for the money and free chips and salsa. Also everything is al a cart. Love the view and company!! Overall great experience and atmosphere, I will be coming back and would recommend to others.

SF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun place; good food! We’ll be back during our next Ft Lauderdale visit!

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