El Vez-Ft. Lauderdale

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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
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place. Good food great service.

LW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

h
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

RH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
82 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

L
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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
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
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
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
4 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
36 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
16 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
2 reviews
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
7 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!

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