El Vez-Ft. Lauderdale

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$30 and under
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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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LK
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pricey for what you get, which is fine but not anything different or special. We spent a lot for an okay meal.

BS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and environment! Defiantly would come again!

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

My food was awful. It took forever to get a server and a drink. Initially they sent the wrong food and after I sent it back what came was horrendously spicy (not described as spicy in description). This was the only time I haven’t had a good experience here but tonight was truly bad

RT
Toronto
57 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, service a bit slow.

MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

they say timing is everything. Well, we picked an off night to visit El Vez. They were short staffed and Claudia was covering for someone which meant we didn't talk to anyone for 10 minutes. No water, no menus—nada! She showed up obviously overwhelmed and it showed. Otherwise she was nice. No worries tho, Mike the manager happened to walk by and I mentioned our current situation and he was more than happy to help. Mike is an example of who belongs in the hospitality business...he was quick to respond and from that point on our dinner was trouble free. The food was brought out relatively quickly along with a very nice appetizer that was on-the-house. I should mention everyting we ordered was very good. As well as the drinks. I'd go again, but the host/hostess should be more transparent and let their guests know about what we should expect. Even if that means lack of help and longer wait times for the essentials.

CD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for happy hour on a balmy evening. Sat outside and could not have been better. Half price margarita and great prices on lots of other dishes. View is lovely.

VS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed this Restaurant so much we ate here 2 nights on a row..... Great service and fantastic food and Drink options....... Glad we gave it a try and we will for sure be back next time we are in Ft Lauderdale

JE
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent food and service at this waterfront spot in the W Hotel. Not cheap, but worth it. Try to get an outside seat if weather permits.

TW
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Excellent food, but service was indifferent at best.

Restaurant is open to the ocean side which,on a very windy night made eating out front or even sitting at the bar uncomfortable. The bartender did little to make us feel welcome

We requested and received a table inside. Our server clearly wanted to be doing anything except working at El Vez.

Unfortunate,in that the salsas; nachos and steak were outstanding.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good but wasn’t a lot for what it costs. Menu was also very limited compared to Philadelphia location. Probably wouldn’t return.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good chicken tacos. Guacamole good too.

KB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Bad service. Ok food. No buzzers. A sad waitress. All around meh.

RJ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Service was great. Beautiful views.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

All of the staff could care less we were dining there. No urgency and everyone was rude. Luckily the food was tasty or we would have left before dinner concluded

L
New York Area
277 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It was just ok. Very small menu so hope you want tacos or enchiladas. Just wasn’t our thing.

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything was great except they had all of the outside doors open and it was way to windy and cold for that. Everyone at the table was freezing!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast and dinner! Every dish came out perfect. They accommodated every substitution request and every egg came out cooked just right! Unimposing but attentive service and a really fun atmosphere! Looking forward to coming back.

JT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience. Wonderful waiter. Incredible view. Delicious food.

CK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was great, though small portions for the price. Location was also very good. Service was subpar. Waited over half an hour before anyone came to our table to even ask about drink orders. Someone else brought our food out so we didn’t even see our waitress until we were finished with our meal and waiting to pay.

I
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good place. Good food. Near the beach for a great price.

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We have been going back for the same meal since they opened. Tonight the food was okay at best. If tonight were the first time we went, we would have never gone back or raved to our friends about the place. Maybe an off night for them...

KW
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and great food. I was in Ft Lauderdale for 4 days and I HAD to eat there each day.....addicting!!

M
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This is our 4th visit to El Vez and the food is awesome. We enjoyed ourselves but we experienced slow service once we were seated. After 5 min a server came by and gave us water and said she would send someone to get our drinks. Needless to say, that was another long wait. Finally we were offered drinks and then we ordered food. Not a big deal and the food and drinks were worth the wait. Always a great meal and we enjoy the ambiance.......

KR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first visit I had the nacho mama and chopped salad. Both were outstanding. The place has a cool vibe with indoor and outdoor dining. The classic margarita was delicious. I returned for breakfast and had the best Huevos Rancheros. I highly recommend this place!

LR
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We waited for about 40 mins upon arrival despite having a reservation. Food was ok, nothing special and service subpar. If you are in for a great dinner, there are probably better options around. Now if you are there merely for drinks and chatting with a larger group where food/service is not that relevant, perhaps you would enjoy it more. The ambiance is nice and vibrant.

BB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a very popular restaurant in the W Hotel, but we absolutely love it! Margaritas are great and the Macho Nachos are very unique and terrific. Ceviche is fresh and delightful, guacamole and chips (could upgrade the chips) as well as their 3-way salsas are wonderful. Since it is noisy, we like to sit in a both, even if there are 4 of us, so we can have a real conversation. Valet parking is super easy and the guys are really nice.
We are locals, at least in the winter, and this is one of our favorite restaurants. It offers a unique menu and is worth trying.

DB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Macho Nachos with pulled pork were arrainged on a flat pan like a pizza and were just outstanding. Best thing we had was the carnitas taos, the second best was the black bean encheladias. Over all we had a great time with good food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was outstanding and service was spot on

T
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on the water, good service. Bar service just fair, seemed at times annoyed to get drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A great location but a big disappointment in terms of food, service and ambiance.

K
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We have visited several times and always feel the service could be so much better! The food is good though.

LH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We dined at El Vez on NYE. Very disappointed. Very limited menu and felt very rushed. Philadelphia’s El Vez is much better!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

New Years eve

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great location!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe a bit too loud?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food3service1ambience2

Restaurant did not Honor our reservation and asked us to wait for an hour as they were "busy" and we were with two small kids. They finally gave us a table after 20 mins of arguing with us

MP
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Brunch menu excellent

WS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was creative and the location right across from the beach is great

F
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Waiter was rude, should try and keep his comments when rude to himself, thought he was funny but was rather offensive

RD
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Poor service as waitress did not bring the items requested. Never brought my beer. Charged extra 3.00 for tiny cups of shredded cheese for steak for two. The steak wasn’t skirt steak and was terrible. No sides with the meal and again charged extra for one side. Finally the waitress brought us the wrong check. Won’t go back.