El Vez

4.7
4342 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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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
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Phone number
(215) 928-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David LaForce
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sansom
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Parking details
Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.
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Public transit
Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4342 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Margs in the city 🍹

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to El Vez for a quick lunch before hopping around the city. Walked in and with our reservation, we were seated right away. Our server was promptly at our table and made some recommendations on things that she liked. We decided on both of us having the chicken soft tacos ( cheese, avocado, tomatillo & tomato salsa, crema) and one had the tortilla soup, all which were excellent. They have a great tequila selection, although I decided on a Dos Equis Amber on tap. Lunch was served promptly ans it was a great value for $42.00 Would definitely recommend this to others, but beware, I would make reservations for lunch as well as dinner

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks. Fun atmosphere, great service!

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RF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Love it here

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G
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hostess and excellent service. I will definitely be back

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CW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went as a business dinner with a co-worker. It was really loud, so we had to sit next to each other rather than across the table. I imagine a booth would have been better acoustics. The margaritas were good! So was the guacamole! The dinner portions seemed a bit small for the price, but still tasted great. They were able to make accommodations for my coworker who was avoiding gluten and for me who did not want dairy. The waiter was very friendly and personable.
Over all it was good. Next time I’ll request a booth away from the bar.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here many times. Great experience every time

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday date for wife.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Excellent food. Great service.

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LM
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

El Vez never disappoints. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the service is always exceptional. Not a spot for quiet conversation, as the atmosphere is very energetic and the seating is very close; but for a fun night out and amazing food, this is a great place to go!

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k
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun vibe here. The steak fajitas for two was delicious and at $39 was an excellent value. Perfect place for a date night!

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HM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner at El Vez - the guacamole was really fresh and nice portion. Shrimp tacos look small but plenty of food. Glad we shared the Brussels sprouts too large for one person.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was amazing, service was great...always a great experience...will definitely be back

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Monica was our server and she was outstanding! Can't wait for a return visit to El Vez.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday candle was such a nice touch

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JP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced Mexican Food .. Overpriced drinks.. Unfriendly staff and bartenders.. I would not recommend

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved all of the food we ordered, and took some of it to go. Portions were a nice size, and the flavours were delicious!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. Was actually an impromptu birthday and our server noticed the card and brought us complimentary dessert tasting without even saying a word. Was so sweet of her!

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JF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food here is no so bueno. Very mediocre. I would stick to El Vez for a good place to grab a drink...not for lunch or dinner.

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D
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good Mexican restaurant with traditional Mexican fare. Great Ambiance! Very Trendy Crowd

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was on business in Philadephia. Had a quick lunch meeting..Food and Service were awesome. I had Shrimp Tacos, and they were fantastic. Great spot. Reasonably priced and authentic.

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Spicy margarita was awesome, and we all really enjoyed our food.

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RF
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Space was awesome and eclectic! Food was flavorful and they made great accommodations for an allergy in our group. The restaurant was very loud and it made for a very hard time to have any sort of conversation with our group.

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AW
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks, apps, guac, atmosphere and everything! A Philly must.

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d
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious unique menu for a fun Sunday brunch. The Bloody Mary's were the best we've had and the special seasonal guacamole appetizer was excellent. Great service! Perfect start to a Fall Sunday!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food and margs were good but service was strange to say the least. My boyfriend practically had to wave her down every time he wanted a beer or water refill! Then the waitress came back for our signed checks twice before we had left the table (and was very awkward about it) and then came back again two times looking for her pen....it was bizarre. We found the pen under one of our napkins on the floor as we were leaving and put it on the table. We all work in the service industry and said we’ve never gone to pick up signed checks only seconds after they were signed and/or gone back to look for a pen while guests were still sitting there? Twice!

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KG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service but the restaurant was very dark.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd time there and we absolutely love everything about it. The atmosphere and food are amazing

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V
Atlantic City
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The guacamole is fantastic & fresh! Consistently good food and even better drinks. The Pink Cadillac Margarita is fresh and tasty and sharing a pitcher is the best value.

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AB
Tampa
109 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We met to have lunch, so it was rather busy. The noise level at the first table at which we were seated, was so loud that we asked to be moved. The second table was an improvement, but not ideal as it was right where you walk in. The food and service were fine, but I would not recommend it for getting caught up with a dear friend.

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KD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great evening. I wasn’t impressed with what I ordered but the atmosphere and service made up for it. Love the photo booth!

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N
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez never disappoints ... reservations perfect .... cocktails were yummy and the food terrific !!!! The guac is beyond amazing !!!!

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ND
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez is one of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. As usual, the food was fantastic, the drinks were perfect, and the atmosphere was great. We will be back for another margarita and guacamole soon!

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MD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated and served right away and our server was very kind and attentive.

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love love El Vez....I celebrated my bday Oct. 19, 2018 there with my girlfriends and I came right back Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 because I was craving the food and drinks. Best place ever...

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MB
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Perhaps a bit small for the price point for lunch. Service was actually a little too attentive. We were trying to have a business conversation and it seemed like the helpful server was constantly interrupting us. Very good but I might do happy hour next time as opposed to a lunch meeting.

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KA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress was great! The food was delicious! A little high price point for Mexican food being that everything was à la carte. Not even free chips and salsa.

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AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We made reservations to celebrate a birthday. Food and service were great. It took a long time for us to get our food because our guacamole order was sent to the wrong table. Apart from that, everything was great.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was exceptional, food was well seasoned, seated right at the time of our reservation.

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