El Vez

4.7
4921 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.
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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner to celebrate our 20th anniversary! Complimentary dessert and champagne was an added bonus. Loved everything!

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

Great MXN dood and nice restaurant

Y
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was fantastic!!! Quite dark in the restaurant but overall cute.

NP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and outstanding food! Waiter was very helpful and fun. Always a good time.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual, the food was super delicious. We ended up being seated next to a really loud 4 top.. no ones fault, it was just hard to hear each other across our two person table. The drinks were really good, too. I do wish they had more options for taco combos. I would have loved to have one shrimp and one fish but they only had options for one or the other. The guac was the best we’ve ever had, not too much of any one ingredient, which can be hard to do! The chips are also wayyyy above other restaurants chips. They’re thicker and not greasy... delicious! We were there for my birthday (booked occasion through open table) and didn’t plan on any desserts but before the check came our waitress brought us churros with a birthday candle (on the house). I was impressed, it was a really nice gesture that she didn’t have to do. ALSO the churros were unlike anything I’ve ever had. Literally didn’t care that they were so hot out of the fryer that my teeth were melting, they were INCREDIBLE.

PF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food and service were disappointing. I’ve been here dozens of times but it seems to have gone downhill.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nachos were awesome

JP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Outrageously overpriced ... Also had a drink at the bar following dinner and found the bartenders to be rude and out of touch with the customers

p
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time for my friend's birthday. The service was great. Food came out quick. The only complaint is the drinks are overpriced.

LB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, absolutely delicious!! Very attentive server. Highly recommend and will definitely be back!!

SR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite place to celebrate birthdays! Can’t wait to go back.

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mexican in Philly! El Vez Never disappoints with great drinks, better food and an energy unlike any other in Philly. The Queso Fundido is always a must. Try all of their tacos especially the battered Mahi Mahi.

Make sure you reserve well in advance or put your name in and check out the surrounding bars! (They text you when the table is ready)

GS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here celebrating our twins 21st Birthday. Everything was so good. Loved the decor of the restaurant. Bonus churros for their birthday. We will definitely be back!

BM
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Would definitely be back again.

GB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our best meal we have had in Philly! We are traveling and came here with our toddler son. Service was great and the staff was very accommodating. The food was fantastic! Great flavors! Margaritas were amazing. 5/5!

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of my favorite restaurants and it's under the Steven Starr restaurant portfolio so you're guaranteed some great food and modern ambiance. It's a staple in the city/13th street and I would highly recommend the manchengo cheese dip, mushroom fundito and open face shrimp quesadilla.

super flavorful and the drinks are just as great. I personally love the guava mojito but the pink cadillac and blood orange margarita are usually the go to here. Try the pineapple canela too!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

For a Mexican restaurant, you would expect the food to have a little spice, especially the 3 different salsas that you have to pay for. It’s the first Mexican restaurant that I’ve been to where you have to pay for chips and salsa. The food had very little flavor. I would not go back.

SJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent as always. However, when I made the reservation I noted that we were celebrating my wife’s 60th birthday which was a big deal. I also noted, as always, that she eats a gluten free diet. Our waiter had no idea she was gluten free and no one ever mentioned her birthday. I was very disappointed that they totally overlooked these things.

AR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, delicious food, a bit overpriced for portion size.

S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday it was perfect!

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went to El Vez last year and got basically the same food (nachos, portobello mushroom tacos, with sides of refried beans and creamy poblano rice). Last year, we loved it. This year I found the food to be mediocre at best. The waiter was very good. The margaritas we got were, again, mediocre. The nachos tasted like they had processed, grocery store, salsa in them and not freshly made. I have recommended this place to friends and family in the past and will no longer do so.

BA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite spot. Guacamole and margaritas are always amazing, and the service is top rate. We were celebrating a birthday and they did a great job with everything.

JJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s 35th bday birthday with our 2 young kids. She only wanted to go to El Vez! We have dinner at El Vez usually alone to celebrate our anniversary since we got engaged in the red corner booth almost 7 yrs ago- and guess what??? We had the same booth for tonight with our kids which was very cool! Thank you Gabriel, one of the waiters, for making it happen! As always, we love El Vez and will continue to come back. Love - The Goldbergs

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White coat ceremony - induction to medical school Temple University

S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The relaxed atmosphere was just what we needed on a Friday afternoon! Food arrived hot and was delicious. The staff were all terrific managing a very busy restaurant while still engaging with all the guests. Their guacamole is a must have you can't stop dipping the chips!
Enjoy your next visit!

OT
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. They didn't forget about us at all (which sometimes can happen when you are out of sight). Service was great. The server kept my water glass filled the whole time.
We shared nachos with chicken. It was very good. We were only 2 people so it was a lot more than we needed, and only ate about 2/3.
We also shared shrimp quesadilla. It was very tasty, but the one giant shrimp on top of each of the quarters made it hard to eat. Not a deal breaker, but maybe make 2-3 pieces on each quarter instead? I ate the shrimp off the top and then it was only the tortilla and a few minor toppings left.
All in all a nice lunch and I'll definitely be back.

RH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez never fails to disappoint! Took my GF here for her b’day and she loved it, especially the churros + candles. Great experience and even better good.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner as usual

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m
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was fabulous. Crowd was lively. Ambience was bright. Food was just meh.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great margaritas! Don’t miss the Queso Fundido Con Carne appetizer, be sure to get the combination. Also get the street corn off the husk, much easier to eat & share.

IS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service!! Good for any occasion!
Love their guacamole, the BEST!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast seating ; great food ; excellent service

a
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez was fantastic. I went here with a couple of friends and had some wonderful drinks and tasty food. The service was also wonderful--never felt abandoned, but I didn't feel that my space was invaded or anything. Great time!

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, fast and friendly service. The place is very crowded. We were seated by the bar and ppl kept on bumping into us. Overall it was a good experience

LA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been trying to get into El Vez for quite awhile. I finally got 3PM reservations. We opted to sit at the bar instead of a table and the bartenders took great care of us. The begin a mid-day menu at 3PM so we weren't able to order off the lunch or dinner menu.

The guacamole was excellent as were the chicken tacos. We will definitely return when we can order off of the full menu.

NA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been wanting to eat at El Vez and were finally able to do so and celebrated his birthday with a nice lunch and the best margaritas!

W
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, excellent ambiance. Very dark, very loud, and menu is on the expensive side lowering the value received for the money.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to grab a nice meal & drinks. Pretty loud

LH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was very good! Great atmosphere...was loud, couldn’t hear everyone at other end of table but who needs conversation when you’ve got great food 😉

a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, had a mess up with a small issue they made it up to us. Would absolutely go again

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