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El Vez is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located in Philadelphia. It offers casual dining and offers many food items, such as tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and adobo rack of lamb. The chopped salad with grilled corn, chayote and almonds is a popular item on the menu, together with its tender beef shoulder with tricolor salsas. In addition to beer and wine, its special cocktails include made-to-order guacamole and margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. The restaurant s desserts include flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse, carmelized bananas and coffee mousse with kahlua foam. El Vez also offers banquet facilities and can accommodate groups of up to 16 guests with a limited menu.
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Phone: (215) 928-8990

Phone: (215) 928-9600

Phone: (215) 574-7692

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El Vez, Restaurant

Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Price Range : Average

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Editorial review from Citysearch

Great food and classic Margs.


Great food and drinks. A litt...

Great food and drinks. A little too pricey though. $20 for 4 fish tacos? Turns into a great bar late at night.

If they could reduce prices, this place would be awesome. But only for those special occasions now.



Great food. The stuffed peppers are some of the best I've ever had. Great ambiance as well!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent food!

We loved the tacos, the tuna appetizer and the nachos (which were a huge portion, even for gluttons!).


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Mexican Food

This place is almost identical to Distrito. The food is about the same as it is at Distrito. The place looks a little worn though.


Provided by Citysearch - 
I don't know what some of you were talking about - this place was great!

From the minute we walked in - we were greated with smiles. We sat in the middle of the room. It was a little dark, but enough light to read the menu and see the decor. The service was really good - Jack our waiter had the menu down to a science and was very happy to answer any and all questions. He paid just enough attention to us. Now the food - OMG - I was nervous about this place from reading some of the reviews. I ordered the taco sampler and was more than happy - beef, pork, sea bass, mahi mahi, etc. If a flower had a taste - this was it. Each one was better than the next. Kudos to the Chef and staff. Dessert -well - make sure you save room. Drinks were on the same level. This place is a class act. The price is on the higher end - but as they say you get what you pay for - this was worth it. I highly recommend it!! Enjoy.


Provided by Citysearch - 
hope you like salt

the menu is creative & perhaps mexican inspired- but it's a far cry from authentic mexican food. my husband is from new mexico & we've taken numerous trips to the southwest and mexico where i've had better food from roadside carts. i went with 2 friends & we ordered 6 items to share- each greasier and saltier than the next. stop in for the atmosphere, which is fun, grab a kitschy cocktail and then go to dinner someplace else. the only thing keeping me from giving this place one star was our server- who was gracious and prompt. with so many great restaurants in philly, i'm surprised this place is still open.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good fun atmosphere but way too loud

El Vez is a good spot to go with a big group of people, but your experience can depend on where you are seated. Try to get a spot in one of the round booths, those are the most intimate and easy to hear everyone at the table. Last time we were there we sat at a table behind the bar (8 of us) and we literally could barely hear eachother speak. I had to text with my friend across the table because I couldn't hear a word she said. The music is way too loud, which makes the chatter almost unbearable.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Insect in the Sangria... the type of insect that inhabits dirty homes and restaurants

Upon arriving & being seated, drinks were ordered. Once we received our drinks, one of the guests began drinking her sangria when she noticed a ""insect"" which city search will not allow me to name, about 3/4 of an inch long, floating in her drink. When brought to the attention of our waitress, she gave a brief unconcerned apology (""i'm sorry""), took the drink to the kitchen & proceeded to show it to her coworkers. It wasn't until about 10 minutes later that she returned to our table, upon our request to see if we were ok. Furthermore, not one staff member or manager came to rectify the situation until two of our party members went to speak to the hostess. Finally, a manager came over (10 minutes later) offering appetizers as good measure. We left as the birthday girl was disgusted and unable to eat anything.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food & drinks; Really bad service & treatment

I was looking forward to trying El Vez after hearing about their good guacamole & margaritas.

We arrived at 9:30 on a Thursday & the place was prob 1/2 to 3/4 full - with lots of people at the bar and less eating. We asked the hostess if we can get a table - as our plan was to get guac, appetizers and a pitcher of margarita. The hostess told us we'd need to order entrees in order sit at a table. I found this odd -having lived in nyc & other major cities I've never seen a respectable restaurant forcing you to order a certain # of entrees to sit down. A policy of ordering food at a table is totally understandable ? but forcing you to eat a certain quantity of food, to me, signifies a low-end establishment milking revenue.

We said ok, with no real plans to order entrees, and sat down. We figured a $65 meal with a margarita pitcher, guac, and appetizers would suffice.

We then received probably the worst treatment I've ever experienced. Our waitress was rude, sarcastic, pushy and made us extremely uncomfortable. When we ordered the pitcher & guac she asked us if there was anything else we wanted to order. We said we?ll order more, but not right now as we wanted to relax and order more as we went along.

About 3 minutes later she came back asking for our order. We said not yet. 2 minutes later our pitcher came. As did more ordering questions. 2 minutes later guac came - she then pretty much wasn't leaving until we ordered more food. So we ordered an appetizer & side dish ? at the same cost as an entree. She then looked straight at me and asked me ?what I wanted for my entree?. I said, ""I don't want an entree"". From there it got even worse - with her talking to other waitresses and pointing and gesturing at us, making sarcastic comments about us ?drinking up? and overall being plain rude. We tried to relay our frustrations to a manager but we left after 10 min of waiting at the front desk.

Bottom line: good food & good drinks ? but bad treatment ruined it.

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El Vez

121 S 13th StPhiladelphiaPA 19107

(215) 928-9800

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