El Vez

(215) 928-9800 | View Website

121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19107

39.949662 -75.161976

Open Hours

Sun 3pm-10pm; Mon 11:30am-3pm; Mon 5pm-9:30pm; Tue 11:30am-3pm; Tue 5pm-10pm; Wed 11:30am-3pm; Wed 5pm-10pm; Thu 11:30am-3pm; Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri 11:30am-3pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 12pm-11pm

 
Restaurants, Mexican, $$  more

Tags: Family Style Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East

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El Vez
Menu
Tortilla Soup, Mexican Chopped Salad, Tijuana's Original Ce’Sar, Vaca Frita Burrito, Black Bean Enchiladas, Pibil Pork Tacos, Torta De Pollo, Chicken Tinga Quesadilla, Queso Fundido Con Carne, Queso Fundido De Hongos... more

Reviews for El Vez

Recommends

Surprisingly authentic tacos, guacamole and margaritas. Great brunch complete with Mexican bloody mary's. A photobooth outside of the co-ed bathroom seems like a great idea after many, many said authentic margaritas.

Recommends

No matter when you walk buy, El Vez always seems packed. No wonder: It's a great spot for well crafted Mexican favorites, too much to drink, and some of the best guacamole in town.

Recommends

Over the top in true Stephen Starr fashion.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food and classic Margs.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

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

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

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Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Amazing Mexican, with a modern twist – My friend and I really enjoyed dining here. It was a great vibe, really huge bar scene. We went around 10:00 and were seated promptly. The nachos mama's were amazing!!! A must try. They had a variety of food to choose from. I also got the enchilada's mixtas. It was delicious and HUGE. I recommend sharing this entree with two people. My friend got two different taco platters, he loved it! Overall great experience. They even had a black & white photo book that you can take pictures in. Really cute touch! Definitely give this place a try if you're in city center.

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It\'s Always a Good Time for Margaritas! The Saltiest in Philly When done right, a classic marg with fresh lime juice is where it\'s at, but some places marry their…
Mix Alcohol with Photobooths and What Do You Get? Mementos of a night gone wild either in picture or hickey form.
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Nominations Nominated for:
Mexican Food (2008)
Mexican Food (2007)
Margarita (2006)
Mexican Food (2006)
Trendy Restaurant (2006)
Margarita (2005)
Mexican Food (2005)
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