El Vez

4.7
5446 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5446 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JessicaD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Love the food and the service was great during covid. We sat outside and had a heater by us the whole
Time to keep us warm.

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vipErikaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good safe time during covid. private "roo" was safe and fun.

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vipFWH44
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great
Margaritas still taste diluted
Food snd choices the best
Love the Bazooka guacamole

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Deeluv
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was my second time visiting, went for my birthday both times and must say I was a little disappointed this go round. Not sure if it was because of pandemic or what! My drink and appetizer were great but the main dish, which me and hubby got Mahi tacos needed serious work!!! Fish had flavor but the taco itself was blah. Mexican fare is my favorite and every place I go the tacos are done the same. I've never had a rolled up taco before and the filling was lacking. Ordered tres Leche to go and that was not flavorful either and to top it off no churros!!! Like I said not sure if quality is off because of the way things are right now but now is not the time to start slacking. Service was very good tho and they have spaced it out nicely. Could use a little more warmth inside, outdoor dining was warmer.

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Morgan
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food as always! They did outdoor seating the right way.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner spot

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RainyDiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience1

I figured since I had made a reservation in advance that perhaps we would get a covered spot to sit. I understand there are not that many and not everyone can have a covered spot outdoors. Our server was not as happy, just miserably going about her work. The heater was not powerful at all either and luckily it was 50 degrees but it would have been nice to have a functional heater. Eventually it started raining on us and all over our food. Super sad because we couldn't even really pack our leftovers as everything had been rained on by that point. I would not recommend El Vez for outdoor dining until COVID subsides or the weather gets better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

we were placed on the sidewalk, service was good but our table was placed on a hill so it was very unstable felt like the whole thing would tip over. food came out in a reasonable amount of time but the portion was considerably small for the amount of money i paid. our waiter was very nice and attentive

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vipRoseH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time eating in one of the private outdoor booths. Love it! The food, as always, was excellent - as was the service - and being able to sit out on the street and eat, WARM on this sunny winter day, was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go I just have the best time! Their Guava Mojito is so delicious and the vibes are so nice

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Ruby
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was so nice and felt very safe during Covid times!

DM
vipDebbieM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Manchego and Margaritas! Warm heaters for sitting outside. Great service and attention!

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Just very cold and the heat lamp was not enough to keep u warm.. but I understand the situation

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PattiL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Awesome Service! Highly recommend you to make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

With everything considering it was a good experience besides the obvious issues that arise from eating outside such as cold food and really slow service. But generally understandable.

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kellyt
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing! Outside seating was warm. Service was great,will definetly be returning.

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AsiaD
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing. Manager even brought over an extra heater. Food was top tier too smh.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food warm heaters and fast service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience! If you’re there, check out the old fashioned! Sheesh. Too good! Mahi Mahi tacos were amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food
Good drinks
Great heaters and Streets were blocked off to cars so made a much nicer outdoor dining experience.

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NancyB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at El Vez.
Michelle took wonderful care of us and made the extra effort to make us feel special. Although they were very busy, we never felt rushed! Can’t wait to come back again soon! Thanks Michelle!

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BillS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would have given 5 stars down the line, but due to the requirement for outdoor dining, the ambiance and noise levels were not ideal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was flavorful!! The server was so nice which made our experience very pleasurable. They had heaters which helped our food stay hot.

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DewittF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was very good, but we were eating on a cold and windy night and we weren’t allowed to eat inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

And old favorite but has lost its luster.

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TrishaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Seating outside for dinner was nice even with the snow/cold. Heaters and warming lights at each table. Our server was really friendly also

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Beth
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, El Vez NEVER disappoints. With indoor dining closed due to Covid, we ate outdoors. It was 30 degrees when we sat down, but we had a heater next to our table and we were dressed in layers. My husband inhaled his nachos and I scarfed down my tuna tostadas. My taco sampler platter was to die for too!!! We ended our meal with delicious churros and several margaritas. El Vez is our favorite restaurant on the planet!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it there. Margarita was great and I also had the best burger I’ve had in a long time.

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vipLeslieG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails, and service are always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor dining setup with plenty of heating for winter 2020-21

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vipJill
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

El Vez is taking the pandemic very seriously. I felt very safe eating here and really appreciated all the precautions they are taking. The food was great too. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, best tacos I've had. We ordered the steak and shrimp combo for 2. Queso and chorizo. Hands down, the chef nailed it, again, amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice! Loved everything

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DEtraveler
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good. The service was good. I'm not really a fan of outdoor dining but due to COVID-19 we had to eat outside. El Vez staff did make sure that there was heat available to all customers and they did follow COVID-19 rules to ensure everyone was safe as possible. I will return to El Vez and hopefully the pandemic is over so I can enjoy the inside of the restaurant. I also would recommend El Vez to my friends/family.

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vipjs12
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

always good food...but the current set up, if you arent sitting on 13th street, sitting on sansom kind of stinks. tons of homeless walking by asking for money etc and really not a great vibe

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vipAnon
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Vez had great heat lamps set up for outdoor dining. The food was amazing and the server was very kind and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was amazing. Absolutely love this place!

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OutsideDiner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Been to El Vez many times over the years, even for NYE one year. Found it a bit odd on this visit that the first and only thing the hostess said when I arrived was we have an hour and a half at the table (my friends were right behind me). In this day and age of restaurants fighting to stay in business, was pretty unwelcoming. Then of course our server disappeared for 20+ mins during our meal, when we needed drinks (in his defense, he did appear to have a huge area to serve, tho, not our fault...). Food was fine, price reasonable; perhaps our last opportunity to outside dine for a few months...

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Sanjay
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my experience! I would definitely recommend El Vez!

FAQs

El Vez offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 928-9800.

El Vez is rated 4.7 stars by 5446 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.