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El Vez Restaurant

121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904 (City Center East)
215-928-9800
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Ranked #93 of 3,691 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Sansom
Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
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Warwick, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This place in Philly has great Mexican food with a cool urban twist. The decor is urban. Try the pomegranate margaritas!

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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Go to El Vez if you are ever in Philly. Since I am in the industry, I thoroughly enjoy trying other Mexican food establishments. El Vez did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, they exceeded my expectations. The variety, quality, as well as presentation was second to none. Our party of four all ordered different items so that we... More

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stratford, connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This place was phenomenal!! We (two couples in our mid 20's) tried to go here on a Friday night, but the wait was too long. We tried again the next day and the wait was over 2 hours, but we decided to put our names down anyway. El Vez will take your cell phone number and text you when the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

El Vez is THE place for margaritas, guacamole and fish tacos. Fun to sit outside in the sun on warm days, always vibrant atmosphere inside. Wait staff is always quick and pleasant. Don't waste time ordering a glass.... Go for the pitcher of Granada margaritas, and enjoy one of the many made-to-order guacamoles. Yum!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This place is the best place in Philadelphia for guacamole and margaritas. Their fish tacos (mahi mahi and sea bass) are also delicious, and I have yet to taste anything here that is not good. Prices are a bit higher than comparable restaurants, but it's worth it once in a while. My one complaint is that they never change the... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Stopped in for lunch with my husband and another couple. Found the food to be ample and very good! Fours beers took a little while to get to our table, but other than that I would say this is an excellent restaurant in a great location. Decor was fun!!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This place just isn't what it's cracked out to be. The food really just isn't that good. It's a fun atmosphere but that's about it. We decided we will not return here. It seems to be thriving simply on the fact that it's a Steven Starr restaurant. I've paid less for WAYYYYY better Mexican food. It's one thing to overpay... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent tacos. The blood orange frozen margaritas are really good. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Dayton, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Despite a snowstorm and frigid temperatures, we hiked the 6 blocks to one of our Philadelphia favorites during a recent business trip. That's how good it is! The quirky interior design, the friendly knowledgable wait staff and the scrumptious menu never disappoint. As a vegetarian there are wonderful options but I could also make a meal of just their guacamole.... More

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philadelphia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The last 2 times I visited El Vez the food was mediocre at best. Fried fried fried…The cliental is 20- 30's very loud. That said go across the street and have gelato!

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