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El Vez Restaurant

121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904 (City Center East)
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Ranked #125 of 3,740 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Service was slow and the food fair, but pricey. Overall the place is nothing spectacular. Would not return.

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London, On
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The decor and atmosphere is awesome. Be prepared for coed washroom sinks. Food was great... Chips and salsa really hit the spot and the guac was great too. My husband and one of our friends got the corn on the cob side and said it was the best corn they've ever had. Our server seemed a bit snooty and there... More

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great location, and loved that they have indoor and outdoor (seasonal) seating. We didn't have a reservation (tried to make one on Open Table, but was booked) so we walked over from our hotel and were seated immediately. TIP: I think we lucked out because it only a few minutes after 5pm, so go early! The only thing I found... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

We ate at El Vez on a recent trip to Philly. The first night we were in town it was recommended to us by a friend so we tried to eat there. However, the wait time was over an hour so we chose to get on their text wait list. (Nice touch) we ended up going somewhere else and I... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went to eat here after a Sunday evening show at the Forrest theatre. It's conveniently within walking distance of the theatre and there's a parking garage right on that same corner with decent evening parking prices. We had a reservation and even though we arrived early, we were seated immediately. The restaurant was about 95% full and very loud... More

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Dangerously good margaritas! The service was outstanding and our server knew the menu cover-to-cover. We had the Tito Santana guacamole and the Chicken Tinga Quesadillas. Delicious food and a very good value. Nice atmosphere in a fun part of town.

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Pasco, Washington
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86 reviews 86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The place is loud and full of energy, staff is great, and the food is off the charts. The guacamole can't be beat...nor can the salsa. A must when in the area. Just be prepared to wait because the place can have quite a wait...and justifiably so!!!!

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It was not what I expected. Although our server was friendly, our lunch (2 adults 2 kids) were overpriced at $87. What did we order was the $1 million question. I thought it was suppose to be as good if not better than El Azteca Mexican Restaurant at 8th and Chestnut Sts., but it wasn't. It was more of an... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I really enjoyed myself. The mexican tortilla soap was very goid i had another cup. The staff was very nice and even let us switch tables cause i wanted to be near window.

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Fairport, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Drove to Philly for concert last night and was looking for a great place to eat. Asked a few locals, and more than one mention el vez. They were spot on. The energy, waiter food were just what we needed. They have 5 or 7 different guacs so if you didn't like one, only blame yourself. Our mango corn guac... More

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