We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Vez Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
City Center East
Mexican
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904 (Sansom)
Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
215-928-9800
Website
Saturday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 617 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 270
    Excellent
  • 241
    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Eats, Nice Place

Went to El Vez today with friends. Nice location in Downtown Philly. Cool environment. The Pink Cadillac Margarita was STRONG! The food was great. The taco sampler was pretty good except for the sea bass taco which I didn't really enjoy. The grilled corn on the cob as fantastic! My friends had the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Nikia E
,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
Add Photo Write a Review

617 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Pretentious, boring... Overpriced. Adequate sums this experience up. I love real mexican food. Really good mexican food doesn't cost 17 bucks for an enchilada that is adequate.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Love this place. Good for entertaining client and the food is very good. Reservations are recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Surrey
Level Contributor
18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Server was very helpful. She highlighted the restaurant is know for its Guacamole. They have 6 varieties. We had a sampler of 3 types. It was a great sampler. I didn't know you could make Guac with such as diversity and all taste great. They server tortilla chips with Guacamole. I had the Crispy Mahi Mahi Taco. They were small... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My daughter had her heart set on this restaurant for her 24th birthday and had been before this and raved about it. It did not disappoint. It has lively, festive atmosphere with a rotating lit up bicycle over the bar and vibrant colds, capturing the latino mood. The guacamole is made fresh with mortal and pestle; we had a version... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Went to El Vez today with friends. Nice location in Downtown Philly. Cool environment. The Pink Cadillac Margarita was STRONG! The food was great. The taco sampler was pretty good except for the sea bass taco which I didn't really enjoy. The grilled corn on the cob as fantastic! My friends had the open face shrimp quesadilla and the carne... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

great food and drinks, nice place to hang out with friends, guacamole the best I had, decor was modern, bathrooms were clean. Staff very professional. I will definitely come back

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Just had my second time at El Vez and it is still one of my favorite restaurants to go to in Philadelphia. Their guacamole is the standard I hold other guacs to. The only one that comes close is another small chain, Rosa Mexicano. I've eaten a lot of guac in my short time on Earth and El Vez really... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bensalem, PA
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

One of our favorite places to dine in center city the food is excellent, Margaritas fantastic, and the prices aren't bad either

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grafton, VT
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

El Vez takes Mexican food to the next level by presenting traditional dishes in a new light and caring about the plating and presentation. Having lived in Southern California and extensively traveled in Mexico, I would rate this restaurant right up there. The chips were fresh and the guacamole excellent. We went with the "Bazooka" and the goat cheese was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Quezon City, Philippines
Level Contributor
68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Typical greasy, big-serving, non-tasty American food. I didn't enjoy the place and the food at all. Service was not too good and it was too crowded. Restrooms were in a dimly-lit odd area. I have nothing positive to say about this restaurant.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed El Vez Restaurant also viewed

 
Philadelphia, PA
 

Been to El Vez Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about El Vez Restaurant

Address: 121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904
Phone Number: 215-928-9800
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904
    (Sansom)
  • Public Transportation: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 215-928-9800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Vez Restaurant and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Sicklerville, New Jersey

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from El Vez Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?