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.

“Good upscale Mexican” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Vez Restaurant

El Vez Restaurant
121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904 (City Center East)
215-928-9800
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
El Vez Restaurant is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #92 of 3,481 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Sansom
Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
Lynchburg, Virginia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good upscale Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

The tacos are not very big at all, but they are tasty. I also got the crab and cactus guacamole. It was very good with the fresh made tortilla chips.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

586 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    254
    230
    70
    20
    12
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New Jersey
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Hip upscale Mexican food in Philly !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Both my husband and I enjoyed El Vez - husband is of Mexican decent and always enjoy the food but this place was a real treat to the taste buds !! Tortilla soup awesome ... Chips, salsa and guacamole were very fresh. Have been back twice more and was equally amazing each time. Try the fresh Curtis with chocolate dipping sauce .... Wow!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pennsylvania
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Best margaritas, but the meal?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Let me just say the margaritas here are great. They come in a glass as big as your face (only slightly exaggerated), and they seem bottomless. I just wish the food were as great.

It's not a bad meal, but the food in general seems tired here. While their guacamole is as special as their drinks, the meals tend to lack a bit of imagination in terms of taste. I know they can do better because some of their dishes show potential. Still, a good, relatively affordable time.

Visited March 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Great Little Place in Philadelphia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Sure, one can't expect good Mexican food this far north, but El Vez was quite good indeed. We enjoyed some sangria and had a lovely meal. The Caesar salad was perfect. It is quite busy, so you might want to get there early. It was a little loud, but it seems like it is kind of a "hot spot," so it's all good. Lots of locals seemed to be eating here, and that's usually a good sign. Good location, easy walking distance from most major hotels. Try the sangria. You'll love it.

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“mmmmmmm!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

one word.... Guacamole!!! fresh, delicious and diffrent. they have traditional and more intresting ones. the appatizers are a good size. we got a few and split them. my fiance got an entre and it was tiny in compairson. very good food. the atmosphere is nice too.

Visited December 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed El Vez Restaurant also viewed

Philadelphia, PA
 

Been to El Vez Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage El Vez Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.