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El Vez Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
City Center East
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American
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121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904 (Sansom)
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went for drinks and had a great time. The staff were very friendly and fun. We will definitely visit again for a meal.

Thank Becky D
Fairport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited twice this past weekend. Sat at the bar once and following evening at a table The bartenders and Waite staff were great Patron margarita were Perfect I have to say that this is the only place that makes nachos the right way. The tacos were very good. Had the chicken and the mahi mahi

Thank S M
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been wanting to try El Vez for a while now, and finally decided to go last night. The restaurant was a packed, however there were a few tables inside that were open and we were seated within a few mins. The first thing you notice about the restaurant is that it is lively and loud, as the center of... More 

Thank Asish P
Fountainville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to write this review specifically about the Sea Bass tacos - they were absolutely amazing and nothing like I've tasted before! They are served with a sweet potato purée and a fried jalapeño (and some other good stuff that I can't remember) - the flavor combination was delicious! You must try these! My wife had the pork tacos... More 

Thank Adam S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for after dinner drinks and they Tequila menu is awesome. They had plenty of bartenders to manage the busy crowd they get.

Thank Giants2007
Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you go to Philadelphia make sure you eat in the restaurants on 13th Street as there are many to choose from and it is a great people watching opportunity. I ate at the Mexican restaurant El Vez and my friends and I sat outside on sidewalk. This atmosphere was great as downtown Philadelphia is bustling with a high level... More 

Thank kunkelc
Voorhees, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had reservations before an early evening show at the Academy of Music and we were seated right on time. Our waiter was helpful with recommendations for an appetizer since my friend did not like avocados otherwise I would have certainly have gotten their signature fresh made Guacamole. The Margaritas were the best I have ever tasted. I enjoy El... More 

Thank funlady1212
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many specials are added daily to the menu. We tried one and it was superb. There are at least three salsa including Pico de Gallo. There are maybe 5 versions of Guacamole. Great food. We were there on business and had to put up with a 45-50 minute wait. Make reservations.

Thank S_Scrib555
Ulster, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son in law takes his father and I here for special holidays, since we live miles away. Great food, very good frozen blood orange margaritas! We always get the Indian Red Lopez Guacamole (with extra crab) and the Bazooka Limon both are excellent. We have had the Queso Fundido Con Carne, crispy mahi-mahi tacos, carnitas tacos, sea bass tacos... More 

Thank rjfs16
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for a late, light lunch. Our server gave excellent suggestions. The drinks were outstanding. Guacamole was the best I've ever had. I would definitely return here.

Thank cplewis4

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904
  • 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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?