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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)
11:30 am - 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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Tampa, Florida
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great food and great ambience ... Make sure to book ahead of time since it's pretty popular Tried the Red chillie and chicken Enchiladas and the margarita and was really tasty Price was reasonable !

Thank Kal D
Newtown, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoy trying out new places in Philly and this was not a disappointment. Truly an enjoyable dining experience and the wait staff friendly and helpful navigating house specialties. We started with the guacamole limoni made with goat cheese and pistachios. May sound odd but my philosophy is that goat cheese makes everything taste better! This was proven true yet... More 

Thank Boscoeurotraveler
Columbus, Ohio
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened upon this spot in our way to our evening destination. What a great little find! They specialize in all different types of guacamole. We tried the traditional - El Vez - and it was good! We could have gone for a little more heat and lime, but we liked it. Each of us tried a different margarita and... More 

Thank ThisandThatGirl
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for great Mexican, this is the place to go to. They have an amazing variety of food and drinks to choose from, specifically margaritas and tequilas. The food is also a good mix, from nachos to enchiladas. They also have the best guacamole to enjoy with chips before your main course! Even though the platters are small,... More 

Thank Andrew G
Mullica Hill
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of many visits to El Vez and as usual, it did not disappoint. I've never had a bad meal there and I believe it's one of the best Mexican restaurants in Philly. We ordered the nacho mommas to start and they were excellent. Next came the crispy Mahi Mahi tacos and they were excellent! Such a fantastic... More 

Thank Andrea616
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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136 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall, I liked it. Early evening there's an energy in the restaurant and at the bar. Lots of fun. The food is quite good, more so because of the interesting twists you wouldn't normally experience from a typical Mexican place. Grilled corn on the cob was super tasty as were the tacos al carbon.

Thank Vijante-gigante
Glassboro, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I sat outside at El Vez and despite the humidity and heat we had a pleasant afternoon. Our server answered all our questions and got us our food quickly. Their margaritas were perfect and refreshing and their layered nachos had a little of each topping on every chip. The corn on the cob came with a decadent... More 

Thank Julie R
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome-sauce!!!! Service was great, bar decor and service impeccable. I'm my opinion if you want Mexican food with fun and great drinks this is the spot for you my friend!! Try the blood orange frozen margarita and creamy corn rice, crazy good!

Thank Onya K
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wide variety of cocktails on the menu and and Ok amount of beers even on draft. Food was fresh, delicious, and service was fast at least for a late lunch. Highly recommend. Had a good variety of options for vegetarians.

Thank Monica M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I sat for 15 minutes till someone approached me. Very bad first impression. Decent food, though. Slightly over-priced

Thank Jim C

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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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?