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El Vez Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Central American
As featured in Best Kept Secret and 1 other guide
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friend and I were in town for a concert and we had lunch here the next day. A late lunch and with alcohol. It was a week day and the place was packed! We sat at the bar. The food was wonderful, atmosphere was fun, vibe was trendy. Who doesn't love a good margarita?? We sat there for a... More 

Thank Leslie B
Madison Heights, Virginia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

El Vez has the best guacamole. Several different varieties. Careful not to fill up before your meal. Fantastic fish tacos!

Thank 3Duffields
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Convenient center city location and fun attractive decor featuring a motorcycle mounted in the center of the room

Thank Lsbtravel1
Arlington, Texas
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this place twice! Once for drinks - nice, friendly bar area, and the second time for dinner. It was rather loud, there seemed to be a lot of groups, but we were sat in a comfortable lounge/booth that made it more romantic and we had great service. The food was great too - a fajita selection of... More 

Thank DMooney
Long Island, NY
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67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was recommended by my wifes friend. It was a Sunday late afternoon and the reservation app we used said NO availability. So we took a chance and walked over, wife asked and was told we can sit you but you need to be done by 615 as we have a lot of reservations, as it was 440pm we jumped at... More 

Thank SKJet
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Modern, popular Mexican casual dining restaurant. Food had high quality. Nice with bowls of guacamole to share on the table. Tacos were tasty and up to expectations even if we expected more "robust" dish. Drawbacks: The incredibly high noise level that made it almost impossible to have a conversation across the table. The nicely designed but really uncomfortable "sofa".

Thank Tomas G
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great cocktails, great guacamole, great atmosphere, great service, great value and a simple yet tasty menu. We stumbled across El Vez in a hangry state unable to decide on what we wanted to eat and were blown away by everything. Couldn't be happier! If we didn't live in the UK, we'd be back!

Thank Daniela F
Mesa, Arizona
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was incredible! So sad not to have this restaurant chain in AZ. We had the most amazing margaritas! The original guacamole and the carne asada by far my favorite meal of my life. The ambiance is wonderful inside even hit up the photo booth.

Thank Amanda B
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was upscale Mexican food with good atmosphere. A bit dark but good none the less. Would recommend for parties or for date night.

Thank Trampus L
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for lunch and had a great time. Awesome atmosphere with outdoor seating, and great service. Would recommend getting the loaded nachos as an appetizer!

Thank zackc625

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Central American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene
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?