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El Vez Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
City Center East
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American
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121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904 (Sansom)
+1 215-928-9800
11:30 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Mon 11:30 - 22:00
Tue 11:30 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The quite good food at El Vez is Mexican with American influences...and the Guacamole is excellent! Be sure to wander around the other terrific restaurants on 13th St....one of Philadelphia's many restaurant destinations....!

Thank don l
Launceston, Australia
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115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group of us dined here last year and I was really looking forward to it. I wasn't disappointed the guacamole was lovely as were the chicken tacos. The server was good and told me that I could get a small serve of guacamole which was good as I would never have eaten the full dish

Thank jimenix
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 14 year old for lunch at this funky, fun restaurant. We shared a Caesar salad and nachos. The salad was HUGE. It was dressed lightly and the croutons were absolutely yummy. They piled the salad on top of a nacho of sorts. This was less successful and not very tasty. It provided an extra crunch and that... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate at this restaurant alone because I was on business. Would HIGHLY recommend making reservations. I just happened to get there a bit early on a weeknight and got a seat. Before I was served my dinner, the place was packed. They make a DELICIOUS blood orange margarita--very good, but small in portion. The guac was also good, but... More 

Thank Mitzi B
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very cool, very funky Mexican restaurant with a great urban vibe! The margaritas are great (the Blood Orange was my Favourite) and the sharing platters of soft tacos are fantastic...the meat particularly is soft and succulent!! I'll be back in El Vez the next time I'm in Philly!!

Thank samndan2000
Yorba Linda, California
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We're from California and are used to outstanding Mexican food. The food here was good, yet, it's not California/Mexico style. That being said, we enjoyed our meal, the restaurant, and the buzz of the environment. Fun place for friends in the city! Get their early or make a reservation.

Thank kathleen w
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place was totally rammed on a Tuesday night. There were 9 of us instead of the 6 we had booked for. The table was sorted quickly and the service was good. Portion sizes are not too large about right. It was a challenge to get the food onto the small round table we had but that encouraged us to... More 

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Haddon Township
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I started my visit with three Vodka Margaritas which were as good as it gets. The bar is very large and very well serviced. We then sat down to dinner with a great view of the hustle and bustle of the City of Philadelphia at dusk. Our dinner of enchiladas of different kinds and types was excellent. This is definitely... More 

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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250 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 of us had dinner here on the advice of a friend. I was expecting mexican with a modern twist and after reading the very boring looking menu, i almost walked out. The food was a step above your standard mexican joint, but not very innovative and pretty pricey for what you get. 3 fish tacos with just a smidgen... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was three of us for dinner here on a Monday night. What a great experience and great meal. This is a really lively place, with great staff and service. Homemade, fresh guacamole, fresh entrees, and tasty margaritas. Go there, enjoy it, you won't be disappointed. For three of us, dinner, drinks and the tip was $150. Would I go... More 

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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
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-928-9800

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