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El Vez Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
City Center East
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, 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)
+1 215-928-9800
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were quoted almost a 2 hour wait. Txt check-in worked well. Quesadillas were great! Tito Santana guacamole was incredible. Don't be fooled by peppers, it wasn't hot.

Thank Rob M
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

El Vez has a wonderful, upbeat atmosphere and is awesome whether you are there for a full meal, or just for aps and drinks. The guacamole options are unlike any you will find elsewhere and the drink menu is also creatively original. If you're not vigilant, it can run a bit pricey, but you sure will enjoy spending your time... More 

Thank Faith M
Tybee Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

... to enjoy a sublime happy hour in this well-tread neighborhood. Having grown up about an hour southeast of Philadelphia and relocated just before turning twenty-one, my most recent return trip me makes me appreciate just how much the city of Brotherly love has turned around. el Vez is a button-down alternative to Starr restaurants' litany of casual-to-fine dining stalwarts.... More 

Thank jk1122
Richmond, Virginia
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130 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Part of a very hot 13th street corridor, El Vez is a funky and fun place for margaritas, great guac, and amazing chips. My husband and I came for dinner--and fortunately had a reservation. We were not at a great table but it worked. Our server was terrific but the restaurant is really really loud. We had tacos all carbon... More 

Thank Catiebeth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lively spot in Philly for lunch & dinner or just drinks. The bar is in the center of the restaurant and easy to get a drink while you wait for a table. Excellent margaritas and sangria. Large selection of tequilas as well. Defiantly try the guacamole!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Summit, New Jersey
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living on the East Coast for a year, our Colorado-Native boys are STARVED for good guacamole and El Vez delivered! So much so our first order was not quite enough, they devoured it and we needed a second AND third! Everything we ate and drank was terrific. Steak chicken and shrimp were cooked perfectly and flavors were on point. Service... More 

Thank formofrathouse
Mount Holly, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for lunch on NYE and our server was amazing, so knowledgeable and attentive. I can't recall his name but we were in a booth by the kitchen with 5 people around 2pm. We come all the time and it's always great! Food also came out and they were super busy!

Thank Natalie Y
Baltimore, Maryland
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131 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is something incredibly awesome about El Vez that is hard to pin down. I came here tonight (New Years Eve) with my father-in-law, wife, our 8 year old son and 5 year old daughter. The food is very good but not excellent. I got the carne asada, which was yummy but not very substantial. My black cherry margarita was... More 

Thank aedwardr
Deptford, New Jersey
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El Vez is a top notch Mexican restaurant. I have heard great things about it and I knew great things were in store after seeing people waiting outside the restaurant for it to open for lunch. Upon walking in I enjoyed the interior of the restaurant, especially the spinning low rider bike above the bar. When sitting down you are... More 

Thank wolfeman8
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has the best Mexican food I've ever had. The nachos are delicious and the chopped salad is amazing! I tried a margarita and the sangria. Both were great but I prefer sangria. Definitely try this place! Be prepared to wait .

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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?