El Vez

★★★★☆
  • 121 S 13th St

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  • 215-928-9800

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  • Bars & Pubs
  • Mexican Restaurants
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  • $$
  • Family Style Dining
  • Open 7 Days
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M-Th 11:30am-11pm, F 11:30am-midnight, Sa 12pm-midnight, Su 12pm-10pm
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The food here is so good! I love the drinks as well. Must try, great for a date.

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The food here is so good! I love the drinks as well. Must try, great for a date.

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Great food and classic Margs.

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★★★★★

Great food and classic Margs.

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It was an "ok" restaurant. It's surely average because I don't think you can do too much fusion to mexican food as to let say French/Chinese or Cuban cuisines and make it hype. The service was good, the ambience was nice. Carne asada is so-so as are the crab enchiladas. The El Vez dessert is fair.

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★★★☆☆

It was an "ok" restaurant. It's surely average because I don't think you can do too much fusion to mexican food as to let say French/Chinese or Cuban cuisines and make it hype. The service was good, the ambience was nice. Carne asada is so-so as are the crab enchiladas. The El Vez dessert is fair.

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One of the better Mexican based restaurants in Center City. Very cool & retro interior. This should be on your short-list of Mexican restaurants to visit.

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★★★★☆

One of the better Mexican based restaurants in Center City. Very cool & retro interior. This should be on your short-list of Mexican restaurants to visit.

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LOVE love love this place! Awesome atmoshere, delicious and very authentic food, great drinks! The bar is in the middle of the restaurant there is a photo booth to take pictures in after dinner, went here for my birthday! LOVED it and had a cute waiter!

5
★★★★★

LOVE love love this place! Awesome atmoshere, delicious and very authentic food, great drinks! The bar is in the middle of the restaurant there is a photo booth to take pictures in after dinner, went here for my birthday! LOVED it and had a cute waiter!

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Great atmosphere in this restaurant and the food is amazing! If you're a guacamole fan, try the platter, which samples all of the original recipes..the best I've ever had! Great servers, as well, who are knowledgeable about authentic Mexican cuisine

4
★★★★☆

Great atmosphere in this restaurant and the food is amazing! If you're a guacamole fan, try the platter, which samples all of the original recipes..the best I've ever had! Great servers, as well, who are knowledgeable about authentic Mexican cuisine

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We loved the tacos, the tuna appetizer and the nachos (which were a huge portion, even for gluttons!).

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★★★★★

We loved the tacos, the tuna appetizer and the nachos (which were a huge portion, even for gluttons!).

Pros: Good food, nice atmosphere.

Cons: If you are a fan of huge servings, you might be hungry.

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This place is almost identical to Distrito. The food is about the same as it is at Distrito. The place looks a little worn though.

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★★★★★

This place is almost identical to Distrito. The food is about the same as it is at Distrito. The place looks a little worn though.

Pros: More Food then Distrito

Cons: More Expensive then Distrito, Ambience is worse than Distrit

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From the minute we walked in - we were greated with smiles. We sat in the middle of the room. It was a little dark, but enough light to read the menu and see the decor. The service was really good - Jack our waiter had the menu down to a science and was very happy to answer any and all questions. He paid just enough attention to us. Now the food - OMG - I was nervous about this place from reading some of the reviews. I ordered the taco sampler and was more than happy - beef, pork, sea bass, mahi mahi, etc. If a flower had a taste - this was it. Each one was better than the next. Kudos to the Chef and staff. Dessert -well - make sure you save room. Drinks were on the same level. This place is a class act. The price is on the higher end - but as they say you get what you pay for - this was worth it. I highly recommend it!! Enjoy.

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★★★★★

From the minute we walked in - we were greated with smiles. We sat in the middle of the room. It was a little dark, but enough light to read the menu and see the decor. The service was really good - Jack our waiter had the menu down to a science and was very happy to answer any and all questions. He paid just enough attention to us. Now the food - OMG - I was nervous about this place from reading some of the reviews. I ordered the taco sampler and was more than happy - beef, pork, sea bass, mahi mahi, etc. If a flower had a taste - this was it. Each one was better than the next. Kudos to the Chef and staff. Dessert -well - make sure you save room. Drinks were on the same level. This place is a class act. The price is on the higher end - but as they say you get what you pay for - this was worth it. I highly recommend it!! Enjoy.

Pros: Food and drinks

Cons: lighting

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the menu is creative & perhaps mexican inspired- but it's a far cry from authentic mexican food. my husband is from new mexico & we've taken numerous trips to the southwest and mexico where i've had better food from roadside carts. i went with 2 friends & we ordered 6 items to share- each greasier and saltier than the next. stop in for the atmosphere, which is fun, grab a kitschy cocktail and then go to dinner someplace else. the only thing keeping me from giving this place one star was our server- who was gracious and prompt. with so many great restaurants in philly, i'm surprised this place is still open.

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★★☆☆☆

the menu is creative & perhaps mexican inspired- but it's a far cry from authentic mexican food. my husband is from new mexico & we've taken numerous trips to the southwest and mexico where i've had better food from roadside carts. i went with 2 friends & we ordered 6 items to share- each greasier and saltier than the next. stop in for the atmosphere, which is fun, grab a kitschy cocktail and then go to dinner someplace else. the only thing keeping me from giving this place one star was our server- who was gracious and prompt. with so many great restaurants in philly, i'm surprised this place is still open.

Pros: ambience, service

Cons: food

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Chef Jose Garces's restaurant does somethings very well - a few of my favorites being the taco tasting platter and the grilled corn on the cob, also his interpretation of tortilla soup is extremely good.

There is a great deal to chose from on this adventurous menu.

4
★★★★☆

Chef Jose Garces's restaurant does somethings very well - a few of my favorites being the taco tasting platter and the grilled corn on the cob, also his interpretation of tortilla soup is extremely good.

There is a great deal to chose from on this adventurous menu.

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Of the Stephen Starr restaurants, this is not my most favorite. The theme is Mexican. I think the food is ok, but not inspirational, for the pirces charged. The decor is too over the top.

3
★★★☆☆

Of the Stephen Starr restaurants, this is not my most favorite. The theme is Mexican. I think the food is ok, but not inspirational, for the pirces charged. The decor is too over the top.

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El Vez is an awesome Mexican restaurant. You must try the guacamole!!! The margaritas are to die for. It is very authentic in a chic modern atmosphere. Come hungry. Great place to meet friends.

5
★★★★★

El Vez is an awesome Mexican restaurant. You must try the guacamole!!! The margaritas are to die for. It is very authentic in a chic modern atmosphere. Come hungry. Great place to meet friends.

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I've had better Mexican Food than at El Vez, but I definitely enjoyed eating here nonetheless! The food is good, just not extraordinary, but the atmosphere makes dining here a fun option!

3
★★★☆☆

I've had better Mexican Food than at El Vez, but I definitely enjoyed eating here nonetheless! The food is good, just not extraordinary, but the atmosphere makes dining here a fun option!

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El Vez is a good spot to go with a big group of people, but your experience can depend on where you are seated. Try to get a spot in one of the round booths, those are the most intimate and easy to hear everyone at the table. Last time we were there we sat at a table behind the bar (8 of us) and we literally could barely hear eachother speak. I had to text with my friend across the table because I couldn't hear a word she said. The music is way too loud, which makes the chatter almost unbearable.

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★☆☆☆☆

El Vez is a good spot to go with a big group of people, but your experience can depend on where you are seated. Try to get a spot in one of the round booths, those are the most intimate and easy to hear everyone at the table. Last time we were there we sat at a table behind the bar (8 of us) and we literally could barely hear eachother speak. I had to text with my friend across the table because I couldn't hear a word she said. The music is way too loud, which makes the chatter almost unbearable.

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Upon arriving & being seated, drinks were ordered. Once we received our drinks, one of the guests began drinking her sangria when she noticed a "insect" which city search will not allow me to name, about 3/4 of an inch long, floating in her drink. When brought to the attention of our waitress, she gave a brief unconcerned apology ("i'm sorry"), took the drink to the kitchen & proceeded to show it to her coworkers. It wasn't until about 10 minutes later that she returned to our table, upon our request to see if we were ok. Furthermore, not one staff member or manager came to rectify the situation until two of our party members went to speak to the hostess. Finally, a manager came over (10 minutes later) offering appetizers as good measure. We left as the birthday girl was disgusted and unable to eat anything.

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★☆☆☆☆

Upon arriving & being seated, drinks were ordered. Once we received our drinks, one of the guests began drinking her sangria when she noticed a "insect" which city search will not allow me to name, about 3/4 of an inch long, floating in her drink. When brought to the attention of our waitress, she gave a brief unconcerned apology ("i'm sorry"), took the drink to the kitchen & proceeded to show it to her coworkers. It wasn't until about 10 minutes later that she returned to our table, upon our request to see if we were ok. Furthermore, not one staff member or manager came to rectify the situation until two of our party members went to speak to the hostess. Finally, a manager came over (10 minutes later) offering appetizers as good measure. We left as the birthday girl was disgusted and unable to eat anything.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: insects

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I was looking forward to trying El Vez after hearing about their good guacamole & margaritas.

We arrived at 9:30 on a Thursday & the place was prob 1/2 to 3/4 full - with lots of people at the bar and less eating. We asked the hostess if we can get a table - as our plan was to get guac, appetizers and a pitcher of margarita. The hostess told us we'd need to order entrees in order sit at a table. I found this odd -having lived in nyc & other major cities I've never seen a respectable restaurant forcing you to order a certain # of entrees to sit down. A policy of ordering food at a table is totally understandable ? but forcing you to eat a certain quantity of food, to me, signifies a low-end establishment milking revenue.

We said ok, with no real plans to order entrees, and sat down. We figured a $65 meal with a margarita pitcher, guac, and appetizers would suffice.

We then received probably the worst treatment I've ever experienced. Our waitress was rude, sarcastic, pushy and made us extremely uncomfortable. When we ordered the pitcher & guac she asked us if there was anything else we wanted to order. We said we?ll order more, but not right now as we wanted to relax and order more as we went along.

About 3 minutes later she came back asking for our order. We said not yet. 2 minutes later our pitcher came. As did more ordering questions. 2 minutes later guac came - she then pretty much wasn't leaving until we ordered more food. So we ordered an appetizer & side dish ? at the same cost as an entree. She then looked straight at me and asked me ?what I wanted for my entree?. I said, "I don't want an entree". From there it got even worse - with her talking to other waitresses and pointing and gesturing at us, making sarcastic comments about us ?drinking up? and overall being plain rude. We tried to relay our frustrations to a manager but we left after 10 min of waiting at the front desk.

Bottom line: good food & good drinks ? but bad treatment ruined it.

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★★☆☆☆

I was looking forward to trying El Vez after hearing about their good guacamole & margaritas.

We arrived at 9:30 on a Thursday & the place was prob 1/2 to 3/4 full - with lots of people at the bar and less eating. We asked the hostess if we can get a table - as our plan was to get guac, appetizers and a pitcher of margarita. The hostess told us we'd need to order entrees in order sit at a table. I found this odd -having lived in nyc & other major cities I've never seen a respectable restaurant forcing you to order a certain # of entrees to sit down. A policy of ordering food at a table is totally understandable ? but forcing you to eat a certain quantity of food, to me, signifies a low-end establishment milking revenue.

We said ok, with no real plans to order entrees, and sat down. We figured a $65 meal with a margarita pitcher, guac, and appetizers would suffice.

We then received probably the worst treatment I've ever experienced. Our waitress was rude, sarcastic, pushy and made us extremely uncomfortable. When we ordered the pitcher & guac she asked us if there was anything else we wanted to order. We said we?ll order more, but not right now as we wanted to relax and order more as we went along.

About 3 minutes later she came back asking for our order. We said not yet. 2 minutes later our pitcher came. As did more ordering questions. 2 minutes later guac came - she then pretty much wasn't leaving until we ordered more food. So we ordered an appetizer & side dish ? at the same cost as an entree. She then looked straight at me and asked me ?what I wanted for my entree?. I said, "I don't want an entree". From there it got even worse - with her talking to other waitresses and pointing and gesturing at us, making sarcastic comments about us ?drinking up? and overall being plain rude. We tried to relay our frustrations to a manager but we left after 10 min of waiting at the front desk.

Bottom line: good food & good drinks ? but bad treatment ruined it.

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★★★☆☆

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My friend and I really enjoyed dining here. It was a great vibe, really huge bar scene. We went around 10:00 and were seated promptly. The nachos mama's were amazing!!! A must try. They had a variety of food to choose from. I also got the enchilada's mixtas. It was delicious and HUGE. I recommend sharing this entree with two people. My friend got two different taco platters, he loved it! Overall great experience. They even had a black & white photo book that you can take pictures in. Really cute touch! Definitely give this place a try if you're in city center.

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★★★★★

My friend and I really enjoyed dining here. It was a great vibe, really huge bar scene. We went around 10:00 and were seated promptly. The nachos mama's were amazing!!! A must try. They had a variety of food to choose from. I also got the enchilada's mixtas. It was delicious and HUGE. I recommend sharing this entree with two people. My friend got two different taco platters, he loved it! Overall great experience. They even had a black & white photo book that you can take pictures in. Really cute touch! Definitely give this place a try if you're in city center.

Pros: Margaritas, Food, The Bar Scene

Cons: Nothing!

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This has got to be my favorite place in the city (next to Continental Mid-Town), especially to hang with friends. The Guacamole and everything else I've tried is awesome, the decor is fun and uplifting, the drinks are great...this place is always a good time, and even if your company is lackluster--go to El Vez...the night won't be a total bust! :)

2
★★★★★

This has got to be my favorite place in the city (next to Continental Mid-Town), especially to hang with friends. The Guacamole and everything else I've tried is awesome, the decor is fun and uplifting, the drinks are great...this place is always a good time, and even if your company is lackluster--go to El Vez...the night won't be a total bust! :)

Pros: Food/Drink/Atmosphere

Cons: Seating can be tough, but that just proves it's good!!

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My sister and I loved this place! The hostesses were very friendly, and our server, I believe her name was Susannah, was extremely pleasant and attentive. We ordered the guacamole, bass tacos, beef gorditas, and the Short ribs. All were amazing. I loved loved loved the beef gorditas. The margaritas were also great . The food came out so fast, we were so shocked! Great atmosphere, pleasant staff, and the manager even came over to see how we were doing. I would definately recommend this place. El Vez has found new regulars.

2
★★★★★

My sister and I loved this place! The hostesses were very friendly, and our server, I believe her name was Susannah, was extremely pleasant and attentive. We ordered the guacamole, bass tacos, beef gorditas, and the Short ribs. All were amazing. I loved loved loved the beef gorditas. The margaritas were also great . The food came out so fast, we were so shocked! Great atmosphere, pleasant staff, and the manager even came over to see how we were doing. I would definately recommend this place. El Vez has found new regulars.

Pros: Pleasant staff, amazing food

Cons: None

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Been here a few times. Although it can get a bit too loud at times, thats about the only drawback I can see. The Guacamole is fantastic and is offered in six or seven different, unique styles. Have had the taco sampler the last two times I've been here and could eat it every night if I could. Has a great bar scene and the location is great for people watching.

2
★★★★☆

Been here a few times. Although it can get a bit too loud at times, thats about the only drawback I can see. The Guacamole is fantastic and is offered in six or seven different, unique styles. Have had the taco sampler the last two times I've been here and could eat it every night if I could. Has a great bar scene and the location is great for people watching.

Pros: Guacamole, bar, taco sampler is a must to try

Cons: can get too loud at times, almost impossible to get in on weekends.

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I went to El Vez with a friend on a Thursday night for drinks. We were told to wait at the bar by a few young, flighty hostesses even though there were at least ten tables open, many of which were for two people. I pointed this out and she claimed that people had reservations and that they would be clearing out the bar, tables were for "full service" only. So we waited at the bar for about 15 minutes and not one seat opened up. I asked again if we could be seated at an open table and was denied. No one at the bar was planning on leaving anytime soon, especially since I spotted several groups of people with full meals, even though the bar is supposedly just for drinks! We decided to leave and have pre-dinner drinks elsewhere. So we went around the corner to dependable and friendly Fergie's for a few drinks. Despite being initially frustrated with El Vez and the hostesses (who seemed quite flustered and incompetent), we decided to go back to the restaurant a little later for dinner at around 10PM. We were seated promptly, since we were there for "full service" and had an excellent server. Our bill totaled well over $100. We might have spent even more money had we been seated the first time around. When a restaurant is charging upwards of at least $10 a piece for drinks, you should consider seating customers at once, anywhere they like, especially if there are numerous tables open. Chances are they'll end up ordering food as well. That night, I left a comment card detailing my frustration, but never heard back from anyone. I wonder if it was even submitted by the hostess or just tossed in the trash... Upside of Anger: Everything we ordered was delicious including the Pink Cadillac Margaritas, Frozen BloodOrange Margaritas, Queso Fundido Con Carne, Chicken Mole, and Yucatan Salmon with verde rice and saffron-chile sauce. Yum yum yum.

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★★★★☆

I went to El Vez with a friend on a Thursday night for drinks. We were told to wait at the bar by a few young, flighty hostesses even though there were at least ten tables open, many of which were for two people. I pointed this out and she claimed that people had reservations and that they would be clearing out the bar, tables were for "full service" only. So we waited at the bar for about 15 minutes and not one seat opened up. I asked again if we could be seated at an open table and was denied. No one at the bar was planning on leaving anytime soon, especially since I spotted several groups of people with full meals, even though the bar is supposedly just for drinks! We decided to leave and have pre-dinner drinks elsewhere. So we went around the corner to dependable and friendly Fergie's for a few drinks. Despite being initially frustrated with El Vez and the hostesses (who seemed quite flustered and incompetent), we decided to go back to the restaurant a little later for dinner at around 10PM. We were seated promptly, since we were there for "full service" and had an excellent server. Our bill totaled well over $100. We might have spent even more money had we been seated the first time around. When a restaurant is charging upwards of at least $10 a piece for drinks, you should consider seating customers at once, anywhere they like, especially if there are numerous tables open. Chances are they'll end up ordering food as well. That night, I left a comment card detailing my frustration, but never heard back from anyone. I wonder if it was even submitted by the hostess or just tossed in the trash... Upside of Anger: Everything we ordered was delicious including the Pink Cadillac Margaritas, Frozen BloodOrange Margaritas, Queso Fundido Con Carne, Chicken Mole, and Yucatan Salmon with verde rice and saffron-chile sauce. Yum yum yum.

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This is my first time posting. We've been to El Vez several times in the past few months and every time we've had excellent service including friendly attentive servers. Of course the margaritas are fabulous but the food is the highlight of our evening. The seafood is always fresh and cooked to perfection. Our favorite menu items include the Indian Red Lopez guacamole, the diver scallops, mojo grilled shrimp, and the Chilean sea bass when it is offered as a special. Desserts are not an after thought here, the chocolate cake is purely sublime.

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★★★★★

This is my first time posting. We've been to El Vez several times in the past few months and every time we've had excellent service including friendly attentive servers. Of course the margaritas are fabulous but the food is the highlight of our evening. The seafood is always fresh and cooked to perfection. Our favorite menu items include the Indian Red Lopez guacamole, the diver scallops, mojo grilled shrimp, and the Chilean sea bass when it is offered as a special. Desserts are not an after thought here, the chocolate cake is purely sublime.

Pros: service, food, drinks

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The portions were ridiculously small. They were not your typical Mexican either. They start with a typically Mexican dish and change it in an interesting way with a good flavor but not enough. I left hungry. The decor is interesting I grant them that. The servers are total snobs.

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★★★☆☆

The portions were ridiculously small. They were not your typical Mexican either. They start with a typically Mexican dish and change it in an interesting way with a good flavor but not enough. I left hungry. The decor is interesting I grant them that. The servers are total snobs.

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We went after work one day. The hostess was rude. The "manager" was even worse. I have noticed that, at the Starr restaurants, the staff acts like you are lucky to be in the restaurant (I haven't been to all of them - but the same thing happ'd at Continental).

On top of it all, the mojitos we ordered were ridiculously small. I do like the Oscar DeLaHoya bicycle atop the bar.

Avoid this place - go somewhere friendlier!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We went after work one day. The hostess was rude. The "manager" was even worse. I have noticed that, at the Starr restaurants, the staff acts like you are lucky to be in the restaurant (I haven't been to all of them - but the same thing happ'd at Continental).

On top of it all, the mojitos we ordered were ridiculously small. I do like the Oscar DeLaHoya bicycle atop the bar.

Avoid this place - go somewhere friendlier!!!

Pros: cool looking bar

Cons: terrible service

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i never liked nachos until i ordered the macho nachos -- now i demand them once a week....great fun atmosphere, declicious affordable food, can get noisy & a bit one dimmensional -- great happy hour -- try the nachos

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★★★★★

i never liked nachos until i ordered the macho nachos -- now i demand them once a week....great fun atmosphere, declicious affordable food, can get noisy & a bit one dimmensional -- great happy hour -- try the nachos

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My wife and I just returned from dinner at El Vez. Before I go on let me say that I use and enjoy kosher and sea salt in all my cooking. If anything, I tend to err on the salty side. However, if I were to drink a glass of sea water, it would be less salty than the food I had at El Vez tonight. True to their claim, the guacamole is freshly made and tasted so. But the saltiness of the dish overwhelmed any enjoyment. Likewise, my short rib entree was also way too salty. The short ribs were very tender and fell apart with a fork but the saltiness of them and their sauce was too much too bear. Thank god I don?t get salt on my margaritas. Someone needs to instruct the kitchen staff to put the lid back on the salt shaker instead of letting it spill over.

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★★★☆☆

My wife and I just returned from dinner at El Vez. Before I go on let me say that I use and enjoy kosher and sea salt in all my cooking. If anything, I tend to err on the salty side. However, if I were to drink a glass of sea water, it would be less salty than the food I had at El Vez tonight. True to their claim, the guacamole is freshly made and tasted so. But the saltiness of the dish overwhelmed any enjoyment. Likewise, my short rib entree was also way too salty. The short ribs were very tender and fell apart with a fork but the saltiness of them and their sauce was too much too bear. Thank god I don?t get salt on my margaritas. Someone needs to instruct the kitchen staff to put the lid back on the salt shaker instead of letting it spill over.

Pros: Attentive staff

Cons: Food too salty, Too loud

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I've had many good meals here, even though it seems El Vez thinks a little too highly of itself. Good food, pricey, but worth it, if you can put up with the atmosphere.

However, I may not be returning there again. Friday 1/5/07, I was treated VERY rudely by their hostess and decided to dine elswhere. My husband tried to make reservations earlier that day for 5:45 but was told that we could "just walk in and be seated around that time." So, we followed the instructions, and walked in around 5:50 PM. Several tables for two had been sitting there for some time (hubby was running late so I waited), but we were told in a nasty tone by a young woman who barely looked up from her computer screen that "we don't have anything available for at least an hour and a half." When I pointed out the empty tables behind us, she repeated herself. We left and had a great meal at Mixto instead.

Mr Starr, if you're going to charge these prices for Tex-Mex food and drinks, make sure the service is up to par.

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★★★☆☆

I've had many good meals here, even though it seems El Vez thinks a little too highly of itself. Good food, pricey, but worth it, if you can put up with the atmosphere.

However, I may not be returning there again. Friday 1/5/07, I was treated VERY rudely by their hostess and decided to dine elswhere. My husband tried to make reservations earlier that day for 5:45 but was told that we could "just walk in and be seated around that time." So, we followed the instructions, and walked in around 5:50 PM. Several tables for two had been sitting there for some time (hubby was running late so I waited), but we were told in a nasty tone by a young woman who barely looked up from her computer screen that "we don't have anything available for at least an hour and a half." When I pointed out the empty tables behind us, she repeated herself. We left and had a great meal at Mixto instead.

Mr Starr, if you're going to charge these prices for Tex-Mex food and drinks, make sure the service is up to par.

Pros: Good food, tasty drinks

Cons: Pricey, nasty hostess

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The place is nice, tons of things to look at! The service was fair, not my idea of good service. The apps, were tasty, but "done up" up in a way that distracted from the taste. The Guac is good, not the best I have ever had, for being so fresh! The meals were small, but the place is a little higher end. The dishes were tasty, but not really that great. the tacos were dry, and the fish was over cooked. There are tons of places were you can get better Mexican food. I do not think I will be rushing back to ElVez anytime too soon.

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★★★☆☆

The place is nice, tons of things to look at! The service was fair, not my idea of good service. The apps, were tasty, but "done up" up in a way that distracted from the taste. The Guac is good, not the best I have ever had, for being so fresh! The meals were small, but the place is a little higher end. The dishes were tasty, but not really that great. the tacos were dry, and the fish was over cooked. There are tons of places were you can get better Mexican food. I do not think I will be rushing back to ElVez anytime too soon.

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: service, food, hype

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Although our server seemed to roam in her own world (at least she smiled when she made it to our table), the food and fun made up- and this was seated on the sidewalk. The inner decor is near whimsical- but with an hour wait at 6pm (Friday, granted), an immediate seat outside was fine. The mahi mahi tacos are highly recommended- very well done. The Margs are above average also, with a nice tequila list to go along. We had problems with a taco salad (drenched in dressing), and the gauc came to the table already mixed, not tableside as advertised. Still, I am excited to go back when friends come to visit this weekend. Its an easy restaurant to have a great night at.

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★★★★☆

Although our server seemed to roam in her own world (at least she smiled when she made it to our table), the food and fun made up- and this was seated on the sidewalk. The inner decor is near whimsical- but with an hour wait at 6pm (Friday, granted), an immediate seat outside was fine. The mahi mahi tacos are highly recommended- very well done. The Margs are above average also, with a nice tequila list to go along. We had problems with a taco salad (drenched in dressing), and the gauc came to the table already mixed, not tableside as advertised. Still, I am excited to go back when friends come to visit this weekend. Its an easy restaurant to have a great night at.

Pros: Fun and Mahi Mahi

Cons: Service anyone?

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It was an ok restaurant. It's surely average though because I don't think you can do too much fusion to mexican food as to let say French/Chinese or Cuban cuisines or make it hype. The service was good, the ambience was nice.

1
★★★☆☆

It was an ok restaurant. It's surely average though because I don't think you can do too much fusion to mexican food as to let say French/Chinese or Cuban cuisines or make it hype. The service was good, the ambience was nice.

Pros: Margarita

Cons: Parking

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El Vez had great food and service. The guacamole and chips were top-notch, obviously freshly prepared. The margaritas and tacos that we shared were very good also, all with large portions. Though the music was quite loud, it was a fun Wednesday night atmosphere, especially for travellers like us. I felt that the tariff was a bit high, though, at over $100 for 2 drinks each, guacamole, and the shared tacos al carbon. Overall it was a great experience, but it isn't up to the level of Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill in Chicago. But then, it doesn't pretend to be that same type of concept.

2
★★★★★

El Vez had great food and service. The guacamole and chips were top-notch, obviously freshly prepared. The margaritas and tacos that we shared were very good also, all with large portions. Though the music was quite loud, it was a fun Wednesday night atmosphere, especially for travellers like us. I felt that the tariff was a bit high, though, at over $100 for 2 drinks each, guacamole, and the shared tacos al carbon. Overall it was a great experience, but it isn't up to the level of Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill in Chicago. But then, it doesn't pretend to be that same type of concept.

Pros: Overall ambience, food, drinks

Cons: Price, volume of music

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First of all, this was the most fun I've ever had with family and friends! We came for my birthday and recieved fast, wonderful, friendly service complete with some of the best drinks I've ever had! *Try the Pink Cadillac Margaritas! This place was amazing! 10 stars!

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★★★★★

First of all, this was the most fun I've ever had with family and friends! We came for my birthday and recieved fast, wonderful, friendly service complete with some of the best drinks I've ever had! *Try the Pink Cadillac Margaritas! This place was amazing! 10 stars!

Pros: the whole scene, service and drinks are a MUST

Cons: we waited a while, but it was worth it!

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Ambiance: Very Cool, hip, young, upscale, and fun.
Dress code: college student to designer labels.
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Menu: Updated Mexican
Company Policy: Tables reserved for entree diners only. So if you just want dessert or apps don't tell them before you get seated.
Food Quality: Food looks good and tastes good.
Food Quantity: Protein lovers will be disappointed on quantity of meet included in meal, so make sure you know what you are ordering.

2
★★★★☆

Ambiance: Very Cool, hip, young, upscale, and fun.
Dress code: college student to designer labels.
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Menu: Updated Mexican
Company Policy: Tables reserved for entree diners only. So if you just want dessert or apps don't tell them before you get seated.
Food Quality: Food looks good and tastes good.
Food Quantity: Protein lovers will be disappointed on quantity of meet included in meal, so make sure you know what you are ordering.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Policy on who can sit at empty tables

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We stop by here fairly often to have a drink and get some food. The guacamole is amazing and the El Vex dessert is incredible. Love the bike rotating behind the bar and the bathrooms are cool.

2
★★★★☆

We stop by here fairly often to have a drink and get some food. The guacamole is amazing and the El Vex dessert is incredible. Love the bike rotating behind the bar and the bathrooms are cool.

Pros: dessert, guacamole

Cons: maybe a little pricey

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I would not recommend eating here if you are hungry. The portions are small and the prices are relatively high for what you get. The food is average. Certainly not the best mexican food in Philly. The bathrooms are cool though.

1
★★★☆☆

I would not recommend eating here if you are hungry. The portions are small and the prices are relatively high for what you get. The food is average. Certainly not the best mexican food in Philly. The bathrooms are cool though.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Food

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I have been to El Vez several times with friends. First, leave impatience at the door. If you want to enjoy yourself here, you must be willing to endure the long wait, loud music and packed bar. But, once you get over these minor nuisances El Vez comes alive. The bar, once you get to it, serves great drinks. I love the pomegranate margaritas! They taste great and if you like a strong drink, El Vez does not disappoint. The food - I'll admit, maybe it's the liquor I imbibe prior to every meal here, but the food is always great. Servers may be a little slow in getting it on the table. Once your meal is served, you will know it was worth the wait. I enjoy every bite of the food here. So if you really want a quiet, romantic spot for you and a lover, you may want to go somewhere else. But, if you are with a couple of fun-loving friends or you and your partner love a great time, El Vez is a great spot!

2
★★★★★

I have been to El Vez several times with friends. First, leave impatience at the door. If you want to enjoy yourself here, you must be willing to endure the long wait, loud music and packed bar. But, once you get over these minor nuisances El Vez comes alive. The bar, once you get to it, serves great drinks. I love the pomegranate margaritas! They taste great and if you like a strong drink, El Vez does not disappoint. The food - I'll admit, maybe it's the liquor I imbibe prior to every meal here, but the food is always great. Servers may be a little slow in getting it on the table. Once your meal is served, you will know it was worth the wait. I enjoy every bite of the food here. So if you really want a quiet, romantic spot for you and a lover, you may want to go somewhere else. But, if you are with a couple of fun-loving friends or you and your partner love a great time, El Vez is a great spot!

Pros: Atmosphere, Drinks, Food

Cons: Wait, Slow Service, Crowds

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The food here is great and so is the ambience. The service is very good. The entree portions are perfect especially after the wonderful appetizers. The chips and guacamole are house made. I loved the Golden Margaritas and the desserts. Outside seating available too.

2
★★★★☆

The food here is great and so is the ambience. The service is very good. The entree portions are perfect especially after the wonderful appetizers. The chips and guacamole are house made. I loved the Golden Margaritas and the desserts. Outside seating available too.

Pros: Food, Margarita, Ambience

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Yes, there is a wait. It was unclear if they take reservations because online they said no but to get seating inside, reservations were required?!?!? We got a margarita and that made the wait bearable. The food was excellent. Leon, our server, was excellent.
Yes, it is a trendy seen and we plan to go back.

2
★★★★★

Yes, there is a wait. It was unclear if they take reservations because online they said no but to get seating inside, reservations were required?!?!? We got a margarita and that made the wait bearable. The food was excellent. Leon, our server, was excellent.
Yes, it is a trendy seen and we plan to go back.

Pros: food , service

Cons: long wait, reservation confusion

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We finally got to this "hot" place. Mistake #1 was going on a Saturday night with another couple. No reservation and a two hour wait. No way that we would have waited, but the other couple seemed intent on it. It was very noisy & packed, however several times I saw several empty tables just sitting there.. I felt that I was part of a game, which was confirmed when I overheard one of the hostesses mimicking my wife, who told her that there was no resturant worth waiting two hours for. Ultimately I pulled a "ram" and we finally got seated, the menu had interesting items, prices were reasonable for downtown Philly and all of our meals were really excellent, the server was pleasant though we felt a bit rushed to vacate the table and it was well past 11:00PM when we left. we will pass on El Vez!

1
★★★☆☆

We finally got to this "hot" place. Mistake #1 was going on a Saturday night with another couple. No reservation and a two hour wait. No way that we would have waited, but the other couple seemed intent on it. It was very noisy & packed, however several times I saw several empty tables just sitting there.. I felt that I was part of a game, which was confirmed when I overheard one of the hostesses mimicking my wife, who told her that there was no resturant worth waiting two hours for. Ultimately I pulled a "ram" and we finally got seated, the menu had interesting items, prices were reasonable for downtown Philly and all of our meals were really excellent, the server was pleasant though we felt a bit rushed to vacate the table and it was well past 11:00PM when we left. we will pass on El Vez!

Pros: food

Cons: noisy, crowded, slow to seat

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Not even the margaritas are goood here. And, they'll hold you in the bar forever even though there are lots of tables open (seriously, I counted 5 that we open for the hour that they forced us to spend in the bar drinking bad margaritas.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not even the margaritas are goood here. And, they'll hold you in the bar forever even though there are lots of tables open (seriously, I counted 5 that we open for the hour that they forced us to spend in the bar drinking bad margaritas.

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All thumbs up on this place. Friendly (though a little green) servers; delicious appetizers. The tortilla soup is a real Starr on the menu. Main courses are great, too. My dining companion and I did a tapas style dinner, so I had occasion to taste 8 menu items (including a sampler of several items), all of which were well above average. Great scene, too. Bright, upbeat, busy. I'm looking forward to going back. If you're looking for a fun dining experience without any pretention, this place is highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

All thumbs up on this place. Friendly (though a little green) servers; delicious appetizers. The tortilla soup is a real Starr on the menu. Main courses are great, too. My dining companion and I did a tapas style dinner, so I had occasion to taste 8 menu items (including a sampler of several items), all of which were well above average. Great scene, too. Bright, upbeat, busy. I'm looking forward to going back. If you're looking for a fun dining experience without any pretention, this place is highly recommended.

Pros: Food, Price, Ambiance

Cons: Service

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Most food at El Vez is great, particularly the guacamole, crabmeat salsa (almost like ceviche), snapper and mahi mahi soft tacos. Carne asada is so-so as are the crab enchiladas. The El Vez dessert is fair. All in all it's a pretty good place but not up to par with other Starr joints like Buddakan. The restaurant itself great to look at though. Bicycle carts to make fresh guacamole tableside, a large elaborate multicolored Day of the Dead diorama with many scenes, and an old time photo booth where you can get four pictures for three bucks. The restaurant is brightly colored and much more pleasing to look at than what is outside the windows.

2
★★★★☆

Most food at El Vez is great, particularly the guacamole, crabmeat salsa (almost like ceviche), snapper and mahi mahi soft tacos. Carne asada is so-so as are the crab enchiladas. The El Vez dessert is fair. All in all it's a pretty good place but not up to par with other Starr joints like Buddakan. The restaurant itself great to look at though. Bicycle carts to make fresh guacamole tableside, a large elaborate multicolored Day of the Dead diorama with many scenes, and an old time photo booth where you can get four pictures for three bucks. The restaurant is brightly colored and much more pleasing to look at than what is outside the windows.

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The food here is simply delicious from the fresh tortilla chips and piquant salsa and fresh guacamole to the zesty, well-prepared entrees. The salsas are especially good. I've usually had fish and I've yet to be disappointed. The portion size is plenty big enough. I've taken several groups of out-of-towners here too. The only complaint I have with that is that the restaurant tends to be too noisy for discussion within a group, even if seated in one of the big curved booths.

2
★★★★★

The food here is simply delicious from the fresh tortilla chips and piquant salsa and fresh guacamole to the zesty, well-prepared entrees. The salsas are especially good. I've usually had fish and I've yet to be disappointed. The portion size is plenty big enough. I've taken several groups of out-of-towners here too. The only complaint I have with that is that the restaurant tends to be too noisy for discussion within a group, even if seated in one of the big curved booths.

Pros: Good, interesting, food; great salsas

Cons: Loud, way over priced margaritas

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I love El Vez! I have been there twice! The tuna tostadas are a MUST TRY! So is the home-made guac--worth the $12!! The special drink menu is amazing--try it! And the sangria is great! The salmon entree is also AMAZING! So is the corn on the cob with chipolte side dish--best corn on the cob I've ever had! Truly a delight for the senses, the place is colorful and wild! Bring some dollar bills for the old-fashioned photo booth--lots of fun! Both times I was there my dinner companion and had our bill come to around $100--have a few drinks each plus food. It can pricey, but it's my favorite place to go to celebrate--the whole place feels like a celebration! LOVE IT! I might say it's even better for groups as the smaller tables are a lot less intimate.

2
★★★★★

I love El Vez! I have been there twice! The tuna tostadas are a MUST TRY! So is the home-made guac--worth the $12!! The special drink menu is amazing--try it! And the sangria is great! The salmon entree is also AMAZING! So is the corn on the cob with chipolte side dish--best corn on the cob I've ever had! Truly a delight for the senses, the place is colorful and wild! Bring some dollar bills for the old-fashioned photo booth--lots of fun! Both times I was there my dinner companion and had our bill come to around $100--have a few drinks each plus food. It can pricey, but it's my favorite place to go to celebrate--the whole place feels like a celebration! LOVE IT! I might say it's even better for groups as the smaller tables are a lot less intimate.

Pros: amazing food, beautiful decor, lots of fun

Cons: not too intimate, crowded, expensive

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Big glass facade with views outside and the huge circular bar are just a few of the features that makes El Vez fun to go with a crowd. The food we ordered was NOT family-style at all: small portions, but very tasty. I recommend the scallops with pesto. We shared the appetizers, and the margaritas were great. Even in the velvet booths, don't count on intimacy in this huge, refined space.

2
★★★★☆

Big glass facade with views outside and the huge circular bar are just a few of the features that makes El Vez fun to go with a crowd. The food we ordered was NOT family-style at all: small portions, but very tasty. I recommend the scallops with pesto. We shared the appetizers, and the margaritas were great. Even in the velvet booths, don't count on intimacy in this huge, refined space.

Pros: margaritas, atmosphere

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The pomegranate margarita was pretty good, as was the guacamole and the snack mix. However, the classic mexican dishes such as the queso and chorizo dish are found much better elsewhere and for much much less. The mahi mahi tacos were ok - the cabbage slaw was much too sour, and really, one can find better at El Rio Grande. I also tried the lamb entree which was good. Overall the ambience is great, but not worth the price of the food.

1
★★★☆☆

The pomegranate margarita was pretty good, as was the guacamole and the snack mix. However, the classic mexican dishes such as the queso and chorizo dish are found much better elsewhere and for much much less. The mahi mahi tacos were ok - the cabbage slaw was much too sour, and really, one can find better at El Rio Grande. I also tried the lamb entree which was good. Overall the ambience is great, but not worth the price of the food.

Pros: Ambience

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As I had a 40 minute wait for my guests I made myself at home at the bar. Initially I had some concern when I surveyed the menu,which seemed limited, and sipped on a below average but pricey margarita.When everyone arrived we were seated and served promplty.When we were almost done our meals we observed that not one of us had a complaint about the appetizers or entrees,which is to say a lot when you dine with 3 women and 2 are waitresess.

2
★★★★☆

As I had a 40 minute wait for my guests I made myself at home at the bar. Initially I had some concern when I surveyed the menu,which seemed limited, and sipped on a below average but pricey margarita.When everyone arrived we were seated and served promplty.When we were almost done our meals we observed that not one of us had a complaint about the appetizers or entrees,which is to say a lot when you dine with 3 women and 2 are waitresess.

Pros: Food

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The atmosphere was great. The drink menu was interesting and we tried a few different ones. We thought $12 was a bit much for guac made with 1 1/2 avocados. We opted for the queso fundido (really good!) because my honey already makes a great guac. DO NOT get the turkey mole. There was more sauce than turkey and it was blah.

2
★★★★☆

The atmosphere was great. The drink menu was interesting and we tried a few different ones. We thought $12 was a bit much for guac made with 1 1/2 avocados. We opted for the queso fundido (really good!) because my honey already makes a great guac. DO NOT get the turkey mole. There was more sauce than turkey and it was blah.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Great drink menu

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