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El Vez Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4904 (Sansom)
+1 215-928-9800
11:30 - 17:00
18:00 - 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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83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Too bad we're working, their margaritas sound awesome. Great guacamole (6 kinds) & chips & fun atmosphere. They offer a photo booth, have this sparkly bike rotating above the bar with fun decor but nothing tacky or traditional either. Good gluten free & vegetarian options too. Can't wait to go back one night to try the frozen margarita. Friendly staff!

Thank PerryNJ2
Central Florida, Florida
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived a little after 5 pm. 1/2 hour wait for an indoor table with more people constantly arriving. No wait outside. Sat outdoors and enjoyed that. Our waitress was attentive but it took a while to get our sangria and looonger for the food. Had the mahi mahi tacos-2 with crispy deep fried fish in a soft tortilla-delicious-$14. My husband's... More 

Thank AnnElizabeth49
Beach Haven, New Jersey
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214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here today for lunch before heading north in the city for Temple University's commencement. Not overly crowded but busy on this weekday at about 1230 pm. We had a variety of dishes that included fresh tacos and burritos and started the meal with chips and "original" guacamole. Everything was very good to excellent and our server was extremely friendly... More 

Thank T C M
State College, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There was a 45 minute wait for inside seating so we ate outside. Inside was very loud so we were happy to be out. Excellent guacamole and highly recommend the mezczl Margarita. The server was very attentive for as busy as they were.

Thank aprincesstoo
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a late brunch and most places were no longer serving brunch and were closed until dinner hours. We were fortunate enough to go in to El Vez and were able to have a late lunch (brunch was over). Great service!!!!! Our server was amazing and accommodating! When ever we are in Philly we will definitely come... More 

Thank JMColla
Annapolis, Maryland
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312 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Late afternoon lunch with my sister and niece. Wonderful find! Melted manchego, guacamole, taco sampler was fantastic: Mahi, short rib, carnitas and a Mexican waffle! Other diners seemed to be having fun and ordering alcoholic drinks. Waitstaff were quick and efficient and always filling drinks. Cute decor and very clean restrooms. We'd definitely eat here again!

1 Thank SMF2_On-The-Go
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60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the guacamole! We had tacos and refried beans. The service was very good and the food is reasonably priced. Lots of drinks to choose from. Definitely recommend this place.

1 Thank Mary F
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

as someone who used to live in Philly, whenever we head back we make a stop here. their Guacamole is amazing =) so are the margaritas!! My husband loves the fish tacos and of COURSE if the phoobooth is working- thats a must! great souvenier

1 Thank marysP6542HF
Boston, Massachusetts
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293 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Server was attentive. Very loud place. Do not expecr to have a normal volume conversion with someone sitting with you. The food was tasty but for the price you pay, $15+, the portions were extremely small. I would say their entrees are appetizer size. Good draft beers.

Thank maxrebos
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had tacos and quesadillas out this world. The guava mojitos new but excelente. The flan like made by my mother. They put a lot of care in what they do. It feels not like a fluke of quality but a establishment culture. I can't wait to come back for dinner. (This was an afternoon tapas only)

Thank Juan Q

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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?