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El Vez

Stephen Starr’s dazzling Mexican outpost

Stephen Starr's El Vez can make more a romantic dinner — though the selection of margaritas is great for large groups. Credit: El Vez


The Experience

Funky, sophisticated and fun, El Vez proves to be one of the area’s best Mexican restaurants. Located on a hot corner in the Midtown Village neighborhood, El Vez, named after the Mexican Elvis, serves weekday lunch, nightly dinner and Sunday brunch.

The décor is bright and festive — a custom made, jewel-lined gold motorcycle hangs above the bar and bright purple plush upholstery lines circular banquette tables.

The fare is creative Mexican and El Vez is a great place for sharing dishes like guacamole, tuna tostadas, sea bass tacos and carne asada. Order the taco tasting platter to sample a variety.

El Vez only accepts reservations for large parties, so be prepared to wait to be seated, especially on the weekends. Luckily, time flies when waiting at the bar with a margarita and entertaining yourself with the photo booth.

Insider Tip

A great place to stop for drinks — everybody drinks margaritas.


121 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-9800

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