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Pancho's

4.3
392 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

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About

Pancho's restaurant is one of the oldest and best known landmarks in the South Bay. This famous Mexican restaurant features a uniquely beautiful atmosphere with the warmth & hospitality of an elegant hacienda. Gourmet Mexican dishes are prepared fresh daily. Our menu selections include an excellent variety of salads, seafood, chicken and meat dishes for your enjoyment. Constantly voted the South Bay's best Margarita
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 545-6670
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Ramon Hurtado
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Cross street
Rosecrans Avenue
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Parking details
3 levels of Valet Parking next to restaurant. Metered parking on street.
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Public transit
Bus stop on Rosecrans. Hotel trolley stop in front of restaurant.
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Entertainment
Tuesday through Sunday entertainment. Karaoke, Sunday & Tuesday night. Wednesday night, John Brown, "Dos es Uno, acoustic duo. Thursday through Saturday, Day of Daze featuring Little Jimmy,Rick Cowling,Jim Wheeler and Koko. No cover charge!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

WARNING: Pancho's does not accept reservations via Open Table. I found out the hard way when I called on Saturday to confirm the reservation I made using Open Table. They had no record of my request and informed me they don't use OT anymore.

And, they were booked so ... be careful if you plan to go to Pancho's in Manhattan Beach.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2017

We took our 7 year old & 3 year old for lunch on Sunday. They loved it. Biggest bummer of the meal was the $17 they charged us for my son's plate of "nachos" (cheese and chips). Im not sure how a Mexican restaurant with a Kids Menu (that has pizza on it) does not offer a kids portion of nachos (on or off menu). Our waiter did bring him a scoop of ice cream with chocolate sauce that comes with the Kids Menu meals...for $17 he should have.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

Lovely courtyard seating and yummy Mexican food, what could be better? The small side of guacamole was not so good, but the waiter took it back and removed the charge from our bill. I had the combo crunchy shredded beef taco and cheese enchilada which comes with rice and beans, plenty to take home and snack on the next day. We skipped the drinks because we were driving, but the next table had a sangria that looked amazing. Definitely will go back when in the south bay. thanks Panchos

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

The Margarita's guacamole, all the food as usual was delicious! We'll be back soon!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

This place is awesome! They serve large food portions. The food is really good. Panchos has a nice authentic ambience that is fun for the family and kids.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food, ambiance!!! It was my husband's b'day and a special birthday dessert was provided to top off the meal.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was great. This was our last stop before heading to the airport after a weekend in LA. We saw Vince Vaughn. He said hello to us and it made for a perfect ending to a perfect weekend in LA!!

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

The food and drinks were excellent as always. The atmosphere was very cozy.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Very good place to take a small group of business people from out of town to a great Mexican restaurant.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2017

Great service, excellent meal and great way to celebrate a birthday!

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was not spectacular for the price. Taquitos were super dry, almost overcooked.
Very cute place, wonderful service, but unimpressed with the food.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

Very good Mexican food. Creative menu! Mexican combination plates are my favorites. Good margaritas as well. Excellent service and a fun atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Just as much I remember from a quarter of a century ago

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2017

It's been 10 years since I last visited Panchos. Sad to say this place has really declined. The wait staff is still on point, but the food was plain awful. There was so much grease looked like a river flowing. Nobody in my party enjoyed their food. In fact one of my friend's food was so salty it was inedible. She said it tasted like the entire box of salt was poured in. The place is still beautiful, and our server Jesus was incredible. Whomever was in the kitchen on Sunday Aug. 6, 2017 needs to be fired. It's not too late to save this place if they hire a decent chef they can become the award winning restaurant they once were. This use to be my favorite place for Mexican food, but after Sunday I'll never be back unless I read somewhere that they hired new chefs and cooks. Then I'll give them a chance to redeem themselves.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Had a great experience dining at Pancho's. Very good food and drinks and classy service. Even when fully packed, there service was prompt.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2017

As there are NO PRICES on the online menu, take note: EXPENSIVE!
We had 2 lobster enchilada plates and 3 maguerita... the luncheon tab was $92+.
Food presentation was excellent as were the margueriats; the ambiance is incredible; and attentive service by a 40-year employee.
My apologies to "Ely" for shorting the full tip- as it turned out, $100 wasn't sufficient for lunch/drinks and a 20% tip. I will tip you'double' next time :-)
My birthday guest was happier than I've EVER seen her, and desires to return, soon!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent choice!!! We celebrating my Soror/Cousin 's promotion to the rank of Major in the US Army!!!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Had a great dinner . Sam our waiter was great. It is noisy but we had fun

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2017

Panchos is a Manhattan Beach treasure. It's been a hallmark of authentic Mexican cuisine for decades. Traditional regional dishes are plentiful. The service staff are like family members- attentive to your desires and always professional. Ask to be seated with Ramon. A delightful Waiter at Panchos.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Love Panchos ! Great experience every time!
Food and atmosphere are wonderful !

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2017

The the old school Mexican vibe of the dining room and bar is welcoming, and the size of the restaurant allows for large parties or families, but the chicken quesadillas we ordered was cold, wasn't flavorful, and not worth the price. The guacamole had an acidic aftertaste that we weren't expecting. Overall we felt the taste didn't match the price charged.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day my dad enjoyed dinner and the ambiance, I've been there a few times will definitely go back

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Good drinks

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

We've been to Pancho's many times and always enjoyed the festive atmosphere. Yummy and good quality Mexican food and very pleasant waiters. We had a reservation for 7:30 on a Saturday night and were seated immediately. They have valet parking and street parking is available too.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2017

I've been eating at Pancho's for over 30 years. Consistently good food and service. The salsa is fantastic and I have never had a dish that was less than exceptional. Certainly one of, if not the best Mexican restaurant in the South Bay.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Love the service and food at Pancho's. We save this for our special occasions but have never been disappointed. Love the location, the inside garden, the food and drinks are amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

Great service, love the restaurant. Fun and upbeat, very family oriented. Food is so good, and big portions. A little on the high end side of Mexican food. We all had a great experience!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Our best local go to spot!!! Awesome food choices for all!!! Highly recommended!!!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Fresh ingredients, crispy chips & tasty margaritas!

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2017

We came here for my husbands birthday and we have been coming here for over 10 years, since before kids, and the quality of the food has really gone down. Not worth the money and the food was just average. Really disappointing because the food used to be so good and worth the extra expense. Not anymore ::

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Best Mexican Food I have ever had! The service is even better - Marcus has been there for 31 years and there was another gentleman that was working on 39 years. Then there was a young man on his 2nd year - ALL were wonderufl!!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent friendly service. Good food. Clean and pleasant environment
Nice setting for special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Mother's Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

I've heard many great reviews of this restaurant and decided to try. I was not disappointed. Food was amazing. Drinks were amazing. Everything about this restaurant is absolutely amazing.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Wife's salmon was ok. My mole pipian was unettable. Drinks great. Will not dine there again

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

We had an amazing time! The decorations and all of the beautiful details regarding the mexican heritage was brilliant! Everyone was exceptionally friendly and very professional!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Great place! Great atmosphere! Lots of ambiance. Friendly staff. Friendly and attentive Managers. Some might think it a bit expensive, I feel it is well worth the atmosphere and the hard working staff. Wide variety of menu choices. Try the Naughty Maggie and the flan is second to none. Let yourself go. This is truly a place to lean back, sip your margarita and have fun. Lively bar scene, so be ready.
If you're in Las Vegas, catch their sister store in Summerlin. Been eating at Panchos since 1978 and it only gets better.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2017

I dined there at 1:30 pm. I forgot it was Cinco de Mayo and they don't accept coupons. I never go here without a coupon because they are so expensive. Since we were already there we ordered. My friend had Nacho's and a coke and it was $23.00. I had a 3 item meal and it was $25.00. This was for lunch!!!! No lunch menu. It wasn't that good. They brought the enchiladas and they weren't what I asked for. When they brought the right order they were so dry. I had to ask several times for things but I knew they were busy so I let it slide. I would never go here without a coupon. I would recommend it if you have lots of money.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Wonderful food and great bar! Had a great dinner here before flying out of LAX.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2017

Pancho's provided great service and good food! I will definitely return again.

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