Pancho's

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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern

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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
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JohnR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

EO
vipEatingOut
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

PJ
PeeJay
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

M
vipMychaela
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JC
vipJC12
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

R
Rosie
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
vipMarobel
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LD
LDOinMB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CB
CindyBam
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

JH
vipJayfromHermosa
Los Angeles
180 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

N
Nickandnora
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall2food1service5ambience4

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OL
OLIVIAG78
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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!

QB
QueenB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

n
vipnancy
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

DZ
vipDonZ
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MF
MikeF
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JP
JPowell
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drinks

a
vipanonymous
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

L
vipLeebur
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JN
vipJND50
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SM
SoxMom
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SB
vipSouthBayDiner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fresh ingredients, crispy chips & tasty margaritas!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall1food2service2ambience2

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 ::

R
Referrals
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

p
pankajs
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JD
vipJoDeeV
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's Day

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review