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Pancho, Ballarat Central, AU-VIC

Pancho

4.8
4.8
62 Reviews
$40 and under
Latin American

A standout intimate Latin American eatery situated on a bustling dining corridor in regional Victoria, focusing on dishing up some of the best Central and South American flavours this side of the globe.
The Pancho experience was created to be fun, exciting and accessible for all. Coupled with friendly and personal service and lively atmosphere your dining experience will take you on a journey to discover some of the best Latin American Eats.

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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 5309 3070

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambiance

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    Best Value

  • Ballarat

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ballarat

    Good for Groups

  • Ballarat

    Great for Lunch

  • Ballarat

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Ballarat

    Romantic

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    Special Occasion

  • Ballarat

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Bretterin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food fast service will be back for sure

  2. i

    ichingi

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service, great vibe and fabulous dining experience!

  3. f

    fabianm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pancho is the best. The food is great, especially the corn. I don't think I've ever been that excited about corn. Margaritas are excellent too. The staff are absolute champions

  4. J

    Jack

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    this place is a vibe !! the food is amazing and the staff are so accommodating ! 10/10

  5. MP

    MarioP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Very good food and service by the staff was great..only negative is that more clarification to be made over extremely spicy food..otherwise really good food.we will be back.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food awesome service great variety as we have vegetarian friends

  7. PA

    PaulandAlli

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pancho's is excellent for a meal out with family or friends. Service was attentive and friendly, the authentic Latin dishes were delicious. Loved the fish tacos! Would like to see more veggie food options. Decor and atmosphere were fantastic.

  8. CB

    CateB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a fun vibe and friendly staff. The food is fabulous. Can’t go past the cerviche, chicken tacos and Pisco Sour 😍

  9. MK

    MegK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All dishes absolutely delicious. Staff attentive and friendly. Cocktails excellent as well.

  10. AC

    AmyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Everything was delicious. The corn was the BEST!

  11. H

    Hendo28

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic night, great food & friendly service! Highly recommend!

  12. NP

    NarelleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friends and I chose the banquet and there was soooo much food. We couldn’t eat it all! Great night. Small setting

  13. d

    daveotoo

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place. The food is always amazing, but the staff are the best part of this place. They offer great suggestions on their menu, always friendly and make great magaritas. Can't recommend this place enough

  14. TW

    TraceyW

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the second time we’ve eaten at Panchos in a month. Last time we were returning from SA and we were walk ins. Enjoyed the food and helpful service last time and decided we sold book a high top table for this trip to Ballarat. Service was friendly and helpful while the wait staff did admit to being new or usually working elsewhere. A sign of pandemic times? They ensured the dishes met our dietary needs. The food was delicious and well presented. We ordered the ‘Tengo Hambre’ at $60 PP. The dishes kept coming until we could fit no more and included dessert. Great value and a lot of fun letting the chef choose what would come out. Nice fun and intimate atmosphere.

  15. AH

    AlissaH

    Victoria

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional dinner last night with the Pancho team! We were celebrating our engagement, so did the banquet. Everything was delicious! The staff were lovely and cocktail and mezcal recommendations spot on. Thanks for a lovely night!!

  16. E

    Evie

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best restaurants in Ballarat by far. My absolute favourite and the passion and dedication that chef/owner, José, puts in is clearly evident when you see how he interacts with his patrons and staff. Always a memorable dining experience. Gracias!

  17. GH

    GabrielleH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was delicious but a little too pricey for what you receive. Only rec 'd 3 small pieces of bread with cheese dish but the cost was $18.00 and bread was burnt on one side.

  18. JS

    JackieS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful South American food in a relaxed atmosphere. Would absolutely go back if we didn't live in Sydney.

  19. SA

    ShellA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect Mother’s Day lunch!! Food was amazing, cocktails were to die for and the service was fantastic. I can’t recommend this place highly enough!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic marriage of flavours. Service good. Highly recommend the Valverde.

  21. AG

    AdelaG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fantastic with delicious food and friendly service. It was a great night out and will be coming back!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food as always !

  23. AW

    AdrianW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and fresh ingredients resulting in a beautiful meal highlighting many varied south American dishes.

  24. L

    Leigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was absolutely amazing, service was A+. Would recommend to anyone.

  25. SH

    ShonaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous experience. The customer service was attentive and they tailored to our group's needs brilliantly. Loved the ambience and the food was delicious!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience5

    We had drink recommended by one of your staff and either of us could drink it all , we told two of your staff about it , but nothing seem to come from that we were still charged for that drink a little disappointing as we have been to panchos many times before and love coming there everything was great thank you

  27. K

    Kate

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and cocktails as always We love coming to Pancho!

  28. JB

    JenBee

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time dining at pancho and it was every bit as fantastic as the first, the staff were friendly and helped guide food decisions. The food was absolutely incredible as were the drinks, absolutely love it here and will continue to return

  29. LS

    LeeS

    Victoria

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was amazing , food fresh and delicious. Feed me!

  30. JV

    JeremyV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Terrific place to catch-up with friends and have food that is thoughtful, well prepared and interesting. Waitstaff are engaged and attentive. There is an attention to the little things.

  31. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Delicious food and friendly, professional service.

  32. T

    Tarqs05

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Pancho had a unique Latin atmosphere and a range of different cuisine from Central and South America. Great service and a range of drinks to make it a wonderful night!

  33. HC

    HappyCustomer

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A+ Service A+ Food and drinks A+ Atmosphere What a vibe! This place is absolutely amazing. Highly recommend.

  34. BK

    BarryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and equally good service. We’ll be back for sure.

  35. JT

    JTAK

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The dishes were fantastic apart from the lamb taco special. I'd say the ceviche was also cut a bit too thick, easy to look over though wtih that tasty marinade, also happy it was kingfish over swordfish on the night I was there. It was a really excellent take on Mexican and South American cuisine. The tinga de pollo and carnita tacos/tostadas were mouth watering and the empanada was one of the best I have ever had (including in South America!). The Peruvian caramel custard and meringue desert was also absolutely delicious. So happy I found the extra stomach, well worth it. Pisco Sours, Margaritas and Mojitos were also excellent from the bar and our waitress was brilliant, I really appreciate the dry humour and after dinner drink recommendations, thank you.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fantastic lunch here, food was absolutely delicious and staff were friendly and helpful when choosing what we should order. Cocktails were also really yummy! Can’t wait to go back again.

  37. FH

    FelicityH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    We had the meal with several chef dishes. There was 3 pulled pork dishes that tasted the same. Would have been better i if there was a chicken dish..or another option.

  38. E

    Emily

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous service, amazing food, a great experience!

  39. CB

    ChayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend! If you appreciate food that is packed full of flavour, this is the place to go 🤤

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very careful snd u derstanding about the various food allergies in our party. Food delicious as were the vocktails

FAQs

Pancho is rated 4.8 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Pancho

36 Armstrong St N Ballarat Central, AU-VIC 3350

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Ballarat

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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