Pancho's Backyard

4.7
61 reviews
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MXN300 and under
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Mexican
Extraordinary Mexican food and awesome Margaritas are served graciously at the lush patio of one of Cozumel"s most beautiful colonial buildings, amidst splashing fountains and tasteful décor. When you visit Pancho's Backyard don't forget to bring your camera! Live Marimba music during lunch.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
01 987 872 2141
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Manuel Hernandez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Av Rafael E Melgar
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Entertainment
Listen to our professional marimba players throughout lunch time as they play Mexican Classics and modern music. Come join the fun and play Marimba with them.
Additional
Beer, Outdoor dining, View
What 61 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best margaritas and food for an amazing value!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a really wonderful dinner here. The service was great. We loved the ambience and would definitely come back the next time we are in Cozumel!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So many positive words to say but all adds up to Amazing! I also have it 5 stars in Yelp!

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Margaritas, mex food!!! Live music Fun place.

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DM
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the ineloquent name, Panchos has our favorite upscale restaurant in Cozumel. We have been many, many times. One time we stayed in La Playa instead of Cozumel and we rode the ferry both ways over and back just to eat there. Very highly recommended. This month we had a dinner for 14 people as part of our having a family marriage on the island. Everyone loved the place.

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OT
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go here every time we cone to Cozumel. Never disappointed

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Love the courtyard area.

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K
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Cozumel and went by for dinner on recommendation of a friend, place is very intimate and quiet which made for a wonderful romantic dinner on vacation. A must try!

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MR
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Although the service was friendly, would definitely not return. Very overpriced for quality of product served.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

we sat inside for the sea view. Guacamole with fresh chips and pico excellent, as were the traditional margaritas. Also recommend enchiladas verdes

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration! Fun!

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TE
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for 20 years and it is still every bit as good!!!

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FT
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Booked this for a small group birthday celebration. Great service, and they brought a birthday dessert for us and "photo op" display for the occasion! The filet was excellent, cooked perfectly. The fish dish was served impressively, and was tasty, though the sauce was not the one asked for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Went to Cozumel on a cruise 8 years ago and found this place, so when we went on a cruise with our kids last week, remembered this place and ate here again and it did not disappoint. Just as we remembered it... great guacamole and chips, strong margaritas, fantastic tacos and quesadillas! We will eat here anytime we are in Cozumel!

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2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly in a very scenic garden like area. Did inks were served and very good. Our meals were awesome! Carne Asada enchilada and tamale! Muey bueno!

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C
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our thirteenth visit to Panchos! We absolutely love this place. We would not miss it while visiting Cozumel. GREAT atmosphere, entertainment, service, food and of course those Margaritas!!!

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found the restaurant on TripAdvisor. Made a reservation but could have walked in. Great service and food. Definitely recommend

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IG
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been vacationing in Cozumel for the last five years, and every year we go to Poncho’s Backyard for dinner. The service, food, and atmosphere are exceptional!!! Fantastic!!

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HF
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food in a lovely setting with attentive staff. We had a great meal at Poncho's in Cozumel. Very nice to make a reservation through Open Table. Can't go wrong with this choice.

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FV
57 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went when on a cruise stop, and restaurant was recommended by a friend. Had a great meal there and super good (strong) margaritas! Menu was pretty limited though. : ( Just has a nice ambiance with couple playing music (although I understand they have been there forever and play the same things over and over!) Really cute though. Outdoor patio is nice, relaxing and a good getaway from the ship. You have to walk through their shops to get to the outdoor restaurant, but the sales clerks don't bother you a bit, like they do on the streets, which is also nice.

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OT
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came on a cruise and wanted a fancy place with calm ambience. It’s perfect. Lunch in a garden with lovely live music. Four of us, good food and one drink each was $US 80.

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JG
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When searching for a place to dine on our last night in Cozumel great reviews convinced us to try Panchos Backyard. Our experience exceeded expectations. Service was quick with attention to detail. Beautiful decor with a romantic setting. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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w
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I arrived quite a bit early, but was seated immediately. There were three ships in port at the same time, but Pancho's was not crowded. I got a great table with a harbor view. I had two appetizers (tamales and guacamole) and each were among the best I ever had. I also had a margarita which was excellent. Although Pancho's is in the 'tourist trap' zone (walking distance from ships, the prices were reasonable; highly recommend Pancho's.

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MJ
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink. Always good here

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C
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 12th. visit to Panchos Backyard. We never miss dining and drinking there when we are in Port. Great food and awesome margaritas!!! We will be returning in March for our 13th. visit!!!

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GA
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

To be fair it was New Years and many ships were at port but our server made it a poor experience for our family!

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D
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner on Xmas eve was excellent. Nice courtyard and well kept. All 5 of us enjoyed food and drinks. Reasonably priced. Good service, although the waiter kind of disappeared when we wanted the check, which I find is kind of typical in Mexico. Started asking for check after last item was delivered for rest of stay in Cozumel which helped a lot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch experience. Our server was outstanding and our food was beyond delicious!

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1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have heard a lot about Pancho's and tried it while on a cruise. The guacamole was excellent, the nacho's and the quesadillas were huge and filled with lots of chicken and cheese.....enough to satisfy two of us.

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ML
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for any occasion. Excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, great food, and friendly, spot on service (Fernando was an amazing host for us). I'd go back every night for a week!

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fernando was an outstanding waiter and the food/margaritas are what keeps us coming back when we visit Cozumel.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the live music, and the huge Iguanas. The margaritas were out of this world. Sat on the porch and watched my cruise ship anchored off of Cozumel. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Hope to be returning in January 2018.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat when in Cozumel. I preRegistered with the restaurant in advance of the trip but never received the e- coupon for the Free Margarita listed on restaurant website, and the management wouldn't provide it at the birthday dinner. Disappointing, but food, service and ambiance were excellent. Will return next time in Cozumel.

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1 review
Dined on April 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My only issue is that when we arrived they didn't have our reservation at all and the hostess was very unfriendly about it! Also we registered online for the FREE margarita and never got the coupon from the website so they were not going to give it to us at first . Until the waiter talked to the manager ! But overall e had a great time and my family enjoyed the food and experience!

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T
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pancho's delivers again during a day trip lunch while on Cozumel. Service was prompt and friendly; had light lunch entrees that hit the spot! Margaritas and the surroundings were the best! Look forward to coming back on our next visit to the island.

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9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

would never miss Panchos when in Cozumel! We have been going there for 15 years.... love it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Pancho's. I ate mahi fish tacos with fried ice cream. Yummy!

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the back, and were treated to a pleasant garden view. The margaritas were excellent as well as our entrees. We shopped in their shopping area - the largest and best Mexican souvenirs you will find in Cozumel. We bought most of our souvenirs there and came back the last day of our vacation to buy a few more items. Go for lunch and then do lots of shopping!!

Love this jewel of a restaurant/shop.

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1 review
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Panchos is absolutely wonderful. We go every time we go to Cozumel. Would recommend to anybody and everybody. The people are wonderful and the food is fantastic

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