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Pancho's Backyard, Cozumel, ROO
Pancho's Backyard, Cozumel, ROO
Pancho's Backyard, Cozumel, ROO
Pancho's Backyard, Cozumel, ROO
Pancho's Backyard, Cozumel, ROO

Pancho's Backyard

4.5
4.5
88 Reviews
MXN300 and under
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    MXN300 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • 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
  • Phone number
    987 872 2141
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Manuel Hernandez
  • Neighborhood
    Playa del Carmen
  • Cross street
    Av Rafael E Melgar
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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88 Reviews
  1. KellyW

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited here during COVID19 timeframe so there weren’t many others dining. Food was still fresh and good although they were not offering the lobster that particular night (I’m guessing because of decreased patron volume??). Anyways, plenty of other menu items to choose from. Solid meal.

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  2. ScottA

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always phenomenal. Every trip to Cozumel mandates a dinner at Pancho’s. Best Margaritas on island. Rosahindo was our server this week. He’s now family!

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  3. WineLover

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pancho's backyard has become a special "go to" place for us each time we visit Cozumel. We visit about 2 times a year. This visit was during Carnival and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Beet Salad was amazing and the fish grilled on your own hibachi terrific as well as the beef grilled the same way. Dessert sampler was perfect for sharing. We visited twice during our stay just to try new dishes the second evening. Service was impeccable. Thanks Pancho's!

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  4. JackC

    Atlanta Metro

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance is as good as the food and service. Excellent!

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  5. JMD1

    New York City

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with impeccable service. Guacamole was outstanding, but our meals were good not great.

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  6. Aaron

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite place visit every time we are in Cozumel. We prefer the original location and just love the service, ambiance and food, so laid back.

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  7. SusanLfromtheSwan

    Nashville

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always try to make Pancho’s Backyard downtown one of our stops when we are in Cozumel. The food is always excellent, the service is great and the courtyard is a lovely place to enjoy a meal. I would recommend the guacamole, the quesadillas and the almond and amarynth crusted mahi! Delicious!

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  8. RachelH

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pancho's is a MUST when in Cozumel! The people are genuine, the food is fantastic, the margaritas are strong, and the live mariachi music is lovely. It's a perfect experience every time!!

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  9. PeterS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, my chicken mole was unreal, my wife had fish served over hot coals in a most ingenious way, drinks were perfect, and the space is beautiful traditional

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  10. suzjacuz

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were diverted from our original reservation at Pancho's by a taxi driver who took us to Casa Mission instead. (Big mistake letting that happen. Not surprisingly, the driver went into the restaurant with us to presumably collect his commission. The food at Casa Mission was mediocre at best). When we got into the taxi for our rescheduled reservation, that taxi driver also tried to persuade us to go to Casa Mission. We stayed firm on Pancho's and it was a smart decision. The ambiance is traditional and the margaritas were fantastic. Food and service- everything was great!

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  11. DavidM

    Houston

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must do! Pancho’s Back Yard is our absolute favorite do dining spot in Cozumel. We always look forward to going. The food is incredible. The service is outstanding and very friendly. Don’t miss the chance to experience Pancho’s while in Cozumel.

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  12. MKDining

    Phoenix

    198 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    198 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Poncho's still up to "Fan Favorite". The patio dining still a huge draw. We were a party of 5. We come here every year so the staff knows us, has seen our kids grow up. The service and staff are fantastic. Food still remains very good, Their Suprema de Pollo en Mole Poblano (breast of chicken with mole poblano, sesame seeds, a vegetarian chimichanga, black beans and chihuahua cheese) is one of my most favorite dishes. Other dishes that were ordered were the Shrimp and Beef Brochette served over a Special Char-Broiler and the Carne Asada (grilled beef tenderloin cut thin and served with guacamole, rice, chicken tamale and enchilada) which is another one of my favorites. We ended our dinner with their Fried Ice Cream, which was my first time trying. YUM! Service and atmosphere wonderful. All the food came our fresh, hot and tasted fantastic.

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  13. LeslieN

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and the presentation of food was top notch! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and time there!!!!

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  14. LuisT

    Cancun

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    muy rico, solo que habia mucho calor, a pesar de ser de noche, la comida y el servicio excelente

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  15. ItalianGirl

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Cozumel! We dine every visit. Today was my birthday, and being here made it feel extra special!! Gracias Orlando!!

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  16. DavidG

    Cancun

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phonchos has always been a favorite . Been going for 25 years. Great place to take first timers to Cozumel for authentic experience, great service and garden setting. Will visit again next time in Cozumel.

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  17. DDDLD

    Edmonton

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group really enjoyed our evening at Pancho's Backyard. The food was great and the service was outstanding. They are known for their Margaritas and they did not disappoint as they were very delicious! Take the time to enjoy a meal in this beautiful restaurant and it's very lovely surroundings!

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  18. RobertR

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our fourth visit to Pancho's, and we loved our food, the music and the atmosphere. I have taken my customers there to experience the delightful live music, and the margarita's as well as the food. This time I tried the Strawberry Margarita, my husband had the traditional. Our fresh salsa was simply made, and the flavors were so tasty. We shared the combination meal, chicken, enchilada, beans, rice, quesadilla and of course we ordered the fresh salsa and guacamole with the fresh homemade nacho chips. The waiter was friendly, and efficient. We will return again, the next time we are in Cozumel.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Creative presentations.

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  20. BIGeoman

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No complaints. Very good all round!

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  21. KimAndMark

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here and we love it. Great service, very tasty food and quality margaritas. We will be back!

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  22. Nick

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend and it lived up to its hype. Great food and margarita’s. Orlando was our waiter and he was very friendly and quick. Great place, highly recommended!

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  23. TessaC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a last minute decision to go out, and it was the perfect night. All around a great place for a meal with the people you love.

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  24. CatherineM

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time visiting Pancho’s in Cozumel. We chose to visit the location which was an easy taxi trip about 3 miles from our cruise ship, which was not crowded at all. The ambience was perfect and the food and drinks were great and very affordable. There are also some very nice shops near the restaurant. This all made for a very nice day in Mexico!

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  25. Cameron

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was very nice and personable. Food took a little long but the staff very attentive. Great food, amazing espresso. I recommend if you’re in town visiting.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, service was a little slow. I’m only going back to buy a T-shirt.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best margaritas and food for an amazing value!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  30. PhilipM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Margaritas, mex food!!! Live music Fun place.

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  31. DonM

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Go here every time we cone to Cozumel. Never disappointed

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  33. KimberlyB

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great service. Love the courtyard area.

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  34. Klagunas

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  35. RJCM

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Although the service was friendly, would definitely not return. Very overpriced for quality of product served.

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  36. JulieK

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday celebration! Fun!

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  38. TracyE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going here for 20 years and it is still every bit as good!!!

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  39. FoodTraveller

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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Pancho's Backyard is rated 4.5 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Pancho's Backyard

Av Rafael E Melgar #27, por Calle 8 Nte, Cozumel, ROO 77600

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Av Rafael E Melgar
  • Neighborhood
    Playa del Carmen
  • 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
  • Price
    MXN300 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Manuel Hernandez
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View
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