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Calle 59 No. 509, Centro, Merida, Mexico
999 923 09 42
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Ranked #37 of 337 restaurants in Merida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Uno de los mas antiguos y queridos restaurantes en el centro histórico de la ciudad de Mérida, a solo dos cuadras de la plaza principal o plaza grande.
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76% Recommend
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Cairns, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Ponchos reminds me of a basic food chain restaurant back home in Australia. Somewhere quick to go when you just want a quick bite and no surprises. A good choice if you are catching up with friends who maybe don't tolerate spicy food or you have young children who like chips and tomato sauce. Turned out to be one of... More

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Shelton, Washington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Two for one drinks with very good pours. Excellent botanas and delicious (and ample) guacamole. The bartenders are personable and more than competent. The popcorn is always crisp and the food, if you choose, is very good. This is a regular stop in Merida for many of us who live in Merida on Friday evenings. If you find yourself unhappy... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We loved everything we ordered.The decor and ambience were amazing.Outdoor dining was under a huge tree,sitting in a courtyard felt so Mexican!!Our cocktails were delicious and the waiters were helpful and friendly.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is the typical overpriced tourist spot we try to avoid on our travels. The margaritas were watery and the food was just so-so--edible but unremarkable. The atmosphere is fun though, with large trees and a bar area in the outdoor garden. We felt like it was a Mexican version of TGI Friday's--not terrible, but not really original or notable... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We tried finding other restaurants of equivalent calibre but kept returning here. Food is good, service is friendly, there are fans to cool you down.

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Houston, Texas
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255 reviews 255 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

There are many restaurants in Merida to choose from, many of while serve up great food at a very reasonable price. Pancho's is not quite in this category, being more expensive than the average eating place, although still pretty good by US standards (a family of four cost atou US$110, including a bottle of wine). The food was really good.... More

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glasgow , scotland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by a member of our hotel management and as his recommendations have been excellent 'til now reserved a table. To start with the table we were shown to had not been cleaned properly from the previous clients or set up again although there were plenty of tables that had been. The starters of lime soup and... More

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Northern VA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A fun spot with good food. Try for either the back patio or the upper level with a view. Good food, wine and service. We dined twice during our Merida stay.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled on to this little place and were amazed at how expansive and quaint it was. We only had drinks, which were 2 for 1 because it was happy hour. They were fantastic. The spinach and Chaya artichoke dip was out of this world. Staff was attentive and friendly. Next time we're staying for dinner!

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Seabrook, Texas
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Our friend took us to Pancho's our first night but it was closing, went back the next evening.(they open at 6pm) and sat at the bar, ordered drinks only to find out it was happy hour 6-9pm...they were wonderful...ordered Pancho's quisadilla's and cob salad...both were great. I had the small cob salad...portions are huge. Our Bartender Choco was wonderful and... More

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