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El Pancho

1-10-1 Shinsaibashisuji Chuo-ku | 8F Shinsaibashi Tower Bldg., Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0085, Japan
+81 6-6241-0588
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Ranked #1,688 of 7,965 restaurants in Osaka
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jul 23, 2014
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Osaka, Japan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Ive been coming here for years, always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The cook knows how to make good Mexican food. One certain evenings they have a great guitarist/singer who plays nice tunes that add nicely to the atmosphere. Was my favorite Mexican place in Kansai easily. That being said, the last few times Ive been there the service has... More

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Barwon Heads, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The food was amazing! Authentic Mexican, not tex mex. I learnt that the manager/head chef has volunteered in Mexican restaurants and lived in Mexico for a year and he speaks English. His wife is Australian and really helpful for anyone who doesn't speak Japanese. (Like me!). The decorations are great and the place has a lot of atmosphere for a... More

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Osaka
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10 reviews 10 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

The restaurant is always packed and you'll not get a table at the weekend if you haven't booked in advance. That is probably the reason they don't feel the need to bother with customer service. If you are foreign, you'll often find yourself shoved in a squashed area furthest from the staff with other foriegners which feels a bit, well,... More

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Washington, DC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I consider myself able to get good service out of any place. In general, I ignore tripadvisor reviews that focus on service. But I have to write about this restaurant. I have never seen servers less attentive to customers than here. And I eat out - a lot. There were two for the entire restaurant and they only cared about... More

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Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Ok place for a quick Mexican fix but don,t expect to much! the atmosphere is great and take a marker and write on the wall! the staff can be a little slow on service if it is busy all in all its Ok! by me!

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Kyoto, Japan
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

While this place is a favorite amongst foreigners living in Japan as the food is good, the price decent and the atmosphere rocks, the staff can be quite rude when it comes to paying. They demand that the payment for everyone would be given together instead of each person paying for their meals separately as is often welcome everywhere else... More

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Bellingham, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Saw the reviews and thought it would be great to check it out, but ended up leaving hungry, and costs were a bit high for such a small portion, the guy singing with his guitar isn't even Mexican, he's just a white guy singing American music. Very disappointing, only reason a person should really go there is for the drinks,... More

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Tokushima, Japan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Went here last month, they made 3 of us sit at a table that was barely big enough for 2 people. The food portion size was a joke, like a tiny spot of food on a plate, only 3 tortilla chips in the so called tortilla chip basket on the table with some horrible stuff that was supposed to be... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

I have been coming to this dark little oasis for about three years. Shredded pork soft tacos and a frozen margarita. They rarely disappoint. Happy hour from noon to five, so I usually pay about 1,000 yen. If your drink isn't strong enough, they gladly fix it, when you ask politely. Nice wait staff and classic Mariachi music.

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Tokyo
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012 via mobile

This is a small and funky little place (make reservations if going at night). A bit of an institution in Shinsaibashi. I liked how they included Kabocha pumpkin with my meal alongside the more standard fare (beans, guacamole, tomatoes, etc.). Mexican food is generally priced quite a bit higher in Japan than other parts of the world, but we found... More

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