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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 #1,033 of 8,633 Restaurants in Osaka
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Nishinomiya, Japan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I went with no expectations (but secretly craving for tacos, horchata and all kind of salsas) and this was quite a good surprise. The decoration reminded me of some places in Barrio Antiguo, Monterrey and the food stays in between of pan-Mexican and tex-mex. Delicious! The horchata and the guava margaritas were killer. They even have tamales! The ambiance was... More

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Osaka, Japan
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I first went to El Pancho about 27 years ago, on a date with the woman who is now my wife. When I went last week for a going away party, it was much the same as before: a good selection of tequilas and a pretty good menu of Mexican choices for Japan. I had a burrito, nachos (American-style, that... More

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Darwin, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a fantastic restaurant! My partner and I were here in April 2014 and absolutely loved it. It is within the top 2 Mexican Restaurants we have been to of all time (The second being Senor Zorba in Santorini, Greece). The serving size for the large vegetarian plate (I can't remember the exact name) was above generous and the food... More

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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
94 reviews 94 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Address: 1-10-1 Shinsaibashisuji Chuo-ku | 8F Shinsaibashi Tower Bldg., Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0085, Japan
Phone Number: +81 6-6241-0588
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Osaka Prefecture  >  Osaka
Cuisine: Mexican

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