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1-10-1 Shinsaibashisuji Chuo-ku | 8F Shinsaibashi Tower Bldg., Osaka 542-0085, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6241-0588
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Place to Party and Decent Japanese Mexican Food

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2014
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Osaka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

This was absolutely the best Mexican food I have had in a long time! I visited here quite frequently when I lived in Osaka and I can tell you that you get a lot for your money and the food is amazing!

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Kolkata
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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Apparently the only Mexican food in all of Osaka. Unmissable. Fabulous guacamole and burritos - great vegetarian choice.

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Nishinomiya, Japan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1-10-1 Shinsaibashisuji Chuo-ku | 8F Shinsaibashi Tower Bldg., Osaka 542-0085, Osaka Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Osaka Prefecture  >  Osaka
  • Phone Number: +81 6-6241-0588

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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