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Pancho's Mexican Food

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1231 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 545-0994
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice people, and good food

Good food served quickly. Easy place for lunch. A cross between true mexican, and california food. Not too spicy, but the salsa and hot sauces help. Very friendly staff. Portions are big.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Masuoslo
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SLO
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14 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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SLO
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food served quickly. Easy place for lunch. A cross between true mexican, and california food. Not too spicy, but the salsa and hot sauces help. Very friendly staff. Portions are big.

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Thank Masuoslo
California
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222 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

I couldn't get any lengua (beef tongue) here, which told me that it was not an authentic Mexican joint, but I can certainly recommend this cute little place to the weary traveler and even somebody local who just wants a good bite to eat. The food was substantial, hot and tasty, if lacking piquancy, and I think you would go... More 

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Thank OnParleFrancais
Paso Robles Wine Region, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We both had the taco salad. It was good. It is possible that some of their other dishes step it up a notch. I am picky having been raised in a home that was "in to" good eats and where I was taught to make homemade Mexican food. Pancho's is located next to a grocery store and it's decor is... More 

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Thank JWP49
San Jose, California
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Good food, Good Price...What to Expect at Panchos We were passing through SLO and decided on Mexican for lunch. Panchos had good reviews on Google so we gave it a try. We were not disappointed. Food: My three enchilada platter was served piping hot, the serving was generous and the food tasty...especially the cheese enchilada. My wife was similarly happy... More 

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Thank MrGaucho1987
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Food was good. Staff was exceptional. We asked if they had fried ice cream and they said they ran out of ice cream and went out and bought ice cream just for our dessert. They also helped us find fun things to do in the area...

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Thank Polandbound
San Francisco
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We were seeking a hole-in-the-wall restaurant for some good mexican fare, what we found was an over-priced restaurant serving a mediocre lunch. They have a huge selection of items on the menu, but nothing special or even appealing. The portions are huge. My daughter's burrito was the size of a presto log. She didn't even know where to begin. I... More 

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Thank Simpkeys
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

I would never have picked this place w/o the reviews - located btw a drug store & a nail place - but I'd go back in a minute. Lots of veggie alternatives too.

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Thank Innereagle
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This is in quite a random location but don't be put off. We went on a Thursday night and although very quiet, we had a good meal. The margaritas are enormous and he put an extra shot in no charge. We ate beef nachos followed by cheese enchiladas and chicken fajitas. The nachos were the best bit, cheesy, meaty, lots... More 

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Thank taxxigirl
Reston, VA
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Typical sonoran fare. Friendly staff, restaurant seemed full of regulars even on a Monday night which was impressive.

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Thank the_elms
San Luis Obispo, CA
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I've gone to Pancho's a couple of times in the past month. Underwhelmed. The place is cute and bright and the hostess is friendly, but the food is average at best. Had the torta special last time and there was so little meat in the sandwich I literally opened it up to look. Lunch platters are uninspired.

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Thank ThomasAquinas

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1231 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: (805) 545-0994

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?