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Pancho Villa Taqueria

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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian
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365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4019
650-343-4123
Today
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 36
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  • 30
    Very good
  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Always very good, but the should reduce the salt a bit!

We have been going here for years and Pancho Villas is always very good, fresh, bustling and clean. Everything you'd expect from a fast-turn, lively Mexican place is here. Limited seating but never really an issue. Good prices, but not cheap Mexican food. One area that I have always... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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San Francisco
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San Francisco
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We have been going here for years and Pancho Villas is always very good, fresh, bustling and clean. Everything you'd expect from a fast-turn, lively Mexican place is here. Limited seating but never really an issue. Good prices, but not cheap Mexican food. One area that I have always found is that they use too much salt, especially in their... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

If you like real Mexican food you should try this place. The food was excellent taste really good and like truly Mexican style. Is not a fancy place like others but is clean, fast service and a lot of choices. The food is also plenty, probably to share or at least to take half for dinner. The prices are really... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

There is plenty of street parking outside. This is a very busy restaurant at lunch time. It is quite loud with a lot of people trying to get seats to eat. The line is very long but it does move fast. It will take about 10 minutes for your food to be prepared. This is all fresh ingredients and no... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is the place to go when you want authentic Mexican food that is exceptionally well prepared and affordable. Go to the counter, order from an extensive menu (don't be overwhelmed by the selection) and find a seat in the "community" dining area. In April, while visiting with family and friends, six of us met in San Mateo for drinks... More 

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San Mateo, California, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Yes, tons of choices exist for good to great Mexican food in and around the Peninsula. But this place rocks, rolls some, then rocks again! I've been to some great places in Mexico City (yeah, I know, brag, brag..), but I'm never disappointed at Pancho Villa. Consistently tasty, fresh, friendly, crowded, with too many menu choices to really notice the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fish Tacos a disappointment, for a quick meal if you are really hungry it's OK. Perhaps another menu item would be a better choice.

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SF bay area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food here is always good-- very fresh, tasty, and properly cooked. The volume of business ensures that no food is sitting around for more than a couple of minutes. For me, it took several visits to figure out how and what to order. The counter help who dish up your order on the spot will answer questions, but they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love going to this place. Aside from it being very accessible to us, they serve very good authentic Mexican food. A plus factor is the value that you get in terms of the serving size and the its price. Truly satisfied and we keep coming back to this place. Favorites are the combo plates that they have - carne... More 

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I love this place as do most locals. Hence the line out the door you will usually find on most nights. The food is very tasty, freshly prepared, no lard, etc. The service is basic and you order then pay down at the end of the line. If you stay to eat in they bring the food to your table.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Years ago on my first visit to San Mateo, I noticed the locals were willing to wait in line to get food at Pancho Villa's while the neighboring restaurants were empty. They were right! The food here is absolutely the best. I eat here every day I'm in San Mateo.

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Additional Information about Pancho Villa Taqueria

Address: 365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4019
Phone Number: 650-343-4123
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4019
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-343-4123

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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