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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: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Great food, awesome prices!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Cinthyaub
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Wentzville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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San Mateo, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Great place, great food, the guys at the registers are super nice. They need to pay more attention to their bathrooms when they are bussy.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?