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Pancho Villa Taqueria

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

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
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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
Quick and healthy Mexican Food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
motherhen2
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SF bay area
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Fairfax, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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San Mateo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Good options. The fresh squeezed fruits juices are amazing. They do it right in front of you. The food itself is average.

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San Mateo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Order a taco or special plate or a shrimp dish or a fruit smoothly from their juicer on the spot. Generous portions,no skimping here! Close to clubs in downtown San mateo.

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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?