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“not to be missed!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pancho's Takos

Pancho's Takos
Basilio Badillo # 162 | Zona Romantica casi esquina Olas Altas., Puerto Vallarta 48380, Mexico
+52 322 222 1693
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Ranked #13 of 735 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Cash Only, Delivery, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Yucaipa, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“not to be missed!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This is a fun little restaurant in Zona Romantica. The tacos al pastor are the best I've ever eaten. They were so good we went back two other nights on our stay. It can get very warm eating inside on a hot summer night. It is well worth the wait for an outside table plus you may get to enjoy some traveling entertainment. The wait staff are all extremely nice. The mango margaritas were really yummy. The area around the restaurant is a fun, lively place to walk off these excellent tacos!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Don't judge a book by its cover! THE BEST!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

You could pay a lot MORE for a lot LESS at any other restaurant.
This is a small storefront sized restaurant with some outdoor seating in front. The only clue you'll have that this is a FABULOUS place is the huge crowd waiting to be amazed by the extremely good tacos.
They have an extensive menu, and everything is good including the pork chop tacos, the quesadillas, and the guacamole, but the star of the show are the Tacos Al Pastor! These are unique little tortillas filled with spit-roasted pork and a small slice of roasted pineapple which has been sitting atop the roasting pork, giving it a unique and unbelievable flavor!
Although this restaurant is always busy, they have refused to raise their prices above a value level. Stop in for one taco or twelve! It's just too good.
They also have a fabulous margarita!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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chicago
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178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
“Tacos are THE best!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This trip to PV have been on a mission to find a truly wonderful taco and believe I have. We have tried stands and restaurants, with varying degrees of success but this, my friend, is IT! Very small, crowded eatery next to a very popular Mexican restaurant you may think is a part of its larger neighbor but it is separate. The lines form to both places so be prepared to wait. Tables are crowded and would not recommend for a group larger then 3-4 people. The wait staff seems to dance around tables, chairs, patrons, other servers to get you taken care of. The tacos are made fresh and you can watch the food being cooked, chopped and prepared. Had beef and chicken tacos...fresh, hot and I think the cheese makes it special. Served with a variety of sauces. Reasonable prices/portions. About $15USD for 4 tacos, water, soda. Well worth it. We will be back..have to try the pork. No credit cards.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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seattle
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Tacos al Pastor are the king of tacos, Panchos does it Royally”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

They open at 6pm, typical for Taco Al Pastor. Limited table space so get here early. Our group of 7 ate way too much starting with guacamole, moving into chorizo fondue (thick melted cheese sprinkled with chorizo sausage) and finally a ton of tacos. Everything was delicious.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seoul, South Korea
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“Best tacos in Puerto Vallarta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Wow - we waited 25 minutes to eat at Pancho's and we were not disappointed. The tacos al pastor are incredible, the carne tacos were delicious, the guacamole was lights out and only the fondue with chorizo was average.

I give it five stars because the price to taste ratio is exceptional. There may be more intricate or fancy Mexican food to be had out there, but the food is excellent and two people can eat for less than $20.

Also - be sure to arriv early and tour up and down the street of "Ollas Altas" as there are a ton of nice shops and restaurants that are a better vibe than the main walking strip in PV.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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