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“Great Italian food, great atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Don Mucho

Don Mucho
Carretera a las Ruinas 4.5, Palenque, Mexico
(916) 341-4846
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Ranked #4 of 35 Restaurants in Palenque
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
London
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91 reviews 91 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great Italian food, great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We were a little sick of Mexican food by the time we got to Palenque and this huge outdoor Italian restaurant in the heart of the jungle is fantastic. With live music every night the atmosphere couldn't be better. It's right next door to the ruins and is about a 15 min taxi ride from the town. Lots of young people/ backpackers and very cheap.

Visited March 2013
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Eugene, Oregon
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Decent but not amazing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

While staying at El Panchan on a couple of occasions I mostly ate here. The menu is extensive, but the food is just okay. I tried the pastas, the mexi food and a calzone. The calzone was probably the best. The food was mostly just bland. The service was good but pretty slow even when I was the only one in the place. Mostly the waiters just wanted to hang out with each other. The entertainment was exceptional though! Great bands (or solo musicians) playing every time I was there, and the fire dancing was good too.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Princeton, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Agree with "Why so much hype?"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

If you stay in El Panchan, this is certainly the most upscale (although not the only) place to eat. Having read reviews, I expected more. The wood-fired pizza was quite tasty, and all of the dishes were decent. However, the service ranged from indifferent to rude, and in my absence they blatantly ignored my wife's multiple requests for the check. The prices were decent, but nothing special by local standards. If you feel like venturing into Palenque, you can get a better meal and a better deal at Las Tinajas.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Great place with really good food, very affordable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Don Mucho's is a great local place with local and tourists enjoying great live music. Food is very good, specially the pizzas! Great break from Mexican food.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Worth every peso”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

I spent a lot of pesos at Don Mucho's over a few days, and it was worth every cent. They have a huge menu where anyone can find something- pizza, pasta, soup, salad, Mexican food, etc- and it's all reasonably priced. All the dishes are very good to amazing and the platters do not leave you wanting. The live music and candles on the tables make for a great environment at night. The staff seem to like what they do even though they're busy, and we're great. Some meals I added to the complimentary 10% tip. I highly recommend Don Mucho's!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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