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Pancho & Lefty's Cantina

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75-5719 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1738
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Puyallup, Washington
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431 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although I am not a food expert, having worked and traveled throughout Mexico and Central America, I have a pretty good idea of what authentic Mexican food should taste and look like. On the day we visited, the restaurant was busy and probably short waitstaff so the service was slow but friendly. When our food arrived, it was not muy... More 

Thank michael_smith56
Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some of the best Mexican food we have ever had outside of Mexico or Arizona. Tasty Chimis, great baracho beans, good salsa, and fine Margaritas. Happy hour prices are good too.

Thank car0papagay0s
Temecula, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although we had to wait a few minutes before being seated (not due to people in line in front of us), the remainder of the service was good. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meals. Some unique menu items. I stayed with the traditional Carnitas--served with beans and rice.

Thank karlmarcia
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good Mexican food and great Margaritas. We had the taco and cheese enchilada with rice and beans for $12.95 The Margaritas were BIG , good tasting for only $7.00. Good garlicky salsa with the chips. Large quantities, very yummy and satisfying Mexican taste. The service was quick, friendly and attentive. We were delighted to have eaten there (attractive upstairs with... More 

Thank coastalpatty
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I reside in south Texas, so perhaps my expectations are inflated for what passes for Mexican food and the Mexican restaurant experience. The before meal chip offering was limited and inadequate for 4 adults, the house margarita tasteless and tequila undetected, the enchiladas dinner was average at best. I've never seen chicken fajitas that were composed entirely of dark meat... More 

Thank TexasTexTraveler
Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit Kona often and the trip would not be complete without a visit to Pancho & Leftys Cantina. The location food and service is great for family dinners.

Thank ksmyers26
San Jose, California
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69 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went there for late night dinner. Food was good and reasonably priced menu. Nothing out of the world but definitely good Mexican cuisine restaurant. I wouldn't mind going there again.

Thank Mr_AK_82
Kailua, Hawaii, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Why not clean the bathrooms. I wonder if the kitchen is any cleaner. I guess after a few drinks no one cares.

Thank John T
Tampa, Florida
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here a few times and we enjoyed the breakfast more than the dinner we had. We did not enjoy the super sweet expensive margaritas, but the coffee was good.

Thank Melita P
Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on our way out to the airport and had decided to have our final lunch on the Big Island here. For the most part, a Mexican style restaurant like this should be a fairly quick outing, especially at the very beginning of the "lunch hour". There were very few patrons in the establishment at the time (11:15). We... More 

Thank DaveD-on-Kwaj

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Gluten Free, Bar, Hawaiian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5719 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1738
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: 808-326-2171

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?