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“Wonderful amtosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pancho's

Pancho's
Ranked #33 of 718 Restaurants in Merida
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Uno de los mas antiguos y queridos restaurantes en el centro histórico de la ciudad de Mérida, a solo dos cuadras de la plaza principal o plaza grande.
Basel, Switzerland
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful amtosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

This was recommended by our hotel. great atmosphere, nicely decorated. happy hour, friendly staff. we liked it so much that the first time we just went for drinks. the second time we went for drinks first and then dinner. Tourist prices. They have Yucatecan food, try the sopa de lima.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great ambience, but watch out!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Panchos was highly recommended to us by a local, so we thought we would try it out for dinner tonight. The ambience is fantastic, set on three different levels, with the cool breeze on the open terrace/balcony being a refreshing end to the days heat. There is also a DJ spinning some good tunes.
The menu has a slim picking of Mayan classics such as panuchos and one or two others, some 'botanas' or snacks, and the rest of the fare is typically American - steaks, chicken and seafood. The food is average, the prices quite high, but what irked me the most was the level of tip solicited. The cheque has suggested tipping levels starting from 10% for good service, 15% for better than good and 20% for excellent service. One would assume that the guest gets to decide what level of service was appropriate, however at Panchos the server decides this for you. Our bill came to us with a 20% tip tacked onto it! We had a soup, 2 not very imaginative entrees, a margarita and a can of coke, so our bill did not warrant such a tip tacked on to it - I would probably shrug it off had we been a big group and ordered many dishes, however it was just the two of us, and 3 dishes ordered in total! I have nothing against tipping generously but I do not agree with a server determining this of his own accord. Given that our server was great, we would have tipped him generously but we certainly did not appreciate the tip being tacked on. That we found to be rather cheeky. Having been in the Yucatan Peninsula for a couple of days now, this is the first time we have experienced this - all other restaurants state on the menu that a tip is not included, but do not tack it onto your final bill, leaving this to your discretion.
So, bottom line - go to Panchos for a drink, enjoy the atmosphere for a while but do not waste your money on the food there. Merida has much nicer places to eat at!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Asheville NC
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

This was a beautiful spot at night, with great ambiance. The food and drinks however were overpriced and mediocre.

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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319 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
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“Gimmicky tourist trap but decent food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Sombreros, mariachi bands,etc, it's like they sat down and conceptualized a restaurant that represented what dumb Americans imagine Mexico to be all about and through all those elements together. This place is only slightly more authentic than a Taco Bell for ambiance, but the food is pretty good, certainly better than what I expected going in. I think its the fresh local ingredients and some creativity on the part of the chef that makes it work. Certainly nowhere near the best in Merida but you could do worse.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Victoria, Canada
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53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fun Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Pancho's is definitely a tourist spot. The multi-leveled outdoor patio has a really nice atmosphere and the music and lighting makes it fun. The food overall was good but expensive for Merida. The Plantain chips and empanadas were recommended by the waiter and we enjoyed both. Overall it was a enjoyable dining experience.

Visited March 2013
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