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“Good night out, a bit different to the surrounding restaurants”

Los Pilones Cantina Mexico
Ranked #456 of 3,853 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Description: Los Pilones was founded by three Mexican brothers who settled in Amsterdam in 2001. Their concept was to bring the REAL taste of traditional Mexican to Holland, using the best imported Mexican ingredients such as their own brand of salsas, chillis and tequila. No burritos or hard shell tacos can be found on the menu, just simple, authentic Mex-Mex cuisine. After 10 successful years in Amsterdam, the two Los Pilones' restaurants have developed into bright and bustling local hot-spots, attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.
Hove
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167 reviews
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“Good night out, a bit different to the surrounding restaurants”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

This place was recommended by one of the local barmen at a bar in Leidseplein, just down the road from Los Pilones.
I found the atmosphere really buzzing, and the free salsa seemed home-made and was very tasty (and hot!). It was washed down with a few decent Mexican beers (on draft).
The mains were great - freshly cooked corn tortillas, and spicy beef. I'm not expert on Mexican food, but it was a good night out, the staff were friendly, and we managed to blag a couple of free tequilas at the end of the evening.
The prices I found about average for the area (i.e. expensive by anyone elses standards!) but not outrageous.

  • Visited April 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Margaritas and Meals”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

If you are a traveler from San Diego, you have to have a Mexican fix once in a while. Los Pilones (a tequila brand in Amsterdam), was the answer for us. The guacamole was very good, and the tacos (small like street tacos in SD) were served with excellent grilled chicken. And of course, the margaritas included a small pitcher of excess margarita from the blender.

Visited April 2013
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London
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Tasteless food,slow service.”
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Very slow service,the food was tasteless,the portions were small,the prices quite high. Supposedly this a cantina style restaurant but the experience was quite the opposite. As so often with ethnic food restaurants, it is all about the lifestylelisation of food,far from its genuine origins, intentions and context.Avoid.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good food, average place”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Los Pilones is a good place for friends and casual food. As normally happens in Amsterdam is overpriced if you factor in service and quantity. Still a decent place to go, but measure your expectations. If you spent a lot of time in the Netherlands you tend to rate better, as you compare service and quantities with local standard that is not great. That said, they make great cocktails and the environment is normally very good

Visited January 2013
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Amsterdam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Big margheritas”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

My favourite thing has to be the margheritas. You buy one, you get a glassful, and a jug containing a refill. Terrific way to start the evening. Being vegetarian, I can't speak for the quality of most of the menu, but the courgette flowers in cheese were delicious, and I like their frijoles a lot. And then they gave us free tequila...

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