Pancho Villa's

Address: 26 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LG, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 552 7737

- Mid-range

4.1

Revolutionary authentic Mexican cuisine in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City.

This is the best Mexican restaurant in town – although it doesn’t have too much competition. Named after the famous moustached Mexican bandit, Pancho Villa, who in true Robin Hood style robbed the rich to help the poor, this restaurant is run by Mexican-born Mayra Nuñez – so you know that she’s keeping true to her roots. I love the laidback style, vibrant decor and tavern feel but I do have mixed feelings about the place. Every time I go there’s always an excuse for another frozen Margarita or Tequila, which – being from Glasgow – can get rather dangerous, especially the morning after the night before. All it’s missing is a cliché mariachi band playing some Tijuana brass.

Food and drink
4.2
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Service
3.9
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Food and drink
4.2
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Value for money
4.1
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.1
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Food and drink

Fans of Tex-Mex and sizzling steak platters are spoilt for choice in this restaurant as the vast majority of the menu is made up of chilli con carnes, burritos, tacos and fajitas dripping in salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Vegetarians are well catered for with a delicious array of butter bean, mushroom, lentil and spinach enchiladas and quesadillas.

Recommended dishes

The cracked crab enchiladas, steak fajitas and enchiladas of chicken and chorizo in a chipotle chile and cream sauce should satisfy most sombrero-wearing fanatics. When I’m hungry, I start to hallucinate about the king prawn fajitas.

Ambience

Electric at the weekends, my advice is to choose a table wisely as it gets very popular with stag and hen parties and large groups.

Service

Rushed and hurried – as though the staff have never heard the Mexican phrase “mañana mañana”.

Location

In the heart of the Merchant City’s nightlife, surrounded by several other popular restaurants and bars.

Price advice

Starters are around £5 and main courses are from £9.95 upwards. The two course lunch from Monday to Friday from 12-5 is great value.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • No fuss

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