Chico Bandito
Chico Bandito

Chico Bandito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chicobandito.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 7613 1230
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Saturday 11.00 - 00.00 Sunday 11.00 - 22.00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Cuban
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Phipp Street
  • Public Transit: Shoreditch High Street Station (Overground)
    Liverpool Street Station (Central, Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines and National Rail) and Old Street Station (Northern Line and National Rail)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is free:
    Monday to Friday from 06:30pm onwards.
    Saturday from 01:30pm onwards.
    Sunday all day.

    NB. There is no congestion charge fee applied to the specified times above.
A word from Chico Bandito
Chico Bandito is a fabulous Mexican Restaurant and Cuban Cocktail Bar located in Shoreditch, London. The venue is perfect for a quick bite or a long leisurely meal.

The food on the menu is perfect for enjoying with family, friends and colleagues; ideal for any occasion and group size. Popular Burritos, Enchiladas, Fajitas and Steaks are featured on the menu alongside inventive mains, such as chicken, beef and vegetarian dishes. We also have daily specials to spoil your choice. Enjoy fantastic and fresh flavours of South America. Arriba, Arriba!

There is also a delicious choice of exotic and modern Cocktails to make your meal go down smoothly. Chico Bandito specialises in different blends of Mojitos, Margaritas, Daiquiris and other cocktails.

At Chico Bandito the experienced and friendly staff aims to make your dining experience enjoyable. Put your Sombrero on and let your Mexican experience begin!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutstanding Value
Chico Bandito reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since 22 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambience3.7
    Value4.2
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
group bookings (50)outstanding value (37)good vegetarian options (19)special occasions (14)pre/post theatre (9)child friendly (8)fit for foodies (8)business meals (5)romance (5)outdoor eating (4)sunday lunch (3)disabled access (3)brunch (3)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • good & affordable
    momo
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    good portions, friendly & quick staff, fair prices...surprised it was not more busy :)
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fajita Friday
    PizzaBoy
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    Service was fast and friendly, without rushing us out the door. As most places do on a Friday night. There was no need to beckon the waitress as she was on hand on my last sip of beer each time. The food was reasonably priced and delicious. I love mexican food and left nothing on my (nor my girlfriends) plate. The restaurant was bustling and glad we booked a table. I would definitely visit again and recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Mexican food
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Jossy
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    Great restaurant, food, selection of drinks and great prices. However, could've done with more staff
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stevie14
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    I frequently use this restaurant for locality, friendliness and value for money. The owner is always welcoming and eager to please in a way which is not overbearing or about money which is refreshing. Even when it is clear the restaurant is busy, the staff never appear to be flustered so, when there is a slight delay in receiving group orders, it is taken with good grace.
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Easy going restaurant to enjoy nice mexican food...what else? Very helpful and kind staff makes the difference! I will come back for sure. Highly recommended!
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    group bookings
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  • Fake mexican
    gdfoodgdlife
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    Given the rate at which mexican food in London is improving, we were very disappointed by this restaurant. The margaritas were awful and most of the food seemed to be reheated or deep fried. A sure sign of a good mexican restaurant is homemade guacamole and salsa. This place had neither. Avoid.
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  • Very good!
    gringo
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    Myself and six colleaugues dined here for a team lunch, the service was excellent, food very nice and decent portions, we would definitely go back.
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    business meals, group bookings
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  • Good food, GREAT cocktails
    FirstDate
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    Get to CB for Happy Hour - the cocktails are wonderful, and your liver won't thank you for it. Lace your stomach with the good food to allow you to enjoy the alcohol without making a complete fool of yourself. Calm decor, very attentive staff. A bit small though.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, group bookings, outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavoursome vegetarian food
    Princess
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    As a vegetarian, food can often be a bit bland (more so when you love spicy food!), the Cajun vegetable filling here definitely hits the spot. Service was a little slow but was with a smile
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mum2
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    They say children friendless meaning todales and up... not the case you cannot get a pram in there and I had a double buggy... wheel chair access not really you have to move everobes table before wheel chairs cab get in. Food bland no taste what so ever and I got steak fajita.... overall if u want good food... pick else where.
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  • Booking confirmed,restaurant closed
    gastroclub
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant in Great Eastern st area for late dining. Chico Bandito let us booked a table through Opentable at 11.30pm and we even got an email confirming the booking. As you can imagine, we weren't happy at all when we got there and realised the restaurant was closed! Luckily go us Hoxton Grill was around the corner and the kitchen was open. This isn't a good customer experience and none of us will try to go back
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  • Awesome fun
    GemR
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    My colleagues and I regularly go to Chico Banditos for a bargainous lunchtime treat. The food is delicious, the frozen margaritas tasty, and wearing sombreros a real treat :)
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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  • A good fun place with tasty food
    martreya
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Unreliable at first glance, it quickly turns into a cosy and fun place, when they bring you big portions of decent food and more people arrive :) Quesadilla is delicious there, and there are a lot of nachos on plate. The choice of beer is not so big as their portions: you may select of 4-5 beers, but they have cocktails as well so you won't be disappointed.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than what you pay for
    pa22
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Staff were really friendly and accommodating - even when the restaurant was heaving during the lunch hour rush! Food was very good and presented well, and the restaurant itself was clean and tidy. I don't think you could find better value for money in this part of London.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great nice little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    the place was nice and cosy, the food good, but cocktails could have been stronger, but otherwise good.
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, group bookings, romance
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  • Fun Saturday night
    Tripletno2
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Amazing food with great portions and good vegetarian options, fantastic cocktails all affordable...friendly and helpful staff we ended up staying all night!
    Special Features:
    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • proper Mexican food
    emanuelaVIP
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    The ambience is very nice in typical Mexican style. The food is very good. The chilly con carne was delicious.
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Great Mexican Experience
    AletraveVIP
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We didn't get the hats (some other people did), but the experience overall was great. Tasty food, good portions and great cocktails to go with it. Very attentive servicem which made the experience even more enjoyable
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Delicious!
    mmmmmmmmmm
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Great food, great service and great fun place to have dinner. Definitely would recommend this as very good value!
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    group bookings, outstanding value, romance
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  • Pretty damn good
    drunkendiner
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Booked because of some of the other reviews, was not disappointed. Wasn't expecting Michelin Star or gourmet, so couldn't fault the food based on expectation.... Basic TGIF style! Goooood cocktails, especially during happy hour. Good atmosphere as we were finishing, but think we booked too early (7pm on a Friday) was getting loud and lively as we left 9ish!! Good craic
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Nice local place, lovely food!
    lozzyp
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Had dinner here on a Friday evening, it was a bit quiet, being the Friday before the August bank holiday, but I don't think that's a reflection on the restaurant! Our waitress was bubbly and friendly, the cocktails were good and huge selection. The food was hot, fresh and really good. Nothing out of the ordinary on the menu - standard tex-mex, but all really well cooked and flavoured. Hubby's main course fajitas were excellent, and my enchilada had generous helpings of sour cream and guacamole with it. All served quickly and enthusiatically. Looking forward to going back soon to try the steaks....
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  • Lots Of Fun!
    jackieta68
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Fab!! Helpful Staff, Nice food & even better cocktails!
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    brunch, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Those nachos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    I went for nachos with colleagues and was not disappointed. Big portions, great taste, I want some right now. Only downside, the toilets. I didn't go because they didn't late great.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, great service
    jackiewkcVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Don't expect this to be a five star mexican restaurant but it's definitely good enough to have an enjoyable meal. the decoration is nice and the service is great. the waitress who served us was very attentive and it was a great customer service overall. I will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, disabled access, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Good place to go on saturday eve
    matt25
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food from Chico Banditos was pretty good, more of a Tex Mex than traditional Mexican but very tasty none-the-less. The service was great, the waitresses were very friendly and took our orders/brought our food/beverages over promptly. We tried some of the cocktails which were lovely and reasonably priced, especially for in a restaurant. Generally there is a good ambience in Chico Banditos, with some nice music lightly playing in the background. All in all a very good evening and I would go back again!
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    group bookings, special occasions
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  • Excellent service and food
    GrantVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Found this little gem on here when having a drink in Shoreditch. The food was fantastic value but the best thing was the staff they couldn't do enough and couldn't stop smiling. Will definitely go back.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, romance
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  • Fantastic
    KatieNPeter
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Had such a great time. Food was unbelievable and staff could not have been nicer.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Southgate
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    We had lost our local Mexican in upminster 2 years ago when it shut down and we have tried over 20 new ones since searching for it's replacement...and we finally found it at this place. I can say for a fact me and my friends will be back very soon. We all loved it.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely recommend it!
    odod
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    I went here for my birthday with a group of mates & we all had a brilliant night - the food was delicious, the drinks were really reasonable (especially over happy hour!) & the waiters/bar staff were the best & really looked after us & were very attentive - can't fault it! We were sat at a perfect table so we could all hear one another, the music wasn't too loud & we were even treated to an impromptu verse of 'happy birthday' followed by a surprise slice of cake & some prosecco & a mocktail for my pregnant friend - all in all a brilliant night, everyone enjoyed - we'll definitely be back for another birthday!
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Georgia
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    I went with a couple of friends - the food was great value and the cocktails were great fun! After our meal we sat outside and drank yet more cocktails - because Chico Bandito is off the beaten track we could sit outside without people traffic and the crowded outside atmosphere that comes with many restaurants in the summertime. I would definitely recommend Chico Bandito - cheap and cheerful!
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not really what we wanted
    SianEmm
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend for his birthday and I was a little disappointed. We arrived a little early so asked one of the waitresses if we could order drinks now and food in about half hour, she said yes. But we still had other waitresses coming up to us and asking to take our order, it put a lot of pressure on us when we weren't ready to eat. The music was way too loud. Couldn't hear each other talk or the waiting staff. The food was ok, nothing too amazing. Our mains were brought out straight after our starter, it would have been nice to be asked. We weren't asked if we want desert, just gave us our bill. It's a nice place to go if you have taste card so it's cheaper and if you're in a group. Not if you just want to have a nice meal
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    group bookings
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  • My Friend and I came here
    Myfriendfood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My Friend and I came here last Saturday. It was our first time here, so when we arrived at 7.30 and the place was empty we were quite sceptical but about 8pm it was so busy that people were queuing to be seated, this made the atmosphere so fun and friendly great for a Saturday night. The best part of course was the food!! I had the Nachos for a starter and a burrito for a main. Portions sizes are big which meant I couldn't finish my main even though I did try... it just tasted so good, making this such good value for money. I would recommend this place to anyone. Great restaurant
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun
    Rosey
    Dined on 27/2/2014
    And they even gave me a some cake for my birthday! As always food is excellent value and great tasting, staff are friendly and I look forward to my next visit!
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Fun!
    LondonFoodie
    Dined on 22/2/2014
    Chico Banditos was great value and good fun for my birthday booking. The staff were really welcoming and made the evening a lot of fun, the hats add a certain novelty to the restaurant but add to the whole atmostphere. The restaurant is lively and laid back and great for groups. The cocktails were really good and the food too. It's not gourmet but its great all the same.
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ARIBAAA!!
    ChicaLatinaa
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    An authentic Mexican dining experience for large groups or more intimate gatherings. You might even forget you're in London for a while!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Valentines meal!
    Jg123
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    Booked this place for our valentines meal and absolutely loved it.. Everything was great, no complaints at all! Delicious food, cocktails were lovely was even given a rose when we sat down :) will be going back soon!
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dining Experience
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I would recommend Chico Bandito to anyone who want a good night out with their friends. The staff was amazing. you were greeted with a big smile and we felt spoiled all evening. all my friends were impressed by the drinks and the food was nothing but delicious. their choice of music also earned some credit which was perfect for a pre-going out dinner.To me the most memorable thing was dedicated staff who gave us an unforgettable evening with a few surprises as well and I would be there every day if I could. Definately a little gem in Shoreditch!
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place,love it.
    KORA
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Been here many times over the years, and will be coming back again. Amazing food, delicious cocktails, nice stuff. Good for couples as well as for group bookings. Go and check for yourself.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went last Saturday with
    francycat
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I went last Saturday with some friends , we really enjoy the food the atmospheres , and most important the margarita is delicious .... Is a tiny place but the music is great , the sevice nice , the food amazing , the drink wonderful .
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    group bookings, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location, average food
    hellybelld
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    This is good for a group dinner as the venue allows for talking as well as having dinner and a drink. However the food is extremely average and the drinks are expensive. In saying that, if you want to have a group dinner before heading out in Shoreditch this is a convenient location.
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