Chico Bandito
Chico Bandito

Chico Bandito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chicobandito.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02076131230x
  • 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 WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood Vegetarian Options
Chico Bandito reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since 24 October 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambience3.7
    Value4.3
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
group bookings (46)outstanding value (33)good vegetarian options (16)special occasions (13)pre/post theatre (9)fit for foodies (8)child friendly (7)romance (4)outdoor eating (4)sunday lunch (3)business meals (3)disabled access (3)brunch (3)Show More
  • 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
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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 .
    Special Features:
    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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    group bookings
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  • Fantastic Restaurant
    SarA
    Dined on 31/1/2014
    I went to Chico Bandito for my birthday. We opted for the party menu, which great value for money and a generous amount of food (we were full after the starters), not to mention really good quality! The manager in charge was really fantastic and very attentive, he was constantly making sure we were all having a good time and had everything we needed. The restaurant has great ambiance and a really fun vibe. Looking forward to going back there soon, definitely one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in London!
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    mancgas
    Dined on 29/1/2014
    Use this for business meals - extensive menu something for everyone - impressive food and best of all brilliant value
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food
    HansNTVIP
    Dined on 23/1/2014
    Delicious food, made fast, great staff made us feel very welcome and attentative.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options
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  • Birthday meal
    Kezza
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I went here for my 21st birthday and I can happily say I really enjoyed it here. The staff were extremely friendly and didn't hover around the table like in other places I have been. There were 8 of us eating there and two just showed up half way through the meal and they were more then happy to grab them chairs for them to join us. Will go back again for sure.
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    special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    SamA
    Dined on 31/12/2013
    Good service & great cocktails. Had a fish dish which was not 100% cooked to my liking, slightly undercooked. However the service was good.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • A great find
    alecxm
    Dined on 30/12/2013
    Tucked away in a quiet street not far from Spitalfields market, I chose this restaurant on the basis of good reviews from others. I booked a late lunch - and it was in the dog days between Christmas and New Year, so there were not many other diners. However, the friendliness of the staff, the quality of the food and the value for money had us all agreeing that it was a great choice. I'll be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was decent though
    Urgesi15
    Dined on 28/12/2013
    The food was decent though overcooked and overpriced, the service well below what expected. The mohito was just ice and water, then we were served completely different food than what ordered and the chap serving attempting to convince us to keep that food anyway. Then, the usual excuse that credit card machine was not working and we had to pay approximately £130 in cash.
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  • Wine
    FTLOW
    Dined on 21/12/2013
    The only problem we encountered, in an otherwise outstanding evening, was the wine list. As wine importers we had hoped for some better wines. But otherwise it was excellent - my Grandson asked whether we could come back next year!
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • We went to chico bandito for
    toptommy
    Dined on 20/12/2013
    We went to chico bandito for a team christmas lunch , there were 12 of us .The restraunt was busy with other large parties but we could still order what we liked . , we broughts crackers which was not an isses but soon replaced with the sombreos near the door . Food was good the highights were burgers and the tequlia.really good fun .
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    child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20 of us went for our Christmas
    engage
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    20 of us went for our Christmas party meal. Great food, great fun, great service.
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, if a little close for comfort
    NancyPat
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    My friend and I ate here on a Friday evening and used my Tastecard so the value of the whole meal was very good. The atmosphere in the restaurant was great. People were being turned away who hadn't booked. Two gripes I had: Firstly they had run out of desperado beers *sad face* Secondly the table we were sat at was essentially attached to another table which was sat at buy a group of about 10 women. We moved our table slightly away and were told off for doing so as we were in the path of the door. If there isn't space for this extra table don't have it. It was a slightly uncomfortable meal for that reason with people constantly walking past and people sat at the table next to us could hear our conversations as they were so close.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value Mexican
    Toxicbuni
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    I often pop in to Chico's as its just round the corner from the office. Following a fairly recent refurbishment and new menu, the food is really good and the portions plentiful. The ambience has improved, though I still feel the really irrelevant television with MTV or whatever could be done away with- maybe just be used for sports? And and I wish the hats were more pf a feature and given out by default just to get people into the mod! Food wise I love the fajitas- especially the prawn, and I always, always, always order the Jalapeno poppers! The staff could be friendlier and if there is any real criticism, I would say that were it not for all its other redeeming qualities, their sullen looks might be a put off.
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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