Pancho's Backyard

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MXN300 and under
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Mexican
Extraordinary Mexican food and awesome Margaritas are served graciously at the lush patio of one of Cozumel"s most beautiful colonial buildings, amidst splashing fountains and tasteful décor. When you visit Pancho's Backyard don't forget to bring your camera! Live Marimba music during lunch.
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KellyW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Visited here during COVID19 timeframe so there weren’t many others dining. Food was still fresh and good although they were not offering the lobster that particular night (I’m guessing because of decreased patron volume??). Anyways, plenty of other menu items to choose from. Solid meal.

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ScottA
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always phenomenal. Every trip to Cozumel mandates a dinner at Pancho’s. Best Margaritas on island. Rosahindo was our server this week. He’s now family!

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vipZalkaA
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pancho's backyard has become a special "go to" place for us each time we visit Cozumel. We visit about 2 times a year. This visit was during Carnival and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Beet Salad was amazing and the fish grilled on your own hibachi terrific as well as the beef grilled the same way. Dessert sampler was perfect for sharing. We visited twice during our stay just to try new dishes the second evening. Service was impeccable. Thanks Pancho's!

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vipJackC
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is as good as the food and service. Excellent!

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vipJMD1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with impeccable service. Guacamole was outstanding, but our meals were good not great.

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vipAaron
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place visit every time we are in Cozumel. We prefer the original location and just love the service, ambiance and food, so laid back.

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vipSusanKL
Nashville
40 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to make Pancho’s Backyard downtown one of our stops when we are in Cozumel. The food is always excellent, the service is great and the courtyard is a lovely place to enjoy a meal. I would recommend the guacamole, the quesadillas and the almond and amarynth crusted mahi! Delicious!

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pancho's is a MUST when in Cozumel! The people are genuine, the food is fantastic, the margaritas are strong, and the live mariachi music is lovely. It's a perfect experience every time!!

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PeterS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, my chicken mole was unreal, my wife had fish served over hot coals in a most ingenious way, drinks were perfect, and the space is beautiful traditional

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vipscreamingeagle
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were diverted from our original reservation at Pancho's by a taxi driver who took us to Casa Mission instead. (Big mistake letting that happen. Not surprisingly, the driver went into the restaurant with us to presumably collect his commission. The food at Casa Mission was mediocre at best). When we got into the taxi for our rescheduled reservation, that taxi driver also tried to persuade us to go to Casa Mission. We stayed firm on Pancho's and it was a smart decision. The ambiance is traditional and the margaritas were fantastic. Food and service- everything was great!

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DavidM
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must do! Pancho’s Back Yard is our absolute favorite do dining spot in Cozumel. We always look forward to going. The food is incredible. The service is outstanding and very friendly. Don’t miss the chance to experience Pancho’s while in Cozumel.

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vipMKDining
Phoenix
141 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Poncho's still up to "Fan Favorite". The patio dining still a huge draw. We were a party of 5. We come here every year so the staff knows us, has seen our kids grow up. The service and staff are fantastic.

Food still remains very good, Their Suprema de Pollo en Mole Poblano
(breast of chicken with mole poblano, sesame seeds, a vegetarian chimichanga, black beans and chihuahua cheese) is one of my most favorite dishes. Other dishes that were ordered were the Shrimp and Beef Brochette served over a Special Char-Broiler and the Carne Asada (grilled beef tenderloin cut thin and served with guacamole, rice, chicken tamale and enchilada) which is another one of my favorites. We ended our dinner with their Fried Ice Cream, which was my first time trying. YUM!

Service and atmosphere wonderful. All the food came our fresh, hot and tasted fantastic.

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LeslieN
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the presentation of food was top notch! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and time there!!!!

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LuisT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

muy rico, solo que habia mucho calor, a pesar de ser de noche, la comida y el servicio excelente

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vipItalianGirl
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Cozumel! We dine every visit. Today was my birthday, and being here made it feel extra special!! Gracias Orlando!!

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phonchos has always been a favorite . Been going for 25 years. Great place to take first timers to Cozumel for authentic experience, great service and garden setting. Will visit again next time in Cozumel.

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vipDDDLD
Edmonton
17 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our group really enjoyed our evening at Pancho's Backyard. The food was great and the service was outstanding. They are known for their Margaritas and they did not disappoint as they were very delicious! Take the time to enjoy a meal in this beautiful restaurant and it's very lovely surroundings!

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth visit to Pancho's, and we loved our food, the music and the atmosphere. I have taken my customers there to experience the delightful live music, and the margarita's as well as the food. This time I tried the Strawberry Margarita, my husband had the traditional. Our fresh salsa was simply made, and the flavors were so tasty. We shared the combination meal, chicken, enchilada, beans, rice, quesadilla and of course we ordered the fresh salsa and guacamole with the fresh homemade nacho chips. The waiter was friendly, and efficient. We will return again, the next time we are in Cozumel.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Creative presentations.

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BIGeoman
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complaints. Very good all round!

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vipKimAndMark
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and we love it. Great service, very tasty food and quality margaritas. We will be back!

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Nick
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and it lived up to its hype. Great food and margarita’s. Orlando was our waiter and he was very friendly and quick. Great place, highly recommended!

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TessaC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a last minute decision to go out, and it was the perfect night. All around a great place for a meal with the people you love.

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CatherineM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time visiting Pancho’s in Cozumel. We chose to visit the location which was an easy taxi trip about 3 miles from our cruise ship, which was not crowded at all. The ambience was perfect and the food and drinks were great and very affordable. There are also some very nice shops near the restaurant. This all made for a very nice day in Mexico!

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vipCameron
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waiter was very nice and personable. Food took a little long but the staff very attentive. Great food, amazing espresso. I recommend if you’re in town visiting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good, service was a little slow. I’m only going back to buy a T-shirt.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best margaritas and food for an amazing value!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a really wonderful dinner here. The service was great. We loved the ambience and would definitely come back the next time we are in Cozumel!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many positive words to say but all adds up to Amazing! I also have it 5 stars in Yelp!

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PhilipM
Denver
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Margaritas, mex food!!! Live music Fun place.

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DonM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the ineloquent name, Panchos has our favorite upscale restaurant in Cozumel. We have been many, many times. One time we stayed in La Playa instead of Cozumel and we rode the ferry both ways over and back just to eat there. Very highly recommended. This month we had a dinner for 14 people as part of our having a family marriage on the island. Everyone loved the place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go here every time we cone to Cozumel. Never disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Love the courtyard area.

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vipKlagunas
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Cozumel and went by for dinner on recommendation of a friend, place is very intimate and quiet which made for a wonderful romantic dinner on vacation. A must try!

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MartinezRM
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Although the service was friendly, would definitely not return. Very overpriced for quality of product served.

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JulieK
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

we sat inside for the sea view. Guacamole with fresh chips and pico excellent, as were the traditional margaritas. Also recommend enchiladas verdes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration! Fun!

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TracyE
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for 20 years and it is still every bit as good!!!

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vipFoodTraveller
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked this for a small group birthday celebration. Great service, and they brought a birthday dessert for us and "photo op" display for the occasion! The filet was excellent, cooked perfectly. The fish dish was served impressively, and was tasty, though the sauce was not the one asked for.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Went to Cozumel on a cruise 8 years ago and found this place, so when we went on a cruise with our kids last week, remembered this place and ate here again and it did not disappoint. Just as we remembered it... great guacamole and chips, strong margaritas, fantastic tacos and quesadillas! We will eat here anytime we are in Cozumel!

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