Pancho Villas Grill

★★★★★
  • 2539 Nicollet Ave S

    Minneapolis, MN 55404

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  • 612-871-7014

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Hours
10am - 2am
4.5882 17
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I thought I found a nice Mexican restaurant on 25th and Nicollet in South Minneapolis, But I was Rudely mistaken, This place is a dive, The staff is as cold and slow as the food. They do have big tv's so if ya want to go watch a fight,

3
★★★★★

I thought I found a nice Mexican restaurant on 25th and Nicollet in South Minneapolis, But I was Rudely mistaken, This place is a dive, The staff is as cold and slow as the food. They do have big tv's so if ya want to go watch a fight,

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Not a good experience. We ordered steak fajitas and they were like leather. Service was slow.

3
★★★★★

Not a good experience. We ordered steak fajitas and they were like leather. Service was slow.

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Food was awesome but parking is a nightmare and I got towed ($256) The service was so-so. All in all a great place to eat but service could be better.

3
★★★★★

Food was awesome but parking is a nightmare and I got towed ($256) The service was so-so. All in all a great place to eat but service could be better.

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I went here for lunch with a friend yesterday and it was great! The last time I tried to get in, it was too crowded. On Friday afternoon there's no problem getting a table.

We got a couple of margaritas (two for one!), a big

3
★★★★★

I went here for lunch with a friend yesterday and it was great! The last time I tried to get in, it was too crowded. On Friday afternoon there's no problem getting a table.

We got a couple of margaritas (two for one!), a big

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We visited this restaurant one evening to celebrate a birthday. The margaritas were great and huge, and the food seemed very authentic and was delicious. Later in the night Karaoke started and was mostly in Spanish. It was a great place to eat, but I wouldn't spend an entire evening there. The prices were reasonable and service was good.

3
★★★☆☆

We visited this restaurant one evening to celebrate a birthday. The margaritas were great and huge, and the food seemed very authentic and was delicious. Later in the night Karaoke started and was mostly in Spanish. It was a great place to eat, but I wouldn't spend an entire evening there. The prices were reasonable and service was good.

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We arranged to have a celebration dinner at Poncho Villa for 30 people, at 9:00 PM on a Saturday night. The owner was prepared for us when we arrived, and we proceeded to have a fantastic night. Margaritas, chips and chipotle sauce (the BEST!) were brought promptly to the table. The dinner orders were out soon after, and were spot on.
The karaoke was a bit loud, but it added to the overall ambiance and fun!
As noted elsewhere, parking is tough, however, we were asked 3 separate times by the wait staff where we parked, just to make sure that we wouldn?t be towed.

2
★★★★★

We arranged to have a celebration dinner at Poncho Villa for 30 people, at 9:00 PM on a Saturday night. The owner was prepared for us when we arrived, and we proceeded to have a fantastic night. Margaritas, chips and chipotle sauce (the BEST!) were brought promptly to the table. The dinner orders were out soon after, and were spot on.
The karaoke was a bit loud, but it added to the overall ambiance and fun!
As noted elsewhere, parking is tough, however, we were asked 3 separate times by the wait staff where we parked, just to make sure that we wouldn?t be towed.

Pros: Great food, Great Atmosphere and Great prices

Cons: Loud.. but expected

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The music is highly varied, but the crowd is dominantly Latino. This is a great thing when you are searching for authentic Mexican cuisine, go to where they are. In conclusion, Pancho Villa has great food, extended happy hours, and great margaritas. If you are looking to try something different and get away from the busy Uptown center while immersing yourself in the Latino culture, this place could quite possibly be for you.

4
★★★★☆

The music is highly varied, but the crowd is dominantly Latino. This is a great thing when you are searching for authentic Mexican cuisine, go to where they are. In conclusion, Pancho Villa has great food, extended happy hours, and great margaritas. If you are looking to try something different and get away from the busy Uptown center while immersing yourself in the Latino culture, this place could quite possibly be for you.

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We had the worst experience at Pancho Vs. We've been there several times, for 2-for-1 happy hour and decent mexican 'greasy spoon' food, and more often then not been satisfied, but the last time was terrible. The food was cold and soggy, it was bright and loud inside, and when we left, our car had been towed. We were in the gravel area at the back of the lot, and tried to tell that to the towing company and the servers in the restaurant, but they didn't care. Then we saw the security guard out in the parking lot watching people walk in to the restaurants on both sides, and on his cell phone, with the towing company I assume. He wouldn't even talk to us. What a scam. That $250 bill was the last we'll pay to Pancho Villa.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had the worst experience at Pancho Vs. We've been there several times, for 2-for-1 happy hour and decent mexican 'greasy spoon' food, and more often then not been satisfied, but the last time was terrible. The food was cold and soggy, it was bright and loud inside, and when we left, our car had been towed. We were in the gravel area at the back of the lot, and tried to tell that to the towing company and the servers in the restaurant, but they didn't care. Then we saw the security guard out in the parking lot watching people walk in to the restaurants on both sides, and on his cell phone, with the towing company I assume. He wouldn't even talk to us. What a scam. That $250 bill was the last we'll pay to Pancho Villa.

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I have always liked this place and now I adore it even more. Pancho Villas recently upgraded their furniture as well as interior-the place is now bigger and a lot more inviting. And also the smell of old carpets/deodorizers is gone. Welcome to new Pancho Villas. The food has improved in quality.

Few recommendations I have for them: the mens restroom location needs to be changed, The door is right there in the main dining area-not pretty at all. Overall 4 stars for me.

2
★★★★☆

I have always liked this place and now I adore it even more. Pancho Villas recently upgraded their furniture as well as interior-the place is now bigger and a lot more inviting. And also the smell of old carpets/deodorizers is gone. Welcome to new Pancho Villas. The food has improved in quality.

Few recommendations I have for them: the mens restroom location needs to be changed, The door is right there in the main dining area-not pretty at all. Overall 4 stars for me.

Pros: Quick seating, great food-value for money

Cons: Restroom location

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The service was decent but thats not why you would go to this place.

Fantastic authentic mexican is why. The portions are huge and the prices are low. This is a definate hole in the wall that I will be visiting again.

2
★★★★★

The service was decent but thats not why you would go to this place.

Fantastic authentic mexican is why. The portions are huge and the prices are low. This is a definate hole in the wall that I will be visiting again.

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: Waitresses speak broken english

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I love Pancho Villa! This little restaurant serves up authentic Mexican food and culture at a reasonable price in a festive atmosphere. My favorite is the veggie burrito, which is huge and filling, and the margaritas, which (as are Dos Equis beers) two-for-one ($5) during the extensive (seemingly on-going, really) happy hour.

The clientele is primarily Latino, and participates enthusiastically in Spanish karaoke during the weekend evenings. It can be quite loud and full, particularly on a Saturday night, so don't plan on being able to hold intimate conversations. For good food, tasty chips and salsa, and strong margaritas, this is the best bet around.

5
★★★★★

I love Pancho Villa! This little restaurant serves up authentic Mexican food and culture at a reasonable price in a festive atmosphere. My favorite is the veggie burrito, which is huge and filling, and the margaritas, which (as are Dos Equis beers) two-for-one ($5) during the extensive (seemingly on-going, really) happy hour.

The clientele is primarily Latino, and participates enthusiastically in Spanish karaoke during the weekend evenings. It can be quite loud and full, particularly on a Saturday night, so don't plan on being able to hold intimate conversations. For good food, tasty chips and salsa, and strong margaritas, this is the best bet around.

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Pancho Villa is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis and one of my favorites anywhere. The menu is huge, with something for everyone. They have an excellent seafood selection and many great family-style meals. Try a plate of oysters for starters, or one of their shrimp cocktails. Then get a whole tilapia, cooked to flaky perfection and served with warm tortillas. Or just try to avoid ordering the fajitas after an aromatic, sizzling platter has passed by your table. My personal favorites are the Camarones a la Veracruzana, the fish cooked in white wine, and the enchiladas with chipotle salsa (the mole is great too--best I've had outside of Mexico City--but the chipotle totally rocks). I haven't tried the desserts yet because I'm always too stuffed after eating my meal, but they look wonderful.

The bar is fully stocked, and includes a very impressive selection of tequila. I'm not usually a marguerita fan, but the margueritas here are perfect. Plus all the standard great, weird Mexican concoctions, including burning drinks that you're supposed to slurp through a straw before the straw (or your face) starts on fire.

This is not your standard Americanized Mexican restautrant. This is the real deal. The food here is authentic and the place is usually packed with Mexicans. I love the atmosphere here--very friendly and family-oriented. Soccer nights can get a little insane if Mexico is playing, and karaoke nights are always packed with soulful, out-of-tune singers dying to show off their lack of singing skills. It all just adds to the happy, wonderful, family vibe. Great jukebox. Happy hour drink specials all day, Monday through Friday. The prices are very reasonable and the only bad deal I've found on the menu is the plain burrito for $6.99 (just a plain old burrito with no sides--you can do way better here).

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★★★★★

Pancho Villa is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis and one of my favorites anywhere. The menu is huge, with something for everyone. They have an excellent seafood selection and many great family-style meals. Try a plate of oysters for starters, or one of their shrimp cocktails. Then get a whole tilapia, cooked to flaky perfection and served with warm tortillas. Or just try to avoid ordering the fajitas after an aromatic, sizzling platter has passed by your table. My personal favorites are the Camarones a la Veracruzana, the fish cooked in white wine, and the enchiladas with chipotle salsa (the mole is great too--best I've had outside of Mexico City--but the chipotle totally rocks). I haven't tried the desserts yet because I'm always too stuffed after eating my meal, but they look wonderful.

The bar is fully stocked, and includes a very impressive selection of tequila. I'm not usually a marguerita fan, but the margueritas here are perfect. Plus all the standard great, weird Mexican concoctions, including burning drinks that you're supposed to slurp through a straw before the straw (or your face) starts on fire.

This is not your standard Americanized Mexican restautrant. This is the real deal. The food here is authentic and the place is usually packed with Mexicans. I love the atmosphere here--very friendly and family-oriented. Soccer nights can get a little insane if Mexico is playing, and karaoke nights are always packed with soulful, out-of-tune singers dying to show off their lack of singing skills. It all just adds to the happy, wonderful, family vibe. Great jukebox. Happy hour drink specials all day, Monday through Friday. The prices are very reasonable and the only bad deal I've found on the menu is the plain burrito for $6.99 (just a plain old burrito with no sides--you can do way better here).

Pros: The best Mexican food in Minneapolis

Cons: If it gets any more popular I won't be able to get in

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There were five of us and we requested to sit outside on the "patio" (actually on the sidewalk in the space in front of the building). Even though there were only two-person tables set up, the waiters quickly catered to our needs and pushed some tables together - even kindly asking a man to move down a spot (my apologies to the kind man).

However, the food and margaritas did not meet my expecations. I thought the margaritas were a tidbit salty, and the food was somewhat dry (I had a combo plate with an enchilada, tostada, and taco). I suppose I would go back again and try something else.....it could have been an off day.

The prices were very reasonable, especially with the 2-4-1 margaritas. My bill totaled to $12 and change.

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★★★☆☆

There were five of us and we requested to sit outside on the "patio" (actually on the sidewalk in the space in front of the building). Even though there were only two-person tables set up, the waiters quickly catered to our needs and pushed some tables together - even kindly asking a man to move down a spot (my apologies to the kind man).

However, the food and margaritas did not meet my expecations. I thought the margaritas were a tidbit salty, and the food was somewhat dry (I had a combo plate with an enchilada, tostada, and taco). I suppose I would go back again and try something else.....it could have been an off day.

The prices were very reasonable, especially with the 2-4-1 margaritas. My bill totaled to $12 and change.

Pros: Customer service

Cons: Food and drinks not up to expectaions

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Yes, its that good. Casual, cheap drinks, and AMAZING food. They have a patio area to sit but inside is nice too. Best hole in the wall joint you will find in that neighborhood.

2
★★★★★

Yes, its that good. Casual, cheap drinks, and AMAZING food. They have a patio area to sit but inside is nice too. Best hole in the wall joint you will find in that neighborhood.

Pros: Great service and yummy food.

Cons: Hard to get a table

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This place, for the last 4 years, has been my favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is delicious, some of my favorites being the the carnitas (roasted pork) and lengua (beef tongue) tacos. The carnitas is fantastic; slow cooked tender pieces of pork that's roasted until the fat in the meat crisps up, the taste and texture combination will make your lengua cry, it's so good! You can either get them the authentic way, with chopped cilantro and onions on two small thin soft stacked corn tortillas or you can get them durazo style, a more familiar hard corn shell with tomatoes lettuce and sour cream. I'm a big fan of the former, but I've never tried it durazo. Another favorite is the caldo de siete mares (soup of the seven seas) which is a rich seafood stew. Highly spiced (but not too hot) and hearty with chunks of potatoes carrots and lots of shrimp fish and crab pieces, it reminds of chigae, which is a spicy Korean stew, if you're familiar with that cuisine. I've often split the stew with friends (2-3 other people) and the waitresses will split it for you into separate bowls, and make sure you each get the same amount of shrimp and crab legs! That's great service!

Their happy hour is, I believe, all day long, with two for one drinks being their special. They have a huge tequila selection, so that you can try something that's not just Cuervo or Patron.

The restaurant itself is huge and is split up into two rooms. If you bring 6 friends on your birthday, you eat for free!

Most of the wait staff don't speak a ton of English, but they'll forgive us for not speaking Spanish as they are friendly and sweet, so don't forget to leave them a fat tip as you'll probably being going back to Pancho Villa again!

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★★★★★

This place, for the last 4 years, has been my favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is delicious, some of my favorites being the the carnitas (roasted pork) and lengua (beef tongue) tacos. The carnitas is fantastic; slow cooked tender pieces of pork that's roasted until the fat in the meat crisps up, the taste and texture combination will make your lengua cry, it's so good! You can either get them the authentic way, with chopped cilantro and onions on two small thin soft stacked corn tortillas or you can get them durazo style, a more familiar hard corn shell with tomatoes lettuce and sour cream. I'm a big fan of the former, but I've never tried it durazo. Another favorite is the caldo de siete mares (soup of the seven seas) which is a rich seafood stew. Highly spiced (but not too hot) and hearty with chunks of potatoes carrots and lots of shrimp fish and crab pieces, it reminds of chigae, which is a spicy Korean stew, if you're familiar with that cuisine. I've often split the stew with friends (2-3 other people) and the waitresses will split it for you into separate bowls, and make sure you each get the same amount of shrimp and crab legs! That's great service!

Their happy hour is, I believe, all day long, with two for one drinks being their special. They have a huge tequila selection, so that you can try something that's not just Cuervo or Patron.

The restaurant itself is huge and is split up into two rooms. If you bring 6 friends on your birthday, you eat for free!

Most of the wait staff don't speak a ton of English, but they'll forgive us for not speaking Spanish as they are friendly and sweet, so don't forget to leave them a fat tip as you'll probably being going back to Pancho Villa again!

Pros: Great food, attentive staff, 2-4-1's all day, inexpensive

Cons: Cafeteria-like, T.V.'s on all the time, can be really loud, esp. karoke Th-Su nights

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VERY CASUAL & cheep décor (good place to wear the sweatpants). They do have great Mexican food and the drink specials are amazing!!! It was $4 for two margaritas and $2.75 for two beers!!! The staff was also very nice.

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★★★★☆

VERY CASUAL & cheep décor (good place to wear the sweatpants). They do have great Mexican food and the drink specials are amazing!!! It was $4 for two margaritas and $2.75 for two beers!!! The staff was also very nice.

Pros: Food, Drinks, Service

Cons: Hole-in-the-wall

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If you're a fan of the real deal, you'll find it here. Big flavors and fresh food is on the menu. We did not have one dud in our meal tonight!

2
★★★★★

If you're a fan of the real deal, you'll find it here. Big flavors and fresh food is on the menu. We did not have one dud in our meal tonight!

 

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