Pancho Villa's

Pancho Villa's
26 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LG
  • Telephone 0141 552 7737
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–late; Sun 1pm–late
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun 1pm–9pm
  • Average price £8.50 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
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Cantina-style eatery in Merchant City with good tacos and lots of fun for parties.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Pancho Villa’s deserves recognition as a member of the early wave of Merchant City food and drink establishments having arrived nearly two decades ago. It is still going strong despite the fact that its generous two-storey premises would no doubt appeal to chains or breweries eyeing up the hospitality-focused destination. That said, the once cheerful-looking interior with its bright murals (including a large homage to Frida Kahlo) and wooden cantina-style tables and chairs, is starting to show it’s age a bit. The no-fuss cantina feel permeates other aspects too – food arrives swiftly, portions are large, and there is a slight lack of subtlety in some of the dishes – the house special chipotle chicken is big on creamy, garlicky sauce but rather too light on the delicate chipotle flavour. However, there are some good flourishes to be found – the tender lamb barbacoa tacos, for instance, just melt in the mouth. An ideal spot for large groups and celebrations with tapas deals, student discounts and party extras.

  • High point: Swift service and big portions
  • Low point: Seems hurried
  • Notable dish: Lamb barbacoa tacos
  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 160
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle