Pancho Villa's

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Pancho Villa's
240 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AB
  • Telephone 0131 557 4416
  • Seasonal times Extended hours during Edinburgh Festival.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun 1–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre price tapas available until 5pm
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Colourful and cosy Mexican serving up classic dishes in the heart of the Old Town.

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A stalwart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, this colourful spot has been serving locals and visitors for nearly three decades. Serving a tapas-style lunch menu during the day and more substantial dishes in the evenings, the menu focuses on classic fare from Valle de Bravo, chef/proprietor Mayra Nunez’s home town in Mexico. Quesadillas with chilli con carne and melted cheese have a subtle spiciness, while fried jalapeños give more of a kick. For mains, tacos, enchiladas, burritos and fajitas come with a variety of fillings to suit veggies and carnivores alike; cracked crab, slow-cooked lamb and chipotle courgette and sweetcorn are among the choices, alongside pork cooked in pineapple, orange juice or coke. Hefty side portions of brown rice and refried beans are pretty filling, though can be swapped for a salad if you prefer something lighter. House specials of lamb and spiced meatballs are available, as well as steak and chicken breast cooked with a Mexican slant.

The List's rating






Miranda Heggie visited Pancho Villa's on 28 January 2018
  • High point: Great variety of Mexican favourites
  • Low point: Desserts all a bit heavy
  • Notable dish: Corn tacos with marinated pork in achote, fresh pineapple and coriander
  • Average price: £10 (lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Chart/latin
  • Live entertainment: There is sometimes live entertainment during the Edinburh Fringe
  • Capacity: 85
  • Largest group: 85
  • Open since: 1988
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle