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Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar

145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
+61 3 5952 2741
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Overview
  • Excellent19%
  • Very good30%
  • Average36%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (6 reviews)
“small nachos” (2 reviews)
“guacamole” (4 reviews)
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Mexican
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
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1 - 10 of 127 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Look I get it, we are regional. Seriously though most of us eat in Melbourne and this place really would do so much better if they tried. Mexican food should be fresh tasty spicy and most of it can be gluten free eg Mamasita. Maybe...More

Thank Byzantinejo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

New owners so all changed up. Margaritas on point. Nachos to start enough for 3 to share. Build your own Fajitas yum and huge x4 wraps. Couldn’t eat it all. Tacos here Delish and fresh. Overall lovely night great staff and good friendly service. Good...More

Thank laurenheath
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We come to Phillip Island once a year for Motogp, and we always eat at least one night at this restaurant. Last year the quality was worse than usual, and this year we heard that there’s a new owner, so we hoped that things would...More

1  Thank Luca_Gaia
Ebony C, Online Content Manager at Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Hi Luca, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. The owner, Colleen, had actually told me about your experience before I even saw this review. I believe that you spoke to her on the night before departing? We are very sorry that you...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Friendly service! Open late so a good option after the Penguin Parade (most other places stop serving at 8 pm). Recently under new management. Nachos good - small portion enough to share between 4! Burrito also good as was Quesadilla. Remember to ask for spicy/chilli...More

1  Thank TheFrankens
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The best Mexican food in 100k, cold drinks and a variety of beers. This place often has live music too. If you're visiting Phillip Island this is a great place for the family and also for a night out.

2  Thank Trevor F
Ebony C, Online Content Manager at Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you so much for your review! The new owners Paul & Colleen really appreciate you taking the time to rate us. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 10 August 2017

We had always been curious about Panhandle so decided to go for a meal . Should have realised when we walked in that there was a few people at the bar but nobody eating. The food was ok ,ribs were a bit dry just another...More

Thank bart12342017
Ebony C, Online Content Manager at Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thanks for reviewing! Did you know that Panhandle has new owners and only just reopened last weekend? Very close to the school holidays so will likely be busy but I hope that you might consider trying us again sometime soon? We are already receiving great...More

Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Ok where to start. When wife and myself arrived we were not even acknowledge on arrival had to seat ourselfs. Waited 5 minutes to see someone when he arrived ask if we were ready to order. Ha we hadn't seen the menu. Foood was well...More

Thank Leigh D
Ebony C, Online Content Manager at Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thanks for your review Leigh. Paul & Colleen are the new owners and reopened Panhandle last weekend. We are already receiving great feedback about our food and are committed to making it into the great family restaurant it should be. We hope you might try...More

Reviewed 14 June 2017

Upon arrival we were informed that they were trying to find more staff for the evening and there would be delays. Although it was a long weekend it seemed as if they were taken unaware by the number of people who wanted to eat out....More

Thank Kimothy1003
Ebony C, Online Content Manager at Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thanks for reviewing! We are under new management and reopened last weekend and we are committed to turning Panhandle into a great family restaurant. We have completely overhauled the kitchen and we have some great food on offer - your husband should try the ribs...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Good service with wait staff happy to please. The food lacked spice of Mexican food so I felt a little let down. Limited menuMore

Thank kenn1sar
Ebony C, Online Content Manager at Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Cheers for you review! Panhandle is under new management and reopened last weekend! Our food has had a complete overhaul and is getting excellent feedback already. We hope to see you again and give you a great night with great food, and hopefully you'll consider...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017

After a long day of visiting the island, the dinner at Panhandle Tex Mex "hit the spot". The establishment is over decorated with specific Mexican items, including sombrero hats. Excellent food, good portions, friendly and relaxing atmosphere, great service.

Thank TiberiuDL
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Cuisine
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Phillip Island  >  Cowes
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5952 2741
Description
Under new management, the Panhandle Restaurant serves an array of Mexican and Texan food, with a fully stocked bar; including frozen Margaritas and a selection of local and imported beers and wines. Warm, relaxed atmosphere with front and rear alfresco dining areas.
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