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Bandido's Mexican Cafe

159 1/2 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
+1 919-967-5048
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good34%
  • Average22%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible9%
27 Jul 2017
“Great Lunch Spot...”
19 Jun 2017
“Very authentic!”
159 1/2 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I've eaten at Bandido's in Chapel Hill and also in Hillsborough for years. They're fantastic. I prefer lunchtime and the Chapel Hill location because of the self-service salsa bar. The lunch fajitas are a great choice as are the chicken quesadillas. You can't go wrong....More

Thank banjoal
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I first ate at Bandido's about five years ago and thought it was a really good Mexican Café. Back then we were visiting the downtown Chapel Hill area and didn't live close by. We live closer now, but most of the time we avoid Franklin...More

Thank MGG56
Reviewed 20 June 2017

We loved the food! Service was excellent. A bit of a grungy place - but that adds to the ambience. We ate here on a Sat. evening after the College semester had ended. Not overly crowded, but plenty of others enjoying the food/vibe.

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Banditos used to be great a few years back, but the last times have been disappointing. Food had little flavor and there was a rather large piece of plastic in my meal. The salsa bar is nice though. It is very dark and can get...More

Thank Jacob R
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I don't usually review restaurants that I haven't eaten their food, but we tried to eat here after a football game. The hostess disappeared for awhile and came back looking very flustered after trying to find us a table and menus. This should have been...More

Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Standard Mexican food restaurant. The atmosphere is very cool and they have a salsa bar. Prices are average and the food is great! Quick service as well.

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Wonderful changing specials. Good prices and excellent service. Love the salsa bar and atmosphere. Very cozy

Thank Kimberly G
Reviewed 14 January 2015

I love this place, have since the day it opened! Run by a local family this whole time, the menu has changed a little, but they can always accommodate what you want. Super fast, friendly service and delicious food. As a plus, their take-out containers...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 6 January 2015

I came to this place using a groupon. I ordered their burrito, which costs $10 and includes rice and beans. They brought chips to the table which were okay. The burrito was around half filled. They loosely wrap the burrito so that it covered more...More

Thank waterdance
Reviewed 4 June 2014

This has been a frequent stop for lunch when we're in Chapel Hill. Our most recent visit was for dinner and it was disappointing. None of us enjoyed our entrees. This was a surprise as we usually like Bandido's. I don't know if they've changed...More

Thank Everett B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
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Open Hours
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 1/2 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-967-5048
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