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Pancho & Lefty's Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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75-5719 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1738
+1 808-326-2171
08:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Valley, Washington
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

O.M.G... Where to start? Parking in the area is a real challenge, service is terrible, food is mediocre at best, prices are just fair. Starting with the good. The view from the second story restaurant, across the street from the bay, is beautiful. Last of the positive comments. The service was slow and it honestly seemed as if the waitress... More 

Thank dennis w
Langley, B.C. Canada
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163 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose this restaurant for the open balcony with ocean views and the Mexican menu. However once seated we discovered it was prime rib night so I ordered prime rib and husband ordered enchiladas. The prime rib was the best that I have had in recent memory...so tender and tasty and even the smaller portion left me with some to... More 

Thank banditoo
Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good Mexican food at Pancho & Lefty's Cantina. Staff was very friendly and the restaurant was very clean. Prices were moderate and fair. The restaurant is upstairs which allows for great people watching along Ali'i Dr. Would definitely return.

Thank Paul S
Cumming, Iowa
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed people watching while drinking our margaritas and munching tortilla chips and salsa. (They also have queso). We did not order off the menu. We sat in bar area and the bar tender was awesome and attentive. They had many college flags around - seem to be tuned into college sports. I'd go back again if in the area.

Thank kafek8t
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tourist restaurant with mediocre food, slow service, and no imagination. Have fun shooing the birds away from your plate. It could be so much better with just a little effort, but they don't seem to care.

Thank CRoberts1
Gilbert, Arizona
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just got back from there. Fast service, good food and lots of it at a great price. Excellent view of Ali'i drive and people watching at its finest. Plus, $3.00 pints of beer at happy hour.

Thank Ka6otm
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very disappointing with unclean and worn out conditions. Don't bother to go there. Parking is difficult and a long walking distance.

Thank happydog2015
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79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After celebrating the 14th annual lantern parade in down town Kailua-Kona town, I went up the stairs to Poncho and Lefty on Alii Drive. Being a Huge fan of Mexican foid, I was not expecting much, and was therefore not disappointed. Shrimp tacos were fine, bland but filling. The black beans were disappointing. Tortilla soup was hot and thin with... More 

Thank pflepsep
Oceanside, California, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sat down and joined a friend, it took 40 minutes before I was acknowledged for water. I was there an hour before I ordered a spinach/mushroom omelette for breakfast. I did not want bread or hash browns and was given no choice for another option, I asked can I have fruit, she said yes it would be an additional $3.00... More 

Thank ckd222
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been there two times. The food was good but the margarita was terrible. Ido however recommend them for their food.

Thank Lester T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5719 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1738
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-326-2171

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?