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Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar

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145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 5952 2741
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Berkeley Vale, Australia
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 menu

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Thank kenn1sar
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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43 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank TiberiuDL
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came into the Panhandle around 8.30pm on a Tuesday night (after a visit to the Penguin Parade). We didnt have a reservation and as a family of 6 sometimes struggle without one. They were very accommodating - gave us the option of sorting out some tables or if we were happy a booth. The two ladies running service were incredibly... More 

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Thank Kristians_mum
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff here are a real credit to the establishment. Extremely friendly and very accommodating. The food was great. Massive portions. The small nachos filled us for entree and we ended up taking away our main. Ribs were great! Would highly recommend

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Thank Deb L
Melbourne
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is a difficult place to review as the meals we had varied in quality. We dined with family from the USA who know their Mexican food. The fajitas didn't come with guacamole, sour cream or salsa but family member said they were ok. Not a lot of chicken in the meal I noticed. The veggie taco and green salad... More 

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Thank shortmaree
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

It's no haute cuisine...it's tex mex and it's a comforting thing to have a frozen margarita, while you munch on nachos in an over-decorated restaurant. Their nachos are really good and the staff are always really friendly. Whenever I'm on the island I go here, it's a tradition of comforting proportions.

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Thank toastytintin
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Came here with a large group and kids. They put us out in the back room which was great as we didn't have to worry about the kids being loud and annoying other diners. Food was yum but took quite a while to come out. Was a busy night and didn't seem to have enough staff.

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Thank sophcoen
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Typical tex mex food but so not up to scratch. Very ordinary quality and mass produced. Service was good, but that is all this place has going for it.

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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This was the third time we've eaten at the panhandle and as always the food was excellent. we have developed a soft spot for their Fajitas which are brilliant and look forward to coming to the island to go here for dinner. Unfortunately this time we found the wait staff to be uninterested and got the impression they didn't really... More 

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Thank Darren E
Biarritz, France
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I don't know how they do it but nearly every mexican restaurant I go to seem to be able to cook exactly the same food. Good food, good service but just another generic mexican restaurant.

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Thank genelleh380

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Phillip Island  >  Cowes
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5952 2741

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