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Poncho's Mexican Food

#345 of 2,521 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
South Mountain
Mexican, Southwestern
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7202 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042-5425
+1 602-276-2437
10:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Tempe, Arizona
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155 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

There was a short wait but they cleared and re-sat tables quickly. Dinner was good. Server was friendly. Cudos for not writing orders down and food arrived correctly.

Thank TSFfromNM
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I've been to Poncho's a couple times now. First of all, the restaurant was extremely busy, but the wait wasn't long to be seated. You could easily see it's a great place to bring the family or friends, the crowd was energetic. The decor is rustic and it feels like being in someone's home. The staff was friendly and attentive.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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122 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

A Phoenix landmark since the 70s and still is today. The food is stellar as it always has been, that's why I love this place. They don't try to change a dish from it's original recipe. Ponchos has always been one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, simply great food and charm. Still run by the family and at it's original... More 

Thank ronv319
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46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

large portion, disappointed by the guacamole which was a bit thin. the chips were very good, thin and crispy and not oily, the salsa was spicy but more like a sauce and not a chunky salsa. Didn't appreciate to be seated in a separate small room that was empty and in the last corner next to the kitchen even though... More 

Thank Lavaboarding
Saint Johns, Arizona
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Wednesday night we went and ate there for dinner and had rude service and the food came out late and at different times. Why would we go back, I wouldn't wish this horrible service on anyone! Food tasted great but, you can have the greatest food in the world but if you have horrible service what's the use of turn... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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116 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We go here for the albondigas several times a winter, and have doing so for 15 years. Great chips and salsa!

Thank Lawdrum
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Ordered Machaca burrito, covered enchilada style in green chile. Machaca was NOT machaca, but just shredded beef. Machaca should be a dried beef, like beef jerky, that is then re-hydrated and shredded. The green chile (salsa) was odd. It was a green chile salsa, but loaded with chunky cooked onion. Proper green chile salsa should be a reduction of green... More 

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Newaygo, Michigan
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My in-laws recommended this restaurant. So glad we stopped. The place was packed on a Sunday afternoon, but we didn't have to wait long to be seated. Appetizer of taquitos was warm and yummy. Our entrees were served quite timely. We would have ordered dessert if the waitress had asked before she brought our bill.

Thank Melissa K
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243 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Friends told family about Ponchos Mexican Restaurant, since they haven't been there we tried it. It was a great recommendation as the food and service was great. The order was placed and it was served quickly and hot. The waitress was very friendly and efficient.

Thank Ron B
Phoenix, Arizona
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221 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is definitely an authentic Mexican restaurant located off the beaten path. It is worth the trip to savor tasty salsa and enchiladas. The menu has a terrific selection of Mexican food. I had two enchiladas one chicken one beef. The service is fabulous considering that every time I have visited it has been crowded. The food is served on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7202 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042-5425
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > South Mountain
  • Neighbourhood: South Mountain
  • Phone Number: +1 602-276-2437

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