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Poncho's Mexican Food

#339 of 2,533 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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Tampa, Florida
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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Follow up with great service and eating environment. Food served promptly with care taken by server to detail. Separate seating rooms with cleanliness foremost including the bathroom.

Thank ronflausa
Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Generous portions, good Mexican food. It can take a while to get seated on Friday afternoons, or of course anytime on the weekend - but it's a south Phoenix staple. Service is very personable. Worth the wait!

Thank catsandicecream
Mesa, Arizona
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for a quick bite but were disappointed. We've always want to try this place and probably won't be a repeat customer. I know Bill Clinton loved this place and they display that proudly. Our experience was not as good as his was. Sonora Enchilada w/ Green Chili sauce - Flavorless. Shredded Beef Chimichanga - Good. Beef Flautas... More 

Thank dkmeise
Tempe, Arizona
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155 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Thank unowen1
Phoenix, Arizona
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122 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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 18 helpful votes
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
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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119 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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
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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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?