On summer evenings this casual Mexican restaurant at the south end of the lively Elgin Street district is completely empty, while a line of ... More
On summer evenings this casual Mexican restaurant at the south end of the lively Elgin Street district is completely empty, while a line of prospective patrons stretches along the courtyard, waiting for seats under the leafy trees of its cobblestone patio. The only handicapped-accessible area of the restaurant, the patio is much more charming than the slightly shabby interior, with its pink walls, lace curtains and tiny bar area. Outside or inside, however, patrons will get a delicious choice of standard Mexican fare: chili, nachos, fajitas, burritos and deep-fried ice cream.
A group of 12 of us from work went for lunch, as Pancho Villa was a favourite of one of us. Our table was ready for us when we arrived, and the waitress was very attentive. All the meals arrived together, and everyone enjoyed them. One of the group, not the one who'd suggested Pancho Villa due to it being a favourite, said it was his third time there and he'd been very satisfied every time. For my meal I chose two hard shell tacos as I wanted something light. They came nicely presented on an oval plate with salad between the tacos. I'd happily return any time.
The food at Pancho Villa is pretty decent and the price is definitely right, however, this is the most abysmal service I've ever had. Our waiter barked orders at the bus boy (the bus boy was working his butt off, by the way) in a completely condescending manner, and all but completely ignored us for the first twenty minutes we were seated at our table.
We waited almost an HOUR for our appetizers to be served, and then another half hour for our entrees. The entire time the waiter was completely rude - we had to flag him down if we wanted anything at all, and he treated us with contempt, as though we were interrupting him by asking him for another drink. The only time our server was nice? When he brought the bills.
Needless to say we won't be eating here again.
We love Pancho Villa. We have been there several times over the years. It is affordable, the service is cordial and we love the cuisine. Last time we went, 4 out of 7 of us got some kind of food poisoning from the meals. Those who became sick all had chicken. All who had beef were fine. We called to tell the manager about the food poisoning. He did NOT apologize, and offered no type of recourse or explanation. Its too bad. We just wanted to let him know what had happened, but he obviously could have cared less. Well, its been 2 days now and several trips to the hospital with time off work. Next time, I will think twice.
I went to Pancho Villa for the first time just a few days ago. I went with two other people and we shared an appetizer, and all had Mole Chicken. The service was excellent and so was the food. Everything was delicious! We will definitely be going back!
We are always welcomed at the entrance by someone who then recommends a table for us. The server is quick to come to the table and is very attentive. He/she regularly remembers our favourites from previous visits i.e. in drinks and in food. We can always count on Pancho Villa in speedy delivery of the food, when we're short on time. We are also always pleased with the presentation of the plates and the quality of the food. The prices are also very good. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK PANCHO VILLA!
I was recently at p/v over the holidays and i have to say that the food and service is really good!I really don't know what those negative comments are comming from as i frequent this place and have never been disappointed...Keep up the good work guys and keep pumping out that excellent food!!!
I happen to disagree with the negative opinions about PV posted here but those are opinions that are no more or less valid than mine. What I will call into question are the criticisms of the quantity of food at Pancho Villa. The dinner entrees are very well-portioned and not small at all. I'm a 6' tall 200 pound man and my appetite is well sated after a meal at PV.
In terms of authenticity... I don't think it's fair for people to compare a Mexican-themed restaurant in Ottawa with family-run restaurants in Mexico. Of-freaking-COURSE the restaurants in Mexico are going to me more authentic! I highly doubt that Mexicans that travel to Ottawa complain that they can't find a good beaver-tail south of the border.
Pancho Villa offers completely delicious Mexican-inspired food for the North American palate at very reasonable prices with very generous quantities.
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