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Bandido's Mexican Cafe

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122 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278-2562
+1 919-732-8662
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When visiting Hillsborough, stop and have a taste of what good Mexican food is. We ate there today and the price is so affordable and they over fill the plates. Any restaurant in Hillsborough is busy at lunch but Bandidos still manages to get their customers seated and fed. Love their Taco Salad. The Taco is light and airy and... More 

Thank Betty E
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Fun atmosphere and great food! The staff is always polite and friendly. They have a particular meal that you can win a T-shirt if you can eat it all and my husband took the challenge lol. The kids love coming here as well and getting the fried ice cream.

Thank Jessica E
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Doesn't distinguish itself from its thousands of "mexican" restaurant brethren across the country. Basic tex-mex fare in a basic ambiance.

Thank MistaPoupou
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Scary tacos (what's that smell??); roaches in the restrooms, and margaritas that taste faintly of Dr. Bronner's Soap. Pass!

Thank mhill0812
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you are looking for delicious poblano pepper with shredded beef, go to Bandido's Mexican Cafe. You won't be disappointed. We had lunch there recently and it was so good, we ordered 2 to take home.

Thank annt575
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Very fast, had great recommendations from our waitress. Solid stop. Its hard to get a five star out of me and I feel I've been to more authentic places, and being from Chicago I'm very spoiled with amazing unique taco joints. I'd still highly recommend.

Thank Christa G
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Love the food and the chips and salsa are the best! Lots of choices on the menu and you can't go wrong with whatever you choose. Convenient ramp garage that is free a block away. Quaint town and great for shopping and walking off your meal.

Thank Sharon S
Asheville, NC
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4 reviews
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Great experience. Our meal was authentic and delicious. The service was perfect. We enjoyed this memory at the end of our tour if historic Hillsborough.

Thank bethaAsheville_NC
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

The food was good. I had the San Antonio burrito with steak. It was very seasoned, however there was only one waitress working during lunch time. She did a good job serving all the people. They need to hire another waitress.

Thank Michigan2NC
Snow Camp, North Carolina
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147 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Tried chicken rice bowl for the first time. Very good and fresh. Only drawback was there too many beans in it and my daughter had a very good quesadilla. Tip: go at lunchtime - they have better specials. Dinner kind of pricey.

Thank Tammy A

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 122 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278-2562
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hillsborough
  • Phone Number: +1 919-732-8662

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