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Pancho and Lefty's

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern
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1018 17th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566-2005
+1 608-426-6116
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Monroe, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Sometimes it's hard to get in but always worth the wait. There pork doesn't matter what it is on is amazing. Wait staff is always great to no complaints ever

Thank kyle k
Onalaska, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pancho and Lefty's specializes in Tex-Mex, but has a wide variety of foods including burgers, burritos, BBQ, mac and cheese, and more! Every dish I have tried has been excellent, and the service is top notch as well. The restaurant is very small, so be prepared to wait for a table, especially at peak meal times.

Thank Libby S
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small restaurant is the best in town. They smoke their own meats, making for an excellent meal. I love their brisket, and my husband loves their ribs. They also have excellent homemade mac and cheese that is some of the best I have ever had. They do only take cash, so be prepared. There is an ATM on site,... More 

Thank Kate P
Champaign, Illinois
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77 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is located on the square in the heart of downtown. It's supposedly the best restaurant in Monroe, but so much is lacking here... First of all, it's overpriced. Second, they don't take credit cards. Third, they're closed too often; it took me a year to find them open and uncrowded. I stopped in Friday mid-afternoon and found them... More 

Thank anchorman_61826
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I go to monroe I want to eat here. Tex Mex food but everything has been tasty always from the nachos to the brisket to the burritos and not to mention he burger. They only take cash and have an extremely small dining room.

Thank Heather O
Monroe, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A true chef and best host, the owners do everything in the restaurant and on the menu really really well. Tex-Mex and burgers, steaks, sandwiches, local beer and charm. The line goes out the door here most days.

Thank ruukasu0808
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244 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

In addition to having the best ribs and Mac & Cheese ANYWHERE, other dishes here are also very special and highly recommended.Try the spicy shrimp tacos or the open flame grilled burgers! If you're within 50 miles of Monroe, be sure to eat here. (Closed Sundays and Mondays)

Thank Paul4ejjr
Northwest Illinois
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I've wanted to go here forever and finally got the chance over the weekend. My daughter and I got to the restaurant around 1, gave our name and phone number and left to browse the downtown area while we waited for a table. It is such a tiny place, it's definitely preferable to amble around downtown rather than crowd in... More 

Thank pdrane56
Brodhead, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Kinda a small place but everyone loves it & it's usually packed. Just remember to bring cash as they don't take plastic!!

Thank lynneb852
Monroe, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Amazing food, very small atmosphere, mom and pop, go off hours, its totally worth the wait or off hours

Thank Deb J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1018 17th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566-2005
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Monroe
  • Phone Number: +1 608-426-6116
This is as small restaurant that packs people in. It has a small bar and you usually have to wait for a table. You can leave your number and they will call when a table opens up.The food is unbelievable. It's a place where other restaurant owners go to eat.

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