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Pancho & Lefty's Cantina

) #76 of 199 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona $$ - $$$ Mexican, ,
75-5719 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1738
+1 808-326-2171
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good37%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
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Open Now
08:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
75-5719 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1738
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They have the best meatball vegetable soup, whose name I can't remember. It's so good, I order two and take one home each time. Yum! Chips and salsa and friendly wait staff!

Thank Heather R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner in early May - no reservations needed, as it was off-season. Maybe could be considered a "dive bar" compared to some of the glitzy restaurants, but food and drinks were good, and it has excellent people-watching if seated by the 2nd floor balcony....More

Thank Ned_9
Reviewed 1 week ago

We consistently eat great Mexican food at Pancho's and Lefty's. There are other Mexican food restaurants on the Big Island, but being from the west coast where we are used to great Mexican food we find Pancho's and Lefty's the best on the Big Island....More

Thank Flyly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is located on the "strip" in Kona, Hawaii. It is on the second floor and boasts excellent views of the ocean. It has a good menu with numerous items. The food was good, I've had better but it was tasty and plentiful and...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

REALLY REALLY enjoyed this stop, the place is 'tacky and old/tired' but hey the balcony viewing is enjoyable and the salsa was mega mega fresh - we loved it. I couldn't believe the size of the marguerites they are massive -one is more than enough...More

Thank Sonjabs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

During a drive around in Hawaii, we stopped for lunch in Kona at Pancho & Lefty's. This restaurant is in a great location but has seen better days. Tired decor, okay food but sticky & tacky tables. We could have done better.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of room, good food great place for a family lunch while in kona... poncho lefties is a must do for family every time we come to Kona, right by shopping and great margaritas.

Thank ksmyers26
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Pancho & Lefty's is known for it's (relatively) authentic Mexican food right in Kailua Kona. Good food, good service.

Thank davidV1642TR
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Right in downtown Kona is a great Mexican restaurant upstairs overlooking the King's Palace. The food was a Mexican flair to breakfast. The staff very friendly. We plan to go next Sunday with our family.

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

With a group of students. One finds an earwig-like insect in her refried beans. Waitress- "oh s**t, that's not supposed to be there". Plate is removed and returned with insect-free beans. Bill arrives with no adjustment and three margaritas on the bill, no margaritas ordered...More

Thank Brad J
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Ken S
30 March 2016|
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Response from Will F | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but I don't think so this is a restaurant on the beach front, they don't really need to have specials as new customers are always arriving. If your looking for a deal, then check out the L & L drive in. Good... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5719 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1738
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-326-2171
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