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Bandido's Mexican Cafe

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159 1/2 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
+1 919-967-5048
12:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 10:30 - 14:30
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I don't usually review restaurants that I haven't eaten their food, but we tried to eat here after a football game. The hostess disappeared for awhile and came back looking very flustered after trying to find us a table and menus. This should have been our clue to just leave. She sat us and we waited over 10 minutes without... More 

Thank Jennifer A
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Standard Mexican food restaurant. The atmosphere is very cool and they have a salsa bar. Prices are average and the food is great! Quick service as well.

Thank Laura B
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Wonderful changing specials. Good prices and excellent service. Love the salsa bar and atmosphere. Very cozy

Thank Kimberly G
Falls Church, Virginia
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015

I love this place, have since the day it opened! Run by a local family this whole time, the menu has changed a little, but they can always accommodate what you want. Super fast, friendly service and delicious food. As a plus, their take-out containers are *recyclable*!

Thank Michelle M
Kettering, Ohio
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335 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

I came to this place using a groupon. I ordered their burrito, which costs $10 and includes rice and beans. They brought chips to the table which were okay. The burrito was around half filled. They loosely wrap the burrito so that it covered more area of the dish. It wasn't that big and not that great tasting. You are... More 

Thank waterdance
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014

We had incredibly bad service. The waitress was rushed and spilled a plate of hot fajitas in my friend's lap. The waitress did not apologize. I went to let the manager to let him know this had happened, and he acted like he was angry at us! He did not apologize. While the manager was at our table, another of... More 

1 Thank JohnSmith2323
Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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191 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

This has been a frequent stop for lunch when we're in Chapel Hill. Our most recent visit was for dinner and it was disappointing. None of us enjoyed our entrees. This was a surprise as we usually like Bandido's. I don't know if they've changed their recipes, were just overwhelmed with the crowd or what. But if it it's the... More 

Thank Everett B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

We had planned to get Mexican at a different restaurant, but when we ditched the movie part of dinner & movie night, decided we wanted to hang out on Franklin Street, and a friend had recommended a satellite location of this restaurant, so we tried it. It's in the alley where the Rat was. The food was very good Mexican,... More 

Thank Greg L
Abingdon, Virginia
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013 via mobile

Came in for a quick bite on a whim. Restaurant was clean and uncrowded, which was great. The service was polite, friendly, and VERY speedy. The food was pretty average, however. Salsa, queso dip, and black beans were good. I had veggie enchiladas in which the veggies were fresh and well-prepared, but the mole sauce on top was over-salted. Guacamole... More 

Thank ChelseaMP
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

My research group eats lunch here every week. The menu has variety, the dish design is tasteful, the service is swift, and the prices are quite reasonable.

Thank Fred B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 14:30
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 1/2 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-967-5048

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