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Panhandle Tex Mex Eatery & Bar

145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
+61 3 5952 2741
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good30%
  • Average37%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (6 reviews)
“small nachos” (2 reviews)
“guacamole” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Came here with a large group and kids. They put us out in the back room which was great as we didn't have to worry about the kids being loud and annoying other diners. Food was yum but took quite a while to come out....More

Thank sophcoen
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Typical tex mex food but so not up to scratch. Very ordinary quality and mass produced. Service was good, but that is all this place has going for it.

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This was the third time we've eaten at the panhandle and as always the food was excellent. we have developed a soft spot for their Fajitas which are brilliant and look forward to coming to the island to go here for dinner. Unfortunately this time...More

Thank Darren E
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I don't know how they do it but nearly every mexican restaurant I go to seem to be able to cook exactly the same food. Good food, good service but just another generic mexican restaurant.

Thank genelleh380
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Been eating at Panhandle for the past 10 plus years when we visit the Island. Haven't been for a year or so but disappointed to see how it has declined. Looking and feeling old, prices are up, quality is down. Service was friendly and quick...More

Thank Bigozpete
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We popped in here on the way to the Penguin Parade and we were not disappointed. Happy hour drink prices were very good, food was great and the service was super friendly and efficient. They also had live music, but unfortunately we had to leave...More

1  Thank CatTea4Me
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

It a nice comfy little place with great fast service with a smile & the waitress really goes out of there way to make sure you are satisfied i will go there every time im in the island 👍

Thank Brash81
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Good food all round. Fast service with a smile. Have been twice now and would go again. Gluten free options were good too.

Thank Boognut
Reviewed 12 November 2016

After reading several reports on trip advisor we were undecided if we should pay this restaurant a visit or not - we were glad that we did. The service was quick, efficient and friendly, making sure we understood that the portion sizes were large. We...More

1  Thank Andy P
Reviewed 6 November 2016

It was tasty & filling. Easy to find on the main rd. I'd return with other people. There were vegetarian options.

Thank Debsds
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Phillip Island  >  Cowes
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5952 2741
Under new management, the Panhandle Restaurant serves an array of Mexican and Texan food, with a fully stocked bar; including frozen Margaritas and a selection of local and imported beers and wines. Warm, relaxed atmosphere with front and rear alfresco dining areas.
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