Los Bandidos Mexican Restaurant, Ayia Napa

Los Bandidos Mexican Restaurant, Ayia Napa, Established 1993

I popped in to catch up with the gorgeous Ioanna to find out if the rumours that they were going to stay open this winter were true … I’ve been eating here since the day they opened back in 1993, coincidently the year we moved here, and this would be the first time they’ve opened in the winter!  I must say, since their renovations early in 2020 the place looks absolutely awesome, still authentic, more comfortable and cosier, and naturally they’re following all health and safety protocols … So after a short interruption to their winter opening all is back to normal and we went to eat with them last weekend and as always they’re offering you the best of traditional Mexican Hospitality!

Cyprus’ Finest !
It’s just a short walk up from the square and without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Cyprus!, just ask anyone!  oh, and I should warn you, it’s seriously addictive!!! Established over 28 years this eaterie gained its reputation as one of the finest eateries in Cyprus and every year they seem to improve.  They do absolutely everything with such style, and finesse, and with an excellent crew, authentic music and traditional Mexican décor, oh, and cacti everywhere!

In the Kitchen
Let’s start by saying one of my best friends, and one of Cyprus’ finest chefs ‘Demetris Germanos‘ aka Jimmy, heads up an awesome team that’s really hard to beat, you should see them in full flow …  I’ve known Jimmy over 30 years, and often talked to him about cooking and watched him conjuring up as authentic a menu as you’ll find this side of Mexico City … he told me “everything is made fresh to order using the finest products from local farmers, with a team of chefs that have been together for years”!

The Menu
The selection is massive and there’s everything you’d expect from a top Mexican restaurant, so check out their Facebook page or Instagram, for their delivery menu, or new web site, coming soon, for the full menu …

My favourite Entradas have to include a Jug of their world famous Strawberry Margarita … or two 😉 … accompanied by the Loaded Potato Skins with sour cream and guacamole, or we often add Nachos Supremos served with cheese and a choice of chicken, beef or vegetables, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream oh, and some spicy Mexican Chicken Wings to share! … Mind you the Ensaladas are tantalising to say the least … oh, and btw, I’ve learnt to save some space, coz the desserts are OMG!!! …

Well, you might as well start with another jug of margarita Mmm … I warned you they were moorish … My faves include; The Chimichangas, the Burritos, the best I’ve ever tasted!, and the Enchiladas, toped with Ranchera sauce and cheese … Other choices include The Poblana, strips of chicken fillet cooked in their own special cream sauce and we always add a plate of Tacos Bandido or the Mixed Seafood Fajita that are to die for! … to share, of course!

On the Grill
Now head chef Jimmy is a local lad, so Grilling meat is in the blood … the beef burgers are delicious but just wait til you try the huge T-Bone Steak, grilled to perfection or the world famous Bandido, pork baby back, Ribs cooked in Mexican spices and a secret BBQ sauce, they’ll leave you licking your fingers as well as your lips … Guaranteed!

oh, and if you fancy a little seafood the fresh Tuna when in season just melts in your mouth … and the Mixed Seafood Fajitas a taste bud explosion … but Camarones Calientes are king prawns, stuffed with cheese, and jalapenos rolled in bacon served with rice and refined beans, worth going back for every time … trust me, it’s hard to choose …

I warned you to leave some room for dessert or just pop in for afternoon wine or fresh ground coffee with a naughty treat … The selection of wines and coffees a complement to the setting.  The homemade Tiramisu is just omg!, the Lava Cake, death by chocolate, Mmm, The Chocolate Chip Paradise is paradise and the Chimichanga Banana is everyone’s fav! … Hmm, or is that the Bandido Ice Cream with a Mexican Ice Coffee and a shot of Tequila?, which btw they serve the best you’ll find anywhere!

Behind the Bar
If the delicious food and the world’s best Lemon or Strawberry Margaritas, served by the glass or jug, aren’t enough to keep you going back.  They’ve got a well stocked bar with all your favourite tipples, plus Mexican Beers like Sol, Desperado, XX, and Corona. You must try their signature cocktails, my faves are the Tiki Bandidos, the Pink Sunset, and the Monkey Business, to mention but a few … Naturally lots of Tequilas including Coza Querou, Omega, Milagros and Nascal, that’s the one with the worm in it! Hmm … Oh, do try on the Sombrero’s; makes a great selfie shot for the Facebook album.

They’ve always got special events happening here, like Mexican National Day, on 16th September, Valentines, Halloween, Easter & Christmas Day, Kid’s Parties with a separate kids menu, and trust me, you’ll have a good time!  It’s always someone’s birthday, or anniversary, which is an awesome display from the crew, the hats and guns are well cool and tbh you’ll have to go back coz you’ll always see someone get served something you didn’t choose that you wished you’d had!

I love the ambiance in this place, with my very good friend Tasso out front making sure you’re all happy.  You can Dine-In; catering for couples who just want a quiet meal, families, work parties, and special event.  There’s even big screens up so you can keep in touch with live sports events, and the atmosphere totally unique, there really is no place like it … along with their unique recipes or sauces that Jimmy has sworn me to secrecy … I can’t recommend this place enough … It really is a must try! … Just check out their reviews on Trip Advisor

Take Away & Delivery
There’s 10% Discount on both Takeaway and Free Delivery Meals … Covering Ayia Napa, Paralimni, Sotira, Dherynia, Liopetri and Xylophagou Areas … All Credit Cards are accepted … The crew speak, Greek, English, German, Russian, Bulgarian, oh and Mexican 😉

Give Away
Look out for their regular ‘Give Away’ contests where you can win a Voucher for your table! and btw, if you need a taxi, they’ll call one for you …

Open all year
Daily 6 pm ’til 11:00 pm

Daily: 5 pm ’til 10 pm
Sunday Lunch: from 12 Noon
Closed on Mondays

You’ll find them at 2, Ari Veloucioti, in the centre of Ayia Napa, just a short walk from the Square near Titanic Bar and up the slope … but be warned many of their clients are regulars and they travel from all over the country … So we highly recommend you reserve a table or expect a wait … No probs! I hear you shout, it’s worth waiting for the best margaritas in town … Yum !
GPS: 34.990540, 33.999180

Voted Cyprus’ No.1 Mexican Restaurant …
Viva La Mexico!

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