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Ponak's Mexican Kitchen

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(36 Reviews)

2856 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 753-0775

Today: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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General Info
Operational since 1975, Ponak's Mexican Kitchen & Bar is a full-service restaurant that serves a range of food items. The restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine and offers appetizers, shredded beef, pork, fried eggs, enchiladas and burritos. It has a bar that serves a selection of liquors and imported and domestic alcohol, as well as milk, tea, coffee and juices. The restaurant offers a smoke-free atmosphere and can accommodate up to 35 guests for various parties. Ponak's Mexican Kitchen & Bar also provides merchandise, including sweatshirts and T-shirts in a variety of sizes, designs and colors. Additionally, Ponak's Mexican Kitchen & Bar offers a range of gift cards.
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Extra Phones

Phone: (816) 753-5577

Fax Number: (816) 753-5577

Fax: (816) 753-5577

TollFree: (800) 821-5343

Payment method
amex, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
Downtown Kansas City, Westside South, Shawnee Heights

Ponak's Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Mexican Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Parties

Price Range : Average


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Christi F.



Horrible food! Service left something to be desired. Maybe just an off day, but I won't be going back!




TERRIBLE RESTAURANT!! i cant speak for the food because I left before I could get my food. The server was the rudest I've ever had in my life. I've been waiting tables since I was 16 and the guest is always always always right. Whats sad is the only Thing "special" i asked for was grilled onions. When I made my order the server responded with "no thats just way too high maintenance" whats ridiculous is that they had to grill the beef for the tacos anyway!

there is no way i would ever return to ponaks



Rude Staff! Never Again!

I have been eating at Ponaks since approx. 1986. I remember now why I dont even bother anymore. Rude Manager/Host, rude bar tender, treated like you are a burdon rather than a customer. Food is average at best. Margaritas are my all time favorite and I always pass on them when Im there. You are way to cocky Ponaks staff. John should be ashamed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Love Ponaks!

I have eaten at Ponak's hundreds of times. The only complaint I have is that the bean burritos are a bit bland. I choose Ponak's because I'm vegetarian and they don't use lard in their beans! I LOVE LOVE LOVE their sauce! And the service is so fast.....your food is there before you even realize it. My last visit I sat at a table next to George Brett....I hear it's one of his regular restaurants...... I'm hungry just thinking about Ponak's!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Weird restaurant

The curious thing about this restaurant is I looked everywhere and can't find the dog food plant that I can smell from their parking lot. I also can't understand why everyone likes their salsa, which I assume is made from pickles. Also, I'm pretty sure you're supposed to be able to cut tortillas. Anyone who likes this restaurant must also like any food you can sling shot into their mouth. The only positive thing I can say about this place is that the waitress was good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food and service

Went to Ponak's for lunch last week, first time there. Service was very attentive and friendly, got good and honest input on what to choose on the menu. Good chips and sauce while waiting for the food. Very good meal, waitress came by several times to check that everything was ok, provided plenty of refills on my drink. Didn't experience the bar as it was lunchtime but I will come back and try it as it looked like it could be great on a Friday evening. Overall I was very happy with the visit.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is going downhill quick! We used to eat here a lot. Nothing like the old Ponak's we used to like. The reviews on here are old and from the old Ponak's that was good. Now their service is the worst I have ever experienced and the food is AWEFUL! The chicken burrito was ice cold in the center. I told the waiter and 30 minutes later received my meal after my family was done eating. No apology or anything. They weren't even busy either!

The waiter would not refill our water, we had to ask him every time we wanted water. We saw him talking with the other waiters for 10 minutes after we asked for the check.

DO NOT come here if you want a good experience.



they call that mexican food

so my husband and i went to ponacks on suggestions from people at work. i was totally let down! they call it a mexican resturant yet they dont even have carne asada! they cheese dip ws horrible the salsa was tomato sauce no flavor at all! Everything we ate tasted so bland and the place was gross! im pretty sure they are in health code violation or something. our waitress never even smiled and had attitude! in short i would never go here if you are looking for good food but if you have no taste buds and want to see dirt under your salt and pepper shakers this is the place for you!



Good Margarita's...Horrible Service

I went to Ponak's for the first time this weekend and was EXTREMELY disappointed. Sure the Margarita's were good but the service was horrible. Rude hosts and rude waiters. Suggestion, work on your customer service skills because there are plenty of places that serve good Mexican food and offer better service! I will recommend those places to my friends and family over Ponak's any day.



Provided by Citysearch - 
THE best Mexican food in KC

Ponaks is traditional mexican fare. I've eaten there for 20 years and have never had a problem. The wait on friday and saturday is very worth it.
... headed there tonight!



Looking for a good margarita?

Ponak's has T H E B E S T margaritas ever! Smooth and strong! The food is good as well. But I would definitely recommend it for the margaritas. And I have to mention the wait staff there is awesome! Fast and friendly. I have to say that the waiter Jack, is the best waiter I have ever encountered. Great place for friends and fun!




I don't live in KC any more, but I will always remember eating at this place. Everything on the menu is delicious. Their drinks are very good, too. Oh, and their chips are perfect! You should definitely go here.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Overflowing portions of yumminess

Hordes of delicious food for nothing. Although many of us got platters (the #16 with 2 burritos is my particular sin), others at the table managed to stuff themselves for under $5. The service was great - the waitress and the bartender were both really helpful with suggestions and recommendations, as well as making sure that our drinks never ran out.

Packed during the lunch hour, but always worth the wait.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Why all the good reviews?

I stopped by Ponak's with my daughter based on good reviews I have read, what a dissapointment! I CAN NOT understand how Ponak's gets these good reviews. Both my daughter and I ordered the # 1 and left most of it on the plate. We discussed our experience on the way home and agreed that the food was bland and reminded us both of school cafeteria food. We agreed that the food was a 2 out of 10 at best. So the one star out of five is appropriate. The chips were cold and generic as well as the salsa. My daughter commented during our meal that she knew the secret ingredient, or not so secret ingredient, CHEESE! Some might like alot of cheese, myself included, but there was so much cheese that we couldn't taste anything else. Very simple, very bland, noting to make the food at Ponak's memorable in a good way. Several stars below home made taco night at our house. Blaaa...
That being said, the service was fine and our food came quick enough. The atmosphere was just ok. The place was crowded, there were alot of families ( Kids & older folks). The staff was very friendly and we were seated quickly. I thought that the price was a little high all things considered.
Much better mexican food to be had at the same price level in many other mexican resturants in Kansas City!!!



frequent dinner

My husband and I love Ponak's. It is our favorire Mexican restaurant in town. The atomosphere and authentic menu make it a fun place to eat. Their margaritas cannot be beat! You won't be disappointed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Margaritas!!!

We've been going to Ponak's for many years. You can't get a better margarita ANYWHERE! Their food is good and reasonably priced. In all this time we've only run across one staff member with an attitude, and hopefully she's gone by now. We will continue to enjoy their food and margaritas as long as they can keep surviving the floods on the Boulevard!! GO PONAK'S!




This restaurant was great. The kids loved and the service was the best I have ever had.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Marg's EVER

Wow frank0996 will never have the profession of a food critic, he obviously doesn't get out much. For starters there are only Mexican kitchen staff at Ponak's that work thier fingers raw preparing the food fresh everyday and there is not a microwave in the whole place. The recipes are from 30 years ago when the place started. You can specialize any item on the menu to your satisfaction so it's pretty hard to not get something you love.
The margarita's are the best you have ever had, once you have tried them you cannot drink the wimpy margaritas anywhere else - and they are even made fresh daily with TONS of tequila. It's off the beaten path, but worth checking out! It's small and you might wait on a weekend, but where else are you not going to wait unless they don't have cars in the parking lot and we all know to stay away from those food joints!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not good

If you want Americanized bland food that taste like it is covered with cheese sauce from a can (think the ballpark nacho stuff from the pump dispenser coming out of a big can) or made from a package of dried stuff, it's your place. The wait staff was not friendly, basically short and curt. They really didn?t seem to care if you liked the food or not or that you actually came in at all, sort of like we have the name and if you don?t like our food, too bad which is ok with me as I?ve never been back. The food was edible, but not what you?d call good. Little kids and old people probably would like the food as it has limited flavor, but I have had better Mexican TV dinners which I guess goes to show that there is a taste for everyone and their food is basically tasteless (think bland diet hospital food and your right on target). Not trying to be overly critical, but the food was just wasn?t anything to get excited about at all. That's about the best I could say about them.