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El Ranchito's

Central London
South American, Central American
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111 Wellington Street, London, Ontario n6b 2k7, Canada
519-858-4086
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Authentic food, so-so experiences

Good food ... love the Salvadoran foods. I certainly enjoyed it but it does not make up for the ambience. A/C wasn't working so we sweated our butts off, long wait for food, over-crowded, noisy, not the safest part of the city to say the least with the SA Shelter down the street along with the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2014
janetpole
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London, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
London, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Was my opinion so positive because I'm pushing 70? Before reading the other reviews, I decided to pop into El Ranchi to because it was so close to the church where the two weeks of the Orchestra London rummage sale had just closed- and this Aged Convenor was eager for some comfort food before the evening's concert. I have eaten... More 

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London, Canada
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Good food ... love the Salvadoran foods. I certainly enjoyed it but it does not make up for the ambience. A/C wasn't working so we sweated our butts off, long wait for food, over-crowded, noisy, not the safest part of the city to say the least with the SA Shelter down the street along with the rampant drug abuse at... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

I visited this restaurant twice and was disappointed both times. The first time I had the empanadas, they were average, somewhat on the oily side, and lacked the seasoning I'm accustomed to in Hispanic food. I couldn't have to salsa at the time, so I thought I should withhold judgement until I could eat the full meal as it was... More 

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Just getting to writing this review even though we visited this restaurant in June. We like Mexican and was interested in trying Salvadoran cuisine. There was free parking in a lot next to building which was a plus. We ordered margaritas, which were only ok. And the salsa that came with the chips was not spicy enough and could have... More 

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Ingersoll, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Reading reviews of this restaurant before trying got my boyfriend and I excited for some authentic Mexican food. When we arrived we were happy to see that the place was pretty full. We had a tight squeeze to sit at a table with patrons being within arms distance to the left and right of us. That part was okay until... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Absolute let down for my girlfriend and myself. Location and parking are the bright spots for us. $31.00 was the damage and we are NOT even thinking about a return visit. The restaurant opened our dinner up with prompt service to stale hard nachos with canned tasting salsa? Could not taste any salantra or lime? I ordered steak tacos and... More 

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London, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

As a relative newcomer to London I've been on the hunt for a decent authentic Mexican restaurant - and finally found it. Not only Mexican, but other central American standards are on the menu as well. Enjoyed a sampler platter that included pupusas and had enough to take home for lunch the next day. Not exactly a classy restaurant -... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I used to love El Ranchito and would order take out at least once a week. Lately, it has been very inconsistent in terms of service, quality and portion sizes. I have to be honest in saying that more often than not, I have been disappointed. Unfortunately, we are somewhat limited in where we order from for lunch at work.... More 

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London, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Went there with friends late on a Saturday night. Food was very fresh. Try the uncooked nachos and the plantains.

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Ontario
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219 reviews 219 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We've been here before and enjoyed their food. This visit husband had burritos and thought I"d try the Bisteck a Cableo..... It wasn't great. I had asked before ordering if the meat was tender. Waitress assured me it was very tender, very very tender. It wasn't, it was so tough that I couldn't eat it. When she came to see... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 111 Wellington Street, London, Ontario n6b 2k7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  London>  > Central London
  • Neighborhood: Central London
  • Phone Number: 519-858-4086

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?