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Avila’s El Ranchito

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1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
949-376-7040
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just...
It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..
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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great service for Laguna Mexican food

Six of us came here for dinner on a Saturday night. Parking was a difficult, as always, but seating was fast. We were greeted with a smile and our drinks arrived quickly like the food. I ordered the 3 street taco plate, which was mostly rice and beans. The Carnitas tacos were small, but that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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Boston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good salsa and chips. Tasty margarita though it was on the small side for $12. Enchilada was decent. Other items ordered were just average.

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Moreno Valley, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We have eaten at this location before, and it has always seemed consistently good. However, I feel the food quality and services are slipping. Our food seemed lack luster and bland. One person in our party had ordered chorizo and eggs and the came out cold. I had ordered my favorite s, shredded beef tacos ala carte, they came on... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Six of us came here for dinner on a Saturday night. Parking was a difficult, as always, but seating was fast. We were greeted with a smile and our drinks arrived quickly like the food. I ordered the 3 street taco plate, which was mostly rice and beans. The Carnitas tacos were small, but that what street tacos are. My... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I went here with my son while on Spring Break because of the reviews. My son loves Mexican food. The food was actually really good but the waitress made my experience not enjoyable. It just felt like she didn't even want to be there. Not even one smile and I sensed attitude. My son who is 15 even said Dad... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I always order the Baja Bowl with black beans and carne asada. Out of all the Avila's this one in Laguna Beach is my favorite location. Love to sit outside by the heaters. It's cozy and the servers and bartenders are awesome. Love my service every time

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Delicious Margaritas! Yummy Mexican dinner Combo's! Follow up with some Flan! All this with the incredible view of the Ocean or out front dining which is a great place for "people watching!" This place has it all!

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Portland Oregon
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145 reviews 145 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Had a craving for fish tacos so we ducked in here. The service was prompt and cheerful. The drinks and food came out in a flash and everything was delicious. Would definitely return.

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The food here is fresh and well made. The portions are a little on the small side and service is challenged when it is crowded. The food is excellent.

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Temecula
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The view, the service, the food and the ambiance is second to none here. You are treated like family and the food is very good too. Don't miss out, go early and often for sure!

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Menifee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The staff were very friendly and the food was very tasty. Try their Blackberry margarita to die for. The service was also fast even though they were crowded

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-376-7040

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..

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