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Avila’s El Ranchito

1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3117
949-376-7040
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Ranked #80 of 150 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: It's a chain restaurant and the other locations are in Trip Advisor - just not this one..
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English first
Murrieta, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I love Mexican food, we came across Avila's on an earlier trip and returned because the food and service was very good. The place was very busy but the service was not lacking. Katherine was our waitress & checked on us several times. I tried the beef enchilada & taco combo and both had so much shredded beef (which was... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Went to this restaurant location thinking the food and service would be like that of the other of the family chain's restaurants. I should have known something was amiss when on a Friday evening at 6:30 the restaurant was empty. When we entered the restaurant, there was no hostess to seat us - staff member sad to sit anywhere. We... More

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USA
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I come here all the time. The location is great ( near the ocean), the food is always good and reasonably priced and you can't beat the margaritas. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual.

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Jupiter, Florida
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

We were guests at a private party held on the patio, which has a very cool vibe surrounded by the enormous trees. Each table had the delicious Guacomole and salsa with chips with buckets of beer and pitchers of margueritas I could have made a meal out of just that but then platters of nachos with both chicken and beef,... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I have the enchilada tamale plate. The tamale was dry. But the fried ice cream dessert was good. The margaritas are good. The location is great.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

We love this place. The food is fantastic and the staff is awesome! Each time we have been there we always have the same waiter and he is terrific. The food is so good and authentic. Big plates, and really good drinks from the bar. Atmosphere is beautiful and laid back. Great place. Always a stop for us when we... More

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Irvine, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I've eaten at a few of Avila's El Ranchio's restaurants. Each one is consistant with the other. The food is always good and the service is always friendly and prompt. The food is more consistant to Mexican food you'll find that caters to the average palate. At this location, it's perfectly located near shopping and only a short walk to... More

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Riverside, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Service was friendly our waiter took good care of us. We sat out on the patio which was nice and the drinks were okay. The food took a bit long to come out but that was okay cause the fresh guacamole was delicious and the chips and salsa was yummy too. The food was okay nothing extraordinary, good but. We... More

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Orange, California
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This place has the right spot a fire pit out side so close to the beach what could you ask for ? Good food but that is missing here! Just stick to the basics and you will be ok! Nachos tacos etc..... Good beachy vibe nothing fancy at all.

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San Jose
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We went on Saturday for a somewhat late breakfast. We sat outside on the deck. Services was attentive without being annoying. One of us had steak (carne asada) and eggs. It must have been at least a 12 ounce steak, maybe more. It looked great and cooked perfectly. My friend is a major carnivore and raved about the meal. I... More

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