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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 22
    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
Outside and delish!

Avila's Lagina is WAY better than the one inland (near Aliso!). The service, atmosphere, and food were way better. Nice to know. Good stop if you are near.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
Melissa S
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Holland, M
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Covina, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our waiter Alfredo was very courteous and polite and his helper (bus boy) way very attentive as well. We will definitely be coming back!!!

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Thank veronica g
Dana Point
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72 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Shrimp Botana platter is the most delicious food I have ever had at any restaurant, ever. How can you go wrong with chili garlic butter? We are always asked by fellow diners what we are eating. I am truly surprised that everyone isn't ordering it! We just had it last night and I want to go back again today!!

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Thank cyndiwright
Phoenix, Arizona
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88 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Walked to this restaurant from our hotel and loved it. Great chips and salsa!!! There food is very good. Love the green and red sauce on the enchiladas. Just a great location in Laguna to get some tasty mexican food . Small, but roomy enough, and great service. They have a outdoor fire for the cool nights as well.

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Thank Barbara R
Laguna Beach, California
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139 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

El Ranchito serves up pretty standard Mexican fare. I have not had anything bad there, but I have never had anything that might evoke a "WOW". The tacos, tostadas, carnitas, burritos, enchiladas, and other standards are quite good, really, just nothing that you can't get elsewhere. The chicken rice soup is also quite good, and is something that my wife... More 

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Thank James J
Holland, M
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Avila's Lagina is WAY better than the one inland (near Aliso!). The service, atmosphere, and food were way better. Nice to know. Good stop if you are near.

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Thank Melissa S
Cypress, Texas
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I started my meal with a Coconut Margarita and guacamole with chips. It was a great choice! This drink was one of the most delicious drinks I have ever enjoyed. The server was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was fine. My entrée was bland and very disappointing. I would return for the location of this café and the drinks and... More 

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Thank Tawnya M
Jurupa Valley, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Taco Tuesday was an excellent value! $2.00 Taco's and an ocean view and ocean breeze! Not too crowded for lunch.

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Thank ddd0072015
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

best margarita ever had!!!! food beautifully presented and very tasty... fun eating on the patio..lively spot. Server Francisco mad the evening fun and entertaining

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Thank ongreatlakes
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108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The food was just not very good. I may have higher than normal expectations for Mexican food, but I was surprised at the lack of flavor in the food. The service was good, average speed, and the location is excellent.

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Thank SirTravelLover
Findlay, Ohio
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We traveled all day and started walking from hotel, and those was first restaurant we saw. The food was decent, service pretty good, margaritas excellent!

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Thank Terri A

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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

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