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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, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 35
    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
Mother's Day 2015!

We were trying to get away from the crowded downtown area around Laguna Beach and just a few blocks away was this little gem! The food was wonderful and the views were great! We would definitely eat here again, and again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
JenniLTL
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Foothill Ranch, California
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Foothill Ranch, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We were trying to get away from the crowded downtown area around Laguna Beach and just a few blocks away was this little gem! The food was wonderful and the views were great! We would definitely eat here again, and again.

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Claremore, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Waiting on our hotel room, walked across the street to this restaurant and had a very nice meal. Would definitely go there again.

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Boston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 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
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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
113 reviews 113 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Restaurant Details

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

Description

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

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