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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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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great shrimp and fish tacos

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
APennero
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Portland Oregon
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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88 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
3 restaurant reviews
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
2 reviews
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Firepits at night to have a drink and dinner. Reasonably priced and in a great neighborhood. Easy in and out.

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Laguna Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Was just there last week , Feb 21,2015 Service was Great! Food was Fantastic! Best Deal in town for Mexican Food!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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323 reviews 323 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

If you like chain style Mexican, this is your place. Everything is decent and edible, but almost nothing stands out. It seems like the generic food I ate at Chi Chi's 35 years ago. One exception is the Mama's soup, but ask for it without the rice and squeeze in some lime juice. Servers are pleasant if overworked. Ambience is... More 

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San Diego, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Very good Mexican food with some good vegetarian options as well. The avocado tacos and the potato tacos were excellent. The shredded beef taco and cheese enchilada combo was also very good. The chips were fresh and salsa was very good. Service was excellent, we never had to wait for anything and the waiter was very attentive. We arrived early... More 

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NC
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119 reviews 119 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Had dinner here on Sunday. My burrito was ok, at best. The inside wasn't as warm as one would want - chips were a bit stale and presentation was average. The salsa was awesome. Really liked it. Can't think I'd go back.

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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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