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El Ranchito Taco Shop

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13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
858-748-0270
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6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 5
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 0
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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I visited on the recommendation of the young woman who cut my hair. She said she worked there during high school and it had great food. She was right. I've had rolled tacos with guacamole and carne asada burrito, and both were excellent. They have a substantial salsa bar too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Robert F
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Poway, California, United States
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22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Poway, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I visited on the recommendation of the young woman who cut my hair. She said she worked there during high school and it had great food. She was right. I've had rolled tacos with guacamole and carne asada burrito, and both were excellent. They have a substantial salsa bar too.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Unreliable! I had scheduled El Ranchito's taco truck for my mother's memorial and celebration of life. Communication with Jr. was next to impossible and should have been a warning sign but my neighbor was happy with their prior catering experience. Jr. failed to deliver proof of insurance to the facility despite indicating this was not a problem and daily follow-up's... More 

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San Diego, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I typically avoid those hole-in-the-wall Mexican walk-in restaurants. But, several people told me El Ranchito Taco Shop was "really good." Boy, were they right! This little dine-in or carry-out restaurant is exceptionally good. You should try it the next time you're in Poway, California (just northeast of San Diego). They'll prepare any order to your specifications (green peppers don't like... More 

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Bangkok
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92 reviews 92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I've been going to El Ranchito since the 80's, and their carnitas has remained one of my favorites anytime. I recently moved out of town, and while I have tried many of my new local restaurants, nothing beats El Ranchito. I had a chance to eat there again in April, and that only solidified my desire that they consider opening... More 

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Poway, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

There are 2 El Ranchito Taco Shops in Poway and both serve delicious Mexican food. The menu is large and varied and always crowded with happy customers.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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388 reviews 388 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

I was hoping it would have been better but it was just ok. I ordered fish tacos and nachos and they were ok, not great flavor or creative. I doubt I will go back

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Soft Tacos at ANY of the El Ranchito's are awesome. They are really more like street tacos, just the right size and price. The carne asada's are good, but for a real treat get the carnitas. Writing this is making me hungry.

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Poway, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

My wife and I have a good tradition. On the weekend, take the dog on a walk and find a Mexican restaurant, enjoy a breakfast burrito, and then walk back home. Now, in Poway, there certainly is no shortage of places to choose from. I can name at least eleven such joints off the top of my head. There are... More 

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Poway, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

If you are one of those salt-craving alien monsters from one of the very earliest Star Trek episodes, this place will satisfy you. However, if your taste buds are sensitive to anything other than salt, look elsewhere. EVERYTHING is too salty. Well, OK, I suppose the drinks aren't salty, but everything else disguised as food sure is. There's plenty of... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We used to live 2 blocks from this location in the 1990s and the Mexican food was excellent back then. My wife and I were in San Diego recently to visit her parents and we returned to the old neighborhood for a visit and stopped in to eat at the El Ranchito Taco Shop. The Mexican food was just as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Poway
  • Phone Number: 858-748-0270

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?