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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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  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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I think anything you order will be good. It's not fancy Mexican food and it's always fresh. My fish taco was overcooked last time but it usually isn't.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
Kathy E
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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I think anything you order will be good. It's not fancy Mexican food and it's always fresh. My fish taco was overcooked last time but it usually isn't.

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If I could have given this Mexican place 3 1/2 stars, I would have. The menu is quite extensive. I've never seen so many different choices for burritos!!! I had a combination plate with a chicken taco, chicken enchilada (instead of cheese) and bean tostada. The serving was very large and came with lots of rice. It definitely satisfied my... More 

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Poway, California, United States
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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