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El Ranchito Taco Shop

13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
858-748-0270
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Ranked #11 of 112 Restaurants in Poway
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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22 reviews 22 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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319 reviews 319 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Poway, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

It was so good the best Mexican food I ever had in my life and you can take it to go or eat it there also you can call your food in if you want and know what you want.

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Kailua
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Reasonably priced, quick service, tasty Mexican food in a shopping center close to the center of town. The salsa bar had several tasty selections.

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Additional Information about El Ranchito Taco Shop

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

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